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✷My Weightloss Journey


I have been overweight most of my life. Even when I was not "obese" I still saw myself as HUGE in the mirror! I was a twirler in highschool and therefore had to wear a skimpy little outfit and go in front of crowds of people to twirl. I was always self-conscious about how I looked in the uniforms, but I wanted to twirl so badly that I just pushed it in the back of my head to deal with later. When I graduated highschool and started my first year of college, I gained the dreaded "freshman 15",  plus about 15 more. I then started thinking that if I was ever going to get a date, I needed to lose weight. So for all of the wrong reasons (including a certain boy) I stopped eating and started exercising.  I did Tae Bo an hour a day, 5 times a week. I would then eat a sandwich for dinner. That's all. A sandwich all day. I lost 50 lbs. in 3 months. I still felt so incredibly huge (and was told often by someone that I was). I look back at pictures now and wish I could be that size again! Then it happened...I met a boy. It wasn't the boy I had had a crush on for 2 yrs. It was his friend. He declared his love for me and I accepted his request for a date. I would not eat anything in front of him at first, but quickly learned that it was ok. Fast forward 9 years....I have gained 111 pounds! The best part (which can also be a curse) is that my husband loves me EXACTLY the way I am! He tells me daily, multiple times a day, how beautiful I am! He has been one of my inspiration's to become healthy. Knowing he thinks I am beautiful the way I am has actually given me more self-confidence. I actually feel "cute" when I am in workout clothes because he tells me I look cute when I workout. He has given me the confidence I need to start exercising and eating healthy. He has given me the confidence to start running!

This was me after I had lost the 50 lbs. I would love to get to this weight again!

I started "working out" in September of 2009 after I finished Nursing School and had gained 20 more pounds. I then had over 100 lbs to lose!  I always wanted to run, but I kept telling myself "If I can just lose 100 lbs, I can start running".  Well after "working out" (doing the elliptical 3 times a week, 2 hours at a time, and doing weight machines) and changing my eating habits, I only lost 11 lbs in 10 months. Very discouraging. I made a decision to quit wasting time saying "When I do this...", stop thinking about all the weight I need to lose,  and just start the Couch to 5K program and start running. I had always loved the idea of running. I have wanted to be able to just go out and run a few miles if I'm stressed or just need to be in my happy place.  I thought, since I want to run, I just need to do it and not worry about waiting to lose a few pounds first. So that's what I did!

  This is me at my sister-in-laws wedding in June 2010.

I started running with the C25K program on July 14, 2010. I had a miscarriage at the end of June 2010, and wanted to start my running so I could lose weight if we started to think about a family.
I then found out I was pregnant in August 2010, had a miscarriage in September 2010, then found out I was pregnant again in October 2010! I had finished the C25K program at the beginning of October, right before we moved to Fort Worth and found out we were pregnant for the 3rd time. I then had to put off my running in order to have a healthy pregnancy. I was a bit disappointed, but knew it was worth it!

 Me a week and a day before I had Sophia.

I had my beautiful baby girl on June 17, 2011!

I have now started to run again in attempts to lose my baby weight plus 90 pounds!

I now have another reason to run...
Love this face :)

I am now the leader of the Fort Worth Chapter of Moms RUN This Town!
I try to run a few times a week with my fellow MRTT moms and am working on eating healthier and losing that weight! I'm loosing verrrry slowly, but I'm not giving up! I love running and hope my daughter can choose a healthier lifestyle because of my choices! :)

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  1. Wow! Loved reading your story and hearing how far you've come physically and emotionally in your journey! It's exciting to see you continuing your success and I'm thankful for your inspiration and the motivation you give me, esp. when I open my Nike+ app and see how much you've already run that day or week! Keep it up, girl! I'm rooting for you!

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