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Jennifer Smith, Douglas County

Although I was overweight most of my life, I didn't worry about it much until I switched jobs a few years ago and gained even more weight. One day, someone sent me a picture and I barely recognized myself in it.

I made a plan that day to start running and eat healthier. The first time I went out I could barely run the length of a block. I set goals and pushed myself to do a little more each time. I began to feel better about myself, have less stress, more energy and sleep better.

As physical activity and healthier food choices became a habit, I was able to lose 50 pounds and worked my way up to running a half-marathon.