By Ashley Williams
June 04, 2007 12:00 PM

2005

240 lbs.

NOW! 134 lbs.

‘I’ve lost 67 total inches—almost a whole person!’

TURNING POINT: Raised to be “a clean your plate” kid, Cheri Stockheimer took that message to the extreme, thinking nothing of eating an entire loaf of bread or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Then in January 2006, at age 36, the 5’6″, 240-lb. Stockheimer was diagnosed as “morbidly obese” and became “scared about what would happen if I didn’t change.”

HOW SHE DID IT: Inspired by her sister-in-law’s success with Weight Watchers, Stockheimer, 37, borrowed the program’s literature and began counting calories, getting down to about 1,000 a day. Her meals—noted in a food diary, so she’d “be aware of what I ate”—would be a half a cup of Kashi and Fiber One cereals with yogurt for breakfast, a Lean Cuisine meal for lunch and a chicken breast on a wheat bun for dinner. The Janesville, Wis., social worker and mom of two also did cardio and weight-training five days a week.

100-LB. MOMENT: After she got on the scale, “I stood there quietly screaming since everybody in the house was still asleep,” she says. But she’s about to get the chance to flaunt her success. “I’m going to my high school reunion this week looking better than I left. I feel attractive—finally!”

Have you lost 100 lbs.—or more? Send your before-and-after photos and details on how you did it to: 100pounds@peoplemag.com.

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