Success Story: Angel Taylor Keeps Running with Friends

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Success Story: Angel Taylor Keeps Running with Friends

One morning in 2011, Angel Taylor, 34, woke up and decided to change her life for the better. “I weighed 355 pounds and felt helpless before that morning, but something in me said, ‘It’s time for a change.’ So I got a gym membership and started walking on the treadmill,” says Angel, who lives in Atlanta, GA.

Her progress was slow at the beginning, but soon Angel started to see results and she knew she was ready for more. “Eventually I lost 20 pounds, and then I decided to challenge myself, so I signed up for a 5K walk,” she says. “In addition to walking, I started logging everything I ate in a notebook. Before too long, I joined a running group in my city, Black Girls RUN, and was bit by the running bug.”

All that walking and running was doing wonders for her self-esteem and her social life. But Angel stopped paying attention to what was going into her mouth. “I started slacking on my food journal and I wasn’t eating right,” she says. “That’s when I came across MyFitnessPal, which allowed me to log on the go. Now, I’m consistently mindful of what I eat.”

Angel’s fitness and eating routines have paid off since then. “I’ve completed 40 races—seven of which were half-marathons, and I’ve lost 77 pounds!” she says. And she doesn’t show signs of slowing down. “My running group, Black Girls RUN, has been a huge part of what keeps me motivated. I’ve developed some wonderful friendships through running and working out—friendships that keep me consistent and accountable, especially since many of the girls are also on MyFitnessPal.”

Angel’s running club has opened her eyes to a whole new area of healthy living, too—the fun side! “Black Girls RUN has allowed me to become more outgoing and happier, and have an active social life that I’ve incorporated fitness into. Previously, my social life consisted of going out to dinner or a movie with friends. Now, we go for a walk or run, or take an aerobics class before going to dinner.”

Still, all those dinners out add up, and Angel knows she needs to pay attention to what she eats in restaurants, at home, and on the go. “Making sure I consistently enter my food every day and that I continue to make good food choices can be a challenge—some days you just want a donut, but then you have to be mindful that that donut gets logged and your friends will be able to see that you ate it,” says Angel.” What keeps her on track: “The fact that I can actually see when I did or didn’t make progress helps keep me on course. And I love is that you can set reminders to log your meals. I’m on the go a lot, so sometimes I forget to enter what I ate for lunch, but with the reminder feature I no longer forget to log it.”

Wow! Congratulations on making fitness-minded friends and sticking with your health goals, Angel!

How do your friends help you stay motivated? Share in the comments! 

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  • Eva

    Beautiful!!! I am so proud of you! We are working haaaaaaaaard to be healthier and we are accomplishing it!!! We are THE BEST!!! Like you a lot!! Kisses!

  • Eva

    Beautiful!!! I am so proud of you! We are working haaaaaaaaard to be healthier and we are accomplishing it!!! We are THE BEST!!! Like you a lot!! Kisses!

  • Judy Carol

    That is AWESOME!!! Your an inspiration!

  • Judy Carol

    That is AWESOME!!! Your an inspiration!

  • Melissa C

    I am close to this woman’s beginning weight so maybe there is hope for me yet. I have insulin resistance (PCOS) and am making major diet changes and this article is a great reminder that the meal logs keep us on track, and honest with ourselves.This lady is really inspiring! What an amazing amount of work and discipline she had to apply- and look at her results!

  • AmberJ

    Its reassuring to see that even though, at times, there will little results to see, it doesn’t mean that there are none. I am having a slow start and Angel inspires me to keep trying just like she did.

  • AmberJ

    Its reassuring to see that even though, at times, there will little results to see, it doesn’t mean that there are none. I am having a slow start and Angel inspires me to keep trying just like she did.

  • Stephanie IncredibleLife

    I remember when I first saw your pic on BGR & Facebook and you became my SHERO!! Because of you I got serious about weight loss and exercise. You are one of the biggest reason I reach some of my accomplishments. Next is marathon… Congratulation and I am super proud of you!!!

  • Stephanie IncredibleLife

    I remember when I first saw your pic on BGR & Facebook and you became my SHERO!! Because of you I got serious about weight loss and exercise. You are one of the biggest reason I reach some of my accomplishments. Next is marathon… Congratulation and I am super proud of you!!!

  • Stephanie IncredibleLife

    I remember when I first saw your pic on BGR & Facebook and you became my SHERO!! Because of you I got serious about weight loss and exercise. You are one of the biggest reason I reach some of my accomplishments. Next is marathon… Congratulation and I am super proud of you!!!

  • Stephanie IncredibleLife

    I remember when I first saw your pic on BGR & Facebook and you became my SHERO!! Because of you I got serious about weight loss and exercise. You are one of the biggest reason I reach some of my accomplishments. Next is marathon… Congratulation and I am super proud of you!!!

  • Stephanie IncredibleLife

    I remember when I first saw your pic on BGR & Facebook and you became my SHERO!! Because of you I got serious about weight loss and exercise. You are one of the biggest reason I reach some of my accomplishments. Next is marathon… Congratulation and I am super proud of you!!!

  • a

    always remember the non-scale victories!!! way to represent – preserve the sexy!

  • a

    always remember the non-scale victories!!! way to represent – preserve the sexy!

  • a

    always remember the non-scale victories!!! way to represent – preserve the sexy!

  • a

    always remember the non-scale victories!!! way to represent – preserve the sexy!

  • a

    always remember the non-scale victories!!! way to represent – preserve the sexy!

  • chris

    this is wonderful, it shows that we are all capaable of being healthier, but we ahve to make that choice

  • chris

    this is wonderful, it shows that we are all capaable of being healthier, but we ahve to make that choice

  • MSUSpartan2012

    Outstanding! You rock!

  • MSUSpartan2012

    Outstanding! You rock!

  • MSUSpartan2012

    Outstanding! You rock!

  • MSUSpartan2012

    Outstanding! You rock!

  • Jay

    Wow way to get in the zone and kick some butt!!!!!

  • Jay

    Wow way to get in the zone and kick some butt!!!!!

  • Ben Norman

    This story is so inspiring. If you visit this site Angel Taylor and you would like to be friends on Myfitnesspal then feel free to add me: FatTacker2013. Anyone can add me if they wish 😀

  • Lady D

    Awesome Job, Angel, I’m on the same track of getting healthier so that I can be around for my grandkids and my family. Much appreciation for you sharing your story. Keep it up.

  • Jay Love

    I love this inspiring story, I have had 12 knee surgeries one was a knee replacement, and I have a hard time exercising. I am so inspired by this story I am going to do what I can. I am going to update my my fitness TODAY.

  • Lela H

    Great story. I have bit by the running bug but walking is just as good! I feel great and have lost 25 lbs. I never thought I had the time to exercise or eat healthy but it is easy once you decide you are going to make a change. Never give up!!!

  • Aleasha Parks

    You go girl! I am trying to find my rythm! I am having a hard time being consistent. I share the same feelings , I have no social life and no energy.

  • KatieNZ

    Wow you are such an inspiration!!!! You look so healthy & happy!!!

  • Jacqueline Johnson

    Congratulations..I am new at this but I am so where you were..I am doing my first 5k and making plans for the next one….thanx for sharing your story…

  • april j

    oh my girl u look good so there is hope for my lazy butt can u call me and help me 301-326-1299
    please ty april my name

  • Mabellgibbs

    Thanks for sharing your story. Congrats you look Great. Keep going strong!

  • Nadirah

    Thanks Angel for sharing! This is my 2nd week logging on myfitnesspal. I started my journal the first of January and so far have loss 9 lbs.