Most of Erin Wright’s friends and family don’t know, yet, that she is featured in the July issue of Woman’s Day magazine.
“I lost 70 pounds!” the headline screams on page 100 of the issue.
“I just really haven’t talked a whole lot about it,” Wright, 56, said of the magazine.
Wright – an aviation safety assistant – bet $400 on herself using the online weight loss contest site, healthywage.com. If she could lose 70 pounds in one year, she would get $1,200 back, a net gain of $800. And she did.
“That was the key,” Wright said of the money contest. “That’s what did it for me this time.”
Wright said she has battled with weight for years and that food was an outlet for every emotion, happy or sad. To lose weight, Wright had tried a variety of dieting fads. But a diet is a diet, she said. It ends.
Walking, Wright found, was most effective to losing weight. She walked three, four miles a day, she said. And much to her husband’s chagrin, no more eating out at their favorite fine dining restaurants. They cut out processed foods and ate organic as much as possible, Wright said.
The feature in the magazine has been exciting, she said, but it doesn’t clearly reveal the struggles she faced in that year of weight loss. Without food as an outlet, Wright found comfort in conversation with husband. “Feeling upset, feeling sad, wasn’t going to kill me. I needed to figure it out – just uncovering layers and layers of stuff that I had repressed for years.”
But with a newfound confidence, Wright posed for a photo with the $1,200 check. With part of the extra money, she bought a pair of Miss Me jeans.
“(My daughters) shop at the Buckle all the time,” Wright said, “and they have all those cute little jeans. And that’s what I wanted.”