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Friday, February 21 2014, 09:01 AM MST
Investing in a Healthier Life
(KUTV) It seems like most people have a good reason or two to put off losing weight.

A Riverton woman had a lot of excuses, until being overweight hurt her kids.

As Mary Nickles reports, the big blow came when her son was devastated at a school program.

Deanna Milsap, 42, admits she’s been overweight most of her life but she says it hit her hard when she saw her boy looking sad.

“Did that little boy say something about mommy? He started to cry, “He said you were the fat mom."

That did it. 

When it hurt her little boys Deanna knew she had to change - starting with a trip to the doctor who told Deanna she had type 2 diabetes and that her cholesterol was “off the roof.”

A shelf full of costly prescriptions was incentive to go to a local get-together where Biggest Loser Moses Kinikini told her to just start moving!

That's how it started, and she lost about twenty pounds.  Then she worked up to walking and even running. Deanna says an injured foot is still constant pain - but that’s not an excuse.

“I would rather have my foot pain than the pain of being overweight. It's hard to weigh 300 pounds!” said Deanna.

In addition to moving and burning more calories, Deanna says eating clean and unprocessed foods is what's helping the most.

“I made a vow to my husband. No programs, no shots, shakes or crazy things. No expensive gym membership that I will never use,” says Deanna.

Deanna also avoids processed sugar or foods and uses a food scale to help her count healthy calories.

She adds flavor to food by roasting and grilling, and loves to try new foods.

“Brussel sprouts are my new best friend!” she says.

Her chef-husband Michael helps out by making 300 calorie pancakes, with a banana, two eggs, vanilla, and a little bit of ground flax seed, chia seed, and almond meal. Deanna says it does take extra effort to eat clean, and to find time to work out, but being healthy is worth it.

“Kids take up a lot of your time. I'm a full time working mom, so a busy life…but find time. There's always a little bit of time."

Deanna uses to find clean, healthy recipes and new workout ideas.  In fact, she went back to her doctor for a check-up and was told to put the medications away.   

By posting recipes and success photos on Facebook, she already has friends who are following her lead.

By: Mary Nickles

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)
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