Oprah: Eleven Year Old Girl Loses 50 Pounds With Her Mother’s Help

Oprah - Eleven Year Old Girl Lost 50 PoundsWith a national epidemic of childhood obesity, here is an inspirational story that may help those wondering how to start their families on the road to a more healthful lifestyle. This week Oprah did a show featuring 100 of her “Ultimate Viewers” who saw something on her show that jump-started their successful weight loss of over 100 pounds! One of her viewers was Mary Ann who lost 103 pounds and her eleven year old daughter Michaela who lost 50! How did they do it?

Oprah - Mary Ann and MichaelaMary Ann said 5 years ago her friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Trying to be strong for her friend and at the same time was in so much pain herself with her friend’s impending death, the situation created a “perfect storm” for her emotional overeating. She said she “basically just jumped into a chocolate cake and just didn’t get out”.  And her daughter became her eating partner. Later she realized what she was doing was teaching Michaela to stuff her emotions with food.

Oprah -Mary Ann Lost 103 PoundsAfter she finally accepted her friend’s death she remembered seeing Dr. Phil on Oprah and remembered what he said about a beach ball in the water. “Understand if you are not real about what’s making you eat, you will just keep pushing it down and it will keep popping up, just like pushing a beach ball underwater in a pool. It just keeps coming back up.” She said she was eating herself to death. When she finally realized that, she decided to take charge. She signed up for a sprint triathlon.

Oprah- Michaela lost 50 PoundsMichaela watched her train for it. “When I saw my mother coming across the finish line and where she was, at 237 pounds, doing a triathlon, that taught me that anything is possible. I made the decision that night to ask her for help. I felt that if my mom can do it than I can do it too.”

Oprah - Kids Portion Control ToolsMary Ann told Oprah she knew she couldn’t push or force Michaela to lose weight the way she thought. She wanted to empower Michaela to take control and take care of herself. When Michaela approached her for help, she knew then that it was on Oprah - Mary Ann and Michaela Bike TogetherMichaela’s radar. She said she wanted Michaela to get the tools in place that would help her. So she had to educate herself what would work for a child.  She started with the basics of portion control.  For exercise they bike together and run in 5 k’s.  Micheala is going to do a Kid’s Triathalon at Disney.

Congratulations Ladies!

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