The Mom Who Lost 80 Pounds After One Insult

Sparked by a negative comment at a local pool, Peggy Pullen went from sacrificing everything for others to loving herself enough to change for the better. Watch her inspirational video!

Words hurt, but they also have the power to drive change. No one knows that better than 46-year-old Peggy Pullen. After all, a negative comment from a child at a pool on a warm summer day in 2014 is what sparked her desire to transform.

“He called me a hippopotamus!” she exclaims, recalling the incident that left the then-200-pound, 5-foot-3 mom embarrassed—mortified, in fact. “That really hurt,” she says. “Moms sacrifice our bodies, endure sleep deprivation, and have no time for ourselves. I’ve changed 10,000 diapers and nursed my children for 10 years straight—two kids at a time. I homeschooled my children for 14 years—by the time they were 18 months, they were fully potty trained, and at 4 years old, they were reading and writing. I had given so much.”

For Peggy, taking care of others came at a cost. Days spent catering to a family took their toll. Time spent counting points with Weight Watchers, popping diet pills, and chasing a “quick fix”—paired with years spent uncomfortably squeezing into a girdle—finally came to a head that day at the pool. Painful as it was, it was the push Peggy needed to muster enough determination to finally lose weight and live fit, once and for all.

This is Peggy’s story.