Goal! - 110 pounds and 54.5 inches GONE (with pictures)!!

07-29-2011, 10:06 AM
I was never an obese child and I was never an obese young adult, but weight was always in the back of my mind. One of my earliest memories of weight being considered an issue was in 8th grade when my group of friends decided to weigh ourselves in front of each other at a friend’s house. I was always the tallest (5’9 even in 8th grade), so when the scale read 132 for me and everyone else’s weight was 105-115 I was shocked…even though the rest of them ranged in height from 5’2-5’6. In high school, I was fine with my weight. I was probably 20 pounds overweight but I never let it bother me. I weighed around 165 in high school and enjoyed life. College was also fun. I gained the traditional…ahem…freshman 25 and got up to 190, but again, I didn’t mind. I have a great frame thanks to genetics and I carry my weight pretty well (or, at least that is what I told myself). I lost 15 pounds the summer before my junior year in college and I had so much confidence…too much confidence…I partied all the time, never went to class, and ended up leaving college in April of my junior year. I immediately became depressed, started dating the wrong guy, and turned to food as a comfort. That was the start of my emotional eating. Food was my best friend. My soul mate. The one thing that would never be mad at me, or disappointed, or angry. It was my friend. I turned to it for every kind of emotion: happiness, sadness, anger, anxiousness, you name it.

I gained 50 pounds in less than a year and decided I needed to go back to college and finish my degree. And I did. And I met my husband and we moved in together. But, I was still eating emotionally and started binging. 5 cheeseburgers, 2 sets of large fries, and donuts were eaten in one sitting and in about 20 minutes. And then I’d rummage around to see what else I could find because I was so depressed after eating all of that crap. I continued on for grad school after graduating with my bachelor’s degree and my weight stayed right around 220. I moved back home for a job as my husband (my boyfriend at the time) finished his degree and my weight went down to about 212 (it’s funny how I can remember exact numbers). My husband moved back and we moved in together and I started a new job. In another year I had gained another 50 pounds. I topped out at 274 and honestly didn’t think it was that bad. Really? 26 pounds away from 300 and I didn’t think it was bad. That’s how in denial I was about my weight.

In June 2006 I had my breaking point and couldn’t do the “weight” thing anymore. I started (very slowly) changing what I ate and what I drank. I’m talking slowly. Like drinking water instead of orange juice for breakfast. Then I wouldn’t make another change for a while until I got used to the new change. I don’t mind exercising. I actually really enjoy it. So, I started exercising a little more often and moving more. I saw my weight start to go down. In 2009 I was down to 195 right before our wedding. I maintained between 195-200, but I was starting to binge again. I remember binging the whole week around Christmas in 2010 and then I said, “that’s enough.”

So, I hopped online one day and started researching calorie counting. And I found the 3FC website which has, in more ways than one, helped me so much. I started counting calories on January 3, 2011 with a goal of 165. I originally set it at 170, but I thought “I saw 170 in college, but I haven’t seen 165 since high school,” so that’s how I came up with my goal. Calorie counting allowed me to work through my emotions instead of eating them because I knew I had to stick to a certain amount of calories per day. It has truly been a god-send. I reached my goal this morning, but I’m not going to stop counting calories. I wouldn’t mind getting down to 155 or 160, but I’m not going to be as strict with my calorie counting as I have been. I’ve enjoyed this journey. It has been very rough at times, but it has been worth every tear, every sweat bead, and every temper tantrum.

I’ve lost 110 pounds and I’ve lost 54.5 inches. Here is the breakdown of my inches:

Waist 43 inches to 31.5 inches
Hips 53.5 inches to 40 inches
Inner thigh 32 inches to 24 inches
Upper arm 15.25 inches to 13.25 inches
Calf 19 inches to 16 inches
Stomach 51.5 inches to 39 inches

I didn’t measure my bust beforehand, but it is 37.75 and my ribs underneath my bust are 31 inches.

And now for the before and after pictures. The before pics are me at my heaviest of 274. The afters are me last week at 167. I figured that was close enough to my goal for some pics. :)

This is a picture where I honestly thought the camera angle was horrible and made a mental note to never stand like that again. Honestly. Denial.





07-29-2011, 10:23 AM
Congrats on your hardwork!!!!! WTG:)

07-29-2011, 10:28 AM
Sweetie you ROCK that dress!! Congratulations :) All your hard work has certainly paid off!

07-29-2011, 10:29 AM
HOLY SMOKES...you look amazing...WTG!!!!! :dancer:

07-29-2011, 10:32 AM
Great job! :) So happy for you!

07-29-2011, 10:39 AM
:congrat: Emme!!!:hug: You are a BOMBSHELL!:p Goregeous...really and what beautiful shapely legs you have;) I'm so happy for you! As promised...see your party below:

:carrot: :dancer: :carrot: :wave: :broc: :dancer: :carrot: :D

07-29-2011, 10:59 AM
:carrot: You look AMAZING!! You are an inspriration!

07-29-2011, 11:12 AM
Awsome!!! You mean you did not follow any diet program ? did u go to gym?

07-29-2011, 11:14 AM
FANTASTIC! You look perfect.

07-29-2011, 11:28 AM
Thank you, everyone! I couldn't have done it without the people and support on this board! :hug:

Awsome!!! You mean you did not follow any diet program ? did u go to gym?

I just made a lot of changes and eventually started counting calories in January. I do a lot of exercise classes from August-May when they are offered at my work, but in the summer I stick with walking and rollerblading.

07-29-2011, 11:30 AM
BIG HUGS! You look so great!

07-29-2011, 11:33 AM
Wow. Just.... wow.

07-29-2011, 11:37 AM
That is wonderful You have inspired me! You look fantastic. What an powerful accomplishment for a healthful life.

07-29-2011, 11:38 AM
Your figure is so cute! You must be so happy and proud!

07-29-2011, 11:51 AM
:congrat: You look AMAZING Emme !!!!

07-29-2011, 12:18 PM
WOW you are such on inspiration!!!

07-29-2011, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the story of your journey... it gives me encouragement :dizzy:

07-29-2011, 12:31 PM

07-29-2011, 12:46 PM
Wow! You look great! Congrats!

07-29-2011, 01:02 PM
fabulous Job On Healthy Living!

07-29-2011, 01:06 PM
You look stunning! And reading your post as well as your pictures has helped me re-affirm my dedication to get this weight off myself!Thank you!

07-29-2011, 01:27 PM
Congratulations! You look awesome! I love your quote in your signature.

07-29-2011, 02:12 PM
Supermodel hottie!!! WOW! You did amazing! You look great! Thank you so much for posting and inspiring everyone! I can see just how possible it is to do! CONGRATS!!!

07-29-2011, 02:19 PM
Congrats!! I am the same height as you and seeing your success is really inspiring. You look wonderful and I am sure you feel wonderful as well.

07-29-2011, 02:23 PM

07-29-2011, 03:17 PM
Wow, you are such a great inspiration & you look fabulous! Keep up the great work. :carrot:

07-29-2011, 03:52 PM
Congrats Emme!!! :) :) :)

07-29-2011, 04:59 PM
This is a massive achievement! The black dress photos in particular look great!

07-29-2011, 05:38 PM
That is an awesome and incredible story and journey! You have done awesome! Such an awesome example for us! You look gorgeous and you looks so happy and satisfied!! Awesome!!
:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

07-29-2011, 05:45 PM
You look amazing! Congrats!

07-29-2011, 05:49 PM
Congrats from your (soon-to-be) weightloss twin!
I've been struggling this week, am finally back on track, and this is just what I needed to see! It is so awesome that you made it to goal. I so want to finish this. I know I can do it, cause you did. Congrats!

You look amazing, BTW!

07-29-2011, 06:13 PM
WOW You are smoking hot~~~What kind of foods did you eat? You give me tons of hope Im so tired of dieting and you lost all your weight without one, so there is hope for me!!!

07-29-2011, 06:16 PM
Congratulations - I bet you are clothes shopping every day! :)

07-29-2011, 06:24 PM
Congratulations on achieving your goal! You must be proud of all your hard work and determination. You look fantastic!!

07-29-2011, 06:38 PM
That is super awesome! keep up the good job. I know when it comes to weight problems is so hard but all we got to say to ourselves is we COULD Do it!!......

07-29-2011, 06:39 PM
Thank you everyone! You are too kind! :hug: And fattymcfatty, get on over here, girl! You can do it!

What kind of foods did you eat? You give me tons of hope Im so tired of dieting and you lost all your weight without one, so there is hope for me!!!

proudmommy ~ I ate everything I loved, just in moderation because I was counting calories. For the past 6 months I pretty much have eaten: whole grain english muffins, whole wheat toast, all-natural pb and fruit spread, multigrain cheerios (or cinnamon or chocolate cheerios) w/skim milk (the skim milk took a minute to get used to), baked cheetos, FiberOne bars, yogurt (both Light&Fit by Dannon and Chobani greek fruit yogurt), cheese sticks, baked chicken (topped with either salsa or eaten with laughing cow cheese wedges), popcorn (both air-popped with butter spray and the 100 calorie popcorn packs), Skinny Cow ice cream bars, jell-o sugar free pudding, chicken burritos, ground turkey tacos, Lean Cuisine meals for almost every single lunch, Lean Pockets when my calorie count was higher in the beginning, lots of frozen veggie boxes like snap peas and brussel sprouts. And if I had a day where I ate a LOT, I didn't let it freak me out. I just woke up the next day and started fresh!

07-29-2011, 07:00 PM
WOWZA! :carrot:

You are stunning! Work that dress! :D

Thanks so much for sharing your story and pics with us, its just the jumpstart i needed before i head back to the gym :woops:


07-29-2011, 07:03 PM
You look amazing!

Lori Bell
07-29-2011, 07:05 PM
Congratulations Emme, for reaching your goal weight. What a wonderful accomplishment.

07-29-2011, 07:43 PM
You rock girl!!

07-29-2011, 08:01 PM
Emme - you look absolutely amazing!!! The ccing and exercise agree with you.

07-29-2011, 09:33 PM
woo hoo! You're awesome! :D

07-29-2011, 11:38 PM
End result is jaw dropping! Makes me want to do some crunches right now!

07-30-2011, 07:04 PM
YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! Congrats! :)

07-31-2011, 03:41 PM
Congratulations Emme! You've been such an inspiration and it's been great sharing the last bits of your journey with you. =) Thanks for all the support you've given and I hope you stick around for a long long time.

08-01-2011, 11:43 AM
Thank you so much, everyone! It was truly a blessing that I found this website when I did. :hug:

08-01-2011, 01:45 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your story. It was just the inspiration I needed today! :)

08-01-2011, 02:02 PM
wow sweetie.. you look fab now... congrats and two thumbs for your hard work and determination :)

08-02-2011, 10:56 AM
OMG Emme - What a transformation girl, you look amazing!!! As I've told you before, I am so proud of you and you have done an awesome job!!! Thanks for all the motivation and encouragement you give me :hug:

08-02-2011, 11:06 AM
Awe inspiring!! Absolutely amazing and inspirational!

08-02-2011, 11:07 AM
OMG Emme - What a transformation girl, you look amazing!!! As I've told you before, I am so proud of you and you have done an awesome job!!! Thanks for all the motivation and encouragement you give me :hug:

You motivated and encouraged me, too, so right back at ya! :hug:

08-02-2011, 11:08 AM
Congratulations on your goal! You look fantastic, and I'm sure you feel amazing.

Your story sounds similar to mine; I was never overweight as a child or young adult, 5'9" and an athletic 150lbs in high school (I so clearly remember the school nurse, when checking height and weight, commenting about being heavy at 150lbs- she also compared me to the weights of the girls who were shorter than me), used food for comfort, especially after having PPD after my last birth.

Look what you accomplished! It's an amazing transformation and hugely motivating to see.

Congrats again, and keep up the good work.

08-02-2011, 12:35 PM
OMG that's awesome!!! Congratulations, you are a wonderful inspiration!

08-02-2011, 01:31 PM
You look fantastic! I know you're probably hearing a whole lot of that these days, but you really do.

I want to thank you for sharing your story. We have a lot in common- much like you, I never had any weight issues in school...and even ooking at your "before" pictures, our body shapes are pretty similar, so it gives me something to look forward to.

I just started my "new, healthy lifestyle" yesterday- I did great yesterday, but I would kill for something sugary or something cheesy, so I'm scanning through 3fc forums to keep me motivated right now, and I think your post did the job!

~Leslie :carrot:

08-02-2011, 03:16 PM
Wow Emme! Awesome! Congrats!

08-02-2011, 05:21 PM
You look absolutely fantastic!!

08-02-2011, 06:36 PM
:bravo: Amazing progress!! You look stunning!! Great job!!

Tricia Fierce
08-03-2011, 01:02 AM
Congrats Emme!! And thank you for sharing your story and pics and insights (here and with the rest of the Autumn Beauties) - just soooo inspiring! Getting over the use of food as an emotional crutch is tough but reading this has helped me tremendously - totally making this a "favorite" thread. :goodvibes

08-03-2011, 07:02 AM
You are absolutely FABULOUS!!
Congratulations on your success.
Thank you for sharing your story and for inspiring me and others!

08-03-2011, 11:10 AM
Thank you everyone! :hug:

mselle ~ I'm glad it motivated you. :)

Tricia ~ Yes, emotional eating sucks and it is hard to work through. But, it can be done! It's hard to sit with feelings and work through them, but it's worth it in the end.

08-03-2011, 03:57 PM
omg! you look amazing! congrats!

08-05-2011, 04:03 AM
You look amazing! Great job - seriously! Enjoy your new body :D and goodluck keeping it fit!

08-06-2011, 01:39 AM
Simply amazing. Congrats to you! A true inspiration!

green chick
08-06-2011, 02:05 AM
that's so amazing! big kudos for you!

08-06-2011, 01:15 PM
Congratulations! You are truly an inspiration.

08-06-2011, 08:30 PM
You look beautiful! I laughed to myself when you talked about camera angles,.. I've always told myself it's the way I was standing, or the way I held my head.. denial is so strong! Good for you!!


08-06-2011, 08:45 PM
You look awesome!!!!! So inspiring!

08-08-2011, 04:33 AM
Wowee Zowee! You look fantastic!
Thanks for sharing the good news. Totally inspiring.



08-08-2011, 09:55 AM
Wow what a FABULOUS transformation! Congratulations!

08-08-2011, 10:57 AM
Thanks, everyone! :hug:

08-10-2011, 02:48 PM
You look great, congrats! I'm where you started so this is good motivation!

Alana in Canada
08-11-2011, 01:32 AM

I'm so pleased for you. Love your signature. Maintenance scares the heck out of me!

08-11-2011, 09:29 AM
Great Job! You look amazing!

08-11-2011, 09:54 AM
Wow you look so great. Congrats on achieving such an amazing weight loss. You look way better than before. Your story is very inspirational.

08-11-2011, 03:33 PM
Wow!! That is all I can think of to say - you are a true inspiration!! :)

08-12-2011, 06:39 PM
You look great by the way.

08-12-2011, 07:21 PM
You basically lost a person! That's amazing...what an accomplishment! *high-five*

08-12-2011, 08:03 PM
You look great! Congrats!

08-17-2011, 09:42 AM
You look amazing! Congrats! :)

08-22-2011, 05:02 PM
Congratulations! Thank you for reminding me that even though it's hard work, the reward is worth it!

08-22-2011, 06:27 PM
Love your story and you look great !

08-22-2011, 09:17 PM
Wow I'm starting another weight loss journey and hopefully I can be as successful as you. Congrats, you look great!

08-26-2011, 02:09 PM
Emme, you look beautiful. There is something about the way you carry yourself now that screams "Look at me, I did it!" Congratulations, all that hard work and patience has paid off :)

08-26-2011, 02:34 PM
Thanks for sharing your story Emme!

08-26-2011, 06:15 PM
Oh my gosh. You are awesome!

08-26-2011, 09:24 PM
that is so awesome u go girl......CONGRADULATIONS

08-31-2011, 06:04 PM
Thats an inspiring story! You look fantasic! I cant believe how much you lost, truely amazing!

09-07-2011, 03:59 PM
You look awesome, I must say I AM INSPIRED!! Congrats on your hard work!

09-09-2011, 05:41 PM
WOW! Congrats! Thanks for being my motivation today!

09-18-2011, 08:51 PM
Oh my gosh! you're an inspiration! truly! I've always been fat. My whole damn life thanks a t first to my parents ignorance and then thanks to mine and my indifference. I thought oh well, i'm fat what's the point? Now I see what potential there is in me, because of you! Thank you so much!

09-18-2011, 09:07 PM
Thank you for the before and after photos.
I have just measured out a single serving of chick peas to add to my salad. I usually just dump in the whole can. So I too will be calorie conscious.

09-18-2011, 09:23 PM
Wow!!! You look fabulous!!!!
you have certainly given me hope.

09-19-2011, 11:16 AM
VERY INSPIRATIONAL! Well done (clap-clap-clap) Well done!

fatbottomed girl
09-19-2011, 12:52 PM
These motivational stories & photos are my favorite part of 3fc. It's so great seeing someone who's gone through similar struggles and managed to succeed like this.

It gives me hope... and for that, I thank you!

09-19-2011, 01:03 PM
What a huge inspiration you are! Congrats!!

09-19-2011, 01:15 PM
Congrats to you...You really look amazing...

09-22-2011, 12:58 PM
You look amazing!! :):):)

Missy Krissy
09-23-2011, 07:52 PM
Fantastic job! Also, I really like you're signature quote about picking your "hard," it's very true.

09-25-2011, 04:12 PM
Great Job! You look wonderful!

09-30-2011, 03:28 AM





WOW awesome! and in such a good time frame! thank you so much for posting your story. i have been struggling for so long.. i come to this website when i'm in need of a boost. i love seeing everyones success stories and dream of having my own one day!!:hug:

09-30-2011, 06:13 AM
First of all, and the obvious reason why we're all here, huge congratulations on your loss! You look simply amazing now, and you've come so far.

Secondly, and I believe most importantly, I admire your strength and determination. I'm so happy to hear that even though you slipped up and dropped out of college, you didn't give up on your goals and went back and completed your degree. Not only that, but you got a masters degree too! Well done, I know a lot of people who would have just given up and settled for less.

I'm happy that you emphasised how slow your change was - because it's disheartening when some girls come on the boards and have a panic attack about their weight loss because they've been dieting and they're stalling. It is a slow and steady change, but if you get used to the changes then you'll never turn back. I'm hoping that if I put 5 burgers in front of you now you would say "no way!" =p

Congrats again, very inspirational!!

09-30-2011, 07:53 AM
Your story has impressed me so much. I found this entry just when I needed it most. Congratulations for a job well done. You are amazing. Linda

09-30-2011, 11:08 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind words!

I'm happy that you emphasised how slow your change was - because it's disheartening when some girls come on the boards and have a panic attack about their weight loss because they've been dieting and they're stalling. It is a slow and steady change, but if you get used to the changes then you'll never turn back. I'm hoping that if I put 5 burgers in front of you now you would say "no way!" =p

You are so right. Weight loss isn't always a quick process and it doesn't have to be something we rush through. It should be done at a pace that you are comfortable with and can work with without feeling deprived or upset or anxious. And you're right about the 5 burgers, lol! My husband always teases me when we go out to eat because I always get the same thing: a grilled chicken sandwich. And it's not because I am trying to watch what I eat, but my tastes and appetite have changed so much that I actually enjoy the taste of grilled chicken now much more than burgers!!

09-30-2011, 03:22 PM
Wow! Your pictures say 1000 words each..!! Please post let us know what you did to achieve this fantastic weight loss. Your story keeps in encouraged and in control!


09-30-2011, 11:10 PM
Wow congratulations!!!

10-04-2011, 12:36 AM
Congratulations on your hard work. You look great!

11-15-2011, 07:43 AM
Great work, you look amazing!
Thank you for the open and honest story, very inspirational!

11-21-2011, 01:52 PM
Hi Emme (weight loss twin)!

I didn't see your goal story until now as I wasn't on 3FC much while I was maintaining over the summer.

GREAT GREAT JOB! I knew you would do it!!

As you can see, I'm still plugging along...slow and steady ;) You have definitely inspired me to keep going though! Hope to see you around here once in a while, maybe in the maintainers forum?

Again, great job girl!

Thighs Be Gone
11-21-2011, 02:06 PM
Congratulations and thank you for the time it took to post your story and pics. You look great Lady!

Miss LunaStar
12-11-2011, 07:47 AM

12-11-2011, 09:24 AM
What an inspirational story---Thanks so much for sharing. I love that you shared how you started slowly making one change at a time. I have even more to lose than you did and have every intention of using this forum to keep me motivated.

12-11-2011, 03:11 PM
What a cute figure you have! I can see myself going back to this post over and over again for inspiration. Congrats!!!

12-13-2011, 09:29 PM
So impressive! Congratulations!!!

12-13-2011, 11:06 PM
Great job! You look fantastic

12-14-2011, 08:56 AM
Wow - I love that pic in the blue dress - looks stunning! Well done on your achievements. I like your "pick your hard" tagline too :)

12-18-2011, 03:54 AM
You're before and after is fantastic. U did an awesome job

12-18-2011, 12:20 PM
WOW, you look great, I am so motivated now, thanks for sharing your success with us!

12-19-2011, 06:43 PM
Great job! It's so cool to see all these inspiring stories about weight loss. You look great and really healthy.

Congrats on your wonderful achievement. Please remain confident with your body and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

Love handles well
12-19-2011, 10:02 PM
Amazing! You look beautiful !!

Turtle Mommy
12-30-2011, 09:51 AM

01-03-2012, 05:10 AM
Awesome job!!

01-08-2012, 09:38 PM
Honestly in tears. Amazing job...And your story (the denial, the binging) rings home. Congratulations!

01-13-2012, 02:35 PM
Wow!!! Congratulations on your choice!! You are such an inspiration to me. I am trying not to cry (not working) Again congratulations

fat 2 fabulous
01-13-2012, 03:31 PM
WOW....WTG! You look great!!! =-)

01-13-2012, 04:06 PM
Congratulations !

01-13-2012, 07:22 PM
Wow, such an inspiring story. I really identify with your story and this motivates me so much. And I'm amazed by the pictures -- you look spectacular!

Thank you for the inspiration. I hope I'll be like you someday :')

04-29-2012, 10:03 AM
this really is truly inspiring, and i'm about to embark on what you've just done. Hopefully I can be just as successful!

04-29-2012, 04:38 PM
You look awesome. Congratulations

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07-17-2013, 09:46 PM
OMG I love your blue dress! :3

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09-20-2013, 11:13 AM
Thank you for posting, very inspirational. I think I will go to the gym tonight after all... :o

09-20-2013, 01:10 PM
wow awesome job! Congrats you look great :carrot:

09-20-2013, 07:09 PM
Awesome effort congrats :)

09-26-2013, 10:57 PM
Ohhh thank you for sharing, what a wonderful transformation. Your gorgeous (before and after), and an inspiration!

10-01-2013, 09:23 PM
You look amazing! Congrats :)

11-07-2013, 05:59 PM
WOOHOO! So happy for you! Thank you for the inspiration!

12-11-2013, 04:23 PM
Congrats, you look great

11-04-2014, 10:49 AM
You look absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!

01-03-2015, 11:49 PM
Amazing! It is stories like yours that inspire me to keep going!