Since high school, Migliaccio has felt like she was battling her weight. She started dieting at age 15, and for years afterwards she’d yo-yo back and forth – she estimates she’s lost and gained a significant amount of weight at least 12 times. Her highest weight of 349 lbs., though, came at “the lowest point in my life, when my mom passed away.”
While caring for her mother, Migliaccio had gained 200 lbs., and after a fall in her bathroom she tore her ACL and meniscus in her right knee. “He did me the biggest favor of my life being blunt like that,” she says. “It was what I needed to hear, and that’s what turned me around.” That 80/20 diet is helping her stay on track, along with her friends and her TOPS weight loss support group. In two years, Migliaccio has lost 189 pounds, and didn’t even need knee surgery.
“I’m finally starting to tap into what makes me happy,” she says.