UPDATED: SparkPeople Member in People--and on the Today Show!

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1/2/2011 9:39 PM   :  166 comments   :  41,073 Views

UPDATED: Did you miss Christina's Today Show appearance? Watch now!

Great news! SparkPeople member Christina Cores is featured on the cover of People magazine's annual "Half Their Size" issue (on newsstands tomorrow, Dec. 31)--and she'll be on the Today Show on Monday, Jan. 3 at 8:18 a.m. The story was also picked up by the syndicated shows ET, Inside Edition, and Extra. (Check local listings for times.) WooHoo!

Christina (she's the woman on the right on the cover) lost 122 pounds and became the person she always knew she wanted to be. You can read her weight-loss story in People, but here it is in her own poignant and touching words:

People are always amazedů They can't believe it's me or that I [lost] it all without surgery or diet pills. I was not heavy as a young child. However around the age of 7, I began gaining weight. My parents got divorced and then the weight began showing more and more.

I hit 240 pounds when my father unexpectedly died. I was 15 years old at the time. My mom decided that we should move, and by that time I had given up on life. I lost my dad, and I was about to move and begin high school. Three major life changes all in one year. I ate when I was bored, happy, and sad; I didn't find comfort unless I was eating.

I got teased all throughout my life. I was always the big girl. I never got involved in sports of activities because I knew my weight was too much of issue. I felt trapped in my own body. I had such a great personality, but no one could ever see past how I looked. I remember walking up a flight of stairs in high school and literally being out of breath for the first 10 minutes of class. I always looked at the beautiful girls and how happy they seemed. I began wondering "Why can't that be me?" I was so young and I had already let my body go.

Shopping was always the worst experience for me. It always led to tears and really put a damper on my self esteem. I started thinking more and more about changing my lifestyle. I knew it would take more than a diet to change my life around. I was afraid no one would take me seriously or believe in me. It was time for a change. I became so intrigued by my idea to change myself that I learned as much as I could about reading labels, reading different diet books, talking to people that have lost weight and I took all that I learned and began my journey.

I'll never forget when I first stepped on the scale and saw that I was losing weight. That moment I knew: "I'm not looking back I can only go forward." My first goal was to lose 50 pounds, which at the time I wasn't sure was possible. I kept working out and paying attention to what I was putting into my body, and the clothes got bigger and bigger. I hit my goal of 50 pounds, looked in the mirror and decided "Well I'm still overweight but WOW I lost 50 pounds!"

I continued with my routine, and I did hit some plateaus along the way--and those are very frustrating. I never gave up. I continued to play with my workout routine and adjust my eating according to my body. One memory that I still hold dear to my heart is when I went shopping for the first time for a brand new pair of jeans. I always felt awkward going into Express when I was big but now I wasn't as big. I immediately grabbed the biggest pair of jeans I could find because that's what I was used to doing. The sales clerk reassured me that was not my size. I left that day feeling on top of the world. I was wearing jeans I once couldn't even slide my leg into.

Once I lost all the weight I was concerned because losing the weight is one battle and keeping it off is another. I still, of course, allowed myself to eat sweets from time to time.

Recently I decided to enter a beauty contest. I was extremely nervous about the whole thing because from time to time the "fat girl mentality" kicks in. Once the pageant began, I was up on stage and the feeling was indescribable. I felt so accomplished and proud of myself. I did what I would've considered impossible a few years back. During my biography at the pageant I did include my weight loss the audience clapped and numerous women came up to me after the show congratulating me for making top 10 but also telling me I was now their inspiration. Hearing that means so much to me. The choreographer suggested to me that I get my story out there because, it's so moving and I could really make a difference in the world.

The number one thing I realized during this whole process is that you truly can accomplish what may seem impossible. That it's never too late to turn your life around and I can guarantee you will not regret making better choices for your health, body, and your spirit!


Congratulations, Christina (tinybubbles4)!

Want more inspiration? Lessie (FLABBYASIAN), Brandy (BBANGEL1214), and Birdie (MOM5INFL) have also shared their stories in People.

Will you tune in or pick up a copy of the magazine?


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Comments

  • DIVASPARK
    166
    very nice read the magazine - 1/6/2011   5:32:59 PM
  • GETTING2GOOD
    165
    I'm reading. - 1/5/2011   9:08:07 PM
  • 164
    of course, I buy the People magazine every week. Loved the article. thanks. - 1/4/2011   7:56:37 PM
  • 163
    of course, I buy the People magazine every week. Loved the article. thanks. - 1/4/2011   7:56:27 PM
  • 162
    Disappointing Christina did not mention SP and Matt Laeur gave the other two more airtime even though Christina looked gorgeous! Congrats! - 1/4/2011   7:41:53 PM
  • SAVINGRACE1025
    161
    What an inspiration! You look gorgeous! Congrats on the success! - 1/4/2011   6:12:32 PM
  • 160
    Truly inspiring! - 1/3/2011   11:44:18 PM
  • 159
    THANK YOU SPARK FOR MAKING IT SO EASY FOR US TO STAY UP TO DATE, I APPRECIATE THIS LINK.

    CONGRATS TO ALL 3 LADIES FOR WORKING SO HARD AND YOU ALL LOOK SOOOO HAPPY. - 1/3/2011   11:14:31 PM
  • WITAWYMYN
    158
    Congratulations Christina, you've worked hard and really shine! - 1/3/2011   10:55:36 PM
  • FOX2566
    157
    What an impressive story. Thank you and your health will thank you, too! - 1/3/2011   10:18:59 PM
  • SCHOOLPSYCH12
    156
    You were beautiful! Congratulations!!!! What an inspiration. - 1/3/2011   10:14:51 PM
  • 155
    This article is why I found sparkpeople :) - 1/3/2011   10:01:42 PM
  • LINDA5758
    154
    I watched the video and I want to congrat to only 3 woman. - 1/3/2011   9:45:04 PM
  • MARYEB02
    153
    Hello all! I saw the segment on the Today show and was VERY impressed with all of you. I bought the People issue today and noticed Spark People and here I am! I really need you all in my quest to finally lose weight. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration. - 1/3/2011   9:02:52 PM
  • 152
    I'll watch the video a little bit later but I did get to pick up that issue of People magazine and it was so inspiring seeing the group of people who lost weight the healthy weigh instead of going on fad diets/going under the knife. It gives me hope. - 1/3/2011   8:56:29 PM
  • 151
    Thanks for providing the link since I missed it this morning. Too bad Spark People is not mentioned but I am sure there is a good reason for that. - 1/3/2011   8:51:15 PM
  • 150
    Great story, very inspiring I hope to be there soon.. - 1/3/2011   8:32:26 PM
  • EVE22DETERMINED
    149
    After reading all these comments and viewing the today show I am inspired to keep my vision and I will lose the weight and work hard at keeping it off. Never having been overweight this is an experience for me and I am sure I will continue to read the blogs and all the great articles to keep me focused. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to write it really is great to hear each story and read the comments. - 1/3/2011   8:24:59 PM
  • 148
    These interviews are never easy and time is extremely limited, meaning that you have to be prepared with talking points well ahead. I participated in a radio program in November 2009 prior to the release of "The Spark" and it was nerve-wracking - doing this live, on-camera, is even tougher! Christina's example is hugely motivating and I imagine that the magazine article is well-detailed but I was disappointed that no mention at all was made of SparkPeople.com. She said, "I found a support system... Everyday I go on there and I'm motivated and inspired..." but, "there" was never identified and Matt Lauer didn't follow up with what, to me, would have been an obvious question! - 1/3/2011   7:59:33 PM
  • 147
    Wow cover of PEOPLE Magazine! Way to go you look amazing! - 1/3/2011   7:31:49 PM
  • ICANCANTI
    146
    Way to go! You look great! - 1/3/2011   7:04:54 PM
  • 145
    You Look Goooooooood Girl!!!! LOL! Work It Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl.. - 1/3/2011   6:23:04 PM
  • 4EVERFIT011
    144
    Congratulations and thanks for the incentive to keep going! - 1/3/2011   5:53:24 PM
  • 143
    Fantastic!!! - 1/3/2011   5:45:49 PM
  • NEWMESC
    142
    I saw you on tv this a.m. Keep up the good work! - 1/3/2011   5:37:57 PM
  • 141
    Great article! Congrats, Christina! - 1/3/2011   5:33:08 PM
  • 140
    What a Great incentive to all of us to see how well the 3 of you did. Thank You for sharing. - 1/3/2011   5:13:00 PM
  • 139
    One word........... WOW - 1/3/2011   5:08:43 PM
  • 138
    Great article, I am so excited and happy for you! Keep up the great work! - 1/3/2011   5:08:29 PM
  • 137
    Very inspiring stories! Great job. - 1/3/2011   4:57:16 PM
  • 136
    Hey everyone im getting ready to head back home what a day i've had!! The segment before me ran long. I ended up getting cut off. I was suppose to have more time but matt cut me off. I said support system with every Intention of spreading spark. I'm know how excited spark members were to see me on today. Right at the moment I was going to say sparkpeople I was done. Don't br dissappointed beacause im spreading lots of spark and will always continue to! Next time im on camera I wont waste any time I didn't think I was being flown to new york for such a short interview.hopefully there'll be another one soon!! Thank u for the love and support - 1/3/2011   4:53:13 PM
  • 135
    I also noticed she did not mention sparkpeople on the show but I also wondered if she was asked not to ... one never knows ~ Donna - 1/3/2011   4:31:13 PM
  • 134
    I was disappointed that when she mentioned her support system she did not give a shout out to Spark People :( - 1/3/2011   3:04:41 PM
  • 133
    Thank you for the boldness to tell your story! It provides hope for all of us!! - 1/3/2011   1:11:30 PM
  • 132
    Congratulations! What an inspiration to the rest of us! - 1/3/2011   12:45:31 PM
  • 131
    Congratulations Christina, you are an inspiration to all who are struggling to lose weight. You are living proof that weight can be lost without diet pills, fad diets, and/or surgery. All it takes is the motivation and support that you received from SparkPeople.

    I watched you on the Today Show and you looked amazing. However, I was disappointed that you were cut off and unable to tell the whole story, which includes mentioning that you used SparkPeople for a support system. Since your segment was so short, I decided to get your story out there by sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. - 1/3/2011   12:17:13 PM
  • KHOUSLEY
    130
    Inspiring! It's people like yourself who have set and achieved their goals, who inspire others. We definitely need more people sharing their stories. - 1/3/2011   11:56:30 AM
  • 129
    Congrats to you Christina!! - 1/3/2011   11:42:30 AM
  • 128
    Congratulations! WoW! Beauty Pageant, that is a big accomplishment. Great for you. - 1/3/2011   11:40:21 AM
  • 127
    I was looking at this cover in the check out line at the grocery store yesterday - nice job! - 1/3/2011   11:29:10 AM
  • 126
    Way to go...what an inspiration!

    Spark On!
    Deb :) - 1/3/2011   11:25:45 AM
  • 125
    Way to go...what an inspiration!

    Spark On!
    Deb :) - 1/3/2011   11:25:43 AM
  • TILLY601
    124
    Saw you on Today and thought you looked fabulous. When you mentioned the support that you receive online, I knew you had to be talking about SparkPeople. Thanks for showing that you don't have to join expensive weight loss programs or go on crazy diets to be successful. Can't wait to read more about your story in People. - 1/3/2011   11:16:40 AM
  • 123
    Wow. SO inspirational. You make me wanna make the change Christina! As of today I changed my eating habits and took a walk for the first time in a very long time. I am gonna make this happen, just like you did! You are phenominal! - 1/3/2011   10:59:36 AM
  • 122
    I just read the People article on Saturday. Thanks for being an inspiration. - 1/3/2011   10:49:03 AM
  • 121
    Yeah! I saw this just in time to turn on the TV and see you on TODAY. Congratulations! You are an inspiration! God bless and keep you on your life journey! - 1/3/2011   10:32:36 AM
  • 120
    Wow, you look great and thanks for sharing your story. You are trully going to help a lot of people who are on the verge of giving up and it is great that you are sharing your story. Congrats on the weight loss and have a wonderful year. God bless - 1/3/2011   10:06:26 AM
  • 119
    Congratulations! I bought the magazine yesterday and just watched the video. The magazine did a much better job of covering. Very inspiring. - 1/3/2011   10:01:32 AM
  • 118
    Congratulations on all you've accomplished! What a great success story to start the year. - 1/3/2011   9:49:42 AM
  • 117
    I believe that you can go to the Today show website to watch the days telecast.

    I know I'll be giving it a try. - 1/3/2011   9:31:44 AM

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