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I Lost Weight: Mindy Witthoft Fell In Love With Hiking And Lost 124 Pounds

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Name: Mindy Witthoft
Age: 31
Height: 5’9″
Before Weight: 300 pounds. It could have been more. I actually didn’t own a scale until I decided to make this life change.

How I Gained It: I had always been a chubby kid, which made for a chubbier teenager and finally an overweight adult. I wasn’t ever a sports kid. I was blind to the fact that I was the size I was because that was what I was used to being. I honestly never cared about the calories I would consume and wouldn’t watch the portion sizes either. I would also eat a lot of fast food.

Breaking Point: In December 2011 I went to a friend’s house to have dinner with her, her husband and my cousin. We couldn’t make up our minds about what to eat that night, so we went to three different fast food places to get food for all of us. I ordered food from each place and later thought, “What the hell am I doing?” when the acid reflux kicked in and I felt horribly full. I knew at that point I didn’t want to do things like that anymore. I decided to start January 1, 2012, as most people do at the beginning of the year, to work on improving my health.

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How I Lost It: I knew this would not be an easy change and that no one but me could enforce it. I signed up for MyFitnessPal and decided I would work out. I got up that first morning and did a workout DVD for 20 minutes. I was sore later that day, but got up the next day and did another 20 minutes before work. Then, when I got home from work, I did 20 minutes. This was the cycle that I repeated for months.

Along with this new exercise cycle I decided to cut out the fast food. I vowed that if I ate out at any point it would be at a restaurant where I could make a decision that would be better for me. I started cooking all my meals and went months before even attempting to eat out to avoid any temptation.

Even though I was working out by myself, I had a co-worker in another state that was inspired by me to do the same. To date she’s lost about 70 pounds. You could almost say we are long-distance workout buddies!

As the months went by and the pounds melted off, I knew this was something I could do. It really took a while before anyone could notice the changes, but I could see them on the scale, in the way my clothes were starting to fit and the way I felt. During July 2012, a friend suggested that we go for a hike at one of the local mountains. I figured it would be a new exercise option for me. Little did I know how much I would love hiking. Hiking up I was out of breath and had to stop a few times, but I kept thinking the “me” from last year would not have been able to do this. When we made it to the top it was amazing!

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Since that first hike, I have gone almost every weekend. I always snap a photo near the top to record my accomplishments. As the year continued, I felt everything about me improving: my athletic abilities, my sleeping, my body and my confidence. Now that I have completed year one of this major life improvement I know I can continue to keep driving this change. I can prove to people that you don’t need anything special to accomplish something like this besides patience and a drive to change. I want to keep inspiring those around me to do the same.

After Weight: 176 pounds

Source: Huffington Post

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    November 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Not a truly inspiring story because she gained back about 100 lbs in the years following this story (which was originally published in 2014, but seems to have just been reposted this Nov. 2017). So I’d like to see inspiring stories from people who kept up their fighting spirit and didn’t give up. Giving up is the number one reason we regain weight and giving up is so easy. We need to hear more from people who didn’t give up.

  2. Thinking Thin

    March 25, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I love these inspirational stories!! Thank you!

  3. Sheila Tashiro

    March 24, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Great job you rock

  4. Martha Little

    March 24, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Yeah for you! Cheering you on from a distance!!

  5. Latrell Mixon

    March 24, 2015 at 2:31 am


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    March 23, 2015 at 11:47 pm


  7. Christina Moler

    March 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Erin Wingo

  8. Mindy Shelton

    March 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Go you!

  9. Sylvia Delgado

    March 23, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Great job keep it up:-)

  10. Connie Condo

    March 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Congratulations 🙂

  11. Beth Hollingsworth Girard

    March 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    That will be me in a couple more months!

  12. Tiffany Farrell

    March 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Miaisha M and James Abramson

  13. Becky Lynn Garrett

    March 23, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks. I’m gonna try the video you posted.

  14. Linda Thompson

    March 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Just amazing honey! So proud of you. Wonderful!

  15. Melinda Miller Heyne

    March 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Wish we had mountains to hike here in FLORIDA. Heck, we barely have small hills or inclines. Good for you. Keep up the good work!

  16. Mary Capasso-Newman

    March 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Wow great job you look amazing! !

  17. Teena Williams

    March 23, 2015 at 7:36 pm


  18. Judy Phillips Culler

    March 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Great job.

  19. Becky Lynn Garrett

    March 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    That’s awesome. . I have a question for everyone that can help me. I weigh 311 pounds. I can barely walk into a store without giving out of breath so what kind of exercise can I start out doing? I don’t know where to start.. thanks

  20. Gillian Thomas

    March 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    That’s exactly how I did it too at first! Great job!

  21. Erin Dentinger

    March 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Great job!!!

  22. Kersten Safford

    March 23, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    My kinda girl!!!

  23. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    March 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    You look great

  24. Darla Robtoy

    March 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Great job u give me inspiration

  25. Kenyatta Parker

    March 23, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Kimberly Parker

  26. Cindy Kirn-Palmer

    March 23, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Fantastic Mindy!!! High five to you!!!

  27. Myrna Si Se Puede

    March 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Wow! Awesome!!! Congratsv

  28. Steve Elliott

    March 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats Mindy!! Great accomplishment!

  29. HeartKore Knockouts by Jenni Castillo

    October 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Wow! Awesome!

  30. Sally Sundström Britton

    October 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Awesome! Congrats! Looks like Boise, ID in the background!

  31. MacnOli Tuaua

    October 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Congratulations. I know this journey well.

  32. Elaine Henry

    October 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hello can someone tell me how can i get started loseing weight and being healthy please

  33. Carla Morey

    October 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Holy crap can I say that

  34. Dawn Tighe Grant

    October 1, 2014 at 8:08 am

    You look great. Way to go.

  35. Shelly Wages

    October 1, 2014 at 12:31 am

    You did amazing !!! Do you mind me asking what workout you did tho?

  36. Julie Sundquist Small

    September 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Amazing story. You have inspired me and a few friends. Hope we can do the same.

  37. Asenath Joy Bailey

    September 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I am so happy for you.

  38. Kathy Handyside

    September 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Mindy – you are an inspiration to me! I love hiking too and I’m going to move out west where I can be closer to great hiking/backpacking opportunities. Thanks for sharing your great story. Best wishes for continued success!!!

  39. Kathy Cooper

    September 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm


  40. Xenia Crow

    September 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    You know…you are an inspiration to those struggling that anything is possible.

  41. Leslie Morales

    September 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Thats great

  42. Debra Avis

    September 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Mindy.. You look AWESOME!!! WTG!!!

  43. Tara Schultz

    September 30, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Congrats. Your story brings others like me hope. Thanks for sharing

  44. Kristie Winger

    September 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Great job and great inspiration!!

  45. Theresa Ann Spencer

    September 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    awesome…so healthy, and a great inspiration 🙂

  46. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    September 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm


  47. Jessi Gant

    September 30, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    this is awesome!! good job girl!

  48. Freda Stevenson

    September 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Fabulous Work! Mindy u look great.

  49. Faithful Fae

    September 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    right on

  50. Donna Gray

    September 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    You look awesome

  51. Michelle Reames

    September 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Absolutely amazing!

  52. Dana Harrell

    September 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    look amazing !

  53. Nicole Wilson Smith

    February 9, 2014 at 4:49 am


  54. Nicky Dreyer Wyngaard

    February 9, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Way to go you look awesome!!!!

  55. Faithful Fae

    February 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Go girl

  56. Leanne Flanagan

    February 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    congratulations on your weightloss, what a champion you are x

  57. My Weight Loss Journey & Motivation

    February 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Great job!! 🙂

  58. Lynda Millunzi Studaker

    February 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Good job! It looks like you are seeing some wonderful scenery! All you need now is the dog!

  59. Laura Forman

    February 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    wow…good for you….doctors told me I need to lose 80 pounds….seemed impossible to me….but now after reading about you maybe I can do it to….thanks…

  60. Amanda Naomi Hubert

    February 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    That’s so awesome!! Very inspiring!!

  61. Linda Thompson

    February 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Oh my goodness! Wow, what an accomplishment! You Rock Mindy!! I lost 100lb. Proud of you!!!!

  62. Cherie Bantle

    February 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Great job. I am so proud of you. Great motivation and willpower.

  63. Melissa Holloron Shreve

    February 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm


  64. Caitlyn Molina

    February 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    wow that is amazing! I need to loose over 100 pounds but I just cant seem to get motivated. I am not happy with my body at all and I wanna make a change but I have 0 self control. any tips?

  65. Lottie Bernecker

    February 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Wonderful inspiration! Thank you for sharing

  66. Theresa Moore-Silvanus

    February 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Amazing inspiration !!❤️

  67. mireya

    February 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    That is such a story about me…my boyfriend loves hicking and the outdoors and alwayds want me to join him but do not want to slow him down..he is a sweetheart and tells me that we can go at my pase. I soon want to start my story as well… so i too can be an inspiration to all…

  68. Deanne Jackson Cejka

    February 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Simply awesome!! Congrats!

  69. Mary Washington

    February 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    That’s awesome!

  70. Lynda Robinson

    February 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm


  71. Sandra Howard

    February 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Such an amazing feat

  72. Jennifer Lane Miller

    February 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    That’s great Jessica Dolata!

  73. Jeannette

    February 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome Job!!!! You look great! What DVD’S did you use?

  74. Parisian James

    February 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Way to go!!!!

  75. Rhonda Boyd

    February 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    You are awesome….and looking great

  76. Lala claydon

    February 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I been trying lose weight since August 2012 so far it 30 pound w struggle

    I have bad back plm cux of accident in 2009

    I try my best to walk as long as I can…

    Wtg.. U inspired me

  77. Jessica Dolata

    February 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    So wonderful! I’m 45 lbs down!!

  78. Connie Hollis

    February 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Great job Mindy!!!

  79. Connie Hollis

    February 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Great job Mindy!!!

  80. Jennifer Lane Miller

    February 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    That’s awesome! I’m close …at 116.4 lbs lost!!

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