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Day 720- 100 Pounds Down in less than 2 years with SparkPeople!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

When I stepped on the scale and saw 174.8, I became overwhelmed.



I honestly stepped off the scale, sat on the ground and felt tears fill my eyes. 100 pounds.

It seems so unreal to me that I started this journey this large and this unhappy a little less than 2 years ago.





When I joined SparkPeople, I was searching for people who knew what I was going through and I found a community of friends that have kept me accountable and given me the support I needed to succeed on this journey.

When I wanted to pig out, I thought about having to admit it to all my SparkFriends. When I wanted to skip a workout, I thought about all of my SparkFriends who weren't skipping their workouts. As much as you say I inspire you, you all have been my inspiration.

Here I am today.



But just so people know that I'm not perfect I wanted to show you what 100 pounds of excess fat does to your body, even at a young age, just in case you're only 10 pounds or 20 pounds overweight and need a reason not to let it go any farther. Here is the apron of extra skin I now have as a reminder of the old me.




I show you these so because I think honesty is the best policy. I'll probably wear Spanx the rest of my life. And I'm 24. And I'm just gonna have to be okay with that.



Whether you are doing this because you want to maintain your health, drop 10 pounds or drop 200, I don't think it is possible to do it alone. I couldn't have done it alone. I couldn't have done it without all of you. Every day that I logged on to more comments of support and encouragement was another day that I stayed on track.

Another thing I've learned is you've got to start now. Not next week, or next month. Today. This moment. This meal. If you have a bad lunch, make a good dinner. Don't allow yourself to continuously slip up you feel like your out of control. It is a hard hole to climb back out of. Not impossible, but very difficult.

Finally, you are worth it. You were meant to be happy and healthy and deserve to be able to enjoy life. You are capable of doing so and have the will power inside. It may take many attempts. I have been on many diets in my life, probably 8 or 9 since 6th grade. But I never dedicated my mind to any of them. Never did I ever really tell myself I was worth the effort to truly try and succeed until SparkPeople.

I did this. You can do this. I promise you that you can.


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SHERRYS235 12/14/2013 9:09PM

    I have about 100 lbs to lose, sometimes I think about it and I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel from all the fat. Congrats on the 100 lbs loss.

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LEWILL1982 12/2/2013 9:25PM

    OMG! Congratulations, I am so happy for you and so proud of you. What an amazing accomplishment and you offer wonderful advice! (I have the saggy skin too, I hate it, but I deal- I think of it as my battle scar, reminding me where I've been and where I'm not going back)

This is a late response because the last week has been insane and I'm catching up on SP blogs finally!

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LIZ324_NYC 12/2/2013 2:09PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment!!! emoticon

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/28/2013 2:28PM

    Oh man... my heart... it's right nuzzled up beside you right now. Gah, feeling really emotional right now, lol. Your strength... courage... it's just moving me so strongly right now in this moment. I heart you. I'm so happy to know you, and so happy that I get to follow your journey as a friend. I'm so incredibly proud of you, both for your determination to reach such an amazing benchmark, but also for your courage to show yourself in all honesty as you are. And what you are? yup, hopefully you guessed it... is beautiful. You're beautiful. Beyond words. Hope you're having an amazing Thanksgiving. :-)

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AMBER281 11/27/2013 8:27PM

    Awesome blog!
You have done amazing things and I only hope that one day I can say the same.

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JILLRY03 11/25/2013 10:24PM

    Oh my you are AWESOME!! I'm so happy for you and Congrats! I can't lie I shed a couple tears while reading this blog.... not only because I can imagine the feeling you had by meeting this goal but to know that one day I will also have that same feeling!! So once again I think you are freakin AWESOME and such an inspiration to so many of your fellow sparkers!!

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IN102WIN 11/25/2013 6:36PM

    You did it... wow emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1DERLAND14 11/25/2013 3:45PM

    I almost had tears in my eyes for you because I cannot wait to have that feeling of losing 100 lbs! I know how hard you ahve worked and deserve this moment! I agree with starting NOW... thanks for sharing your journey with us... you are a reason I'll never give up!

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MIZZFIT2 11/25/2013 1:09PM

    I'm starting my journey to loss over 100 lbs. Thank you for the wonderful post, it helps. emoticon

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KEEPGOINGEMILY 11/25/2013 10:35AM

    Aw, what a great blog! Congratulations on your hard work, and thanks for sharing your journey!

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SIMONEKP 11/25/2013 10:21AM

    Here's hoping Chickvet95 is right! Such an accomplishment Jan.

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MONA791 11/25/2013 5:46AM

    You are emoticon !
What a difference! Congrats!

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JENNIFIER615 11/25/2013 12:26AM

    That gives me chills....I can't wait for my day....but trust me there were people there that were sitting next to you crying tears of joy with you.
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WVAWACKADOO 11/24/2013 9:52PM

    Jan-Marie, I am so very proud of you. Sorry that I am so far down your list of comments. I certainly have been MIA in the Sparkpeople world. I have no good excuses. You inspire me every day & I should read your blogs more often & I definitely need to start blogging myself. You are right, I have been on a slippery slope, but there is no need for me to stay there. I love you JM...thank you for all your support & attempts to keep me on track...Take care...

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KALEWINE 11/24/2013 7:48PM

    Congrats! You have come such a long way and you're an inspiration to me!

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ANGGEL40 11/24/2013 5:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You Rock!

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JRRING 11/24/2013 4:12PM

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NO-MAS-2013 11/24/2013 3:13PM

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration!

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KAR815 11/24/2013 7:57AM

    Congratulations! great job You've inspired me to stick to it! I see similar numbers on the scale now and Im horrified , I hope I can keep going like you did, you look awwsome!! thanks for sharing

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GRUMBLEGIRL 11/24/2013 7:20AM

    What an accomplishment!! Way to go!!

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WENDYANNE61 11/24/2013 6:44AM

    That is such wonderful news and it gave me a thrill to read about your ongoing success! Congratulations!

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MLLEMINOU 11/24/2013 2:35AM

    YOU DID IT!!!!!!!! CONGRATSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!
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KYLIECAT1 11/23/2013 11:02PM

    Very nice blog and such words of wisdom ! Good job , you look beautiful ! emoticon

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LAILATN 11/23/2013 10:55PM

    AMAZING blog. Congratulations on your hard work. And thanks for the inspirational words!

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SPEEDY143 11/23/2013 10:49PM

    emoticon LOVE those tears of joy emoticon beautiful emoticon

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MBELL6312 11/23/2013 9:39PM

    Congrats! your smile says it all. And, LOVE the wedding dress.
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FUNZ81 11/23/2013 9:32PM

    Thank you for sharing. You have inspired us all to keep on this long, and sometimes difficult, journey.
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QUADCMOM 11/23/2013 9:00PM

    Thank you for your post. I've been trying to not regain what I have lost. I can't start tomorrow. I have to start now. Congratulations on your weight loss. It is awesome!!!

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SUPERKARA35 11/23/2013 8:02PM

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats to you!!!
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JMARIES51 11/23/2013 7:05PM

    You are emoticon and beautiful. emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/23/2013 6:36PM

    you look awesome! be proud of yourself! you look very happy,too! have a wonderful day!

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EMMER87 11/23/2013 6:28PM

    What awesome inspiration! I have a little less than you, but I'm just starting, it is so encouraging to see someone on the other side - and to see real pictures instead of photoshopped junk!

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APACHESTEVE 11/23/2013 6:21PM

    Hey pretty lady, I came across your blog at a moment in time when I was contemplating doing some pig out eating. Witnessing your success inspired me to stay on track and in my spark range with a much healthier snack. Thank you!

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LOVELESMILLS 11/23/2013 4:45PM

  GREAT JOB

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LESLIESENIOR 11/23/2013 3:40PM

    I'm sure all of the Sparkworld joins me in congratulating you. I am truly happy for your healthy success. You are your own hero!!! And ours!!!!

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BENNYTINNY 11/23/2013 3:34PM

    Even though so many others have already commented on your success, I still had to weigh-in with my two cents. You are sooooo encouraging to all that read your blog. If you are that sharp at 24 there is no limits to your future success. Thank you for sharing. Benny

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BUNNYKICKS 11/23/2013 2:54PM

    Wow, the 100# milestone, good for you! You are so totally adorable (and have been at every weight you've been) - so full of sparkle and energy, and such a role model too. I am glad you are happy and healthy. Big congratulations.
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GONNALOSEIT09 11/23/2013 1:46PM

    Congrats! You are such an inspiration emoticon !

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X_MONICA_X 11/23/2013 1:40PM

    After reading your post and seeing all the responses to your blog shows how successful you are and a great inspiration to all of us who are on this journey too.

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My daughter will be 20 years old in December and she isn't taking her health and weight seriously. The scale is going up and she's in denial of it. She pretends her health and weight is okay. I'm very concerned because I am her mother and I don't want her having health problems at such a young age. She's coming home for Christmas and I want her to read your story and others on SparkPeople. Maybe then she'll be inspired to join all of us on this health and wellness journey to lose those unwanted pounds. I've lost 6 pounds since I have started on SparkPeople and lost 10 pounds before being on here. I hope my daughter takes my weight loss so far and others as a motivating factor to help her achieve health success too. Thank you for sharing your successful journey with us!

I love reading success stories!

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MZADAMS 11/23/2013 1:29PM

  Yay!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZULAIKAH 11/23/2013 1:28PM

    Congrats! The change - in your facial expression alone - proves how beneficial your commitment to Sparkpeople and yourself has been. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIKO27 11/23/2013 1:27PM

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BETHLOVESBIKING 11/23/2013 1:26PM

    Oh wow!! You did amazing!! Way to go!! This is motivating to me, since I have about 100 lbs. to lose. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVECARTIER 11/23/2013 12:35PM

    Very Inspirational. I came back to Sparkpeople for motivational people such as yourself. Congrats on your weight loss emoticon emoticon

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