The mountains are calling, and i must go

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Jessica, y'all.

SW: 185 lbs
over 40% body fat
CW: 123-125 lbs
20% body fat
UGW: 110 lbs HEALTHY & FIT

I am a 4'10" 27-year-old southern belle living in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Asheville, North Carolina. I find beauty in simplicity. I have 3 dogs (Yoda, Oliver, Dallas), 1 cat (Gibson), and 10 chickens (Ladybird, Buckbeak, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fleur, Dolly Parton, Miss Audrey Williams, Dixie, Jolene, Lucy & Ethel).

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I lost 55 lbs between December 2011 and December 2012 through exercise and healthy eating and am currently working on burning off the little bit of fat I have left and building more muscle. I love hiking, kickboxing, turbo kick, lifting weights, and tabata/athletic conditioning/circuit training. In 2014 I will be completing my Spartan Trifecta. Races I have conquered thus far: Hero Rush, Run for Your Lives, Charlotte Spartan Sprint, Mont Tremblant Super Spartan, Tough Mudder Carolinas.

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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.

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.

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