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May 26, 2013 9:17 AM
Hey everyone!
This is the story of my 2 years on MFP.
It has been quite a journey!

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5' 3''195lbs April 30, 2010 size 18 pants

I had just moved in with my boyfriend a month away from graduating from college and I was happy.

On Halloween 2010 I was walking through Wal-Mart and I casually glanced at a book called “Eat This Not That.” This book opened my eyes to how many calories I was consuming in a single day and how this was making me unhealthy. I bought the book and began to change my thinking about food and my body. I downloaded the MFP app and started logging my food.

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Halloween 2010

In January 2011 I was in a friend’s wedding. I was at about 180lbs. I was feeling great! After seeing the pictures from the wedding I decided I needed to start working out.
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At first I could only do about 20min on the elliptical. As my body got accustomed to being used I started walking on the treadmill. Eventually I decided I would try jogging. I got my first runner’s high! I was hooked. I was only running at 5mph but I was running!

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April 30, 2011 170lbs size 14 pants

In July I changed my hair to match the new me and to celebrate winning the weight loss challenge at my gym!!

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155lbs size 10 pants

In August, after winning the challenge, I hit a plateau. I started working out with a trainer and devoted myself, again, to eating right. My body just wouldn’t budge. I was happy with my body and the progress I had made so I stuck with it, knowing eventually things would start changing again.

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Halloween 2011

In December I got engaged! (my ring size went down 1.5 sizes!!) This gave me something else to concentrate on instead of my plateau. The weight started coming off again!

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143 lbs.

The stress of wedding planning, having my gallbladder removed, and teaching summer school all caused the weight loss to stop again. I changed trainers and discovered a LOVE of lifting HEAVY and interval training! I didn’t lose or gain any weight before the wedding. We had a beautiful wedding on July 7, 2012. I have never felt more beautiful in my life!

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After the excitement of the wedding, life was tough for me. I was unhappy in my job and that showed in my workouts and eating. Luckily, I discovered TurboFire and Shakeology. Through the combination of these 2 things I was able to break through my YEAR LONG plateau and finally lose the last 10lbs!

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New Years Eve 2012 135lbs

I have completed 90 days of TurboFire and am now on day 50 of Insanity. I love watching my body change! I eat clean 80% of the time and have really made fitness a part of my lifestyle! I will be the first to admit that I have not been perfect on this journey. I still enjoy a burger and a beer almost once a week but I also understand that I am NOT on a diet. I made a life change and in order to stick to that change I can’t have any food off limits!

My advice for everyone starting out is that you need to love yourself first. You also need to do this for yourself. If you want to lose weight for anyone else it will not work. Don’t get discouraged after a bad day… it is just one day of the rest of your life. Use MFP and add friends! I am always open for new friends. I just ask that you write a message when you request friendship.

You can follow my journey on facebook at

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May 10, 2013. 5'3''135lbs. size 6.
Edited by misssmiles On May 26, 2013 9:18 AM
May 26, 2013 9:19 AM
Congratulations!! You and your hubby are sooooooo cute together!! I hope you two have a happy and healthy life together. flowerforyou
May 26, 2013 9:21 AM
What a transformation! You look amazing!
May 26, 2013 9:22 AM
Amazing..on a day when I truly needed the inspiration. Thank you so much for posting!
May 26, 2013 9:22 AM
awesme job!
May 26, 2013 9:24 AM
Dedication high 5! You look amazing on those wedding photos!
May 26, 2013 9:24 AM
Congratulations!!! You have done an amazing job and are a true inspiration!!!
May 26, 2013 9:25 AM
Lovely transformation smile
May 26, 2013 9:26 AM
Great Job! Very inspiring!
May 26, 2013 9:31 AM
Amazing!!! What an inspirational story! You looked stunning in your wedding pictures! Well done on your incredible journey!
May 26, 2013 9:44 AM
OMFG, You look so amazing. totally inspiring xxx
May 26, 2013 9:49 AM
Way to go lady! You look great :)
May 26, 2013 9:54 AM
Congratulations! I love your story and your dedication. You and your hubby may just be the sweetest looking couple I have ever seen. So happy for you :)
May 26, 2013 9:55 AM
Fantastic. Way to go. Congratulations. I read this today when I thought about giving up. Thanks.

May 26, 2013 9:56 AM
Great story, stunning results, AND you revealed the secret to weight-loss success--"Love yourself first!"
May 26, 2013 9:59 AM
May 26, 2013 10:01 AM
Well done !
May 26, 2013 10:04 AM
Congratulations!! You look great!!
May 26, 2013 10:10 AM
Congrats on your success!!!!
May 26, 2013 10:13 AM
U look great!
May 26, 2013 10:18 AM
Super-great. You just inspired me! I wish the best for you and your husband!
May 26, 2013 10:43 AM
you look amazing. It may sounds stupid but what does eating clean means?
May 26, 2013 1:33 PM
Amazing Transformation!!! and beautiful wedding pics
May 26, 2013 1:38 PM
Just Wow!
May 26, 2013 1:42 PM
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Congrats on your accomplishments!


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