11/21/2013 09:37 am ET

I Lost 50 Pounds -- And My Identity In The Process

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I didn't realize how closely I associated my weight with who I was.

I lost 53 pounds over the course of 10 months. I dropped three dress sizes, went from a BMI of 32 to 23 (so, from clinically obese to a healthy weight) and went from someone who lived on the couch to running 5Ks and living for spin classes.

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