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I Lost Weight: Ella Ricker Wanted To Become A Runner And Lost 116 Pounds



Name: Ella Ricker
Age: 25
Height: 5’6″
Before Weight: 296 pounds
H ow I Gained It: I had always been big. I always knew I needed to lose weight, even in middle school. I weighed 250 pounds by eighth grade. I don’t think there is a specific reason why I gained all the weight; it was just me eating too much for years and not doing any kind of exercise to burn it off. I had tried to lose weight several times — using Weight Watchers, workout DVDs and the Atkins Diet — but I lost motivation. I went along with these programs because others convinced me to, or because I was dragged to meetings, but since it wasn’t me making the choice, I constantly cheated. Then, I lost two of my best friends to cancer within two years, which didn’t help me at all, since I was a very emotional eater. Breaking Point: I always think back to my first few years of college, right before I decided to get serious about losing weight. I remember how lethargic I was, with energy only surfacing to go to the kitchen and fix myself a bowl of ice cream. I did everything that everyone else did; I just did it a lot slower and got tired quicker and more often than everyone around me did. I had these size 3X floral pattern shirts, which no one in their right mind should have worn, but they were the only things that fit me at the time. I didn’t have bras that fit which caused back pain. In 2009, I was finally sick of being huge. I wanted to become healthier, and along with that, I wanted to start losing weight. I wanted to be able to wear cuter clothes. I just wanted to change, period. My sister was a huge inspiration to me simply by becoming a runner. I wanted to be a runner, too; but it’s really hard to do that when you weigh almost 300 pounds. So, I also set a goal to complete the “Couch to 5K” program.
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