Name: Rachel Wright, 28, of Runner's Tales
The Crisis: "For as long as I can remember, I have always been a 'big' girl. I wasn't huge but I wasn't small. After college, I stopped caring about my body, and my work schedule really affected my eating habits. Within a few years, I was obese and depressed about it."
The Change: "One morning in January 2011, I stepped on the scale and saw a number that scared me. I sat down on the bathroom floor and cried for several hours before I realized crying wasn't going to fix my problem." Worried about the serious health implications of her weight, Rachel knew she had to do something. "I wanted to get back into swimming but hated the way I looked so I decided to try running instead."
The Change: "Within a year, I had fallen in love with running and lost more than 50 pounds. Instead of opening a bag of Oreos after a bad day at work, I would lace up my running shoes. I learned to eat proper portion sizes again and what foods made me feel better."
Rachel's Tip: "Losing weight won't happen over night. It takes time and effort. Find an activity or exercises that makes you happy and find ways to add that into your routine. Always choose your health and well-being first."