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Alexis Lost 50 Pounds and Ran 2, TWO, Marathons!

6 Years, 50lbs and 4 sizes. Alexis proves slow and steady wins the race even though now she's a speed demon!

How are you defining your success?

I started out in 2005 (age 31) at 188 lbs and wearing a size 16/18 at 5'3. Now in the summer of 2011 (age 37) I weigh 138 and am currently a size 4/6!

Which of your personal goals have you achieved?

I have always wanted to run a full 26.2 mile marathon! After losing the first 25 lbs, I ran the Country Music Marathon in Nashville in April 2007 finishing in 5:15! After I lost another 20 lbs, I ran my 2nd full marathon and shaved off an hour on my finishing time... completing it in 4:15!!

How long did it take you?

I began my weight loss journey 6 years ago! There have been many struggles along the way. It took my mind a while to catch up to my physical progress. I have decided that the slower the weight comes off, the more lasting it will be!

What new goals have you set for yourself?

Although I reached my WW goal of 140 lbs, I have a personal goal to be 125 lbs. That will put me right smack dab in the middle of the "normal" range for my age and height on the BMI chart. I want to be able to maintain 125 lbs but not feel like I'm depriving myself of LIFE! I am currently 138 lbs.

What has changed the most about you?

I feel like I've made peace with myself in regards to food. I have absolutely no desire to ever "diet" again. I feel confident in making healthy food choices and I thoroughly enjoy working out! I feel like my confidence is back and I want to continue this trend. My family notices that I am happier!

What did you find hardest about reaching your goal? How did you overcome it?

I am a people pleaser... or maybe I used to be. When I had company in town or guests over at my house, I would never want to be "the girl on a diet." I found it very difficult to eat healthy on a consistent basis because we were always to busy with other people. I finally decided that I was going to have to be consistent over time and make the change. True friends would understand and they did. I realized that it wasn't that big of a deal to eat healthy and I just started doing it.

How has blogging helped you reach your goals?

I have maintained a private blog with my sisters in law. We have actually had several that we have changed around from time to time... but ultimately having someone to be accountable to makes all the difference in the world! I was more focused knowing I had to report my daily food and work outs! They were there for me during this VERY slow process! We have recently made our blog public at www.firelitesfire.com and you can "like" us on facebook/firelitesfire.

Any tips for those that share you goal?

I was reading on a yoga website and this one thing really caught my attention. "Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Rest sometimes. Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are."

It's not always easy for me ... I don't want you to think for a moment that it's easy for me. IT HAS GOTTEN EASIER...... but I think because I started way back in 2005 and I have been playing with the whole concept of WW, keeping a food journal, etc for several years. Even though it's easier... it's NOT EASY!!

I look back to how I was eating through the holidays. I was miserable and didn't feel good at all. Now that I've pretty much gotten back on track, I feel great! I love the freedom to be able to eat whatever I am craving! Following WW is the one thing I have complete control over! I'm the boss of it. I decide what food I'm putting in my mouth. I decide if I'm gonna work out. It has become a kind of "game" that I love to play. You have to give yourself some credit. And don't roll your eyes or act like it's not important. You are doing a great job! Keep journaling... keep thinking about it.... keep trying to figure it out. Don't give up. You will have success. We are all in different phases of life right now. Please don't be so hard on yourself! You are gorgeous!!! Smile.... you are great!!!!!

I can FEEL your enerty and motivation Alexis! LOVE IT!

Comment by Michele Dochat on October 4, 2011 at 12:04pm

You are fabulous, and thank you so much for your words of encouragement to all of us, it means so much!  And you LOOK amazing!!

Comment by Rhonda on October 4, 2011 at 1:07pm

Thanks for sharing your journey. I am a similar height and age although my starting weight is a bit higher. Seeing your success is motivation.

Comment by Classygirl on October 4, 2011 at 1:54pm

Congratulations!  Good for you for not giving up and staying the course through your struggles.  Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Flipper B on October 4, 2011 at 4:30pm

Fantastic job!  I am a slow weight loser too so your story gives me hope and inspiration!!!

Comment by Lexy Hinson on October 4, 2011 at 6:10pm

Thank y'all so much! :) Having my story on this site means a lot to me because I started reading Roni's blog at the beginning of my weight loss.  I have tried many of her kitchen/cooking tips, and listened to all of her podcasts.  Isn't she just so cool to help us all out??  I was a lurker on her site for years...  but she feels like a friend!  Thanks again for your kind words! -Lexy

Comment by Barbara on October 4, 2011 at 11:15pm

i love readingthese stories to help me.  I been struggling for a long time now.   I won't give up because what I loss will find its way back.

Congrats on the great job

Comment by Julie Finlayson on October 5, 2011 at 11:13am

I really need these stories.  Thanks so much for sharing.  You look great and, even more importantly, you look like you FEEL great!

Comment by Keem on October 5, 2011 at 1:11pm

I hope you continue to come on here and blog so you can inspire others! :) 

So--you ran for 4 and 5 hours straight? OMG! That's amazing!

Comment by Megan on October 5, 2011 at 7:26pm

I'm with Keem.  Running for 5 hours, even if you took some walk breaks, wow. 
It sounds like you're so happy and that's worth more than anything.

Comment by Lexy Hinson on October 5, 2011 at 7:34pm

I started out using the Jeff Galloway Run/Walk method for my first marathon.  I would highly recommend reading his books.... either "Half Marathon, You Can Do It" or "Marathon, You Can Do It"... For the first marathon I ran for 3 minutes and walked for 1 minute throughout the entire race.... The second marathon, I had built up my endurance and I was able to run the whole thing except for a few walk breaks during the water stations.  I haven't run a full marathon since 2009 ... I really prefer the half marathon distance, although I'm not signed up for anything at the moment...  The THOUGHT of training for distance again makes me tired!!  Hahaha!  Thanks so much for your comments, y'all are awesome!

Comment by Ali on October 23, 2011 at 11:31am

I love your story! You look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G....congratulations! :)

Comment by Lexy Hinson on October 23, 2011 at 5:44pm

Thank you so much Ali! :)

Comment by Ashley on October 25, 2011 at 2:31pm

Wow congrats!!

Comment by bab on August 29, 2012 at 5:28am

u look great, and inspire me to get there.

Comment by amartine on September 9, 2012 at 7:05pm
Wow...almost brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for being an inspiration!
Comment by Christina G. on February 25, 2013 at 1:24pm
Thanks for the thinspiration, Alexis!!! :)

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