Lunch lady loses 100 pounds after eating own cafeteria food

BAYTOWN, TX (KPRC) – A Texas lunch lady is 100 pounds lighter after eating her her own cafeteria food every day for a year.

Tammy McRae works at Carver Elementary School in Baytown.

McRae started out as a dishwasher and was quickly promoted to cafeteria manager because of her upbeat attitude.

“I took the job and I initially lost 15 pounds out of nervousness,” McRae told KPRC-TV. “I felt so much better after I lost that weight.”

So in September 2015, at 260 pounds, McRae decided to ditch her junk diet once and for all.

“I would go to Wendy’s and get supersize everything or McDonald’s and get supersize everything,” McRae said.

She said she would also eat donuts for breakfast on most days.

McRae then started eating breakfast and lunch from her cafeteria menu every single day. One example of breakfast includes fresh fruit and cereal. Lunch options might include broccoli and cheese baked potato, boneless chicken wings or sun butter and jelly.

She started feeling better about herself and became more active, mowing the lawn regularly and taking her dogs out for frequent walks.

Fast-forward to the end of September 2016, and McRae weighs 160 pounds.

“I’m a better manager, I make better decisions and it’s not because I’m thinner, it’s because I’m healthier,” McRae told KPRC-TV.

McRae said she plans to stick to her diet and doesn’t ever want to go back to her old ways.

“I did it for me, and everything else is just icing on the cake,” McRae said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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