DETROIT -- Loretta Moore looked at herself in the mirror one morning and didn't like what she saw.
"I was ridiculously overweight," Moore said. "I couldn't get into most of my clothes anymore."
Standing 5-feet-4, Moore weighed 252 pounds.
That image was all it took for Moore, 56, of Detroit to start walking regularly.
It took a funeral for Jodi Davis.
At the funeral of a relative, she watched as the woman's son cried at his mother's casket. The woman who had died was in her early 40s.
"I thought that could be me" in the casket, said Davis, 45, of Coloma in western Michigan. Davis, too, was extremely obese. She is 5-feet-6 and weighed 300 pounds.
Although they live in different parts of the state, Moore and Davis took similar steps to get their weight and health under control.
They began walking regularly and eliminated a lot of sugary and high-fat foods from their diets.
Moore shed 69 pounds in the past two years and is working toward losing more. And she no longer takes medications to control her once-high blood pressure.
After dropping 162 pounds over 16 months, Davis has maintained her weight for about 10 years. She became a healthy living advocate for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and is featured on the cover of the recently released "The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration" (Wiley, $27.99) by Joy Bauer, a nutrition expert on NBC's "Today" show.