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I Lost 150+ Pounds--and I Didn't Give Up

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/21/2011 10:00 AM   :  204 comments   :  23,463 Views

Many of you asked me why I never gave up, how I lost this weight, and why I s
 
I try to fight the good fight against my ill health with intensity and fire now.  LOL!  No.  Actually I fight against my ill health one choice at a time.  I used to fight with fire and intensity, but I always burned out and gave up, calling myself a failure once again.
 
It all started very simply with one change at a time.  As I got used to the change, I changed something else.  For example, I made a rule for myself to eat from small plates when they were available.  Then when I got used to that I began ordering small instead of large and sharing meals at restaurants.  1% organic milk became a staple grocery item, and then I added more whole grain products, fiber, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables.  One of my favorite sources of healthy fat became spray canola, olive, or sunflower oil. 
 
I learned for myself that quality of food satisfied me better than quantity.  In other words, I would eat less if I gave my body better foods like those mentioned above.  When I eat junk, cravings hit me and I go into what you would almost call a food frenzy where I can’t eat enough.   So basically, where food is concerned quality tops quantity at satisfaction for me.
 
I eat every 3-4 hours to keep from getting too hungry in a mini meal fashion.  It keeps blood sugars steady, thus ending the starvation feeling that one can get from not eating for hours on end.
 
Challenging myself physically has become a big part of my routine.  Whether its going on a machine for 1 minute and building up to 2 then 3…. My goal is to beat MY personal best.  Right now I am working very hard on trying to walk again.  I went 1.34 miles last week, but it took the whole day, lots of rest stops, much water, and my walker, “Freedom,”  My goal is to do an all day my way 5K by Christmas.  Big challenge and kind of scary! (And I did it last week!)
 
That brings me to the fact that I’ve had to come out of my comfort zone.  I have to wear workout clothes to make me want to move, go to the gym and exercise in public, change in the locker room and the list continues.  For me, each time I get a bit more daring, it’s like taking another lock off the door and glimpsing the wonders I could be part of again.
 
SparkPeople keeps me going- you the people part.  I need all of you and I want to help all of you through my blogs.  I feel if I were to go back to my old ways, it would take hope away from someone who might be able to identify with me.  I also meet my Spark friends in person at rallies and the local meetings I hold here in Indiana.
 
Here are a few pieces of advice in summary:
 
Eat high quality foods.
Eat every few hours.
Eat smaller portions.
Track everything
Push yourself a little.
Get moving as you can.
Get support systems going.
 
 
My progress thus far is a loss of 151 pounds, down from a size 8x to a 3/4x.
Believe in yourself.  You can do this, too.
 
Do you believe in yourself? Is it hard?
 


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  • NGCONARD
    154
    You are an inspiration! Your blog is the first I have read and it has given me motivation. Thanks for taking the time to help and inspire others during your journey! - 10/23/2011   9:24:23 AM
  • 153
    Thanks to God for Beth, someone through whom prayer is answered. Thanks Beth for never failing to inspire! Blessings on you! - 10/23/2011   8:23:22 AM
  • MISHA58
    152
    Thank you for the inspiration. Your words are so true and have help me realze that I can do this also. Thanks again - 10/23/2011   8:17:16 AM
  • 151
    You are such a motivation - I love your attitude and your small changes! Sending you hugs and encouragement for your 5K goal - you will do it !!! - 10/23/2011   6:44:01 AM
  • 150
    You are just wonderful Beth! Great advice there - thank you for sharing! Wishing you lots of love and luck for your journey. - 10/23/2011   5:27:38 AM
  • 149
    Wow! You are a true inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! Definitely gave me that little bit of inspiration needed for today. - 10/23/2011   5:25:43 AM
  • 148
    Brilliant!!! I commend you!!! WHAT a STAR!!! Woo Hoo!!!
    - 10/23/2011   5:02:27 AM
  • 147
    What an awesome job you are doing! Keep going, you are an inspiration to people like me! - Thank you - 10/23/2011   3:52:29 AM
  • 146
    You go girl! What an inspiration! - 10/23/2011   1:56:35 AM
  • 145
    Very awesome and inspiring - I very much relate to taking one step at a time. I think if you try to change too much at once it gets overwhelming, and you can lose your way. Thank you for sharing your story and keep up the great work! - 10/23/2011   12:30:07 AM
  • 144
    Wow, look at what you have accomplished one step at at time. Reading your blog has been so inspiring. - 10/22/2011   11:07:05 PM
  • 143
    Thank you for sharing such good advice. Your attitude is certainly your greatest asset for success. You are an inspiration! - 10/22/2011   10:46:02 PM
  • 142
    Awesome!! What an inspiration. - 10/22/2011   8:39:26 PM
  • RUNESHADOW
    141
    My favorite blogger!! Thank you... wonderful, as always :-) - 10/22/2011   8:01:10 PM
  • GWENNIE56
    140
    wow! You are doing geat. You will get there in your own time. Your attitude will carry you through. You believe & so do I. (In yourself) - 10/22/2011   7:28:23 PM
  • 139
    You are doing so well, congratulations, on all of your hard work. You inspire me. I have 25 pounds to lose, and it's such a big deal....no more. I'll follow your lead. Yes it is hard, but the results are all worth it. Good for you! - 10/22/2011   7:13:00 PM
  • 138
    Glad u have done so well. I hope u can go on and lose the rest. - 10/22/2011   7:06:55 PM
  • BARB11859
    137
    CUDOS! I know what a struggle it can be to lose the weight and change your life. Although the results are great the process is a real learning curve. You have done GREAT I am very moved by your story and now i know that I too can have the same results as you have as long as I keep my chin up and work for the stars.
    Thank you for the incouragement!!!!!!!!!!!! - 10/22/2011   5:54:27 PM
  • 136
    Once again, Thank you Beth! Yes, I believe in myself! After being on Spark for about 3-4 months I realized I could and WAS doing it. Like you it was those small steps that got me there. Adding just one thing at a time! God Bless you sweetie! - 10/22/2011   5:41:30 PM
  • 135
    Fantastic! What an achievment! Keep plugging away and you are sure to reach your goal. - 10/22/2011   5:24:45 PM
  • 134
    Congratulations on your amazing achievement and all the changes you made inside and out. Really powerful for me was your telling how you made them one little step at a time. What an empowering, SANE attitude! For me it is SO about baby steps. And, just like a baby learning to walk, they are BIG DEALS. Also, they become automatic and sometimes even enjoyable. How cool is that? I never ate breakfast and now it is my favorite meal of the day. I never drank water and now I easily meet or exceed the 8 glasses a day recommendation. Small plates, bowls and cups? Very powerful. Eating sitting down and not in front of a computer.... really tough and not yet 100% but hey, baby steps, right?

    I hope you can look back on all your baby steps and celebrate! I really look forward to watching you grow on your journey and cross your finish line(s). Thank you so much for sharing. - 10/22/2011   4:55:51 PM
  • 133
    Thank you for sharing and providing us with inspiration and motivation. yes, you are beautiful!!

    Peace and Love,
    devasinger - 10/22/2011   4:54:43 PM
  • 132
    Beth, I know you are going to conquer your battle with obesity. You have the right attitude and frame of mind to achieve your desired goals.
    You motivated me last summer when you posted the picture of you in a swim suit.
    I was not going to water aerobics class because I was ashamed of my body image. I was probably about 280 at the time, down from my high of 345.
    I decided if you could pose in a swimsuit , I could too. I started going to the gym and I never looked back. That first suit a 3X has given way to a size 6 .
    I am proud of my body . With all its sags and wrinkles. It's now 139 lbs and healthy and fit. Most of the time I have clothes on anyway,. But even so it's better to have wrinkles and some loose skin and be healthy than obese and sick with many medical ailments..
    You keep working on your walking, I know you will overcome any obstacles and achieve that goal too. - 10/22/2011   4:33:55 PM
  • 131
    You are so beautiful to me- thanks for the inspiration :-) - 10/22/2011   4:12:30 PM
  • 130
    Great blog! I hope to be there with you. I LOVED the line -
    Each time I get a bit more daring, it's like taking another lock off the door.
    That is so profound! We are bringing ourselves closer to freedom, closer to getting out of this personal prison we've built around ourselves.
    Keep going girl! You are one strong lady! - 10/22/2011   3:40:14 PM
  • 129
    You give me hope!!!!Thanks - 10/22/2011   3:14:19 PM
  • 128
    Awesome on you accomplishments. Yes I do believe in myself and what I am doing to get healthier and fitter. YES it is hard and lots of work, but hey nothing in life with worth it if you dont have to work it.
    Keep up the great job. - 10/22/2011   2:44:36 PM
  • 127
    Beth, I do love reading about your successes. I am thankful you are concerned that others can identify with your struggles and that you want to help them. I am one of those "others". I appreciate every helpful hint you give me. Thank you. You go, girl! - 10/22/2011   1:46:51 PM
  • 126
    Super Job, great tips! I'm sure you'll keep going steadily, and every day you do you reach a goal for perseverance and good health. I come from a family with a lot weight issues so I know how difficult it is. Though I didn't get overweight until my 40's, I have witnessed first hand how hard it is on the body and psyche to carry excess weight and how difficult it is to lose. Thanks for the inspiration, I will share your story with my family. - 10/22/2011   1:30:03 PM
  • 125
    After losing 150lbs, I know you can lose the rest. Keep on pushing!!! - 10/22/2011   1:03:05 PM
  • JENDAWL
    124
    Great job! Keep it up! And thanks for the tips :) - 10/22/2011   1:01:43 PM
  • IZZYBEBOP
    123
    What an inspiration you are! You've done amazing! - 10/22/2011   12:58:35 PM
  • 122
    Wow! Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. We'll all keep going together! - 10/22/2011   12:57:27 PM
  • 121
    Thank you for sharing your journey. I know it takes a lot of courage but we appreciate your story and it inspires so many. - 10/22/2011   12:56:48 PM
  • LILRED75
    120
    You go girl!!! Keep up the great work! - 10/22/2011   12:18:50 PM
  • LKISTOW
    119
    Thank you for telling your story. I am very familiar with the lose a lot of weight and put it back on cycle. I have put back on 85 of the 80 pounds I lost. I started back on Monday October 17, with another fired up method knowing it would fail as you do lose the motivation. As the old story goes " Slow and easy the tortoise won the race". I am going to change my approach. Thank you! - 10/22/2011   12:12:39 PM
  • MODERATION4ME
    118
    Your message is just what I needed today!! I keep losing 57 or so pounds only to start piling them on again. I had a "break through" in my on-line Spark People class on Thursday and finally see what is stopping me! It was reassuring to read your message this morning and find the thought "one decision at a time" to be a perfect reminder. I also appreciated the fact that if you start eating poorly you are never satisfied. I, too, know exactly what you are talking about: non-nutritious foods allow my stomach to have no bottom, but when I am eating nutritiously my portions are sane. Anyway, it was good to see that you have been such a super star to lose this weight...but you haven't done it "perfectly". Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! YOU are truly amazing! - 10/22/2011   11:11:04 AM
  • HAPPYGAL69
    117
    Beth--your words came at the perfect time for me today. A million thanks to you from me! - 10/22/2011   11:09:00 AM
  • 116
    You are AWESOME, and a SUPER inspiration. Thank you for laying it all out for us - you're encouraging to us, no matter how much we each have to lose. - 10/22/2011   10:11:07 AM
  • 115
    Thank you for sharing your insights. It is such a joy to see you come up in the best of blogs. It is like a shot of joy. - 10/22/2011   9:54:36 AM
  • 114
    Wow Beth! That is so inspiring! I'm so happy for you and appreciate you sharing yourself with the rest of us. I read some of your other blogs too, and they're very inspiring as well. Love your rendition of "Hey You". Keep up the good work! - 10/22/2011   9:52:38 AM
  • NITER83
    113
    Wow! Your blog has inspired me. I have over 100 lbs to lose. - 10/22/2011   9:49:17 AM
  • 112
    Awesome job, Beth! I love your baby steps approach to making changes which is obviously a clear winner!
    - 10/22/2011   9:36:07 AM
  • 111
    WOW! You are definitely a Spark success and quite an inspiration to others! As a fellow Hoosier, I look forward to meeting you one day and congratulating you in person! Keep up the great work! - 10/22/2011   9:30:02 AM
  • CORINNEMOMMY
    110
    It is a good fight! I totally agree. As I review the changes I have made in my eating habits, I say that I have trained my food dragon. With fitness, I just say to myself, Hey, I am not doing this perfect, but at least I am doing it. It is the small stuff. I sweat the small stuff because it is very important! - 10/22/2011   9:01:31 AM
  • 109
    Beth, I am so happy for you! You are an inspiration to me, when I see what you have done... I get off my duff and keep at it! Thank you! - 10/22/2011   8:36:09 AM
  • 108
    Beth-Your blogs have always been wonderful to read, but this one was chock full of simple, but very logical, doable advise for everyone! I particularly liked "quality over qauntity". Now why haven't I thought of that before?? It makes so much sense! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. You truly are an amazing and strong woman! :-) - 10/22/2011   8:10:29 AM
  • 107
    I always love reading your blogs. You don't make excuses for your bad days or bad habits -- that's something that everyone here can learn from. Thanks Indygirl! - 10/22/2011   7:57:53 AM
  • 106
    your blogs about chair exercising really motivated me during a recent injury - I didn't stop exercising, I adapted to the injury. THANKS!!! - 10/22/2011   7:32:09 AM
  • LWORLEY416
    105
    Always love seeing your posts on here. They always make me want to do better and fight harder! Keep up the fantastic job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bet you never thought when you started this journey that not only would you do so well but you'd be helping so very many people along the way! And I have a feeling you've only touched the tip of the ice berg! - 10/22/2011   2:15:04 AM

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