Amanda Dwyer says she was in denial about her weight. "If my jeans felt tight, I'd tell myself, 'Oh gosh, the dryer must have shrunk these'," she said. Or, she'd think water retention. But one day, while grocery shopping, she hopped onto the big scale out front after her young boys did. "The elder of the two, then seven years old, looked at the dial and announced at full volume, 'Mommy, you weigh 200! Isn't that quite a lot?' And it hit me. Yes, for me that was quite a lot," Dwyer said. "I wasn't just fat. I was clinically obese."
Her Magic Ingredient: Willingness to always try something new. "As soon as I became tired of one method (pre-packaged delivery meals), I'd try another (food journaling with calorie counting). If I'd just thrown in the towel when the pre-packaged meals got tiring, I can tell you where I'd be right now: I'd be right back at 200 pounds... if I were lucky."