Truesee's Daily Wonder

Truesee presents the weird, wild, wacky and world news of the day.

Friday, April 22, 2011

 

She used 4 easy tips to lose 232 pounds

Skip to main content

CNN Health

She used 4 easy tips to lose weight

Meghan Kotowski
Special to CNN
April 22, 2011 10:50 a.m. EDT
Anita Mills, before and after, losing 232 pounds without crazy diets or extreme exercise trends.
 
Anita Mills, before and after, losing 232 pounds without crazy diets or extreme exercise trends.
 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Anita Mills lost 232 pounds
  • She followed four tips from her doctor, plus exercise
  • Mills feels like she has a whole new life to live
(CNN)-- Anita Mills was sitting in the doctor's office with her diabetic mother in Lexington, Kentucky in 2009.

"The doctor was talking to her about options and she wanted to try all of them to stay alive," says Mills. "I realized how brave she was, trying to keep her life. I was 382 pounds and killing myself."

She cried in the bathroom of the doctor's office, returned home, and took a picture of herself. (The image shown above.) This was a first day of the rest of her life.

"I was finally ready and determined. Taking that first picture was my way of making me accountable to this choice to start this journey," says Mills. "I wanted to have it on my phone to look at every day, especially when I was having not a great day."

Mills has been overweight for as long as she can remember. She recalls "plumping up" at 5 years old and weighing 200 pounds in junior high.

"My family doctor said I needed to get the weight off and if I didn't, I was going to shorten my life," says Mills. "He gave me a piece of paper with four tips to lose weight."

Before the epiphany, she kept that piece of paper in her purse for months, even when she would change purses. And every time, she would look at it and think "I'll start tomorrow."

Tomorrow finally came on August 17, 2009. After snapping that photo, Mills went into her purse and pulled out the tips the doctor had given her:

1. Eat 8 ounces of food every 3 hours

2. No sugary drinks

3. Do not skip meals

4. Do not tell anyone what you're doing

So that's what she did -- or didn't do, really. Almost two years later, Mills has dropped 232 pounds from her body and has trimmed her waist down to 26 inches (a size 6).

And she did it all without a trainer.

"I've always walked, no matter how hard it was," says Mills. "Then, I used Richard Simmons' "Sweating to the Oldies" because it's low-impact. Now I Zumba, which is like Richard Simmons on speed."

She doesn't go crazy with her workouts. She walks about five times a week, sweats to Simmons twice a week and fits Zumba in when she can.

Since following the tips, Mills can't even eat a full 8 ounces of food anymore -- her stomach has gotten so small -- and she needs to be very picky about what she eats. Her body craves the "good food," so she listens to it. Her latest cravings have been fresh pineapples and mandarin oranges.

Don't think that she's a saint either. She still enjoys temptations ... within reason.

"I still go out to eat and I still eat junk," says Mills. "My guilty pleasure for the last 8 months is Breyer's fat free ice cream -- ½ cup a night."

When she goes out to eat, she orders a meal -- anything she wants -- and asks for a to-go box. It helps with eating healthy food portions, even if she's noshing on her favorite meal: fried chicken fingers and deep fried potato chips.

"Out of sight, out of mind," says Mills. "I don't get sick any more from eating too much. You just need to know portion control. I'm accountable for what I put in my body."

The hardest thing for Mills was pushing through her plateaus.

"I would lose (weight) for about seven days and then nothing for about 10 to 15 days, which was the hardest," she says.

But since losing hundreds of pounds, Mills has appeared on the "Rachel Ray Show" for a makeover and talks regularly in schools.

"I tell the kids this doesn't just mean weight loss; if you put your mind to anything, nothing can stop you," says Mills. "If you think, 'This is what I'm going to do,' you can get anything done."

Mills gives all her credit to her supportive family, especially her husband, Charlie, whom she has been married to for nearly 25 years.

She remembers him saying, "I loved her at 382 and I love her now. I love her no matter what. She may look a little different, but she's the same girl."

As a family, they are all living healthier lives and dropping the pounds together. But most importantly, Mills wants to be around to take care of her husband, 23- and 19-year-old sons, and elderly parents for as long as she can.

And she loves every minute of her hectic, thinner life.

"The one thing I can do that I couldn't before is that I can cross my legs and get up and down off the floor," says Mills.

She is trying new things that she never thought were possible. She and her husband are going to Gatlinburg and hopping on a zip line. Mills is also thinking about skydiving sometime in the future. One more thing on her to do list: Ride a roller coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which she hasn't been about to do since she was about 8 years old, because of her size.

"I have a whole new life," says Mills. "It's fabulous to get to this point."


Comments: Post a Comment

<< Home

Archives

June 2021   May 2021   April 2021   March 2021   February 2021   January 2021   December 2020   November 2020   October 2020   September 2020   August 2020   July 2020   June 2020   May 2020   April 2020   March 2020   February 2020   January 2020   December 2019   November 2019   October 2019   September 2019   August 2019   July 2019   June 2019   May 2019   April 2019   March 2019   February 2019   January 2019   December 2018   November 2018   October 2018   September 2018   August 2018   July 2018   June 2018   May 2018   April 2018   March 2018   February 2018   January 2018   December 2017   November 2017   October 2017   September 2017   August 2017   July 2017   June 2017   May 2017   April 2017   March 2017   February 2017   January 2017   December 2016   November 2016   October 2016   September 2016   August 2016   July 2016   June 2016   May 2016   April 2016   March 2016   February 2016   January 2016   December 2015   November 2015   October 2015   September 2015   August 2015   July 2015   June 2015   May 2015   April 2015   March 2015   February 2015   January 2015   December 2014   November 2014   October 2014   September 2014   August 2014   July 2014   June 2014   May 2014   April 2014   March 2014   February 2014   January 2014   December 2013   November 2013   October 2013   September 2013   August 2013   July 2013   June 2013   May 2013   April 2013   March 2013   February 2013   January 2013   December 2012   November 2012   October 2012   September 2012   August 2012   July 2012   June 2012   May 2012   April 2012   March 2012   February 2012   January 2012   December 2011   November 2011   October 2011   September 2011   August 2011   July 2011   June 2011   May 2011   April 2011   March 2011   February 2011   January 2011   December 2010   November 2010   October 2010   September 2010   August 2010   July 2010   June 2010   May 2010   April 2010   March 2010   February 2010   January 2010   December 2009   November 2009   October 2009   September 2009   August 2009   July 2009   June 2009   May 2009   April 2009   March 2009   February 2009   January 2009   December 2008  

Powered by Lottery PostSyndicated RSS FeedSubscribe