Liz Davis walked off 200 pounds, healed her spirit — and inspired a movement

As Liz Davis’ body changed, her consciousness did, too, and she realized she wanted to help other people understand that simple and inexpensive changes could lay the groundwork for permanent health improvements.

Little did Liz Davis know when she first started her own sometimes painful, sometimes slow and often frustrating effort to change her body, mind and spirit that she would end up leading a small movement.

The Seattle native lost 200 pounds — shrinking from 400 pounds and a size 28 to a healthy size 12 — more than 10 years ago using the lowest tech, least expensive and most accessible tool she could find: her feet.

As she walked routinely through the Central District neighborhood where she was born and raised, she became a well-known figure and an inspiration to people who watched as she slowly slimmed down.

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As her body changed, her consciousness did, too, and she realized she wanted to help other people understand that simple, common sense and inexpensive changes could lay the groundwork for permanent health improvements.

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As she invited others to join her walks, they became impromptu community coaching sessions.

“I wanted to give something to people who couldn’t necessarily afford to go to the gym, or who didn’t want to go because they were too self-conscious about their bodies. I wanted them to know they could literally save their own lives,” Davis said.

Her friend, Jo-Nathan Thomas, a social-service specialist who had just lost 60 pounds himself when he and Davis met at the University of Washington, said, “She is doing incredible work in the community.

“She’s helping bring affordable health awareness and exercise…

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