It's January and we just went into a New Year, 2022. A lot of people are revitalizing and reinventing themselves and that includes wanting to lose weight.

They're called New Years resolutions, in case you were born yesterday.

About three years ago, I weighed 100 plus 100 pounds. I still can't type out my total number because it's too hard to see, but if you add those two together, that's what I weighed.

I hated when people said to me, "You have such a pretty face." That was the go-to if your over weight and others want to make you feel good. Or, "You're so funny" "You hold it so well."

What am I holding? It's not like I am holding potatoes under my shirt, stop saying, she holds it so well, like it's some type of surprising amazement.

Lizzy via Facebook
Lizzy via Facebook
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It's even hard to write this article because it makes what happened to me, real. Sometimes I want to just put the experience into a box, lock it up, and throw away the key, but I can't.

Until I am living in an alternate reality, I have to be transparent and authentic. I now live in my truth and no longer hide how at one point in my life I was depressed which resulted in me being unhealthy and overweight.

Also, as much as I look and act like one, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or health expert, so my experience or opinion may not be what works for you on your weight loss journey.

One day I made a resolution and decided to change my life. Call it a light-bulb moment. A lot of different circumstances took place and I no longer wanted to say to myself,

"Self, I'll work out when I am happier, or when I have more time, or when I buy a sweat band."

It wasn't fair for me to continue to procrastinate and put off what is best for me and that is self-care and health. I am adulting now.

I'd like to add, this wasn't easy. At all. Not even close. It was tough, gritty, painful, and intense.


Lizzy Snyder via Facebook
Before & After of Lizzy Snyder via Facebook
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I wanted to give up, but was determined to stay impenetrable and solid in my purpose to pursue my goal. I wanted to be healthier for my wife and child and myself. I wasn't confident enough to work out, outside of the house yet so I started with Yoga With Adrienne.

It changed my life. 20-30 minutes every morning was all I needed to wake up the muscles that had been hibernating for, well, forever. I guess I am a bear.

After a few weeks of Yoga each morning, I naturally did not want to eat any more carbs or sweet/salty foods. I ate avocados, eggs, chicken and rice etc. I guess I was on the Atkins diet and I had no idea. Atkins is low in carbs and high in protein.

After I lost about 30-40 pounds doing Yoga, alone in my bedroom, I decided I was ready to continue to turn into a butterfly, outside of my safe space. I suddenly didn't care anymore. I didn't care about what people thought of me, because most people are only thinking of themselves.

I started jogging with best friend, Katie at her gym. Then we were hit by Covid and instead of giving up, I jogged on the streets and at the Bates College track.

I started at a mile and worked my way up to a 5k at least 3 times a week.

If I would have myself a couple years ago that I was going to become a runner, I wouldn't have laughed and kicked myself in the face.


Lizzy via Facebook
Tired Lizzy at the Gym via Facebook
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I was being tested every single day and I wouldn't let anything get in the way of my goal. The weight continued to fell off. I drank 7 cups of water every day. I introduced carbs back into my diet and if I wanted something sweet, I ate it. To me, it was all about portion control.

Lizzy Planet Fitness via Facebook
Lizzy Planet Fitness via Facebook
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I feel like my body was guiding me. Almost like there was a little person living in my soul, saying, "Don't give up, don't give up."

Of course, there were days I wanted to give up but I looked at the faces of the people I loved as well as my reflection and it gave me the motivation I needed to not give up.


Lizzy via Facebook
Lizzy via Facebook
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In just a year and a half I managed to lose almost 100 pounds and was able to build and sculp my muscles. Meaning, I can actually see my muscles, and they're super cute.

I am beautiful, I am strong, I am a warrior, and I can do anything. It's a mantra I tell myself every day, but it's also the truth.

Be kind to yourself, especially when you are being tested. I am an example that you can do anything, be anything, as long as you do not give up and Believe.

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