60,000-79,999 SparkPoints 60,495

In Hawaii in January 2013, at 152 lbs

My one-year comparison at a 70 lb loss (2011: 230 lbs, 2012: 160 lbs)

At 150 lbs, January 2013


New Shoes


New Jeans

FATGIRLRUNN is a SparkPeople Motivator!

See All SparkPeople Motivators
Interact with FATGIRLRUNN
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

Weighed 230 lbs in November 2011. Weighed 140 in April 2013. Lost 70 lbs from November 2011 to November 2012. Hit goal of 90 lbs lost on April 16, 2013. Celebrated one year of maintenance on April 16, 2014. Fell down between November 2013 and October 2015 and gained back 40 pounds. Trying to get back on the wagon. Did it all on my own: no fad diets, no paid programs, no nutritionist, no personal trainer! All done with food lifestyle changes, and I took up running in July 2012. Have run several 5Ks, race PR is 26:23.5. 10K PR is 57:43. First 15K was in August 2013 with a 1:34:25. I ran my first half marathon in October 2013 and, despite recovering from an injury, finished in 2:42:34. I'm a 32-year-old professional meeting planner and live just outside of Chicago. I’m also a grad student, getting a master's in sports administration. I fancy myself a "real" runner and religiously devour Runner's World and Women's Running (and usually Women's Health and Shape) magazines monthly! I blog at http://www.fatgirlrunn.com But my real religion is hockey and I am a big Washington Capitals fan!

Member Since: 1/13/2013

Fitness Minutes: 110,619

My Goals:
Maintain. Run a 5K in under 26 minutes. Finish a half marathon in under 2:15.

My Program:
Eating right, running, cross training on non-running days.

Personal Information:
My name is Erika, I'm from Chicagoland, and you can read my weight loss/running blog at http://www.fatgirlrunn.com. Massive hockey fan, Washington Capitals superfan.

5K PR: 26:23.5
10K PR: 57:43
15K PR: 1:34:25
Half Marathon PR: 2:42:34

Other Information:

Read More About FATGIRLRUNN - Profile Information moved here. (Updated November 11)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"
My Goals:

My Program:

Personal Information:

Other Information:

Personal Signature: (Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
252 Maintenance Weeks
Login to Leave Comment
  • v REDMOM21
    I just read your blog post and Wow! I saw a lot of similarities. My name is Erika (with a K too), I am 5'6 and have struggled with weight, depression and overeating for comfort. I am just re-starting my journey.
    738 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Wishing you a Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    787 days ago
  • v AZIUGA
    Thank you for adding me back. It seems we have a little in common and hope that we can provide some good support for each other :)
    810 days ago
  • v FITBYSEPT2016
    I read your success story and also am 5'6" and 230 pounds with my goal weight being 140. I am giving myself 11 months to reach my goal. You are an inspiration! I hope it is OK that I added you as a SP friend! emoticon
    851 days ago
    I just read your story and it really hits home with me. Almost everything, except you are a lot younger, emoticon is what I am living. I lost my job a month ago. I started running, well, jogging, a few months ago. I am signed up for a Disney 5k in January and have done a few of them locally in preparation.
    Your story has really inspired me. I was doing ok and losing weight up until I lost my job and then those bad unwanted feelings came back. I am going to think of your story when I start feeling hopeless and get right back on track ! THANKS ! emoticon
    870 days ago
Member Comments (171):  < Previous12345Next >Last >>