Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 3 and beyond…
Jul29

Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 3 and beyond…

My weight loss journey with Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner (FWSW) – what a wild ride it has been! For those of you who have lost weight or are in the process of losing weight, we all know how much commitment it takes to shed those pounds. But, for those who are trying to lose weight and who struggle with unhealthy relationships with food, we know how daunting and torturous the process can be. Knowing that I did not have the right tools and knowledge to truly care for my own body and what I was feeding it, I applied to be a part of FWSW Season 8. I, as well as 25 other contestants, started the program back in March. Most of us could barely run up a flight of stairs, and a few people probably couldn’t even do that. But I am proud to say that after 15 weeks of intensive workouts, training and nutrition classes, all 26 of us collectively lost 1,394.8 lbs! We went from barely running up stairs in the beginning to running a 1/2 Marathon, feeling more confident in caring for our bodies, and learning to appreciate ourselves again. I can’t even begin to describe what FWSW has done for myself, but also what it has done for my family. We have taken the tools that the program supplied, and applied it to our entire household. The greatest satisfaction is knowing that this summer I actually feel like “Mommy” again. Last summer I never wanted to go outside to play with the kids simply because I was tired, and quite frankly I was lazy. This summer we all have spent so many evenings outside riding bikes, playing on the swing set, and sometimes we just simply sat outside to enjoy our surroundings. It’s those little things that I appreciate having back as a part of my life again. I am ever-so-grateful for the opportunity to be a part of FWSW, and I highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to lose the weight but struggles with doing it on their own. When I started the program I was 210.6 lbs, wearing a size 18 pants and size 14 dress, and couldn’t imagine ever even jogging more than a mile. When I finished the program back on July 10th, I weighed 173 lbs, was wearing a size 14 pants and a size 10 dress, and completed a 1/2 Marathon the week before. That is a total weight loss of 37.6 lbs! I couldn’t be more proud of myself!! Just like everyone else, my journey is not yet over. When I began the program, I had an...

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Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner: My Journey, Part 1
Apr02

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

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...

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