Fear of Heart Transplant Leads to Beth's 200 Pound Weight Loss*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
This blog is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides support, encouragement and inspiration to the SparkPeople Community. 

SparkPeople Member: EMSSBEARS

I am the perfect example of the yo-yo dieter. Having been overweight for most of my life, I tried nearly every diet out there, some several times without success. Each time I’d diet, I’d lose the weight, but then as the attention and compliments became stressful, the insecurities and low self-esteem would kick back in and I would start overeating again. The end result was not only gaining back the pounds I’d lost, but adding an additional 20 or 30 pounds each time.

It took a long time for me to realize that I was using my weight as a defense mechanism to keep people away, a thought that came as the result of being physically attacked once when I was at my ideal weight.

When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and found myself unable to walk or use my arms to exercise for seven months, I became quite depressed. Over the next two years, I was given chemotherapy treatments and eventually regained the ability to use a walker and limited movement. By that time, though, I was at my all-time highest weight and my heart muscle had been severely damaged. I was ready to give up.

I decided to give it one more chance when I was browsing another website where someone suggested SparkPeople. It saved my life. Even though I have struggled from time to time, I have never given up. I have had setbacks that have landed me in the hospital for months at a time, forcing me to press the restart button many times, but I’ve always kept trying.

The ultimate wakeup call came when I had a heart attack, and my doctor informed me that I would need a heart transplant. I was in shock, but that was just the beginning. When my doctor told me that I would have to lose 100 pounds before I could be considered for the transplant, I decided enough was enough. I challenged myself to 100 minutes of exercise for 100 days, and I lost the 100 pounds quickly, bringing my heart function up to the point that I was off the transplant list. I continued following the plan and have now lost over 200 pounds.

Every 100 days, I challenge myself to a new set of goals in areas in which I need to improve. I also finally realized that, while I am still uncomfortable getting them, it is okay to receive compliments. I will always be so grateful to all the wonderful people that have made it possible for me to still be here. Without you, I would never have lost the weight. The support here is awesome.

You may have to make this journey for yourself, but you don't have to make it by yourself. 

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2DAWN4 9/20/2020
I would love an update! Report
DEEEBEE 9/20/2020
Congratulations! I am so happy you're healthy now. I know if I gain weight, I have trouble walking up hills. That keeps me motivated to keep my weight down, although it's not as low as I'd like it to be. Report
SANFRAN1201 9/20/2020
Wow! What an inspiration! That is totally amazing!
ZELDA13 9/20/2020
Great inspiration. I too have a medical condition that has led to walking being a huge challenge. I am working hard to get strength and stamina back. Great to hear from someone who has done it. Report
CHICKEE7 9/20/2020
You are amazing. I can't even imagine doing 100 minutes of exercise for 100 days in a row. Inspiring ! Report
SWEETBUNNIE50 9/20/2020
Thank you so much for sharing your success story with us, you have really inspired me. I can totally relate to your story i have been a yoyo dieter for years. I have finally realized this is my journey no one can do this for me i have to do it for myself, but i am greatful that we have this site & people like you to encourage us. Keep on doing what your doing it's working : ) Report
Beth's success story is fantastic. How is she doing today ? Has she kept the weight off ?

These blogs from members are wonderful, but need to be updated. Would love to hear if these members are still successful. Knowing that they've kept the weight off is just as inspiring as all the hard work they did to lose it. Report
AQUAGIRL08 9/20/2020
Congratulations on taking control of your own health! You are an inspiration! Report
LEANJEAN6 9/20/2020
simply amazing Report
AZMOMXTWO 9/20/2020
thank you again Report
RO2BENT 9/20/2020
Yikes! Report
MILLER-S 9/20/2020
Well done! Very inspiring! Report
FERRETLOVER1 9/20/2020
Thanks. Report
NEPTUNE1939 9/20/2020
ty Report
WHITE-GREEN 9/20/2020
I went to EMSSBEARS sparkpage, no blogs, no activity since 2015. This blog was written in 2016. How about an update? Report
Thank you Report
JANIEWWJD 9/20/2020
Wonderful!!! Report
ETHELMERZ 9/20/2020
Hope you are still doing well! Report
_CYNDY55_ 9/19/2020
Thanks Report
LABLUE788 8/26/2020
I’m inspired by your journey and I applaud
your efforts and success thank you so
much for sharing 💕💕 Report
AZMOMXTWO 8/6/2020
thank you Report
That is truly inspiring. I totally get the feeling of trying to hide behind weight. Thank you for sharing. Report
JSTETSER 7/14/2020
Amazing! Report
100DERWOMAN 7/14/2020
Thanks for sharing your story. It was most inspiring. And just like you I have a hard time with compliments and male. attention. However, it's so motivating to know I'm not alone. Furthermore, you've given me a goal to shoot for. I really like the idea of 100 minutes of exercise for 100 days. Report
JENSEMINARA1993 7/14/2020
Inspiring Report
What a healthy transformation Report
MSDEMILLE 7/14/2020
So inspiring Report
MWHIGGINS 7/14/2020
Thank you for sharing with us! Report
SAILORGIRL222 7/14/2020
Very inspiring. Thanks! Report
Very inspiring to read im not the only one who feels like that Report
NEPTUNE1939 7/14/2020
ty Report
AZMOMXTWO 7/14/2020
thank you Report
RO2BENT 7/14/2020
We have so many distractions in our lives and we aren’t taught to evaluate ourselves Report
DMEYER4 7/14/2020
inspiring story way to go Beth Report
Great post Report
MATTSLADY 7/14/2020
Very inspirational and encouraging for those of us facing the same struggle. You have motivated me with your positive attitude Report
When people start commenting on my weight loss I start sabotaging my efforts. I've never understood why though. Nice to know if isn't just me. Thanks for sharing your story. It and you are very inspirational. God bless. Report
JANIEWWJD 7/14/2020
Congratulations!!! Hope you're doing well!!! Report
KATHYJO56 7/2/2020
What an inspirational story. Congratulations on an awesome attitude. Report
PATRICIAAK 6/20/2020
:) Report
SNUZYQ2 2/23/2020
Congratulations on reaching your goal and on being able to embrace it. That's a victory twice over. Good for you and very inspiring for others! Report
There is not much more I can say after reading all the comments. But the bottom line is you were faced with huge medical challenges and must have digged deep to rise above all this negativity. So glad your heart got stronger and you conquered most all these issues. Congratulations! Report
RO2BENT 1/16/2020
Does this count as fitspo?!? Report
JERRYGIRL4 1/16/2020
Wow! I can’t get over 100 minutes for 100 days. Good job. Report
PATRICIAAK 12/30/2019
:) Report
NASFKAB 12/25/2019
Get post Report
-POOKIE- 11/1/2019
great story Report
RAJYABO 10/30/2019
What a wonderful testimony no matter where you are in your weight loss journey this share cane me so much encouragement Report
Scary and inspiring Report
I have some of your illnsesses and some you don't You have given me hope Thank you so much for sharing! Report