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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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NEWCHINELO 11/28/2012 1:28PM

    Great job and you look so adorable.


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HEARTS116 11/28/2012 1:26PM

    CONGRATS
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BLUE42DOWN 11/28/2012 1:11PM

    Bravo!

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DALID414 11/28/2012 12:59PM

    Hope you feel as awesome as you look.

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DAWN14163 11/28/2012 12:15PM

    Congratulations, that's some transformation! You look so happy now. I know you'll succeed in your final goals.
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CHUBERASER 11/28/2012 11:54AM

    Truly inspirational. I needed that. I am so impatient...and when I don't see results...I get deflated and want to give up. I need to keep reminding myself that weight loss is a journey and a process. Thank you for reminding me!!

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ALIDOSHA 11/28/2012 11:52AM

    I was astonished by your story. emoticon emoticon I made a copy to read and analyse the steps and make it my motivating and inspiring story. emoticon

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MISSB8604 11/28/2012 11:38AM

    Congrats! You are amazing!

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TURNINGTABLES21 11/28/2012 11:35AM

  Bravo!

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CYNTSATIONAL 11/28/2012 11:00AM

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emoticon slow and steady will win the race.
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Keep SPARKing!

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MARYJEANSL 11/28/2012 10:52AM

  Congratulations to you!! Yours is truly an inspirational story, and it shows what can be achieved if one doesn't give up. I need that right now, for sure. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

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JACKIE542 11/28/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulations! You look great. Way to go! WOO HOO!!! emoticon emoticon

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BARB5970 11/28/2012 10:09AM

    Congratulations. You look amazing.

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GOOSIEMOON 11/28/2012 10:03AM

    All the best to you on your continued journey.

You. kept. going.

What an inspiration!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/28/2012 9:52AM

    Yay! Happy anniversary!

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KATHYM617 11/28/2012 9:43AM

    You have done such an amazing job -- both losing the weight/getting healthier and remembering you were still doing the latter even when the scale didn't reflect it. Keep up the amazing work!! emoticon

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WALLINMW 11/28/2012 9:42AM

  Welcome to a new, healthy body!!

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KBRADFORD88 11/28/2012 9:42AM

    beautiful

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WALLINMW 11/28/2012 9:41AM

  W O W!!!!

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BABAOF4 11/28/2012 9:38AM

  So this is what persistance and determination can do. It sure looks good on you! Thanks for sharing your life and struggles. Congradulations!

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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/28/2012 9:24AM

    You have come a long, long way and should be very proud. emoticon

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DJSHIP46 11/28/2012 8:56AM

    I think you are incredible and your journey and your attitude are inspiring... I know you'll meet your goals emoticon & emoticon for sharing!!!

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NEWMOM20121 11/28/2012 8:49AM

    Great job. Congratulations on a job well done.

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CICELY360 11/28/2012 8:30AM

  good job

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PENOWOK 11/28/2012 8:22AM

    Wow! Reading your amazing story inspires me! I am confident that you will make that goal because of your commitment and motivation! You are almost there! Keep up the great work!!

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BESSHAILE 11/28/2012 8:07AM

    WAY TO GO!

I am SO impressed - and happy to read about your triumphs and so full of admiration! yes yes yes. You are something special.

And cute too!

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COLLARN 11/28/2012 8:00AM

  This brought tears to my eyes. You're such an encouragement. Your frustrations mirror my own. After having my son, I have been dieting and exercising for 6 months only to GAIN 10 pounds. In the past I could always loss weight by dieting OR exercising. Not anymore. Everyday I look for some form of motivation to keep going and you have provided that for me today. THANK YOU!

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MIMIDOT 11/28/2012 7:44AM

    awesome! You stuck to your guns and won. Keep up the good work. You are amazing! Spark on!

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HEALTHYME-51 11/28/2012 7:38AM

  You are such an encouraging woman! Way to go! Your post was exactly what I needed to read as I struggle being sick and unable to work out this morning, it is always a temptation to quit or give up, which I have done many times before. But you do not give up or give in. I love your great attitude.

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GINIKI 11/28/2012 7:38AM

    Congratulations! Your story is very inspiring.

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JANEMARIE77 11/28/2012 7:13AM

    you are amazing keep up the good work and the journey never truly ends so you are right on track

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LIFETIMER54 11/28/2012 7:09AM

  WWWWWWWWWWOW A HUGE emoticon TO YOU!!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/28/2012 7:00AM

    You have to LOVE a great success story! And you wrote your own... and prove it here in photos! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHGREEN8 11/28/2012 6:57AM

    You look awesome and happy! Thanks for sharing your story and success, it is so motivating, even knowing this journey takes years for some of us.

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CJADERUN 11/28/2012 6:41AM

    Congrats. Don't ever tell yourself again that you've accomplished little (or nothing). You have accomplished so much more than that--not only have you lost the weight, you've learned valuable lessons about your body, about what activities and what foods help you feel good, physically and emotionally. You are a better, more educated person now than when you started.

You should be proud of yourself. We sure are!

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SUSANK16 11/28/2012 6:40AM

  I love seeing people that have kept it off what an encouragement.

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FARIS71 11/28/2012 6:24AM

    Your persistence is totally inspiring! Never give up!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/28/2012 5:42AM

    you should be proud.. you look fantasic !

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SUNNYLIFE72 11/28/2012 3:36AM

  Congratulations!

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Fantastic....All your hard work and determination really paid off.
CONGRATULATIONS

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CONGRATS! This is what success looks like, and you wear it well! Proud of you.

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/27/2012 11:56PM

    What an amazing transformation!!! I am so proud of you!!!

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FITKITTYMAMA 11/27/2012 11:55PM

    Congratulations on such a great milestone!!! I am so incredibly proud of you and incredibly inspired by all that you have done!!!

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UNICORN212 11/27/2012 10:21PM

    Wow, you have every reason to be proud - you have made astronomical progress!

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