Goal Photo Album - 85 Pounds Lost ~ Size 24 to Size 12




Altari
02-15-2011, 08:11 PM
While this is not the end, this is my goal. I started this journey in 2007, at 255.5 pounds and a size 24. Today, I am ~170 pounds and a size 10/12 (8, if the designer is REALLY forgiving!).

When I began, I had a single goal in mind: to get to the point that I could shop for clothes with my girlfriends. I had 3 children, and had gained/lost weight with each of them, without ever getting my stomach muscles back in shape after the pregnancy. By the time it really hit me that I needed to change, I felt like I was up against an insurmountable obstacle.

So, in 2007, I began Atkins at the prompting of a former coworker who'd maintained a 50+ pound loss for years. I was very dedicated and lost 35 pounds between 2007 and 2008. When I got pregnant with my son in September of 2008, I weighed a measly 220 pounds - the lightest I had been in nearly 6 years!

Of course, pregnancy brought the weight back, despite my "attempts" to stick to Atkins. I started reading everything I could on nutrition and metabolism. I stopped "dieting" and started thinking in terms of what my body wanted. That's when I discovered what would be the first step toward Paleo living.

When my son was born in June 2009, I weighed 245 pounds. It was depressing to have gained back 25 pounds, but I stuck to it and lost it n 6 months. I tweaked and played with my diet until I struck metabolic gold: meat, veggies, nuts and fruits when in season. I dropped the next 50 pounds within a year, my constant hypoglycemia and anemia disappeared, and I have more energy than I have since I was in high school.

Just a quick soapbox on diets: Atkins was miserably hard for me. Counting each and every gram of carbohydrate I put into my mouth made me neurotic about food, and often threatened to return me to my teenage days of anorexia. I was also hungry - often - despite claims that ketosis suppresses appetite. Because I was counting something in my diet, I had to limit my intake. With this WOE, I don't limit, I just eat the foods I eat until I'm full. Some days, I'm content with a few sparse meals. Other days, I could eat 2 pounds of beef in a single sitting and be rummaging for more in an hour. While it was uncomfortable to get used to, I've come to embrace it as a signal that I'm in tune with my body's needs - some days it needs a little and some days it needs a lot!

I'm also not a stickler for perfection. I've never deprived myself of birthday cake or Grandma's holiday food-fests - although both of those have caused hiccups in the road to weight loss. I'm hoping to lose another 20 pounds and/or get down to a size 6/8 within the next year. But if that never happens, I won't sweat it. I've found something I, my children and my husband can live with for the rest of our lives.

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goalfinisher
02-15-2011, 08:25 PM
Awesome job.... definately like seening where u start and where u are and your story .... you look great...

Bam716
02-15-2011, 09:14 PM
I'm starting this journey today. I have been reading about different diets, pills, weight loss strategies etc. Your story is very similar to mine... I am happy and proud for you!


luckymommy
02-15-2011, 10:33 PM
Wow! You look absolutely fantastic! Way to go and congrats on finding the right WOE for you! :)

LindseyLou
02-15-2011, 10:34 PM
WOW! What a transformation! You look fantastic!!! Congrats!!!!! :D

amandie
02-15-2011, 10:49 PM
You look awesome! 2 totally different women! Congratulations!

stilettolife
02-15-2011, 11:48 PM
congrats.....looking good :)

leopardtuks
02-16-2011, 07:15 AM
amazing job :D

pamatga
02-16-2011, 10:53 AM
Altari you found what works for you and I applaud the fact that you hung in there until you did.

:congrat: again. Well done, my friend!

theCandEs
02-16-2011, 12:04 PM
Congrats on your weight loss, Altari! I've been doing the same thing as you. I never did Atkins, but I do like some of their recipes. I feel great when I eat right. If I eat a lot of sugar (like I did Monday), then I feel terrible. I call it the "sugar hangover." LOL

Love the pictures! You look great!

Matilda08
02-16-2011, 05:02 PM
wtg NICE WORK!!!

ParadiseFalls
02-16-2011, 05:50 PM
Wow, you look incredible!! Congrats :)

puffcakes
02-19-2011, 09:56 PM
you're beautiful!

ebb&flow
02-19-2011, 10:54 PM
Way to go! And look at your cheek bones! They're really on display now.

reptogirl
02-21-2011, 12:54 AM
wow you look great!!!!!!

milmin2043
02-21-2011, 02:11 AM
You do look wonderful. Just amazing!!

Altari
02-21-2011, 01:45 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the happy thoughts!

ebb&flow I'm still amazed that my cheek bones actually exist! I haven't seen them since I was 15! Before, people always "got" that I was Irish - chubby, white and whiter. :P Now that I have my cheekbones again, people don't think I'm so crazy when I brag on my Cherokee heritage!

TheCandEs, sugar hangovers are terrible. I get that nasty anxiety after I indulge, knowing I'll pay for it in short order.

Bam716, I hope you find something that works for you soon. I'd really suggest these books
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes (his newest Why We Get Fat is a less-dense overview of what he talks about in GCBC)
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf (or The Paleo Diet by Dr. Cordain for more science-y stuff)

I <3 Paleo because it doesn't approach things as "one size fits all." You start with a framework for eating and adjust it to meet your needs.

peasandcarrots
03-10-2011, 02:06 AM
You look great!

boxen06
03-10-2011, 07:49 AM
Congrats! You look wonderful :D I'm glad you had such a success.. I'm eating very similarly to you - kind of a lower carbs, high protein, type of thing and I avoid high glycemic index foods. Stoked to see that it worked for you!

Thighs Be Gone
03-10-2011, 08:54 AM
Kudos to you for your success and for finding what was right for *you!* I really the way that you are doing this.

digitalrequiem
03-10-2011, 09:11 AM
You look wonderful! Congratulations! Also, your dog is beautiful! Is he/she a Corgi-mix?

Sea
03-11-2011, 09:32 AM
:bravo::celebrate::celebrate::bravo:

sweetpea94
03-11-2011, 11:28 AM
Congratulations! You were beautiful then and you're beautiful now!

Beck
03-11-2011, 11:53 AM
Congratulations! You look super.

P H A T
03-11-2011, 11:58 AM
Gorgeous & inspiring. Thank you for your story & congrats on reaching your goal! :)

bliss3244
03-11-2011, 12:03 PM
U look wonderful... Good job!!!!!!!

jendiet
03-12-2011, 10:37 PM
great job, i also love when you finally find your WOE!

dramaqueen
04-06-2011, 06:07 PM
Your transformation is amazing. I love that you are doing this in a way that is sane and healthy.

Lauana
04-14-2011, 12:40 PM
Wow that is an amazing difference!!! Congrats! I hope to join you at 85 soon. :)

tweetspie
04-18-2011, 06:11 PM
Wow! I hope I'm as pretty as you when I'm a size 12 :)

RRB2
05-02-2011, 03:53 PM
YOU look amazing. Thank you for the inspiration, I'm trying to loose weight after my 4 th baby was born 4 month ago while I still carry weight from my 1st pregnancy.

NinaV
05-03-2011, 04:16 AM
I love the "beauty shot" in the hat - you look all mysterious, as if you're a heroine in a WWII French spy movie.
Thanks for posting these and Kudos on your success!

yagirlsthatruth
05-05-2011, 07:53 PM
Thank you for the inspiration!!! Your story will put the fire under me to keep going. By the way you look great!!! Good job!!

Fit4Lyfe
05-08-2011, 09:14 PM
Wow you look amazing!!! Such great motivation.

Pari
05-10-2011, 07:06 PM
Wow! You look wonderful now!

DeeAnn
05-10-2011, 08:29 PM
Congratulations!! Yours is a great inspiration story for me as I start this journey :)

adoreclaire
07-04-2011, 11:54 AM
You look great! With that hat, alot like Ally Sheedy. :)

SoniaCarrillo
11-27-2011, 11:55 PM
Great Job... Thanks for sharing!!!!

bon vivant
12-05-2011, 12:56 PM
Wow, you are inspirational! I am just starting today after 2 years of failed attempts. This time it will be different. Thanks!

InsideMe
12-05-2011, 02:07 PM
You have done an amazing job! CONGRATS! :cheer: :cheer3:

MiVidaLoca23
12-13-2011, 02:39 AM
Great job! Inspiring :)

Baileysmomma
01-20-2012, 12:27 PM
Great job!