I’ve been overweight my entire life, but when I was 18 and weighing 246 pounds, I decided to buckle down and lose the weight for good.  I got down to my goal weight of 130 pounds and then found out that I was pregnant a week later.  So, the photo on the left was taken after I gave birth to my son and the photo on the right was taken this morning, after months of hard work, trying to make it passed the plateau I was stuck at since fall.

With hard work and determination, you can reach your goals.

Feel free to follow me on my journey through round 2 of my weight loss!

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Height: 5 ‘5 

Weight before: 198

Weight during: 179

Goal weight: 140-150 (ish) 

I took the first photos after I moved into college and the second set of photos are from the begining of my second semester. When I moved into college I knew that I wanted to lose weight, I just wasnt comfortable in my own skin and it was time for a change. I was determined to do a ‘reverse freshman fifteen’ (aka lose 15 pounds). And well, with clean(er) eating and working out 3-5x a week (running, elliptical, zumba, PiYo, etc.), I acheived that goal. This is about a 20 pound difference and I cant wait to see what another 20 pounds lost will look like.

The freshman fifteen is a myth.  But with that being said, take care of your body! 

My advice: start now. Weight loss is just as much a mental transformation as it is a physical one. Get your mind motivated and get your body moving!! :) 

Also, please check out my blog for more motivation! 

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Okay— I get that this isn’t the most flattering/smiley Before and After picture like I usually post— but I was going through old pictures and found the one on the left, a candid at Mardi Gras in 2010. The one on the right is a candid at Mardi Gras in 2014. Same situation. Different year. Same girl (minus around 75 pounds)— new outlook on her health, life, and self confidence!

fitfullyours submitted: 

 5’3

Before- 220lbs

After- 145lbs

I watched what I ate and I tried to exercise everyday even if it was for just 15 minutes. I used myfitnesspal.com and counted my calories. I never cut anything out of my diet I just ate in moderation. This took me well over a year and I am still working on it. 


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The "1200" Calorie Rule

I feel the need to post about this today because it honestly PAINS me to see the amount of people who email me saying that they stick to a 1200 diet when trying to lose weight. They often think that is the ONLY way. 



Quick Tip Of The Day: FORGET about the magical number of 1200 calories. Who came up with that load of nonsense anyway? “1200 Calories is the magical number for all women to lose weight.” Bullcrap.

From Dr. Mike Roussell:

Calculating the number of calories you need to lose weight is a relatively simple, three-step process. The Harris-Benedict equation is the most widely used method of calculating your calorie needs (and thus your calorie needs for weight loss). Here is the Harris-Benedict equation for women:


BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)


You just need to plug in your age, height, and weight. The number you get is the total number of calories you need each day to exist (also known as your basal metabolic rate, BMR). For example, a 50-year-woman who is 5’ 7” and weighs 160 lbs has a basal metabolic rate of 1441 calories.

Since you don’t lie in bed all day, you’ll burn more calories than this. To estimate how many calories you burn during your daily activities, we’ll use the activity factors listed below.

  • Sedentary: Minimal movement, lots of TV watching, reading, etc. Activity factor = 1.4
  • Light activity: Office work, ~1 hour of moderate exercise/activity during the day. Activity factor = 1.5
  • Moderate activity: Light physical/manual labor during the day, plus more active lifestyle. Activity factor = 1.6
  • Very Active: Active military, full time athlete, hard physical/manual labor job. Activity factor = 1.9

Next, multiply your activity factor by your BMR. For the example we’re using, we’ll choose an activity factor of 1.5 (common for most people) and multiply that by 1441 calories, giving us 2161 calories. This number is your total caloric needs, or roughly the amount of calories that you need to eat each day to maintain your weight. To lose weight, you need to eat less than this. How much less? That’s the next step.

Determining how many calories to cut each day is where weight loss becomes more of an art than a science, as there are many variables that can impact the calories in < calories out equation, including:

1. The type of exercise you are doing. Resistance and interval training will burn more calories after you stop exercising compared to traditional aerobic training.

2. The type of diet you are eating. High-protein diets burn more calories, as protein takes more effort for your body to digest and metabolize.

3. How much weight you have to lose. For simplicity sake I had you use total body weight instead of your lean body mass (which is your total body weight minus your body fat). Because of this assumption, if you need to lose 25 pounds or more to reach your goal weight, then your total caloric needs, which we calculated above, is probably too high. This is because we treated the calorie needs of body fat the same as lean tissue (muscles, bones, and organs), but in reality your body fat has a much lower caloric need (close to zero). I explain how to adjust for this below.

4. Your individual metabolism. The Harris-Benedict equation or any equation that estimates your calorie needs is just that, an estimate. These equations are based on averages, and you are probably not average. Don’t take the numbers you generate after reading this article as gospel, but use them as a starting point, put them to the test, and adjust from there.

Traditionally, recommendations are made for individuals to subtract 500-1000 calories from their total calorie needs in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week. This is because a 500-calorie daily deficit yields a 3500-calorie weekly deficit—which is the number of calories you need to burn to lose one pound of fat. However, I find that these reductions are too aggressive initially and that cutting too many calories too soon sets you up for long-term weight-loss failure.

If you are weight training, doing interval cardio during the week, and eating a carb-controlled/moderate-protein diet, then I recommend that you only subtract 250 calories from your total calorie needs (or 500 calories if you need to lose more than 25 pounds to reach your goal weight). You’ll see results that make you happy while being able to eat more. Using our example, the woman would need to eat 1900 calories per day to lose weight.

The final step: Put it to the test! At the end of two weeks, see how much weight you have lost. If you aren’t losing at a rate that makes you happy, opt to do more activity beforeyou cut out more calories. If you need to cut out more calories, remove another 250 and put that new calorie level to the test for two weeks.

AMEN. AH-Freaking-Men.

And as he says, this is an equation based on AVERAGES. We are all different. You need to experiment to find out what actually works for you.

When I plug my numbers into this equation, I get roughly 2500 calories. That means that since I still want to lose some weight, I should be eating roughly 2000 calories a day. So no wonder when I tried to stick to the “magical 1200” I failed. I was STARVING. And to my shock, now that I’m eating more, I’m losing more.

I have spoken to so many people that are afraid to eat bananas, avocados, Ezekial Bread, protein shakes..all because they say that they are “too many calories.” BULLCRAP. I think eating whole nutrient dense foods that are higher in calories is SO much better than eating processed crap that is made to be low calorie. You can eat as much of that processed crap as you want but still be nutritionally starving.

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A little late, but in honor of Eating Disorder Awareness week, I thought I would share my progress. Almost four years later and I’ve finally come far enough to no longer wish my body was like how it was when I was younger. I love my body and all it does for me, it’s my greatest instrument and I will never go back to hurting it for ridiculous, unrealistic standards. 

Transformation Tuesday: Face Comparison! Maybe the difference isn’t totally apparent to all of you, but it looks huge to me. What’s so funny is I thought the picture on the left was incredibly slimming when I took it.

113 pounds down; 8 months in; a lifetime to go!