100 Pounds Lost

Building a Healthier Me

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Read her success story! Before and after fitness success motivation from women who hit their weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Learn their workout tips get inspiration! | TheWeighWeWere.comWith the pressures of the “perfect thin body” shoved in our faces by numerous magazines and tv specials, being an obese individual in today’s world isn’t easy. Even when you loved the way you looked. For years I struggled with losing weight. I can clearly recall being teased
by former friends for wearing size 16 jeans in junior high. But as I got older and into college, I became okay with the way I looked. As long as my breast stuck out further than my stomach, I was still sexy in my eyes. My confidence grew stronger when I met my boyfriend my senior year of college. He loved me for who I was and how I looked. Why should I lose weight if I had someone who loved me?

After I graduated in 2012, I started to have a hard time breathing. I wrote it off as being my “asthma” , which a doctor diagnosed me having years beforehand. But as the weather got colder, it became harder and harder to manage.

I scheduled an appointment with a new doctor to get a physical and to get a new rescue inhaler prescription. On November 7th, the day of my appointment, I was hit with two large reality checks. I weighed in at 283lbs, where I assumed I only weighed 250lbs. After receiving that blow, I was hit with another one: I didn’t have asthma.

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I completed the blow test they use to diagnose (which I might add, I’ve never had to do) and it came back showing I had great lungs. Really confused, my doctor told me ask nice as he could, that the weight I was carrying was too much for my frame to handle. It was then, that I knew I had to change. I told my boyfriend my plan to become healthy and he asked how he could help.

That evening after work, I walked into LA Fitness and got a membership. I knew that if I was paying money for something, I’d use it (I hate wasting money).
I wanted to lose weight without the diet pills, trendy diets, or surgical procedures. I wanted to teach myself how to be healthy. I started researching restaurants before I’d step foot in them, making sure they had meals with decent caloric values. I progressively quit eating fast food, first swapping beef for chicken and eventually cutting it out entirely. My portions shrank and I began cooking more at home with the help of Pinterest. Working out at the gym was a little bit of a challenge at first. I had anxiety about exercising in front of all these fit people.I felt like they were looking at me, judging me. But with my boyfriend by my side, encouraging me and reassuring I was doing great, I got over my fear. I tried out every class LA Fitness offered; from water aerobics to Zumba, I did it. But it wasn’t until I got the wild hair to join a 5K, when I found my niche.I hated running with a passion, but I knew it was a great way to lose weight. My boyfriend, who use to be a runner, persuaded me to go for a run in the park with him to see it’d be something I’d like. It was love at first run. I felt free. I wasn’t constricted by a turning belt like the treadmill and I could think about things from the past work week. We ran the 5K together about a month after we started running together, finishing it in about 49 minutes. I wasn’t satisfied with that time. I knew I could do better. And from there my weightloss journey took off.

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Today, nearly one year and five months later, I am a whole new Justina. I have lost 111lbs, weighing in at 172lbs right now. I have completed four 5K runs and one half marathon (finished in 2:25 and never stopped). I went a size 22 to a size 10, and can even wear medium women shirts. I’m still losing weight, as I want to have my BMI fall into the healthy range.

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  1. Jenn Hahn

    February 12, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I’ve had the same success and now failure. When I do the couch to 5k program I was losing weight. But I sprained my ankle very badly and gained weight again. I still have issues but am going to try slow easy interval running wearing a brace to see if I can work up to running again. I like running outdoors but the weather has not been cooperating lately.

  2. The Weigh We Were.com

    February 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I can’t run at the moment, but when I started using Cardio Coach audio programs to learn to jog the weight fell off of me, too (combined with strength training, and portion control). 🙂 ~kat

  3. Molly Ceci Salem

    February 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Great job!

  4. Jeanne Belisle

    February 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Ouiii bravo ..moi aussi i wishhhh 🙂 🙂

  5. Rika Van Hardeveld

    February 12, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Wow great job , congratulations!!

  6. Shannon Aldrich

    February 12, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Great story:)Thank you for sharing

  7. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    February 12, 2016 at 3:27 am


  8. Tricia Aislinn Kennedy

    February 12, 2016 at 2:24 am

    I have so much stupid anxiety about working out. I feel good once I’m doing it, but I feel painfully self conscious even just going out for a walk. Which leads me not to do it, so then I feel weaker and fatter and therefore more embarrassed and self conscious. A vicious anxiety shame spiral.

    • Amira Moatassem

      February 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Trust me, no one at a gym is going to judge you because they are too busy with their own workouts to even pay attention! I started at 284 lbs and I’m 5’2″! I felt the same way at first but I pushed myself to workout and ignore others! Now 5 months later, I’m down 43 lbs to 241!! It’s all worth it!! You can do it!! Set your mind to it and you will achieve it!! Good luck!! 🙂

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      February 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Kudos Amira Moatassem 🙂 ~kat

  9. Jetta Ledrick

    February 12, 2016 at 2:08 am

    So very proud of you

  10. Kristy Stevens

    February 12, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Way to work it! Congrats on feeling the fear and doing it anyway (the gym).

  11. Michelle Reames

    February 12, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Only one word comes to mind: AWESOME!!!!

  12. Sandra Lewis

    June 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Great support n amazing job

  13. Lia Montseny

    June 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Anne Karoline :O

  14. Kathy James

    June 3, 2015 at 7:38 am


  15. Evelyn SuchaLady Dukes

    June 3, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Congrats Awesome!

  16. Billie Sanders

    June 3, 2015 at 2:56 am


  17. Sarah Edwards

    June 2, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Very awesome story! I am in awe of your self love regardless of weight, that is wonderful. And what an amazing and supportive boyfriend you have 🙂

  18. Liz Dodds

    June 2, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing your story!

  19. Meghan Cleary O'Reilly

    June 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Great job!!!

  20. Luci Spitler

    June 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Courtney Kernodle!

  21. Bobbi Dixon

    June 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    This is what I need to do!!

  22. Sandra Procario

    June 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats….. Great job!!!

  23. Sandra Pechacek

    June 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm


  24. Jackie Jacobs

    June 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Very inspiring…

  25. Colleen LeComte

    June 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Amazing and inspiring!

  26. Gloria McCadden

    November 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm


  27. Martha Diaz Rodriguez

    November 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I’m so happy for you.. You certainly give me hope.. I have to stop saying someday and start saying now is the right time.. Thank you

  28. Debbie Keeling

    November 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Great recipes too love it

  29. Debbie Keeling

    November 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Wonderful news so happy for u

  30. Rosie Sutherland

    November 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    great job !

  31. Pamela Stalion Tojek

    November 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Wtg, Justina!

  32. Chris Sterrett

    November 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I love these posts and stories.

  33. Tara Rae McIntosh

    November 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm


  34. Cindy Marie E

    November 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm


  35. Kathy Washington

    November 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Proud of you! Thanks for inspiring me to become healthier.

  36. Billie Sanders

    November 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm


  37. Tina Marie Rogala Carver

    November 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm


  38. Greta Lowe Jordan

    November 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm


  39. Kelsey Newlin

    November 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Good job!!!

  40. Gina

    November 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds like you have a great, supportive boyfriend. You look fantastic! Keep it up!

  41. Trish

    April 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Way to go!! You are an inspiration.

  42. Joly Rojas

    April 23, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Congrats it’s a hard job but it can be done.Such an inspiration for us who are still struggling to lose a few pds..!!

  43. Jackie Martin

    April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Learn to be healthy, what a concept

  44. sherry

    April 23, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I am severely over weight and I’m going on my second month in the gym and I feel like I’m not getting anywhere, I have osteo arthritis in my knees that limit my ability to stand or walk much, so I try to get in the water and work out at least 2-3 hrs a day mon-fri, what am I doing wrongs I need guidance….

  45. Ashley Renae Baumbusch

    April 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Way to go Justina!

  46. Peter Bassett

    April 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Pretty girl congrats!!! Damn that’s alot of hard work you did? God bless you.

  47. Georgia M Nygaard

    April 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    So proud for you!!!

  48. Angie Huse

    April 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Rachel Foster Spraggins

  49. Debbie Cardwell

    April 22, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Good job! I agree. Just do anything to get moving. Anything can be a workout. Eat less and make good food choices. NO ALCOHOL.

  50. Christine Williamson-Carlson

    April 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    You are such a inspiration and congratulations on your great accomplishment from all your hard work and dedication!!

  51. Olga Volga

    April 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm



    April 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    You look very pretty and fit! I hope to achieve this myself…Be proud and strong!

  53. Kim Harrelson

    April 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Congratulations! You did an awesome job.

  54. Honey Hollow Vittles

    April 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Thank You The Weigh We Were.com for sharing these awesome, inspirational stories!!!

  55. Kendra Claire Bradley

    April 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Christopher Bradley

  56. Mary-Dawn Lymangrover

    April 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Awesome! So Encouraging to me!

  57. Jenny De la Vega

    April 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Awesome job, good for you!!!

  58. Lola Getts

    April 22, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Now that’s what we call lead by example XOXO Lola

  59. Joseph Gillen

    April 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    awesome job justina

  60. Carol LoGiudice

    April 22, 2014 at 10:43 am


  61. Marie Steffens

    April 22, 2014 at 10:35 am


  62. Maru Guevara

    April 22, 2014 at 10:21 am


  63. Carrol Deannette Joseph

    April 22, 2014 at 10:05 am


  64. Cheri Dugan

    April 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Great job! 🙂

  65. Teddi Adams

    April 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

    would sure like info on program

  66. Joe Hooper

    April 22, 2014 at 9:37 am

    WOW! GREAT JOB!!!!~

  67. Donna Dixon Southerland

    April 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Great job. Thanks for ur sharing ur story. It’s amazing!

  68. Rita Mild

    April 22, 2014 at 9:29 am


  69. Kate Kohorst

    April 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Congratulations, wish I had your motivation !

  70. Linda Curtis

    April 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Justina thank you for sharing your story. You told it well and you are an inspiration to many of us that want to be on the same track to health and wellness. You look great!

  71. Marsha McKinney Davis

    April 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Great job!!

  72. P.r. K Snead

    April 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Awesome job!!! Another success story without surgery! I love it

  73. Stephanie Spuria

    April 22, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful before and after! Nicely done Justina!

  74. Lida Zeron Denardo

    April 22, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

  75. Anjel Cheeks

    April 22, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Congratulations on your hard work and dedication to live healthier. S/O to your boyfriend for being supportive on your journey.

  76. Candice Johnson

    April 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Wow!!! Wee!!!!! Look at You!!!!’ Congrats

  77. Suzy Hanks

    April 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    So inspiring!

  78. Lisa Cunningham

    April 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Congrats you look great!’

  79. Clarissa Monaghan

    April 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Congratulations on your determination and effort the smile says it all

  80. Lourdes Enid Dover

    April 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Awesome job….

  81. Cydni Carter Bouman

    April 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

    That is great!

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