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Weight Loss Success Story: Nataisha Lost Weight And Became A Fanatic About Running

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I lost over 100 pounds! Read my weight loss success story at the inspiration weightloss website The Weigh We Were.  Beautiful black women losing weight with clean eating habits, lifestyle changes, meal plans and diet programs. Before and after African American pictures, motivation, fitspo and workout gym tips. My name is Nataisha Ramirez and I am a Phenomenal Diva.  I use to be a 408 lb natural queen.  I have always wanted to lose weight but it was a big struggle.  After two children the weight never left and kept adding up.  I can remember as a teenager in highschool being on the track team for shot put and disc and not being able to run one lap aroung the track.  I have always been one to workout surprisingly; even at 408.  October 26, 2005 my life changed for the healthier.  I had the gastric bypass surgery because I simply could not get the weight off and with two little children with no ailments I wanted to be around as they got older.  It was very rough at first because I had to do everything on my own.  My husband is in the military and he was getting ready to deploy about a week or two after the surgery.  I had to give myself shots in the stomach and deal with two little children.  As time went on it got better. I have found a new passion for running and have wanted to run mostly all my life but could not due to the weight.  I now live in Hawaii and they run all the time here.  I started a Book club called the Mocha Ladies and February 2010 we decided to run the Great Aloha Run, 8.2 miles. Although I tried to prepare for this run by running a little here and there, it was still difficult. So I am at the start line with the other ladies and anxiety and nervousness begins to set in. I tried to talk myself thru it before the gun goes off but once again unsuccessful. I felt claustrophobic as everyone passed me like a stalled car on a race track. I walked the entire race. After that, I was determined that I would run the next one. August 8, 2010 I ran my first run, The Mango Run. The Mango Run was a 5k and I finished it in 54 minutes. I continued to do several runs after that to include The Breast Cancer Run. I ran the Great Aloha Run again this year and I ran the entire run and shed thirty minutes off my time from last year. I Continually participate in little runs in my area to stay on top of my game. I ran the Wahine Diva Half Marathon on April 17, 2011, my first half marathon ever, and I finished it in 3:24 hours.  I love to run now that I have disciplined my body.  I am now able to complete a 5k in 45 minutes.  It feels good to challenge myself every time I step out my door to run another run. I am scheduled to run another half marathon on May 29, 2011 and the big challenge is the Honolulu Marathon on December 11, 2011.

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I want to encourage anyone that thinks that they can not because if I can they can.  My moto is if you believe you can you will.  I still run races and I plan on attending a personal trainer certification in May so that I can give back to those that are struggling with their weight and need someone to motivate them and encourage them that they can do it.


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