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I have always had weight issues.  I remember being in elementary school and noticing that I was bigger than most kids my age.  Those feelings grew into embarrassment and sadness of wanting to look different as I got into high school.  I know that the only person who could change that was me, but back then I didn't know where to start.

After high school, I was still over weight, but becoming more confident in myself since I knew I had more to offer than just my appearance.  I dated my now husband who has never made me feel ugly but has actually always built me up.  When I got pregnant with my first, I started pregnancy in the 270's.  I had tried for several months before that trying to lose weight, but honestly had no idea what I was doing.  At only 5'7", I knew that I needed to weigh a considerable amount less to have a healthy pregnancy. I only gained 20 lbs with that pregnancy because I tried my best to be very careful.  Once I had her, I didn't really think about losing weight because I was so busy trying to figure out how to be a mom.  When she was 7 months old, I found out I was pregnant again.  I was very excited, but I knew that this pregnancy was going to be tough because my body was obese.  Every month, I had to go to the hospital to get ultrasounds of my son because my blood pressure was always high.  They were worried he wouldn't grow at a normal rate because of my blood pressure.  He ended up being 10lbs. 3 oz and I even delivered at 39 weeks.  During my entire pregnancy, I knew that my weight was the main issue for these problems and I knew I had to do something to fix this.



Once I delivered him and I was okay to go back to normal activities, I started doing Zumba 3-4x a week.  I lost 40 lbs in about 5 months.  I was feeling very confident in myself and wanted to keep losing.  I changed all my eating habits and treated myself every now and again, but it wasn't consistent. Finally towards the middle of the year, we started house hunting and if you have ever been through that process, its extremely stressful.  Once we finally bought the house and everything was finally finished, I knew that I did not want to weigh myself.  In February of 2013, I stepped on the scale and not only gained weight, but I gained everything back and then some.  I was in complete denial during the months leading up to that and seeing those numbers on the scale put a dagger through my heart.  All that hard work was basically for nothing


On February 21, 2013, I knew that it was now or never.  If I ever wanted to bring another child into this world or even live long enough to be a healthy active mom, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING!  I started walking every day.  I had a double stroller and would put my 1 and 2 year old and just start walking 2-3 miles a day.  It wasn't much, but for me it was.  I used my fitness pal to calculate my calories for each day and that has been my life saver.  I started to eat clean, fresh and lean foods.  It was extremely difficult to start and every day is still a struggle.  However, each day started, I just felt better than the last and that alone just kept me plugging a long. By the first month, I had lost 10 lbs.  I knew I was doing something right so I just kept trying.


In August, I did my first 5k and ran the entire race.  I had so much pride for myself that day because never did I imagine that would happen.  That same night I finished the race, I signed up for a half marathon in October and started training the next week.  That was the best thing I could have done for myself: structured, goal-oriented training.  I finished my half marathon, ran the entire thing in 2:36.  I felt an immense joy finishing that race, knowing all the time, effort, tears, hardship, and love I put into that training.  There were days even weeks where I just wanted to give up.  I was so drained from tending my two small children, that I just wanted to eat ice cream as a treat at the end of the day.  Some days I did give in, but I knew that if I did that, it would hinder my progress and just make me feel so guilty.

Now, almost 11 months later, I have now lost 94 lbs and feel more motivated than ever to reach a goal weight that I never thought was something I could accomplish.  In the beginning, I obviously had a weight I wanted to be, but knew that I could never get there, or what I thought at least.  With each month that passed, my goal was getting more and more real.  I hope to be 165 someday.  I am pretty close considering all the time I have put in these last few months.




29 comments:

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog, congratulations on your success! You look amazing!

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  2. I too just stumbled upon your blog...and it's everything i've been looking for! I'm currently trying to get into running and lose weight, while trying to start up an Etsy shop. I can't wait to read old posts and keep up with your progress! I have a feeling you are going to be a great inspiration for me. :) Thank you!

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  3. Congrats! Here's to health! I store fat when I run due to the increase in cortisol, and I try to keep my stress hormones low so I've built muscle through strength training, eating lots of healthy saturated fats, eating protein, and cutting out grains and most fruit. I feel amazing.

    I'm sure you would love these blogs/podcasts--these ladies are amazing health inspiration! And have incredible stories: http://paleoparents.com/our-before-after-story/about-stacy/ and http://balancedbites.com/2010/06/a-carb-loaded-youth-years-of-hypoglycemia-how-i-landed-on-a-paleo-diet.html.

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  4. I started following your Instagram after purchasing a custom print from you a year or two ago, expecting it to be more about design. My word, I have been sooooo amazed and inspired by all of your healthy changes and progress, Diana!!! I've struggled with weight, but after getting some health problems (which made weight loss nearly impossible) under control, the weight's started to melt off. It's been to fun to just ride that train and not work as hard as I could, but I'm finally ready to kick it up a notch - work out like I should, get more strict about clean eating (I'm already a fairly healthy eater but do have a sweet tooth that gets me in trouble!), and really make fitness and health the priority it deserves to be. So I decided reading your blog would help to give me incentive, and it really did! Thanks for being such a great example - keep up the great work!!!

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  5. I came across this article following a link from Craft Gossip today. I just wanted to congratulate you on your weight loss and the dedication and hard work you have put into it.

    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in September and have struggled with being overweight my entire adult life. I was told I needed to lose 100lbs to even consider coming off the Diabetes drugs. I have lost 18lbs so far and your before and after pictures are such an inspiration to me to keep going.

    Thank you so very much for sharing your story and I wish you a fulfilling, healthy and happy life.

    Love and best wishes

    Mandy

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  7. HI Diana! I linked to your blog from my sister Jill's blog--I met you at Jill's bridal shower like 18-20 months ago. Anyhow, how amazing you look! So inspiring to read through your progress. I found a bunch of great tips from what I've read so far. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  8. Came via our city lights- so excited to follow you and be inspired. I have little boys (15 months apart, 1 & 2) and am at a place where I have 1000 excuses but know I need to weight less to be healthy for them. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Diana - you are such an inspiration! I follow you religiously on Instagram and I'm blown away by your determination to succeed. Because of you, I bought the first pair of sneakers that I have owned in years. I'm not sure if I'll ever be a full-fledged runner, but I'm looking forward to trying. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  10. Diana, heartfelt congrats - wish your enthusiasm would rub on on me, but I am having a really hard time staying motivated - you go, girl!

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  11. Diana, what an inspiration you are to everyone out there who thinks they 'just can't do it'. Congrats on your weight loss! You look simply amazing and am happy that your determination paid off. Keep it up!!! KUDOS!!!!!

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  12. I now realize there's really no short cut to losing the weight. Especially if it's weight that's been accumulated over the years. I hope to stay motivated as you are in losing the pounds and staying healthy. I really don't want to be the fat kid for life. congratulations on your achievements so far and for your continued success. you are an inspiration that any one can do it. one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. :)

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  13. You're an inspiration! You seem beautiful inside & out; I love that it looks like you've had style & a smile no matter what you've weighed. Keep it up - you rock! (Also loving your Etsy store!)

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  14. so proud of you. I was fat at puberty and now fat at menopause. i have always eaten quite healthfully organic, paleo and lots of coconuts and coconut oils only, no gmos or pesticides, no bpa or anything really that is not food. but menopause has thrown me for a loop. the weight just stays and stays. marathon runner when your age, but the damage to my s only walking really practical. I have always lifted weights, done yoga and ballet exercizes. now I am seeing you and your calorie counting. i have never had to do this, but i started adding this a couple of days ago and have lost 2 pounds! you are an inspiring role model for young and adult alike. congrats!

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  15. Congrats on the weight loss..You are a true inspiration to alot of women..God Bless You..Keep on going..♥

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  16. Wow! What an inspiring story!!! You look AMAZING! And I am sure you feel great! I know how yo-yo weight stuff goes. I lost like 60 pounds a few years ago and I have gained it all back and then some. I can think of a million excuses as to why it happened (surgery, exhaustion, whatever), but the truth is, those numbers staring back at what they used to be when I worked so hard to get it off certainly feels like "daggers."

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  17. I know you hear this all the time, but you really are so inspiring. I haven't even been able to lose 15 lbs! I don't think I could ever run a half, even though I run at the gym almost every day, but your blog is so motivating for me. Maybe I'll give it a shot. :)

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  18. I am so blown away and inspired by your story. I follow you on instagram and am also training for my first half marathon. Seeing your runs and times really motivates me. I feel like im in the boat with you!

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  19. 1/25/13 I started watching my diet I lost 74lbs I've bn so frustrated I got so I wasn't loosing nymore weight now I've gained 25lbs bck......I dnt wanna put it bck on.......I'm jst so FRUSTRATED!!!!!!!!!

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  20. I love your story. It's so inspirational. Keep it up!!

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  21. You inspire me! I'd like to lose about 70 lbs and it seems so daunting, but your story makes me believe I can do it, too! Thank you, thank you!

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  22. I typed into Pinterest, "half marathon training," and a pin of yours came up! I loved your story. I always wanted to be a runner and be fit. I recently have gained 40 pounds. I can run two miles at the gym, and usually pat myself on the back & treat myself with some ice cream afterward. I signed up for my FIRST half marathon tonight. It's in April of next year. I plan on being able to run a 10k by December; so that it is easier for me to start training professionally in the beginning of January with a running company by me. You are super inspiring. I will be referencing and reading this page throughout my journey. I'm so glad I found you. Thank you for this page, for your pictures, and stories.

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  23. Reread your story in woman world magazine very inspiring...I keep comparing to others around me trying and losing weight I feel jealous and defeated and alone and just cannot get started how can I overcome this

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  24. You are amazing! Such a great example to others who are struggling!!!! Your page is awesome!! your pictures are an inspiration for so many!!!! Way to go LADY!!!!

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  25. Quite a story! You have motivated me and just got back on track! Thanks to you!

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  26. I follow you on IG, and so happy I stumbled across your blog. You are a true inspiration, thank you for sharing your story :)

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