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Three years - 95 lbs lost forever!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012



Today marks three years since my weight loss journey began, and a new milestone on the scale - 95 lbs lost! It's been an incredible ride, long and arduous at times, sheer joy at others. I am not done yet, but I have come so very far from where I started.

The beginning: Eleven years of silent tooth infections gave me a huge range of illnesses, from bipolar disorder symptoms to random allergy symptoms to constant throat infections to giant fluctuations in weight (up and down) unrelated to diet and exercise. By the time my teeth were fixed and all my symptoms/illnesses disappeared, I weighed 255 lbs on my home scale, and probably 5-10 lbs higher on a doctor's scale. At 5'6, that's a morbidly obese BMI of 41.2. Blood tests taken a few months before showed borderline high cholesterol, borderline high blood pressure, pre-diabetes levels of blood sugar, and the worst, fatty deposits in my liver. I was miserable.




Soon after my teeth were fixed, I embarked on a journey to lose the weight I had gained in my eleven years of illness. There were a couple false starts, particularly because I kept injuring my feet and hips when I tried to exercise, but things really came together on 11/27/09. That day, two things happened. First, I replaced my treadmill with an elliptical, which didn't hurt my back/hips/knees/feet so much. Second, I met with a group of friends, one of whom told me about mindful/intuitive eating. Thus, my journey began.



Year 1: For the first few months of my journey, I did well. I paid attention to hunger cues, and I exercised consistently. By mid-2010, I was at 235 lbs. My BMI was 37.9 - obese, but no longer morbidly obese. I stalled out then, and didn't lose anything else by November. When my first year anniversary came around, I was depressed and discouraged, and I had binged enough to gain back 5 lbs (240 lbs, BMI 38.7). I no longer believed I would ever be thin again. The above pictures are from about six weeks before my one-year anniversary. Even though I weigh 20 lbs less than in my starting pictures and had dropped a clothes size, I look even bigger than when I started. This was not encouraging. In the following weeks, I considered drastic measures, like lapband surgery, but in the end, decided to give myself one more shot. Defeated and low, I began my journey again.



Year 2: Something clicked in 2011, and my determination shot into overdrive. I began to lose consistently. I was never a fast loser - the most I ever lost in one month was 8 lbs, and that was mostly water weight - and more often than not, I averaged 4-5 lbs lost per month. I joined Sparkpeople in late February that year, which helped me to keep going after my first few months. I worked on healthy habits, particularly on increasing my freggie intake. I gave up fast food halfway through the year. I began running seriously. I worked my butt off, and by my second anniversary, I had lost 51 lbs since my previous anniversary and 66 lbs total, weighing in at 189 lbs. That's only 4 lbs from being overweight for my height, and my BMI was at 30.5. I was on top of the world, and I believed in myself again!!



Year 3: This third year has been very tough for me. I hit a wall about a six weeks before my second year anniversary, and suddenly, my weight loss slowed to 2-3 lbs per month max. I have pushed and worked and struggled all year, but the losses just keep getting lower. Honestly, I had hoped to be done with my journey by my third year, and I had all the confidence in the world a year ago that I would be to my maintenance range by 11/27/12. But I am not. This year I've dealt with accidents, illnesses, injuries, a 5-month-long bout of severe insomnia, a 10-week exercise ban due to a stress fracture, and a bajillion other things that have held me back. I weigh in this anniversary at 160 lbs, 95 lbs lost total, 29 lbs lost in the last year, and with a BMI of 25.8. I have 5 lbs to go until I hit 100 lbs lost, 6 lbs until I hit a healthy BMI, and about 15-20 lbs until I'm comfortably in my maintenance range. Perhaps I will be there by my fourth anniversary.

I am not discounting this year, though. Despite my weight loss slowing to barely a crawl, I have done what most people would not do in this situation: I have kept going. And because I kept going, I am 29 lbs lighter than I was a year ago. I did not regain weight even while I was practically on bedrest this past summer. I know I will still get to the end of this road, even if it takes frickin' forever. I won't give up. Three years is too long to spend working on something only to stop. I will keep going.

To celebrate my third year anniversary, I ran a 5K this past Sunday. Three years ago, I couldn't walk without hurting myself. Two days ago, I ran a 5K in 35:51, a personal best by 1:12, and an 11:34/mi pace. It hurt while I ran it, but when I crossed that finish line, I had the biggest smile on my face.



This is what dedication, determination, and commitment has earned me, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished. Whether or not I reach my goal by next November, I can't wait to see what this next year brings!



Three years - 95 lbs lost forever!
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WISHNWORK 3/24/2013 11:52PM

  Like you, I lose weight sloooooowly. I seem to have plateaued after losing 25 pounds. I can't tell you how much you have inspired me to exercise more and eat even healthier. It's discouraging to get on the scale and see that nothing has changed. But, I refuse to give up. Thank you so much for sharing.

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JIBBIE49 12/8/2012 8:29AM

    emoticon Great seeing your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

Fatty Liver Disease is certainly an issue. Listen to Richard Johnson M.D. give his lecture "The Sugar Fix" on YouTube. I've learned so much reading his book.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/7/2012 8:32AM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

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SHINYZALATA 12/6/2012 4:17PM

    Amazing Amazing :D:D:D thnk u 4 isnpiring us

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YULLABELLE 12/6/2012 9:55AM

    emoticon You were beautiful to begin with and now you are healthier. Enjoy your journey and remember you are worth a healthier you.

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LILLYJET 12/5/2012 9:37PM

    Awesome story!!!! Congratulations!!!!

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FIRECOM 12/5/2012 10:48AM

    Thank you for your honesty and inspiration.

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DESTINYSCHOICE 12/4/2012 11:03PM

    Congrats and you look amazing! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I had lost 50lbs but stalled out this year, gaining 8 back...uggh! But I am back in the race and hope to follow in your foot steps. Spark On!! emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 12/4/2012 5:31AM

    Congratulations! You look fantastic!

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MINERVASPARKING 12/3/2012 11:54AM

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You are awesome!!! Thank you for posting this, you've had an amazing journey, and it reminds me that change doesn't happen overnight. It takes a lot longer than I think it will :)
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FITFOODIE806 12/2/2012 10:08PM

    Gorgeous! Your attitude and determination are inspiring!! Those last few pounds are the worst. But you'll get em!!

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GODIVADSG 12/2/2012 8:36PM

    Awesome 3 years! You are stronger than you think you are!! Way to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIATHLONBABE 12/2/2012 8:23PM

    A very amazing ride I must say! I commend you for sticking to your guns and working hard to get to your goals!!!

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PRINCESS1309 12/2/2012 6:22PM

    You must be very proud! You have accomplished a fantastic weight loss and learned a lot about yourself along the way. emoticon

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DESERTFLOWERG 12/2/2012 2:35AM

    You are doing great! Congratulations on sticking to your goal when the going got tough.

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WOLFKITTY 12/1/2012 10:16PM

    Congrats, Done Girl! :)

These are the details that are lost when people see nothing but big weight-dropping headlines - and that part of the story is important, too!!

I'm so proud of you for sharing it all. Congrats again on your accomplishments, I can't wait to see all that you do (in ALL areas of your life).

Take care!
Jocelyn

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OLLIESGRACE3 12/1/2012 6:18PM

  So awesome. Way to go TENACITY!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/1/2012 12:34PM

    That's an incredible story! I keep telling myself if I don't give up, I will eventually get there....

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/30/2012 10:13PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss.
You look fantastic!

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RAVISHIN72 11/30/2012 10:08PM

    congratulations keep up the good work!! emoticon

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EMILYDOODLE 11/30/2012 9:39PM

  You look really good! emoticon emoticon

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SAIMSAM 11/30/2012 8:27PM

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for me its like climbing "Mount Everest " and you did it girl.

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SOLOMUA 11/30/2012 7:28PM

    Experiences like these are what I look to for motivation, thank you for your story and the courage you have. You are looking very slim and beautiful! Keep up the good work and congratulations for your successes!!

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NIKKIG3 11/30/2012 6:32PM

    you look amazing.... great job

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CASEYTALK 11/30/2012 4:15PM

    Thank you for the inspiration! It's taking a very long time for me, too, but I don't want to give up because I don't want to go back to where I was. I want to keep going forward.

Three years, four years. . . however long it takes. We're in this for life!

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EG8383 11/30/2012 3:31PM

  Congrats to you and all your winnings on this journey. You're a great inspirational story and you look fabulous! Keep up the great work my friend!

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JSTETSER 11/30/2012 3:17PM

    Go girl, GO!
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TERRYT55 11/30/2012 2:32PM

    You look fabulous and HAPPY. Congrats.....your hard work has paid off.

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ROMEOSMOM27 11/30/2012 12:19PM

    Great blog you go girl, you look awesome. emoticon

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    Very Inspirational!

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IN102WIN 11/30/2012 11:30AM

    Thanks for sharing.... I will keep going too.... emoticon

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LACT8RN 11/30/2012 11:04AM

  You are very inspiring and your secret is NEVER GIVE UP! That is the most important thing for permanent weight loss, in my opinion. Congratulations, you look wonderful and you have added healthy years to your life. We can all learn from you! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 11/30/2012 10:31AM

    I loved your blog, and intend to re-read it. Parts are very similar to my own experiences, and just what I needed to be reading.

It has been about a year since I started my journey, over a year if you include the small changes before I really got serious, and I am not where I thought I would be. Though disappointed, I am not discouraged, and your blog really helps me with my perspective. Thank you for that!

I am very thankful for what I have accomplished and I know I will get there regardless how long it takes.

Thank you for taking the time to share your journey!

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TXLADY110 11/30/2012 9:18AM

    Thank you for sharing all this, makes me feel like I am not alone in this difficult, long, wearing weight loss journey.
Congratulations on keeping it up. You have the strength to meet that next 15-20 pound loss. emoticon

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SKINICOOK 11/30/2012 6:40AM

    Great work! Losing the weight slowly will make you more likely to keep it off so the set backs can be in your favour. best of luck getting the remaining 5lbs off!

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GOING-STRONG 11/30/2012 12:38AM

    I think slow weight loss is the way to go. It gives you time to adjust and make healthy eating and fitness habits permanent. Don't ever get discouraged and "quit" just because the going is slow. I mean really... what is the alternative? Quitting and going back to the old you? Healthy living can be hard.... but being obese. depressed and unhealthy is harder.

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WOMANATWORK1 11/30/2012 12:25AM

    Great blog!!! Thank you for your openness and sincerity! And congratulations for continuing the journey when the going got tough! You have inspired me!

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    CONGRATULATIONS !!!
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Thank you for sharing your journey this far and for inspiring us not to give up on ourselves, no matter what obstacles we may face....

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