Goal! - 145 lbs of lard gone - goal reached!




starbrite
06-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Yep - 14 months to the day, 145lbs lost. BMI from 47 to 23 - I am one proud lady!! I have worked my a** off to be here today, and thank each and every one of you for your contribution to this success. I could not have done it without you :)
Sam x


NEMom
06-09-2011, 03:10 PM
Wow! A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! 145lbs is AWESOME!!
Hope to hear more details soon on how you made this amazing transformation.

Emme
06-09-2011, 03:13 PM
Yay!!! Congrats!!! :cheer:


patootie
06-09-2011, 04:55 PM
:carrot: Woohoo! Congratulations, that is truly an amazing accomplishment.

VickieLou
06-09-2011, 05:02 PM
:congrat: It must feel Awesome to be at Your Goal Weight!

:cheer2: :cheer3: :cheer2: :cheer3:

sheramama
06-09-2011, 05:06 PM
Whoa, CONGRATS! That is so amazing! U must feel so proud. Now go out and give urself a treat...maybe a hot bathing suit to strut all ur hard work!

Beck
06-09-2011, 05:10 PM
:bravo::cp::hat::dancer::cheer2::congrat:

Huge congratulations on reaching your goal!

luckymommy
06-09-2011, 05:17 PM
:congrat:WOW! That is absolutely positively incredible!!!!

Would you mind sharing what turned it around for you?

Also, what helped you the most?

You are a total inspiration!


:congrat::congrat::congrat:

FassGal
06-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Lard!! LOL Love it! :congrat: :bravo: yaaay time to go shopping!

bargoo
06-09-2011, 05:50 PM
Congratulations !

SeeImTryin
06-09-2011, 05:58 PM
Congratulations on all your hard work paying off!!! you are a true inspiration.:carrot:

sunlover
06-09-2011, 07:01 PM
Congrats! What an awesome acheivement!!

fattymcfatty
06-09-2011, 07:05 PM
Would love to see some pics! Great job!

starbrite
06-10-2011, 01:20 AM
Thank you all so much :) I tried to load pics but got the error uploading message. Will put some on later.
I went low carb all the way, drank ridiculous amounts of water, and never wavered- not even at my brothers wedding recently. I'm not sure why but this time I understand what I'm doing. I weigh daily and see the fluctuations and know even op when I will gain and why. I was determined to get to the end, all my other weightloss endeavours stopped before I reached goal. Then all the pounds went back on.
This site and some of the people on it have been a huge support and have helped me through some serious emotional baggage attached to the weight. I believe we can achieve whatever we want if we want it enough.

TIARA
06-10-2011, 01:24 AM
good job .. thats awesome...

darius
06-10-2011, 02:34 AM
Holy cow what an accomplishment; congratulations!

aussienerd
06-10-2011, 04:23 PM
i bet you feel amazing :D :strong: Your awesome for losing 145 you deserve this > :cheer: :congrat: :hug:

Jenmichele
06-10-2011, 08:18 PM
Congratulations! That is awesome!!

brummie
06-10-2011, 08:35 PM
Congratulations! Achievements like yours are an inspiration to us all!

Timoba
06-11-2011, 01:49 PM
:bravo::cp::congrat:

ariana
06-11-2011, 03:37 PM
Wonderful, I am very happy for you and hope to follow in your footsteps. Congratulations and live it up! :) :) :)

Dakotajewels
06-11-2011, 03:51 PM
Amazing! You must feel GREAT!

Agape123
06-14-2011, 09:04 AM
What an amazing accomplishment, and what an inspiration! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

tired of fat 2011
06-14-2011, 10:51 AM
WOOOHOOOO....Awesome! Such an inspiration to a newbie!

going2bskinny
06-14-2011, 10:56 AM
wow congrats very inspiring also thanks for sharing!

tired of fat 2011
06-14-2011, 10:56 AM
Starbrite,

What kinds of foods were you eating? What type of exercises and how many days/week? When you say "low carb", how many carbs is that? How much water were you drinking each day? Did you drink anything else (crystal light, tea, diet soda....)?

ParadiseFalls
06-24-2011, 01:50 AM
In my gallivanting-off-the-wagon period, I totally missed this. CONGRATS!!!! You have done a mind-blowing job.

hoping1281
06-26-2011, 04:05 AM
Wow congrats......People like you and others here that have met their goal weight keeps me motivated. I am so glad I am a part of this forum. Have fun with your new outlook on a healthy life.

starbrite
06-26-2011, 04:48 AM
Thanks everyone- I do feel great, and am just looking at ways to maintain without stressing about losing more!
Anyhoo - here is how I did it :)
Firstly decide whether you really want to commit to this. This is the only way it will work. No cheating, stealing a chip here, licking the spoon there. If you want to, you truly can. Second sugar is the enemy right now- you don't need any in your life, so don't let any in. Thirdly get creative. You can eat any form of protein, and any veg except root veg. Fourthly invest in a good water bottle, and drink far more water than you feel you need- upwards of 4 litres a day. I like mine cold so I make sure i have ice wherever I go.
Next- set yourself small achievable goals. I did mine in 10lbs increments. So if you want to lose say 40lbs, you do 4 x 10lbs. It helps break down the goal into steps where you can see results. Reward yourself with a non food goal.
Plan,plan and plan. If you are going out, plan for it. Know what you can and can't eat and stick to it. Do not deviate from the plan you set yourself.
Listen to your body. If you are not hungry, then you don't need to eat. Sounds simple, but people eat for many reasons apart from being hungry :):)
Write down and calorie count the foods you eat - I use an app called My net diary. It charts the calories and carb counts of foods and tells me what I have left to eat. I never eat up uneaten calories- I include these in my deficit. Find a good online support group- I subscribe to the daily weighing thread and they have been amazing :). That has got me out of many a sticky time when I have been tempted or just plain confused as to why I have not lost, or even had a small gain.
Weigh every day and chart your weight- this helps you understand your body and know when you fluctuate. This in turn allows you to understand that weight loss is not linear. Tell everyone that notices that you are changing the way you eat. Don't let others derail you through their own body image and the one they have of yours.
Last of all believe in yourself- you can do this :hug:

blueheron777
06-26-2011, 09:38 AM
Congratulations! You are living breathing proof that with determination, a person can reach a very challenging goal. Thank-you for sharing your story of how you got to where you are--very inspiring.

starbrite
11-01-2011, 05:23 AM
Just wanted to load on a recent photo- this is after maintaining for three months. I love this photo - it sums up how I feel at this weight :)

WinterCricket
11-01-2011, 06:50 AM
:broc: That is AMAZING!!!!!!! Congrats on reaching your goal and working so hard to get there.

rainydays
11-01-2011, 07:23 AM
I love that photo, you're positively glowing! Very happy for you! :D

bargoo
11-01-2011, 07:34 AM
Congratulations, starbrite on a great achievement.

free1
11-01-2011, 10:51 AM
LOVE IT....Congrats and those shows are gorgeous! :)

starbrite
11-01-2011, 11:14 AM
Still couldn't possibly walk in them though - lollers !

Sunshine73
11-01-2011, 12:41 PM
What an absolute inspiration!! Congratulations on your weight loss, you look amazing. :)

I'm doing low carb as well and hope to follow in your footsteps someday!

April Snow
11-01-2011, 01:11 PM
wow, you look fantastic and your happiness comes BURSTING through the screen in that photo! congrats!

starbrite
11-01-2011, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments. It was a long road, and I have met some negativity along the way - some people don't like the way I look now - I'm 44 with two teenage kids - but I"M happy and very proud of the new me.

JOLINA
11-01-2011, 06:23 PM
:cheer: WOW! YOU LOOK STUNNING! :cheer:


I hope to join you in the maintenace forums in the future.

:belly: :cloud9: :belly:

lossforlife
11-02-2011, 02:40 AM
Congrats to you :) Good luck with maintenance, your tips and advice I can only echo. I lost the weight too and can understand when you wrote about you doing it differently this time. I felt the same, it is almost as if it feels different and you know it is going to work.

You look fantastic x

nevaeh1984
11-02-2011, 01:29 PM
Really proud of you and totally impressed!!

chubbybunny29
11-02-2011, 02:49 PM
You look amazing! And those that love you should love that you have loved yourself by taking care of your body!

Very inspirational! I only hope in a year or so I can look as flipping amazing as you do!

starbrite
11-02-2011, 03:05 PM
Nawww - thanks - it's a really strange feeling to have a body you like - I keep having to remind myself that its me :))

bebita5
11-02-2011, 04:37 PM
Wow... Hello the new you... Congratulations

tiwiwas
11-03-2011, 07:43 PM
Congratulations on your wonderful success!! What plan did you follow? I have a lot to lose and am always encouraged by others great success with large amounts of weight.

starbrite
11-04-2011, 04:38 AM
Thanks. Tiwiwas - read through the earlier pages in the thread - it's all detailed there how I did it. Most important- DON'T GIVE UP !! :hug:

Toolgirl84
11-07-2011, 06:16 PM
Wow.. that is awesome.. just curious I have lost about 75 lbs. since high school, and recently lost about 15 (included) and was wondering how you deal with toning up looser skin? I have the figure I want just sick and tired of dealing with the afterwards :) any advice??

Lisa532
11-07-2011, 07:34 PM
That be alot of lard! I congratulate you on staying focused that 14-months. That must have been an "intense" time..

soccrmom12
11-14-2011, 07:13 PM
Congratulations! I'm reading all the success stories for motivation. I can't wait until I can post my own story and photo.

KatieLuna
11-21-2011, 05:54 PM
Congratulations.

Aluli
01-03-2012, 04:18 AM
I just started, but cannot wait to get the results and post them here. I'm down only 2, but just started on New Years. You and all the others are such an inspiration. Thank you.

InsideMe
01-03-2012, 02:25 PM
Just simply amazing!!! :congrat: You are such an inspiration for so many of us :cp: You look so stylish and posh!! :) Love your new look!

going2bskinny
03-09-2012, 10:20 PM
wow congratulations you look great this is also very inspiring I am in a bit of a slump right now your story has really motivated me to get more serious and to stop cheating and feeling sorry for myself i know it can be done and inspiring stories like yours really help us all to feel like there is hope for us thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

autodidact
03-10-2012, 01:26 AM
Congratulations, thank you for sharing

highonlife
05-19-2012, 09:19 AM
Hard work is the key! Its the only way to get results. Congrats!

KatieBabyy
10-13-2012, 04:05 AM
That's fantastic! I'm trying to lose over 100 lbs so it's so inspiring to see others reach such tremendous goals. Congratulations!

FlabToFit
10-17-2012, 07:26 PM
145 lbs? wow that's incredible. You have accomplished what many people can only dream of doing..

Jonjaxmom
10-17-2012, 08:16 PM
Excellent excellent story. Congratulations. I'm just around 145 pounds it's like you lost ME! Really thank you for the motivation I was so Jones-ing for some ice cream tonite and your thread squashed it! Thanks!