People Magazine's Summer Slim-Down Special: How One Woman Got Her Confidence Back

08/21/2012 07:53 am ET

Michelle Mohr thought losing weight was impossible. "I remember sitting on the couch and bawling, 'I'm never going to be thin!'" she told People magazine,

It's a feeling we hear all too often from readers who share with us their stories of weight loss success. Whether it's due to non-existant exercise habits, a lack of nutritional guidance, a serious health issue or other concerns, extra weight can make a healthy lifestyle seem like nothing more than a dream.

But Mohr, 27, and the four other people profiled in People's Summer Slim-Down Special, are proof that it can be a reality. She told the magazine she would eat pizza, fries and nachos for lunch at school, and two plates of spaghetti for dinner -- after having a family-sized box of stuffing as a snack. Today, she's 100 pounds lighter, with the help of magazines and online videos to learn about healthy living. "I love having confidence," she said.

Now, nachos are off the menu. A typical day of healthy eating looks like this, Mohr told People:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled egg whites, 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese, an apple, a slice of toast and nine almonds
Lunch: Salad with chicken, chickpeas, mushrooms, celery and tomato
Snack: String cheese and 1/2 cup grapes
Dinner: Grilled chicken with zucchini and half a sweet potato
Dessert: Sugar-free fudge pop

Read the rest of Michelle's story -- and the other four weight loss success stories -- on, or in the issue on newsstands now.
After photo by Perry Hagopian for People

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