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Hi my name is Kimmie. I am a 41 year old business owner from the Ft. Lauderdale area. I have been struggling with my weight from the age of 18. My heaviest weight was 300 pounds. At age 22 I started to consistently put on the weight year after year. Working nightshift for over 8 years only seeem to make things worse. I was living on Snickers and Dr. Pepper just to get throught the endless nights. I ballooned up to a size 22/24. I was always the yo-yo dieter. I tried every diet out there, nothing seem to stick. In 2005 I lost 60 pounds only to regain 30 back. Once again I failed! My eye opening moment was when my big/baggy pants weren't so big and baggy anymore and I watched a tape of me playing tennis. I couldn't believe that was truly me. How did I let myself get so big?? Always labeled as the "fat friend" and being diagnosed as severely obese and barely having the energy to do anything I said enough is enough its time to change your life and on Decemeber 1st, 2007 I Made The Change!! I have now lost a total of 130 pounds and I am smaller than I was in high school. . The show "The Biggest Loser" has been my biggest inspiration throughout this weight loss journey. Thanks to the support of my wonderful family, SparkPeople and my awesome trainer Susie I have now completed 20 5Ks, 2 10Ks, Triathlon and 17 Half Marathons and 3 Full Marathons.... In October 2009 I completed my first Full Marathon in Baltimore and then again in January 2010 I did Disney Full Marahon.... Something I never thought was possible!!

I have dealt with lots of stress and turmoil throughout the weight loss. My biggest let down was losing friends. I never realized who the real friends were until now. I know in life when we have changes, come consequences and I have seen them all. I have worked way to hard to let anyone sabatoge my dreams. I am heading back to school to become a personal trainer and spin instructor. Who would of thought those words would be coming out of my mouth. I truly love to help people and since I have the experience and have been down this road I feel I will become the best coach their is.....

Well I achieved my biggest goal on June 28th, 2008 which was my first 5K Run!! It was truly the greatest feeling not to mention the biggest accomplishment for me. My parents don't even know how to react, they are still in shock. I think my time shocked my daddy the most. He knew I would run it but I really don't think he was thinking I would do that good. I actually placed 12th out of 26 girls in my age group. I am so happy with that.

Well I ran my 2nd race on August 9th, 2008 and I did amazing! I ran it in 29 minutes shedding over 2 minutes from my 1st 5K Run... Yes there is many more. Well I ran my third 5K September 7th, 2008 and I did awesome. I placed 18 out of 76 girls in my age group and the best part is I ran it with my trainer. So much fun!! My 4th 5K was on September 28th, 2008. I came in 9th place. I was in the Top Ten.. Whoo Hoo!! I am getting better at this!

I did my first 10K Run December 20th.. never stopped finished 1 hour and 6 minutes......... I love running so much never thought it was possible!

January 10th, 2009 Second 10K.. Knocked 4 minutes off my time... 1 hour 2 minutes.. Placed 5th in age group!!

Throughout thepast 2 yeasr I have ran numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, a Triathlon, eight 1/2 Marathons, & 2 Full Marathons.... I'm really getting this running down!!

I am so thankful to SparkPeople words can't express. They have nominated me to do a weight loss story in Womans World Magazine. I appeared in the November 10th, 2008 issue. I can't even believe this is happening to me. I am always the one buying magazines to read about weight loss stories and now its me people will be reading about. How cool is this... Thank you so much for this amazing exeperience.

November 17th 2008 I headed to New York City to be on the Today Show Live. They have inducted me into the "Joy Fit Club" for losing over 100 pounds! I am so excited words can not describe. I truly am living the "American Dream!"

I am extremely thankful to my wonderful trainer Susie who has been my backbone through this whole journey. Mom & Susie are my biggest supporters ever!! I couldn't have made it without them. Words can't express enough how much I love them and appreciate them in my life!

I have come so far on this weight loss journey and from time to time I remind myself that I don't ever have to go back. I get to be the New Kimmie for the rest of my life, the healthy and fit girl!! No Looking Back!! This truly is the "Time Of My Life"!!

I am now a Personal Trainer......I love helping people that are struggling with the same thing I have struggled with for years!!!

Stats Before SparkPeople:
Weight =300 pounds
Pant Size = 22/24
Shirt Size = XXL

After Finding SparkPeople:
Weight = 162
Pant Size = 8
Shirt Size = Medium


Member Since: 12/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 29,237

My Goals:
To loose the last of my 15 pounds of my baby weight and to train for upcoming marathons this years!!! Gotta Get My SEXY BACK!!

My Program:
I eat 1200-1400 calories a day. I workout 7 days a week 5 with a trainer. I do bootcamp 3 times a week. She kicks my butt but hey its paying off!

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Certified Spin Instructor,
Aqua Instructor , Les Mills Bodypump & RPM Instructor, Cardio & Sculpt Instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor

Weight Loss Speaker

Certified Personal Trainer

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