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One Year, One Girl, 120 Pounds. My Mini Blog Essay

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Hi Guys,

I had a mini essay I was asked to write for my Fitness Studio's blog. I thought I would share it with you. It's nothing special, but I thought it was sweet and straight to the point! Enjoy.


One Year, One Girl, 120 Pounds
I was an obese girl, now Iím not. Itís that simple.

I made a decision in my mind that I wanted a change for the better. I wanted a healthy outlook on life. I wanted to love myself and have the confidence that I knew I deserved. I wanted to be proud. I wanted others to be proud. But most of all I wanted to prove every person that said I couldnít lose weight dead wrong. It started with a modest decision. Thatís all it takes.
A little history about myselfÖI was born large. Iíve always been large. Born 9 pounds 11 ounces, size 16 by the 3rd grade, size 24 by the 6th grade, and 300 pounds by high school. I never knew what a calorie was until I graduated. I seldom exercised. I was in terrible shape.








Yep. That was me. So how did I do it? Diet Pills? Stomach Staples? Wired Jaw? Cabbage Soup? Jenny Craig? None of the above. Although the math for losing weight and becoming a strong and fit individual may seem like a difficult equation, in reality itís just a simple calculation.

Diet + Exercise + Dedication = Success

I found a website called Sparkpeople.com and started there. I spent hours researching and learning about calories, macro and micronutrients, cardio, strength training, and found a virtual support where others like myself where starting, progressing, or succeeding in their weightloss journey.

I revamped my diet and ate clean whole foods while tracking everything I ate everyday. I gave up soda and introduced myself to a little beverage named H20. I began cooking all my meals instead of eating out so much. I cut out fatty meats, sugar, and ice cream. I stopped eating ALL the time and found some new hobbies, like exercise.

I spent the first 3 months on an elliptical in my apartment for 30 minutes a day. It was a great start, but I grew bored and uninterested in stationary equipment. I wanted to do fun exercises that I would read about in my friendsí blogs. Things like Kickboxing, Yoga, and Zumba. My quest for fun exercise landed me at Fitness Witness Studio. I was unsure exactly what the classes would entail. I was even more unsure whether I would fit in with what I assumed was a class full of overly fit women who were ready to put me to shame. I was terrified.

To my utter amazement Fitness Classes turned out to be exactly what I needed. There were no Fitness Models in Jane Fonda Leotards pouncing around constantly showing me up. Just real people. A variety of all shapes and sizes sweating and breathing heavily for the same reasons as I was. To be healthy and enjoy exercising. To succeed.

So the pounds began to melt off. Literally. For 365 days straight I tracked my food religiously. I exercised 5 days a week. I would do any class. Boot Camp, Kick Boxing, Spin, Yoga, Circuit and WeightsÖBring It. I felt invincible.

I began at over 300 pounds and stand at 168 today. Iíve maintained for nearly 2 years. I still exercise regularly. I have a very good diet as well. Iím not perfect. I splurge on indulgences just like the next person. I can rarely say no to chocolate and peanut butter. But I practice moderation. I believe thatís a prime key to making this a lifestyle change.

So itís that simple. Easy? Absolutely not. But it is simple. The biggest point is that if I can do it anyone can. You just have to make that decision with yourself, stay committed, and enjoy life.


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SEPTGIRL1966 7/1/2014 4:18PM

  Thanks I am trying to get myself to seriously commit looking for the magic thing to push me to that point. You made me realize there is no point. I just have to say I am gonna do this. You look great!! emoticon

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UNSTRUNG 6/29/2014 8:50AM

    WOW!


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GINA180847 5/16/2014 12:27PM

    So awesome I am left speechless!

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ALP923 4/17/2014 3:19PM

  thanks for the inspiration!

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LORIVIOLA 4/17/2014 9:18AM

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SWAN47 3/3/2014 7:20AM

    Great job and it wasn't easy! I hope you continue your journey and explore many adventures in your life. This was just the beginning. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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CARD512002 2/28/2014 8:42AM

  I love reading your blog. Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep it up emoticon emoticon

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GOAL_IS_170 2/22/2014 2:54PM

    Amazing

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LUVKARLA 2/12/2014 12:17AM

    You look great!

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BDRFLI 1/31/2014 12:03PM

    way to go, miss lady!!!

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NAESREALITY 1/31/2014 10:07AM

    Great job! Look at you!!

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JEWELS571 1/29/2014 4:17PM

    Wonderful job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TERRYT55 1/22/2014 12:04PM

    What a great blog! Congrats on your success......I'm feeling extra inspired after reading your story.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/22/2014 8:36AM

    Great story!
Congratulations and continued success!

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LISASGONNADOIT 1/21/2014 10:30AM

    Congratulations on your success! You look amazing. You ARE an inspiration. So proud of you!!

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COLEE82 1/18/2014 1:26PM

    Congrats! You have worked so hard and it's obvious that you look and feel great. So inspiring, thanks for sharing!

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1GROVES2 1/15/2014 11:44AM

    GREAT JOB......and thanks for sharing your message and being an inspiration to many.

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MCJULIEO 1/10/2014 9:43AM

    Just what I needed to hear today!

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TRYING2BHAPPY 1/7/2014 11:25AM

  Awesome!

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KENWANNE2013 1/2/2014 4:45PM

    Really inspirational. thank you for sharing.

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RPLAMORTE 1/2/2014 7:40AM

    Your "formula" is right on the money! And as you say, while the formula is easy, the execution is hard. Hard work. Good for you! Congratulations on your success.

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MAYBER 1/1/2014 7:33PM

    You are amazing and thank you for sharing your experience it has been a help to more people than you can ever imagine
wishing you the best as you continue on your journey
One day at a time
Love prayers peace
Bernice
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ANGELN325 12/31/2013 12:53PM

    WTG! Awesome transformation!

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TALLCHICA 12/30/2013 9:49PM

  Great job! I love the cats on your wall too!

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GINIEMIE 12/30/2013 5:12PM

    Amazing, you are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story with us and the pictures too.
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CATNCAG 12/30/2013 1:57PM

    Wow! U r truly my hero. Reading this made me cry tears of joy for u! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 12/29/2013 8:34PM

    WOW WEE This is awesome!

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LEMONADRIENNE 12/23/2013 1:09PM

  You are adorable and a huge inspiration! How tall are you (just curious-I'm tall)

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WYLIEGIRL13 12/18/2013 10:30AM

  AWESOME! Inspiring and to repeat what you already know, you are beautiful and I love the way you put your journey into words to inspire! Thank you!

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LEANMEAN2 12/18/2013 5:06AM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to all.

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REALLYRETIRED 12/17/2013 10:10AM

    You put it so simply. I will print it out and post it all over the place.
Thank you for putting out there such an inspirational piece(-:
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COOKINGIRL 12/16/2013 8:16PM

    You are so awesome and inspiring! Love your dedication. You look beautiful.

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1GROVES2 12/16/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon And totally amazing!
Congratulations!!

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MSCOPE10 12/16/2013 11:32AM

    Congrats on the healthy lifestyle and for being an inspiration to others. Way to go!! emoticon

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JBLOSSOM 12/15/2013 10:36PM

    You have inspired me! You have a wonderful message to share. Thanks for letting us all know.
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BETONME2 12/15/2013 8:54AM

    Truly inspiring,

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MOREPOUNDS 12/14/2013 11:35PM

    Great Job :-) :-) :-)

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MARILYNROBERT 12/14/2013 10:56PM

    Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYWITHPURPOSE 12/14/2013 6:34PM

  You rock girl! So proud of you-GREAT JOB!!!
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/14/2013 3:58PM

    Wow, you look marvelous!
Wishing you continued success with maintenance and life!
Hugs,
Mary

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DAILYCHOICES 12/13/2013 7:02PM

    Wow! You look amazing! Fantastic job! emoticon

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RAESUN54 12/13/2013 6:05PM

    Very inspiring story. Enjoyed reading your story. emoticon

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FLYCHRISTI 12/13/2013 3:12PM

    Thanks for sharing! You look fantastic!
Thanks again.
Christina
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MRSRIGS1 12/13/2013 11:56AM

    Your story is very inspiring! Thank you! emoticon

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CHIPPEE 12/13/2013 7:35AM

    You make me smile, you give me hope; You go, Girl!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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NGHICKERSON 12/11/2013 12:21PM

    Very inspiring! I was wondering though... Did you have any problems with excess skin after losing that much? I want to lose around 70 lbs, and I'm afraid I will have problems, especially in my belly and under arm areas. emoticon

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BJMC01 12/10/2013 10:33PM

    Amazing and inspiring. Good for you keeping it off!

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BECKYJ561 12/10/2013 3:00PM

  Congratulations. You are just as beautiful as before but it was hidden. Keep up the exercising. emoticon


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NETTYNICOLE 12/10/2013 12:45PM

    You look amazing! Great job!

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