posted by admin on Apr 23

Lori LaRizzio found the willpower to forgo fast food once her weight-loss success became an issue of pride, money, and her best friend’s wedding.

At age 30, Lori, of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, seemed to have everything: the love of her husband, two great kids, a wonderful career in nursing. But at 5 feet, 5 inches and 205 pounds, she hated her body—and shopping for clothes. To avoid feeling humiliated, she looked at purses and earrings while her friends tried on miniskirts and bikinis.

But humiliation was exactly what Lori felt when she was fitted for a bridesmaid’s dress for her best friend’s wedding. The seamstress shouted out Lori’s 44-37-45 measurements for all to hear. Then she said brassily, “You’ll need to pay more. You’re too big for regular sizes.”

Sobbing, Lori headed straight for McDonald’s to indulge in french fries and a sundae, her favorite comfort foods. But by the

time she got there, she had changed her mind. She bought a diet Coke and drove home, where she immediately called the seam- ^ stress and ordered a smaller size. The woman argued. Lori insisted.

Five months and lots of low-fat meals, walks, and bicycle rides later, Lori got her sweet revenge. |

Since her friend’s wedding, Lori’s efforts to slim down have continued to pay off. She’s down to 140 pounds, a weight that she has maintained for more than 3 years.

“Despite her rudeness, I actually have to thank that seamstress,” Lori says. “She catapulted me to a new, healthier way of living.”

WINNING ACTION

Don’t let someone else’s problem become yours. Like Lori, many of us can be so hurt by someone’s cruelty that we feel the need to drown it out—usually with food. Instead of using that as an excuse to binge, slow down and focus on what you need to do at that moment to make yourself feel better, not worse.

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