How did I lose the weight? I stayed hungry. A lot. I ate broccoli when all I wanted was a damn brownie. I exercised even though I was tired, it was raining, or I just didn't feel like it. I learned that special occasions are not a reason to overeat. When I slipped up, I pulled myself together and got right back on track. I didn't shy away from the scale. In short : There is no trick or secret to getting fit - just a hell of a lot of hard work and heartache.