LA Weight Loss - Congratulations Lynn!




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WITeresa
01-21-2008, 12:12 PM
You've reached your goal! Way to go! :carrot: You're an inspiration to us all!
:bravo: :cheer:


Mama Nicole
01-21-2008, 12:16 PM
You know.......I just signed on for the first time in three days.....and I went to the january WI thread to post my stats........and I see a brand new skinny avatar of Lynn......and then I see her stats, and HOLY CRAP........YOU MADE IT LYNN!!!! We are all soooo proud of you!!! WTG! :cheer: I do have to add, that I am not shocked........you have done all the necessary work to get where you are today. This had nothing to do with luck.......it was all you!!!! Congratulations, Lynn!!!
XOXO

Joni135
01-21-2008, 12:50 PM
Congrats Lynn - so proud of you and what you have accomplished!:carrot::carrot:


Katy66
01-21-2008, 01:06 PM
:cb:WAY TO GO LYNN:cb:
:cp::cp::cp::cp::cp::cp:

BarbaraB
01-21-2008, 02:05 PM
Lynn, Your perseverence has paid off. You look so thin! Congrats on your well earned success.

JLem311
01-21-2008, 02:35 PM
congrats lynn! so happy for you! you're such an inspiration!

chiquita623
01-21-2008, 03:03 PM
Congratulations Lynn!!! Your determination and hard work has paid off. You are truly an inspiration to all of us. We are so proud of you!!

zambejaly5
01-21-2008, 03:15 PM
WOOHOO!!!!!! I am so thrilled for you. It makes it seem more real that it will be me someday!

Now.... give us all the gory details! How long it took. What was hard, what was easy, what surprised you through the process, complements you have received. everything. Let us bask in your glory for a few min.!

aguerin
01-21-2008, 03:42 PM
Congrats Lynn on making your goal. You are an inspiration to us all and a mentor as well. I hope this doesn't mean you will be moving on. We need your infinate wisdom, advice and tasty recipes.

Repo girl
01-21-2008, 04:02 PM
WTG Lynn! You have worked so hard for this!

marzbe
01-21-2008, 04:09 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::cheer2::cheer2::woohoo::woohoo:
and
:welcome2: to stabilization purgatory.

roserph
01-21-2008, 04:58 PM
Congratulations Lynn! Way to Go!!!! :)

GrandmaCindy
01-21-2008, 06:13 PM
Good for you. I've enjoying reading your hints and insights the short time I've been on the site. Thanks for being a positive roll model!! Cindy

Lynx
01-21-2008, 06:22 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::cheer2::cheer2::woohoo::woohoo:
and
:welcome2: to stabilization purgatory.

Megan,
You made my day. Just what I was thinking....You must have read my mind.

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Lynn
Original goal of 50 lbs lost - accomplished
Revised goal of 65 lbs lost - accomplished

Lynx
01-22-2008, 08:06 AM
WOOHOO!!!!!! I am so thrilled for you. It makes it seem more real that it will be me someday!

Now.... give us all the gory details! How long it took. What was hard, what was easy, what surprised you through the process, complements you have received. everything. Let us bask in your glory for a few min.!

WARNING - VERY LONG POST

I am 61 years old and I started LAWL on 12/27/06 with a weight of 200 lbs.
How did I get to this point? I own up to stress eating; making poor choices in foods especially too many fattening lunches; sedentary stressful job; no exercise; “beat the clock” lifestyle, caring for two elderly parents long distance while raising two active sons.
After many diet failures, I was at one of my lowest points. Therefore, when I started this program I was mentally ready. Looking back, I think I hypnotized myself and it continues to work for me. I reinforce my mental preparedness with daily doses of positive self talk. Example – “Food is a very temporary high – being thinner is a daily high.” I am in my mental “zone” as I call it as far as being on program.
I am 5’2” tall on my tip toes. I was put on red with lites and I started losing slowly. I was told that I was not medically eligible to do fast forward or take off. After I was on the plan for a month or so and I learned that others were moving down and I asked at what point I would move to a lower plan. To my surprise, I was told that because of the medical condition that I had reported to them, I was not eligible to move down. I would stay on red for my entire weight loss journey. Based on what I know now, anyone else at my height and starting weight started on purple. I plateaued at just 16 lbs lost.
I decided my only course of action to get my plan changed would be for my doctor to write me a release stating that I could go on a lower plan. Because my regular doctor had changed jobs and I had an appointment with a new doctor for my yearly physical, I had to wait until that appointment to enlist my new doctor for help. My new doctor was pleased with the weight that I had lost and she wrote me the release. I was moved to gold 3 1/2months into my journey.
I switched to the numbered plans at the end of July, 2007. Since then, I have been on plan 2. My original goal was to lose 50 lbs and a year ago I considered that possibility a long shot because I had failed with so many other programs. I had convinced myself that I had wrecked my metabolism with too many prior diets and especially low calorie ones. It is my little miracle that I have lost the weight I have, but I am constantly looking for ways to make this program work for the way my body burns fat or doesn't burn fat.
Before this, I was the queen of couch potatoes. Now, I exercise every day. I have to. I started exercising before I even started the program. I vary my exercise. I joined a health club and I use a treadmill, an elliptical, a recumbent cross-trainer bike, and I also do water aerobics. I am serious. You have to get some kind of exercise. Ironically, when I think back to times when I did lose weight in the past, I was doing some form of exercise with the eating plan.
I want to make it clear that I enjoy the food that I eat each and every day. I am so glad that I no longer have regrets or feel guilty about food. I am not going back to where I was. I spent 30+ years fighting my weight. Especially when you are older, you become invisible and not taken seriously.
I lose slowly. I kid myself that I have “ounced” my way down the scale. I am a very patient person, but I had to be even more patient. To keep my body in a fat burning mode, I know that I have to stay on plan. It becomes a habit and a good one. If you read my posts, you will realize that I am a very “by the book” person as far as this plan goes. Since I started on this program, I have had 2 sons get married with all the wedding showers, etc and both weddings and all the showers were out of state with extended travel for me. I have been on 2 vacations.

By the way, my medical condition is leaky heart valves which I acquired when I was on a medically supervised weight loss program run by one of the top obesity doctors in the U.S. I was prescribed fen-phen and later one of the drugs, fenfluramine, was recalled and there was a large class action suit. I received a very small monetary settlement. A small number of the people affected have life threatening conditions.

All right – finally compliments. I had a massage right before New Years and the owner of the salon who gave me the massage told me that my legs and even my feet are very firm and strong. She was very surprised. Then when I was coming back from California in December, I showed my passport in San Diego when I was checking in my luggage and the ticket agent asked me if this was really my birthdate? (Like I would lie and make my age older than I am). Then I realized that my passport from 2000 probably did not look like me. I had to show him my new driver’s license to prove that I was who I said I was. He said that I looked a lot younger than my birthdate.

I am on to stabilization and maintenance.

Lynn
Original goal of 50 lbs lost - accomplished
Revised goal of 65 lbs lost - accomplished

Debbie24
01-22-2008, 09:14 AM
Lynn you hot mama, i love the new avatar. congrats again. now i'm gonna go read yor long post.

ETA: Lynn what a journey, i'm sure you would say its all worth it. I'm so inspired by you. Even tho i'm "ouncing" by i'm not going to let it discorage me. I'm going to try to be more patient because in the end i'm investing in myself and there is no better investment. :). thanks so much for sharing your story again.

Mama Nicole
01-22-2008, 11:13 AM
Lynn.......you may want to copy your post into the testimonials thread........it should be read by many :)
XOXO

amylou7777
01-22-2008, 11:18 AM
You did it Lynn! We are all so excited and proud of you. I'm so impressed that you were able to meet 2 different goals in just over a year! You are finally right where you want to be and I bet it feels SO good! Enjoy it and keep up with us on here!

zambejaly5
01-22-2008, 04:57 PM
THANKS! That was exactly what I was looking for. and I agree with Nicole! put it in the testimonials thread.

Again, CONGRATS!!!!!!!