Robin after her weight loss

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Four years after her health scare, Robin is healthy, her blood pressure is normal, and she has lost more than 225 pounds! "For so long, I wanted to do something about it, and finally I put the focus on the determination into what I needed to do in order to be successful at it," she says.

While the need to lose an amount of weight equivalent to an entire person was "overwhelming," Robin says she was able to overcome this hurdle by taking smaller steps. "I just set 10-pound goals for myself," she says. "Once I hit that 10-pound goal, I set another one, and I continued until all the weight was gone."

When Robin visits her family, she still nibbles on fried foods—but only in moderation. "When I do indulge, I make sure that I plan that and I make sure that it is only done for one meal for a very short period of time. I go right back to my program," she says. "I realized that it is those things that you do on a long-term basis every day that really determine your health rather than those things that you do just occasionally."
FROM: Oprah and Bob's Best Life Challenge
Published on March 14, 2008