Cellphone app helps woman lose 100 pounds in 1 year

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PITTSBURGH —

A cellphone app helped a woman lose 100 pounds, in one year.

Like so many other women, Yvette Vajcner is busy, always on the go as a busy mom of three. But last year, keeping up with her children seemed impossible.

“I was miserable. I was crying. I felt like I was dying inside my body,” Vajcner said.

When Vajcner stepped on the scale for a health assessment, she discovered she weighed 259 pounds. From that moment on she decided to change.

“I got rid of prepackaged food. I started buying produce and lean meat,” Vajcner said.

But she also downloaded the “My Fitness Pal” app on her phone.

“The app is really simple to use. It shows you your calories for the day, the food that you've taken in, and also extra food that you can take in because of exercise that you've done. So I scan it and it tells me exactly how many calories and all my different fat,” Vajcner said.

After one week of following a diet and exercise plan, with the help of the app, she lost nine pounds.

"Every week after that, it went from five pounds to three pounds to two pounds a week. There were weeks where I wouldn't lose anything and I'd get really discouraged. But I think the anger and the frustration, I kind of channeled it to motivate myself,” she said.

A year later, Vajcner is 100 pounds lighter and went from a size 20 to a size six.

"After you make that goal, make another goal and just keeping making goals and just keep at it,” Vajcner said.