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The last "Before" Photo Ever. 12-25-07 How Happy Is that Face! LOL (WT 285lbs)

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Update 8-21-09

I think I am finally past the slow up/down cycle I was in. *Knock on wood* I seem to be losing steady and excited that right around the corner is 100 lbs lost. I am learning that I'm not the only one that has to deal with "self sabotoge". Its a nasty thing for sure. It gets scary when things change this much & I guess the fat me is trying to save herself. Thankfully The smaller me has been winning that battle lately. =)

My jeans are super baggy, I bought my 1st belt in I don't know how long & it was a Large, not 1 or 2x. =) I can now wear my DH's medium shirts, and some of my 13/14 jeans. =)

When I was the "small" me, years, and years, And years ago, I always thought I was about 185. I never stepped on scales back then, so I didn't have a clue. Now that I am close to 185, I Know thats not the case. I have a pair of sz 10 jeans I was able to wear back then. I guess after I get into them, I will get a general idea of where I was. I have seen people talk about VFT (Virgin Fat Territory) That being the smallest you remember being as an adult. Since I don't have a number I will have to go for size. My 1st goal was to lose 142.5 so I would weigh what I have lost. Not sure where I will get to, I decided to consider goal at 150. That seems very doable & I can decide if I want to go lower then. =)

To anyone bored enough to still be reading my rambling (LOL) Thanks for stopping by. =) It was a long road to this point, but I am still chugging along. I don't really know that I expected to get here back when I was 285. It was daunting to say the least. But Here I am 1 & 1/2 years later still taking care of myself. =) Amazing what taking a little time to worry about you, can do. =)


*Update 6-21-09

Its been about 18 months since I started this journey. While my diet may have changed, and there may have been a few bumps in the road, I am glad to say I am still traveling towards my goal. I am below 200 for the 1st time in about a decade. Although I wasted most of my 30's in a junk eating fog, I am glad to say I did not end them there.

I am happier than I have been in years. I don't hide away avoiding the big bad world outside. Now DH & I go out & enjoy life, fresh air, family, and each other. Its wonderful having energy again.

It is also nice to have went thru the winter yo-yo/stall, then starting Atkins, going thru a 3-4 week stall & not giving up. I have lost 15lbs in the last 2 months. Woohoo

Onward & upwards I say... Believe in Yourself AND trust the Process!


*UPDATE 5-20-09

197.5 & Feeling Great. I was a bit worried to step on the scale this morning, I felt all "Puffy" LOL But was happy to report I was not up at all! =) Feels Great knowing I am changing my life, for good! Only 55lbs to go, that seems like a tiny blip from where I was when I started. Woohoo!!!

I know it will probably take me the year to get the rest of the weight off, BUT Bringing in 2010 in a slinky little number sounds pretty good to me. =)

*Update 5-14-09

Holding steady at 200lbs. Scale hasn't moved in almost 2 weeks, but I am sure its just adjusting to the changes. I am really enjoying my low carb WOE. I have not had a "sweet" craving in almost a month, I am not hungry all the time like before either. Only downside is my DH bedtime snack of cereal, that used to make me hungry, now grosses me out. LOL He is a trooper though, I will cover my nose with the blanket while he eats it, and when he is done, he brushes his teeth. The joke is that we don't want me to catch his "Carbs" LOL

Newest change, I quit drinking caffeine. Weaning myself off of "leaded" coffee was the worse 3-4 days ish of my life. I can't believe I was so addicted to the stuff. You drink coffee for 20+ years & it becomes just a staple. I know I have went a day here & there in the past without drinking it & felt ok, so I didn't think much of it. Then when I completely stopped, a 50lb weight was laid on my head & then I was hit by a mack truck. (So it felt to me anyway)

Today is day 5 & this morning, I feel pretty good. Not 100% but I am on my way. =) Things I have noticed so far. I don't feel anxious like before. Who woulda thunk it, Coffee can make you jittery & anxious. Also no matter what you thought you knew Lisa, thats not a Normal feeling. LOL *Thumps forehead*

Onward & Upward! I AM going to see Onederland this month! I would like to see anything in the 180's by july 4th. Wow can't believe I am talkin abut 180s. Seems like forever ago I dreamed about it, but couldnt really "see" it in the distance. Woohoo!!!

* Update 4-28-09

Over winter, I worked on lowering my carbs, no plan per se, When I ate too many or close to "Standard" ranges, I would start feeling sluggish, or lazy. Something had to change. I read many things, worked on me & decided something I have been interested in, even before I went MIA, was a Low Carb WOE. So I bought DANDR read it, decided I was willing to give it my all, and Started Induction On 4-19-09, weighing in at 210.

I am still learning as it goes. I will Never say that a low cal/low fat diet won't work, I lost 75lbs that way. Everyone has to research what they are doing, choose what is right for them, believe that it will work, trust the system design they are following. I began to question mine, so it was time for me to find what would help me in this next stage of getting healthy.

10 days in, things are going Very well. =) I am seeing more progress than I thought. Willpower & Friendship takes one to have the other. =) I am positive this year I will be a "Goalie" not just a Dreamer of reaching goal. =)

*Update 8-01-08

Well July was not as strong as I had hoped, I still removed 5 lbs. I'll take that! I know I didn't push myself like I normally do. This will change for August. I know that I can lose a little just going thru the motions, But I want to feel the Excitement of the loss from going at it with guns blazing. =)

No more baby step junk for me. I know how to walk this path, I just need to press forward & not stop for every detour or slowdown that comes my way!

Tigers & BIO will help me with this for sure! My Friends ROCK!!!


Talk about Roller Coasters, I started Strong in January and except for a few "bumps" in the road, I am still chugging along.

As a whole, I Love me. Not so much me that everyone sees on the outside, but the inner me, the one that Loves, Laughs, Cares, Hopes. I lost her for a short time in the middle of this, as I got discouraged by the scale. But I think I found me again.

Friday I was 240, 45 lbs gone. You would think that would have been a milestone including excitement. But it didn't feel that way, and my only guess is, it was (in my head) just another number, in the 40's, where I have been forever it seemed. I think I started hating the scale in the 40's & in turn stopped paying attention to me & only paid attention to the scale.

This morning I weighed in at 239. This is a milestone for me! Yes it’s only 1 pound more than Friday. But its 230's Not 240's! It’s like I can see the forest for the trees now. With just a one pound change, my eyes are open & my heart is soaring. I can't wait for what's to come. Like a renewed sense of self.

I know that I will have down times again, it’s only natural. But, I believe I can get thru anything. I am so ready for me.

I quit smoking, just quit, because I knew it was the right/healthy thing to do, it was time, and I was ready. Dropped them & haven't looked back. I started eating right cause it was the right/healthy thing to do, it was time. Started working out cause I was having trouble walking to the basement & back, my knees would creek & pop, & I would be sweating just trying to do laundry. I had enough, it was time, and I haven’t looked back.

Last year I had a hard time walking ½ mile from my house without most parts of my body aching; now I can walk 4+ miles including the “Terror Twins”.
January my BMI was 47.5; in 5months it has dropped to 39.9.
Last year I was wearing sweats/jammies because my 20’s didn’t fit; today I am wearing 18s & some 16s.
Last year my house was a mess; this year, it’s still a mess. So some things haven’t changed, but we are constantly working on the house so that’s to be expected. LOL

So here is an updated Sparkpage. Those who know me, probably know most of this, those who don’t, I hope you realize you are not alone, it does get frustrating at times, But we are all here to help and support each other. Be Strong Be Happy, Be You!

Hugzzz, ~Lisa

01-01-08 285 Time for Change! If it is to be, It is up to ME!!!
01-08-08 277
01-15-08 275
01-22-08 270
01-31-08 269
02-04-08 265 20 lbs in about a month! Nice!!!
02-08-08 263.5
02-15-08 261
02-22-08 255
02-28-08 257 =( Darnit
03-07-08 256 (10% of me is Gone!)
03-13-08 253
03-21-08 251
04-11-08 248
04-18-08 245.5 (soooo close to 40 gone!)
05-02-08 248 Darnit!
05-09-08 245.5
05-14-08 245 40 Gone *happy Dance*
05-31-08 241
06-07-08 240 45 GONE * Funky Chicken*
06-14-08 234.5 50.5 GONE *Tears*
06-21-08 232
06-28-08 229 !!! 56 Gone
07-06-08 228 57lbs = 20% Of me Gone! WOOT
07-12-08 227
07-18-08 225.5 almost 60 gone *Smiles*
07-25-08 223
08-01-08 224 *grumble grumble* LOL
08-08-08 220 Thats more like it! =) 65 Gone FOREVER!
08-15-08 217 68 down 67 to go Over 1/2 way there!
08-22-08 217
08-29-08 216
09-01-08 218
09-07-08 215
11/08 to 04/09 Bounce between 215-205
04-19-09 210 (Started Atkins)
04-27-09 202 *Woot*
05-02-09 200 SOO Close to Onderland!
05-15-09 199 *Shakes tail feather*
05-22-09 197 Yay!
05-29-09 197
06-05-09 198 durnit
06-12-09 197
06-21-09 195 WOOHOO =) 90 GONE!
06-27-09 194
07-03-09 195
07-10-09 194
07-17-09 193
07-19-09 192
07-24-09 194 *Grumpy face*
07-31-09 192 *Happy Face* LOL
08-07-09 197
08-14-09 191
08-21-09 189 *funky Chicken*
08-28-09 189
09-04-09 188

Member Since: 2/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 12,087

My Goals:
To be healthy & have more energy. Feel good in my own skin.
Be thankful for something Everyday.

My Program:
I am Following DANDR for Nutrition goals. Exercise is walking where/when I can, also working out to Gilad, WATP, and various DVDs.

Personal Information:
Lisa 40 *Gasp* LOL
Alton, Illinois

01-01-08 285 SW
01-15-08 275 -10
02-04-08 265 -20
02-22-08 255 -30
05-14-08 245 -40
06-14-08 235 -50
07-22-08 225 -60
11-07-08 215 -70
04-25-09 205 -80
06-21-09 195 -90!!!!

Other Information:
Seven Ways to Have a Good Day
1. Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
2. Look at the sunny side of everything.
3. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.
4. Be as enthusiastic about success of others as you are about your own.
5. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
6. Give everyone a smile.
7. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.

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