This week on That Girl we are celebrating Debra Higginbotham, who amazed us with her 100-pound weight loss. Through a combination of walking, hiking, swimming and eating right, Debra was able to get healthy and get pregnant. To her, family is the biggest inspiration in staying fit–that, and finding a “big fat mountain” and climbing it. Read on for more of Debra’s story and how she lost this weight:
San Antonio, TX
Hiking, walking, swimming
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
Losing over 100 pounds is a great accomplishment. While it is great in itself, what is super great about it is the fact that it reversed my PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrom) and I was able to conceive and deliver children.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
My ultimate inspiration comes from my family. I have an awesome husband and four amazing kids that need me. I am no good to them dead on the floor, so longevity is my aim … having fun along the way is my passion.
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
When I do not feel like working out, I bribe myself. Maybe it will be a movie, or something I really want to do, but quite frankly, sometimes you just have to ‘suck it up buttercup’ and get on with business.
Favorite energizing meal:
One of my favorite things is grilled salmon. My daughter, who is only 15, is an amazing cook … and she can grill me up some of the best fish, truly.
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
Honestly, my favorite thing to do after a workout is to take a bath, or a shower. I usually do it at the gym, if that is where I am at … but if not, no worries, I’ll find a good shower somewhere. Make it a bubble bath, and that’s even better.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Find me a big fat mountain or hill and climb it. Honestly, that is awesome for me. I like the view form the top. I like the journey up, and cherish the descent. It is so representative of life.
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
Exploring the streets of London, hiking all over Japan or swimming in the Pacific Ocean while vacationing in Hawaii. You pick – I can’t possibly. Those are highlights for me, but anytime I can find somewhere new or travel somewhere I’ve never been before, I’m excited. I’ve walked all over the streets of Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles and San Francisco. I’ve inhaled the beauty of Big Bend National Park here in Texas. I’ve climbed the stairs in the Statue of Liberty and strolled the streets of New York City. I’ve walked all over Toronto, Canada and explored Niagara Falls. You get the idea, those just name a few of the many places my feet have carried me. God bless my toes, they keep me balanced.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
I’m not really a ‘sports’ girl, but rather just an outdoors girl who likes to be in the sun, smell flowers, hike trails, climb mountains, swim the oceans, or whatever. The lesson for me is to just keep exploring. This world is an amazing place, and God gave us some really fabulous things to discover. It can be simple, or it can be famous .. it doesn’t matter, if it is new to you, it’s new … and it is worthy of exploration. I’m all about ‘functional fitness’, so that I can continue to explore God’s amazing invention called Earth.
Photo: courtesy of Debra Higginbotham