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150 pounds lost (and never to be found again!)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This morning I weighed myself and the scale said 175! My starting weight was 325, so for all you people out there who suck at math (like I do) that is 150 pounds gone, and a little over 46% of my weight. 150 pounds is more than the weight of an average adult woman, or so I've read. It's about what I want my goal weight to eventually be, so I am about 25 pounds away.

Here are a few before pictures of me, taken in 2009 and 2010.

March 2010

October 2009...size 28 jeans

I wore a 3 or 4x...summer 2009

Even though I've lost all that weight, it's still hard to believe. In 2 more months, it will be 3 years since I really buckled down and started losing weight. That is when I joined Sparkpeople (April 24, 2010). I know that some people lose that much weight in a year or 2, so almost 3 years isn't fast. However, over these past few years I have been consistent, drastically improved my health, and I've learned a lot about myself. Workouts are just something I do, no excuses. I eat healthy, and although I still struggle with overeating at times, it's light years from where it was. I'm more in control than I have ever been, and that is a wonderful feeling.

People ask me all the time how I did it. There is not one single answer to how I did it because losing a lot of weight is a complex issue, but it boils down to working hard, eating better, and being accountable to myself. It has not been easy. There have been times I've cried, yelled, felt scared, and just wanted to give up. I knew that if I gave up I'd only get heavier, so I decided that no matter what I would not quit.

If you are just starting out and not sure that you can lose weight, just know you CAN. I never used to believe that I could either, and it's completely true that if you allow yourself to believe you can't do something, then you won't. I'm just a wife and mom who was fed up being overweight and unhealthy. Just know that it won't happen over night. You will struggle and it will take time, and that is OK.

Some recent photos of me:

182 pounds. December 30, 2012

1-25-13 14 degrees out and I ran my fastest 3.1 ever (29:19)

2-12-13 176 pounds, size 12 skirt, size large top

I feel very happy today. When I think about all the things I've accomplished in the last 3 years, I am proud of myself. I am strong. I am healthy. I can run for miles. I can do push ups. I can do tree pose. I am a good role model for my kids. I have found out that I'm a lot stronger than I ever believed I could be. My health has been transformed. I am a better Me, and that is what I set out to accomplish.

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