100 lb. Club - Finally onederland, YES!!!
01-20-2008, 08:40 AM
I had to tell everyone, that I have finally reached onederland and I am officially down 100lbs. I has taken me 14 months and some odd days to reach this, but I am so glad I am here. I have gone from a tight fitting 24w to a comfortable 14, which means I can fit into 12's, but they are still too tight. I have gone down from a tight 3x to mediums and larges. I haven't been this small since middle school, and back then this was not small. I have done this by exercise and portion control along with moderation. Nothing has been drastic, but I have been consistant. My biggest fear to date is that I won't be able to keep it off. Does anyone have this fear and how do you overcome it? And for anyone else who has lost a lot, do you ever really see yourself as small. I still feel big, even though I know I am smaller.:?:
01-20-2008, 08:44 AM
As for seeing myself small, no, not really. I still pretty much see the image of myself I had at my highest weight. Sometimes I'll notice something in the mirror that'll make me say "wow" like a half realization that I've lost weight. Collarbones help a lot but still its hard to see myself smaller.
As for fear about gaining back. Not really only because it has taken me years of losing/maintaining to be where I'm at now. I know I will never go back to what I was. Occasionally, I'll stop losing weight for a while and gain a couple lbs but then I get back to work and get those lbs off.
One thing about weight loss is that you are learning what you need to do to maintain that weight loss. Exercise, eat right, etc and you will be able to maintain.
01-20-2008, 08:46 AM
Just wanted to say: CONGRATULATIONS!!! :carrot: Your story is so inspiring!! You should be VERY proud of yourself.
01-20-2008, 08:50 AM
Wow!! Congrats on the hard work and sucess!! Everyone is different when it comes to maintaining wieght loss, but if you've come this far you have the knowledge about your body to know what to do. Good luck!
01-20-2008, 09:06 AM
CONGRATS!!!!! great job. I only lost half of what you did, but it took about a year to realize that I wasn't that big anymore. Even now, my friends tell me that I have major body dysmorphic disorder b/c I see myself as so much fatter than everyone else. As for keeping it off, if you've gotten this far than you know what to do- just keep it up.
01-20-2008, 09:18 AM
Fantastic!!!!!!! It's a wonderful accomplishment. I am so, so happy and proud of you and for you. :D:D
I don't know about feeling smaller - they say it takes time.
Hooray for YOU! :carrot::carrot::carrot:
01-20-2008, 09:30 AM
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01-20-2008, 10:38 AM
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!! What a terrific accomplishment! Congratulations!
01-20-2008, 10:40 AM
Congradulations! That's an awsome acheivment!
01-20-2008, 10:54 AM
Congrats :cb: :broc: :carrot:
As for the image thing - yeah I still see myself as the lardarse and possibly will forever more
We went shopping yesterday and I was at the till and my mum said that I looked so tiny standing there - was really nice to hear but I don't believe it lol so kinda detracts from the comment I guess
Hopefully our minds will catch up one day!
01-20-2008, 10:56 AM
:dance: :dance: WOO HOOO FOR ONDERLAND!!!! :dance: :dance:
You have made 2 huge accomplishments at once. Onderland AND 100 lb. at once...wow! You are very inspiring.
I don't know about the other questions because I still have a ways to go...but I know others that have lost here will help you out.
01-20-2008, 12:35 PM
Congratulations!! An incredible accomplishment!
The body image thing is difficult--I still feel big, too. Regarding keeping it off, just make that commitment to do so and join the Maintainer's forum. Maintaining is just like losing, by the way, with just a few more calories thrown into the mix. If you realize now that this will be your lifestyle forever, and you don't get to go back to your old way of eating the minute you reach your goal, you'll be in good shape.
01-20-2008, 12:59 PM
Great job! Hopefully I'm not far behind you! I got some practice at maintenance during the holidays and I think I learned that it is possible to keep the weight off. We even went on a cruise and I was amazed at how easy it was not to go completely crazy. So much junk just wasn't that appealing anymore.
As far as body image goes, I still look at my size 16 jeans (down from 26) when i'm putting them on and think that they will never fit (even though they do everytime!). Have you seen the new Lifetime show "How to look good Naked"? My favorite part of the show is when they line up a bunch of women from smallest to largest and tell the person they are making over to put herself in where she belongs. She always misjudges herself for bigger. Apparently this problem is not just with those of us who've lost weight but with a lot of women in general. We concentrate on an area we don't like and make it bigger than it is. I am trying to learn to see myself truthfully, but's it's a slow process.
Keep up the good work!
01-20-2008, 01:45 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :carrot::carrot: What an awesome achievement!!! I am off to add you to the 100 lbs losers and Onederland achievers!! :D
01-20-2008, 02:16 PM
CONGRATS!!! :D That's amazing!!! I'm estatic for you :)
01-20-2008, 02:28 PM
keep up the good work :carrot::carrot::carrot:
01-20-2008, 02:44 PM
Its stories like yours that really help me stick with it. Great job!!! :)
01-20-2008, 02:51 PM
You are an inspiration :carrot:
01-20-2008, 03:20 PM
:carrot: :carrot: CONGRADULATIONS :carrot: :carrot:
Wow..you are my hero today!!!
01-20-2008, 04:25 PM
Congratulations!!! That is really awesome and you must feel so proud!!
01-20-2008, 04:46 PM
Thank you for all of your encouragement. Sometimes it feels like we are all alone on this battle to lose weight. I still have more to lose, but I never thought I would be able to get this far. Everyones kind words mean a lot and I appreciate your support. I wish everyone else luck on their journeys as well. Thanks again!
01-20-2008, 05:09 PM
Again, congrats on this major milestone for you on your journey to becoming the YOU you were created and meant to be.
I guess, I have been so excited about being able to move down the sizes and wear clothes that I used to wear and haven't been able to wear in a couple of years that I haven't thought about that. I have lost 59 lbs total since 2004. I had to take some time off because of lingering illness before I could resume my weight lose journey. I have never felt better physically and emotionally. I feel like pinching myself. I re-started my diet and exercise program this past fall.
I am glad that you shared this with us because it gives me some time to think about what I will or won't do during that time. I am 31 lbs away from Onederland and if things go as I hope they will that could be by summer time. I feel fortunate that although I have been morbidly obese for 25 years I was a normal weight up to that time and I know and have pictures of me when I was that weight and size. I used to wonder if I would ever look like that again. Now, I believe that I will.
I guess, I would liken losing a lot of weight to winning the lottery or suddenly becoming famous. There is going to be new issues that you will have to deal with as you pass through and become settled in your new life. I have already noticed that other people seem to be approaching me more and are friendlier to me. I am a very shy and private person so I feel ill at ease with this. I don't always feel like being receptive back. My extra fat insulated me against social situations. I now realize that I liked that aspect of being fat. People left me alone or ignored me and I didn't mind that. I never realized that until recently. Whether we like to admit this or not, our fat served a purpose in our lives. Once it is gone, we will have to face whatever it was that we kept at arm's and body's length.
Is it possible that there is a part of you that is not accepting of this acheivement? Do you have conflicted feelings about what it means to lose 100 lbs and also be out of the 200 lbs weight range? What did those extra pounds mean to you? How did they serve you in your past? I think these are questions worth considering and possibly journaling or sharing with a close friend. It might give you some insight in why you still seem to feel bigger than you are.
For me, I can not deny that bending is so much easier that I find myself smiling even when I am by myself. I love how the seat belt fits when I buckle up in the car. I like trying on clothes and having choices. In fact, NOW, when I do see a glimpse of a butt much bigger than I would like, I grimace. I know I have work yet to do. I have an image of what I want my body to look like eventually and that is what I focus on. I am not sure if you have done this but it might help you recognize the newly emerging you.
Good luck, God bless and congrats again!:hug::carrot:
01-20-2008, 05:42 PM
I just wanted to add my congrats! *cheers* You are an inspiration. :)
01-20-2008, 07:37 PM
Yeehaa! I'm so happy for you.
You can change your body image. I see myself as thin because I was thin most of my browing up years. I forget that I'm cowsize now. If you take a few minutes every day to close your eyes and imagine the new you in your head, you'll eventually see yourself that way. Cognitive programming. Our thoughts and self statements got us fat in the first place, so you might as well use it to be more comfortable in your body now.
01-20-2008, 07:47 PM
Fantastic!! Congratulations-I"m so proud of you!!!!
01-20-2008, 08:42 PM
Just to let you guys know, I started a new thread with more of my story.
01-20-2008, 08:45 PM
CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to onderland! Wow, I'm pretty excited I can say that to someone else.