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    Posted December 30, 2012 by
    bmgarcia1
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    From "the big girl" to "the fit girl"

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     bmgarcia1 says she never underwent surgery or took weight loss pills. Instead, she lost more than 100 pounds by preparing healthy meals and going on gym dates with her fiance.
    - PM91, CNN iReport producer

    It wasn't until I realized my "fat" shorts didn't fit me anymore that I really wanted to change. My whole life I was plus size and I was always known for being the big girl in every group of friends I had. The interesting thing is I almost accepted it and thought that was the norm. Once I got into college and was accepted into a sorority, I then realized once again I was the big girl out of my groups of friends and couldn't share or borrow clothes or even participate in activities most of the other girls did. I also never thought I would find someone to love the way I look. Well my junior year I found, my now fiance, and he was the one who told me, "If you're uncorfotable with yourself, just go to the gym." He made it sound so easy, but you know what, the next morning I went and haven't stopped since. It was that night that I wanted to lose weight for myself and not for a new boy friend, a new group of friends or for people to think I'm all of a sudden beautiful. It was that moment, I wanted to lose weight to challenge myself and show myself I can change, and not change for the world. This time it was for me. The past few years has been quite the journey and it is an everyday challenge, but I love it. I have so many emotions, but I can finally say I am proud of myself and I want to teach others to live this life I have found. This lifstyle is something I have never imagined being possible for me. It was time to be a fit girl and not the big girl! One hundred plus pounds gone and now I am focusing on muscle building (something I wish I knew about two years ago). This past year I was able to run my first 5k and can now do it under 25 minutes. One thing to keep in mind, I always loved myself and saw great qualities about myself, now they have just enhanced! It's great not being pointed out in the crowd for being the overweight girl, better yet it's nice being pointed out for looking fit!

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