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Gillis CNN

We had no idea the CNN story would cause this much buzz and definitely wasn’t something we were looking for by talking about our journey. Did you see they did a small bit on the actual news channel too? I missed it, but I heard all about it. Willie and I are not the type of people to seek attention. I originally started the blog because people were asking so many questions, I just wanted a place to put it down so I didn’t have to keep repeating myself. The only thing we ever wanted was to help others along the way who may deal with some of the issues we deal with everyday.

We were both very pleased with the article. It really captured who Willie and I are as individuals and as a couple. Every day I am SO PROUD of all the challenges Willie overcame to get to where he is today…and I’m proud of myself. I am very thankful this is a journey that I get to take with him! These are the moments we’ll never forget.

We sincerely thank you for all of your kind words! Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to all the e-mails we received today. Most of the e-mails were to just say thanks, but others did ask questions. Willie and I have decided that we will use those questions for future blog posts, so please keep coming by and I’ll keep posting. I just want you to know that we got them and I haven’t read them all yet, but I will! It’s just going to take me a couple of days to make it through them all. Did I mention we got 100+ e-mails in just one hour?

This is a very exciting weekend for me because I’m in Dallas now to run the Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon! Yes I know I ran a 10K last week and a half marathon the week before that, but this is something that I enjoy. I look forward to spending time with my friends and just taking in the whole experience. It’s my very first Rock n Roll race!

Thanks for coming to visit our spot on the web and I hope that you find it interesting and helpful. Remember if you’re trying to lose weight or just need a lifestyle change, it takes time and doesn’t happen immediately. Stick with it. Hard work does pay off; you just have to be patient enough to wait for it. I never thought I would ever be at this point, getting national recognition for it AND running half marathons for fun. It’s amazing how different life is just from last year. I’m taking it in and living it every day.

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  • I saw your story posted on Facebook today and wanted to come visit your blog to tell you how inspiring you both are! Not just because you worked hard to lose weight and become healthier, but also because you did it together and I can see from your blog that you have incredibly determined and positive attitudes! Thank you for your great example!

    • Angela

      Thank you so much! Healthier and happier!

  • Bev

    I’m one of the ones that saw you on CNN and your all’s story was so motivating to me and left me with my mouth open thinking of your dedication! Not only losing weight but also to each other. I would love any tips or advice on eating and exercise that you all offer up on here! Congratulations on your new bodies and life!!

    • Angela

      So kind! Thank you for your kind words. We will continue to blog about tips and advice on eating and exercise. Please continue to read the blog.

  • K K

    good job guys.

    • Angela

      Thank you

  • Jana Diaz

    Congradulations ,
    on your huge weight lose and your great website!
    Thank you,

    • Angela

      Thank you so much. Keep coming back to see what we have to say. Thanks for your support.

  • Bridget McArthur

    I saw your story on CNN. I am looking forward to looking through your past posts. I am proud of you both. With the new attention will come those negative for whom being critical is a favorite hobby. Try hard to ignore them because you have a wonderful message to share!!!

    • Angela

      Thank you. There has been some push back, but we expected it. There has been more good than bad. I’m just happy to share our story.

  • I also came over to your blog because of the article & I am so glad I did! I have just started my own journey to lose weight and I’m really proud of you two!

    • Angela

      Wow! Congrats on starting your journey. Please keep us updated on your progress. Do you blog about your experiences? I see you have site address here, so I was wondering. Good luck and feel free to talk to us anytime.

  • Meg

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your story is very inspiring. Your hard work has paid off for you both and I hope you get more and more national coverage to spread the word!!!

    • Angela

      Thank you so much! You are too kind.

  • Dave

    Just saw your story on CNN.com. You two are incredible!!

    • Angela

      Thank you.

  • K G

    <3 it! Blessings

    • Angela

      We are blessed.

  • Becky

    WOW! Very impressive that you set a goal and stuck with it. You should be incredibly proud of yourselves and your story is very inspiring!!

    • Angela

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

  • Cindy


    • Angela

      Thank you. Word hard play hard and have fun. It’s our new life motto!

  • Paula

    You are such an inspiration. In this world of quick fixes and superficial makeovers, you both are a reminder and true example that hard work (whether it be working out, eating well, or just simple perseverance for the things we want) is the ONLY way to transform your life. “Band-aid” thinking doesn’t cut it, and short cuts always back fire. Changing your lifestyle and thinking differently about food and how you want to live is the only way to change your current circumstance. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Angela

      Thank you for reading it.

  • Brian

    Simply put, you are both an inspiration to everyone. I am not overweight, but your story is inspirational to me too. It is a story of perserverance and strength. It is a story that we can do what every we set ( and keep set) our minds to. I will share your story with my young children so that they know that nothing in life is impossible. We can reach our goals so long as we put in the hard work that will be necessary. Please continue to share your story with others for years to come.

    • Angela

      Thank you so much! I want to continue to inspire and motivate people. Childhood obesity is a cause I hope to speak towards now that we’ve gotten the spotlight for a minute. The lessons you teach your kids are important and I appreciate you including our story!

  • Carlos

    Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It is of great help and inspiration for many. Stay active. Keep making good choices, one day at a time.

  • Nattie

    So wonderful, Congrats on the healthy lifestyle, but even more impressive is your healthy marriage. Much love to you both!

    • Angela

      Thank you for what you said about our marriage. That means a lot to me. Thank you for visiting the blog and the words of support.

  • Ed

    I hope your story inspires others to make the change to a healthy lifestyle!

    • Angela

      Thank you!

  • I also came via cnn.com and am very inspired by both your story and your dedication to your goals and to each other. I just had a baby, and while I am already down to my pre-pregnancy weight, it’s still very much on the heavy side. After reading your story, I’m now determined to make the rest of the weight go away. Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Angela

      Great! Keep us updated on your progress. And congrats on becoming a mom, it’s the most important job in the world. Stick with it and you’ll achieve your goal!

  • The article about your weight loss journey on the CNN site was amazing as were your before and after pictures. I have battled my weight for most of my life and truly appreciate your accomplishment!! Congratulations!

    • Angela

      The battle is hard and one I understand. Keep your head up and keep pushing forward. Remember tomorrow is always another day.

  • Trinae

    Oh this is wonderful…..Thanks so much for this…You are an inspiration!!!

    • Angela

      Thank you for your words.

  • I just saw you and your husband on CNN and I am just so very proud of both of you. You are an inspiration to me and I just wanted to say Thank You!! Keep up the great work!!

    • Angela

      Thank you 🙂

  • Alaina

    In the article, it mentioned that you relied on frozen meals for some of your lunches. Can you recommend good frozen meal choices that are healthy and aid in weight loss? Thanks!

  • Donna P.

    Just read your article and wanted to tell you what an inspiration you both are to the world! So proud of you both and keep on keeping on!

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