Inspire, Be Inspired, Meet Tonia

Everyone comes to the TTF website/blog for a reason.  Many of you are friends, family or running associates.  Some of you are Team Tough Chik members or fellow Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassadors. A lot of you are trying to figure out how to get extra entries to win the AWESOME Tough Chik fleece hoodie that we are giving away on Monday HERE.  Some are looking for a bit of inspiration. 


Regardless of the reason as to why you have visited today, I think it’s important for all of us to remember how things used to be for EACH.AND.EVERY.ONE.OF.US.  If all your friends are marathon runners, it may seem “normal” but know that only 0.5% of the US population has EVER ran a marathon, that’s less than 1%.  So your friends, no matter how cool, are not the norm in the US.  Not even close.

Do you remember how hard it was when we started working out and focusing on a fit lifestyle?  Or how hard it was to come back from that crazy injury?  Or how hard it was to come back after the last baby?   If you are JUST STARTING to focus {or refocus} on your own fitness then I want you to know that you aren’t alone.  There are lots of people doing the same exact thing, right this very moment.  If you haven’t yet taken the plunge to begin your own fit journey, then do it now.  It’s not to late to start today, no matter how poor your fitness or how many kids you have or how busy you may be, it’s not too late.  However, tomorrow is a different story.  We will never know what tomorrow may bring.  There are no guarantees.  No promises of tomorrow.  Start today.  Or restart, if you must, but do something, anything, NOW.

Please meet my friend Tonia and BE INSPIRED.  Last year in October, we had our {cough} 20 year high school reunion.  See photo below.  Tonia is on the end in the blue shirt.  Hi, Tonia!!!

20th Reunion

We talked.  She was nice, pleasant but very quiet. Some people just aren’t big talkers, right?  Well, it was more than that. Read Tonia’s story below in her own words,written December 1st, 2013.

I didn’t like to have my picture taken at all when I was that “big”. I seriously considered not going to our 20 year class reunion because of my weight.  Then when I saw pics posted on Facebook of our whole class, I felt so embarrassed of how big I had gotten.  I had been depressed in 2009 while I was laid off from work for 9.5 months.  I finally got to be way beyond what was even acceptable to me.  I had to do something about my weight.  I was concerned about becoming diabetic or afraid something else bad would happen like stroke or a heart attack.  I was worried.  So on June 22, 2013, I started my first AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.  I lost 13 lbs and 18 inches in that first 24 days.  I was excited to see what it was doing for me.  I felt more energetic and my clothes were fitting better.  As the weeks went on, I stuck to the clean eating and even started running.  I started with the Couch to 5K app on my phone. Shin splints stopped me after about 3 weeks.  I was still walking some and bought compression socks to help with the shin pain.  A week before my first 5k I got my very first pair of Brooks running shoes at Three Rivers Running Company in Fort Wayne, IN.  It made a huge difference in how my legs felt while running.  I’ve lost a total of 50 lbs in 5 months. I’m still on the journey of losing weight.  To be honest, I’d like to lose 50 more!  I want to show my kids that when you want something bad enough, anything is possible.  My son is now showing some interest in running. He’s only 9, but he goes with me when I’m only running a mile or so.  I love it because he assumes the title as my trainer and says little things like “keep up the pace” or “keep running, you can do it”.  My daughter likes the lifestyle change too.  She loves the healthy foods in the fridge.  She’s always eating all of my fruits and veggies.  Lol!  She also loves tilapia and turkey burgers.  I don’t have to worry about anyone eating all of my plain no fat Greek yogurt though!   Please see my before & after pic below.  The “before” was in March 2013 and the “after” was the morning of my very first 5k, November 23, 2013.


Thank you, Tonia, for sharing your story!  We are all so proud that you were strong enough to step outside of your comfort zone to do something for yourself and your family.  AMAZING progress; keep it up!!  Please keep us posted as to how things go in the future; we are all rooting for you!! 

As for the rest of you, Inspire & Be Inspired!!

aim to high & miss or low and achieve

** Inspire & Be Inspired ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

9 thoughts on “Inspire, Be Inspired, Meet Tonia

  1. Tonia, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I am sooooo happy you have found this new lifestyle. You are one of us now!! You will have injuries, but you will bounce right back, so NEVER EVER GIVE UP!! You are an inspiration to so many including me!! WOW!! Keep up the AWESOME work!!!

    Thank you for sharing your story with us!! 🙂

  2. Awesome Tonia! Great job! I lost 90 lbs originally but put back on 30. Struggling with losing that now. I know how hard it is. Keep it up!

  3. Well…Froggger is inspired by this journey Tonia on! It doesn’t matter that I run marathons or and have the capacity to do….I also need inspiration. And I am pleased to see this post on Tonia’s “breakthrough” to the other side….the side the part of one’s self that recognizes what they commit to and do….brings about change….and recognition change is occurring…just leads to greater possibilities in one being even better. Keep it up…simply learn to recognize changing something in your same ole life….can bring you to what you really want to be! Keep it up Tonia…keep it up TTF motivating and inspiring our sisters and brothers to “re-shape” their bodies and their life! I hope some day I have the honor to run alongside Tonia. Awesome story of one becoming!

  4. Actually…2nd pass through your post and looking more closely at your pics. Wow…Tonia….you shed a lot of baggage weight! You deserve numerous medals for your committment to “loose.” Keep it up….stay the course…re-train the body phyisology to burn calories…retrain the mind that I can be…who I want to be! Just keep on the path you running….only good things come from it. Your other run sisters and brothers…will be there to help you…just like TTF….she recognizes change….what one has to do to be who they really want to be. Tonia wanna be a slim woman….well she on the path to do it. Just carry-on and she will be a lean, mean woman running machine. The less you weigh…faster you run…and the lighter you feel and faster you can run….better you feel. Keep it up Tonia…keep it up TTF…inspiriting and motivating that is!

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