Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 1


My official FWSW team photo. Hoping to lose that double chin!

Never in a million years did I think I would ever be going to fat camp. But, at nearly 29 years old, I realized the inevitable: I am considered medically obese. Many people scoff at me when I tell them how much I weigh – they don’t believe me. In fact, many of my loved ones seem to actually discourage me from losing weight. They say, “Oh, you have to be kidding me! You look great…” Although their comments are flattering, it doesn’t take away from the fact that I am very unhealthy and unhappy with my body. The truth is that I don’t really look like it, but I am 5’9 and I weigh 211 pounds. Yeah, I said it. In hopes of turning my life around, getting healthy and back into shape, I have traded all of my pride for humility and vulnerability.

Just a couple years ago I looked and felt my best; but with my last pregnancy I had gained 65 pounds and still have not lost a thing… except an entire year. A couple months ago I heard about this thing called Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner. (Little did I know that this year would be their 8th year of running the program!) I thought to myself, “why not?” And so my journey began. A couple weeks after filling out the application, taking pictures of myself, and submitting an uncomfortable video of why I wanted to be a part of the program, I was selected to interview. A few days later, I received word that I was accepted into the program. I wasn’t sure whether to be excited or scared, but I definitely felt nervous.

It’s officially been three days since our workouts started, and I am definitely feeling the burn all over! Just yesterday my team (Forest Green & Gold) had to run a timed mile to see what we could do. I am disappointed to report that I ran it in 11:59. That is over 3 minutes more than what I used to do. In addition, we have started our healthy eating plans with a goal of only consuming between 1,200 – 1,400 calories a day. Before joining FWSW, I would have easily eaten that number in one meal and a snack. I knew the program would test me, but I didn’t realize how strenuous it would actually be, both physically and mentally.

One of the best parts of the program is the camaraderie between all the participants and alumni! Everyone is so encouraging of each other and it really does help in getting through the tough workouts. And I have to brag on my team – Drew, Russ, Roberta, and Lori are absolutely wonderful to work with, and I am so grateful to be on a team with them. You can follow us and our progress HERE.

Although my journey has just begun, I am optimistic that my efforts will yield the results that I am aiming for in the end; but, only time will tell. The countdown is on – just 100 more days of kicking my own butt.

Current Weight: 211 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs


Emily Farmer

Author: Emily Farmer

Some people give me funny looks once they find out that I'm talking to myself. Truth be told - sometimes the conversations are just more entertaining when they're with myself. My kids say I'm crazy, but I prefer the term "colorful."

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