- Posted October 23, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
Dedicated to Change
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
My story of being overweight started as a child by eating fast food and unhealthy snacks. I grew up obese weighing over 200lbs by the time I reached Jr. High School. At 16 years old I was smoking a pack a day and weight shot up into the 300lb mark, I also devolved a blood clot in my right leg. You would think this would have scared me being told by Dr’s that I could have lost my life if that blood clot would have moved but it didn't and my weight just kept ballooning up. I had decided to lose weight in 2006 and started exercising at this time I got pregnant and because of my weight still being in the high 200s and my blood clots I lost the pregnancy at 24 weeks. I felt as though my body turned it's back on me and really what was the point. My eating habits never changed with that first weight loss and I went from 242lbs to 381lbs by the year 2011. It was at this time I decided I had to do something. I remember looking at scale and scared to death ( 29 years old, 5'3, almost 400lbs what is happening to me). I had purchased a workout video from an infomercial I had seen late one night in 2010, it said get results in six weeks. I thought it was worth a shot by getting it out again. Well this time something clicked and by purchasing these home workout programs (Slim in 6, Les Mills Pump, P90X, and TurboFire) I have successfully lost 207lbs and still going. This home training has led me to make better food choices and has allowed for me to train for other things. In March of 2013 I did my first 10K and in October 2013 I will complete my first half marathon. I haven't been running very long but with cross training at home I have made remarkable progress and will be doing my first Full Marathon in March of 2014. I can't imagine my life going backwards; I can only see long healthy life ahead of me.