I am a 27-year old girl from the small town of Columbus, Texas. I am an emotional eater, an over-eater, and a binge-eater. By the time I was 20 years old, I ended up eating my way to 300 pounds and 45% body fat. I ended up starting my weight loss journey on June 26, 2008 and lost over 130 pounds in six months. By February 2008 I weighed 165 pounds. I have been keeping the weight off ever since with a good nutrition and exercise. A few more demographics: I am a recent graduate of Baylor University in the field of Sociology. I picked that major because I originally wanted to be a college professor. However, during my weight loss accomplishments I decided that I really wanted to help others lose weight and become healthy because of the great impact it has had on my life. I have learned that it was difficult me to express myself in the best way possible on the inside whenever I had so much covering me up on the outside. As sad as it is...in this world being overweight means being invisible to the world. I have been there and I have done that, and I want to help others out of that pit as well. That is why I decided to get my personal trainer and sports nutritionist certifications in order to be able to better assist others in their weight loss and fitness goals. On a personal note...I know what it is like to not know where to turn or where to get started when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and motivation. I designed this site especially for those that need resources in weight loss knowledge as well as motivation and encouragement. I admit, I have not always done things the healthy way AT ALL. In fact, I have made almost every mistake I can think of when it comes to weight loss. However, it is the ones that work hard and persevere that make it. "Fail your way to success..." is what my trainer always told me. It's not about winning a race, it's about finishing it! After I lost all my weight, I decided to get my excess skin removed as well as get other cosmetic procedures done in order to enhance my appearance. It is a journey all in itself! After I heal from everything, I am going to pursue my dream of becoming a bodybuilder and/or a fitness model! If you would like to know more about my weight loss journey, please refer to the "My Story" below where I provided ALOT more detail about me!
I was a thin child, but around the jr. high age I started to become a "chubby" girl. In high school, I stayed "chubby" as a size 14. I knew I was a little bigger than the other girls, but since I could still shop at the regular stores and do regular activities I never gave much thought about my weight...much less, think it was an issue. As soon as I started to get more involved with college my weight started to creep up on me. I would work full time during they day at a tanning salon where there was not much physical labor involved. I would typically bring my lunch or get my mom or a friend to bring me "something good" from any restaurant in town. I was always good about eating breakfast, so lunch would be my second meal of the day. I then would get off of work around 4 and I would go pick my brother up from school. We would then go to Sonic or McDonald's "as a treat" and I would get a milkshake, burger, or anything to hold me over before I started my college class. Then I would get out of my college classes around 8:00pm and I would be starving! I would then go home and gorge on a huge dinner! Dinner would be my largest meal of the day. I then graduated from Jr. College in December of 2006 and moved out in June 2007 to go to Baylor. I weighed about 245 when I moved out. I then gained an extra 55 pounds over the next year by bringing my unhealthy habits with me to my own apartment. I would buy cheap and unhealthy "college foods" like Easy Mac, Hamburger Helper, Pastas, Donuts, etc. I would also continue my habits of eating fast food, going out to eat with friends, and I would NEVER workout. I always studied or played videogames. It got to the point to where my life was centered around the next meal, and all I would look forward to in life was either my next test, my next level accomplishment at Guitar Hero, or what desert I was going to "treat myself" with by baking on the weekend. My weight was out of control. I ate without limits. I even got a meal plan with school where I was able to eat all I wanted in a buffet-style setting. I ate there around 5-10 times per week. I then started my weight loss journey on June 26, 2008 at exactly 300 pounds. I decided that I did not want to live that life any longer and that the way I was headed was for complete failure. I was invisible to the world and I needed to either make a change or accept the fact that I would be dead within years (because I would keep gaining weight) without ever making a difference in anyone else's life AT ALL. I then started to workout around 4-6 hours per day. I first followed a high protein/low carb diet and ended up losing around 27 pounds my first month. I then wanted EVEN MORE...so I started to experiment with no-carb dieting. I went into ketosis and continued to workout. It did not have a huge affect on my body because I was so big that I had plenty of fat for my body to use up. I did ketogenic fat loss from October 11 thru Thanksgiving. By Thanksgiving I was out of the 200s. I then demanded more out of myself. I was determined to lose all my weight in six months NO MATTER WHAT. I then started to experiment with combining low carb/no carb dieting, diet pills, and exercise. It worked well and I continued to lose weight rapidly. It then got to the point to where I tried total starvation--I would eat only 800 calories per day, no carbs, workout around 3 hours per day, and take diet pills on top of that. By the time Christmas break rolled around I was around 180 pounds. I then decided to finish my final stretch of losing weight with a big bang! Over the Christmas break (from Dec. 23-Jan. 12) I water fasted. I drank nothing but water and ended up losing all my weight to 165. I have suffered from almost every eating disorder I know...anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating, etc. I know that I did not lose my weight the healthy way. However, for the past 6 months I have maintained my weight loss by eating 6 times per day, high protein, drinking lots of water, getting plenty of rest, etc. I am now at 20% body fat and I am working towards becoming a body builder. I have around 130-140 pounds of muscle mass because I got so fat and built it up in order to carry around my 300-pound body. I want to use this to my advantage and build on it to become a bodybuilder! I want to bring my body to its peak of healthiness because now I chose to take care of my body. Yes, I do regret not doing things the "healthy way"...however, I have this story to tell to anyone else who needs help/advice/etc. because I want to be real about my story to EVERYONE. There are so many others who suffer from the same things I do (whether they are losing weight or gaining weight) and who need people to just be real with them and admit that no one is perfect. I want to use my story to inspire anyone else who wants to lose weight and who question "keeping it off".
Well, as you may have already guessed...I'm really a big kid at heart! I still absolutely love video games, jamming out to music super loud, stargazing, snow, and Christmas time! My favorite colors are pink, red, green, and white and I love soccer! Soccer is, by far, my favorite sport of all time! I love ALL types of music. My favorite types include hit party music, 80s rock, techno, and some new rock. I grew up playing the drums, playing paintball, learning Taekwondo, playing hide-and-go seek, totally OWNING anyone who dared to challenge me at dodgeball, and always hanging out with my dad. He teaches me lots of life lessons, stuff about cars, gives me video game and fishing tips, and now we "just chill". I have always loved hanging out and having a great time doing ANYTHING. If you name it, I've probably tried it...but if not, I probably would! I absolutely live for adrenaline rushes such as roller coasters, skating, sword fighting, popping wheelies, setting off fire-works in the middle of town for no reason, and doing anything extreme. I'm not much on reading books...but I'd have to say my favorite is Tom Venuto's "Burn Fat Feed the Muscle!" I have learned much of my weight loss knowledge in there. My favorite foods of all time are Twinkies, 99 cent Taquitos from Whataburger, anything from a good taco stand, Reese's Easter eggs, eggnog, cheesecake, oreo dirt cake, Elite 12-hour Fudge Brownie flavored protein shakes, Oh yeah bars, fast food burgers, and pizza. Yeah, I still love all the stuff I used to...I just practice being moderate (which is hard for a girl like me!). I am an uber spontaneous person. I'm the type that just loves to not have any plans and to wake up one morning and do ANYTHING. My all time favorite super heros are The Ninja Turtles and Sonic the Hedgehog! My second favorite thing in the world is surprises, my third favorite thing ever is trying new things that I've never done before, my fourth favorite is Christmas time! Christmas, to me, is simply magical! Oh, I also LOVE malls at Christmas, Christmas light displays, decorations, Christmas cartoon specials...basically anything that has to do with Christmas. My favorite movies are Anger Management, Slumdog Millionaire, Click, The Neverending Story, and Elf. My favorite actor is Adam Sandler, my favorite TV show is pretty much anything that entertains me at the time. I never really watch TV, to be honest. I have a few hobbies. They include: Soccer (of course), drumming, hanging out with friends, skating, playing video games, yo-yoing, doing anything with Silly String, making Youtube videos, weight lifting, traveling, riding 4 wheelers/dirt bikes, going to theme parks and water parks, and most of all...HAVING FUN! I am normally a pretty hyper person overall. I am ESPECIALLY hyper when I get addicted to drinking stuff like RedLine and other energy drinks! I've been to the SAM'S Club way more times in my life than I have ever been to a dance club or any other type of club...but clubs are awesome as well because I get to dress up! I like arcades...especially Jillians. Going to Cold Stone is my favorite place to go when I go into hypoglycemia! I love being a tomboy, but I LOVE being a girly girl. One of the hardest things EVER for me to do is to say "no" to a dare. My daily wardrobe consists of workout pants (usually Adidas), soccer shoes, and an old t-shirt. I especially love tie-dye, Mario, Sonic, skater-brand, and funny shirts. I really like Mario better than Luigi, and Donkey Kong is my favorite video game character of all. Since I was little, I always wanted to get engaged by having my future husband give me a Ring Pop! Cooking is a huge hobby of mine, but it is one that also made me gain weight...so now I chill out with being a chef all the time! Hahahaha! One of my favorite things of all time are motivational quotes. To me, they are wise because they say so much in so few words! If I were stranded on a desert island and had to bring only three things with me I would take my best friend, a Bible, and magical lamp with a genie inside that could grant any wish I desire at any moment! My favorite nickname is "chubs" and I am the most unorganized neat freak you will ever meet. I REALLY like laser tag and air hockey. When I play poker, I like to use Zebra Cakes instead of chips. Some things I enjoy out of life are a great laugh, great conversations, being around people I love, and smiling a lot! I still get bad dreams, but my good dreams are more amazing than EVER! I like to go camping and make S'mores! In fact, my very first free meal I EVER had was a S'more when I went home last summer camping. I am a country girl, but I enjoy the city life MUCH MORE! One of the things I miss MOST about college is living in a town that has a Super Walmart...our town is so small we still only have a regular one! I love to make new friends and meet new people, especially those who have CRAZY awesome stories to tell me. Overall, I just like anything that is SUPER NEATO and FUN! And that's about it!