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100 lbs GONE! A then and now perspective.

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Friday, May 24, 2013


100 lbs.

I woke up this morning and had to step on the scale 3 times to be certain! Then I called a friend and screamed in her ear that I had lost 100 lbs! We are running buddies and she already crossed the magic 100 lb weight-loss threshold. I weighed myself another 3 times while on the phone with her. By the way, the phone apparently weighed 2 ounces. haha

My progression? Keep in mind I am 5'8".

emoticon I started by just eating healthier. That is all I did. Counting calories, and servings of food. I bought a food scale a week later. And I weighed in once a week. 1 step at a time. I knew this was the part I needed to get under control.

Here is a picture of me before I lost weight:

When I can't get any angle of picture that makes me look slim, and I like the camera....
When I don't want my picture taken anymore...
When I cringe at the picture of my grandma and myself....
When I summoned up the inner strength to start....

I started losing weight in March 2011. I was in size 20's.

By July 2011: already down about 25 lbs

I remember I was soooooo proud of myself and what I had accomplished, taking back control instead of letting the food control me. I decided at this point it was time to add the gym in. I started with elliptical and weights, and about 2 weeks in I started with bootcamps. I had to modify EVERYTHING, and I couldn't even get through each set. I persevered.

By mid-August, 2011: Down about 40ish

by mid-October: Down about 50

I was so proud of how I was looking! I decided at this point I wanted to be able to outrun the zombies in case of a zombie apocalypse. I started running. By myself. I couldn't get about 100 meters around the track before I felt like my heart would explode. So I walked some. And the next time I went to the gym I tried again. And the next time. And the next time. And each time I tried to go another 50 meters. And every second time I ran (I left about a day in between) I maintained my distance.

By the end of November 2011: Down about 60

Here I could do 1 regular military-style push-up. I was so proud of myself!

the beginning of December: Down about 65

mid January 2012: Down about 75

I finally reached being able to run 1k! 10 minute intervals here I come!
Here at the end of January I hit 10 military push-ups.
Here I could hold a plank for 1 min.
The beginning of January I started to track my food using Sparkpeople.

End of Feb I could run 5k!

mid march 2012: Down about 90ish

This is my first 5k race. I'm in the pink (I had no green!)
I'm into Ricki's size 8's here.

mid April 2012:
I ran my first 10k!

mid May 2012: Sooooo close to 100 gone

If you look at this picture with a friend compared to the pictures now when I lost 100 lbs, the difference was just a couple pounds but the changes in my body are way more noticeable. No wonder people now are saying 'Wow! Look at you! You've really transformed yourself!' I was all: 'I just got back down to where I was last summer'. But really?! I look way slimmer now than in this picture. And I am. These jeans here are too baggy on me, and this tank top fits me much smoother now.

mid Aug 2012:
I ran my first half marathon!

My weight bounced up and down and crept up 33 lbs from there until the day before new years eve 2012, when I decided to take back control.

emoticon Every step of this journey has been full of decisions I've made- I decided to start eating healthy. I decided I wanted to run further every week. I decided I wanted to do more push-ups or hold the plank for longer. I decided to cut out most added sugars.

March 2013: about 85 lbs gone again
Right after a workout

May 22, 2013: 100 lbs gone!
Right before a run

I am normal-sized here! My BMI is coming down. I am 173 lbs here. The girl beside me in shorts weighs about the same as me.

Right after boxing

All sweated up and I love it!
I nailed 16 military push-ups at the end of boxing class today. We do 3 sets of a minute each, so I've got a ways to go yet!

I'm in Ricki's size 6's here.

My comparison 20's to new 8's. The bigger jeans overlap everywhere.

emoticon Every big gain of weight is attributed to unhealthy eating. I can't out-exercise a bad-diet. I also like exercising and the endorphins they create.
I've met new people and made new friends. The new people also lift me up, encourage me to be great, and hold me accountable. If I know lots of people it is tooo hard to blend into the background and disappear.

It's noticeable the difference in the way people interact with me now. I am acknowledged more now. They hold my gaze for longer, they look me in the eyes more. They smile more at me. They go out of their way to converse with me. Even if it is small talk! Guys pay way more attention to me now. They check me out more noticeably and more often. They hold my gaze and smile way more often. The door is held open for me more. I still think it's so very, very strange when the pretty fit chicks/handsome fit guys that are my age or younger strike up a conversation with me, and we laugh and chat. That? Would never have happened when I was 100 lbs heavier. I try not to dwell on it too much, but it can, has and does make me think.

I'm so proud of myself! This is a major barrier to pass, and I did it!

emoticon The secret? Hard work and dedication. All the little changes and passing up of the cake, and 30 minute gym workouts pay off. I fought tooth and nail for each of those pounds to come off.
If I can do it, so can you!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATNCAG 12/30/2013 10:51AM

    Wow, u r totally an inspiration! U look mar-ve-lous darling!!! emoticon emoticon for sharing your progress pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 8/3/2013 10:08AM

    What a great success/hard work story! Thanks for taking the time to put it all out there for us. I love the pictures!

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EMELEE82 6/26/2013 10:58AM

    Way to go! You have done an amazing jog at regaining your health. You look and, even more importantly, sound truly happy! I can't wait till I meet you in that place! Weee!

So happy for you!

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FRENCHIFAL 6/19/2013 2:22PM


Major look so healthy and happy now, well done!!

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NHEMBERGER 6/19/2013 2:12PM

Congrats! You look amazing! I've lost almost 50 pounds & feel so accomplished! Be proud!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/16/2013 2:56PM

    Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, your blog inspired me today!

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DOINGITALL09 6/14/2013 12:43PM

    There are not enough emoticons to give you to even come close to how you feel... Congrats!!!! You are an inspiration!

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READY4CHANGE81 6/13/2013 8:42PM

    You deserve to be proud! You have worked for every pound and I am happy that you could blog about it so we could celebrate with you! Thank you for being an inspiration to myself and so many others who get stuck on their journey or who may not feel it is possible. You are living proof that it can be done!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 6/12/2013 12:20PM

    I can't believe I'm just now seeing your blog. You look AMAZING! The hard work and sacrifice has definitely paid off!!!! Way to go!

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WATERMELLEN 6/8/2013 2:02PM

    What an amazing story! You look wonderful: from the inside out . . . and the reaction of others to the changed you is so interesting. I experienced it too when I lost weight . . . some find it offensive but me, not so much!

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KC9QXI 6/5/2013 9:23PM

    Wow this is the best blog I've seen. very inspiring. I am 3 weeks into the program and your story motivated me to start a 5K program soon. Thank you!

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MCELLO58 6/2/2013 9:38PM

    Wow! Congrats. You look amazing. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You are truly an inspiration and should be proud of yourself. emoticon

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WILSONWR 6/2/2013 10:09AM

    Wow! What an inspirational story! You deserve congratulations - it isn't easy sticking with a program for so long, but you did it! I haven't been as motivated lately - my personal journey seems to have stalled. Your story, however, has got me motivated again. I CAN do this. Thanks!!

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    Congratulations!!! You have every right to be proud of yourself! I am really happy for you.

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COUCHTO50 6/1/2013 4:28PM

    What a wonderful, inspiring post! You are truly amazing. Way to go :)

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GEMINIGEM6 6/1/2013 12:27PM

    You're amazing! And you're right, there is def a difference in the way your clothes fit even though you were around the same weight. That's exercise and clean eating I bet! Congrats! You look wonderful! You inspire me!

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GUTSHOT 5/31/2013 4:27PM

    You've done amazing!

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LMGH86 5/31/2013 11:57AM

  emoticon Thanks for sharing, yours is a truly inspiring story! Good job at staying so motivated!

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ACTIONHEROFOX 5/31/2013 11:39AM

    I read the whole blog, yes I did! I really liked it and thought you are fabulous. I can't wait to be just like you.

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    Your journey is a great reminder that going slow will still equal amazing results! Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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    Congratulations! Amazing blog. :)


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JILLRY03 5/30/2013 11:26AM

    Wow you are Amazing!! You look great!! This is just what I needed to read today! Time to cut the crap out of my life and work my butt off more than I already have!!
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CAROLYNJ18 5/30/2013 9:29AM

  I am on this same journey thanks for the encouraging words!

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CMGREY14 5/29/2013 4:12PM

    Fantastic!! Very motivating!!

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KALISWALKER 5/29/2013 3:15PM

    Congratulations! You look so beautiful and so much younger. You are the inspiration I needed today!

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JENCHESNUT 5/29/2013 7:51AM

  Wow! Great story! thanks for sharing! Very motivating

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MAPLECANDY3 5/28/2013 10:20PM

    Congratulations, you are quite the success!!

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CHULAVISTA1 5/28/2013 9:25PM

    What a fantastic blog! Thank you so much for sharing your journey and the pictures. Congratulations to you, you look fantastic! You are and will be a huge inspiration to many others.

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SUZHANKS1 5/28/2013 7:15PM

  Your Spark! Great job!

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CLPURNELL 5/28/2013 7:13PM

    You have done such an amazing job!!!! You worked for and deserve every bit of it!!!!!

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CHANGINGEMMY 5/28/2013 6:01PM

    Way to go! What an accomplishment! Thanks so much for the motivation to get moving again!!

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CALGALINIOWA 5/28/2013 5:46PM

    You are an inspiration... way to go!

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TMZ10011978 5/28/2013 4:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I'm very happy for you. Thanks for your inspiration!

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    Nicely done!

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UWPALUM 5/28/2013 1:55PM

    You look amazing!! I'm so inspired. I'm starting with pants in the 26 size, and my dreams are just to get to a 10, but you are right that your pictures now look amazing and you know it's because you did the work and you did it right! Great job!

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/28/2013 1:53PM

    You look amazing! Well done Sparkie!

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