My Fat History

About Me

I was always chubby or a little overweight. When I was a little kid someone on the playground made fun of my thighs and from that day forward I always had a complex about having big thighs. Looking back at pictures of my childhood, I was NOT fat and there was nothing wrong with my thighs!

1999, Chubby but Not Fat

It wasn’t until my early 20’s though that I really gained my weight.

2003 Road Trip to Montana

It was a combination of factors that attributed to my weight gain: unhealthy food choices, sugar addiction, medications, laziness, and depression. I had high blood pressure. I was always sick with something (sinus infections, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc). My feet hurt. My hips ached. I always had back pain. I was shopping in the Plus sizes and finding it hard to find clothes big enough to fit. I was buying 24W pants and a 42FF bra.

Walnut Room - Chicago

In 2006, I went on a fantastic vacation to Chicago with my friend Rachel. Chicago is a walking city and we did a LOT of walking! I was in so much pain but it was a wonderful trip.

Chicago Art Institute

I didn’t let being 250 pounds keep me from living my life. I walked all over Chicago and saw many amazing sights!

Chicago 2006

Then my doctor said I was pre-diabetic. And I had REALLY high blood pressure. She wanted to put me on blood pressure medications. That was the slap in the face I needed.


Around my 25th birthday I had a revelation during a Native American Sweat Lodge and decided to stop taking all of my medications and get healthy. It was a journey that took me two years but I did it. I lost 110 pounds. It’s been about 5 years since that journey started and I know it will be a lifelong journey (and struggle) to keep in shape.

I was in my best friend’s wedding at about 230 pounds.

Rachel's Bachelorette Party

I started to lose weight. I was surprised at how quickly it was coming off.

At 170 Pounds

One of the things I learned in my journey was that life didn’t have to be lived from the couch.Β  I love swimming. I love hiking and walking.

Silver Falls State Park

I find that I enjoy exercising and making good food choices.

Hiking, Spring 2009

If you have any thoughts, comments, or ideas on what I should include in my blog, Email me at:

Vegas- At 143 Pounds

And thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

Lisa πŸ™‚

At About 149 Pounds

NOTE: I am not a nutritionist, dietitian or doctor. My weight loss was done on my own and I am in no ways an expert. Please talk to your doctor before starting any weight loss or exercise program!

45 responses to “My Fat History

  1. I saw your comment on my blog today, thank you! We appear to have A LOT in common though I am not quite at a 110 pound weight loss yet……but I will be soon. Like your blog a lot, keep it up. =)

  2. What an accomplishment! You rock, girl!

  3. WOWIE!! You go girl!! Seriously inspiring!

  4. 110lbs – you’re a legend! I am looking forward to reading your blog, thank you for stopping by my blog x

  5. Hi Lisa! I am so impressed with all you have accomplished!

  6. Hi, Thanks for stopping by my Blog. I’ve added yours to my blog roll. I am searching for inspiration out there, to keep me on track (so I don’t do what I did last night), and you have been added as one! Congrats and keep up the good work. Also, I love Portland! It is a great city, and my girlfriends and I are planning a trip down there soon!

    • Thanks! I checked out your blog too. It looks like you’re doing WW. I never did it but it sounds like such a good program to me! My friend Rachel (who lives in Bellevue) recently joined WW and is totally into it. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚ – Lisa

  7. What an awesome transformation! Do you get the “Wow! You look so good, I didn’t recognize you!”? That always blows my mind.

    • I used to get that A LOT. I don’t as much anymore. But I did run into a friend I hadn’t seen in a few years and she looked completely baffled when I said hey. I told her it was me and she still looked shell-shocked! Last time she saw me, I was 230 pounds. -Lisa

  8. Thanks for stopping by! And congratulations on all you’ve accomplished thus far…you’re an inspiration!

  9. Wow!! What an amazing accomplishment! You are such an inspiration.

  10. Hey Lisa! I just saw your comment on Tina’s health article and I wanted to check out your blog. First congrats on your weight loss πŸ™‚ That’s fantastic!! Second, I completely understand how you feel about people who are naturally thin without too much effort. I’ve lost over 100lbs too and I work super hard to keep it off and stay healthy. So I completely share your jealously!! But you look amazing. Glad to have discovered your blog πŸ™‚

  11. so impressive. you look fantastic!

  12. Thanks for your comment! All I can say is Awesome Job! Wow! You are amazing and such an inspiration to so many people out there. You look wonderful! Can’t wait to read more.

  13. Congrats. You have a wonderful story. I’m glad to hear you’ve found a love in fitness and outdoors. For me, this is truly one of the most amazing and beautiful parts of life.

  14. Wow! You are amazing! Truly inspiring!

  15. Exceelnt story and brilliant results, it’s always inspiring to see people who have managed to change (and extend) their life through the simple process of healthy eating and regular exercise.
    I’m on a similar journey myself, not 110 pounds worth but need to break a bad cycle of yo-yo weight changes.

    Keep up the heard work!



  16. Thanks for your comment on my blog, your story is so inspiring!

  17. I am so impressed by your story…and so sad that the parallel with my story stopped at the 110 lbs. I also lost 110 lbs (about 7 yrs ago)…kept it off for 3…then lapse became relapse and I was back to eating like a fat person…to the tune a 75 regained pounds. But I’m starting again and determined to not just GET to the goal but STAY at the goal this time. Thanks very much for being an excellent example of someone who stayed in the “promised land” – hope to see you there in a few years.

  18. WOW! Congrats on that weight loss. You look so amazing. Such an inspiration : )

  19. What a journey! That is quite an accomplishment! You look fantastic!

  20. Wow. Just ran into your blog and I need your motivation. I’m struggling right now and I’m trying to find that “Thing” that will help get me started.

  21. i am really enjoying your blog! just wanted to stop by and say awesome job!

  22. Good for you! You look great. I just discovered your blog and look forward to reading more of it! You are an inspiration.

  23. Hi Lisa, Wow, this is an awesome story. Congratulations to your weight loss and healthy lifestyle. I’m sure this is inspiring for so many readers.
    Thanks for finding my blog and making me find yours. Love it! Will follow on facebook too.
    See ya, Maya

  24. Inspirational!! Looking forward to reading through the rest of your blog! congratulations

  25. Not only are you living a healthy lifestyle, but you are obviously enjoying it. Your upbeat attitude towards food and exercise is exactly what I was looking for to inspire me to lose another 40 pounds. You are amazing. Thank you for putting your story out here. I am moving to Portland this fall and I can’t wait to do some of the fun, outdoorsy things you are doing.

  26. Congratulations on such an amazing achievement!

    What an inspiration you obviously are to so many! I look forward to reading more!

  27. Congratulations!

    When I saw your picture with the “fat pants” I didn’t believe it. I admire your will power:)

    I wish I had found your blog earlier.

    You look beautiful, hundredtenpounds:)

    Gorakh Nath.

  28. HI!!!!

    You are such an inspiration & I’m so glad I ran across your blog. I’m at the beginning of my journey, though I’ve wrestled it my entire life. Finally, I feel as though I’m mature enough to do it in the right way and change my life for good.

    Anyway, I’ve just started blogging and I love seeing the family of fitness bloggers I’m running into. You’re just kewl for sharing!

    Jean V.

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