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12-21-2010, 01:56 PM
I'm living proof that an indoorsy, unathletic woman with PCOS in her late 40's can lose 115 pounds on moderate diet and moderate exercise.

I was always chubby, usually about the second-heaviest girl in the class. My mother tried to get me to diet in high school but it didn't "take". When I was in college, at 18, I went on my first serious diet, from 166 down to 134. I still had terrible eating habits, though, so I started gaining again almost immediately.

I joined ROTC partly because I wanted to serve my country, partly because I got a scholarship, and partly because I thought the military weight limit (147 or 148) would be good incentive to keep the weight off. Unfortunately, it felt like a straitjacket and put me under constant stress. I flirted with disordered eating as a way to stay out of weight trouble, which I mostly did (though I flunked a few weigh-ins). I was on active duty from 1982 to 1986; when I got out, I was so happy not to have to deal with the weight limit anymore that I gained 70 pounds in one year!

Through my life, I went on several diets and could lose weight or gain weight, but could never really maintain a weight. I made the mistake of trying to eat low-fat when I dieted (though I really had no way of knowing it was a mistake, at the time). Having PCOS, a high-carb diet was the worst thing for me. I was hungry 24/7. All The Time. It's no wonder that my weight rebounded when I was done "dieting", especially since I still had terrible eating habits.

In 1989, at the age of 27, I dieted from 225 to 173 before I stopped dieting and started to regain again. By the mid '90's, I was in the 240's. I tried low-carb in the early 2000's and did fairly well, probably down to around 220, but, after a week trip where literally all there was to eat was carbs, I got off track and never really got back on.

Something changed in the mid 2000's. One is that I sort of got my head together. I was mildly to moderately depressed pretty much my whole life, but never really considered treatment because I thought it was just my personality. I had some scary downswings but was strong enough to withstand them without any permanent damage to my external life.

In the mid '90's, though, I had a scary enough downturn that I decided to try medication. I'm really glad I did--it improved my quality of life a lot, and may have saved my life. I was on and off meds for about 10 years, including an amicable but still painful divorce in 2002.

By 2006, somehow I got my head together, and I've been depression-free and med-free since then. I also made a decision to stop worrying about food for a while. I gained a little extra weight, but I honestly think that was one of the key steps that set me up for success on my latest weight-loss journey.

At the end of 2008, I weighed 260 pounds. On December 29, 2008, I decided that I Was Ready. Despite all logic and previous experience with traumatic and unsuccessful diets, I somehow knew that it was different this time.

I decided to count calories and try to limit, but not eliminate, carbs. I started at 1500 calories a day. In the spring I started walking about half an hour (about 1 1/2 miles) six times a week (I'm still walking six times a week, without fail). I lost exactly 2 pounds a week for the first 15 weeks, then the pace started to slow down.

The milestones kept adding up, though. August 3, 2009: 50 pounds lost (that's about when people started to notice). September 28, 2009: Onederland. December 28, 2009: 77 pounds lost in one year. February 8, 2010: 81 pounds lost, 179 pounds no longer obese. August 30, 2010: 155 pounds, more than 40% of my original weight lost. October 25, 2010: 110 pounds lost before my 49th birthday. And I officially weighed in at goal on December 21, 2010.

I know that maintenance will provide its own set of challenges, but I think I'm ready. I had cut back to 1400 calories a day in mid-2010; I now estimate that maintenance will take about 1700 calories, but I'm going to raise my intake to that level slowly and cautiously. In 2011, I hope to fine-tune my maintenance regimen, and I may also try to start doing some strength and flexilibily exercises.

Here are some photos. I'm including the one from when I was 155 mainly to compare the effect of the last ten pounds.

12-21-2010, 02:04 PM
Great job!!! Good for you that it finally snapped & you were able to do it!!! I know with all that hard work, you will do great maintaining! :)

12-21-2010, 02:27 PM
Congratulations, Oboegal! What an inspirational story!

b. strong,

12-21-2010, 02:36 PM
An amazing transformation!!!!!!

I'm so happy for you :)

12-21-2010, 02:36 PM
Congratulations. You are such an inspiration!

12-21-2010, 02:51 PM
I recommend Kettlebells and Z-Health for turning the clock back. At 44, I now have the energy and flexibility I had as a 17 year old.

Great job!

12-21-2010, 02:55 PM
Thanks for your kind comments.

One thing I forgot to say in my original post is how *untraumatic* this lifestyle change has been compared to my previous diets. I'm hungry only occasionally, and if I get hungry enough I "borrow" from the next day's calories and pay it back. I allow myself occasional treats, within reason, but I always strive to pay back the excess calories--that's my "fail-safe" to guard against going off the deep end. I basically eat anything I want, but I always go through the thought process of "is this worth not eating something else later?". Many times, the answer is "no" and that solves the problem. Sometimes the answer is "yes", and, 90% of the time I've indulged, it has been worth it.

12-21-2010, 03:07 PM

12-21-2010, 04:32 PM
WTG. Congrats.

12-21-2010, 06:23 PM
You are an amazing inspiration. Job well done!

DixC Chix
12-21-2010, 08:09 PM
Congrats!!! :bravo: :cp: :cp: Well done!!

YOU definitely ROCK, Oboegal!!!

12-21-2010, 08:38 PM
awesome job!

12-21-2010, 11:37 PM
You look great! :)

12-22-2010, 12:33 AM
Those last ten pounds made a big difference, didn't they? Wow! You've done so well! Yours is a true, and very realistic, success story. ;) So many of us can relate to the lose/gain cycle.


12-22-2010, 01:35 AM
Congratulations! Well done! You look amazing, and thanks for sharing your story. :bravo:

12-22-2010, 02:31 AM
Congratulations! You look wonderful. I really enjoyed reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. You are an inspiration!

12-22-2010, 07:30 AM
You are a real inspiration!! Thank you for sharing.

12-22-2010, 09:52 AM
Great determination. Congratulations!

12-22-2010, 10:39 AM
Great job, thanks for the inspiration!

Your story mirrors mine in many ways...I am losing at about the same pace you did and we have very similar eating plans. Thanks for being living proof that I can and will make it the rest of the way!

12-22-2010, 10:41 AM
So awesome! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Truly an inspiration! :)

12-22-2010, 10:45 AM
Thank you for sharing the story behind the numbers. Congratulations.

12-22-2010, 11:55 AM
Congratulations on your success!! :cp::cp:

12-23-2010, 12:40 PM
wow wow wow! Your story totally put tears in my eyes. I feel like you are sooo inspiring! Everything you wrote reminds me of my mothers life and I can't wait to share your story with her. Maybe it will give her the motivation she needs to see she too can do this! Thank you thank you!

The Last Noel
12-23-2010, 09:22 PM
You are an inspiration. Thank you so much for posting this!

12-28-2010, 12:21 PM
Oboe, I LOVE your story. So much of what you wrote could have been from my lips.

I am going to print out your story for inspiration, if the motivation starts flagging.

I just love these success stories. Yours was wonderful.

12-28-2010, 12:23 PM

12-28-2010, 04:17 PM
So inspirational! You've done beautifully!

cali mom
12-31-2010, 04:43 AM
So glad to hear that you were able to drop the weight without drastic measures. Congratulations Oboegal -you are an inspiration!

12-31-2010, 10:27 AM
wow. Wow. WOW!! That is truly amazing! I hope you jumped for joy when you saw that final number on the scale. What an incredible achievement. Congratulations!!!

12-31-2010, 05:25 PM
You look great! Good job! :carrot:

12-31-2010, 06:56 PM
Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your struggles. So so happy for you and wishing you continued success with maintaining your goal. Wow!

12-31-2010, 07:31 PM
Way To Go U Look Amazing!

01-01-2011, 12:04 AM
What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing :)

01-05-2011, 12:18 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!! You look amazing!
Thank you for sharing your story... it's just what I needed to read today. :)

01-18-2011, 08:55 PM
Wow! Awesome job! You look great.

01-19-2011, 12:05 PM
You look wonderful. Great job

02-04-2011, 01:04 PM
Wow. Don't know how I missed this before.... glad I found your story today.

Oboegal you are an inspiration. Particularly to someone like me who loses slowly. And I am so glad you mentioned that it was 50 pounds before someone noticed (sorry, as well) because on my own journey I have lost around 18 pounds and it isn't noticeable yet, and I was starting to feel quite frustrated.

Thank you so much for sharing your story.

02-04-2011, 01:27 PM
You really look fantastic!! :cb: :cb: :cb:

02-04-2011, 10:10 PM
Congratulations on the success of your hard work. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

02-07-2011, 04:38 PM
That is an amazing story. A lifetime of being overweight and you have made awesome changes to look fablous!

02-10-2011, 12:44 PM
You look incredible! Congratulations.

02-23-2011, 01:44 PM
Wow, you are an incredible inspiration. Way to go!

02-23-2011, 02:04 PM
Wow! What an amazing transformation!

02-25-2011, 02:31 AM
Thanks for your kind comments.

Since this thread has already been "bumped", I don't feel too guilty giving a bit of an update. I've been in maintenance for a little over two months now and am staying in the 144-146 range. I'd like to lose a couple more pounds so I can consider 145 to be my "redline" weight, but it hasn't been a major priority. I've increased my daily calories to 1700, which I think will be a good maintenance level, at least for now.

I still only have a bare minimum of clothes and should buy some more--even as a medium, I don't really enjoy clothes shopping. All of the tops I've bought have been 8/10. The pants I'm wearing are still mainly a few that I've had for about twenty years, when my weight was on its way up--the stretch waist holds them up, but they're not particularly flattering. I think my pants size will be pretty close to a 10 (perhaps closer to an 8 on top).

I definitely feel that two years of adjusting to my new lifestyle have prepared me well for maintenance. I still walk about half an hour six times a week, and I'm still very pleased to be counting calories. In maintenance, I'm more tempted to "go over" when I get hungry late in the day (while I was more likely to "suck it up" during the weight loss phase), but I have some mental games I play with myself that prevent me from going overboard.

I joined 3fc fairly late in the game, but I've found the advice and experience of long-time and new maintainers, in addition to members at other stages of their weight-loss journey, to be extremely valuable during my transition into maintenance.

Best wishes to all.

02-25-2011, 12:21 PM



02-26-2011, 10:37 PM
You are truly amazing! :cb:

02-27-2011, 04:41 PM
What an inspiration! Congrats and thank you!

03-05-2011, 07:57 PM
Look at you, wow!:carrot:

03-11-2011, 02:36 PM
Wow that's amazing and so inspiring! You lot amazing

04-14-2011, 04:31 PM
I have PCOS too! Great job! You inspire me!

04-19-2011, 09:11 PM
Honestly - your story is so inspirational and I can relate in many ways. I am SO very happy for you and I have no doubt that you will continue on your healthy journey for the rest of your days! BIG Kudos to you!

yoyo mama
04-19-2011, 09:47 PM
Wow! Thanks for sharing your awesome story!

04-22-2011, 12:11 PM
Oboegal, awesome success story. I loved reading it. Can you give us an update? How are you doing?

04-23-2011, 12:09 AM
wtg! keep it up!

04-25-2011, 07:38 AM
Amazing job!! Just the motivation i need to get my mind set on losing the weight, thank you :)

05-14-2011, 05:21 PM
Congrats! THat's amazing! You look great :)

06-15-2011, 10:01 AM
absolutely incredible..

im new here, so i cant post pics quite yet.
thank you so much for yours !

06-26-2011, 03:46 PM
Congratulations, keep it up. :)

09-14-2011, 10:58 AM

09-14-2011, 03:17 PM
Way to go!! You look great! Thanks for sharing :)

01-03-2012, 11:23 PM
this is so motivating! congrats!