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Gym class failure to half-marathoner

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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.comWhile growing up and into my 20’s, I was always various levels of overweight. As a kid, I never participated in sports and I HATED gym class. In fact, in 8th grade, I dreaded it so much that I skipped out often – and ended up failing.
After having kids and my weight going up and down, up and down, I settled into a weight of 227 lbs. I am just under 5′ 6″, and I wore a size 22. I was exhausted all the time. I felt self conscious and uncomfortable. I hated shopping, hated meeting new people, and job interviews were a nightmare. I felt trapped.

As my babies become more active and mobile, I realized that things needed to change, for their sake and our families sake. I wanted to be able to play with them without feeling out of breath. I wanted to be a good role model.

I was ready to change.

In January 2011, I started with changing my diet. I didnt GO ON A DIET… I simply made healthy changes. When I started seeing some results, I added in light exercise, and eventually I really started feeling brave so I hopped on a treadmill. I jogged very slowly, for about 10 seconds, before I had to pause and catch my breath. For the rest of that session, I had to mostly walk. But when I got off that treadmill, soaked in sweat, I felt amazing.

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I convinced my husband that we should buy a treadmill – and I actually used it. I progressed from being able to jog for 10 seconds, to 20 seconds, 30 seconds, a minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes…a mile, 2 miles. Somebody convinced me to sign up for a 5k that summer. By the end of the race, I was hurting. I was tired. I was thinking “Why in the world did I agree to this, this is awful!”. But when I crossed the finish line (in 38:48, more than a minute under my goal of 40:00)…I was hooked. Somebody joked that maybe the next year, I would be running in the half marathon instead of the 5k, and I laughed at how ridiculous it was to even THINK that.

Exactly one year later, I found myself 75 lbs down and at the starting line of my very first half marathon. I finished under my goal time and have since done a few more half marathons (and countless 5k’s). Some day, I hope to do a full marathon.

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It has been 2.5 years since I began my journey. I have lost about 90 lbs and gone from a size 22 to a 6. I have more energy and confidence. I do things now that I would never have imagined doing before. I love sharing my passion for health and fitness with my kids, now ages 5 and 6. Last month, I did a 5k with my 6 year old, and was thrilled when she said at the end that she wants to do more. I can see that changing my lifestyle has not only changed MY health and life, but that it has paved the way for a better life, and better health for my kids. I don’t want them to ever be “that girl who failed gym class”. I don’t want them to live in a constant battle with their weight, like I did – I want a healthy lifestyle to be instilled in them from the very beginning.

I was a gym class failure. Now I’m a weight loss success story, half marathoner, and health & fitness advocate.


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  1. Arkilia Holliday

    August 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Awesome, needed some inspiration as I begin my healthy weight loss again

  2. Michelle Herrera

    August 14, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Wow! You look like a different person. You are so lovely!

  3. Patti Robinson

    August 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    What kind of diet plan did you follow

  4. Jennifer Allen Dudak

    August 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Way to go!!!!

  5. P.r. K Snead

    August 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    @Kristie don’t be nervous you got this!!!!

  6. Alicia M. Dercole

    August 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Ugh i wish I wasn’t so fat

  7. Tia Wynn

    August 13, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Wonderful motivation!

  8. Tricia Henderson

    August 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome story – Very inspiring

  9. Kim Murphy

    August 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm


  10. Anjel Cheeks

    August 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Great story

  11. Suzie Lynn Riner

    August 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    This is amazing! She is amazing!

  12. Marie Robinson

    August 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks I needed that example of your victory

  13. Kristie Kozlowski Monllor

    August 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    P.r. K Snead….I’m training for a 5k too! A little nervous I’m not going to be ready!

  14. Lillie Locklear

    August 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm


  15. P.r. K Snead

    August 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Awesome. Just completed my Couch to 5k and ran my first 3.27 miles last week

  16. Kathleen Walker

    August 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Great motivation!!

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