08/21/2012 07:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

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 People.com, or in the issue on newsstands now.
After photo by Perry Hagopian for People

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