Before and After

After seven years (and probably seven million calories) of living in D.C., I moved to NYC in August 2008. After a few months of eating my way through the city, I realized this had to stop and nipped my temptations in the bud. Here’s the story of how a girl lost 50 pounds in the most tempting city known to woman—and then ran a marathon!

The first photo is from January 2009 at my highest weight–189 pounds–definitely a lot on my 5’5″ frame.

The second post is me at 145 pounds–almost my goal weight–in September 2009.

(I’ve since lost a little more weight.)


39 comments on “Before and After

  1. Kate Brown

    You look amazing! I live in NYC and I am the Community Manager at DailyBurn. By day you can find me grabbing a smoothie at One Lucky Duck in the Chelsea Market, or at DailyBurn HQ. Congrats on becoming an athlete! If you ever want to go for a run along the Hudson, hit my up! Cheers!

  2. Jodes

    Wow you inspire me!!!!!!!!! I use to weigh 190 pounds and have now plateaued at 162. My goal is to get to 140 pounds so hopefully someday it will happen. I started my jouney in June 2010, I am not on a diet as this is a lifestyle change for me.

  3. Amanda

    I’m so glad that I found your blog. I love reading your posts and find you very inspiring. Because I haven’t been a long time reader – I’m curious to know if you have a gym membership… I have one but am considering dropping it because of it being a commute as well as because of the monthly cost. I am nervous though that if I stop going I will back track on my weight loss goals. Have you been able to continue to lose weight without being a member of a gym? And if so, how do you do it?

  4. Liz

    Wow! I started reading your blog right around the time of the NYC marathon since I am obsessing about it these days, well weeks okay okay month, and will be doing it as my first marathon next year. I had read about you losing weight but didn’t find this post until today since you linked to it. What an inspiration! I too dropped a bit of weight. I went from 175 to now around 135 a few years ago and I’m only a little over 5’2. As you can see from how I started this comment I am grateful to the simple act of running (and changing my eating habits). I am now obsessed with running and I cannot wait for Nov 2012 for my turn at the NYC marathon. Glad I found your blog and glad I’m getting to know more of your story. Good going and keep up the great work!

  5. Ty

    You look amazing. What would you say was best for you? Personal trainer or your own workout or a mixture of both?

  6. Carly

    Hi I just found your blog and I love it! I’m a teenager, but I had the same kind of experience as you: I grew up overweight and I lost it by following a healthy lifestyle and running. I just wanted to let you know that you and your blog are gorgeous and so inspirational. I look forward to your future posts!

  7. Erin

    Hi! I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have really found it to be inspirational! I have started on my own weight loss journey and have lost 18 pounds so far. Want to lose about 60 pounds total, so still have a ways to go! Your blog inspired me to start my own weight loss blog to help keep me on track. Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading! 🙂 Also, wanted to ask if you have any tips for someone starting their weight loss journey!

  8. Sarah

    The difference in the 2 photos is amazing. You look fantastic.

    This is also a great inspiration for me to get off my butt and get running again.

    Thank you so much for sharing your photos.

  9. Guy

    You look great and I really admire you and your determination. I would like to lose some weight but I have a really bad knee and running/walking aggravates it. Any suggestions on what I could do? Don’t say “diet” because i like eating too much! Nice blog. Keep it up.

  10. Lisa

    It is impressive, how our bodies can transform if taken care properly. In my mind, the best way to lose weight healthily is fitness. Together with healthy foods it will keep you in good shape and mood. In this blog I have found lots of useful material about exercising, diet planning, weight loss and muscle building. Excellent info for everyone, who wants to keep fit!

  11. Vanessa

    You are so awesome! I love that not only did you lose weight but learned to accept yourself. I just read a book recently on amazon that gave me this freedom to throw away the scale. I was going through such deep depression as well. It was called the 10 page healthy living book, i believe. I highly recommend it. It looks to be new and not well formatted but a good sweet message to anyone who needs baby steps and to not worry about the number on the scale.

  12. Deborah

    Unbelievable transformation, where there’s a will there’s a way. Now I know, I should look up to you when I’m slacking off. Bookmarked for future reference. Thank you!!

  13. Jessica Smith

    Thank you for sharing your transformation with me and others! You truley are an inspiration and hero for doing so giving women like me hope that we can achieve our goals! Can you give some more tips in your future blog posts how you achieved this transformation in such a short period of time?

    Thanks in advance!
    Jessic Smith

  14. krista

    Hi Theodora – Loving your blog and your transformation I like how you are living a healthy lifestyle, it is very inspring that you only consume natural foods and organics. It is such a challenge when today life is about convenience and what you can grab quickly. I blog specifically about weight loss transformations if you are up for sharing your weight loss journey I would love to have you as a guest blogger.

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  16. Jo

    You are setting a fantastic example which as we know is the best way to lead and inspire! I love running too, but cannot imagine running a marathon! If the focus is on health and fitness like you have shown, great results follow.

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