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I Lost Weight: After ‘Relentless’ Bullying, Liz Taylor Lost 111 Pounds

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Name: Liz Taylor
Age: 23
Height: 5’4″
Before Weight: 276 pounds

How I Gained It: I have been overweight most of my life. Growing up I was very active, four-wheeling trail in my backyard, jumping on the trampoline, riding my bike, exploring the woods. But as active as I was, I ate just as much, especially junk food. Cake, ice-cream, chips, candy — I ate it all, and I ate a lot of it. I was lucky enough to have a mother who enjoyed cooking and made homemade biscuits, macaroni and cheese, cakes from scratch, cubed steaks. However, all of this combined was not good for my self-esteem. Up until I was around 12 years old, I never cared about how I looked. My hair was almost always thrown in a ponytail, I wore baggy sweatpants and sweaters and had huge glasses. I was teased periodically for my looks, but it was not until I was a sophomore in high school that it became worse.

The summer of 2003 is when I fell in love with fitness. I was 12, almost 13. I would take my Discman and run laps around the four-wheeling trail in my backyard, or do work out videos a few times a week. The summer before starting the eighth grade I lost nearly 30 pounds. For the next two years my weight was under control, as I was busy playing volleyball and running track. The summer before starting tenth grade is when I started to put on more weight. At this time, I was cheerleading, but still managed to put on weight. This is also when I started to be teased relentlessly for my looks. After school I would come home to take more abuse from a family member. It was a vicious cycle and one that I thought I would never beat.

In high school there was a common area that everyone walked through to get to their classes. People would stand out in this area for a few minutes before going to their next class. That is when the teasing began. This one particular group of people would call me names every day. Over time my mother grew sick of me coming home crying, so she talked to my principal and student resource officer. I was escorted to class to help avoid any teasing. It helped calm things down, but it never stopped.

I still recall the pain I felt every day going to school. My stomach was always in knots because I never knew what particular torment that day would bring. I wore baggy clothes sometimes, in hopes that no one would notice me or my body. When I got my license I would skip class just so I would not have to walk through the common area. I would go in the bathroom in between classes and cry. I would take sleeping pills when I came home in the afternoon just so I would not eat. I never wanted to go out with my friends because I thought everyone else was so much prettier and better than me. I showered with the lights off so I would not have to look at my own reflection naked. At one time the depression was becoming so bad that I remember praying to God to kill me.

Food was my comfort. I graduated high school early and began college and working part-time. That is when I was quickly becoming my heaviest. I didn’t have the time to be as active as I once was, but my eating stayed the same. All of these factors combined resulted in a huge weight gain. I graduated high school in January 2007 at 180 pounds, and by September 2008 I was up to 270. I still had a lot of muscle, but I put on so much fat over top of that.

Breaking Point: I was 19 years old, sitting in my doctor’s office for depression, on a Tuesday afternoon when I decided I wanted to change my life forever. I wanted to know what it was like to buy clothes and not cry in the dressing room because nothing would fit. I wanted to know what it was like to look at my own reflection and not cringe. I wanted to see if I could truly put in the hard work and dedication it takes to change your life.

How I Lost It: I started researching everything I could on health and fitness. I could not really afford a personal trainer, nor did I want to rely on one. I started teaching myself different workouts, about the various types of cardiovascular activities, the proper way to lift weights, the benefits of exercise, recipes, the importance of different nutrients for my body — there was not one subject in the health and fitness world that I did not read about. I have tons of notepads filled with notes, research and different exercises. I wanted to learn it all.

Over the past three years I have lost over 100 pounds and added over 20 pounds of muscle. It has not been easy, and I still struggle to this day, but I never give up. The biggest obstacle for me has been learning to fall in love with healthy eating. Now that I have developed a love for it, it makes my weight loss journey that much better. I eat for energy, nutrients and to be healthy. I no longer eat to fulfilll emotions. That has been such a key part in losing weight, and the biggest thing I had to teach myself, since food was my drug. I keep active with Spinning classes, running and weight training six days a week.

I started to blog in July 2010. At first, all I did with my blog is record my workouts and document my struggles and accomplishments. It was my therapy. It was not until October 2010 that I fell madly in love with health and fitness blogging. People on my Facebook page started to notice the change in my body and started asking for advice on how to lose weight. I decided since I have spent so many years trying to learn the health and fitness industry inside and out, that I would in turn help other people. This is truly what I live for. This is what I love in life. I love to train and improve myself, but knowing I can share my past pain, my struggles and my accomplishments to help others is the true prize in all of this. I have learned how to love and believe in myself.

After Weight: 165 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2014-02-06 21:16:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

88 Comments

  1. Libby Ann Lann

    August 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Love this testimony!! So inspiring!

  2. Erin Dentinger

    March 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Congrats!!!

  3. Vikki Bixby

    March 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    You look great! It’s so hard but worth it!

  4. Michaela MacAleese O'Brien

    March 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Awesome job

  5. Anita Hodge Flynn

    March 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    You look great, congrats!!

  6. Sharon Shars

    March 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

    How can you be found on Facebook?

  7. Lorie Grillo

    March 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    amazing

  8. Philip Moore

    March 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Fabulous effort and amazing results!! Inspiration.

  9. Norma Johnston

    March 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Congratulations! Good job!!

  10. Symona Wood

    March 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Amazing

  11. Maria K. Dunlap

    March 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    AWESOME thanks :):)

  12. Romelia Vasquez

    March 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    inspirational

  13. Annette Sorey Johnson

    March 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Healthy and Beautiful!

  14. Raquel Santiago

    March 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Yes I agree with Maria K. Dunlap. How can we follow her

  15. Raquel Santiago

    March 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    You are awesome. Thanks for inspiring me

  16. Maria K. Dunlap

    March 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    How do I get to follow Liz Taylor ???????? Please is she a coach who can help us ??

  17. Carol Halula

    March 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Inspiring!

  18. Maria K. Dunlap

    March 18, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Why listen to ignorant bullies ? Listen to yourself. When you want to feel better & be healthier – then do it

  19. Steve Elliott

    March 18, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Great job Liz!! Congratulations on your accomplishment in spite of all you endured!! Prayers for continued success!

  20. Jessica Kurtz

    March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Liz, you are an amazing inspiration to me! I am on my journey currently and am down 18 lbs so far. You have given me hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 Thank you!

  21. Freda Stevenson

    March 18, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Great Accomplishment!

  22. Windy Prowicz

    March 18, 2015 at 8:23 am

    U are an inspiration :):) way to go girl :):)

  23. T.j. Jordan

    March 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

    She does look great!! I also took alot of bullying about my weight growing up and as an adult..i figured u know what i feel happy no matter what size i am im happy with myself either way, however being the weight i was sucked for my health…ive Always known how to eat …and always know whats healthy or not..i just didnt care what people though about me and food..Well face it…it taste good even to body builders duh…just moderation and excercise and yes sleep is huge factor …def sleep and This woman must totally have her confadence like rocketed ..cause i know nothing brings a bigger smile to a womans face.(other than meating prince charming) than to look into a mirror and see her body in a hott outfit and say …Damm i can where those shoes or dam i can where that dress…Its a confadence boost no matter What…great job girl !!

  24. Liz Taylor

    March 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Everyone thank you so much for
    Your love and kind comments! They mean the world to me!

  25. Ruth Woodson

    March 18, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Congratulations

  26. Teri Knowles

    March 18, 2015 at 7:23 am

    This was a good story. Great job in keeping the courage and strength.

  27. Kimberly Mayyas

    March 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Here you are again Miss Liz Taylor :-*

  28. Carla Redmon

    March 18, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Could you share your blog? I’d love to read some of it for my own inspiration!

  29. Chris Sanders

    March 18, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Beautiful!

  30. Fiona Mackenzie

    March 18, 2015 at 4:07 am

    WoW! What a bootay!

  31. Nichole Cherry

    March 18, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Would love to follow your blog…. have a link???

  32. Irene Pirker Jensen

    March 18, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Why are people so cruel? You are beautiful!

  33. Cylia Underly

    March 18, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Awwwsome

  34. Aquarius Love

    March 18, 2015 at 12:52 am

    That’s awesome, you were Sexy even when you were big Girl 😀

  35. Tj Trolly

    March 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Inspiring!

  36. Linda Thompson

    March 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

    You showed them honey! You are so beautiful!

  37. Carol Nolan Vest

    March 18, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Congratulations
    Great job
    You look amazing.

  38. Roberta Germain

    March 18, 2015 at 12:32 am

    You are gorgeous at both weights in sorry you were bullied.. Parents need to teach their children to not be bullies not even one time I taught my kids that at a very early age that they could be anything they want in life but never a bully Do the right thing even if you have to stand alone…

  39. Billie Green-Walker

    October 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    wow

  40. Laulau Gerwa

    October 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Juste un peut trop de fesse sinon parfaite si c est pas montage photo

  41. Laulau Gerwa

    October 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Le rêve pour moi si je pouvais être comme elle !!

  42. Kimberly Cheatham

    October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Great job ! Inspiring !

  43. Liza Williams

    October 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Good for you!

  44. Kareen Moscoso Santiago

    October 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    So proud of u.

  45. Fran Fine

    October 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Kudos to her!

  46. Marcus Cisneros

    October 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Good for her. The irony is, bullies are the worlds most insecure people. The truth is, she did it for her, not them. The real gem behind the story 😉

  47. Shannon Nelson

    October 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

    You look amazing!

  48. Patsy Silcox

    October 26, 2014 at 7:14 am

    You are a beautiful and brave woman.

  49. Kimberly Mayyas

    October 26, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Liz can you please share with me specifics on how to tighten the lose skin? I have lost 60 pounds wanna lost abt 45 more but my skin is already sagging. Help!

  50. Myrtle Prater

    October 26, 2014 at 12:25 am

    proud of you,and yo look beautiful!

  51. Maria Gonzalez

    October 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Wow Congratulations

  52. Debra Avis

    October 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Liz… You look AWESOME!!!! WTG!!!!

  53. Heather Lindsey-Brandt

    October 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Such a true inspiration. I love reading success stories from people who have so many similarities to me. I hope that when I lose my 100lbs I’ll look as good as you do! Thanks for the thinspiration!!

  54. Hella Archambault

    October 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Good for you Liz ! I so dislike bullies ! They are subzero !

  55. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    October 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    You welcome your new look is inspiring keep me in prayer

  56. Jessica Hanks

    October 25, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    You had to pick a picture with my face in it? Lol! I love you babe and you’ve always been gorgeous in my eyes and always will be.

  57. Charlie Stallings

    October 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Liz Taylor you are amazing!!!

  58. Liz Taylor

    October 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, I had no idea this was a feature of me. Guys you can check out my updated weight loss journey and my blog here: http://www.thefitnessblondie.com thank you for all of the support and comments, it means the world to me!!!!!!

  59. Tiffany Maiman

    October 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Liz Taylor, is strong, passionate & one determined gal! She truly is beautiful on the inside & the outside! So proud of her!

  60. Brenda Copsey

    October 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    She is pretty either way

  61. Elizabeth Elizabeth

    October 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    You go girl

  62. Carol LoGiudice

    October 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    gorgeous girl….great job!

  63. Ed Diaz

    October 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    she looks wonderful!

  64. Melody Cauthon

    October 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I love the weigh we were stories. They give me inspiration. One day I hope to be featured and inspire others. I have a way to go but I began a journey and as long as I keep walking….eventually I will be able to run across the finish line. So if you read these for the same reason I do…keep believing in yourself.

  65. Kirsten Tschida

    October 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  66. Elaine Critzer Stowers

    October 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I’m working hard to hopefully I can do as well

  67. Deb Curtis

    October 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Where can we follow her blog?

  68. Vilma Briggs

    October 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Good for her for changing her life. Becoming so much more healthy. And of course beautiful. Anyone can do it! Just set your mind to it

  69. Audette Hagan Johnson

    October 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    She was beautiful before but what an amazing woman she is to take charge of her life and not let haters ruin it and to see her inner beauty not outer

  70. D. C. Wilson

    October 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    She didn’t overcome bullying about her weight, she succumbed to bullying and did what they wanted.

  71. John Nye

    October 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    She was hot before the weight loss!

  72. Ann Marie Waldron

    October 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Congrats it’s not easy it’s about what u put in your mouth and working out and eating clean been doing it for years now I lose 100 pounds on my own to

  73. Marianne Pinkston Abdulbaki

    October 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Wow. What a story. Congratulations! You have inspired me today.

  74. Thomas R Procida

    October 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    She was beautiful before she lost weight

  75. Crystal Lindblad-Beebe

    October 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    You look awesome

  76. Sheryll Ginger-Morris

    October 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful Before, beautiful after!

  77. Paul Lightfoot

    October 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    When will everyone realize beauty is in a beautiful personality a sharp mind an attitude it has nothing to do with a single measurement. They say love is blind and it is. Lust has 20/20 vision. Just a thought.

  78. Ali Brooks

    October 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Damn! 🙂

  79. Anita Gillum Carman

    October 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Bullying for fat people is never going to stop. Face it.

  80. Kristie Davis

    October 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Great job.congrats

  81. Susan Hoffman Trischitti

    October 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    AWESOME…LOOKING GREAT AND LIVING WELLNIS THE ULTIMATE REVENGE…

  82. Jennifer Fisher-Coates

    October 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    How..

  83. Ally O'Brien

    October 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Sad that she would have to change HERSELF to avoid bullying. She was beautiful before!!!

  84. Cheryl Joly Lena Stackowicz

    October 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Very happy for you!

  85. Anne Rawle

    October 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Amazing, well done

  86. Andrea Anderson

    October 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    What a pretty girl! Such ugly classmates.

  87. Tina Pugh Williams

    October 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Great work

  88. Marie Roth

    October 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Very good for her. But the bullying and fat shaming by people has got to stop. So proud of her.

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