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shellsbrood
07-26-2011, 02:57 PM
(another edit and I had to post it to the top, because I felt the need to yell it from the rooftops: 100lbs LOST!!!!!!) :woohoo:

I finally reached my goal!! 10 months ago, I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I am now at my pre-firstborn pregnancy weight (coincidentally, her 9th birthday was yesterday). I have four children (and have had five pregnancies) and the weight just packed on. So, I haven't been at this weight in 10 (very) long years. I went from a size 2XL shirt, 22/24 pants to a medium shirt, 10/12 pants. :D

Here are some before and after pictures...

Before:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5978304897_77aebebaa5.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5978308221_02184b1cc9_m.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6136/5978872856_5c167aff79_m.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6017/5978314271_2bdd422017.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6125/5978869838_eb2f88d66f_m.jpg



After:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6030/5978851068_4c225db246_m.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5978293481_9547913b0e.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6018/5978849214_4675836730.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6024/5978847930_07cf671555.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/5978847360_da77e44f47.jpg

I couldn't have done this without God, my husband, Leslie Sansone and my wonderful friends here at 3FC and especially the Daily Accountability Group. :hug:

I'm thrilled beyond belief to be here!! I may see if I can drop a bit more, but my doctor recommended this goal weight for me. He said with my height and build, he didn't think anything less would be healthy. I still have a bit of a tummy and my legs are a bit jiggly, so I think I'll turn to firming up, building endurance and just enjoying life!

Edited to add: Here is a more recent picture at 93lbs lost! I don't see much of a difference myself, but the pants are a size 8 (different than the earlier ones) and the shirt is still the same as before (though a tad looser). Please, excuse the clothing mess, we're fall cleaning! http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6110/6223175511_64285228bd.jpg


Jen516
07-26-2011, 03:07 PM
Congrats Congrats Congrats!! :congrat::congrat::congrat:

Nice work! You look great! ANd you must feel great too! I was excited to see your post cause we're the same height and you're at my goal weight. Nice to visualize what it might look like on me, cause it looks great on you!! :D Way to go!

Leaves
07-26-2011, 03:09 PM
Well done! You look fabulous and I love that green top :)


ShihtzuX2
07-26-2011, 03:37 PM
You look FANTASTIC! What a cute figure. Congratulations on reaching your goal - and for posting your pix. You're very inspiring.

jazzyjas
07-26-2011, 03:49 PM
Congrats And Ur So Pretty!

guamvixen
07-26-2011, 03:55 PM
Phenomenal! Congratulations! You look OUTSTANDING!

ticklemepink
07-26-2011, 04:26 PM
You truly do look fabulous! You must be so excited & proud of yourself. Way to go! What type of diet did you follow?

Jade235
07-26-2011, 04:27 PM
Congratulations! What a transformation is less than 1 year!! Please share with us your whole story and process of weight loss (if you want). We are so excited for you!!!!

Sibi
07-26-2011, 04:27 PM
Congratulations! You look AWSOME! Not only that but I can even tell a difference in your skin. It looks gorgeous!

missyj
07-26-2011, 04:30 PM
What a remarkable achievement in less than a year! You are an inspiration! Congrats!!

osaunt
07-26-2011, 04:38 PM
:dancer: Wow, you look fab-u-lous!!!! And in 10 months - amazing!

joyfulloser
07-26-2011, 04:54 PM
WOWWWWWWW!!!!:eek: If I had only one word to choose, it would be....
G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!:D

I have to admit, when I first scrolled down looking at the "before" pics, all I could think was...WoW..she looks good for 261lbs, but then as I kept going to the "after" pics, I was literally BLOWN AWAY!!!:eek: Your gorgeous with an AMAZING figure! 175 lbs I would have never guessed.

BTW, it took me about the same amount of time to lose my weight as well...so I totally share your sentiments of "if I only knew that in 10 months all this could have been..." It's amazing...our bodies...isn't it?

:congrat: on making your goal...YOU GO GURL!:carrot:

tdiprincess
07-26-2011, 04:57 PM
Congrats!! that is really awesome! You have a beautiful face, before and after!! You give great motivation! :D

cherrypie
07-26-2011, 05:03 PM
you look amazing!

fattymcfatty
07-26-2011, 06:11 PM
Wow, I really needed to see this today. We are the same height and I'm starting to reconsider 165, and thinking about stopping at 175, which would be another 13lbs from now.

I think you look great, and I am now really re-thinking whether BMI applies to me or not. The me in the mirror is still obese at times, seeing someone else on the screen is kind of a reality check.

Congrats on all your hard work and success. The fact you've been pregnant 5 times astounds me. Wow.a

ERHR
07-26-2011, 06:18 PM
What an amazing accomplishment! You look thinner AND younger. Great job!

seizetheday
07-26-2011, 08:19 PM
Congrats and thanks for the inspiration! You look beautiful!

peace4me
07-26-2011, 09:08 PM
Congrats! You look gorgeous!

proudmommy09
07-26-2011, 10:11 PM
you look awesome congrats

snorkelmom
07-26-2011, 10:40 PM
You look amazing! I can't wait until I have before and after pix to post!

Congrats!!! Your pictures are VERY inspiring!

rainydays
07-27-2011, 02:13 AM
:bravo: You look so young and beautiful! As a mom of 5 year-old twins and a three month-old baby--you are a fantastic inspiration!

shellsbrood
07-27-2011, 01:55 PM
Thanks for all your sweet words! I'd be happy to share my story with you guys. :)

Up until I got married, I was thin. I had never struggled with weight and never really cared about what or how I ate. I was pretty active and very social, so I guess I naturally burned a lot of calories.

However, once I was married and had my first child, the weight started packing on. 20lbs here, 30lbs there and even though I breastfed my babies, the weight didn't come off. I realized that I was gaining weight, but since I wanted a bunch of kids, I figured that I would worry about the weight loss once I was done having children. Little did I know that disaster was just around the corner...

In 2006, my world fell apart. I can't get into details about it, but my family was ripped apart by a horrible secret that my father carried. It was all over the news channels and news papers and completely horrified me. My family shattered. My brother moved far away to get away from the media hype, my mom divorced my dad and my father went to prison. I was 9 months pregnant and was left to deal with the major fallout. Thankfully, I had my wonderful husband by my side, my beautiful children to help me smile and my best friend in the whole world to support me. However, not long after, my world was rocked again when I got a phone call that my best friend was in the hospital. She had suffered a brain aneurism. The doctors tried to save her, but in the end, it was too much. She passed away at the age of 29, leaving behind her 5 little girls.

To say I fell into a horrible depression would be an understatement. I barely left the couch most days and had anxiety attacks about leaving my house. My doctor sent me to see a therapist where I was diagnosed with PTSD. I spent the next four years battling the PTSD/depression. It was a very long four years. My wonderful husband patiently dealt with me and did what he could to get me out of the house. Some days, it was just a drive through the countryside for a change of scenery.

One day, we took the kids the the park and I allowed him to take my picture. I knew I had gained weight, so usually I stayed behind the camera. But, I wanted some pictures of me with the kids, so I relented. The pictures that you see above are the pictures he took that day. I was SHOCKED when I saw myself. The large person in that picture was not me. It couldn't be me. I didn't recognize her at all! I cried and cried. I looked in the mirror and still didn't recognize myself. It was like I had finally woken up from a 4 year coma. Soon after, we went to a wedding and I hid behind my dh the entire time. I knew I was easily the biggest person there and I didn't want anyone taking a picture of me. That's when it dawned on me. I could do something about this. I'm not a victim! I may not have been in control of the circumstances that rocked my world, but I am in charge of what I put in my mouth and do with my body.

So, Sept 1st of last year, I determined to take it one day at a time. I told myself to just exercise one day. Just one and be thankful that I was healthy enough to still do it. I used Leslie Sansone's Walk Fit DVDs, because it's what my late best friend use to love working out to. I kept going like that day after day. I told myself "Just today...don't worry about tomorrow, just focus on today...". I would pray for the strength to get through the workout and also thank God that I had a chance to make things right. The weight started dropping off! Soon, I took it a step further and set myself a calorie budget. I would give myself 2,000 calories to spend in one day. If I wanted to spend it all on chips and cake...the so be it. But, once the calories were spent, then that was it for the day! I learned to stretch my calories by eating healthier food. I found what foods helped me to feel full. Whole grains, nuts, veggies, ect. I stopped drinking my calories (soda, juices, ect). I never did the low carb, high protein, or anything. I wanted to do something that was sustainable. After while, I became a Pescetarian simply because I believed in it...not for diet purposes.

Today, I eat between 1300-1500 calories. I exercise when I can and still do Leslie's DVDs. I also found I like to jog, so I do that on my treadmill at home.

I have come such a long way from that scared woman too afraid to step outside of her door. I've gone back to college and am training for a 5k. I know that if I can do this, I can do anything! And, if I can do it...so can you. ;)

Thanks for reading! :)

kurbain
07-27-2011, 05:44 PM
You look awesome!! Congrats on getting to your goal!

darius
07-27-2011, 06:48 PM
You look absolutely terrific! How inspiring.
I'm crazy about Leslie Sansone too.

ahyessophie
07-27-2011, 07:19 PM
What an amazing story. Congratulations :)

summerlove
07-27-2011, 07:27 PM
you're so beautiful!! you look great :) your skin has gotten really nice too

KatieC87
07-27-2011, 07:36 PM
Wow, you look absolutely gorgeous! Way to go!

MsThickMiddle
07-27-2011, 10:19 PM
WOW! Your pretty spectacular!!! Congrats!

sheramama
07-27-2011, 10:31 PM
Congrats! You look amazing! Now, take your daughter and get your nails done and go shopping for some new clothes to fit that brand new figure!

solty
07-28-2011, 02:26 AM
Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story with us. You look amazing and so happy. Good luck with the 5K :yay:

Emme
07-28-2011, 09:03 PM
Wow, you look incredible! Great work!! :bravo:

Lil Daisy
07-29-2011, 12:22 AM
Wow...you look amazing!

Ramra
07-30-2011, 02:19 PM
You're hardly recognisable in your after pics. What a difference!! You look much healthier. And super-pretty. (: Very good work!!

YvetteSki
08-03-2011, 01:10 PM
Wow, you look awesome! Good job. I love the motivation this gives me.

EZMONEY
08-13-2011, 08:31 AM
I am so happy for you

Unthinkables
08-13-2011, 03:37 PM
Wow! What a beautiful milestone to reach! I am SO happy for you. Enjoy!! You deserve everything you want out of life, and this is proof you can attain it!

m3rma1d
08-13-2011, 03:56 PM
You look INCREDIBLE!!!

naynajay0526
08-13-2011, 04:49 PM
Wow, Congrats, you look great!

jendiet
08-15-2011, 11:24 PM
you look beautiful and younger. I love your story. I know it is not something to love, it was a terrible thing for you to go through. I am especially inspired how you prayed to God each day, and each day was a small victory for you.

Ready2BThinna
08-16-2011, 12:24 AM
Wow. Blessed and lovely are you and gorgeous to the very Heart.

Thank you for sharing so tender a story. What you have overcome provides inspiration. And not only do you look years younger (I would not recognize you from one photo to the next), you now appear to be at peace, feeling "at home" in yourself. You've found what truly matters.

I feel genuinely uplifted by the strength you demonstrate.
Jean

Mumof 2D
08-16-2011, 12:16 PM
Wow. Blessed and lovely are you and gorgeous to the very Heart.

Thank you for sharing so tender a story. What you have overcome provides inspiration. And not only do you look years younger (I would not recognize you from one photo to the next), you now appear to be at peace, feeling "at home" in yourself. You've found what truly matters.

I feel genuinely uplifted by the strength you demonstrate.
Jean

I don't think I could have put it better myself...such an endearing sentiment! Amen for all that you have accomplished. Your an inspiration! I hope to have a story like yours someday!

StarvingPoet
08-17-2011, 12:00 PM
WOW! You look fabulous!!! Congrats! :D

happygirl5
08-17-2011, 12:24 PM
WELL DONE girl! you look fantastic :)))) so happy for youu

I just wonder did you get strechmarks? that's whats worrying me about losing weight

shellsbrood
08-17-2011, 11:16 PM
Thanks, everyone! :)

HappyGirl5--Yes, I did get stretchmarks, but those were mostly pregnancy related...and I got them from getting bigger, not getting smaller. Luckily, they fade over time. They haven't disappear completely, but they're hard to see.

laral
08-18-2011, 12:47 AM
You look soooooo great! What an inspiration to someone starting out like me. More importantly...you look so happy! Congrats!

samtheshyone
08-23-2011, 10:28 PM
You look amazing! Congratulations!

Sam

sickof300
08-23-2011, 10:32 PM
OH MY GOODNESS! YOU LOOK GREAT! CONGRATS!!!

p.s. seeing your success is making me more pumped about dieting!
thanks!

MsRatFink
08-23-2011, 10:33 PM
Wow! You look like a completely different person. Congratulations!

EmilyLarnder
08-24-2011, 12:18 AM
WOW!!
That is incredible! You look beautiful and so much younger!

grasshopper
09-20-2011, 06:06 PM
Really inspiring photos!

SparkleBE
09-20-2011, 10:07 PM
Congrats! You look abslutely amazing! Thank you for sharing your story - it's so inspiring!

indiblue
09-20-2011, 11:27 PM
Ah hot mom alert!!

You look fun, sassy, fit, and healthy. Congrats to you and your family for all your hard work. I'm sure your kids love having a mom who can keep up with them at playtime ;). Way to go!

(also, I LOVE your haircut!!)

icandothis2
09-21-2011, 12:54 PM
WOW wow WOW you look amazing what a great job you've done...Congrats to you..:carrot:

SammyPajammy
09-28-2011, 04:01 AM
Hot mama!

tiffiany
09-28-2011, 09:49 PM
Bless you! You look soo good! Your before pic reminds me of myself. I'm just now starting. This is my second day. I hope my story turns out like yours...lol.

shellsbrood
10-02-2011, 07:27 AM
Thanks, guys!! Y'all are such an encouragement! :hug: I'm so psyched to now be at 92lbs down. I can't believe that 100lbs is just around the corner...I can't even wrap my head around that. :dizzy:

Tiffiany--You can do it! I started at 3FC by reading the goals forum and got inspired by the many wonderful stories on here. I'm cheering you on! :cheer:

fatmom
10-02-2011, 06:48 PM
Well done!!

creolebarbie
10-04-2011, 06:02 AM
CONGRAdULATioNS GiRL!! you LOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZiNG && GORGEOUS!!! <3

Mytwosweetkids
10-08-2011, 07:36 AM
Wow! So amazing! You look good before, and in the afters - look so much younger! Love the green top and LOVE your figure in the gray top - look at that waist! ;o) It gives me hope - thanks for posting!

lovinu2
10-13-2011, 12:18 PM
U look Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jade235
10-21-2011, 05:02 PM
A jaw dropping story to say the least. I am so impressed with what you over came, you deserve to be proud of yourself! Thank you for sharing, you are truly an inspiration not only for weight loss but for moving forward from the pit of despair. Cheers to you!

RazzleNDazzle
10-22-2011, 02:00 AM
You are my inspiration. Your before pictures and the way you went by losing the weights sounds similar to me. Starting out is so hard, you expect to see a huge weight decrease or don't even know if your method will pay off. I have only lost 2 lbs this week, and really needed the encouragement. Btw - I bet it felt good to put your pictures on the goal forum, after using it for inspiration so long. Congratulation!

Dawnberry
01-24-2012, 12:43 PM
you too look younger. I keep noticing how the weight loss seems to make many of you look younger.

ohlauren
01-29-2012, 01:46 PM
Wow congratulations! You look amazing!!!

lovemydoggiesx2
01-29-2012, 01:51 PM
Wow!! You look so amazing! Congrats on your hard work. You are an inspiration!

xJox
02-29-2012, 10:06 PM
You look fantastic!!!! What an inspiration! Great job!

TXMary2
03-03-2012, 01:26 PM
You look amazing!!!

peasandcarrots
03-31-2012, 11:12 AM
Thankyou for posting. You look amazing!

dawn77
04-04-2012, 01:58 PM
youve done amazing and you should feel great ! so proud of what you ahve accomplished ! way to go.

jenjulia
04-06-2012, 10:19 AM
Congrats!!! You look fabulous!

I can relate to the pregnancy lbs packing on and trying to get them off for 10 years. Right there with you! I finally am fitting into the dress I wore when my 1st was baptized in June 2000. Wore it to church Sunday when he acolyted for the first time ;-)

mirax3
04-06-2012, 11:01 AM
You look fantastic!!! Congratulations!!!! :)

freckfrecks
04-08-2012, 03:23 PM
You look great!!!

fyreflie24
04-08-2012, 07:01 PM
WOW!! You look absolutely amazing!! Congrats friend! So exciting! So inspiring!

junebug44
04-09-2012, 07:41 PM
CONGRATS girl! You look amazing!

HERMIONY
04-10-2012, 06:37 AM
wow great job!!

Puffyamiyumifan
07-07-2012, 03:06 PM
Amazing transformation! You look fantastic!

Judy Lynn
07-07-2012, 08:28 PM
You look amazing! Congrats!

HealthyMeWannabe
07-07-2012, 08:51 PM
Wow, you look great! :cheer: Well done!!!!!

LadyPetite
07-21-2012, 12:07 AM
You look amazing. When I saw your afters this huge smile spread on my face. You look so slender and I hope to look like you when I reach goal.

fatferretfanatic
07-21-2012, 07:58 AM
Congrats! You look wonderful. I am sure you have worked hearts to get where you are. It shows!! :)

humptydumptynomore
07-21-2012, 09:24 AM
Fabulous! Your pictures help keep me motivated that I can lose the weight. Way to go!

Lisabean
08-09-2012, 12:27 AM
what a transformation, you look so nice!

Hotaruchan
09-07-2012, 06:15 AM
Way to go! And I love the new hair too...your current pictures look like they might be of your older pictures' daughter, or at least her baby sister. Congratulations :D

answerprincess
09-07-2012, 10:41 PM
You started where I am now and lost the weight I hope to. If I look 1/2 as good as you do when I reach my goal - oh boy!! Thanks for posting.

kate27
09-12-2012, 06:28 AM
Wow you look super! Congrats :)

Pink Hurricane
09-12-2012, 12:36 PM
WOW! :eek: :woohoo:

You are such an inspiration to me and you look great! That is outstanding to see how hard you worked and the results especially after having four children. I cannot give you enough of the congrats that you deserve but let me just say that you have certainly helped give me the kick in the butt I need and I know your children are happy to have an active mommy!

shellsbrood
10-12-2012, 04:51 PM
I am so humbled by all of your comments. Truly, 3FC is an amazing resource and one that should be utilized daily! The encouragement of friends that I have made on here carried me through all of the rough days and their cheering spurred me on with each little pound lost.

And, to celebrate 105lbs lost, I did something I never EVER thought I would do. I got my Zumba Instructor license!! So excited!! (I attached a picture after 8 hours of Zumba, no makeup, so tired, but so very happy... :faint: )

So, don't give up! Keep pushing towards your goals and don't let ANYONE (including yourself) stand in the way. I'm here...cheering you all on!! :cheer2:

Fatness
10-12-2012, 06:27 PM
(another edit and I had to post it to the top, because I felt the need to yell it from the rooftops: 100lbs LOST!!!!!!) :woohoo:

I finally reached my goal!! 10 months ago, I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I am now at my pre-firstborn pregnancy weight (coincidentally, her 9th birthday was yesterday). I have four children (and have had five pregnancies) and the weight just packed on. So, I haven't been at this weight in 10 (very) long years. I went from a size 2XL shirt, 22/24 pants to a medium shirt, 10/12 pants. :D

Here are some before and after pictures...

Before:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5978304897_77aebebaa5.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6148/5978308221_02184b1cc9_m.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6136/5978872856_5c167aff79_m.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6017/5978314271_2bdd422017.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6125/5978869838_eb2f88d66f_m.jpg



After:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6030/5978851068_4c225db246_m.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/5978293481_9547913b0e.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6018/5978849214_4675836730.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6024/5978847930_07cf671555.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/5978847360_da77e44f47.jpg

I couldn't have done this without God, my husband, Leslie Sansone and my wonderful friends here at 3FC and especially the Daily Accountability Group. :hug:

I'm thrilled beyond belief to be here!! I may see if I can drop a bit more, but my doctor recommended this goal weight for me. He said with my height and build, he didn't think anything less would be healthy. I still have a bit of a tummy and my legs are a bit jiggly, so I think I'll turn to firming up, building endurance and just enjoying life!

Edited to add: Here is a more recent picture at 93lbs lost! I don't see much of a difference myself, but the pants are a size 8 (different than the earlier ones) and the shirt is still the same as before (though a tad looser). Please, excuse the clothing mess, we're fall cleaning! http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6110/6223175511_64285228bd.jpg


CONGRATS! YOU LOOK GREAT!

Losing Myself
10-31-2012, 06:47 PM
Shellsbrood, Can you tell me more about Leslie Sansone? Is this the "Walk Away the Pounds" program?

queenadreena
10-31-2012, 10:32 PM
wow! AMAZING! you look great!

SkinnyMinnieMoves
11-30-2012, 08:57 AM
Wow! You look so great girl! congrats :)

mzlissy
12-16-2012, 09:10 PM
Wow!!! Big transformation congrats to u. People like u give me hope! You have any tips for me?

Mozzy
01-04-2013, 12:31 AM
Congrats!!