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Old 07-22-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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One year ago today, I stepped on my scale and saw the proof of what I already knew was true. Still, it was shocking to see the highest number I have ever seen on the scale: 228 lbs. I swore, the last time, that I would never be above 200 lbs again. And yet there I was. Fat. Lethargic. Depressed. And now, disgusted with myself.

The only reason I stepped on the scale on July 22, 2008 was the fact that I had a plan. I was going to try this Weight Watchers plan that had worked for my mother – and this time, it was going to work. I didn’t like living this way. I felt uncomfortable and ill at ease. Especially around people I had never met before. I had little desire to go out with friends or with my husband. I was unmotivated and spent my life watching TV and eating. My husband and I rarely had sex, partly because I was embarrassed about how I looked, and (although he will not admit this to me) partly because my husband no longer found me physically attractive. In September, I was about to embark on a new chapter of my life – graduate school. And, by God, I was going to be thinner when I got there.

And so I began. I didn’t eat a super healthy diet right away, but I did manage to write down what I was eating and stay within my points. I started exercising on the third day – walking on the treadmill at what I thought was a very brisk pace (of about 2.3 miles per hour ). I was slow, but I was moving. And, more importantly, I was proving I could exercise and not die.

I set up mini-goals for myself – lose 15 lbs by my anniversary (done!), lose 20 lbs by the start of school (done!) and many others. I also decided to break my weight loss into 10% mini goals – this is how I decided on my goal weight of 134 lbs. It’s five 10 percent blocks from where I started. So, my goals were 205, 184, 166, 149 and 134. So far, I have reached four of those goals.

I found exercise that I could commit to – some I love (hot yoga and swimming) and some I like (weight lifting and hiking) and some I am learning to like more (running). Speaking of swimming, I now own two bathing suits! For years, I have not even owned one!

I have struggled, cried and rebelled during the past year. I have eaten food I didn’t even really want just to prove that I was still allowed. I have stopped exercising for a few weeks once or twice. I have worried about eating at restaurants. I have obsessed about the scale. I have developed a group of women at my school with whom I exercise and talk about life. I love these women. I have wanted to quit – but never more than I wanted to succeed. I have forgiven myself. Not only for the small struggles along the way, but for not caring about myself enough to do this before. I have found a whole new person inside of me – and I love her.

Today, I run and dance and laugh and play. I eat food that I love in portions that will only nourish me and make me stronger. Well, most of the time, anyway. My depression has lifted. My husband can’t keep his hands off me. I have so much energy, I am constantly thinking of new things to do to fill what little spare time I manage to wrestle out of my day. (hmm... maybe wrestling? )

Oh, and I lost 85 lbs.

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Old 07-22-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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CONGRATS! This is amazing and inspiring. Thank you!

I love this quote:

"I have wanted to quit – but never more than I wanted to succeed. "

I will keep that in mind!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:15 PM   #3
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That was just what I needed to hear today.

Thank you for the inspiration!!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:17 PM   #4
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Your story is very motivational, thank you so much for sharing.

I don't know what it's like to have a year of success, only what it's like to look back and wonder why I DIDN'T change my lifestyle a year ago. I'm tired of that, so hopefully, in a year I can know what it's like to actually be proud.

Congrats on reaching your goals, I'm very happy for you!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:18 PM   #5
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Actually, I just put this pic: http://www.trackdiet.com/img/weight_loss_scale.jpg with your quote....on a word doc and printed it out and put it on my fridge.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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I'm so glad I read this post today. I've been having a pretty discouraging evening and this really was a nice pickup. I'm going to bookmark this so I can go back to it later!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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Thank you for posting this!
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:27 PM   #8
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You are so right!

One year can make a HUGE difference (it was an 85 lb. difference for me too )
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #9
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*tear. You made me cry like a baby. Because it is all so true and genuine and speaks to my heart. A year from now I WILL be glad I started this and I will be so proud.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:36 PM   #10
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Congratulations, and thanks for the inspiring post.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:39 PM   #11
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Amazing! Congrats
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:03 PM   #12
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Heather,

Your story inspired me. I am starting my own weight loss journey tomorrow; your post could not have come at a better time. Congratulations!

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Old 07-22-2009, 10:31 PM   #13
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Thanks for that Mrs Wolf. I've been feeling anxious and impatient today. It's good to be reminded of what I have to look forward to
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:33 PM   #14
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You are where I want to be, girl! What an amazing job! Thanks for posting your story and congrats on your awesome success!!
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:09 PM   #15
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You are an amazing woman and I hope to be as successful as you have been in totally transforming my life in a year. Your post is one that I will be re-reading when I am having a tough time and in need of inspiration. Thanks so much for posting your story. I really needed to read that today.
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