100+ Pounds

Dancing Toward My Dream Weight

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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 | Dancing Toward My Dream WeightThis is my journey to my 100 lb. weight loss. It was way easier than I ever thought it could be.

I had an L4-S1 spinal fusion in 2006 my junior year of college, and was told that I needed to live my life in the awareness that I had an “80 year old back.”
I dealt with chronic pain which affected my ability to function at work and then to sleep at night when I got home.

As an agriculture teacher, I was constantly on my feet working with kids, animals, and equipment. For three years I taught a welding class that required I be hunched over work stations which added to the pain. As a new teacher, I was constantly exhausted, so my meals consisted of take-out, every single day.

I have never been a skinny girl. At my thinnest, most athletic form in high school I weight 155-160 lbs. I just assumed this was my body type and that there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I remember trying to cut meals and work out in attempts to be perfect at prom and other formals, and thinking this was okay. I gained some weight in college due to unhealthy eating and drinking habits like most college kids, and I also picked up smoking cigarettes to keep myself awake on the 7 hour drive home from school when I would visit my family.

My dad passed away from cancer my sophomore year of college and that just multiplied the alcohol calories and the number of cigarettes I was smoking. I was also in what could have been a fatal car accident a month before I was supposed to graduate college, so that didn’t help my weight either. When I started my first job, my eating habits spiraled out of control, and I was smoking almost a pack a day. Despite my weight, I started dating a boy I had been in love with for three years, and he genuinely loved me for my heart and who I was, and not for the number on the scale.

We got married in December of 2011, and like most people, I gained more weight because I was “in love.” It’s silly, really. You would think you would want to take better care of yourself for the person you love, but that is easier said than done. I reached a weight of 235 pounds, which was very heavy for my 5’6″ stature. I was taking at least 10 ibuprofen a day to combat back pain, and that was taking a toll on my stomach. I quit smoking at the beginning of that school year, but felt like that wasn’t enough of a lifestyle change. I found myself crying in bed one night over my weight, and my husband told me that he thought I was beautiful, but if I was so unhappy, I should do something about it.

This triggered something in me, and that next day I began eating healthier and walking or riding the stationary bike 6 days a week. After two months of this, I became brave enough to get a gym membership and tried my first Zumba class. My instructors were amazing, and made me feel like they loved having me there. I couldn’t believe how fast the weight came off. I was having a blast exercising for the first time in my life. Ten months later, my instructors started encouraging me to get my certification, so I did! I have been teaching now for 4 months, and I absolutely love it.

When I started my weight loss journey in November of 2011, I was 235 lbs. wearing a size 22 and carrying around 42% body fat. Today, I am 135 lbs. in a size 6 with a 21% body fat. I have almost NO BACK PAIN, and am the happiest I have ever been. Any time I make comments about myself being fat before, my husband tells me that he fell in love with that girl, and not to make fun of her.

He loves me the same way he did 2 years ago, and for that I am extremely blessed. He has encouraged me every single step of this journey. I have my dream body, and as crazy as it sounds, it has been an absolute blast getting here. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone struggling with their weight it would be to find something active that you love doing, and don’t give up. Consistency is key to making any lifestyle changes. Find a support system and tell people what you are trying to do for yourself. When you say it out loud, you become accountable.
Source: iReports

Originally posted 2014-05-11 08:00:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

30 Comments

  1. Ronald Davies

    November 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Gratz.

  2. Jill Byrd

    November 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Awesome!

  3. Carla Rocker-McGowan

    November 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Congrats….

  4. Lorraine Lindsey

    November 9, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Congratulations to you. You did it! You look awesome.

  5. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    November 9, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Cutie!

  6. Kristine Niessen Hitt

    November 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm

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  7. Micah Sirorine

    November 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Kari Brymer we should try zumba! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it

  8. Monica Carmen

    November 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve been thinking about zumba

  9. MyWorld Djsanji

    November 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Yessss!

  10. Diana Barry

    November 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I’m trying that now. So far down 39 pounds.

  11. Adewyn Le Blanc

    November 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I danced 50 lbs away with zumba and got my mobility back

  12. Isabelle Roger

    November 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Congratulations!!! I am new at Zumba and I love it. I would like to know if you have a place (link) where I could buy affortable Zumba DVD for beginners. Of course I would like to buy the ones from Beto Perez, so if you know someone who would like to sell their, tell me 🙂

  13. Nena Alaniz

    November 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Wow, congratulations

  14. Kylie Peterson

    November 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Great story

  15. Gloria

    November 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Congratulations on your success! I also love Zumba as well as other types of dance. Iim going to try what you said and do it more often! Thank you for the advice and motivation.

  16. Jo Ellen Pollman

    November 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Amazing

  17. Jane Rickster

    November 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Amy can you Zumba/dance for me?

  18. Madelyn Bandermann

    November 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Love this story!

  19. Danielle Farrell

    November 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    You look amazing !!! Zumba became a big part of my routine during my weight loss journey . I lost over 80 pounds doing weight watchers and got certified to be a spinning instructor ( indoor cycling) after an instructor I was taking body pump class told me she thought I would be a good body pump instructor but due to some back/ shoulder injuries I knew that teaching that class could take a toll on me . I’ve been teaching spin 1.5 years now. I’m getting my hoopnotica dance and hoopnotica fit certifications next weekend.Next week it will be a year at my current gym :). I hope you share your story with the people who take your class 🙂 because I think if they are where you were and see that now you are leading a class, that is incredibly inspiring :). I know you inspired me bc even despite my weight loss I’m still not where I feel I should be. So thank you for sharing

  20. Jennifer Williamson Guy

    November 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I Love Zumba!!!!! I have the most Awesomely Fun Instructor!!! Right, Janie Howard?!?

  21. Christina Jacobs

    November 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Congratulations! Zumba is fun and definitely a great way to lose weight.

  22. Ruby To You

    November 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Bravo!

  23. Aurora Keiser

    November 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    So proud of her. She looks incredibly beautiful.

  24. Shawna Williams

    November 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    u look awesome iam also a hundred pounds over weight and don’t no wear to start congrats

  25. Erum Khalid

    November 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    You look great 🙂

  26. Mely Gloria Garcia

    November 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Love Zumba, but my knee doesn’t let me enjoy it like I want too. But no matter what I will continue at my pace.

  27. Stevie Hargrove

    November 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Very awesome! Zumba is the best!

  28. Diana Bates KeepaHunuhunu

    November 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    pretty cool!!

  29. Erin Dentinger

    November 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    She looks amazing!!! Way to go!

  30. Tina Marie Rogala Carver

    November 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Theses kinda stories make me cry very inspirational …

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