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Weight loss through racing

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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.comLast June, I was 200+ pounds.  I don’t actually know my starting weight, since every time I went to the doctor’s I would close my eyes when they took my weight.  Especially after that first time I saw the nurse move the 200 lb bar over and start putting on the one pound bars.  I was always big- at the height of my soccer and tennis playing days in high school I had 160 lbs on my 5-foot-8 frame.  In college I gained about 10 lbs a year, and after a knee injury playing indoor soccer, I was unable to do much physical activity at all.

Finally last summer I had the funds (and the health insurance) to get my knee injury fixed.  I developed complications because of my weight and inactivity that scared me into being more physical.

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I started out slow, working out on an elliptical at the gym.  I didn’t diet per say, but made the decision to replace one meal a day with a salad or fruit plate, and eat healthy breakfasts.  I cut out unhealthy snacks, and ate a lot of fruit.  I also discovered skinny cow fudge bars, which satisfy my chocolate cravings for less than 100 calories.

Eventually my boyfriend, who was in to running, got me to sign up for a race with him.  I trained 3 times a week, running 2-5 miles each time, and went to the gym on my off days.  By the time I ran that first 8K race, I was 170 lbs. I was so proud of my time that race- 53:10! I continued training for other races, and battling more injuries (my knee problems predispose me to stress fractures).  Last month I ran a 5k in 26:29, and this past weekend I ran a 15k race in 1:26:53.  I now weigh 138 lbs and wear a size 4, having lost about 65 pounds.  I’ve maintained this weight since June, and I hope to maintain it.  I run three times a week now, 3-7 miles at a time.  I intend to complete a half-marathon in May, and hopefully run the Chicago Marathon next fall.

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