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Worst Cooks In America: Sophia Gettys Drops The Weight And Tackles A Marathon!

January 07, 2011 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ

For those of you who tuned into season one of Worst Cooks In America on Food Network, surely you remember Sophia Gettys who was eliminated only a few weeks into the season. Sophia, who left the competition as an overweight, unhealthy mom who wanted to change her life for the healthier, has done just that as only a year later Sophia has dropped a massive amount of weight and has even tackled a marathon! Keep reading for all the details!

Worst Cooks In America on Food Network obviously had an impact on Sophia Gettys life. She came into the competition for season one as overweight mom who could not cook to save her life. These days Sophia is cooking healthier and taking better care of herself and it shows as she has gone from 270 lbs to around 140 lbs. What does Sophia have to say about her new lifestyle? According to the Denver Post Sophia says “Making healthy choices is a new thought process. Making healthy choices every single day isn’t about your BMI. It’s about your self worth. Do you take steps every day to live well? Are you taking the stairs? Are you having an apple instead of a cookie? Do you go back to those healthy choices if you do slip and have a cookie? I don’t measure by sizes or pounds. I measure myself in the miles I run and the experiences I have. If the weight comes off, it comes off. And if it doesn’t, I’ll still continue this lifestyle.”

And speaking of running, not only has Sophia Gettys lost all that weight, but she actively runs and has even completed a marathon! Sophia completed the 2010 New York City Marathon in 6 hours, longer than she had hoped it would take but a huge accomplishment in less than a year’s time of being so unhealthy. Sophia went on to say “Since I started running, I’ve learned self-control and patience. Self-control because you tell yourself, ‘This is only a couple of hours, but it’s an amazing experience that you’ll cherish the rest of your life.’” Kudos to Sophia for turning her life around for the better, we look forward to more inspiring updates from her!

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4 Responses to “Worst Cooks In America: Sophia Gettys Drops The Weight And Tackles A Marathon!”

  1. Sophia Gettys Says:
    January 12th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Hey there!!

    Sophia Gettys here! Thank you so much for the shout out… it means the world to me:) I’ve worked hard for my successes and I appreciate the recognition.

    There are a few items about this story that are wrong, and I wanted to clear the air:)

    In the article it said “Today? Well, she’s not quite where she had first envisioned herself — somewhere in the vicinity of 130 to 145 pounds. But she is fit enough to run a marathon”

    I am not 140 lbs… I envisioned myself to be there by the time I got to NY, but through my training I learned that it’s not the time to lose weight.

    Since Worst Cooks filmed I have lost over 60 lbs! During training I actually gained 10 back from muscle but continued to lose the inches!

    I did complete the ING NYC Marathon Nov 7th also, but not in 6 hours. It was more like over 7:) But I completed my first marathon, and that was something I NEVER EVER thought I would or could do.

    I’m now 205 lbs and in a size 16! I’m happy where I am, but as I said it dosen’t define me:) As we speak I’m working on losing more weight so that I can become a faster runner!

    I say fotget about your BMI, what’s you selfwoth?! It’s not about being skinny it’s about being able to be who you want to be!

    I LOVE my life!

    Thank you SOOOOO much for the article, I appreciate the support more than you could ever know!

    Sophia Gettys

  2. Lisa Princ Says:
    January 18th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for the clarification and information Sophia! It’s great to hear that things are going so well for you. Congrats on the huge weight loss, that is wonderful and a tough feat (I have been there myself). Please keep us updated on you, we would love to hear from you again!

  3. Sophia Ayala Gettys Says:
    February 11th, 2011 at 4:02 am

    No problem Lisa:) And THANK YOU! It’s been an amazing journey… and it’s a never ending one… but I’ve made some amazing self discoveries and my life has been better than ever! I appreciate you support and will most definately keep you updated!! There’s some things in the works now, so we’ll see where it goes:D

  4. Sophia Ayala Gettys Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Lisa!!

    So I haven’t got my own show yet:( Lol but I’m working on it! I also wanted to let you know that I have started Culinary School at Johnson & Wales-Denver!!!! That’s where Chef Beau Mac graduated from:) And this year I’m taking on the Chicago Marathon! WOO!!

    Thanks again for your support.



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