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I Lost Weight: Corinne Crabtree Learned To Use Food As Fuel And Lost Over 100 Pounds

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Name: Corinne Crabtree
Age: 38
Height: 5’6″
Before Weight: 250 pounds

How I Gained It: At the age of nine, I started gaining weight. By the time I was in eighth grade I weighed 210 pounds. We grew up eating drive-thru and convenience food and going to buffets. It was just easy and, unfortunately, I never learned how to eat healthily.

When I graduated from high school I worked for restaurants where it was easy to eat burgers and fries. Throughout my 20s I suffered with shame over how I looked, which led me to eating out with friends, drinking too much and not exercising at all. Moving hurt — and I was young! It was nothing for me to eat donuts for breakfast, a buffet for lunch and then hit Mexican and drinks after work. I ate my way to 250 pounds.

My biggest problem was that I liked to eat a lot of volume and didn’t know how bad the food I ate truly was. I knew I was fat, but I thought it was because I was lazy, didn’t exercise and was unwilling to go hungry. I thought to be thin you had to be hungry and suffer through exercise.

When I married at 27, I had dieted to 180 pounds — but not in a smart way. I exercised, but didn’t lift weights, I skipped meals and just stayed hungry most of the time. After we were married, I soon became pregnant. This was like a green light to go back to the volume of food I was missing out on and to the old foods that brought me comfort. The bigger I got, the more I ate because I was pregnant. By the time I had my son, I weighed 250 pounds again.

Breaking Point: When my son was born my weight did not fall off. I breastfed like a Jersey cow, yet I wasn’t losing weight. I wasn’t active, and I barely made an attempt to eat better. When Logan turned a year old I was lying on the couch crying, thinking, “I can’t keep up with my one year old.” I was tired, depressed and just fed up with my life. My husband came home, and I cried while looking at him saying, “I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I have to change. I’m joining a gym, and I will figure it out.”

He totally supported me. He said I could do anything I set my mind to, so I joined the gym. My son wouldn’t go to the nursery so I decided I would go at night after dinner, letting my husband put him to bed.

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How I Lost It: I started by walking three miles per hour for 15 minutes. It was all I could handle. For months, I would head to the gym and just go straight to my treadmill and walk as much as I could. At the same time, I started changing how I ate. I used to eat ice cream out of the carton, so I started using a bowl. I read books, I learned how to cook, and I tried lots of new foods. My biggest win was for once I didn’t expect to hit a goal, to lose a lot of weight fast or even be perfect. I just kept trying new ways to be healthy until I found things that worked for me. Some things worked and some things didn’t.

As I kept losing weight I got braver about trying classes at the gym, I hired a trainer to teach me about weights and took Spin classes. My brother-in-law was training for an Ironman and it sparked my interest to do a triathlon. My best friend wanted to walk a half-marathon. Suddenly, because I changed, all kinds of new exercise opportunities opened up for me. And when I started training for these events, I naturally started reading more and more about how to eat like an athlete.

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When I got down to 170 pounds I stalled, so rather than giving up I joined Weight Watchers online and lost the last 25 pounds.

My life is full now. I have done over 25 half-marathons, three triathlons, two Tough Mudders, one full marathon, six figure competitions, and I started my own fitness website, Phit-N-Phat, where I blog about my journey and coach other women to learn about a healthy lifestyle. I’ve helped hundreds of women learn to run and cross the half-marathon finish line and lose weight after a lifetime of obesity. I also helped form a fitness group of over 100 women at my church. I lead their bootcamps, half-marathon training and work to improve the lives of their kids with a kids’ fitness and health school initiative. This is at the same school I was bullied for my weight many, many years ago. I never dreamed I would one day be known as the “fit mom”.

In my family, we eat healthily. I cook our food on Sunday for the whole week, my husband and I run races together, and I’m teaching my son how to have a healthy life unlike the one his mother led for so many years.

After Weight: 145 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

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  1. Debora Thompson Butler

    August 27, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Inspirational Story!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Michelle Reames

    August 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Absolutely AMAZING! Great work, Connie!

  3. Frances Newton Griner

    January 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    A totally different woman! Great job!

  4. Lu Ann John

    January 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    You should be very proud….

  5. Kim Robinson

    January 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    amazing determination!

  6. Alicia Browne

    January 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm


  7. Michaela MacAleese O'Brien

    January 24, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Awesome job

  8. Shirley Browne

    January 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm


  9. Jo Ann Caira

    January 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I follow Corrine on her page Phit-N-Phat! She is AMAZING and does some really helpful facebook live videos!

  10. Di Boland-Bolewicz

    January 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Gorgeous! Love the confidence & sexy blouse!

  11. Theresa Padovano

    January 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm


  12. Jessica Deshazo

    January 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Wow ! Looks beautiful

  13. PB Grossman

    January 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    She is beautiful!

  14. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    January 24, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Good for you!!!

  15. Dianne Suzuki

    January 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Wow! You look fabulous!!

  16. Sue Javors

    February 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Wonderful for you! Keep up the great work!

  17. Ingrid Martinez

    February 13, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Awesome job!!

  18. Janet Valdivia

    February 13, 2016 at 5:45 am

    We got this! Cinthy Cervantes

  19. Molly Ceci Salem

    February 13, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Rachel Young

  20. Rosie Sutherland

    February 12, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    You look amazing !!!!

  21. Kathy Girdler

    February 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm


  22. Sarah Hegarty

    February 12, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Inspiring and what an achievement! Well done ☺☺

  23. Joan Madruga Jones

    February 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm


  24. Candie Massey Hughes

    February 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm


  25. Barbie Holowell Hutchens

    February 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm


  26. Glynis Morris

    February 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    That story. ..amazingly told. ….great job

  27. Julie Ann Tatum

    February 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    You look Fantastic! Heather read for inspiration, I know I’m inspired.

  28. Sandra Casias

    February 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    You look AMAZING!

  29. Tammy Berry

    February 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  30. Gina Gallagher

    February 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Love that shirt in the after photo. Very flattering and pretty.

  31. Rika Van Hardeveld

    February 12, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Wow looking great, great job.

  32. Audrey Wheeler

    August 10, 2015 at 12:57 pm


  33. Roxann Shively

    August 6, 2015 at 12:44 am

    Shannon D Brown

  34. Jackie Wofford

    August 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    You are rockin it girl !!

  35. Cassandra Milem

    August 3, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Brittany Degroat

  36. Kristy Stevens

    August 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Fantastic! You have provided your son with a great foundation.

  37. Cindy Stroud Miles

    August 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    You look amazing and I will check out the blog. One thing I wish everyone would let us in on is how long they worked at it because that gives some people the desire to keep going. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Vicki Newman

    August 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    You look great. I am curious as to the meals you make on Sunday for the week.

  39. Trish Hardy

    August 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    you look awesome Congratulations

  40. Stacey Barbeau

    August 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Really loved reading this

  41. Kimberly Mckennon

    August 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Anna Harrison Wright

  42. Marie Johnson

    August 3, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    You look great!

  43. Sandra Sinclair Chittum

    August 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Such an awesome outcome!! Keep being healthy!

  44. Barbara J Fields

    August 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm


  45. Su'Rita Lanae

    August 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Amazing and truly inspiring, Corinne!!!

  46. Roberta Germain

    August 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

    You look amazing

  47. Tam Spence

    August 3, 2015 at 11:15 am


  48. Dawn Greenbaum

    August 3, 2015 at 10:43 am


  49. Ketso Mpesela

    August 3, 2015 at 10:39 am


  50. Amy Ruthig Karbowski

    August 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Thank you! Our starting stats are about the same. I’m so worried I will have sagging skin…wondered how she toned?

  51. Jackie Altuna

    August 3, 2015 at 9:42 am


  52. Jenny Olsen Burgers

    August 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Nichole Cherry..theblog is Phit-N-Phat, the link is in the story. Sounds like a great blog to follow.

  53. Jennie Marie Torres Moró

    August 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Congts! Spectacular!

  54. Colin Hinze

    August 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Well done

  55. Mary Capasso-Newman

    August 3, 2015 at 5:14 am

    Great job great story plus you look amazing !

  56. Suzanne Farnham Sheldon

    August 3, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Congrats well done

  57. En Em Malik

    August 3, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Meow Khan u need to look at this

  58. Andre N Christrina House

    August 3, 2015 at 2:36 am


  59. Helen Stewart

    August 3, 2015 at 1:04 am

    So beautiful!

  60. Nichole Cherry

    August 3, 2015 at 12:43 am

    You look amazing. Would love to know what you cook on sunday for the whole week. Do you have a blog?

  61. Rita Sanders-Riggins

    August 3, 2015 at 12:41 am


  62. Monica Kendrick

    August 3, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Great story. She looks amazing

  63. Michelle Reames

    August 3, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Incredible! She looks like a model, doesn’t she?

  64. Aaron Crawford

    August 3, 2015 at 12:19 am

    She looks Fantastic!

  65. Gentry Fitness

    October 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm


  66. Carol LoGiudice

    October 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    great job, beautiful girl…..

  67. Pam Crouse

    October 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I am so ready to lose weight….ty for this great story

  68. Lori Stover Fox

    October 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm


  69. Joanna Lima

    October 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Awesome !

  70. Cheryle Picco

    October 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    You are a true inspiration to what we are capable of if we set our minds to it.

  71. Patricia Walters-Fischer

    October 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I needed to see that walked 15 min at a time. I got back on the elliptical today and only made it 17. Really pissed at myself for letting my endurance tank so badly.

  72. Trish Brown Martinez

    October 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Lol!! I know its more healthier and that bridge is crossing soon just asking for others advice if it worked out through exercise or they had to have surgery…

  73. Debra Avis

    October 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    You look AWESOME!!!!! WTG!!!

  74. MyWorld Djsanji

    October 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Congrats, Corrine!

  75. Trish Brown Martinez

    October 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Im on my journey now but i have a question abt all the weight loss sucess? Has anyone had to have skin removal surgery im so scared i will have sagging skin 🙁 and i dont have the money for that surgery…

  76. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    October 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm


  77. Ditching The Diet Diva

    October 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Simply amazing. She is beautiful!

  78. Edwina Lee

    October 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Awesome story, great job

  79. Debra Landis

    October 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    When you have time text me because i need to lose at least 50 pounds and thank you

  80. Judy N Phil

    October 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, fantastic!

  81. Denise Mebane

    October 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Great job rocking that outfit

  82. T.j. J Jordan

    October 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Congrad girl ! I did the same thing over the last three yrs, i started at 278, from depresion eating, I got up one day and said i dnt wana be like this anymore started walking everyday and eating better and boom weight started droping off…Great job ,! Walking is the easyest and safest way to start, I myself now weigh 140 and continue to my goal of 125. Great job u inspire me to stay on track…thank u

  83. Jennifer Coffell Dollar

    October 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    What an inspiration!! Way to go Corrine!!

  84. Sandy Canapp Gary

    October 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Great job!!

  85. Jennifer Ford-Cote

    October 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Love that shirt. And kudos, the girls look so perky after losing the weight. Awesome

  86. Gloria Stears

    October 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome congratulations..;)

  87. Rachel Smith Kendall

    October 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Would love to knownwhere shengot thatn shirt! Its gorgeous in her! Way to go!

  88. Gentry Fitness

    February 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    incredible and congratulations!!!!!

  89. Rob Burchard

    February 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Great job

  90. Jenn Wichita Zabawa

    February 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Wow that is awesome!!

  91. Donna Skon Wortman

    February 24, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Awesomeness!!!! Great job!!!!

  92. Sarah Villaseñor

    February 24, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Amazing! Congratulations! You inspire me!!!

  93. Cierra LS

    February 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    ALexiaa Salas check this out

  94. Charles Martin

    February 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Wow she’s fine

  95. Marlene Lentz

    February 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    walking works before I got sick I walked everywhere keeps you in shape and it’s free

  96. Nadine Monique Zamarron

    February 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    That is awesome!

  97. Robin Smith

    February 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Wow great work!!!

  98. Louise Howard

    February 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Everyone needs inspiration and your journey is one. Thank you for sharing.

  99. Joy Loissa McIntyre

    February 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Amazing.. U are absolutely stunning

  100. Donna Bowen

    February 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    way to go !!!

  101. Mumtotwo Beautyfulchildren

    February 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    So you lost weight just by walking 15 mins everyday?
    Is there anything else that you done to lose the weight?
    As I would love a couple of pointers…. Cheers
    Congrats to you xx

    • Corinne

      February 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thank you! I started with walking. It was hard for me but it’s where I was in my journey. As I got stronger I moved to walking longer, adding inclines, explored the weight machines, and such. After a few months I wanted to run.

      My whole story is here: http://www.phit-n-phat.com/home/ – this is what it took to get my weight off.

      But, I tell people all the time in my blog and such that there’s no magic out there. It’s about making SLOW changes you can handle. Put those into your life. ADD to you life. Then the things that are keeping you from being healthy are easier to drop.

      My blog is full of pointers so feel free to visit it. I have food prep blogs, exercise things, etc. I have been telling my tale for almost 7 years now!

  102. Maralee Noltie

    February 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    True inspiration

  103. Shannon Kletz

    February 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm


  104. Deanne Jackson Cejka

    February 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm


  105. Rachel Fawn Mashburn

    February 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    God bless you sunshine! What an inspiration!

  106. Dharma S. Reyes

    February 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm


  107. Pamela Hewitt

    February 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    You look great!

  108. Melissa

    February 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    U look fabulous!!! I love ur shirt if u dont mind me askin where did u get it??

    • Corinne

      February 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

      LOL…I buy so many of my tops at Cache. You can order online if you don’t have a local store but most of the going out stuff I wear comes from there. I get tons of compliments on their clothes and probably own 30 different tops currently!

  109. Sandra Howard

    February 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    So inspiring, thanks for sharing

  110. Kenya Waltower

    February 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Girl, you look fabulous!

  111. Sasha Pelton

    February 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! That’s great!! Very inspirational

  112. Ellen Clemons

    February 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    great story!! keep it up:

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