In January 2012, I found myself weighing 270 pounds at only 23 years old.
After many failed attempts and diets, I finally decided to change my lifestyle and lose weight once and for all. I even declared it here.
Since that day in 2012, I have become very interested in fitness and naturally lost 118 pounds. By September 2013, I had gotten down to 152 pounds (my lowest weight, so far). I also took up running, and eventually ran my first half-marathon (that’s 13.1 miles!) in July 2013. I do plan on training for more, and eventually plan on even running a full marathon… someday! I am definitely a firm believer in dreaming big. I’ve had my ups and downs in my weight loss journey, but am determined to never again be where I was when I started out.
There are no magic tricks, diet pills, or secrets. I lost my weight by exercising, running, and counting calories on MyFitnessPal (where I also met my husband who moved here from California to be with me. He lost around 200 pounds). I discovered that it isn’t about dieting; it’s about changing your whole lifestyle and being committed to it.
My weight ended up fluctuating again because in January 2015… I gave birth to my son, Caleb. Throughout the pregnancy, I gained more weight than I should have (around 70 pounds), but thankfully did NOT get back up to 270 pounds. I did, however, get back up to 232 pounds by the end of my pregnancy.
I am currently on my second weight loss journey to lose all of the pregnancy weight (and then some). I need to re-lose what I gained (and have already started!), then continue from there to reach my ultimate goal of around 130. I hadn’t reached it prior to my pregnancy, but I’m determined to get there soon enough!
I am also working on getting back into running and fitness, when time and energy allow. It won’t be easy, especially now that I’m a mom and have less time, but I am determined to do it again, and luckily I have less to lose this time around. I am losing the pregnancy weight with the same methods I used before: calorie counting, portion control, and exercise.
Please join me on this lifelong journey of healthy living! Check out some of my favorite posts below, or see all of my related posts by clicking these links for running posts and/ or weight loss posts.
Progress Timeline and Current Weigh-ins
January 2012 – 270 pounds (starting weight)
September 2013 – 152 pounds (lowest weight)
April 2014 – 162 pounds (pre-pregnancy weight. Gained a bit after getting married)
January 2015 – 232 pounds (highest pregnancy weight)
March 2015 – 212 pounds (post-partum weight)
My Body, Post-baby – continuing the journey and re-losing weight after giving birth. (March 2015)
Conversations With the Formerly Fat – thoughts on fat judging and fat shaming. (July 2014)
Dear Fat Steph – a letter to my old, fat self. (April 2014)
Falling Off the (Fitness) Wagon – my continued struggle with weight loss 118 pounds down and two years later. I’m only human! (February 2014)
My Fat Story – my explanation for how and why I got fat. You’ve heard all about my weight loss, now hear where it all started! (February 2014)
Steph the Half-Marathoner!!!! – when I made my dream of running a half marathon (13.1 miles) come true! (July 2013)
How to Lose Weight Without Dieting (or, How I lost 112 Pounds Without Starving or Going Crazy) – my advice and tips on how to lose weight. (May 2013)
A Bad Run – when I had a bad run but realized I was still progressing. (April 2013)
One Hundred Pounds – when I finally hit triple digits in my weight loss. (March 2013)
My 15K! – when I ran my first 15K (9.3 miles) and overcame obstacles. (March 2013)
On Doing Hard Things – My Story (So Far) – talking about changing my lifestyle, losing weight, and becoming a new me! (November 2012)