Hi, I just read your story and it made me very happy to stumble upon your blog. Almost a full year ago, I ended an extremely abusive (verbal, emotional, physical) relationship. I was cheated on, made to feel awful about myself, and I no longer felt in control of my life. This relationship went on for 5 years.
I stopped eating right after our breakup, and my body disappeared. I am naturally very small, but I was about 20 lbs underweight and had only enough muscle to function. I was diagnosed with dysthymia and double depression. At times, days were unbearable and I would stay in bed. At other times, they were just slightly bearable, but my negative thoughts kept me down.
After months of mulling it over, I decided to run a half marathon in January. I started training (on and off) in August. As of right now, I’m running 5-6 miles, three times a week. I haven’t gotten back on a workout regimen, but that will be on the way.
Your story has inspired me and has shown me that I’m not the only one. Thanks for keeping this tumblr =)
I’m 20, a junior in college studying English. I first started seriously running the second semester of my freshman year, in 2010. Before then I had never taken running very seriously, but it turned in to some that I could mark as an achievement every day, something I did for myself, and I fell in love with it.
So I started making goals. The first was to be able to run 3 miles in 30 minutes or less by Easter. Low and behold, by Easter I could do it in 27 minutes!! Around that time some of my family and friends started talking about running the 2010 Chicago 13.1 Half Marathon, and I signed up thinking that worst case scenario I wouldn’t finish. I found a training plan, followed it religiously, and that summer I ran my first half marathon in 2:17:17!
That year I ran a few more races of varrying lengths, but in 2011 I haven’t raced as much. Now I just try to maintain running as part of my routine, and the benefits have been amazing—I’ve dropped from a size 6 to a 4 and remained there for about a year now!
Currently I am training for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (10/07/12), which will be my first marathon. I’m excited about the journey and becoming a stronger me in the process!
After seeing your previous post, I was inspired to tell my weight loss story, too.
I’ve been struggling with my weight ever since I started the 4th grade. I think some family issues, along with some personal ones, which have all been resolved now, were the cause. I’m not blaming anyone else, just offering a theory.
I was teased all through elementary and middle school, until High School when I decided to stop giving a crap about what others thought about me. I decided to be myself and people accepted me. Although people did accept me, I was still the funny fat kid. I was the funny fat gay kid…although no one knew I was gay at the time.
I started college and put on some more weight (family issues had resolved themselves shortly after 4th grade) but I think my inner struggle with my sexuality caused me to over eat emotionally. I’m no psychologist, but I think that’s why I over ate like I did.
I transfered to a bigger, more diverse school after my Freshman year of college. I began to meet more gay people, and I eventually came out to my sister and some close friends. After seeing how happy these other people were, I knew I couldn’t continue to live my life the way I was living it. I didn’t want my nieces and nephews, my Godchildren, to see me so unhealthy. Shortly before my 21st birthday, I came out to my family. They were all accepting and it was a big relief off my shoulders. Now it was time to get rid of the fat. In February of 2011, I decided to start.
I took advantage of the exercise classes at my university, invested in the Nutrisystem diet (for the second time) but I stuck to it and I started to eat healthier.
I exercised more and more each week, set goals for myself, told myself I could do it. I let myself cheat here and there, but VERY rarely so as not to go insane. I eventually got off Nutrisystem after a month or two and started to eat healthy on my own.
Starting at 362 pounds, a college Freshman, I’m now down to 230 as a college Junior. It took me 8 months to loose this weight. Yes, it was a fast weight loss. I’m a male, and I greatly restricted my diet and perhaps went overboard with the exercise. My heaviest ever was 372 and I had to loose the weight. I’m not a doctor, but personally, I do not think it’s that healthy to loose so much weight in that amount of time, but I did.
Anyone…ANYONE who is truly dedicated to loosing weight can do it. I did it without surgery, without pills…you CAN do it!!
If you don’t start now, you’ll be asking yourself later on “Where would I be now had I started when I told myself not today?”
I’m 6’1 and would still like to loose 30 pounds. I’m about to start some kick boxing classes next month. I regret not starting sooner. I can endure more and had I known I could go this long exercising, running, even going upstairs, without loosing my breath, I would be doing some sport by now. I would love to be a cheerleader for my college, but I don’t have enough training because I didn’t think I could do it before, being as overweight as I was.
I’m happy to be healthy now. I feel so much better! I did it for me. That’s what’s most important. Start now, y’all! I did and I will NEVER regret it!
I spent my whole childhood being obese and I was constantly made fun of for being overweight. My weight did bother me but I figured that when I got older I would just go on a diet.
Well, one day my mom took me to the doctors and they weighed me. I was 188. The number shocked me. I couldn’t have been any taller than 5’3 at the time. It was at that moment I realized that I couldn’t wait until I was adult. I had to do something now.
I’m not going lie, at first it was hard getting healthy. I was a middle schooler at the time so I didn’t exactly have the knowledge or money to get fit. But luckily I had my mom there and she helped by going on a diet with me and cooking healthy meals.
By high school I had dropped to 144. Unfortunately with the stress of homework and working at a fast food place at that time I gain some of the weight back. But, I now in college and weight 138. My goal is 130.
It’s been a long journey but I’m getting there.
I was overweight since I was 8 year old. I lost 7kg last year but I decided to finally do something about serious about my weight around 7 months ago. I lost 20kg in 5 months. I have stopped trying to lose weight as I am pretty happy with myself now but am still losing a few kilograms here and there whilst trying to find the right balance in maintaining my weight. My highest weight was 83kg (in the before photograph) and my current weight is 55.5kg (a few kilograms lighter than the after photograph).
I am now a happy and healthy 20 year old and feel like I can do anything! :)
I’ve only just seriously started my weight loss journey. Since I was a teen my weight has been up and down like crazy. All my friends are skinny and it always makes me feel really gross about myself. I’ve just become vegan to help with being healthier and hopefully to help the weight drop off. I’m on vacation at the moment visiting my mum and I’m not working here, so for these few months I’m working out most days at home and at the gym and trying new recipes of healthy, vegan things. Early next year I am moving to London, England, where it will be a whole new life for me so I’m hoping to drop some kgs before I get there to be more confident and feel more comfortable with myself.
I would like my followers to submit their story. Story can be about weight loss ( how you did it and before&after ), how have you overcome your biggest fear , changes you made that lead you to live positive life.
Anything you want and I will post them in new page ‘MEET MY FOLLOWERS’ :)