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WalkJogRun User Shares How She Lost 100 lbs. in One Year!

The following inspirational story is from Angela, one of our WalkJogRun fans, who made a lifestyle change to help her lose 100 pounds in just one year:

I walked jogged and ran my way to lose 100 pounds in a year!
It's never too late to lose weight- that was the most important thing I learned this year. I've always struggled with my weight, but nothing dramatic. After breaking my ankle, living a sedentary lifestyle and eating very unhealthily, I packed on a little over 100lbs over 5 years. I tried dieting and joining gyms; I even had a personal trainer for a few months. But I'd eventually give up and gain all the weight back plus some. I had good intentions, but deep down, I couldn't commit. There comes a point where you have to realize you are worth it. It took turning 29 years old for me to let that realization sink in. I woke up one morning and thought, “What are you doing to yourself?” I was 255lbs, eating the worst food imaginable, and couldn't walk anywhere without being out of breath. I needed to do something, so I did.
I remember hearing about WalkJogRun, and decided to see what it was all about. I was instantly happy when I saw it was free, easy to use and had a calorie burn estimator. I decided to map out 2 miles around my house and went for a walk. It made me feel good, so I started walking 5-6 days a week. I staggered my daily walks between 2-6 miles. Within a few months I added running to my walking, alternating a few blocks of each. I did what I could and eventually 2 mile runs were not only tolerable but enjoyable! Once I reached that point, I maintained 2-4 miles a day, five days a week. I was also eating healthy, and instead of “dieting”, I cut back on the amount of food and calories I consumed. I logged all my calories in the beginning, which helped me to make better choices. I still ate sandwiches, pizza, and tacos, but with a healthy twist. If I feel deprived of my favorite foods, I'll never stick to a diet, which I think a lot of people can relate to. I gave all fruits and vegetables a chance, to figure out what I liked and would actually eat. I stuck with water or iced green tea sweetened with a little agave as far as beverage choices. Pretty soon, I was consciously making better food choices and eating healthy-sized portions. I also got a bike and used it as my main mode of transportation in the city. I tried to bike a few miles a day on top of running and used WJR,to figure out how many miles I was riding. All of these things have helped me to lose 100lbs in one calendar year.
This year was a great one, but I did have a setback towards the end. I injured myself in the middle of October and had to stop biking and went back to walking instead of running. But, I stuck to my fitness guns and still managed to lose weight. I'm starting 2010 with a better sense of who I am and what I can accomplish. I'll be training for my first 5k this year and hoping to run a couple throughout the year. I do plan on losing a little more weight, but not a lot. I just want to tone up and maintain it. I can't even imagine my life now without running or any sort of fitness. Time to break in my new running shoes I got for Christmas!

Here's an amazing before and after comparison.

We'd love to hear how WalkJogRun has helped you make a lifestyle change! Please comment below or send your story to briana@walkjogrun.net. We look forward to reading your stories!
If you haven't used WalkJogRun, give it a shot and you could be our next biggest loser!