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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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ANDYBUGG2000 11/27/2012 8:08PM

    3 years of ups and downs and look how far you have come! I am glad to call you my sparkfriend as your motivation helps us all! :)

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 11/27/2012 8:00PM

    Congrats on your pure AWESOMENESS!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 11/27/2012 7:58PM

    Congratulations! You've done an amazing job! You are a great motivator! emoticon emoticon

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NANNABLACK 11/27/2012 7:31PM

    Congratulations!!! Awesome work! Keep it up!

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BECKYR16 11/27/2012 6:38PM

    It's been fun to see the process for you! I'm amazed at how much you've lost and how much healthier your life has become. Congrats!!!

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ROBYNROSE26 11/27/2012 6:23PM

    Fantastic! Way to Go!

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DROPPINGWEIGHT 11/27/2012 1:57PM

    emoticon Awesome Amanda! I get so discouraged in my journey and it was incredible to read about the battles you had along the way! I too am trying intuitive or mindful eating. I hope to have similar success as you ! great work my friend!

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LUVMYK9S 11/27/2012 12:14PM

    AWESOME! What an inspiration you are! Keep up the great work!

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TRUE-NESS 11/27/2012 12:01PM

    Amanda, I am just so proud of you! I really really am! I think you look ABSOLUTELY RADIANT!! I celebrate with you!!! You've done an incredible job!!

BTW: I love that picture of you with the purple shirt from your 5K personal best run. That's a color I don't often see you in. It's a great color for you!... adds to the radiance and overall cheer!

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CELIAMINER 11/27/2012 11:37AM

    Amanda, you look fabulous! I so wish I'd had pictures taken at my heaviest and along the journey to remind me where I came from and what the journey was like. You are smart for doing that, and thanks for sharing!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/27/2012 11:27AM

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CHAOTICMOM4 11/27/2012 11:06AM

    Awesome! Congrats! Keep up the great job.

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AMBER281 11/27/2012 11:06AM

    Way to go!

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WORDLILY 11/27/2012 10:57AM

    Yay, Amanda!!! :D

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SYNCHRODAD 11/27/2012 10:45AM

    A wonderful, head shaking WOWSER! emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/27/2012 10:13AM

    YOu are such an inspiration! I love the pictures!

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SGTSUNNY 11/27/2012 9:55AM

    Great blog and wonderful motivation to not give up! Thank you for posting

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DARWHOHOO 11/27/2012 9:47AM

    emoticon emoticon you are really an inspiration to all of us to KEEP going!!

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ANONSI 11/27/2012 9:41AM

    Congratulations on the 3 years and on 95 pounds lost! Both are amazing achievements.

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JENNCABA 11/27/2012 9:24AM

    emoticon emoticon You look great !!! emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 11/27/2012 9:21AM

    Wow what a journey you have had! Thanks for sharing because mom has a friend that might be where you were with your teeth. I sent her this link this morning and mom is going to tell her about you today at work. She is getting her teeth taken care of now so we are hoping her health will be getting better as well.

Best of luck on the rest of your journey and NEVER give up! I've been working on mine for the last 12 years and I know someday I will be in the maintenance part of my lifestyle journey!

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TANYA602 11/27/2012 9:21AM

    More than anything, I love the assertiveness, the confidence, and the way you smile. You mean business, girl! I actually have tears in my eyes - I am so happy for you in your own happiness! Happy Anniversary! Your family must love having you in all your full glory!

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LITTLETEALOVER 11/27/2012 9:19AM

    You look amazing! Your determination and persistence is a constant inspiration for me. Anytime I think, "This is taking too long," I just think about you, and how you never seem to be discouraged by your slow weight loss. It keeps me grounded, and I have to thank you for that.



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KROLES55 11/27/2012 9:16AM

    What an awesome journey. Thank you for sharing and I like the fact that you were not a fast loser but you stayed the course..

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BEANIES_MOM 11/27/2012 9:13AM

    emoticon You are amazing!!!!

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SMALLERMELORIE 11/27/2012 9:02AM

    You are such an inspiration. I am so please that you shared your journey. Congrats on your accomplishment.

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RYDERB 11/27/2012 9:01AM

    Amanda, your strength and determination are inspiring. You've come so far! You're doing it! You're living a healthy life and everyday you get closer to your goal. Thank you for sharing your journey and your spark. You're AMAZING!
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CHANGINGSAM 11/27/2012 8:55AM

    I love this blog, and I love how far you've come. It takes a very strong individual to continue to push through such hard times. May your 4th year be even better! emoticon

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JR0124 11/27/2012 8:38AM

    You should be so proud of yourself. I know I've started and stopped quite a few times in those 3 years you were kicking butt. Makes me wish I had just kept going and pushed through it all like you did.

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LORILEEPAGE 11/27/2012 8:32AM

    You are very motivating! You look fantastic! Way to go!

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