In June 1997, Frances Kuffel weighed 338 pounds at 5'8". The 41-year-old literary agent felt that her three wishes in life—to be slender, to publish her own book, and to fall in love—were beyond her reach.
Five and a half years after made the decision to lose weight, Frances today weighs about 170 pounds. She credits her weight loss to a 12-step program, a great support group—and a change in attitude.
"What you want has to be stronger than what you have, and I wanted dignity more than I wanted food."
Since losing more than half her body weight, Frances says her outlook on life has changed. Not only is she happier with her body, she has written a book on her weightloss experience, and she has started to date again.