Knoxville Emergency Management worker shares weight loss success

Knoxville Emergency Management worker shares weight loss success story

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Diane lost 100 pounds.  This is a facial before and after shot. Diane lost 100 pounds. This is a facial before and after shot.
From 275 to 175 pounds, Diane has lost 100 pounds by exercising and eating healthier. From 275 to 175 pounds, Diane has lost 100 pounds by exercising and eating healthier.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Natural disasters, mass emergencies, Homeland Security threats: you name it, and Knoxville's Emergency Management Agency jumps in to evaluate and respond.

Diane Fox is the woman everyone in the agency has looked to for years to help make the planning happen.

Even though she has a very busy job helping coordinate services including 911 dispatch, Diane's job is considered sedentary, and that's what helped her pack on the pounds.

Just over a year ago, Diane was at her heaviest, weighing 275 pounds.

It was a picture a friend took that became her "aha" moment.

Diane recalls, "A dear friend posted a picture of me on Facebook, and I was just horrified. I couldn't believe I had allowed myself to get to that point."

So, Diane decided to dig in and get the weight off.

In a little over a year, she has lost 100 pounds.

She started by simply moving more, making time for an exercise she enjoyed.

Diane uses the treadmill in the small gym at EMA headquarters.

She walks outdoors and is  now up to at least three miles at a time.

And, Diane is proud to say, she takes part now on a regular basis in local 5K races.

She laughs as she recalls, "I didn't even know how far a 5K was so I did some research and saw that it was 3.1 miles and thought you know I can do this."

Diane stresses she completes each race at her own pace, not ready to run, but walking each one in under an hour.

Diane changed her diet, too, and now eats six small meals a day, even including chicken salad, made low fat and convenient.

As Diane explains, "I start with canned chicken, I use a tablespoon of light mayo just break it up a little bit then I have some chopped veggies, celery, peppers, tomatoes."

She puts it on cucumber slices or celery instead of crackers or bread.

Breakfast is normally a cup of hot tea with a protein bar she cuts into small pieces. It's a psychological tool to help breakfast last longer: "Otherwise we're really bad to eat things really fast- you have the small bites- take time to eat it."

Add a low carb yogurt and string cheese, and 100 ounces of water a day, which breaks down to a bottle of water with each meal.

As Diane says, "A lot of people who struggle with their weight just give up on themselves. If I can do this, anybody can do this."

"Faith, motivation, and hope will get you there."

 Diane got a jump start on her diet in the beginning with a meal replacement plan, but now stresses the importance of those small meals full of healthy vegetables, fruit and protein. She also tracks her calories, keeps a journal, and is mindful of the spiritual side of keeping an emotional balance.

Diane shares her success strategies as a personal health coach.

For more information, go to dianefox.tsfl.com

Or call her at 865-765-0381.

 

 

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