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  Week of 12/5/2013 - Featured Blog Post

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 weight loss 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 a fitness 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 the 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.

Click here to see more amazing before and after photos from her weight loss journey! ›

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