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My weight loss journey! My weight loss story.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


In May 2003, I went to the doctor. I was surprised, and dismayed at what I seen the scale read. I was at my all time highest weight of 252 pounds. I knew it was time to take action. I never imagined I would ever be over 250 pounds.

I had heard so much about atkins, I had thought ok, I will go home and get on that. But, I had no money to buy the books needed for that "diet". And knew being a diabetic that it would be highly important to do things right.

I remembered my mom had sent me Richard Simmons Gold Foodmover cause it was on sale at Walgreens, and I was going to use it for keeping track of how much water I was drinking. I decided to drag it out of the closet and start using it for my food.

I had tried Richard Simmons Deal A Meal in the past. And had always had a real problem sticking to the first week 1000 calorie Blast Off Week. So this time I decided it was more important to just get to eating healthier, and a big weight loss the first week wasn't worth me not being able to stick to it. So I just started at the calorie card that would be right for me after blast off week.

On May 5th, 2003 I began my weight loss journey.

First I invested in a good scale, I bought at Walmart. I kept weighing my self on the scales there, till I found one that my feet fit on-I only wear a size four, I don't know how women with real feet fit on these things! And I wanted one to weigh me the same as the Doctors scale did. The one I chose did both. That same day I bought some of Richards Videos that came with cool weights. I was on my way!

The first couple of weeks, I just worked on getting in 6 meals a day and closing all my windows. And getting a good schedule going. Then I soon added exercising. At first I just would do 5 minutes of one of Richards videos, every day. Then each month I added another 5 minutes. Then I was soon doing whole videos! Then I added walking to my daily work outs.

Not long after starting my new healthy life style, with Richard Simmons program, a friend emailed me that at BJ's and Costco was this really good crock pot book, with easy recipes from a lady that many of her weight watchers group highly reccomended, it was JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook. I went right out and bought it. I looked through it and thought, mmmmmmm these sound good!

But, at the time I was still in the beginning stages and not strong enough to stand long enough even to make Healthy Exchanges recipes, and do dishes too? No way! I also seen the ad for the newsletter in the back but thought that was way too expensive for a newsletter! Little did I know it wasn't some 4 page flyer, but a 12 page full of 30+ brand new recipes each month!

At that point I was only eating sandwiches mainly, and a few soups. And still eating off paper plates! And using plastic utensils. Because I did not have the energy to even wash my own dishes.

Well, summer passed and fall came, and I was getting strong enough I was tired of paper plates and plastic utensils I had used for years because I just didn't have the stamina to stand and wash dishes. BUT, by now I was able to do almost 30 minutes of aerobics! I could stand and do dishes! And now I was also getting tired of sandwiches, and one skillet meals I was throwing together. I had tried a few of Richard Simmons recipes, but they were getting to be the same thing every week!

I needed more! So I went online and was doing some searches for "healthy" recipes. THEN, I remembered JoAnna Lund, however, I still didn't want to drag out my HUGE crock pot, so I decided to go to her site. I seen the sample newsletter on the site, and knew it would be WELL worth the cost, and immediately subscribed, then I went about collecting every book and newsletter I could get my hands on! I was even able to purchase every single newsletter ever printed! lol

At first I just started with a recipe or two. And we relied heavily upon Salisbury Steak and Cowboy Chicken Fried Steak since those were my husbands favorites!

A year later I was trying at least one and sometimes up to 8 new recipes a week! And I've been hooked ever since.

In January 2005, I joined TOPS to have a person to person support group and I love it!

A few years ago, I started getting terrible knee pain though while exercising, and it made it very hard to get my daily one hour of exercise I had been used to. I invested in a Tony Little Glider, and have not been disappointed. I had a little calf muscle pain at first, but only from using muscles I hadn't ever used before. Other then that there is NO pain what so ever! My knees do better on it then any other machine I have ever tried, including stationary bikes or elepticals.

My only regret is I didn't "get it" before, I didn't get that I didn't have to do Richard's program perfectly! Not to beat myself up and totally go off plan for one miseaten meal or serving! And that eating healthy could be as yummy and easy as JoAnna's recipes!

I still have a lot of weight to lose. But, with Richard Simmons, TOPS programs, and Joanna M. Lund's recipes. I know I will make it! And I know I am getting healthier every day!
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  • CLAUDEM1
    Heather, I loved your story. It sounds like you were in pretty rough shape. Size 4 feet!! That could be why standing was so difficult for you. Mine are size 10! I know... huge!

    I use my slow cooker (crockpot) a lot in the winter. I like to get it going in the morning before I leave for work, or at times I will start a bean soup or something just before bed, and take it to work the next day. I love it for cabbage rolls and spaghetti sauce.

    Your persistence is going to motivate many people. Keep at it, Heather. Together we'll go far, and will be skinny minnies when we get there.

    Claudette emoticon
    1788 days ago
  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    Very good story. Shows what we can do if we persist. Perfection not required. Thank you for sharing your story.
    Annie
    1824 days ago
  • STACEYWAGS
    You should be very proud of yourself for sticking with it! What an inspiration you are!
    2248 days ago
  • NEWLIFESTYLE101
    You have done a great job. I am happy for you. emoticon
    2249 days ago
  • HOLLEYBOWMAN
    Awesome job!
    2249 days ago
  • TWINTS
    Going to JoAnna Lund's website now!
    2249 days ago
  • MELLYDC
    It's so nice to read a weight-loss story from someone who really took the steps to do it RIGHT!!! Good for you!!
    2328 days ago
  • MYMONSTERSX3
    I love your story!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!
    2331 days ago
  • CDELIGHT
    Thanks for your story. I feel he same about atkins and walking. Have to remember to be good to myself and not beat myself up for not doing it right. You are going to make it, makes me think I can too. Thanks
    CC
    2331 days ago
  • WYOMILLER
    you inspire me keep on losing cute little girl you have and she will benefit from you as a positive example cheers to you for sticking with it emoticon
    2331 days ago
  • PURPLECHAR
    Congratulations on your weight loss and your amazing job.

    Good luck on reaching your goal and your health journey. You are an inspiration.
    2331 days ago
  • FOUNDER3
    YEAAAAA YOU!

    Good for you for perserving! We all must learn this from one another!
    2331 days ago
  • MAGNOLIAHONEY
    Thank you all for your comments.

    Any glider will do. I used a Tony Little, but I had a friend use a different brand and it was good too.

    Any one interested in JoAnna Lund, just join my Healthy Exchanges Spark Team, it's all about her recipes and program!
    2331 days ago
  • LORRAINE10141
    Congratulations on your weight loss victories and lifestyle changes. Enjoy the journey.
    2331 days ago
  • SHERRY257
    Thanks for sharing your story. You are an inspiration! emoticon
    2331 days ago
  • ROSEMARDORF
    I really enjoyed reading your story!! Do you mean Tony Little's Gazelle???
    I have been thinking about getting one. You are amazing!!! Congratulations!!
    Happy Mother's Day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2332 days ago
  • DEBWORKS11
    Thanks for your story. It made me smile because I, too, thought I had to do everything perfectly. Every time I messed up, I quit. Then I finally made one small change - no more soda. I lost a few pounds over a month without doing anything else. Then no more fried foods and that wasn't so hard either. Started walking, then finally running. Just like you, a little at a time, over a few years. It really works - Just wish I didn't wait over 50 years to get started. Keep up the good work. I'm going to google Tony Little Glider and JoAnna Lund cookbooks. Can't wait to check them out.
    2332 days ago
  • LOLOKIRK
    I got over 100 pounds to lose too. I just kicked my program into high gear. Thanx for sharing.
    2332 days ago
  • EYEONGOAL
    Reading your blogs has been so inspiring. Thank you.
    2332 days ago
  • MUSTLOSE100
    Heather, thanks for sharing this inspiring story with us. You have just kicked my motivation 100 degrees higher than it was before I read your story. You are doing great!. Keep up the good work!
    2332 days ago
  • MAMAWOF12
    You have done so well. I am inspired by your story. I have been invited to go to tops and check it out. I will do it sometime this week. I must check to see when they are in. It is so disabling to have extra weight. You are two thirds the way to your goal. Journey of a new life. Keep it up. emoticon
    2332 days ago
  • SVELTEWARRIOR
    You are awesome!!!!! Thank you for sharing your story, you are a wonderful motivator. Keep up the good work!!!
    2332 days ago
  • JAE_HENNINGTON
    thank you Heather for posting your story, I needed to hear it this morning.. You have inspired me
    2332 days ago
  • GLORIA68
    I am happy for you!
    Stay with it.
    Thank you.

    I love reading your blog.
    thanks.
    2332 days ago
  • NEENSTER1
    emoticon on your determination not only to lose weight but to take care of your health for your beautiful family. Be Encouraged and Take good care of YOU first and then you'll be able to take great care of others. Be blessed. emoticon
    2624 days ago
  • JERSEYGIRL24
    Thank you for sharing your story. You truly are a motivator.
    2633 days ago
  • JANETSPARK19
    Heather, thanks for sharing your expirience with us. I, personally, started looking for JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook in amazon.com.
    Having recipes at hand is easier to know what to cook every day.
    Congratulations! emoticon
    2634 days ago
  • JANETSPARK19
    Heather, thanks for sharing your expirience with us. I, personally, started looking for JoAnna Lund's Potful cookbook in amazon.com.
    Having recipes at hand is easier to know what to cook every day.
    Congratulations! emoticon
    2634 days ago
  • BCSANDRALEE
    you are inspiring. I hope you continue to have success.
    2635 days ago
  • WEDDWT
    Heather, you are an amazing lady. Thank you for sharing your weight loss adventure with us. You have accomplished so much on your journey and you are a great motivator. Keep shining! emoticon
    2635 days ago
  • KEEP-GOING
    I was checking you out as motivator of the day. I just had to read your blog. You are amazing to say the least. I am sure all around you are proud . May you have continued success in your journey . emoticon sandy
    2635 days ago
  • DYNAMICDEB53
    What a great story!! You have worked hard and keep trying till you found what worked for you. emoticon . It is a very encouraging story thank you for sharing.
    Keep up the good work and those last lbs will ge the way of the first.
    emoticon
    2635 days ago
  • ADORNED2
    emoticon way to go - I hope you are very proud of yourself in your accomplishments - If not you should be - emoticon for sharing your story - once again I am reminded of the 6 smaller meals and exercise doesn't have to be perfect emoticon Teresa
    I be waiting to hear the rest of your success story! emoticon
    2635 days ago
  • NURSE333
    THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR STORY
    2635 days ago
  • CAROLDEDOO
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've just started on SP because my Weight Watcher group has stopped for the summer and I felt like I better do something positive or I'd be up the creek. I have at least 150 lbs. to lose, but I mostly don't think of that number, so I'm working on my first 10 lb. goal. Root for me, as I keep you in my prayers. emoticon
    2635 days ago
  • 4AMAZINGME
    I have 75 -85 lbs to lose and I have just read your blog and I want to let you know how inspired I am by your journey. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon
    2636 days ago
  • N2DRAMA77
    I have 150 lbs to lose so this was VERY encouraging to me. I'm new on my journey and so glad to see that this can be done.
    2672 days ago
  • LIZYOUNG
    Good on you Magnolia, I have recently started mt weight loss journey. I haven't got as much to lose as you will have lost, but I still need to lose a lot of weight. I joined Weight Watchers as I feel I need the accountability, I love the group I attend, they are a really great group of ladies. Your story has been inspiring to me, I admire you for your determination. I have lost 20 Kilos, which is over 40lbs. I live in New Zealand I have been walking a lot, as we aren't quite into the cold weather. Your photos show a huge difference. Keep up the good work.
    Liz
    2709 days ago
  • PATRIA1
    You need to be very proud of yourself. Taking charge of ones' life is a commitment. You have inspired me. Thanks!

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    2710 days ago
  • CSMILE521
    thank u for sharing ur blog u really inspire me to keep going emoticon
    2717 days ago
  • MAGNOLIAHONEY
    Thanks Fay! You can do it too!
    2720 days ago
  • FAYEGLORY
    i BELIEVE IN RICHARDS VIDEOS I HAVE USED THEM TWICE AND LOST 100 EACH TIME. I AM AT IT AGAIN. I LOST THE WEIGHT TWICE BEFORE , BUT BY ONLY EXERCISING NOT EATING RIGHT. THIS TIME I AM GOING TO DO IT BY DOING BOTH. AND TEACHING MYSELF TO KEEP EATING RIGHT. I AM MAKING A LIFE CHANGE NOT A DIET. YOU DID WONDERFUL. I KNOW YOU WILL DO GREAT DOING HIS VIDEO'S JUST TRY TO DO THEM AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN. YOU HAVE COME SO FAR AND MORE THAN HALF WAY THERE. GOOD LUCK TO YOU. emoticon
    2720 days ago
  • NEHI46
    I myself need to loose 150 pounds or more,. My starting wieght was around 262. Your blog has inspired me to keep on keeping on. Keep up the good work, emoticon
    2724 days ago
  • AMJSATURN
    Magnolia,

    Bravo for your courage and inspiration to help others. I can truly tell you are a beautiful person on the outside but more so on the inside.


    Thanks emoticon this will be YOU really soon.

    Alexia
    2818 days ago
  • SWEETME19772003
    Wow! Thank you for sharing your story. It wasn't until recently that I realized that my workouts are MY workouts and if I need or want to change something I can. Or if I mess up one day, eat too many calories or miss working out, I can move past it and try harder tomorrow.
    I agree with the others you are an inspiration!
    Hugs,
    Penny
    2925 days ago
  • LADYBUGVIV
    Way to go! God bless you on your journey. luv,viv
    3011 days ago
  • LIZABAKER
    You are SUCH an inspiration!!! I am in awe.
    3055 days ago
  • ONLYTEMPORARY
    You have come so far, keep it up right into the New System of things.
    3056 days ago
  • CELEST
    Every now and again a story really moves me to work even harder...and yours did just that. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope today has been a good day for you too. I've had 5 good days and I've got 50 more to get through before I fly to see my sister.
    xxx
    Celeste'
    3066 days ago
  • MYYEAR43
    What a wonderful Blog! We must be long lost sisters. I can relate to the if you mess up the smallest bit ... it's over, your ruined. Try again next Monday, or better yet... next month! I've done this for 40 years now. It's nice to see someone make it out of that riptide. Way to Go!
    3118 days ago
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