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While Karen, Claudia, Susan and Jeff are just starting their weight loss journey, many others have already accomplished their goals. Growing up in Mississippi in a family of nine siblings, Robin says she was by far the biggest. "In my family, everything we ate was fried—fried chicken, fried fish, and any vegetables were cooked in pork fat and lots and lots of salt," she says.

As her weight increased, Robin says she was miserable. "Even the scales at my doctor's office didn't go high enough to measure my weight," she says. "I was over 400 pounds, morbidly obese and on the verge of getting very sick."

Robin got a wakeup call one day when her hands and feet went numb. Her blood pressure was dangerously high, and Robin says she believes she was one meal away from diabetes. "I knew I could not let this fat become my life sentence," she says.
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FROM: Oprah and Bob's Best Life Challenge
Published on March 14, 2008

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