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Afraid She Wouldn’t See Her 40th Birthday, Eve Parker Lost 150 Pounds

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Afraid She Wouldnt See Her 40th Birthday, Eve Parker Lost 150 PoundsName: Eve Parker

Age: 27
Height: 5’3″
Before Weight: 340 pounds

How I Gained It: Diet was my first four letter word. When I was crowned “Star of the Week” in kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, to which I responded, “I want to be thin.” I learned at a young age that food equaled happiness and a way to escape shame. I would start a diet, cheat at school, disappoint my mom and then repeat the process. My entire family was obese. Eating an entire pizza by yourself was not that uncommon in my home. I ate because it made me happy, and eating was the only time my family came together.

By first grade, I wore my first training bra. By fifth grade, I had grown into plus-size clothing. I stopped fitting on roller coasters during middle school. While most young adults marvel about and save up for traveling, I cringed when I had to travel. By the time I was 17, I took up two seats on an airplane. Trips just left me in tears and eating more.

At the ripe age of 20, my doctor told me that I may not live to see my 40th birthday if I didn’t make some big changes. This news startled me but did not jar me enough to want to change. I simply turned to drugs and more food to try and forget about my grim future.

Before I wanted to change, I was a 23-year-old, 340-pound woman in a relationship with a man obsessed with the rolls on my body more than the role I played in his life. My cholesterol peaked at over 300, my blood pressure never went below 190/110, my kidneys ached. I wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t want to diet. If I couldn’t eat what I wanted, then what was the point of living? My logic was to eat $17 worth of Taco Bell meals, make myself vomit, then eat a more sensible meal.

Breaking Point: During this time, I took care of my sick father — changing his diapers, administering 18 pills a day and helping him off the floor from frequent falls. I realized one day as I helped him bathe that I was looking into a genetic mirror. If I didn’t change, then that would be me in diapers before my “over the hill” birthday party: Never knowing the feeling of buying clothes in regular stores, no vacations, no happy marriage, no children, no adventure, no dreams of being a public speaker or a performer. I felt like a lonely soul walking the earth with no reason to live. I felt if I carried on with this life than I may as well end it. The physical and emotional pain kept me up late worrying about how I would die and how I would have wasted the life I had been given. I had to gain control if I wanted to survive.

How I Lost It: I started walking every day. At first I couldn’t even make it past my long driveway, but I kept at it. I walked the driveway until I could walk out onto the street and pass the first few houses. It was painful, but I kept the image of my future in front of me. I continued to push every week until I could walk the entire block. I started walking in 5K events and fell in love with being around other active people. Being around active and happy people who accepted me as their peer and respected my efforts gave me purpose. No longer did I feel I had to do this alone or that I was looked down upon by others. They found my presence an inspiration.

I decided to go vegan and study nutrition. My mottos: eat close to the earth, and eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. I started taking one less scoop of food at each meal. I cut out all fast food and soda, learned to love water and cooking and said goodbye to drugs.

The important thing was I never gave up. Some days I ate things that were unhealthy. I am human; this happens. I would simply pick up where I left off and keep going. I hit plateaus and felt the weight would never come off, but I kept reminding myself how far I had already come.

I completed my first sprint triathlon in 2013 in San Diego. As I crossed the finish line with tears streaming down my face, I reminded myself how far I have come. Today, I am training for a half marathon and taking pole dancing classes to build my personal strength and love the body I live in.

I did something I felt was impossible. If I can do this, then I can help anyone do it. As the founder of Inspirational Eve, I am now a life coach helping others. There is always a way out of the darkness. All you have to do is reach.

After Weight: 190 pounds. My goal is to walk this earth a size 6.

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-04 21:07:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

43 Comments

  1. Lauri Monteyne

    September 3, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Wtg!!

  2. Jo Ann Snyders

    September 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Congrats dear………

  3. Michelle Reames

    September 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Amazing! Congrats to Eve.

  4. Sissy Woods

    March 19, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Wow you are amazing

  5. Leah Sulik

    March 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for your testimony.

  6. Connie Di Censo Bianco

    March 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    God bless you!!! You did it!!! ❤️

  7. Irene Pirker Jensen

    March 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    You are amazing!

  8. Joanne Enciso

    March 19, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Eve you are gorgeous, a great accomplishment!

  9. Diana Evans

    September 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love these stories, I’m 80 lbs up and feel defeated, but these stories make me believe I can do it I only need to start

  10. Kathy Marcozzi Pierce

    September 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Awesome

  11. Letetia Parker

    September 25, 2015 at 6:59 am

    You looking fantastic!

  12. Joanne Howard Ireton

    September 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I love your story. It gives me hope. Thanks.

  13. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    September 24, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Your beautiful and you encourage me a lot ,Than you!

  14. Ashley Roesner

    September 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Kimberley Roesner Griffin

  15. Sheila Tashiro

    September 24, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Fantastic job 🙂 yay! ! ! ! ! ! You are a great inspiration

  16. Tracy Heary

    September 24, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Eve. I have been battling my weight for too long now and want to say that people like you inspire me. You give me hope and the motivation to stop finding accuses and get up off my butt finally so i can also share my success story when i achieve it. Thank you for being an amazing inspiration and congradulations on your weight loss achievement, i know it is not easy. Well do you 🙂

  17. May Quinteros

    September 24, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Good job!! You look great

  18. Marie-ève Julien

    September 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Wowwwww

  19. Heather Esp

    September 24, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Every great feat starts with one step. I have much admiration for this lady.

  20. Geneva Van Pelt

    September 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Way to go Eve, a true inspiration!

  21. Mary Capasso-Newman

    September 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Great story ! You look amazing! Great job !

  22. Toni Stevens

    September 24, 2015 at 9:06 am

    good for you!! Look amazing!!

  23. Jessica McDonald

    September 24, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Wow!! Look at you! Great job!

  24. Cristina Agatep

    September 24, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Inspiration Farida Raga Pelagio Agatep

  25. Sharon Bobo

    September 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Thank you for sharing. I am proud for you. You inspire me to keep going

  26. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 24, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Wow!!!

  27. Nicole Fernschuss

    September 24, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Congrats! Wonderful job!

  28. Leslie Calderon

    September 24, 2015 at 6:39 am

    absolutely u look great. Congratulations

  29. Jackie Wofford

    September 24, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Lookin awesome !!

  30. Anna Boccamazzo

    September 24, 2015 at 1:44 am

    You are an inspiration….thank you!! 🙂

  31. Shannon Baird

    September 24, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Good for you! Keep going!

  32. Roberta Germain

    September 24, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Awesome you look fantastic

  33. Michelle Reames

    September 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Wonderful, Eve! You are a true athlete. Congrats! Wooohooooo!!!!

  34. Sandra Sinclair Chittum

    September 24, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Wonderful! You have come a long way! I’m sure you will reach that goal soon!!

  35. Mary Rivera

    September 24, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Beautiful Congratulations

  36. marilyn johnson

    March 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I Believe I just found the Hope I needed.Trying not to give up, and because of your heart warming and heart breaking stories ,I know I have no right to give Up Thank You.My story is long but there are no excuses.Just have to get started again.

  37. maria

    March 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Its so good to hear a very inspiring. Story. I go up and down in weight. I’m 180 which is 2much for my 5feet tall body frame. My goal is 135 lbs. I’m looking for support. To help me on this journey. 🙁

  38. Evelyn

    March 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Way to go! I am down 75 pounds from exercise and smaller portions in about a year to 230 lbs. I started 19 years ago at a peak of 360 and have been up and down since then. I was 45 when I thought I want to be around for grand kids. I do question does the skin go away? My goal is around 150-160 (I am 5’7″) but do worry how much skin is left? I exercise on weight machines 3-4 times a week, targeting belly,arms, chest and legs, and walk 5 days a week on a treadmill from 1 1/2-2+ miles at incline.

  39. Catrina

    March 19, 2014 at 10:22 am

    You are AWESOME! Thank you for sharing your story with us! I once weighed 338 lbs and lost 137 lbs in just over a year. Sadly, I never got into the fabled “Onderland”. My brother committed suicide and that threw me into a depression and I gained back 91 of those pounds. I am taking it off yet again, and doing well with it. This time it is for good. Stories like yours inspire and encourage me.

    To the poster above me, Carol, who has lost 470 pounds by diet and exercise alone – you too are an inspiration! I would LOVE to hear your story.

    God bless you both.

  40. Zuleima

    March 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’m starting my own journey on this its been one week that I started to walk. I’ve been walking every day. It’s incredible how your story touched my heart. I’m going to make sure that I continue to do what I’m doing! You have inspired me to walk longer and to eat healthier. Whenever I’m down I will reread this article to make me stronger. Thank you for letting us in your journey! Lots of love! Xoxo

  41. Carol

    March 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Thank you I aways need a reminder I was 700 I now weigth 230 I was just like you care for my father it was a life changing experience. I did no surgery I did it with exercise and changed my food that I ate. We all need a reminder of why we started our life changing journey.

    • mary

      March 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Carol, that is amazing! I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been. You ladies are inspiring me, thank you again!

  42. mary

    March 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

    thank you! I need this.

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