Goal Photo Album - Goal! 55 lbs off this 4'10.5" shortie!




chickapea
07-17-2010, 10:54 PM
There's normal short, and there's me-short. Me? I'm 4'10.5" (yes I claim every half inch) with a very small frame. So when I started my weight loss journey last December at 155 lbs, I both obese and unhealthy.

How did I lose the weight?
I lost all my weight using Medifast. I had seen a co-worker lose over 50 lbs on a meal replacement plan recommended by his doctor. It wasn't Medifast, but it made me realize that it was possible to be successful on a meal replacement plan if you committed to it 100%. And when I started to research meal replacement plans, Medifast came up as a clear winner - both in results and in affordability compared to freshly prepared meal replacement plans.

I had seen a Medifast center in my neighborhood and the week after a particularly depressing and indulgent Thanksgiving, I walked in out of the blue to check it out. I heard their pitch, I saw their setup, and I gawked at the price. But I knew that if I was going to be 100% successful, I needed to give up control of my eating, I needed to be monitored, I needed to have my hand held (and slapped on occasion). I had to admit and embrace that I couldn't do this on my own. I had tried and failed too many times, each time more unhealthy and desperate than the time before.

The rest is history. I got my food, I got on plan, I stayed on plan (not 100%, but almost). 32 weeks later, I reached my goal of 55 lbs lost!

Before and After Stats
Weight: 155.0 lbs to 98.2 lbs
BMI: 31.8 to 20.2
Waist Measurement: 35 inches to 26 inches
Hips Measurement: 40 inches to 31 inches
Total Inches Lost: 80.25 inches
Body Fat: Over 50% to 25%
Cholesterol: 228 to 157

My Before and After Photos
Here I am at my heaviest, not a terrible picture (of course I deleted all the really bad ones)
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_A3NqdxbM7Q8/S8I9tsuVWvI/AAAAAAAAAGk/zTmWSVEWX2E/s800/5252_102740397972_833202972_2009713_164224_n.jpg

Here are my official Medifast center before and afters
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_A3NqdxbM7Q8/TDthdwgvwQI/AAAAAAAAAUo/m69NGExmjTs/s800/front-before-and-after.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_A3NqdxbM7Q8/TDtheTA0peI/AAAAAAAAAUs/yWxJgfE35NI/s800/side-before-and-after.jpg

And last but not least, my "official" after picture (as taken by DH this afternoon in our backyard)
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_A3NqdxbM7Q8/TEJVUHyQ4bI/AAAAAAAAAVg/bqeusc2RpVo/s800/20100717_SandiAfterMedifast_0002.jpg

I hope to give back some of the inspiration I've fed off of here for so long! Thanks for letting me share my story!


therex
07-17-2010, 11:15 PM
congratulations chickpea! you look really amazing! :congrat:

Cglasscock1
07-17-2010, 11:28 PM
You look fabulous! I would never think that you had been overweight!
Great job!


debs54
07-18-2010, 12:30 AM
congrats!! you look awesome

nurse2be
07-18-2010, 12:33 AM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and CONGRATS!!!
I bought all the MF food and 2 days after starting broke my leg (this is back in March). I have tried to get back on OP but on those bad days of therapy I misbehave. This has TOTALLY motivated me to start again! CONGRATS again, you are gorgeous!

chickapea
07-18-2010, 01:07 AM
Thank you therex, and debs54!

Carol, I get that comment a lot, even from people who have always known me as overweight. I love receiving the compliment, and thank you, but I wish I had some kind of way of silently communicating winning the fight against obesity, like a bracelet or something, so people will know I don't take being slim for granted and that I've been there. I feel like I've gone from being the friendly fat girl to being the annoyingly happy skinny girl. :P

nurse2be, you have the food, you can do this! I am so grateful to Medifast for giving me a completely new perspective on life and it just couldn't have been easier or faster. Plus, they just came out with ice cream and pancakes, so maybe those would help ease some of the bad days. I hope you're healing well and good luck!

blonie123
07-18-2010, 02:24 AM
Wow! You look sooo good! I love your outfit!

Rosinante
07-18-2010, 02:40 AM
You look great! Well done!

BerkshireGrl
07-18-2010, 01:18 PM
You look beautiful! :)

Thank you for posting your medical stats also, what an amazing difference! Not only do you look much happier, but I am sure you have added years to your life :D

SpoonSockSpork12
07-18-2010, 01:52 PM
Wow great job! You look so cute!!!

Matilda08
07-18-2010, 02:38 PM
Congrats wtg!

BellaLucia
07-18-2010, 02:41 PM
Congrats! I plan to visit San Diego in late 2011, maybe we could meet up. I'm working on losing 200lbs and I'm counting calories and exercising 6 days a week. I exercise 30minutes a day for three days, then 10 minutes for three other days. U are magnificent! U were cute before but now, u're beyond magnificent!

peace4me
07-18-2010, 05:24 PM
Congrats! You look beautiful!

jkinboston89
07-18-2010, 05:25 PM
You look SO great! I looove that last picture of you! Congrats!!

pamepinto28
07-18-2010, 07:44 PM
WoW! Awesome job. I cant wait to be able to post my story here too. Very insperational!

JessLess
07-18-2010, 08:00 PM
Great job!

oodlesofnoodles
07-18-2010, 08:42 PM
You look amazing. You're so cute!

inkdiva
07-19-2010, 01:56 AM
Wow, and look what great legs you have now too! Way to work it, girl!:)

sweetchic82
07-19-2010, 11:40 PM
Fantastic job im about 5 ft heheh and i think 100 pounds is also a fantastic weight for me, you look super gorgeous :D

jensmith72
07-20-2010, 01:52 PM
You Look Fantastic!!!

jenn33082
07-23-2010, 09:03 AM
Fabulous job!! You are adorable!

freckfrecks
07-26-2010, 09:05 PM
OMG! You look amazing! Well done you! Thanks for sharing.

TXMary2
07-27-2010, 10:56 PM
Wow! You look so awesome! WTG on your accomplishment :)

littleflip66
07-28-2010, 03:40 AM
Congratulations! You look amazing! And I completely understand that claiming every half inch thing, I stand at 4'10.75" and I make sure no one forgets that last 0.75" :)

LiliK
07-28-2010, 11:05 AM
Congratulations from someone on the opposite end of the height scale (6'2"). You look fabulous--I had to double-take to see if you were the same person in the before/after photos. Way to go!!

ade903
07-28-2010, 04:52 PM
all I can say is...WHOA! Congrats. You look amazing. I'm sure you feel amazing.

fivestone
07-28-2010, 05:50 PM
Congrats! You look great!
I'm curious about the Medifast maintenance plan. What is it like? Is it challenging at all, or are you pretty used to it from the weight-loss plan?

Chubzo
07-28-2010, 06:10 PM
Congratsssss!!!! Im Sooo Jealous!!!

chickapea
07-28-2010, 06:38 PM
Thank you so much everyone!!

fivestone, right now I'm in transition - which is 12 weeks long for me. The first four weeks of transition, you get a food group back every week.

Week one: all types of veggies
Week two: fruit and subtract one MF meal
Week three: dairy
Week four: whole grains and subtract another MF meal and add another lean & green

Then you repeat week four for the rest of transition. Once you start bringing back the carbs from starchy veggies and fruits into your diet, you get knocked out of ketosis, so all of a sudden, it's this perfect storm of still being very low calorie, suddenly being hungry after being numb to it for so long, and being at your goal weight.

I'm navigating it okay though, I think. I'm up about 2 lbs from my lowest weight, which puts me smack in the middle of my comfort zone and I'm holding - which is good. :D

A lot of folks continue to lose weight in transition, but I always knew I wouldn't be one of them since I'd set my goal pretty low and with as short as I am. I hope this helps!

Refuse to Give Up
07-28-2010, 08:24 PM
You look wonderful!! Congratulations!!

Thyme
07-29-2010, 06:46 AM
Very impressive, love the 'official photo' you look wonderful.

Magrat
07-30-2010, 04:50 AM
Congrats chickapea, you look incredible.

In fact you look just like the tiny girls who work in one of the rooms at my job.I'm jealous.

ktexas
07-30-2010, 10:13 AM
you look great, love your shoes!!

fivestone
07-31-2010, 05:30 PM
A lot of folks continue to lose weight in transition, but I always knew I wouldn't be one of them since I'd set my goal pretty low and with as short as I am. I hope this helps!

It does, thanks! It sounds like a do-able plan. It's not like it's just "hey, drink these shakes for the rest of your life!" I'm glad you have something that works really well for you!

alliesarang
07-31-2010, 07:08 PM
WOW!! You're so beautiful! And such a motivation! I'm a shorty too, so it's good to know that I could look as good as you one day. :) Keep looking fabulous!

Findmyself
08-01-2010, 06:47 AM
Wow, you look amazing!!!

Cashue
08-20-2010, 09:01 AM
I love the pics from the little chicks because I'm 5"3 and can't always relate to the taller girls (and guys)... you look fab (and very cute).

SarahD140
08-20-2010, 09:07 AM
WOW!! Congratulations. You look amazing.

Krizstyling
08-23-2010, 06:09 PM
First, I'm in love with your fashion sense! Hot!!! I cannot WAIT til I can wear a skirt or sleeveless shirt like that!

Secondly, you look freaking amazing! And most of all you look healthy and happy!!!

Congratulations!

Annita
08-23-2010, 06:57 PM
Congratulation. You look awesome. :)

Natasha1534
08-23-2010, 11:02 PM
Awwwww, you're so cute and tiny!!! Congratulations!!!

crimsons
08-24-2010, 12:01 AM
Wow, I bet DH is very happy!

leannerenee
08-25-2010, 01:24 PM
Wow, Chickpea! You made me cry- but in a good way. :-) Your stats are pretty similar to mine and I'm about your age, too. Thank you for sharing your story and pictures. I needed to see that it CAN be done.

Natoshial
08-30-2010, 09:18 AM
You are simply beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your success and inspiration with us.

llmw1951
08-30-2010, 10:17 AM
Congratulations! You Look Great! Thanks for Sharing!

60lbstogo
09-11-2010, 04:16 AM
There's normal short, and there's me-short. Me? I'm 4'10.5" (yes I claim every half inch) with a very small frame. So when I started my weight loss journey last December at 155 lbs, I both obese and unhealthy.

How did I lose the weight?
I lost all my weight using Medifast. I had seen a co-worker lose over 50 lbs on a meal replacement plan recommended by his doctor. It wasn't Medifast, but it made me realize that it was possible to be successful on a meal replacement plan if you committed to it 100%. And when I started to research meal replacement plans, Medifast came up as a clear winner - both in results and in affordability compared to freshly prepared meal replacement plans.

I had seen a Medifast center in my neighborhood and the week after a particularly depressing and indulgent Thanksgiving, I walked in out of the blue to check it out. I heard their pitch, I saw their setup, and I gawked at the price. But I knew that if I was going to be 100% successful, I needed to give up control of my eating, I needed to be monitored, I needed to have my hand held (and slapped on occasion). I had to admit and embrace that I couldn't do this on my own. I had tried and failed too many times, each time more unhealthy and desperate than the time before.

The rest is history. I got my food, I got on plan, I stayed on plan (not 100%, but almost). 32 weeks later, I reached my goal of 55 lbs lost!

Before and After Stats
Weight: 155.0 lbs to 98.2 lbs
BMI: 31.8 to 20.2
Waist Measurement: 35 inches to 26 inches
Hips Measurement: 40 inches to 31 inches
Total Inches Lost: 80.25 inches
Body Fat: Over 50% to 25%
Cholesterol: 228 to 157


I hope to give back some of the inspiration I've fed off of here for so long! Thanks for letting me share my story!

Wow!! YOU LOOK AMAZING! Like a completely different person! Congratulations!! :carrot::carrot:

LiannaKole
09-11-2010, 04:50 PM
Congratulations!

Sheena41
09-11-2010, 05:22 PM
Congratulations! You look beautiful and happy!

better health3
09-11-2010, 06:13 PM
You look stunning. Great job on all your hard work. Thanks for posting.

Lottie1980
09-12-2010, 01:45 AM
You look amazing Chickapea!! Did you exercise a lot to help with the weight loss?

Hart
09-12-2010, 02:12 PM
Fabulous!

GreenTeaYum
09-12-2010, 05:23 PM
Wow, you look amazing. You were pretty before, but wow, you look like a completely different person! Incredible results, very motivating. Thank you for sharing. :)

The most recent photo is incredible, wonderful quality, magazine worthy. :) You should send those in to Medifast- I can totally see you on a commercial or ad! :)

A7X
12-05-2010, 11:14 PM
Congratulations!!

Raspberry 1984
12-12-2010, 02:22 PM
congrats :) great photos

VickieLou
12-12-2010, 02:34 PM
:congrat: Chickapea you look Awesome!

angielita
12-30-2010, 12:27 PM
Chickapea, u look fantabulous!!! I'm your twin, except I'm just starting out. (started Dec 13th) I'm also 4'10.5", 155 lbs, and doing Medifast too! (to make it more twinsy, I'm also Asian! haha) Your pictures totally inspired me! My goal weight is 100 lbs, which I had doubts about reaching, but now that I've seen your story, I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS!!! Thanks for the motivation. Congratulations on reaching your goal. How is transition going?

nonsequitur
01-07-2011, 03:46 PM
Amazing!!! Congratulations!!! Always nice to see a fellow Asian gal reaching her goals. :)

Slimbound
02-02-2011, 02:57 PM
great job!!!!!!

LindseyLou
02-27-2011, 08:54 PM
WOW! Congratulations! You look fabulous! What an inspiration! :D

PastriestoPushups
02-28-2011, 01:37 AM
You look fantastic! Congrats! :carrot: I can't wait until I am sharing before and after photos! :)

Ariesgirl
04-07-2011, 11:21 PM
CONGRATS! and thanks for posting as a fellow "shorty" it's nice to have an inspirational shorty here.

samtheshyone
04-11-2011, 10:22 PM
You look amazing. Congrats.

And I understand claiming every little bit of height. I am 5'3 1/4".

Sam

KellyBean88
04-13-2011, 02:22 PM
Wow! You look fantastic. You are an inspiration!

Txalupa
04-27-2011, 09:24 PM
You look amazing!! I love your after pic outfit as well, very cute.

jenesy
04-28-2011, 02:47 AM
Thanks for the inspiration! You look amazing...so beautiful and happy. I just finished my first week on Medifast. I too feel like i need to be monitored closely. I'm hoping to have fabulous results like you!

loosing40
07-18-2011, 02:47 PM
You look amazing, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Innerprincess
08-02-2011, 10:59 PM
Congratulations! You're adorable!

chickapea
08-04-2011, 02:00 PM
It's been a long time since I've visited this thread! I'm amazed it's still here and so glad it's been even a little bit of inspiration for all of you that are fighting the good fight.

My life has changed a lot in the year since I posted this. I'm 8 months pregnant now, so I don't look like my after picture anymore! One of my goals in losing the weight actually was to deal with some fertility issues. At my highest weight, I wasn't ovulating. So mark that as another goal achieved. ;)

I was actually diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, so I'm on a diet again! I really think my experience with Medifast helped prepare me for this diet, and it's helped keep my weight gain in control and my little one healthy.

Hopefully I'll be back here with an update in a few months, at my goal weight again, but this time, with a cute baby boy on my hip!

Thanks again for all the sweet comments, it means a lot to me that my success isn't just mine, but helps fuel yours as well!

xxkaleidoscopic
08-06-2011, 08:09 PM
Wow, you are GORGEOUS. And good luck with your pregnancy!

SarRawrNaomi
08-07-2011, 03:53 AM
Awe you're lucky you looked gorgeous every which way. But you must feel amazing now though

rainydays
08-07-2011, 11:17 AM
Congrats on the weight loss and the baby! :hug:

Michinmn
08-17-2011, 12:26 PM
Awesome job!! What kind of work out did you do?
You look beautiful!!! I love your shoes in the after pic!

happygirl5
08-27-2011, 04:32 AM
You look great! well done! :)

gimmeMYbodyBACK
12-30-2011, 09:44 PM
I love your story! I'm 5'1 (and 3/4"!!) and being short definitely is a huge disadvantage in the weight struggle. I just signed up to do medifast last nite, my food will be here on Tuesday - I'm hoping I have just as great results that you did - my biggest challenge will be finding my own willpower, you're definitley an inspiration, thank you!

hhaffner
01-01-2012, 06:48 PM
fabulous! you look amazing

damiilya
01-14-2012, 02:45 PM
Wow! You look amazing, congratulations!

Moozie
01-18-2012, 05:24 AM
you look fantastic.
well done.
i agree about the bracelet- Weight watchers do little stars for key chains!

Dawnberry
01-24-2012, 12:30 PM
you are so adorable!!!

lillisa81
03-05-2012, 07:56 PM
You look great and are an inspiration! I'm about an inch shorter, a little lighter than your starting weight, but I have the same goal.

Thanks for sharing!

hhm6
03-17-2012, 02:54 AM
You look amazing!! and not to mention very fit! Did you certain types of workouts? you seemed to have lost weight so evenly all over, if only I could take a couple lbs off my stomach alone!!

Congrats!

HERMIONY
04-10-2012, 06:42 AM
well done thats amazing!

Butterfly1987
04-14-2012, 06:31 AM
Well done, you look absolutely fantastic!!