Dana Smith and her mom Diana Johnston are proving that when it comes to losing weight, family can be your biggest source of support. But Johnston did more than just cheer her daughter on from the sidelines. In fact, the duo decided to shed the pounds together—110 in total, to be exact.
Smith started her slim down journey last summer, and her mom joined her last fall; since then each woman has lost 55 pounds.
“My mom kept seeing my weight come off, and pretty soon, she was not having it. So she jumped [on board],” Smith told the Today Show.
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Smith, 41, and Johnston, 65, claimed they began to put on weight after having children. Smith had ballooned to 230 pounds, often skipping breakfast then gorging on carb-heavy meals due to her hectic schedule. Meanwhile, Johnston blames her previous 265-pound figure on her insatiable sweet tooth; Smith even recalled that her parents would buy a party-size cake and eat it over only a few days.
But last July, Smith became fed up with her weight. After going on a hike with her husband where she was barely able to keep up, Smith bought a Fitbit and began tracking her physical activity. She also started hiking more and focusing on portion control—two changes that have drastically changed her life.
“I just fell in love with hiking," she said. "It’s one of the things we’re doing as a family now. It’s a reward. It’s really cool to be able to do that and not be out of breath and dying,” she said.
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Johnston was so inspired by her daughter's slim down that she decided to embark on a weight loss journey of her own—especially after she began noticing that her large size prevented her from doing activities with her grandchildren.
“I wasn’t able to participate, and I decided, 'I can’t do that,'" Johnston shared. "I’m only 65; I’m not old. I don’t want to be an old cripple sitting in a chair, unable to get out of it. I just decided, 'That’s it.'”
And now, Johnston has never felt—or looked—better in her entire life.
“I was just so unhappy with myself and the weight," she said. "My knees hurt. Everything hurt. I can’t believe how much better I feel. Just amazing."
What an inspirational duo! We're so happy for the both of you.
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