After losing 104 pounds through diet and exercise, Kristen Foley's tale of how she changed her life one jog at a time was inspirational enough to attract a national magazine. Shape's December issue focuseson Foley in the popular feature "Success Story."

After losing 104 pounds through diet and exercise, Kristen Foley's tale of how she changed her life one jog at a time was inspirational enough to attract a national magazine. Shape's December issue focuseson Foley in the popular feature "Success Story." We caught up with Foley at Grandview Yard to talk about what inspired her to get fit (after seeing the towers fall on Sept. 11 while she lived in New York, her "problems became miniscule compared to what the world was going through") and the need for balance when trying to lose weight ("I'm not ever going to turn down a piece of pizza"). And, of course, a chance to show off that rocking new body. Foley's favorites Place for healthy food: Whole Foods and Trader Joe's Gym: Urban Active in Grandview Workout gear: From Old Navy and VSX Sexy Sport. "The first time I wore a pair of the workout pants from VSX on a run I got two whistles, three honks and one 'Hey, baby.' I guess they looked pretty good." Long run sustenance: Chocolate Outrage GU Energy Gel Local health guru: David Babner, director of the Capital City Half Marathon. "It's so inspirational that he wants to help others lose weight and get fit." Trail to jog: Clifton Gorge in Yellow Springs Guilty pleasures: Jeni's Pistachio & Honey and Bakery Gingham cupcakes. "I can't eat Hostess cakes anymore. Now I want my treats to be creative, inventive." Rewards for her weight loss: "Obviously the clothes. I love Rowe [boutique in the Short North]… The first time I hit a single digit size I cried in the dressing room. I'm lucky that I can say I achieved that. Losing weight also built my confidence. Now I make bolder statements." Weight-loss tip: "Start small. Don't think marathon, think 10 minutes and then keep adding time. That's the key." Photo by Jodi Miller