Bridgette Gottlieb

50, Roslyn

Occupation Interior designer

Height 5-foot-2

Before 155 pounds (December 2014)

After 129 pounds (December 2015)

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HER STORY

Despite being told she had to eat everything on her dinner plate, weight was never an issue for Gottlieb growing up. But because sweets were never around the house and she would have to share them with siblings during the rare times they were, Gottlieb says, she became a food hoarder and sneaky eater. “I never had a good understanding of food and what was good for me to eat,” Gottlieb says. When older she would order dessert first at restaurants. These bad habits combined with two pregnancies (which she viewed as a “license to eat”) led to moderate weight gain. But over the course of 11 years she kept it under control mostly through regular gym attendance. A divorce brought about change, and the life of a single mother started working against her, she says. Comfort food became commonplace. “Going back to school while raising my kids was bad for my weight. I was buying chocolate and hiding it around my house, like a squirrel,” Gottlieb says. She eventually remarried and slowly found the winning combination: Weight Watchers, weekly visits to a nutritionist and regular physical activity.

HER DIET

Not averse to eating non-breakfast foods for breakfast, Gottlieb has two hard-boiled eggs and a salad or vegetable or one hard-boiled egg yolk and six hard-boiled egg whites mixed with a ¼ cup of salsa for her first meal of the day. Lunch is a salad with grilled or blackened chicken or sushi (brown rice, avocado, cucumber). Dinner is usually chicken, fish or veal with vegetables and fruit. She snacks on baby carrots or apples (sometimes with peanut butter).

HER EXERCISE

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Gottlieb walks 3 miles every day, runs 3-4 miles twice a week, and takes a Pilates, yoga or strength-training class twice a week.

HER ADVICE

“Develop a red-alert weight number, a weight that scares you. And don’t ever exceed it. Do physical activity; it’s a necessary evil. Get a Fitbit. Mine tells me when I’ve met my daily activity goal. It’s a little reward. I love it.”