When Tabitha Beasley struggled to walk because of her arthritis pain, she started to worry she wouldn’t be able to keep up with her children and realized she had to change.

“I just kept thinking about how bad things would keep getting if I was to continue down this path,” she told Popsugar. “Would I even be able to run, play, and keep up with my kids as they grow older?”

At 26, she was overweight and suffered from arthritis in her knees, constant headaches, bad anxiety, and poor self-esteem.

Tabitha only began having issues with her weight when she went away to college, but even as a teenager she struggled with body image and lacked confidence.

“The ‘freshman 15’ became a real thing for me. From there, my weight kept going up, and I continued to become more self-conscious,” said Tabitha.