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1 year ago
See One Woman's Amazing, Year-By-Year Body Transformation

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When you read one of our weight-loss success stories, there's always a before-and-after photo—but a lot happens in between that you don't see in those two snapshots. So we asked 44-year-old Pamela Jackson to take us back in time—from her childhood through her twenties and thirties, all the way to the present—and show us (and you!) how her weight fluctuated through the years. It's incredibly moving to see how Pamela transformed her body—and life.

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Age 7

"This was during elementary school when I was thin. I was outgoing and active—I would play jump rope, hopscotch, hula-hoop, and tetherball. My parents always made me healthy meals to eat."

3/11 ,
Age 12

"I was always trying out new snacks in our kitchen—like cheesy toast and cookies. They were fattening foods, and I ate them too often. I'll say it: I was pudgy. Whenever I got my allowance—maybe a few dollars each week—I'd use it at the corner store and buy bags of chips and candy bars...maybe cupcakes sometimes."

4/11 ,
Age 15

"I was still snacking on bad food. In junior high, I was a chubby, shy girl because everyone made fun of me. I was teased for my weight. I tried something called the herbal life diet—which I didn't stick with very long—but I did slim down a bit. That's probably why you see a slight difference in my weight here, as compared to my previous picture."

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Age 18

"That's me in my prom dress. I was thin but curvy. I still maintained my unhealthy eating habits—like eating chili-cheese chips at local sandwich shops. I wouldn't go for the well-balanced meals in the school cafeteria. Sometimes I'd miss meals altogether. If I did miss a meal, I'd just grab a burger somewhere. I ate whatever, whenever."

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Age 25

"In my mid-twenties, I was working at this job I had for four years. I made my own money, and I picked up a lot of fast food—you could say I became a drive-thru junkie. I was also a big dessert person; I had to eat something sweet every day. For the next few years, my weight changed, but never anything drastic. I've been on more diets than I can count, especially whenever I was going through a bad relationship or had low self-esteem. They never lasted."

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Age 31

"Here, I'm 200-plus pounds. I was still doing what I was doing at 25. I used to drink a lot of soda—at least four to five sodas a day. I'd have one in the morning, with lunch, with dinner, and then I usually had one later on, too. It was like I was replacing water with soda. I got a lot of calories from soft drinks."

8/11 ,
Age 39

"Nothing much has changed. I'm picking up more weight because I increased my calorie intake. In restaurants, I'd order appetizers, entrées, and dessert. I wasn't exercising, either. There was no way in the world I thought I could lose 100 pounds. I used to skip doctor's appointments so that I wouldn't have to hear them tell me how healthy I was. I also wanted to avoid having them weigh me."

9/11 ,
Age 42

"At 41, people started encouraging me to lose weight—my friends, my doctors—and I wanted to do it for myself. But I started small with a 10-pound weight-loss goal. In this photo, I had lost about 75 pounds by eating healthier—choosing whole grains over lean meats and walking more."

10/11 ,
Age 43

"My cousin has an autistic son. She would invite me to this walk year after year, but I could never do it before. This time, I'd lost enough weight; I was able to join my family for this 5-K."

11/11 ,
Age 44

"When I stood on the scale and realized I'd lost 100 pounds, I started crying. It was something that I wanted to do for so long that I never thought I'd actually accomplish. I'm still shocked. You don't need a personal chef or trainer: Losing weight is a lifestyle change, not a temporary thing. But any change is the step in the right direction. I'm proud of myself for my journey and for keeping the weight off."

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