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Woman Sheds More than 150 Lbs, Competes in 10 K Race

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Hundreds crossed the Biggest Loser’s 5 and 10 K finish line Saturday morning.

Andrea Markham, one of those runners, spent the last 14 months preparing for the race and said she never would have imagined she’d be competing in a 10 K.

“I did it. I did it,” Markham cried as she embraced her family waiting for her at the finish line.

Markham tells WSAZ.com, 14 months ago she was considered obese and could hardly move without being in pain. She said she battled weight loss since she was a child.

“Getting your life back is the ultimate prize,” Markham said. ”And I just got that back when I crossed that line.”

She says her goal was to finish the race in 2 hours, and was surprised when she crossed the finish line at 1:23:10.

She says the journey has been anything but easy.

“I looked in the mirror and said if you don’t change this now you're going to be a diabetic, heart disease; you can probably be dead in 15-20 years from a heart attack,” Markham said.

She began eating more nutritiously and working out. She says she now participates in a zumba class and runs five times per week.

Overall, Markham has lost more than 150 pounds. 120 of those have been in the past 14 months. She says she's thrilled with her progress but isn't finished.

She plans on competing in a half-marathon next.

Markham documents her weight loss journey on her FaceBook page: The Fit Girl Within- Andrea Mae Markham.

She said she uses the page as a place of encouragement for others struggling with their weight.

“No matter what you’re going through; if that’s something you want you can achieve it,” Markham said. “You just put your mind to it, do the work and make no excuses.”


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