How a 45-year-old mother shed 138lbs in just one year and STILL manages to eat five meals per day as she keeps the weight off
22:33 GMT, 13 August 2012
A 45-year-old mother-of-one has told of how she lost 138lbs over the span of one year.
Sally, a tour guide from Washington, DC, weighed 335lbs before her incredible weight loss journey. She had been about 200lbs overweight and now weighs 197lbs.
Appearing on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Sally told of how she 'didn't grow up fat' but put on excess weight in her 30s. The weight gain was sparked after she fell down a flight of stairs breaking one of her legs.
Before and after: Sally, a 45-year-old mother-of-one, has shed 138lbs over the span of one year (above)
She said during an episode of the weight loss series that aired last week: 'I'm mad at myself for giving up hope. I didn't grow up fat. I would never have guessed that I would be in this situation. I started off as a very fit and thin kid.'
After signing onto the series, she committed to a strict fitness regime overseen by the show's trainer Chris Powell, and completely overhauled her diet.
It saw her ditch her uniform of black sweats as well as the 40 cans of soda she would once consume every week.
Her diet consists of five meals per day that total 300 calories per meal, therefore consuming 1500 calories per day, the recommended intake for a woman of her size.
Tough: Sally, seen above, struggled to adapt to the fierce regime in the beginning but her trainer helped her
Family: Sally is the mother of young Jackson (left) and the wife of Scott (right) who proved supportive
A once active swimmer, she admitted that she would continue to go to the pool in her 30s but 'when nobody I knew could see me'.
The reality of her unhealthy lifestyle hit her when she was watching a football game with her husband Scott one day.
'Every guy on the defensive line weighed less than what I did at the time… these are professional football players,' she said in shock.
It motivated her to apply as a contestant on the show, which of course, sparked her weight loss journey.
New attitude: She was taught how to maintain an active lifestyle that now involves plenty of exercise, like above
Sally spent about 'a month in the gym' in total throughout the year as she learned to adopt a far healthier lifestyle.
In one particularly admirable scene, Sally was filmed eating out with her husband who feasted on corn chips that were dipped in cheese.
She managed to refrain from even picking at the bowl, allowing Scott to complete it all himself.