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Embarrassing Dive Moment Leads to a Major Diet

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A year ago, Blanaid OSullivan from Loudwater, England, weighed around 230 pounds. Her dress size was 22. But thanks to a moment on the dive boat that left her mortified, she weighs 140 pounds and wears a size 8.

OSullivan, 47, who works as a medical company director, said that constant travel had led to bad, on-the-go eating and too many dinners with clients. She became so heavy that she couldnt haul herself unaided back onto the boat after a dive. The thought of not being able to operate effectively as a diver was the last straw. I realized that if I didnt do something about my weight, I might never get back into the water again, she told Diver.

In January, OSullivan was awarded Action Woman Slimmer of the Year by the British chain of fitness clubs she belongs to. Because of her 90-pound weight loss and her regular exercise routine, OSullivan now slips into a size medium wetsuit.

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