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One year later... my journey from 337 to 198 (with pics)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Exactly one year ago today I was fat, miserable and a whoppin' 337 pounds. Being that large for me in the hot summers made it unbearable. I didn't go outside to do any yard work, didn't go out with friends for outdoor activities and didn't have any fun! My air conditioner broke last July for about two weeks and it was the longest two weeks of my life! I sat on the couch, stewing in 100 degree stale air, eating nothing but ice cream and freezer pops constantly. When my boyfriend and I would go out, it was to eat. Chinese buffet at least once a week, filling my plate at least twice and then getting a full plate of dessert too. We would order pizza once a week, cheese sticks and a full family size pizza devoured in a matter of minutes.

June 30th, 2011 (I'm in the middle in the purple and white)

I was fat and lazy and wasn't doing a damn thing about it. I just didn't realize how bad I really looked.

April 15th, 2011

Then, my best friend asked my boyfriend and I if we wanted to go to Vegas with her and her boyfriend and a couple other friends. We had never been so we decided to tag along. While most of the trip was a lot of fun, there are still parts that I will never forget because they are the reason I decided to change my life.

The majority of the people that went with us were all under or around 200 pounds. While they were lookin' great, I was a sweaty, drippy mess. They were dressed to the nines and I was wearing shorts and tank tops because that's all I could handle.
My size 32 shorts were getting too tight and I was so unhappy.

Aug 11th, 2011

We had made a reservation to go out one night at New York, New York. We had all decided to dress up and look fancy for this dinner. I had brought a dress and some spanx but when I went to try it on, I was so warm and so uncomfortable and popping out in all the wrong places. I changed back to my old, ugly capri's and a dressier shirt. That night, I vowed that when I got home, I would start to exercise and eat healthy... I had had enough! I was sick of not fitting in the plane seats and needing extenders. Sick of not wanting to go see shows because my hips were too wide to fit in the seats. Sick of just being the fat friend.

I came back from Vegas a few days later and started to change my life! Little did I know on August 15th last year that I would be 139 pounds lighter a year from then!

This summer is NOTHING like last summer. I've worn swimsuits, gotten an excellent tan, and actually have had a LOT of fun! I'm not that sweaty mess anymore, I'm actually hardly ever too overheated at all! I'm now full of confidence that I've never had before and have even started dancing at bars... in front of people.... eek! I'm feeling beautiful and skinny. These feelings are so foreign to me, but I'm actually enjoying them! I never thought in a million years I would be this person, but I'm truly happy to say that I am!

about 220, May 2012

This wouldn't be a lifestyle change without ups and downs along the way. If I had to do it again (um... why would I want to?!) there is only one thing I would change. When I started working out, for the first five or so months, I did cardio only. While this is when I lost the majority of my weight, I think a lot of it was muscle. I didn't lose very many inches in those first five months because I wasn't strength training. I now believe that strength training is a critical part of losing weight and inches. By incorporating strength training into my routine, the inches started to drop right away!

Now I've always been 'big boned'. I have a large frame and don't expect to see any less than MAYBE 170. I have wide hips and curves, which I like quite a bit! My goal weight is 187. I would like to get a bit less than that and settle somewhere around there. I'm 5'8" and I'm never going to be the "ideal" weight of 147, and I'm A-OK with that!

So I have about 15 pounds to lose and then its maintenance time. I've been afraid of maintenance since I realized I wasn't giving up on this journey! I know its doable, its just it will take some getting used to! Right now I'm used to losing and knowing what I have to do to lose. I'll have to get used to a happy medium. I was never conscious at 337 pounds of what I put in my mouth. Tacos upon tacos and whole frozen pizzas... none of that phased me. I am now super conscious of everything I intake and I realize that if I want to stay this way forever, this is what I'll have to do!

June, 2012. 214ish pounds

There were so many things I learned along the way:
First, this wasn't a diet. That was the number one thing I had to ingrain in my head! This is something I needed to be able to do forever, so a diet was not it! I had to make this work for me, something I could do for the long haul! I learned that I can be bad sometimes. An occasional night out or one meal over calories isn't going to kill me. As long as I stick to working out and eating in moderation the rest of the week, I'll be fine. Its really a day at a time trip... over-thinking it makes it seem so much harder.

Second, I learned that nobody is going to do this for you. This process is one that you do on your own. Its life long and to not gain it back, you have to be strong and motivated! Nobody is going to do it with you either. WAIT for NOBODY!!! Work your @$$ off while you can. If somebody does want to do it with you, so be it, but don't be held back if they stop! This is for you!

Lastly, this does take a LOT of time. It takes motivation and determination, but really, there are no secrets. Eat less and burn more... simple as that. I didn't cut anything out of my diet, I just either don't eat it because I know its not good for me or I eat it in moderation. I mess up too.... last night, for example, I had three chocolate chip cookies. I'm not proud of it, but today is a new day. I start over and get right back on the wagon.

I had to take my weight loss in mini goals. At 337, looking at 150 pounds to lose is daunting! I would have given up way too easy if I wouldn't have thought about it in 10 pound increments. 10 pounds at a time makes it seem attainable and just within reach. I didn't give myself any rewards, especially food rewards. I would go buy new clothes when the old ones didn't fit and being able to fit into those smaller clothes was a reward in itself.

Aug 4th, 2012, 199!

Other than my own personal goals and determination to get to where I am, I have to give credit to Sparkpeople. Some of the people on here are absolutely amazing! The support that everyone gives each other and the feeling of knowing you aren't alone in this helped me so much along the way! Reading about peoples triumphs and struggles, knowing there are people who feel the same way you do, really helps.

198 pounds. WOW. Last time I saw the 100's was 8th grade.... over 13 years ago. I've never been so happy in my entire life! I have a long road ahead of me and I now look forward to every minute of it!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TWINZMOM7 7/4/2013 9:02PM

  You ARE amazing! Congratulations!

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    I can't believe I missed this! Congratulations!

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SHAPESHIFTER09 1/9/2013 2:44PM

    What an awesome inspiration you are! I remember when you first started this journey, and I'm so excited to see the incredible transformation you've made. I've been on quite a roller coaster with some health issues over the past year, but I'm back and recommitted to getting healthy once again. I've removed all of the legitimate obstacles, so now there are no more excuses. Thanks for sharing your journey and reconfirming that major changes are possible!

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MRSJOCCO 10/8/2012 7:42PM

    You're beautiful at any weight, but when you're "happy and you know it" it shows! emoticon

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    You look amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    LOVE this post! Huge congrats on being so successful!!! (Side note, I have the same shirt you were wearing in that first's one of my favorites. Can't wait until it's too big!)

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MOONSTORMER 9/3/2012 1:14AM

    wow! what a fantastic story - thank you for sharing!!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 9/3/2012 12:31AM

    Hey... just catching up on reading blogs posted while I was "away", and I have to say this was a phenomenal one to read!!!!! You have done an amazing job of changing your entire life! Congrats on that! You are an inspiration to us all, and just prove that hard work, commitment, and determination are what it takes to succeed in this journey. Keep sharing, and inspiring. I wish you the best, and look forward to hearing about your future successes! Yay!

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NIKKANOODLE 8/22/2012 9:50AM

    You are awesome! :)

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GINNJEN1974 8/21/2012 5:29AM

    Wow what a great blog and story to encourage all of us along this journey. You will make that goal soon enough and then it will be on maintance. Keep with the Spark too.

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CLUTTRELL8 8/18/2012 10:36AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work and thank you so much for sharing your success with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEESMUM2003 8/18/2012 9:19AM

    You look absolutely AMAZING..thank you for sharing your story and is very inspiring and motivating!

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AAAACK 8/17/2012 11:23PM

    Fantastic story! Thanks for sharing it. I love your common sense, realistic approach, and that it worked! I love "wait for nobody." Oak was right, you are amazing!

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OAKSHAVEN 8/17/2012 12:32PM

    You lost all that weight in ONE YEAR?? And I'm still messing around having lost only 25 lbs in the last year?? The one I need to stop waiting for is ME!!! Thanks for the boost and the kick in the ...... emoticon

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LOVEANANIMAL 8/17/2012 9:18AM

    You look great! I admire your determination!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/17/2012 8:06AM

    Hooray for you! What a nice blog and very inspiring. Continued success to you. emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 8/17/2012 7:36AM

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HOLY COW! What a great story. No, I mean WHAT A GREAT STORY!! YOU are the reason we spark. Okay, You are the reason I spark!

Thank you so much for sharing this, I keep thinking I need to 'take a break' from spark and stop being so overwhelmed by the scale going up not down, and you nailed it on the head for me.

ALL the Best,


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COFFEEBOT 8/16/2012 5:11AM

    Wow, what an amazing journey. You look incredible and your determination is truly an inspiration. Kudos to you and keep kickin' ass!

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BREL0524 8/15/2012 10:36PM

    You look so amazing! And it's easy to see how happy you are because you are just glowing in all your pics! Congratulations! and keep up the great work!

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SHRINK_U 8/15/2012 4:17PM

    CONGRATULATIONS.... You look amazing. You have done such an amazing job! Great blog :)

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CBAILEYC 8/15/2012 1:44PM

    Absolutely fabulous! Well done, lady!
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DOGSTARDADDY 8/15/2012 1:31PM

    Pretty bloody amazing. Good for you :)

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MARILYNPHALL 8/15/2012 11:57AM

    You wrote "WAIT for NOBODY!". Thanks for the advice. I am heading out for a walk, even though my walking buddy bailed on me. I would not have done that without your reminder. THANKS!

Have a great day and enjoy your journey. emoticon

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SUZI219 8/15/2012 10:58AM

    Wow!!! emoticon you look emoticon and your story is very inspiring!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECCABAY68 8/15/2012 10:40AM

    You look absolutely beautiful! Such an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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MINNA72 8/15/2012 1:30AM

    What an amazing job you have done! You look fantastic and I can imagine you feel it too! Your story is truly inspirational!

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RECREATING_ME 8/15/2012 12:23AM

    Very inspirational! How cool to see how much you have progressed in one year's time!


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    You look FANTASTIC! Congratulations to you! Your blog has that one element that I have found that is completely necessary to be a success - a concrete DECISION that you are sick of being overweight and unable to do things and the DETERMINATION to be thin and stick with it for YOU - not anyone else. I always tell people that it won't work until you're ready to change your entire way of being. Not just temporarily - but forever. And you've done that. Congrats and great job!

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TARAFROMTX1 8/14/2012 9:21PM

    Awesome Job!! You Look Wonderful! And so happy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMILESHINE81 8/14/2012 9:02PM

    Great blog! You have done an amazing job in only a year! Wow!

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MENEFF 8/14/2012 6:46PM

    so inspirational and motivating!! i am at the point where you started and can't wait to get to the point you are at now! thank you for sharing your amazing journey :)

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FLYINGB16 8/14/2012 5:49PM

    You look amazing! 139 pounds in one year is incredible! You look beautiful and I absolutely relate to where you are right now.

Spark On!

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PANDASUE2 8/14/2012 4:15PM

    Thanks for all of your comments, guys! They mean the world to me!

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LADYJ6942 8/14/2012 1:35PM

    Gratz, maintenance is a lot like losing, you just keep doing what you've been doing and pushing on.

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DAREDEVILME 8/14/2012 9:15AM

    Wow, what an inspiration you are....keep up the great work!!
You've come a long way with determination and lots of effort.
Have a wonderful week, and keep on Sparking.

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DEZZIEJAMES 8/14/2012 8:44AM

    You look so amazing and healthy!!! I am so happy for you!!! Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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KANOE10 8/14/2012 7:48AM

    You look wonderful. Great job.

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SARASMILING 8/14/2012 7:35AM

    So proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLHENDY1 8/14/2012 7:32AM

    You look incredible!! Congrats on your all your successes. You are a real inspiration!

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STEPH-KNEE 8/14/2012 6:11AM

    You look amazing! Congrats on all your success! :D

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/13/2012 10:20PM

    Wow amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing. You have come such a long way, and I am so proud of you & all you have accomplished! Your story gives me hope that I,too, can achieve awesomeness! Keep up the awesome work!!

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JENNCABA 8/13/2012 10:00PM

    emoticon emoticon On your weight loss and all of the progress you have made over the past year emoticon You are an inspiration emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AATKIN01 8/13/2012 9:29PM

    Happy Sparkversary. Very inspiring. Congrats! emoticon emoticon

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    Great job! Keep that positive determination; you'll get far! :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/13/2012 7:38PM

    I love this blog!!!! So amazing. Let me just say one thing. I am at goal weight & I ripped my spans thing off because I was too hot & miserable also. Those things are no fun in the heat!! But I am so happy for you Xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/13/2012 7:19PM

    Wow. I've been hovering around 201 forever and can't seem to make the commitment to join ONEderland.

I'm hoping my Wed. weigh in will have me joining you!!

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EELS4PEELS 8/13/2012 4:41PM

    Wow! You have done a great job! I'm so proud of you!

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TANYA602 8/13/2012 4:32PM

    Happy Anniversary, and congratulations on your weight loss success! Thank you for sharing your story, in pictures and words. You hit the nail on the head with your final reflection on what has worked for you. If someone had told me six months ago that slow and steady was the way to go, I don't know that I would've come this far. SP has turned out to be a saving grace for me.
You look so happy, and healthy! Has your boyfriend made similar changes? My own DH has lost 18 lbs just in changing along with, and supporting me.
You'll be at maintenance in no time!

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THOMS1 8/13/2012 3:42PM

    You do look Amazing! emoticon

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MISSB8604 8/13/2012 3:41PM

    Very cool! Congrats!

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