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Mother of 4 Loses Over 200 Pounds

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Here is one mom's inspirational weight loss story.

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There was a time when Connecticut mother of four Kim Benson really loved the drive thru of her local fast food restaurant -- it meant she didn't have to get out of the car when ordering her meals. In fact, Kim admits to momlogic that she used to order two sodas just to make the clerks think that was she was ordering for more than just herself. Surprised? Not after you read what Kim's typical meals looked like:

Breakfast: Large bacon, egg, cheese on a bagel; two donuts
Snack at the computer: peanut M&Ms
Lunch: 2 subway sandwiches, chips
Snack: 2 hot dogs, 2 hamburgers, 2 large fries, 2 German chocolate cake slices, 2 Diet Cokes
Dinner: 2 large pieces of lasagna, a salad with ranch dressing
Snack: Some kind of hot, gooey dip with pita or bagel chips and/or CAKE, CAKE CAKE

But that was seven years and 212 lbs ago. Kim tells momlogic that after reaching 350 lbs, she knew she had to take control of her diet -- and her life. She didn't even really know how much she weighed at first, since home scales only go up to 300 lbs.

Kim tells us what life was like at her heaviest. "Beyond desperate. I was trapped in a prison that I felt helpless to break free from. I couldn't go on amusement park rides and felt uncomfortable at the beach. And the guilt I felt as a mother! I knew the poor example I was setting and I knew I was passing poor habits on to them, but like a drug addict, I felt powerless to stop bingeing at the drive-thru or making high-fat meals."

Kim joined Weight Watchers. She began to lose the weight and, in the process, gained her life back. Kim credits being prepared, planning meals and cooking at home as key factors of her weight loss. In fact, she's managed to turn her big weight loss into big business. She created a 110-calorie bagel called "Kim's Light Bagels" that is now sold in Stop and Shops nationwide.

Kim shares her inspirational story and tips for losing the weight and keeping it off in her new book, "Suddenly Thin." She tells momlogic, "On any given day, 84 million Americans are on a diet. Of these, less than 2% achieve permanent weight loss. Once my story was made public, I began hearing from others who were hurting and, in turn, I've heard stories like mine over and over again ... from hopeless, hurting, people who are aching for answers. This book was written to give hope and help to those who are hurting."

And, Kim adds, if she can do it, so can you. "No matter how much you weigh. No matter how old you are. No matter how long you've struggled ... The only way you'll NEVER lose weight is if you stop trying!"

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Lisa January 13, 2009, 9:25 AM

Congratulations Kim! You look fabulous. I started my journey to lose over 200lbs on Oct.1/08 with the help of the SureSlim program. I’ve lost 58.2 lbs in 14 weeks…well on the way to achieving my goal.

I love reading the stories of people who have achieved their weigh loss goals without surgery…just diet and exercise.

Thank you for this story.

One day I’ll be an inspiration too.

Anna January 31, 2009, 3:40 AM

Actually, Kim’s book is called “Finally Thin” - not Suddenly Thin.

Ucfbzvky June 26, 2009, 10:55 PM

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