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I Lost 100 pounds With Support From Strangers

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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 | I Lost 100 pounds With Support From StrangersAs a child, I was always overweight. I was still active in soccer and theater, and had tons of friends, so I never really focused on how heavy I was. When I met my fiance, he loved me for who I was and that made me even less concerned about my weight.

Unfortunately, complacency and happiness can lead to weight gain and I continued to pack on the pounds throughout college. I didn’t have my a-ha moment until my first year of graduate school.

On December 2, 2011, my fiance J.D. started the MAC Championship Football Game for Ohio University. I recorded the game so I could watch it when I got home. I happened to be in the front row, above an ESPN sign so I made numerous appearances throughout the game. And when I got home, and watched what I had recorded the next day, I was so disappointed and upset. There I was, 275 pounds, filling out a 3XL jersey. I couldn’t believe that I portrayed myself that way, as if I didn’t care about myself or my health, especially to a national television audience. I immediately searched the internet for “free weight loss plan” and found SparkPeople.Com.

When I first created my account, it seemed a lot like Facebook for people on a diet. You could post photos, write statuses and blogs, and interact with other people also trying to get healthy. I posted my first blog, and was sure it was the start of another failed diet attempt, but figured it was worth a shot. The next day, when I came back to comments from complete strangers, I was hooked.

I wrote blogs asking for healthy recipes, playlist ideas for running, and general tips about motivation. I started reading articles the site provided and used their free apps for my smartphone that allowed me to track my nutrition and exercise, and suddenly I started seeing results!

I couldn’t believe the positive support I was offered by complete strangers. People who I’d never met in real life were willing to cheer me on and offered helpful advice when I was having a hard time. I continued to blog about my experiences and more and more people started to respond. I felt so honored to have people helping me, and also felt that I had to keep myself accountable for all of the friends I’d met on there.

In my first year I lost 90 pounds and was absolutely shocked by my success. In January of 2013, my grandma died, and I started to lose focus and began to gain a few pounds back getting as close as 198.8 to being over 200 again. I refused to ever see that 2 when I stepped on the scale, and rededicated myself to blogging and my healthier lifestyle and eventually hit 100 pounds down and even ran a half marathon!

The amazing support I received online, and the support group I now have on SparkPeople is a huge reason that I’ve continued living a healthy lifestyle. I know that people are reading my blogs and possibly even being inspired by my story, so I continue to login on a regular basis to track food and offer my stories and advice. I continue to strive towards my goal of a healthy goal weight and am less than 20 pounds away. I hope to reach the goal by my wedding this November, and if I do, I will have all of my friends and followers on SparkPeople to thank.

Source: iReports

Originally posted 2015-03-20 20:00:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

10 Comments

  1. Christi Kurkjian

    June 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Debbie Kurkjian

  2. Sandy Manley

    June 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I have been on Sparkpeople for 4yrs now! It is a great community! Congrats on your accomplishment!!!

  3. Pam Jones Euler

    June 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats! I have just rejoined Sparkspeople. Looking forward to sharing with others. I really need to lose weight. This time I’m going to follow threw with it. Your story is inspiring thank you for sharing…

  4. Linda Copeland Hodges

    June 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    How and congratulations

  5. Christina Miranda Murphy

    June 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Congrats!

  6. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    June 3, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good for you!!!

  7. Wendy Pickett Hawkinson

    June 3, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I love Sparkpeople. In 2007-08, I spent just about a year there and lost 123#. The strangers there became my best friends and support. ♡ Congratulations!
    I’m headed back there. Look me up WendySue72. 😉

  8. Noel Vercauteren McCann

    June 3, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Congratulations! You are indeed an inspiration. 🙂

  9. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    June 3, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Congrats

  10. Midge Jeff Tyas

    June 3, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Congratulations!!

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