My name is Brianne Connor but I go by Bri. I am 23 years old and from Massachusetts. I work full time at a family owned business. I have my Bachelors degree in art with a concentration in Photography. On the side I photograph people, weddings, and landscapes. I’ve always been the girl behind the camera and never allowed people to get me in front. I was always that girl that got told “you have such a pretty face”. Which is nice but it’s a compliment and an insult in one sentence. In 2012 I was a senior in college, I had little money and the easiest thing to eat when you don’t have much money is fast food. I was extremely addicted to fattening food and soda. I didn’t notice how much weight I was gaining until I went to go jean shopping. I was always a size 18/20 and when I couldn’t get into a size 20 from old navy it really hit me. I couldn’t even buy jeans from one of my favorite stores. However I kept eating and gaining. In December of 2012 I went to the doctors. As I stepped on the scale I watched as the nurse weighed me. I quickly saw it and she never told me what the number was. I just knew that it was near 270. I actually called the doctor three months later to find out the true weight and what I go by as my highest weight which was 266 pounds. I was disgusted and disappointed in myself. I decided right then that I needed to make a change. I have been heavy my whole life. The only weight I can remember is being over 200 pounds. It just happened that I went to the doctors in December so as my New Year Resolution I decided that my goals would be to lose 66 pounds and try to fit into a size 14 jean from American Eagle. I did it for myself and my future health. My family comes from a long road of high blood pressure and heart disease. I don’t want to go through the health problems my dad and mom go through daily and the amount of medication they both take. I started my journey with my boyfriend and we took out 2 garbage bags full of junk food. It was hard but I knew that if we didn’t have these foods in front of us that we wouldn’t be able to eat them. We filled our house with meats, veggies, and fruits and stayed away from processed foods. I gave up coffee (because of the loads of cream and sugar I use), soda, and juice. I only drink tea and water now. I started going to the gym about 4 times a week for 30-40 mins each time. I started slow on the treadmill and elliptical. In October I signed up for my first 5k and trained 3 times a week and in only a month and completed it without walking or stopping. I won’t lie though I had plenty of setbacks where I stopped going to the gym for weeks or ate foods I knew were not good for me. It wasn’t until August when I took out carbs from my diet. I lost about 15 pounds in 5 weeks. I also made a schedule with myself for the gym. I would go 5 times a week for 1 hour. I took off Wednesdays and Sundays because it split up the week. I began loving the gym and the results I was getting. I read somewhere to make the gym your job and your boss “yourself” would not like it if you called out with a bad excuse. I kept that quote in my head and it helped me keep on schedule. In September I made my fit page and all of the kind words and motivation from people kept me going. I love showing my transformation photos and telling people that they can do it too. One thing I always tell people is to take it slow. Don’t just put yourself into a crazy gym schedule and extremely strict meal plan. It took me months to get down to how little I eat now and how much I workout. Also, don’t be afraid to have an occasional cheat meal. You will not gain all your weight back in one meal. This year has been amazing and I’m so happy that I decided to make a change. My outlook in life had changed for the better and I know that if I can do it that anyone can. Just take it one step at a time and stay positive. There are plenty of people whether on instagram, Facebook, friends or family that are rooting for you. One year later and I am 77 pounds down and now at the weight of 189 and fit into a size 14 at American Eagle.