Having grown up in a 10-person family, Delores Curtis was constantly reminded not to waste the food on her plate. But bad eating habits followed her into adulthood and at her heaviest she weighed 350 pounds.
The 59-year-old reveals she tried "every fad diet under the sun" to lose weight and joined programs like Weight Watchers and Metifast, but nothing was successful. "Within six months to a year [of starting my diet], my weight would creep back up to my heaviest," Curtis explains.
It was during a trip to Dallas last summer that the Waldorf, Md., resident realized she needed to find a diet that worked for her. While her husband explored the city, all she could do was sit and wait for him to return.
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"I missed out on life," she says. "I wanted to get it back. I wanted to feel better about everything."
So she began by cooking healthier foods like chicken, salmon and plates full of veggies. She found reading food labels helped, too. "If there’s an ingredient I don’t understand, I Google it on my phone to find out what it is," she shares.
Curtis also started using the gym membership she'd been paying for — for the past three years! "I could barely walk the treadmill on the lowest speed and incline," she admits. "But I went back every day. I would be on it for an hour, take a break, and get right back on."
After a lot of hard work and a complete lifestyle change, Curtis is down to a comfortable 179 pounds. To celebrate, she took a vacation to Orlando with her family and was pleasantly surprised when the airplane seat belt was too big!
"I wanted to cry," she recalls. "I turned to the woman next to me and said, 'Last year, my fat ass wouldn't even fit in this seat — look at me now, baby!'" And during the trip, Curtis recalls, "I don't think my grandkids could even keep up with me!"
The confident grandma recently shared three easy tips with Women's Health magazine to keep in mind while on your weight loss journey:
Don't worry about the haters: "Everyone thinks you have to be halfway fit to go to the gym, which isn’t true at all. I didn't care about who watched me work out because I needed to [get back in shape]."
Read food labels: "Dig up all the information you can about the food you put into your body, and find out what works for you."
Do not deprive yourself: "Don't give up everything — or else you'll fail. If there's something you've got to have, figure out how you can work it into your plan to get healthy."
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