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People 'Half Their Size' Issue Features SparkPeople Member's 177-Pound Weight Loss *

By , SparkPeople Blogger
People magazine has just released a new "Half Their Size" issue, and this one is bigger and better than ever. The entire publication is dedicated to weight loss and featured some amazing success stories along with various diet plans, workout plans and healthy recipes for ideas and inspiration.
We are thrilled to announce that a long-time SparkPeople member, Brandy (BBANGEL1214), is featured in the issue. Brandy credits the supportive online Community at SparkPeople as making a big difference in her 177-pound weight loss. Way to go, Brandy!
We recently caught up with Brandy to celebrate her magazine debut. Here's what shared some tips from her journey to losing more than half her weight.

Calories Count
"What worked for me was going back to basics: no gimmicks or fads. Since I had been heavy my whole life I had to figure out how to be healthy by eating right and working out. So I started with just calorie counting. You have to track calories on SparkPeople every day even on your cheat days. I didn't eliminate anything totally from my diet because I knew I could never stick with it if I did. Having 'cheat days' served to keep me sane and so I didn't feel deprived. It also gave me a good reality check of just how many calories are in those splurge foods and how quickly they add up."
Making Fitness Fun
"I found ways to make exercising fun and found classes I loved to help keep me motivated. My first love was Spinning and still is. I also challenged myself to do a 5K and now have done a few—with all the fun runs that our now available no one should be scared to try one! I got married last year and my husband does Brazilian jiu-jitsu so my new obsessions are sparring and fight training."
Getting Started
"One thing I always tell people who are just starting out is that no one in the gym is paying attention to you. We are all in the gym because there is something about ourselves we want to change. So we are too busy comparing ourselves to the person we want to look like and be than to anyone else."
Staying Motivated
"For me it was important to remember that numbers don't define you. It isn't about the number on the scale or the pace time for my run. The goal is to be healthy, to feel better, and to live a life without limiting myself because of my weight."

Brandy (after losing 177 pounds) got to meet SparkGuy in New York a few years ago!

Please join us in congratulating Brandy! Be sure to pick up a copy of People's "Ultimate Diet Guide," which is on newsstands through July 4, 2014.

* Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

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PATRICIAAK 6/10/2020
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CECELW 4/23/2020
WOW!! I am really happy for all of them. Report
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LSIG14 2/15/2020
Would love to see a follow-up story since this one took place so many years ago. How has her eating and exercise changed from then until now! Report
PATRICIAAK 11/12/2019
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DEE107 9/9/2019
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Awesome story! Report
Fantastic! So inspiring 🎉🎉 Report
Awesome and Congrats Report
Awesome-Congratulations to you! Report
So inspiring! Report
I love these stories! Report
Since this is from 2014, I hope it is still working for you.....we all know how this can go. Good luck to you. Report
Love this! Congratulations Brandy! You look amazing. Report
Congratulations and thank you for being an inspiration 😊 Report
WOW great job Report
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Wow! What a great story! Congrats on your weight loss!! Report
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Wow!!! What an inspiring story! Way to go!!! Living proof that SparkPeople really works!! Report
That's really neat. It's fun to see what we really would look like at our healthy weight. Report
Way to go, Brandy! Report
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What an inspiration!
Anything is truly possible!
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Wow! You look attractive and you have a glow about you. A picture of fitness and achievement! WTG! Report
F A N T A S T I C!

Thank You so much for sharing this journey with others.
This is your time to shine..
Awesome! Good for you! I wish that I could have been featured in this issue. I have lost 250lbs. :-) Report
Congratulations to you! What an amazing accomplishment. :) Report
Way to go!! Report
Inspiring. Congratulations. Report
Very good Brandi !! WOOHOOO GAL !!

You do one thing I ALSO Do (I have gone so far from 288 down to 214 !) and that is to KEEP some of the YUMMY food in so I do NOT feel deprived, and it pays off. You are sooo correct that they Do add up FAST ! So I am finding I love yogurts and at 90 cals, that's a win/win ! no more cravings for lemon pie ! OH YEAH !! By making exchanges I am doing rather well. Also I've seen what a FATTY heart looks like when you eat a lot of chips (Discusting ! And GROSS) so I've cut those right on out !! I can imagine you either limit them a lot or did you also cut them right on out?

Hey CONGRATTERS !! That's PAWSOME AWESOME as we say on the Spirited Under Dog team ! Report
Yeah! Congrats! Report
Congrats, Brandy. You look fantastic, and I'm sure you feel, great, as well. You are an inspiration. Good for you. Report
WOW! Way to Go!
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Congrats Brandy! You truly are an ispiration. You worked hard for your success, and you deserve it! Report
Awesome job, Brandy!!
Way to go Brandy! You look amazing, keep smiling bright! Report
Brandy thank you for sharing your journey. Very inspirational! Report
Congratulations Brandy on getting in a special issue of People Magazine. You have showed us all that it can be done! Many more opportunities to share with others will come your way! Blessings to you!!! Report
Same thing with me April. I can't find it either Report
Can someone tell me the issue # or date of this edition of People Mag? I tried to download it through the newsstand app on my iPad but I don't see this issue listed, but perhaps I am missing it. Thanks! Report
Way to go, Brandy! Thanks for sharing your story. Report
Congratulations on all your accomplishments!!! You are an inspiration!! Report
You were beautiful before but now you are even more so because your determination and strength are so obvious. Congratulations and be proud of yourself. You did it! Report
Not only do you look amazing BUT you ARE an amazing person inside and out ....I say this because of your obvious determination, strength, and propensity to keep moving forward to reach your goal! Bravo to you Brandy! You are an inspiration 😎 Report
Incredibly uplifting story. Congratulations!! Report
Congrats!! You are beautiful. Report
What a great story. I'll definitely be picking up a copy. Congratulations on your focus on staying healthy & fit! Report
You look happy, fit and totally in control
It's amazing what weightloss can do for a person.
You're admitting to cheat days shows that one way is not the only way.
I would never resort to cheat days. I had to eliminate those cheat food for the first six months in order to lose my 190 lbs.
Congratulations. You have a beautiful bright healthy, fit future ahead of you.
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