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"I just decided I didn't have it in me to do it, so I didn't," Laurie Wells said.
It didn't matter what Wells did, losing weight seemed impossible. Years of not eating right and exercising, and before she knew it, she was tipping the scale at 280 pounds.
"If you had asked me a year ago if I was going to stay on this a full year and have the dedication to do that, I don't know if I would have been able to say yes," Wells said.
So Wells turned to the South Beach Diet. Having high blood pressure and other medical conditions, her cardiologist recommended she give it a try.
"I finally got it in my head that it wasn't a diet," Wells said."It's a way of life and it was now the way I was going to eat."
The South Beach Diet is made up of three phases. It introduces people to good carbs and fats, lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy. There's no calorie counting and you eat three meals and two snacks a day.
"I eat a lot more vegetables and a little more attention to portion control," Wells said. "I don't weigh things."
Wells found the first phase to be the hardest. This is where she had to eliminate starches and sugars, but being able to re-introduce some in phase two made things a lot easier.
"I felt better right away and I was amazed by how much I was losing consistently in the beginning of the program," Wells said.
Wells has lost 66 pounds since starting her new transformation more than a year ago. She's hit a plateau and is hoping a new book by the creator of the South Beach Diet will inspire her to keep going.
"Men and women complained about plateau at a weight which they wanted to lose more," said South Beach Diet creator cardiologist Arthur Agatston. "And that led into a new exercise program that is magical in the way it helps you lose weight in a healthy life."
The book is called "The South Beach Diet Supercharged." Agatston teamed up with other health professionals to devise a three-phase exercise program, which includes 20 minutes of interval walking and core body toning exercises.
"He showed me in just 20 minutes by doing bursts of high intensity you could lose more calories, burn more fat and it really helps the problem of the plateau," Agatston said. "And just made it easier for people to lose weight faster and sustain the weight loss."
Wells can't wait to add the exercises into her workout program. She's hoping she can shed another 60 pounds.
"Don't look at me as someone who's done something great," Wells said. "I really haven't, anyone can do it."