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How It Feels to Lose Almost 200 Pounds

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3/16/2012 10:00 AM   :  155 comments   :  14,406 Views

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I’m knocking on the door of my 200 pound weight loss by just 15 pounds. It has been a long journey- since December 2005. I wouldn’t speed it up or change a thing. I needed that time to make real change and learn to transition to a new lifestyle. A journey is a very individual thing. I found for myself, that losing around ½ to 1 pound a week allowed me to not starve and work on making lasting changes. One pound a week over a year is a 52-pound loss. 
 
I thought crossing over into the 300’s from the 400’s was exciting.Then I thought nothing could ever beat the feeling of losing 100 pounds. Then I lost 150 pounds, putting me halfway to my weight-loss goal.  I thought nothing would beat crossing into the 200’s, but then I realized that I was 40 pounds away from a 200 pound loss.  I lit a fire under myself to get that weight off.  Now I am excited that a mere 15 pounds stands between me and my 200-pound loss.
 
So how does it feel?  Physically, like walking on air compared to 460 pounds. Yesterday, I crossed my legs at the knees!  I was thrilled, granted I was leaned slightly back in a recliner, which helped. Seriously though, celebrate every win!  I fit in booths at restaurants and theater chairs well now. I feel perkier and more vivacious than I used to feel some days.  I'm still disabled in several ways, but I’ll take some days over no days anytime!
 
Mentally, I feel totally different. I feel like nothing can stop me like it has in the past. Tenacious would be a good word for how I feel. I want to go for things now and not just sit on the sidelines.  Some things still scare me though, because I’m still trying to get rid of my mental 460-pound Beth. 
 
Eating more organic, raw, and whole foods has really helped me lose weight. They keep me full and more energized. I shop for organic meats and dairy, but use fruit and vegetable washes on produce. It saves money.  I also eat meals that are cheap sources of protein and fiber, like tuna salad with veggies and kidney bean salad with garlic and red wine vinegar instead of mayo. A favorite snack of mine is nut butter with fruit.
 
Every move counts to me. I don’t care what the latest fitness fad is at the moment.  For those of us who haven’t moved in an eon or are immobile, we need to start somewhere.  Walking to the mailbox, sweeping, tidying, they all count. SparkPeople’s customizable exercise tracker can be helpful in remembering your favorite activities.  Whatever you do, keep pushing yourself a little at a time. You want to be challenged, but not so much that you will avoid the workout.
 
The journey really is the best part, it is odd to say. I always wanted to be thin immediately.   It wasn’t until SparkPeople that I learned that setting up for successful weight loss, getting support, reading, learning, and even writing would help me change. With each change comes a sense of accomplishment and growth. It's almost as if I am a child again, taking home finger paintings of new things I'm discovering in the world. Don’t wish it away; learn to love yourself and take the time to really change so that you won’t deal with the same weight over and over again. It really does feel great, both the journey and the weight loss that comes with it.

Are you inspired by Beth's weight loss journey? What win would you like to celebrate?


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  • 155
    You go girl! Youa re working hard and hearing your determination is amazing! Thank you for being such an amazing motivator! Great job on your lose thus far and getting healthier to live a happier and better life for yourself! Blessings always! Can't wait to celebrate ALL of your goals with you! - 7/25/2012   11:31:54 AM
  • 154
    I am so Happy & proud for you Beth! I know all about the life you are talking about! It was a tough way to live! I also have lost over 200 lbs. I went from 466 to 219. I lost 143 inches; from a 64 in waist to a 40. It is a daily battle to keep it off. I keep my before & after picture on frig w/ the phrase; Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels! God Bless you! Keep up the excellent work!
    - 5/13/2012   7:03:34 PM
  • 153
    WOW Beth. I have been following your posts for a short time. Not only are you an inspiration with your words (and your feelings), you are a true homage to that wonderful thing we call A Woman's Strength And Determination. I will continue to wish you All The Best. - 4/1/2012   3:00:04 PM
  • 152
    I am so lucky to know you. I do hope to actually meet you someday. Chris - 3/31/2012   7:11:20 AM
  • 151
    Awesome post! Congrats on your weight loss journey and thanks for the great example you are setting for the rest of us! - 3/24/2012   1:03:17 PM
  • 150
    Thanks Beth so much for sharing and keeping me inpired. I am so excited for you on your awesome journey. - 3/23/2012   5:19:26 PM
  • TETLEY8
    149
    Thank you so much, Beth, for sharing your journey.
    Please continue to keep us posted. You are a wonderful inspiration. - 3/23/2012   12:59:49 PM
  • 123ELAINE456
    148
    Awesome Blog!!! Beth you can do it. Im Cheering you on to lose the 15 pounds.You are an Inspiration to all of us. You are a Beautiful Gal. We are so very proud of you. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. WAY TO GO!!! - 3/21/2012   4:13:27 AM
  • GAUNTTRUE1
    147
    I am cherring you on to losing those 15 lbs. I know you can reach you goal. THis was a real inspiring blog. I wish you well as you continue this journey. - 3/20/2012   11:42:37 PM
  • 146
    What an inspirational blog. I can SO relate to all you're saying!

    I started this journey very close to 400 pounds. I've lost 150, or thereabouts, but I've hit a bit of a stall recently. I think that's mostly because I want it to go faster, but it's plunking along at its own speed, and I get discouraged and end up making bad choices. Like that helps at all!

    I remember being so excited to actually fit in "real" seating, too! I can't tell you how many years I wouldn't or couldn't go to theatres because I couldn't get in the seats ... or they felt like they were going to "pop" under me, or I couldn't get through the aisles ... so many difficulties. And travel -- oh, flights were a nightmare. Seatbelt extenders. The looks of other travelers, hoping you weren't going to be anywhere near them! Life is not friendly to those of us outside of the "norm".

    I'm so happy to hear you're going the natural "organic" way. I've transitioned to nearly 100% pastured and local products. Food actually tastes good! it's not just an obsession. I love supporting our local producers, too. It seems like the right thing to do.

    Thank you for your wonderful story. You're going to get to your goal, and you're doing it the right way. You're developing a new healthy you. Your lifestyle will stay with you for life. I have to reorient my thinking now, that a couple pounds a week, or less, is better for my own future lifestyle. Maybe that will help me break my plateau.

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all! - 3/20/2012   1:15:11 PM
  • MBSHIMKO
    145
    Your story is amazing! You are definitely an inspiration to us all. - 3/20/2012   12:54:54 PM
  • MSGO72
    144
    This is a fantastic story of perseverance and the power we all have to change our lives for the better. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey. - 3/20/2012   12:33:38 PM
  • 143
    I will NEVER listen to another person or myself say there are limitations that I can't get past. You prove that isn't so. - 3/20/2012   11:30:43 AM
  • GIBBY551
    142
    I love your philosophy - 1/2 to 1 lb a week. I am just starting back to Spark People - thanks for inspiring me today! God Bless you for sharing so much. - 3/20/2012   10:30:54 AM
  • 141
    What a great story! Thanks for sharing, and you should be as proud of yourself as we are of you. You couldn't have said it better. We enjoy the journey for what it makes of us. Keep it up! - 3/20/2012   5:45:49 AM
  • TEA_LOVER
    140
    Hugs to you, Beth. Bless you for loving yourself enough to find the courage and commitment to fight for yourself. - 3/19/2012   10:46:36 PM
  • 139
    Wow! What an inspiration you are. You have every reason to celebrate each pound, not just the milestones, because you're doing it the right way -- slowly with lifestyle changes. Thank you for your blog entry! - 3/19/2012   7:58:19 PM
  • 138
    You inspired and motiavated me today!
    Thank you for sharing your story and continued best to you as you work toward all your goals!! - 3/19/2012   1:18:36 PM
  • MIZMAC4
    137
    I had a bad weekend and your story was exactly what I needed to get back on the horse. I have lost 50# and would like to lose 80 more. I really like your theory of 1/2 to 1 # a week. That is very doable and I am starting back today. - 3/19/2012   11:11:51 AM
  • VANANDEL
    136
    Beth: I know you will make it to that 200 pound loss and I can't wait to see your blog when you do! I'll be shouting in joy along with you and your SparkPeople readers!! We're cheering for you. - 3/18/2012   9:48:56 PM
  • 135
    You are doing such a great job I hope you the best of luck and whatever you do, if you fall off the wagon get back on. - 3/18/2012   9:48:55 PM
  • 134
    You are such an inspiration to all of us, Beth. Even though I only want to lose around 50 pounds, you've made me feel much less embarrassed about how slow my weight loss has been. I feel much the same as you, though, because I didn't lose it "Biggest Loser" style, it has become my way of life now. I love following your journey and seeing you so full of joy as you lose weight and gain health! Keep up the great work!
    Sincerely,
    Marsha - 3/18/2012   2:51:37 PM
  • 133
    Awesome job Beth! Congratulations on your great accomplishment, and thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us!!! - 3/18/2012   12:39:38 PM
  • 132
    I am so blessed to have you as my sparkfriend , and I know its possible to reach my weight goals, I am finally getting what I need to do, I am celebrating my 25 lbs milestone now in the 350s highest weight being 380 , with my win I am here learning all I can to get to my first major weight goal which is 345 , I have ten lbs to go! I will reward myself and keep going after more goals. - 3/18/2012   9:47:10 AM
  • 131
    Smile...thank you so much for sharing your journey - its ups as well as its downs, but most of all in this blog...the joy of being able to live day to day. - 3/18/2012   6:44:36 AM
  • 130
    You are so right! You really do need to celebrate every victory! If you don't, you take the risk of giving up on your goals. Thanks for the kick in the butt I needed today! - 3/18/2012   1:55:37 AM
  • 129
    Good job!!! i have went from 347 to 207.6 and its an amazing feeling. i can't wait to cross that threshold to the under 200. i keep telling myself its only a little over 7 lbs i can do it. then from there its only 40 more. congrats hun - 3/18/2012   1:43:27 AM
  • 128
    Beth,

    YOU are AWESOME ! - 3/17/2012   11:06:14 PM
  • 127
    Thank you, Beth! - 3/17/2012   10:53:51 PM
  • 126
    I am more inspired now to savor this journey. I am feeling so much better every day with a healthier lifestyle, more activity, eating healthier foods, more fruits and veggies daily.. And it's fun.. and exciting to lose weight, to have clothing feel looser daily, to get new things in smaller sizes, to have more energy to play with my son, to be able to handle two extra kids for extended time for emergency babysitting.. Grateful I can do that.. Grateful to have this under control.. I feel I AM doing it and nothing can stop me now! - 3/17/2012   10:47:36 PM
  • 125
    I get it! Seven years ago I weighed 102 pounds more than I am today. I am not through with my journey, but I've been there! CONGRATS on the job well done! - 3/17/2012   10:40:47 PM
  • FLAMESTITCH
    124
    You inspire me! Thank you for your honesty and willingness to share your experience. - 3/17/2012   10:16:51 PM
  • 123
    Woo Hoo! I love your journey! You are awesome. I totally get the crossing the legs thing. I've lost 40 pounds. I have 60 to go. I celebrate each & EVERY POUND I've lost. We can reach our goals. Time to walk! Have a super night. - 3/17/2012   7:52:51 PM
  • 122
    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. I think you were successful because you were not expecting immediate gratification. You worked hard for each pound lost and have changed your life on the way. Keep us posted as you reach the finish line! - 3/17/2012   6:09:19 PM
  • TEMPERANCE88
    121
    You are such an inspiration Beth! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. :) You are such a role model. - 3/17/2012   3:28:47 PM
  • 120
    i love your sharing! i'm 7 lbs away from losing 100...it's a big one. and i also find it difficult to adjust to the smaller me. so many of my battles, triumphs i see mirrored in your blogs. "we read to know we are not alone." thanks! and keep up the great work! - 3/17/2012   2:41:40 PM
  • 119
    I always look forward to your inspiring updates, Beth! - 3/17/2012   2:17:06 PM
  • 118
    You go girl!! I am so proud of you!! I love that you are not just trying to "race to the finish line" but embracing the journey. That gives you the best chance at long lasting and permanent success! Thanks for the reminder that it is okay to take time to lose. I have been on my journey to lose 90 pounds since March '07 and have lost half of that. It seems so slow, but I am very pleased at where I am at right now! I wish you much continued well paced success!! - 3/17/2012   2:12:48 PM
  • 117
    You are an inspiration to us all. Good job. I know you will make your goal real soon. - 3/17/2012   1:53:53 PM
  • 116
    Now when I 'grow up' (and not out) I want to be like you. Thanks for the lesson in perseverance. Way to go....I'm part of your fan club and very much a believer in your ability to meet your ultimate goal.

    vicki - 3/17/2012   12:19:46 PM
  • 115
    Wow! Wonderful accomplishment! Thank you for sharing! - 3/17/2012   12:10:35 PM
  • MINDELA62
    114
    Beth, thank you so much for telling us about your journey. You are an inspiration to us all! Wishing you much continued success... - 3/17/2012   11:39:44 AM
  • 113
    Very inspiring blog. You are to be commended for your perseverance!!! - 3/17/2012   11:16:40 AM
  • 112
    Beth -- Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I know I've been impatient for the changes to come and am constantly telling myself "It took you years to get to this size, you can't expect the change to come overnight."

    Keep on keepin' on! - 3/17/2012   11:11:14 AM
  • 111
    Very Inspiring blog! I needed that since I am just not seeing the progress I was hoping for. I won't give up!! Thank you Beth :-) - 3/17/2012   11:03:53 AM
  • LOLOSMOMMY
    110
    Congrats on the weight loss. Your story is truly inspiring. I'm finalizing my goals this weekend and agree that the slow, steady weightloss is more sustainable for life than the quick, big losses. You really put it into perspective for me saying that losing just a pound a week for a year equates to a 52 lb loss for the year. It's taken me more than a year to gain the weight so I need to realize that taking it off will take time too. Thanks! - 3/17/2012   9:56:22 AM
  • SMYLEYSUE
    109
    Congratulations on your weight loss so far Beth! You are a true inspiration to me! - 3/17/2012   9:34:37 AM
  • 108
    If anyone can rock another 15, it's you! Go for it, Beth!! - 3/17/2012   9:26:41 AM
  • 107
    Hello andHappy St Patrick's Day to you. I just wanted to say how awesome I think you are and I wanted to congratulat you on your success so far. I have been on my journey since 01/10 and have lost 97 pounds so far, slow and steady for me as well. I recieved a big boost of motivation yesterday when I went to Lane Bryant and bought my 1st real fitted bra and I looked like I lost 10 more pounds !!! I couldn't believe what a difference a good fitting bra could make. It's the little things that continue to keep me on my path and I'm looking forwrad to letting go 100 pounds. I bet I can do it by the end of March, whatta ya think? I would love to get to ONE-derland by my birthday in April, wish me luck. I will keep you in my prayers. Take care of you and thanks for your encouragement. - 3/17/2012   9:14:20 AM
  • 106
    I'm glad for you that you're getting healthy. I can't possible imagine losing weight like that because when I was 214# I was so miserable with my back hurting from the fat on my gut, that I couldn't think of gaining anymore. Having a hysterectomy had packed on so much weight for me. - 3/17/2012   8:48:15 AM

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