Mini-Goals - 50 pounds down today
07-20-2012, 03:05 PM
~20 to go. This picture actually shows -45 lbs. I'm 25 years old and graduated with my Bachelor's degree a year ago. I gained A LOT of weight in college. I was working 2-3 jobs and going to school for 10-12 hours a day. I decided to take up running in March 2012 and started on the Couch to 5k program. I "graduated" the program in April 2012 and continued running, working my way up to 6 miles and running an average of 3 1/2-4 miles 5x a week. I am pretty strict with what I eat and watch my calories like a hawk. I lost 45 pounds between March and today. The other 5 were lost back in November 2011 when I went to the gym for a month lol.
Hoping this inspires someone out there. If I can do this, anyone can. No crazy diets, no pills, no surgery, just pure hard work and counting calories. Still need to lose about 20 more.
Added a newer picture that actually shows a 50 pound loss. This is me on Halloween 2011 vs. July 21, 2012. I ran my second 5k after this picture in 32:15
07-20-2012, 03:07 PM
I'm inspired :) Wonderful job!!!
07-20-2012, 03:18 PM
You look great!! Way to go! ;) You have very nice legs, seriously.
07-20-2012, 03:36 PM
Awesome job! Please post what a typical day of food looks like for you.
07-20-2012, 03:52 PM
This is very inspirational! You look great, congrats!
07-20-2012, 04:00 PM
You look AMAZING!
07-20-2012, 04:32 PM
I'm sure you worked very hard, congrats!
07-20-2012, 07:06 PM
How adorable are you? Congrats!!!
07-20-2012, 07:28 PM
Beautiful! You absolutely deserve it and yes I am inspired!
07-20-2012, 07:38 PM
Wowee!! What a great change! Well done!! .. :)
07-20-2012, 07:51 PM
Way to go!! You are truly an inspiration! I just started running 1 month ago and it has literally changed my life! Thank you for sharing.
07-20-2012, 09:42 PM
Wow that's great you look so good! This is my first day on here and this just so happens to be the first thing I clicked on, it gives me so much more hope! Thank you so much congrats! :)
07-21-2012, 04:34 AM
You look fantastic! Keep up the awesome work. I'm sure those last 20 will melt off in no time with a work ethic like that!
07-21-2012, 08:00 AM
Wow, you look amazing and toned! Do you do any exercise besides running?
07-22-2012, 10:17 PM
Orchestrated: I bike occassionally and try to throw in some circuit training for at least an hour total a week. Sadly all I want to do is run and I don't strength train as much as I probably should.
Saggzz: For breakfast I will usually eat either 2 links of precooked turkey sausage or a Special K bar with string cheese.
Lunch is sometimes lean cuisines, salads, and recently I started making my own turkey "lunchables" that are about 200 calories for the serving.
Dinner: I eat lots of different things. Turkey burgers, shrimp tacos, home made whole wheat pizza, Boca burgers, some kind of pasta dish usually once every 2 weeks, taco salad using ground chicken, salads, hot turkey sausage sandwiches, home made calzones using a pita pocket...
I usually have 1-2 meals a week where I eat what I want within reason and don't count calories. It's to the point now where I don't want the food I used to eat and I can't physically eat as much as I used to.
07-22-2012, 10:48 PM
07-22-2012, 11:39 PM
First, congratulations on ur weight loss and taking up running! Would you mind telling me how many calories you ate when you started? Did you eat calories back from exercise?
07-23-2012, 10:29 AM
When I very first started it was around 1300-1400 calories. Now I eat about 1100. I know that's a little low but I'm honestly satisfied when I consume that many daily.
No, I do not consume my exercise calories unless I am absolutely starving, but to be honest that doesn't happen often. Running is an appetite suppressant to me.
07-23-2012, 03:08 PM
Way to goo! You look amazzzzzzziiiiiiinnnggggg!!
07-23-2012, 07:18 PM
That is AMAZING!
Kinda personal question you don't have to answer but did you notice any changes in your skin, loose or stretch marks changing? I started with similar stats to you and I'm worrying about my skin >.<
07-23-2012, 07:20 PM
Way to go! Congratulations! :carrot::carrot::carrot:
07-24-2012, 04:40 PM
Swissy, no, quite actually the opposite. I had stretch marks on my thighs after I GAINED weight, but they have faded since my thighs shrunk. I have no idea how that is possible. I don't have any stretch marks now or loose skin.
07-24-2012, 04:45 PM
Wow, you look fantastic! Well done! :cheer:
07-25-2012, 10:42 AM
Woweeee!! Amazing progress!! Awesome!!!
07-25-2012, 11:07 AM
You look great! I'm hoping to get to the point where I can run a 5k too, it's such an inspiration to see someone who has made the changes to get to a fitness level where you can run a race! Thanks for sharing your story so far.
07-25-2012, 01:30 PM
Thank you ladies!
CanadianMomma, you can totally do it! Check out Couch to 5k, it's a 9-week program that takes people who do not run to running a 5k. Here's the link:
I actually just signed up for my first 10k on Sept 29!