SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Another incredible accomplishment for a Summerville woman who has lost more than half her body weight.
The pounds began to come off after Janette Colantonio got a ticket for not wearing her seat belt.
She simply couldn't get the belt buckled because she weighed more than 400 pounds. Colantonio says that was her "a ha" moment, propelling her into a year and a half-long journey to lose more than two hundred pounds.
She did it without surgery or pills.
"I took a picture and I immediately posted it and screamed 'I did it!'" Colantonio said.
For the first time in her adult life, Janette Colantonio weighs under 200 pounds. She's tried to lose weight so many times she lost track. But this time, she came up with a plan and stuck to it.
"It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change,"Colantonio said.
Janette's changes have been dramatic and she's getting well deserved attention. Since her story first aired, thousands of people from around the world have taken notice.
Dr. Pat O'Neil is president of the Obesity Society, dedicated to the scientific study of obesity. He says most dieters are do it yourselves.
To be successful, Dr. O'Neil says you need three key ingredients: Control your calories, control how much fat you eat and exercise. Janette learned to do all three.
Nearly every day she heads to a park near her home and walks the track. She puts in an hour to burn off the calories and carefully counts calories when she eats.
She eats healthy foods and doesn't cheat. Janette says her husband puts meals together for the family of five. But when she's in the kitchen, she's focused on her goal to lose weight.
"I could bake something for them and won't touch it. Not even a taste," Janette said.
To stay focused, she writes it all down from her first weigh-in at 408 pounds to how much she lost in the weeks that followed. A big poster, what she calls her vision board, helps her see where she's been and where she wants to be.
"I want to experience wearing heels and I haven't yet. But I will do that and a bathing suit," Janette said.
She's recorded losses ranging from more than twenty pounds to only three. But if you don't want to measure your success with the scale, she recommends getting yourself some "goal pants."
"Goal pants are something you cannot fit into at this moment," Janette said.
Janette is working to reach her ultimate goal of 145 pounds and knows keeping the weight off will be a different challenge. Lifestyle changes mean for life.
"Those are the things that have to persist over time to keep the weight off," Dr. O'Neil said.
Janette has signed a contract for a lifetime of healthy living and wants to help other people along the weight loss journey.
Janette took a picture of her weigh-in Monday morning and revealed that so far she has lost a total of 215 pounds.