Budget Tips: Varnadore makes her favorite cheap and healthy family meal, salsa chicken in a crock-pot with low-fat cream of mushroom soup and salsa. She also tells patients to exercise with cable TV fitness shows or lending workout videos at library.
For 37-year-old Petrie, it was the potential loss of a child that served as the turning point in the battle of the bulge.
The Clive, Iowa, mother of two said she used her pregnancy as a license to eat. The result was a 100 pound weight gain that increased following the birth of her son.
"I almost miscarried my second child because of my weight," she said on "GMA" today.
The health scare ignited her passion, and Petrie went from 299 pounds at her heaviest to her current 148 pounds.
With the help of T-Tapp's Total System, Petrie was able to get in shape and keep off the pounds for 9½ years. The T-Tapp Total System is a series of workout DVDs that uses a variety of exercises to help users get into shape.
Today, she still enjoys red wine but doesn't go out of control, and if she puts a little weight back on she knows how to take it off.
Budget Tip: Instead of buying large movie theater popcorn to share with kids, Petrie brings one-half cup homemade trail mix made of bran cereal, dried fruit, coconut flakes, walnuts and dark chocolate. The price is only $20 for 3 month supply.