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When former beauty queen Melissa began the Best Life Weight Loss Challenge, she had to confront secrets in her life—she was a stay-at-home mom who admitted to checking out of life and drowning her pain in junk food.

Since the kick-off, Melissa's lost 25 pounds and three dress sizes, and gained a new outlook. "I have a physical reaction to fattening food and I can't calm down until I eat it. But I've identified that I can have that same physical reaction to a massage or a walk or a pedicure," she says. "I hit my goal. I ran as long as I wanted to on Saturday, around 6.2 miles, and that was so energizing to me. And then it all falls into place—I'm healthier mentally when I'm physically exercising and I'm eating right. It goes hand in hand."
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FROM: The Woman Who Lost 530 Pounds
Published on November 28, 2007

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