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Marie Dozier Conquered A Sugar Addiction And Lost 143 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 | Marie Dozier Conquered A Sugar Addiction And Lost 143 PoundsName: Marie Dozier

Age: 30
Height: 5’7″
Before Weight: 271 pounds

How I Gained It: My abuse of sugar, as a substance to provide me that rush, began as a small child. I knew I had a problem because I could never understand why all of my friends were able to have entire pantries full of snacks and treats at all times. The pantry would not stay stocked in my house for longer than a day because instead of eating treats occasionally, I would eat until the entire stock was gone. This continued to be an on-and-off struggle for me throughout my adolescence and into early adulthood, but reached its peak when I entered into an extremely unhappy and dysfunctional marriage. What started as a problem with overindulgence and lack of moderation became a full-fledged addiction. For about two years, I stuffed my emotions down by filling myself with food: cheap, easily accessible, nutrient-deficient junk food. I ate from fast-food restaurants daily and made frequent trips to the grocery stores for chips, candy and cakes. I’d go to the movies by myself with a giant purse full of binge food just so I could get my high in private. I would only binge in private. But what I kept trying to hide from others became extremely apparent when I continued to gain weight and topped the scale at 271 pounds.

I was tired of living the miserable existence that comes with having over 100 pounds of excess body weight. I was tired of being uncomfortable, unattractive and alienated. It was very unpleasant for me, physically, to have to carry around the heavy burden of morbid obesity. Simple tasks, such as getting in and out of the car, carrying groceries into the house or putting away laundry were exhausting and torturous. I was uncomfortable in every single thing I did, from breathing to sleeping. Every moment of my existence was terribly burdensome.

I also felt a lot of shame as a morbidly obese person. I wore the same outfit every day because I couldn’t bring myself to go out and purchase anything for the size that I was. I left my house to either go to work or go get food, but otherwise I was on my couch, in front of the TV, with food. I couldn’t do anything I wanted to do because I was uncomfortable in my own skin, and therefore uncomfortable around other people. It kept me from making friends, participating in activities that I would have otherwise enjoyed. I was a perpetual loner.

Breaking Point: July 27, 2007 is when I “snapped” and decided that I had to get the weight off once and for all. Food issues and my morbid obesity was a form of slavery, and I was determined to break free in order to live the life I desired. I had finally grown weary of starting over every single day. I knew my youth was going to be gone soon. I rationalized that if I was going to enjoy my youth at all, it was now or never.

How I Lost It: Losing weight is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. The journey began slowly. I became more mindful of what I was putting into my body. I slowly began replacing soda with water, candy bars with high-fiber snacks, fast food with home-cooked meals. I began by eliminating fast food and food that comes from packages (like chips and candies) and working through the process of learning to “eat clean”. It was not easy at all, considering I had pretty much been living off of fast food and junk food for years. Breaking any addiction requires a certain amount of suffering, and suffer I did. It was misery. I experienced legitimate withdrawal symptoms. I had intense cravings. This was beyond just “being on a diet”. It felt like I was in detox for the first six months. During those six months, I lost about 40 pounds.

In 2008, I joined SparkPeople and began to look through the success stories and food logs of fit and healthy members. I tried to mimic how they ate, which changed my diet dramatically. I began to eat significantly more fruit and vegetables and increased my exercise. I started walking in the neighborhood and going to the gym. This was also another difficult thing for me to do, because I had become so accustomed to living a sedentary lifestyle. But, every day, I forced myself to do some type of exercise. I was walking more, doing the elliptical trainer at the gym and hiking three miles at a time. Eventually I was able to start running for a few minutes, here and there, on the treadmill at the gym. My weight continued to drop, and I began to start feeling better about myself. It wasn’t long before I started running outside. Next, I ran my first 5K, then 10K, then half marathon. A year later I was running a full 26.2 miles!

I experimented with many diets throughout the process of losing weight, but have indeed made this a lifestyle change. When I first began my journey, I had little expectations of transforming my life from a morbidly obese, sedentary person to a fit and healthy person. I felt somewhat hopeless. When I found SparkPeople, it really drove home the possibility that I could make lasting changes and achieve success. It took about two years to lose the bulk of the weight and then another three years of “ups and downs” in maintenance. Then, in the last two years, I have finally lost the last 30 pounds to reach a comfortable weight.

Now, I love and enjoy healthy, nutritious, fresh foods on a daily basis. I really enjoy food and the experience of eating, but it’s no longer a destructive behavior that causes guilt, shame and weight gain. I feel fueled, nourished and energized! I exercise every single day, and don’t even have to force myself to anymore; it is now a habit and a consistent aspect of my life. I participate in sports and fitness classes that keep me engaged and that I consider fun. I take my dog hiking in the woods. I run races. I do yoga.

I am a better person because of my weight loss. I have more energy to keep up with my two young daughters. I have confidence to be a good wife to my husband. I have a better work ethic because I’m more fit, rested and can move about with ease. I no longer shy away from opportunities to socialize, such as going to church or birthday parties. I have been able to travel and see the world — something I never would have done as my obese self. I am able to do things I never dreamed possible. I’m in the perfect career now, working as a psychiatric nurse to help others with addictions, and finally, I look cute in a pair of jeans! Fighting that battle and overcoming my food addiction was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. But I believe I’m a stronger person for it and have learned incredibly valuable life lessons that continue to help me grow and mature into a healthy, whole, happy and content individual. I am no longer a slave to my addiction. That is very liberating!

After Weight: 128 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

72 Comments

  1. Leslie Battle

    March 28, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Tara Swinchatt

  2. John R Hud

    March 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Giving up sugar and processed foods; white flur, etc. is a great start.

  3. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    March 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Smashing!! Great job

  4. Linda Rodriguez

    March 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Congratulations this is 1 of the hardest this to do

  5. Michelle Geange

    March 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Bio oil is great for stretch marks, skin discolouration etc. Been using it for years.

  6. Gayle Robinson Siegel

    March 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story…

  7. Dianne Alderman

    March 26, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Love the weight loss stories, they are truly inspirational!

  8. Dianne Suzuki

    March 26, 2016 at 10:51 am

    You look fabulous!!!

  9. Dianne Suzuki

    March 26, 2016 at 10:51 am

  10. Vera Blackthorn

    March 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    😀

  11. Dóra Kökény

    March 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    okey, then surgery and PS, I guess. 😀

  12. Vera Blackthorn

    March 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I know they can do miracles – but stretchmarks? How??

  13. Dóra Kökény

    March 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    exept the good old plastic surgery (Y)

  14. Shannon Fogarty

    March 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Wow congrats and amazing story and very inspiring too. I can actually relate to some parts of your story.

  15. Vera Blackthorn

    March 26, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Wow! :O But what happened with the skin on her stomach? You can get rid of loose skin all right, but nothing can make the strechmarks disappear.

  16. Jennifer Garrison

    March 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Great job! I’m working on my journey as well!

  17. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    March 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

    You look fantastic!!!

  18. Angela Denise

    March 26, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Great job. Amazing story. Very inspirational.

  19. Karen Aydlett McMurray

    March 26, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Awesome, congratulations to you!

  20. Angie Mays

    March 26, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Thank You for sharing!! This gives me hope. You did an amazing job! Congratulations!!

  21. The Weigh We Were.com

    March 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Everyone!! Thank you for your patience while I did a long overdue overhaul of the back end of TheWeighWeWere.com. I still have about 2 weeks of work to clean up the images, and get the new logo right, but as least I can start posting stories again. Pardon my dust, and thank you all for your patience!!! 🙂 ~kat

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      March 27, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      you have done a great job kar i have s+ent much too much time reading stories on your site today than i actually had,lol.

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      March 27, 2016 at 10:56 pm

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  22. Stephanie Harford

    March 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story and both inspiring and helping others.

  23. Rika Van Hardeveld

    March 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Congratulations, great job Marie.

  24. Cathy Fitzgerald

    August 1, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Wow!

  25. Jamaica Kitchens

    July 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Twylia Robbins! Amazing! This will be US!!!!!!!

  26. Vanessa Jack

    July 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

    That stomach. Great.

  27. Cristie Simpson

    July 28, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Kyle

  28. Mary Soberon

    July 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Sugar is the worse for your body

  29. Jodie Card Nystrom

    July 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Wow good job, you look amazing.

  30. Lashonda Battle

    July 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Congrats u look great

  31. Alicia Arellano

    July 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Need to do this

  32. Schmeka Powell-Jones

    July 27, 2015 at 4:48 am

    We can do this Kody M Branch

  33. En Em Malik

    July 27, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Meow Khan

  34. Luba Donaldson

    July 27, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Raisa Slesarchuk it’s all about the damn sugar!

  35. Amanda Tumanuvao

    July 27, 2015 at 1:54 am

    This is great! Vanessa Swindell….see it’s possible 😉

  36. Jenni Harvey

    July 27, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Dale..first part of story could have been written by me. There is hope.

  37. Sheila Parrett

    July 27, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Wow

  38. Jenni Harvey

    July 27, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I’m going through detox to sugar now. It’s Hell but I want to get to the other side. Congratulations.

  39. Laura Smith

    July 27, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Congrats. I know the difficulty of overcoming sugar addiction. My trainer realized I was addicted to sugar. I had be eating fairly healthy for awhile at that point but changed from fast food and sweets to lots of fruit. He put me on detox and I had withdrawal systems. It was hell for the first couple weeks. But so worth it now. As I don’t have the cravings as bad and food does not control me like it used to.

  40. Chana Marie WynneSwan

    July 27, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Congratulations!! You look amazing!

  41. Teresa Nichols

    July 27, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Wonderful story!

  42. Janice Brunick

    July 27, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Congratulations!!!

  43. Yadira Velasco

    July 27, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Congrats

  44. Maricruz Zarate

    July 27, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Marissa Isabel Escalante

  45. Michelle Reames

    July 27, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Amazing!

  46. Ronald Davies

    October 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Gratz

  47. Kelly-Anne Smith-Cozzati

    October 27, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Awesome job

  48. Gill Smith

    October 27, 2014 at 12:14 am

    That’s great….but where is the extra skin?

  49. Kris Mauro Krauss

    October 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Congrats girl…. I was in a group with you years and years ago when u started the journey… Couldn’t believe my eyes when u popped up on my feed. So happy for you!!!!!!

  50. Rhonda Thames

    October 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    That’s wonderful!

  51. Kristel Carlile-Schroeder

    October 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I have the same problem. I lo e my sugar

  52. Caretha Wolfe

    October 26, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    nice~~~

  53. Freespirit Seymore

    October 26, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I love this. Very inspirational

  54. Valerie Williams

    October 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    My story minus the weight loss

  55. Hella Archambault

    October 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Wow Marie ! You look good ! Congrats !

  56. Kim Ray

    October 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Awesome transformation!

  57. Kirsten Tschida

    October 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I’m book marking this one. I too am a die hard sugar addict. I’m 3 days soda-free today and I’m starting to feel better!!

  58. Molly Bulger

    October 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Please help me do this….

  59. Kathy Washington

    October 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Congratulations! I am also addicted to sugar and have zero willpower. You are an inspiration for me. I love the stories on The Weight We Were.com!

  60. Cleo Mukopfa-Sachikonye

    October 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Wow Marie Dozier what awesome transformation. You once shared your story with me in nursing school and I still could not believe it but seeing this before picture and knowing the after makes a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing your story once more, it remains a constant reminder to me as I am on my journey that yes it can be done.

  61. Marianne Pinkston Abdulbaki

    October 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Very inspiring. I am where you were so many years ago. Getting ready for my turn. Looks daunting but it has to happen. Reading your story is extremely helpful. Congratulations and keep it up!! You deserve it. So do I.

  62. Allison Opstad

    October 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    271 has never looked so small only thing on her overweight was her stomach! Wish I looked like that at 271

  63. Kerry Mcguire Hall

    October 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Did u have surgery to remove the excess skin?

  64. Tina Wolfe

    October 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Great job

  65. Linda Bramble

    October 26, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I am glad you got through such a tough time

  66. Patty Hillert

    October 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Marie. Congrats! I’m hoping to see me like this! Only 50 lbs to go

  67. Stacy Bernard

    October 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    WOW!! I absolutely love seeing the before & after pictures of outstanding lifestyle transformations like this!! but I also love the fact that you talked about the psychological aspects of transforming from an obese to a fit & much healthier person!! I wish more people would realize that you can’t go on the crazy strict diet programs & expect long-term results!

  68. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    October 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats

  69. Karen

    October 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    What an amazing story! Congratulations on your weight loss. Staying motivated can be hard at times but have done it. Again, congratulations!

  70. Elizabeth Tevacile Lopez

    October 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    WOW!!!!

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