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At age 14, Whitney weighed 230 pounds. A year later, she was more than 100 pounds thinner and landed in the pages of Seventeen Magazine as one of the "Best-Tressed Girls in America." How did she do it? It wasn't with a surgical solution—Whitney just took it one step at a time.

"I started by just going to my gym. … I got on the treadmill every single day, and I would walk for 30 minutes. And I eventually started running," she says. "I hated running. But I decided it was the easiest way to lose weight, so I started running. At first, I could do just three minutes. Then four. And then I just kept going up until I could run for 30 minutes without stopping."

Healthy foods were also a big part of her plan. Before, Whitney says she never counted calories. "I didn't think much about it. Hamburger, french fries every day, pizza. I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted." Now, Whitney says she makes the grocery list for her parents to ensure that only healthy foods fill their cabinets.

"I never would have imagined at 230 pounds that I would be here," Whitney says. "I just have gained so much confidence from it all. I mean, I'm just so happy with my decision."
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Published on March 14, 2008

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