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Lainie Messina isn't a model, an athlete, a paid spokesperson for an energy pill, or an actress. Her photos on Instagram aren't Photoshopped, and her weightloss journey isn't one that happened overnight, or even in 30 days.

But over the last few years, Messina, who had a mid-life crisis at 44-years-old, started changing her eating habits and her fitness habits. Now she's about 75 pounds lighter than she was in 2013.

She's working hard to keep it off — the majority of people who lose a lot of weight tend to gain some or all of it back — but she knows it'll be just as hard to maintain her weightloss as it was to shed the extra pounds.

A few weeks ago, we talked to Messina about her eating habits before she started changing her life — and what she eats now. You can read about that here.

Now, Messina shares 9 tips for those who are beginning their weightloss journey, or trying to stay on its path.

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