I thought it was time for an updated “before” and “after.” I ran my first Spartan Race last weekend and took the photos on the right in the hotel the morning of the race. Sometimes I look at pictures like these and can’t believe that it’s me. I weighed 185 lbs at 4’10” in December 2011 when I decided that I was tired of the constant heartburn and back pain, tired of not being able to have fun because my knees hurt any time I tried to engage in any kind of physical activity. I just had had enough. I wish I had more full body shots from when I was my heaviest, but for obvious reasons I didn’t really enjoy having my picture taken. The photo on the left was taken in the summer of 2011, so I probably weighed in the 170s at the time. I stared at that photo for a long time and realized how unhappy I was with a lot of things, including the way I looked. When I started exercising and eating healthy, I couldn’t wait to use this photo to compare my old body to my new one. A year and a half later, at 125 lbs, I still have a little bit of work to do, but I can say I am truly happy with my life now. I can still eat all day long and have a bangin’ booty, I just eat things without labels now. I can hike mountains, run without stopping, conquer Spartan Races, and lift as heavy as the boys. But the best part is, I’ve learned to push myself to accomplish things that I really want, and I’ve learned to love myself in ways I never thought possible.