My Weight Loss/Gain Story


Okay guys, so two things. One, this little weight loss post is going to be longer than my usual posts and two, I’m being a little vulnerable with this post. But that’s okay because its an important topic that we should be discussing. The pictures above are of me when I was 18, 17, and 16 (in that order). I was a happy teen that was completely immersed in sports (volleyball mainly). But that didn’t change the fact that when I looked in the mirror, I totally thought I was fat! Of course now when I look at these pictures I think of that ever-so-popular meme that says:



I mean seriously, what was I thinking? Why did I feel fat? I was 5’11 and a wore a size 8. I worked out 5-6 days a week for hours at a time. Well the answer to that is simple. Every magazine, tv show, and movie I looked at had the skinniest women (with long, straight hair) as the “beautiful one”. They normalized size 0-3 to the point that I thought I was WEIRD for being a size 8! That kind of message was horrible and totally to blame for the body issues I had as a perfectly healthy kid. And I’m sure I’m not alone here. I mean, this is basically a perfect representation of how the media portrayed beauty:

Why I Decided To Lose Weight

Luckily, after going to college, having the time of my life, and gaining a ton of weight I decided enough was enough. My confidence was basically out the roof (with a little help from liquid encouragement I’m sure), but I knew that my body wasn’t healthy. To add on to my motivation, by this point I’d seen too many of my family members fall victim to diabetes and high blood pressure. I refused to get those diseases as well. So, I started working out. Not to only to get to the size I once was, but to get healthier and stronger.




How I Gained It Back

I lost a ton of weight – seriously, like 50 pounds. How did I do it? I stopped drinking, I ate healthy (counted calories), and I worked out religiously. Every day I would run (1-3 miles) and I would lift weight. It was tough work but my results were crazy! Everything was going great…and then I moved to Texas. To say I slipped off the wagon would me an understatement. It’s more like I rode to the edge of a cliff in the wagon, went over the cliff, tumbled down the side of the hill, and then the wagon fell on top of me. I simply stopped working out. I don’t have a reason for it, other than I was busy trying to find a life here! But at the end of the day those are excuses and 50 pounds later (eh, maybe a little more), I’ve decided to get serious again!




Why Weight Loss Is About More Than Just Your Size

I say all of that to say this – Despite my rollercoaster of losing (and gaining) weight, I’ve learned to maintain a healthy image of myself. No matter if I gain or lose weight, I know that my body is strong and can do ANYTHING that I take the time to teach it to do. [The snap back is real] If you’re in the process of losing weight, don’t forget that it takes time. It is not an overnight thing. Because of that, you need to teach yourself to love yourself as you are RIGHT NOW! The best way to feed into that positivity, is to surround yourself with positive people! I couldn’t imagine going through my day-to-day without the amazingly supportive people that I have in my life.

So, no matter where you are RIGHT NOW, just know that it’s never too late to get healthy. You’re never in too deep to change yourself for the better. Oh, and you need to stay away from all things negative, even if it’s tough. In my opinion, there’s no better way to promote feeling better about yourself than surrounding yourself with positive people, and getting in some workouts! Those sweats really help me let stuff go and builds confidence like no other! I wish you the best, girlfriend!

Thanks so much for sticking with me through this super long post! If you can relate to my personal story, I’d love to hear about yours in the comments below. If you really love this post, share it with your friends! It would mean the world to me.


Happy Sweating,


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Ginger Marie

I'm a thirty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

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  1. I love that you shared this, Ginger. Your vulnerability and transparency is inspiring. ❤️

    1. Thanks Jessica! IDK why its such a hard thing to talk about. But I’m excited for the things to come. One good thing about falling off the wagon? You realize how dang hard it is to get back on it so you learn to appreciate the struggle. Im in it for life now and THAT I am proud of! <3

  2. Love this ginger! Your vulnerability is inspiring! I love how confident you are and strive to keep yourself healthy! The message your are spreading is so important! Health is more than just being a size 2! Heck, I was a size 1 a couple of years ago and was ill and almost had to be hospitalized so there is never a perfect body!! The important thing is to have a healthy one so you can do the things you love and stay around in this crazy world just a little longer! Love ya ginger and miss your face! I hope I can hang with you soon! MUAH!

    1. I remember that and its very true! I’m lucky enough to have confidence, even when I’m not necessarily satisfied with my weight. But your story definitely proves that you can be unhealthy at any size!

  3. Aww Ginger, this was from the heart. Thank you for sharing a tender part of you. I’m here for a work out (or a wine/whine and cheese session) when you need it.

    1. Thanks Veleisa! I will take you up on alllllll of your offers! <3

  4. When I moved to Dallas (almost 5 years ago) I was overweight and didn’t know a soul…I joined a Bootcamp class that met 3 days a week at the cracks of dawn and I worked out on the days that classes weren’t held…I stuck to my clean eating even as I started to meet friends and go out ato resturaunts and such. It was a true lifestyle change, before I knew it people started telling me how I was starving out here in Texas (I’m from Louisiana) and weight was literally melting off of me. I lost a total of 64 lbs.I to have hopped off that bandwagon and sprinted far far away from all my sucess…I’m back to about 20lb away from my highest weight.I know I can don’t it…but I just can’t get committed as I was then.

    1. Girl I totally get it and you know if you EVER want a workout partner you have one in me! I’m sooo ready for this change to get healthy again!

  5. I love it I know this story will touch many people and I love you for it Gingy

    1. Kalvin! Wow. Thanks for that brother. You have no clue how excited I just got seeing your name on my blog! Love you <3

  6. What a great read! So proud to know you and so proud of all you’ve accomplished. Weight has always been a struggle for me and you are so right- love yourself no matter what!

    1. I’m glad that you can relate to it Brit! You definitely have to love yourself no matter what and surround yourself with good people !

  7. Ginger Marie. You have been the cutest and most lovable kid since the day you were born. I dont care if your 82 pounds or 485 pounds. You are ALL Personality – dont ever lose that – i havent!!

    1. Haha thanks to you! Don’t worry, this personality and all my opinions aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! LOL

  8. What a great story! It really captures the ups and downs of life with weight!

    1. Thanks Karen! I’m glad you like it.

  9. I’m so proud of you! I just loved this post Ginger. It’s a story that a lot of people can relate to.

    1. Thanks Ma! Love you! I’m glad you liked it <3

  10. Ginger, thank you so much for publishing this post. I’ve been on my weight loss journey for 4-5 years now and it is certainly a process. You will have ups and downs but it is important that you stay positive, try your best and create affirmations for yourself. YOU are smart, YOU are beautiful and YOU are loved!

    1. And you’re doing great girl! Nothing but muscle your way! I love it. Thanks so much for your kind words as well. I’m excited to be the change.

  11. Ginger I really enjoyed this post! And of course you know I am always trying to lose weight but I never seem to stick with it. This post gave me more encouragement than anything. Thanks and love you!!!!

    1. Thanks Nikki! You can do it girl and I’ll do it with you. Just give me the word and I’ll call you at 5am every morning to make sure you’re getting it in!!!

  12. The one thing I notice in every picture of you is that bright beautiful smile!! You radiate warmth, FUN, positivity, utter Joy and a confidence that always make you perfect no matter of that number on the scale. Just be healthy my friend and be yourself and the rest as they say….is gravy! 🙂 (hey, everybody needs a little gravy every now and again!)

  13. I saw your IG story, and you are one of my most favorite and genuine accounts that I follow… so naturally I had to come over and take a look at your post. Thank you for sharing your story here and always being so sweet and inspiring!

  14. Ginger, this was a fantastic post, thank you for sharing your inspiring story! Love that this was so easy to relate to. I too have experienced a few ups and downs, but I think the most important aspect of health is mentality. And you have a great one. 😉

  15. You better share your story girl! I love the approach you took with this and I thank you for just being you! This was a great read and I will definitely be sharing!

  16. Beautiful and honest post Ginger! I’m so proud of you and know you beautiful just the way you are!

  17. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story. Super brave thing to do.

  18. I love that you shared this. The thing about weight, rather than just it being an amount we carry is that when overweight you literally “carry” it because you are reminded of it constantly. I’m sorry you fell off the wagon but happy you’ve maintain positivity and a healthy outlook through the ups and downs! I’m excited and supportive of your decision to change for “your” better.

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  20. This is such an inspiring story. It takes a lot to allow yourself to be vulnerable and to share. I applaud you. I am so proud to call you my friend. I always say that self-love is the best love and it all begins with loving ourselves despite the highs and lows. Love you Gigi!

  21. I know exactly how that feels. Life happens and then we let go of ourselves first. Been going through this same maze for years and every year I say that I’m gonna get a handle on it. Once again, I’m starting over.

  22. This definitely pulled at my heartstrings. Proud of you for being vulnerable and open; it’s definitely not an easy task.

  23. Ginger, I’m so proud of you for sharing your journey so candidly! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the new year! So glad you’re my friend!

  24. so much rawness here Ginger. it’s a topic many of us can relate to and your story is very inspiring. weight is so much more than a number and i hope you are even more healthier in 2017.

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