Once Marie committed to following a diet plan and exercising—this time in the form of ballroom dancing—she says she lost 45 pounds in four months. "I'm not interested in being skinny," she says."I did it because my oldest boy came to me, and he was 23 at the time, and he said, 'All of us got together, Mom, and we love you, and we want you to be around for our kids, your grandkids.'"

When your family asks you to get healthy, Marie says you have all the motivation in the world. "I could sure use my mother in my life right now, and I just couldn't do that to [my kids]," she says. "We can lose weight for many reasons—we can do it to look good or to get in those tiny little jeans. But I'm telling you, health is the only way. Not only health physically, but health mentally."

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