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Fit Blogger We Love: One Twenty Five

Written on July 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm , by

Liz conquered the Berlin Marathon, and made sure everyone knew her name while doing it!

If you’re looking for someone who lays everything out on the line, regardless of what other people are going to think of her, then you need to immediately click over to One Twenty Five. Liz, the writer behind this weight-loss blog, shares her uncensored thoughts, which is exactly what we love about her. Now if we could just pack up and visit her in Melbourne, life would be pretty swell, don’t you think?

On my fit life list: Drum roll please…an Ironman. I know it sounds ridiculous to say as, um, I’ve never biked more than a 5K or swam more than one kilometer. But (and this is a big but), I once dreamed of doing a full marathon when I was over 200 pounds and the mere thought of a 5K made my heart skip a beat. And guess what? I ran that full marathon. So I know it’s possible to dream big and accomplish something once deemed impossible.

I’m happiest when I’m: doing CrossFit or running. Wait, what? Did you really believe me? Let’s clarify that: I’m happiest when I just finished a CrossFit session or a run. The moment I stop my watch after a run I didn’t want to do, or the moment I fall to the ground to get my breath back after a CrossFit WOD (workout of the day), is always my favorite. They’re my happy, self high-five moments. It’s always a battle to get out there, but always so worth it when I’m done.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to is: Are you ready for this? I don’t actually listen to music when I run. Nope, I listen to super-duper-steamy-trashy romance novels. I found out when I get into peak training for a marathon, I can’t download music quick enough, so instead I listen to, “she felt his burning eyes…” They’re entertaining, cheap on iTunes and so silly that it’s easy to distract myself from the pain of a long run.

My “I Did It” moment: Since I decided not to be a couch potato and actually knock off some of my “bucket list” tasks, I have to admit I’ve managed to accomplish some pretty awesome things. Three full marathons, a month-long hike to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp, and a move to Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. But my favorite “I Did It moment” was, without a doubt, when I was running the last 50 meters of the Chicago Marathon. Going from obese to running a full marathon within a year is very emotional, and seeing that finish line was just incredibly overwhelming.

My motivation comes from: Knowing I am capable of more than I’ve done. Which yeah, I know sounds really corny, but I’ve decided I am no better or worse than anyone in this world, so why can’t I do all the awesome things out there? Exactly – I can.

Do you have a favorite fit blogger you want us to highlight? Leave a comment below or email us at blog@fitnessmagazine.com.

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  • Lenadunham

    Um. Yeah. Have you read her blog longer than like, 4-6 pages back? I don’t know what intern was in charge of this round-up, but holy baby Jesus, she has serious binge-eating and emotional problems that drive the majority of her fitness-related objectives.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XK73KAKTSF55VKNMSTK2H5O534 Paula

    I would recommend reading the whole blog – pretty amazing girl with awesome determination. Weight loss is hard, exercise is hard, anyone who keeps trying should be applauded. 

  • Erica Meyer

    I’ve followed Liz’s blog for two years and I am so impressed with how honest she is regarding her struggles with weight loss. I admire her writing and commitment to fitness.

  • http://www.1qtnewf.com/ 1qtnewf

    I have been following Liz for about 2 years now, and completely identify with so many of her issues, doubts and fears.
    I find her inspiring, and real…..certainly more than so many others out there. I feel like if I met her IRL, we’d be fast friends…she would be like a little sister….who kicks my ass at like, everything.

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  • Bethany

    I’ve been following Liz’s blog for 3 years. I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make? Many, many people have binge-eating and emotional problems and can identify with what Liz is going through. She’s courageous enough to be open and honest about the issues so many of us share.

  • Heidi

    I love Liz’s blog but ummm wasn’t she already featured as a blogger on here? (which is how i found out about her about 6 months ago…) Perhaps find some new bloggers to feature??

  • Heidi

    My bad – wrong website (i looked). 

    Regardless – love her blog and her honesty! 

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  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    I love Liz! I’ve read her entire blog (I’m a total stalker ;) and she is real, honest, and so very funny!! Thanks Liz for being brave and sharing all you do! You totally deserve to be on the Fit Stop!