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A former 'jock' gets her healthy body back

All she wanted for her 40th birthday was a healthy body mass index (BMI). And three days before the big day, her dream came true: After 14 months on the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic plan, Jean had lost 50 pounds and was declared healthy with a BMI of 25!

She'd kept her eye on her target, with a BMI chart posted above the scale she used for her weekly weigh-ins. But a lower BMI wasn't her only goal -- she was also determined to become eligible for an ice hockey team. Ice hockey had been her passion in college, and she longed to get back onto the ice.

In fact, Jean had always been active until her two children came along, and she found herself too busy to exercise. A self-described "jock," she'd never been overweight. But after the second baby, the Pittsburgh, resident found herself packing on the pounds.

"I was snacking all the time because I was around the house, and each year, I gained a few more pounds," says Jean.

When her youngest child started kindergarten, she decided the time was right to start getting healthier. She got out her bike and started exercising regularly.

"But I knew exercise was not enough," Jean says. "My diet definitely needed work."

A New Way of Eating

The WebMD Weight Loss Clinic gave her the answers she was searching for. She says she enjoys the recipes, articles, using the journal, and, most important, her eating plan.

"My healthy eating plan made me realize where I was going wrong and taught me that I was eating way too many carbohydrates and not enough fruits and vegetables," she says. Now she includes a little protein and some low-fat dairy in her meals, along with a bounty of fruits and vegetables.

That's not to say the changes were always easy.

"It was hard and frustrating at times, especially when I would hit a plateau, but I kept my focus on the BMI chart," Jean says. "I knew that the eating plan provided enough food for me, so I would drink water or snack on a piece of fruit instead of reaching for more food if I felt hungry."

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