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I Lost Weight: Andrea Started Walking To Honor Her Late Mother And Lost 140 Pounds

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Name: Andrea
Age: 31
Height: 5’10”
Before Weight: 345 pounds

How I Gained It: When I was at (what felt like) my lowest point in my life, I was at my highest weight of 345 pounds. In August 2008 I lost my job, a week later I lost my Mom to cancer and less than two weeks after that I lost my grandmother to congestive heart failure.

If I saw it, I ate it for the most part. I wasn’t really aware of what I was eating, how much, when or if I was even hungry. I ate to reward or comfort myself. But I am also of Italian and Filipino heritage, and both of those cultures (like many others) socially center around food.

Breaking Point: After all “the dust had settled” I realized I had a choice: to wallow and be consumed by grief or to start the rebuilding process. Part of getting back up meant I would have to confront the fact that my family’s medical history was full of issues. I had control over one aspect of that — my weight.

How I Lost It: Since I now had time on my hands with no job I started to fill my schedule with healthy activities and focused on making healthy food choices. My first step was literally just that — a step. My mom had been an avid walker, and when I saw what cancer did to her body I started to walk in honor of her. At 345 pounds, walking was enough of a challenge for me, but it was also a time for me to spiritually connect with my mom. Within a year I lost 50 pounds.

Then life started to happen some more. I had two part time jobs, went back to school and about 10 pounds came back on, after handling a stressful move for work and losing my cousin to breast cancer. I recommitted myself to my original goal and joined Weight Watchers. With Weight Watchers, my recommitment to myself and my new-found love for boxing and running, I’ve lost another 90 pounds.

Since 2008, I’ve gotten back to working full time, I earned my masters degree and I’m currently studying for my personal training/group exercise/holistic health certifications and training for half marathons (my new love)! I’m more aware of what I’m eating. I like taking comfort food classics and turning them into healthier entrees. I’ll try anything once, but it won’t pass my lips if it’s not something that is beneficial to me and my body. I turn to food for fuel instead of comfort or reward.

It’s no longer just about improving my life and health but helping others find their own health success. I’ve done this all with the amazing support system of my family (physically and spiritually), boyfriend and friends. I’ve not only physically improved my health but mentally, emotionally and spiritually become healthier, too.

I was always that “big kid” but now I’m in the best shape of my life, and I couldn’t be happier! It’s not about fitting into a summer bathing suit, but being the best version of myself so I can live the life I’ve been blessed with!

After Weight: 205 pounds. My goal weight is 174 pounds.

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 Weight: Andrea Started Walking To Honor Her Late Mother And Lost 140 Pounds
Source: Huffington Post

Originally posted 2017-01-16 08:27:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

65 Comments

  1. Joanne Enciso

    January 17, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Beautiful!

  2. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    January 16, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Well done with all of your hard work!!!

  3. Wanda Fennell

    January 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Amazing job! Keep up the great work

  4. Michaela MacAleese O'Brien

    January 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Awesome job u can do it congrats

  5. Linda Copeland Hodges

    November 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    What is this program about

  6. Jill Rathbun Scott

    November 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Congrats to you!

  7. Coretha Metta Smith

    November 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

    You go girl

  8. Msspecial Habiger

    November 2, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Good job
    I agree
    Walking does work

  9. Linda Pettigrew

    November 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Congratulations

  10. Chris Buchholtz

    November 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    weigh to go!!!

  11. Dustin Phipps

    November 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I was 330…now I’m 259 and still shrinking.

  12. Sheila Tashiro

    November 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome job. You go girl

  13. Ronald Davies

    November 1, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Gratz.

  14. Jamie Layton

    November 1, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Way to Go The Biggest I Ever Was 275 AND Know Down To 168

  15. Myrtle Prater

    November 1, 2014 at 1:30 am

    wow!!!! you look amazing!

  16. Wendy Zimmerman Simmons

    November 1, 2014 at 12:21 am

    wow! what an emotional ride you have been on! I think your awesome and inspiring!

  17. Wanda Renee Reed

    November 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Good I’m glad for u!

  18. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    October 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Congrats !

  19. Amanda Carlow

    October 31, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Your mum would be so proud.

  20. Sharon Nathanson Bellusci

    October 31, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I give you lots of credit. You are AWESOME. ..

  21. Julie Wachter White

    October 31, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Big HUG & Congrats Andrea!! Thank you for sharing your story…very inspiring! Best wishes on reaching your goal 🙂

  22. Melinda Penny

    October 31, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    God Bless you

  23. Matthew King

    October 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Looking good Andrea

  24. Lorna Kacsmar

    October 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Would love to follow her if she had a page

  25. Christine Guidone Lynch

    October 31, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Wow! What an awesome job she did!

  26. Brenda Ramirez

    October 31, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Way to get healthy!

  27. Shawna Williams

    October 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    awesome

  28. Sharon Dotson Damron

    October 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Awesome!!!

  29. Johnica Merritt

    October 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    That’s awesome!

  30. Gentry Fitness

    April 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!

  31. Terry Scott

    April 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

    LOOKS GOOD AWSOME JOB

  32. Monica Ling-Tannehill

    April 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    way to go!

  33. Alison Rhodes

    April 20, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Well done you look fab

  34. Theresa Tarnaras

    April 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I wish and need to find that strength smmmh !!’ U look great

  35. Ashley Renae Baumbusch

    April 20, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Way to go Andrea!

  36. Choly Josefina

    April 20, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Great story! It inspires me to go further. I know I am on the good track but support is what I need.

  37. Barbara Young Poche'

    April 20, 2014 at 4:05 am

    So happy for you.

  38. Ken Thompson

    April 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

    It is what goes on between your ears that keeps you slim. Not what goes on between your teeth!

  39. Michell Parker

    April 20, 2014 at 12:32 am

    That’s sooooo gud

  40. Susan E. Evans

    April 20, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Great work, Andrea!

  41. Georgia M Nygaard

    April 19, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    You go, Girl!!

  42. Erin Pollard

    April 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Is the article wrong? There’s NO way her before pic is at 345!

  43. Candice Johnson

    April 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  44. Honey Hollow Vittles

    April 19, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    That’s wonderfully inspiring to me since I’m going through some very similar things. ..

  45. Betty Jamison

    April 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    You’re awesome!

  46. Patricia Harris

    April 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Wow way to go you look awesone

  47. TammyLynn Davis

    April 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Erika Lumsden u can do it.. I know u can.. its never to late

  48. Anitra Agape Lewis

    April 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Great Job!! Looking great lady!!

  49. Mary Eberle

    April 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Excellent!

  50. Connie Bright

    April 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Wow, great job

  51. Irma Lopez

    April 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Wow!

  52. Sandra Sustaita McCauley

    April 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    You look great

  53. Rob N Des Campos

    April 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I love that you overcame adversity in your life and decided to move forward with your weightloss! What an inspiration

  54. dawn

    April 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I live boxing too!! Paying for similar results….what an inspiration!!

  55. Helen Moyle

    April 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I love these postings! It is really motivational for losing weight.

  56. Melissa Van

    April 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This is great! I love that not only have you lost the weight that you did lose, but even at the “number” of 205lbs, you look awesome! You look fit, and you look healthy! I love that you are showing that you don’t have to be a “certain” number to look good,fit,healthy or to prove yourself to others or to a number that “society” thinks we should be. Of course you want to continue to strive to meet your goal weight, but you look amazing~

  57. Erika Lumsden

    April 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    That’s the motivation u need to hear. I had tears in my eyes bcz I’ve given up on my life and my dogs and just wallow in my sorrows and am so hard on myself. This won’t change everything for me bcz I still have to make the decision to get up and go, but it’s definitely inspiring. I only weigh 160 and I’ll b happy at 130. It’s just getting my life back on track and getting healthy and finding success with work and striving to achieve and find a hobby. I don’t have friends and family for support. Maybe somehow I may find something thru here.

  58. Phalla Lam

    April 19, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Yea yea!! Keep it up!

  59. Jenny De la Vega

    April 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Good for you!!! You look awesome… ♥

  60. Lauren L. Blizzard

    April 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Amazing!

  61. Renee Vogt

    April 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    You go girl! Such an inspiration!

  62. Shirley Temple Bickerstaff

    April 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  63. Laurie Maestas

    April 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Great job!!

  64. Erica Anik

    April 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Congratulations!!!!

  65. Nikki Mace-Small

    April 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    woop woop

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