Woman Fights The Yo-Yo Dieting Cycle
Story By DANA HUGHEY
It's a struggle with which many people can identify -- yo-yo dieting. But finally, after years of struggling with weight, a Tyler woman found a diet plan she could stick to for life.
Holly McInnis realized she couldn't keep the weight off without exercising as much as she didn't like it. But during the last year, her love-hate relationship with exercise has changed and so has her weight.
These days, Ms. McInnis always is on the move. A year ago, she wasn't sweating in Zumba and she weighed 85 pounds more.
"I have struggled all my life with my weight," Ms. McInnis said. "Just up and down. About a year ago, my mother in law approached me and she just snuggled up like she wanted something, and she said, 'I want you to go to Weight Watchers with me.'"
Ms. McInnis said yes, and she's never looked back.
"I know a lot of people do Weight Watchers online and that works for some people, but for me, the older I get, I have turned into an all or nothing. I go to the meetings, read all of the publications," Ms. McInnis said.
And she tracks every morsel she puts in her mouth with the Weight Watchers app on her iPhone.
"That's how you are able to monitor how much food you are eating every day. They have a point system," Ms. McInnis said.
But as long as she stays within her points, Holly can eat what she likes. A typical breakfast is a banana and yogurt. For lunch, she makes a salad, and sometimes at night, it's a microwave dinner after a good workout.
"I started exercising 11 months ago, and I started out walking just because that is all I could handle," Ms. McInnis siad.
Before finding Zumba, Ms. McInnis never liked working out, but this high-energy class keeps her coming back week after week.
"Holly is always in there, her energy is great and now she is one of our leaders and she helps some of those who are new," said TrishAnn Latham, MoveToBreathe Zumba instructor.
Ms. McInnis's not new to losing weight, but this time she learned something very important.
"I can't just cross this off my bucket list." Ms. McInnis knows now -- she must make healthy choices every day to maintain her weight. She intends to do just that.
Ms. McInnis said you can do it, too. She's now doing things she never thought possible like running. She's now up to three miles because she put her mind to it.
Watch Dana Hughey's "Fit City Success" reports on Thursdays during the 10 p.m. news on KYTX CBS19.