Woman with weight loss success story shares holiday tips

Knoxville woman with weight loss success story shares holiday tips

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"It's not just a diet. You have to change your lifestyle," Diane Spence Fox said. "It's not just a diet. You have to change your lifestyle," Diane Spence Fox said.
She's ramped up her exercise, taking part in more 5K races this year, just completing the Santa Hustle in Sevier County. (source: Diana Spence Fox) She's ramped up her exercise, taking part in more 5K races this year, just completing the Santa Hustle in Sevier County. (source: Diana Spence Fox)
"It's not always about just getting around it but moderation for the holidays. It's okay to have one or two treats here and there. It's part of the holidays," said Leah Schumacher. "It's not always about just getting around it but moderation for the holidays. It's okay to have one or two treats here and there. It's part of the holidays," said Leah Schumacher.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's the time of year that tasty treats tempt your taste buds. But how do you have a good time without packing on the pounds during the holidays?

Diane Spence Fox's story just may be the inspiration you need.

Fox lost 100 pounds two years ago. At her heaviest, she weighed 275 pounds.

6 News first met Diane a year ago as she celebrated reaching her goal. This year, we wanted to check in to see if Diane had kept the weight off.

"I'm learning this is a never-ending process," Fox said.

Today, the busy executive assistant at the Knoxville/Knox County Emergency Management Agency is down five pounds, even after Thanksgiving.

She's ramped up her exercise, taking part in more 5K races this year, just completing the Santa Hustle in Sevier County.

Diane isn't pushing herself to set personal records. She's pushing herself to get out there and do her best.

"I walk a little and run a little," Diane said with a smile.

She has also stuck with a healthy eating plan. "It's not just a diet. You have to change your lifestyle," she said.

Fox enjoys six small meals a day, each containing a balance of carbs and proteins, using calorie and portion control.

She avoids tempting treats at the office, but doesn't deprive herself of a cookie or pie during the holidays.

That plan received a thumbs up from dietitian Leah Schumacher at UT Medical Center.

"It's not always about just getting around it but moderation for the holidays. It's okay to have one or two treats here and there. It's part of the holidays," said Schumacher.

Once you've sampled that dessert or heavy meal, walk away and avoid temptation during your regular day-to-day routine.

"It's really about planning ahead. Just walk past it and ignore it," Schumacher said.

Fox says that philosophy is key to her success.

"I just know that there are so many people out there like me - stressful jobs, busy families, busy lives, and it's just too easy to hit the drive-thru and it's too easy to grab something quick out of a vending machine. And I've discovered that you just take a few more minutes and plan, and you can grab something healthy," she said.

You can learn more about Diane Spence Fox's weight loss journey on her Facebook page.

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