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"I Started Running and Dropped 90 Pounds"

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Kara Thayer, now a slim and
healthy 150 pounds. How far has
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Kara Thayer used food to soften the pain of losing her mother -- but a new-found passion for running helped her shed the pounds and meet her fitness goals.

"I Did It!"

Name: Kara Thayer
Age: 28
Height: 5'6"
Her Weight Before: 240
Her Weight After: 150
Pounds Lost: 90
At Current Weight: 2 years

When Kara Thayer lost her mother in a car accident at age 13, big meals softened her grief. "From then on, I turned to food whenever I felt sad or lonely; eventually I hit 240 pounds," says the recruiter from Denver. Once she started channeling her feelings into exercise, she lost 90 pounds. "I'm no longer a person who eats for comfort," she says.

French Food, American Portions

In high school, Kara had a healthy diet and took part in gymnastics and tennis. Still, she weighed about 170, thanks to large portions. "Instead of one Nutri-Grain bar, I'd eat three," she says. An activity dip in college pushed her weight to 200. Then she got a job teaching English in France. "I was lonely and bored, and I ate to cope," she says. A year later, she came home 40 pounds heavier.

Facing Facts

Soon afterward, Kara's father, a doctor, told her that her weight put her at risk for diabetes. "My feelings were hurt, but I knew he was right -- my weight was making me unhealthy as well as unhappy."

Kara started walking three miles five or six times a week. "I was surprised to discover how hopeful I felt after every workout," she says. That gave her the confidence to change her diet. She nixed cream sauces and beer and added more fresh fruit and vegetables. "Also, I stopped cooking big dinners so I couldn't have seconds," she says. Within five months, Kara had dropped 40 pounds. Switching her workout from walking to water aerobics, Spinning, and running helped her reach 150 over two years.

Kara recently completed her first marathon. "Running is my new passion," she says. "Instead of taking solace in food, I draw strength from moving my body."

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steffanie.davy wrote:

I think that's great inspiration, especially for myself. I myself just started running. Well tbh walking and running . I cut out smoking and soda pop. I am on a 500 calorie diet and I feel great already. I can't wait til tomorrow to do it again. I weigh 227 pounds right now. I as well would like to weigh around 150 pounds. Wish me luck

7/19/2013 01:46:41 PM Report Abuse
jakkistar wrote:

I recently lost my dad who was my biggest supporter. He was an amazing man whom I miss dearly.When I found out he was sick, that year before he passed I just kept eating more and more for comfort. I am trying to get back to 126 from my present weight of 180. I think Kara did an amazing thing and only hope to follow suit. Thank you Kara for you story...;)

4/28/2013 12:19:01 PM Report Abuse
chaoticchristie wrote:

Reading these kind of stories are good motivation for me! I need all I can get! Seeing someone succeed in something thats very challenging for most gives me higher hopes for myself. Thanks for telling your story!

3/9/2013 10:38:27 PM Report Abuse
hallyjenkins wrote:

amazing

3/8/2013 06:57:26 PM Report Abuse
rareassets wrote:

Very encouraging ... there is hope for me

9/8/2012 02:28:51 PM Report Abuse

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