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Military wife has dramatic weight loss
Leland, N.C. -- A military wife surprised her husband returning from Afghanistan with a dramatic transformation.
Misty and Larry Shaffer were high school sweethearts who married in October 2008. Misty said she struggled with weight her whole life, weighing 300 pounds at her heaviest.
When her husband, an Army specialist, was deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2012, Misty decided she wanted to get in shape.
When Larry left Misty weighed around 260 pounds, but when he returned she was down to 155 pounds.
"I just sat in bed one night and was like, 'I can do this,'" she said. "'I need to do this.'"
When Larry returned, on May 15, 2013, he was stunned. He had never seen his wife weigh less than 220 pounds, even in high school.
Misty jumped into his arms at the airport. Larry was speechless, saying only one word: "Wow."
Misty, now 25, said she made the change because her weight sapped her energy and she wanted to surprise her husband and work toward a better life for herself and her family.
She cut out all the junk, stopped drinking soft drinks and tried to only drink water and coffee instead of sports drinks or high-calorie beverages.
According to Misty, the first three to four months were the hardest, especially at her job, where she works as a personal shopper at a supermarket.
Misty said she's not too tempted to go back to her old ways of eating and is focused on maintaining her healthy lifestyle.
Before her husband left she was a size 22 to 24; now she can wear a women's size 6.
"I've seen how hard I worked and what I had to go through to get to this point," she said.
Now, a typical breakfast for Misty consists of oatmeal with fruit, or a portion-controlled plate of sausage, eggs or pancakes.
Lunch is a salad or half sandwich with vegetables or fruit, with an afternoon snack of yogurt. For dinner she prepares a lean meat with a vegetable and a small portion of starch.
Photo: Misty Shaffer