Facebook picture inspires Mississippi woman to drop 85 pounds

Facebook picture inspires Mississippi woman to drop 85 pounds
Before and After
Before and After

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Heather Blissett Thompson had a photo of her taken on November 2nd, 2014.

Thompson said, in her mind, she looked great. She was dressed to the nines, and that in her head she felt amazing.

Then, the photo was posted to Facebook on November 3rd.

"All I could say was, 'what happened,'" said Thompson.

She said that was the day she decided to lose weight.

"I completely changed my diet," said Thompson.

Thompson lost 85 pounds in seven months, dropping from a size 20 to a size six just by cutting out a few things in her diet.

"I don't eat sugar, no sodas, nothing fried, and very little bread," said Thompson.

The most shocking aspect of her weight loss journey may be that she doesn't exercise.

"I have four kids, so I am active, but I didn't go to the gym or do any cardio," said Thompson.

Thompson said that before she lost weight, she couldn't run a minute on a treadmill and would get discouraged. Once she got in shape, she felt comfortable enough to start going to the gym and toning up.

"I used to get asked 'How's your grandchildren?'" said Thompson. "Now I am asked 'what's your major?'"

Thompson said the hardest part of her weight loss journey was not making excuses.

"I get all the time from people asking for my help that they don't have time to cook healthy, or that there isn't any healthy food options when they eat out," said Thompson. "That just isn't true."

According to Thompson, choosing a vinaigrette dressing over a normal salad dressing, and not eating bread can easily save a person 200 to 300 calories.

"Sweet tea is like our water," said Thompson."The little stuff can add up, just by not putting mayonnaise on your hamburger you are cutting calories little by little."

Thompson wanted to urge those looking to lose weight that they may not have quick results like she did. She wanted to encourage others not to give up, and make their weight loss journey a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.

"Hang with it, and stick to your guns," said Thompson. "This is something you have to stick with for life, and don't hold yourself back by making excuses."