My Story

My weight gain story isn’t anything extraordinary or different.  Just the way so many of us gained it.

Uneducated about health + new sedentary life = holy crap what happened to me?

I was awkward, especially then.  My love affair with eyeliner wasn’t helping my case.

I gained weight slowly throughout college, though there is no telling how much because I did not step on a scale for years.  I gained the most my senior year in college.  Sorority house cookin’ and being legal to drink were a terrible combination for my lazy self.  Post  graduation I moved halfway across the country to Washington, DC for my first grown up job and proceeded to gain weight gradually for the next four years.  Slowly but surely the pounds piled up, and as the size of my pants grew and grew I still did not recognize what I was doing to myself.

Pink shirt.  Pink shoes. Pink backpack.  Not pictured:  Pink suitcase.

I was uber self conscious about the way I looked.  I felt like I was invisible, yet when people did look at me I hated what I saw in their reaction.  It seemed everyone was judging me, even though I know that was not really the case.  After four years away I moved back to my home state of Texas, and I truly believe that being back near all my favorite loved ones is what began my turn around.

All dressed up?  Maybe.

Back in Texas I was living how I wanted.  I had my own place, in the right neighborhood for me.  I had a fantastic commute to the office for the first time in my working life, which gave me 2 whole hours for myself that I had never had before.  I was in a good place and I was ready for good things to start happening.

My first Christmas living back at home I received a puppy for Christmas.

That face…

Having a new puppy that I had to walk several times every day combined with a New Year’s resolution to dine out less led to me losing 15 pounds without even trying.  This ‘accidental’ loss gave me the confidence to actually try to lose some weight.  I finally knew I had a chance at succeeding.

I joined the nearest gym (I love Gold’s) and started going  3-4 times a week.  I would hang out on the elliptical for 45 minutes and leave and the pounds continued to fall.  Once I was in the habit of going regularly I started meeting with a personal trainer twice a week.

I’m trying here!

I began learning about balance.  I was eating healthy, real foods.  I was committed to working out.  I was on a mission and it was working.  Finally.


I truly didn’t realize how big I had been until I had lost weight and then revisited old pictures.  I had no idea.  At all.  Holy Omigod, y’all.

The gym began to get old so I decided to try my ventures at running.  I did the couch to 5k program on my own and shortly into that I set my sights on the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  A princess running event?  At Disney World?   Sign me up!  I kept doing 5ks, then a 10k, then an 8 miler and finally a 15k.  This year I flew to Orlando and tackled the half marathon and loved (almost) every  minute of it.

My love!

I still have pounds to lose (about 20 if I’m being honest) and I know that the journey of living healthily is never really over.  Losing weight takes discipline and dedication (and a lot of sweat!) and maintaining is a lifelong commitment to making the right decisions for your body.  Saying this I know that some days I will workout twice a day, some I wont work out at all; some days I’ll eat 1200 calories and others I’ll eat an entire cone of cotton candy just for dessert.  All of this is okay.  For me,  its all about the right balance of all of these things.

Nom.  Nom.  Nom.

All I know right now is that I never want to go back.  Never ever.  I have the knowledge, tools and most importantly the confidence to keep going, to do more, try new things and to be who I want to be.

You too can ride bicycles around parking garages.

That confidence is worth just as much as the size on the inside of my jeans and the number of chins I’m rockin’ in a photo.

Gong!  Class dismissed.


13 Responses to “My Story”

  1. nataliegracie March 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Linz! You have inspired me so much it’s ridiculous. 🙂 Yesterday, Chris and I joined our local gym and I’m so excited to begin this adventure of getting healthy. Reading your blog has been such a great way to get motivated because you’re honest, realistic, and you set goals that are achievable to everyone! Seriously, beast, you are looking fantastic (and I know you feel wonderful) and I am so proud of you and can’t wait to start posting awesome stuff like you do! Congrats on all of your hard work paying off. Miss you, love you! 🙂

    • linzlikewhoa March 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks so much lady! I needed that today. Can’t wait to hear all about your own adventure!

  2. [SMASH] March 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    Great to learn about you after stalking [I mean… reading…] your blog today. Find me on The Twitter [as I like to call it] if you tweet: Smash1983.

  3. Dorry March 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I love your story! I’m always so inspired by people who are striving for a healthy, happy life. I’m glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours! It’s nice to know other Dallas bloggers.

    • linzlikewhoa March 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      Thank you! I found your blog at, so glad I did!

  4. Jenna March 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    I don’t know why I haven’t read this before, but oh my gosh. I just got all teary! I am so proud of you my gorgeous friend!

  5. Katie April 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Amazing before and after pictures. You look great! That mud run looked SO fun..jealous!

  6. Britt Beahan April 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I love this! I’m also participating in the weight loss challenge and you’re story is so encouraging!

  7. Carolina August 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Ok, so I just read this in its entirety and am truly inspired! I love that you just took it all in your own hands and changed your life. I love that you’re never gonna go back because now you have that power over the outcome.

    I’ve gone through a transformation as well in regards to weight & fitness over the last year. So it’s always aweseome to read other people’s stories that feel so similair to your own. I have never gotten into running, but I would love to. To be quite frank, it scares me, but I know I need the challenge. My body…needs the challenge!

    Anywho, thank you for sharing. It’s truly motivational!

    • linzlikewhoa August 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you so much!
      If you want to start running I cannot recommend Couch to 5k enough. It really eases you into running 3 miles. If you find a week too challenge, just repeat the previous week until you’re ready to move on. Its great!

  8. Sasha September 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    This is awesome!! Congrats on the weight loss! This is so inspiring!

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