About a year and a half ago, at 5'6", I weighed in at 198 lbs. There were no excuses: I hadn't been pregnant, I had already been in college way past "the freshman 15." I had just been overweight my whole life. However, at that point, I had met and become engaged to the man I am now happily married to. We both quickly bonded over a love of the outdoors and we began hiking, almost religiously. I was doing activity that was so rewarding it didn't feel like exercise, and I started noticing my jeans loosening up. I also started eating healthier, which I had learned about from Weight Watchers (which had helped me lose some weight before, from being 213 lbs at age 12 to 200 lbs, but had trouble maintaining). At the beginning of the 2009 New Year, I had gone down to 190 lbs. Today, at the beginning of the 2010 New Year, after much more additional hiking and good food choices, I am at 160 lbs. Still overweight for my height, but I've never felt prouder of myself. At 22 years old, I feel like I've been reborn. I'm still working hard. FitSugar is one of my daily reads. I have found priceless information to incorporate into my new fit lifestyle. My ultimate goal for 2010 is to do what I could never do: I have signed up to run the 8.15 mile Great Aloha Run in Honolulu, HI. I used to think I was going to die a couple of years ago when I had to run a mile for my high school P.E. test! I also have smaller goals for this year: try different physical activities to combat boredom and improve maintenance ability, and to start a fitness trend in my local community, so others don't feel stuck in the position I felt trapped in for the majority of my life. I am looking forward to a year of challenging myself!
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