Liz Rock was 25 years old when she committed to treating herself better.
At 350 pounds, the Boston woman was stuck. Her weight limited everything she did and everything she dreamed of doing. But after four years of hard work and learning to love herself, she’s no longer the same person. Today, she’s an inspiration.
Liz’s wake-up call came following the death of her beloved grandmother, Marie, in 2015. The two were very close.
“Her passing made me realize that I needed to live and become the best version of myself,” she told Women’s Health. “That’s when I took my weight-loss journey extremely seriously.”
She started by joining a local program whose support groups and weekly weigh-ins helped her stay on track and create new, healthier eating habits. Liz found that meal-prepping and following a low-carb diet worked best for her.
As for exercise, she set an initial goal of hitting the gym three times per week. Then, she discovered her passion for running while using the Couch to 5K app to prepare for a sprint triathlon with a friend. In a matter of months, running became one of the most important parts of Liz’s life. She could never get enough of it, and as the weight fell off, she pushed her limits even further.
Liz has since completed more half-marathons than she can count and a total of four full marathons in Boston, New York, Chicago, and London! Now, the 29-year-old is a fitness instructor — and lost 150 pounds! But she says dropping the weight hasn’t been the hardest part of her journey — it’s maintaining that loss and accepting herself as she is.
It’s a daily struggle, but Liz has already made strides toward both with therapy and by starting a local Bra Run to encourage body positivity. In these races, women compete wearing only sports bras on top.
“To me it’s not about a size, it’s just about being comfortable,” she told GMA. “You should love your body regardless of the weight that you are and be comfortable and confident in the body that you’re in because it does so much for you.”
While Liz’s journey is ongoing and far from easy, she’s never felt more free in her own skin and surrounded by supportive people. “So much good has come from losing all this weight,” she added. “I’ve found lifelong friends.”
Congratulations, Liz! You are the reason you’re thriving today. We know Marie would be so proud of the strong, healthy woman you’ve become.
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