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Get Fit For 2010: One Reader's Inspiring Resolution

Get Fit For 2010: One Reader's Inspiring Resolution

Here's what FitSugar user andarms wrote about her goals in our Get Fit For 2010 community challenge and contest.

Before:

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!

To see how she looks now, just

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Today:

Thinking about your New Year's resolutions? Join our Get Fit For 2010 community group and write a blog post about your goals to enter our contest for weekly giveaways as well as a great grand prize.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Inspiring. I have to get back into hiking. So much fun out there on the trails.
BritsConfessions BritsConfessions 6 years
You look great,congrats and I hope you do well this year!
Jess8902 Jess8902 6 years
You are totally inspiring! Congrats on such an amazing accomplishment!! :D
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
YOU LOOK FAB!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
YOU LOOK FAB!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Wow, congratulations! You look amazing!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Congrats on losing weight and on doing it in what seems like such a healthy way! Best of luck with the race and your other goals for this year!
andarms andarms 6 years
Thank you! :)Ajh, I worked at Gamestop for 2 years, and while I was not a gamer except for once in a great while, I was a couch potato during that time. I've always enjoyed being in nature, and one day I took my dog for a walk, and decided "Helloooo, I love being out in the sunshine. Why not do it more often?!" And thus it began. Find what you love to do. I'm a photographer, and to get the best views, I hike up to the tallest peak I can find for the best pictures. Hobby + exercise!siúcra gaelach, I definitely have felt that way during my training so far, but my body amazes me when I ask it too push a little farther. I'll absolutely be keeping your advice in mind while I'm at it!
andarms andarms 6 years
Thank you! :) Ajh, I worked at Gamestop for 2 years, and while I was not a gamer except for once in a great while, I was a couch potato during that time. I've always enjoyed being in nature, and one day I took my dog for a walk, and decided "Helloooo, I love being out in the sunshine. Why not do it more often?!" And thus it began. Find what you love to do. I'm a photographer, and to get the best views, I hike up to the tallest peak I can find for the best pictures. Hobby + exercise! siúcra gaelach, I definitely have felt that way during my training so far, but my body amazes me when I ask it too push a little farther. I'll absolutely be keeping your advice in mind while I'm at it!
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 6 years
good for you! you look wonderful. during your race, remember that your body can do so much more than you think you can! even when you feel like you can't keep going - you will. :)
Ajh Ajh 6 years
Congrats! It's always refreshing to see someone lose weight making healthy lifestyle changes.Oh gamestop. Are you a video game player too? Do you find it difficult to balance hobbies or did you love hiking so much it was simply no contest? I hope to find a form of exercise that isn't a chore someday. This might actually be the reason I have such trouble sticking to exercise routines. I'll start looking monday. Thank you so much for the idea!
Ajh Ajh 6 years
Congrats! It's always refreshing to see someone lose weight making healthy lifestyle changes. Oh gamestop. Are you a video game player too? Do you find it difficult to balance hobbies or did you love hiking so much it was simply no contest? I hope to find a form of exercise that isn't a chore someday. This might actually be the reason I have such trouble sticking to exercise routines. I'll start looking monday. Thank you so much for the idea!
mariposa76 mariposa76 6 years
you are absolutely amazing! keep up the great work : ) xoxo
lauren lauren 6 years
Congratulations!!!! You look great and such an inspiration!
DK DK 6 years
You look amazing! I hope to look as great as you by the end of this year. Keep up the good work.
gidgie gidgie 6 years
you are an inspiration!
gidgie gidgie 6 years
you are an inspiration!
andarms andarms 6 years
Thank you all so very much! Encouragement means so much. Having read so many of your stories has kept up my inspiration.
tuliprush tuliprush 6 years
You look gorgeous!! Congratulations and great work! What an inspiring story!
sourcherries sourcherries 6 years
Congrats and keep it up! That race sounds amazing.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
Good for you! You look great and your story is inspirational. Good luck with all your 2010 goals.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Wow! Congrats and good luck with the race - it sounds awesome :)
kclulu kclulu 6 years
It is fantastic you found something that you love to do to help you get healtheir, you should be proud of what you have already accomplished:) Good luck in 2010!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
you look fantastic and your ATTITUDE and OUTLOOK sound fantastic as well, congratulations and keep it up!!!
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 6 years
Congratulations, you look amazing and it sounds like you feel a lot healthier!
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