Friday, December 6 2013 11:05 AM EST2013-12-06 16:05:41 GMT
(CNN/WAOW) - A highway department in Central Wisconsin is trying something unconventional that they say will help keep roads clear this winter. It involves a root vegetable. Beet juice, like the vegetableMore >>
A highway department in Central Wisconsin is trying something unconventional that they say will help keep roads clear this winter. It involves a root vegetable.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 2:32 PM EST2013-12-04 19:32:03 GMT
(CNN/WKRN) - It was supposed to be a lesson in social media and online use. An educator posted a picture on the internet to show her student's how quickly what you put online can spread across the worldMore >>
It was supposed to be a lesson in social media and online use. An educator posted a picture on the internet to show her student's how quickly what you put online can spread across the world wide web. Little did she know her lesson would go viral.More >>
Tuesday, December 3 2013 3:14 PM EST2013-12-03 20:14:19 GMT
(CBS) - Americans took to their computers by the millions on Cyber Monday and went shopping. Early indications are that online sales were up more than 17% from 2012 on what was expected to be the busiestMore >>
Americans took to their computers by the millions on Cyber Monday and went shopping. Early indications are that online sales were up more than 17% from 2012 on what was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.
Monday, December 2 2013 10:26 AM EST2013-12-02 15:26:46 GMT
(CNN) - The holidays are officially here, and that means your credit cards are likely getting warmed up for the month of gift-giving to come. But if you're going to pass your plastic over the internetMore >>
The holidays are officially here, and that means your credit cards are likely getting warmed up for the month of gift-giving to come. But if you're going to pass your plastic over the internet during cyber week, you'll want to be careful to keep the identity thieves away.More >>
Friday, November 29 2013 4:09 PM EST2013-11-29 21:09:12 GMT
(CNN/WFAA) - A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time. The terrible twos aren't so terrible inside the Perry home. They're a gift. "She'sMore >>
A U.S. Marine is working to bring smiles to the faces of sick children, one perfectly decorated room at a time.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 4:29 PM EST2013-11-27 21:29:35 GMT
(CNN) - Thanksgiving is almost here. As a host, you may feel organized now, but the moment family descends and chaos ensues, all that organization often goes right out the door. And with it, your sanity.More >>
Thanksgiving is almost here. As a host, you may feel organized now, but the moment family descends and chaos ensues, all that organization often goes right out the door.
And with it, your sanity. Here are some tips on how to fail-safe your Thanksgiving dinner both in the kitchen and the dining room.
Tuesday, November 26 2013 9:48 AM EST2013-11-26 14:48:15 GMT
(CBS) - It might be time to toss the old sweat pants. Workout clothes for women are now a $30 plus billion dollar a year business. That's up 7 percent over last year. Yoga pants, and sports bras haveMore >>
It might be time to toss the old sweat pants. Workout clothes for women are now a $30 plus billion dollar a year business. That's up 7 percent over last year.More >>
Monday, November 25 2013 10:40 AM EST2013-11-25 15:40:21 GMT
(CNN/WDRB) - When you were a kid, maybe you were pretty handy with an Etch A Sketch, but maybe not as good as an artist in Louisville. A woman's work with a children's toy is drawing even more attentionMore >>
When you were a kid, maybe you were pretty handy with an Etch A Sketch, but maybe not as good as an artist in Louisville. A woman's work with a children's toy is drawing even more attention than her oil paintings.More >>
Thursday, November 21 2013 10:45 AM EST2013-11-21 15:45:27 GMT
(CNN) - Beginning next year, Abercrombie & Fitch will offer plus sizes in its women's clothing line. Currently, the retailer does not carry women's sizes above a 10. The shift comes as sales and profitMore >>
Beginning next year, Abercrombie & Fitch will offer plus sizes in its women's clothing line. Plus, one of Hollywood's bigger stars will soon have a new co-star in his real-life.More >>
Wednesday, November 20 2013 10:41 AM EST2013-11-20 15:41:52 GMT
(CNN) - Big changes in the technology world. A growing number of women are getting hired. In the past year, the tech industry brought on 60-thousand new workers and 36,000 are women. That's about 60%.More >>
Big changes in the technology world. A growing number of women are getting hired.More >>
By Jamescia Thomas
Special to CNN
(CNN) -- Kia Horton was thin as a little girl. "Like fit your fingers around (my) ankles skinny," she recalls.
at 5, she says, she became a victim of sexual abuse, triggering more
than a decade of poor eating habits. By the time she started eighth
grade, she was borderline obese.
At 15, Horton weighed almost 200
pounds. Her father allowed her to sign up for a diet meal delivery
service. She lost 30 pounds on the program, but she says, "I hated the
food, and the program was not sustainable because eating their food was
the only key to success."
She gained back the 30 pounds and then some. By the time she graduated college, she weighed 260 pounds.
immediately joined a gym and hired a personal trainer," Horton says.
"This also proved to be futile because I was not ready to change my
She lost no weight working out with the trainer. "I quit!" she remembers thinking.
bad eating habits continued, and in 2006, at 31, the Chicagoan topped
out at her heaviest weight of 319 pounds. Horton is 5 feet 4 inches; her
body mass index at the time was 54.8, which is considered morbidly
"Every night for dinner I would stop and get two Happy Meals from McDonald's," she says.
didn't have kids at the time, but Horton acted like she was ordering
the meals for her children. She didn't want anyone to realize she was
eating both kids' meals by herself.
Everything felt out of
control, Horton says. She didn't have a great relationship with her
mother, she didn't feel valued at her job, and some of her personal
relationships were in disarray. For weeks at a time, she wouldn't
interact with family or friends outside of her co-workers. She continued
to allow food to be her comfort.
"Food was the only thing that was good," she remembers. "It didn't talk back."
knew starting a weight loss journey would be useless if she didn't
address the issues that led her to gain the weight in the first place.
"There was so much going on in every aspect of my life," says Horton, now 38. "I would have lasted on a diet for a week."
her heaviest weight, in 2007, Horton got engaged. She knew she wanted
to look amazing in her wedding gown. But she often wondered, "How can I
possibly look good in a wedding dress at 300 pounds?"
to consider weight-loss surgery and had the Lap-Band procedure done in
March 2006. Doctors placed an adjustable band around her stomach,
restricting its capacity, which limited the amount of food she could
consume. She was supposed to have the band tightened every three months
to continue losing weight. But shortly after the procedure, Horton
became pregnant with her first child.
She was ecstatic. But after
learning of her pregnancy, doctors told her they wouldn't be able to
adjust the band during her pregnancy or if she breast-fed. Horton had
lost 50 pounds by the time her daughter, Asha, was born in February
2007, but she hasn't had the band adjusted since.
She married a few months later and became pregnant again.
five months into her pregnancy, she lost the baby. Stress from the
miscarriage and other personal problems caused Horton and her husband,
Otto, to split shortly after saying their vows. All of a sudden, she was
a single mom.
She began eating again to deal with her pain.
years later, Horton and Otto reconciled. He moved back home, and they
had a son in 2010. By then, she was back up to 300 pounds.
'You have such a pretty face'
with her girlfriends for dinner in January 2012, Horton began chatting
with a stranger who was extremely fit and a bit of a health buff.
"You have such a pretty face," he said. "Have you ever thought about losing weight?"
Horton would have been offended by such a question. But she realized he
didn't know about her past weight-loss struggles and began to mull over
the question he'd posed.
The next week, Horton put a call out to
her Facebook friends, saying she wanted a friend to join Weight
Watchers with her. She began the program on January 17, 2012, and she
hasn't looked back.
The first week, Horton lost four pounds. "I
almost jumped off the scale!" she says. "I couldn't believe it." It was
just the push she needed to continue. By March 6, she was down 25
Lifestyle changes and support
follows the guidelines of the Weight Watchers plan by counting points
and taking accountability for everything she puts in her body. She has
oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast. For dinner, she sticks to
protein and plenty of vegetables.
But at lunch, she says, she
eats out every single day. Her strategy? "I literally check out every
item on the food menus in my local area, and I make conscious choices
and good decisions on what I am putting in my body."
incorporated exercise into her routine. "I have never been very patient,
so I knew in order to stick with this I was going to need to see
She began to do Zumba with her husband and kids on
their Wii game console. She started walking the trail around her
neighborhood, then running. By July 2012, with her new active lifestyle,
she was down to 225 pounds.
Today, Horton has reached her goal
weight of 142 pounds and, to be honest, she doesn't know what's next.
She's thinking of dealing with some of the excess skin that she has from
the weight loss, but other than that, she says she's comfortable with
her weight and body. She's lost a total of 177 pounds from her highest
weight and says she feels like "a totally different person."
credits her husband with some of her success, saying he's been
supportive since Day One of her weight-loss journey. She appreciates
that he's never tried to change her eating habits or derail her plan,
even though the couple find it costs more to eat healthy.
about a pound or two pounds of grapes per day. It's an expensive habit,"
she says, laughing. "He hasn't divorced me for driving us to financial
ruin because of my grape habit."
She'll also soon start work as a
part-time receptionist for the Weight Watchers in her neighborhood. She
says she's excited to help others and considers herself the first line
of offense: The receptionist is the person a potential Weight Watcher
speaks to about their trials and triumphs when they check in. Plus, it
will help her stay accountable because anyone who works for Weight
Watchers must stay at their goal weight.
"The best advice I can
give to people is to face their whole life down," she says. Horton says
she believes weight gain is a symptom of other issues. "You can't take
control over just one aspect of your life; you have to take control over
everything. Once you do that, then your journey can begin."
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Friday, December 6 2013 4:58 PM EST2013-12-06 21:58:16 GMT
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY (KYTX) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has arrested a Nacogdoches Man on Child Pornography charges after a search warrant was conducted on his residence. Sheriff Jason BridgesMore >>
Justin LeJeune, a former employee of Nacogdoches ISD, has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 12:55 PM EST2013-12-06 17:55:46 GMT
LONGVIEW (KYTX) - One person is dead this morning after a train and vehicle collided in the 4000 block of EEstes Parkway in Longview. The incident happened around 3:00 Friday morning. Several lanes ofMore >>
One person is dead this morning after a train and vehicle collided in the 4000 block of Estes Parkway in Longview.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 12:48 PM EST2013-12-06 17:48:14 GMT
KILGORE (KYTX) - Bank robber, Randall Wikert, has plead guilty and accepted a 20 year prison sentence. His parole was also revoked. Mr Wikert robbed Bank Texas located at the Gateway Travel Center,More >>
Bank robber, Randall Wikert, has plead guilty and accepted a 20 year prison sentence.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 10:00 PM EST2013-12-07 03:00:23 GMT
(KYTX) - Tyler Police Department is responding to a call about a robbery in Tyler. Tyler Police tell us that the robbery was reported at 914 West Front St. around 6 p.m. Friday night. Details are limitedMore >>
Tyler Police Department is responding to a call about a robbery in Tyler.More >>
TYLER (KYTX) - With cold weather comes more problems for pets. Many cats and dogs not only could face cold nights with the freezing temperatures ahead. But so many stray animals have no where to go toMore >>
With cold weather comes more problems for pets.
Many cats and dogs not only could face cold nights with the freezing temperatures ahead.
But so many stray animals have no where to go to stay warm.
A mother turns to the Internet to help her son understand that glasses "are cool"More >>
It all began with a simple request back in October from a mom on Facebook: "Please share a picture of yourself in glasses so that Noah can see how many awesome people wear glasses!" It was on a page called Glasses for Noah, made by Lindsey Fisher for her son.More >>