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    Exercise helps her maintain

    Exercise plays a big role in helping Maggie stay in good shape. She got more active along with making healthier food choices.

    Her regular routine includes 45 minutes of exercise 3 or 4 days a week. She usually uses a recumbent bike or a NordicTrack, which mimics the cross-country skiing that she loves. And she hits the cross-country ski trails in the winter and the hiking trails at other times of year.

    She increased her exercise slowly. She started on the bike for 10 minutes at a time. Then she worked up to 15 and then 30 minutes.

    She also tried something new: yoga.

    "I find it's very calming," Maggie says. She also likes the stretching involved in yoga.

    Support from others helps

    Maggie did the hard work of losing weight on her own. But pats on the back from other people gave her support and a sense of community during her journey to get healthier. She hired a life coach who works with people who are trying to lose weight. She also joined a weight-loss group.

    The life coach helped her look at why she overate, such as when she was under stress. And Maggie learned to watch out for times when she was at risk of eating too much. "We explored my attitudes about eating, how I felt about my body," Maggie says. "We looked at psychological factors-when did I tend to eat more, what kind of feeling states led me to eat."

    The weight-loss group gave her the support of others who are trying to change their lifestyles.

    "When you go to a group setting and there's that kind of recognition from other people and enthusiasm from other people when you've been successful, it becomes very important. You get lots of tips from other people. You get lots of encouragement to continue working on it. It's just amazingly helpful. Everybody there is in the same boat. Everybody there at least is motivated to lose weight. There are people that have had 100 pounds or 50 pounds off for 10 years. There are people who have lost no weight at all, and there are people there that have lost and gained.

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