My Weight Loss Journey

From about 4th grade - 10th grade I was fat.
I'm talking well over 200 pounds at my highest.
I lost a slew of weight my junior-senior years of high school (2000-2001) just by learning portion control.
Seriously....that's all.
It was through a program at my church called "The Weigh Down Workshop"

10th grade year book pic. Sweet bangs, Kyra!
Senior pic
 I fluctuated through college (who doesnt?!?)
 But my lowest ever weight was 132 in 2003.

From about 2004-2007 I stayed between 140-150 pounds.

In 2007, I started dating (my now-husband) Michael.
2008 I gained a lot of weight.
Almost tipping the scale at 200.
I had heard that sometimes being in love causes weight gain...
But 50 pounds in a year is A LOT of love!

I had a regular check-up doctor visit and they commented on my rapid weight gain in a year and wanted to take some blood to check my thyroid.
Sure enough, I had Hypothyroidism.
This affects your metabolism, causing it to not work as fast and as effectively.
I was glad to have a "medical condition" that aided in the weight gain.
That way, it wasn't my fault, right?!?!
(Cause it had nothing to do with eating whatever the hell I wanted and not working out at all!) 
I got on medication for it and I also got a gym membership.
September of 2009 brought our engagement, so that motivated me even more to workout!

May 2010 I was 137 for my brother's wedding.
 With my beautiful, Sissybabes

But, with wedding planning and wedding stress, I was probably 140-145 by my wedding date of June 19, 2010

Fast forward 6-7 months and we find out I'm pregnant!
Fast forward (although it's really not that fast!) and I'm weighing in at 202 pounds, 9 months pregnant

Royce was born on September, 22, 2011.
Just having a baby, no time to eat and post-partum depression all do wonders for weight loss.
By Halloween I was down to 176.
Then, my depression meds and getting the hang of mommy-hood kicked in and I was teetering anywhere from 190-200 pounds from November 2011 - July 2012.

By July 2012, Royce was 9 months old.
I'd heard countless times when I'd complain about my weight, "It takes 9 months to put on that weight [with a baby], it'll take 9 months to come off."
Hence, my blog name!

Well, it was past 9 months and I was still fat.
I remember reading Mama Laughlin's blog after finding it through Pinterest.
I stayed up way too late one night reading a ton of her posts.
She had a post about how she knew how it felt to be sad about your weight and how you look.
But how she also knew how it felt to drop the weight.
(I searched and searched her page for that post and cannot find it to link it up here. sorry!)
I sat there crying as I read it and it lit a fire under my ass.
I printed it out and hung it up on my fridge.
Where it still is today!

I was ready to start my own blog so I could be held accountable to lose the weight.

July 11, 2012 was my very first post letting the blog world know why I was here.
And the very next day, July 12, 2012 I posted my beginning weight of 190 and my before pic.

I didn't really have a game plan going into it.
I was going to clean up my eating and I signed up for My Fitness Pal (@kyratanner)
I started out walking while pushing my son in his stroller.

I talked about how I might start running.
And kind of on a whim, I started the C25K around the beginning of August.

Fast forward, and I just ran my first ever H.A.F. (Hilly As Fuck) Marathon 2 weeks ago!

From 190 pounds to running my first Half Mary in 7 freaking crazy is that?!?

And that's basically how I lost about 30-35 pounds.
Eating healthy and running like a boss.
Check out my PR's (Personal Records) on different run distances on the left!

Immediately after completing the H.A.F. I started the 10-day Advocare Cleanse.
(I won't mention that I had gained about 4 pounds being back home in PA for a week....WHAT!?!?! I was carb loading!!)
For 10 days, I ate squeaky clean as well as took the supplements that come with the Advocare program.
I already posted what I ate as well as some brief thoughts and feelings about the cleanse that you can read here, here and here.

But let's see what the the stats say about that...
                            Before                            After
Weight:               159 lbs                          152 lbs {loss of 7 lbs}
Arms:                   13"                               12 1/2" {loss of 1/2"}
Chest:                 36 1/2"                             36" {loss of 1/2"}
Waist:                   36"                                 35" {loss of 1"}
Hips:                    38"                               37 1/2" {loss of 1/2"}
Thighs:               23 1/2"                              23" {loss of 1/2"}

7 pounds and 3 inches in 10 days?!?!
I'll take it.
So there you have it folks, since starting this journey in July 2012, I've lost 38 pounds!

I'm still a work in progress and my goal is to be between 135 -140 pounds!


  1. Congrats on shredding the pounds, good job :) I hope that you have fun at the concert., I bet that when Luke sees you he will shake your hubby's hand and say congrats on a beauty! When I lived in Chesapeake, country became one of my favorites..I accept that I don't know many song's lyrics, but can tell you what the song is about ;P I like the new design on your blog. BTW, just wondering where do you find the races that you attend to, I was looking at but most of them are either too far or closed registration...I'll be honest, I will mostly walk but it has become my silver lining. Thanks

  2. You are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. That's awesome! Congrats on your weight loss. I found your blog from She's a Big Star. I'm 38 weeks pregnant right now, and I can't wait to exercise again. I'm ready to get all of this baby weight off plus some!

  4. Thank you for sharing I love this!!!

  5. You look amazing! Very inspirational :)

  6. Good Job girl.
    I have twenty to go and they are just not going.
    Looking fwd to read more.

  7. Our histories sound freakishly similar. Well, except for the fact that I had a six year stint with bulimia. What? Crazy, I know. But I was a fluffy kid, I lost weight junior to senior year by becoming sane and normal with portions. I continued to lose until 21 years of age. That's when I went a lil cray cray with the diet(entire ED). My weight was constantly up and and down. Like VERY up and down. Then I got into recovery and gained 30-40lbs pdq! Like a matter of a couple of months. I weighed about 180lbs on my wedding which just so happens to be June 19th 2010. ;)
    Then I had my daughter a year and half later leaving me at 216lbs. I'm down to 170lb. I get to 165 and eat like there aint no tomorrow. I gleamed a good amount of motivation from this post! Thank you! I'll see my goal of 138lb now that my head is back in the game.

  8. Just found you through Holly, and I'm so glad I did! I relate to your story so much! Congrats on your weight loss, you are inspiring!

  9. Congratulations! It's quite hard work, but once you get there, you won't stop. Committing to a proper weight loss plan (including workouts and nutritional diet plans) can be hard to do at first, but once you do, it's such a relief. What's important is to always take everything into moderation and always believe in yourself.

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  10. like to eat your big juicy pussy.