She started walking for 30 minutes most days and then asked friends to join her. "Talking and looking at the Seattle skyline helps the time and miles pass," says Kay, who now lives in Prairie Village, Kan.
Kay says she's not the sort of person who can lose weight just by exercising, so she's been conscious of what she eats, and tries to eat between 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day.
Kay says her biggest challenge to overcome was (and sometimes still is) portion control. "There is a difference between a spoonful and a shovelful of food, and over time I have learned to be satisfied with smaller portions of food."