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Losing weight: Through thick and thin

Carole Carson

Through focused attention and long term efforts, Clare McDowell has reduced her body by almost 130 pounds. For some of us, that seems like an impossible task.

After failing numerous times, she decided to make permanent lifestyle changes while still blessed with good health. She believes that “if it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”

Over time, she whittled away at the weight, initially losing 100 pounds, stabilizing her weight, and then losing another 30.

She avoids buffets, eats her main meal at lunch and has a light dinner. She’s reined in consumption of carbohydrates, especially sugar. As she reduces, she shops at thrift stores, donating her “big” clothes and buying smaller ones.

Roy, her husband of 32 years, has stuck with her through thick and thin. Clare also relies on friends in TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) whose weekly meetings she attends.

Clare weighs herself daily. This makes her “face reality.” Clare also exercises at Curves to improve her fitness.

Now 63, Clare gained weight as a young woman, a few pounds at a time. Losing her mother at an early age made her susceptible to comfort foods. She also suffered from compulsive overeating and secretive (“closet”) eating. Managing weight is a lifetime project. Clare says “It’s hard to lose and hard to keep pounds off.”

When she looks in the mirror, Clare finds her reflection hard to believe – so thrilled is she with the results. Clare tells her story so others can experience the same joy.


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