Goal! - I finally made it!!! 182 down with pics and a little about my journey:)

11-05-2011, 12:16 AM
Thanks so much for the support. I have removed the images I posted because I heard that people are stealing others weightloss before and afters and sharing other places...

I am officially going to say that I have reached my goal. I just weighed 198 on the scale (I am 6'2" so my BMI is 25.4). I am content for now with maintaining and seeing if this is where my body wants to be. I am so excited!!! I just had to share these pics I took today in my "fat pants"!! I can't believe how far I have come! Yay!! Thank you all for all of your support over the past year. It has been such an amazing support system for me! Good luck to everyone else on reaching your goals too!

PS. A little about my journey. I looked into surgery last spring and realized that I would not be covered by insurance. I then decided to just take the plunge and do it without the surgery. I calorie counted the whole way down. I have found that my struggle with my weight has been one of the most frustrating things that I have dealt with thus far in life. I definitely faced many days throughout my weight-loss journey that I wanted to give up. I think the beginning is the absolute hardest part. For me, I had so much weight to lose that it actually took about 50 lbs before anyone really noticed and before I went down in sizes. That was very disheartening. I kept it up every day, however, because I knew that if I didn't my health problems would just get worse and worse. I was dealing with high blood pressure and had severe sleep apnea. I woke up every morning with a headache because I had stopped breathing so many times during the night. I didn't yet have diabetes, but my father has it. I knew that it was just a matter of time before I started suffering with that as well. After I lost the first 20 lbs, I started to notice a difference in my energy levels. That gave me another little push. I then got to 50 lbs lost and people started to make comments and noticed the weight loss. Also, I was finally able to get some smaller clothes (just one size smaller but that was still a great incentive). I set some mini goals for myself and made sure to reward myself with non-food rewards as I met those goals (10 lbs lost, 10% lost, 50 lbs down,100 lbs down, 150 lbs down etc.). For every 10 lbs I lost I gave myself a little reward as well. I found that celebrating the little losses helped keep me motivated and alleviated some of the pressure I felt over the massive amount of weight I had to lose. I knew that I couldn't lose 180 lbs, but I COULD lose 10 lbs 18 times. :) Breaking it up into those smaller increments made it much, much more manageable. When I reached the point where I had lost more weight than I still had to lose, I was super excited! I had done it once and I could do it again. As I neared the completion of my weight-loss the changes came much quicker. 5 lbs lost in the end made as big of a difference in my appearance and in the way my clothes fit as 30-40 lbs made in the beginning. I have now lost 182 lbs. It is kind of crazy knowing that I am done! I started this journey last July and stuck to my plan super strictly. It has NOT been fun or easy at all, but it has all been worth it. I have never had a healthy relationship with food. It feels great to finally know that I am eating for my health and am eating in a life giving way. When I started a year ago I found this quote and put it up in my room, "A year from now you'll be glad you started today." I can honestly say that I am SO happy that I finally started a year ago. My life is so different today. I feel more confident and so much happier in my own skin.

11-05-2011, 01:11 AM

That is very inspiring, and pretty much how I felt about the last year also.

The less you weight, the more a few pounds lost "matters" in overall appearance and clothing size.

I love your pants pictures, you should keep those forever, as a reminder to what a lot of effort and perseverance you put into your journey :)

11-05-2011, 04:08 AM
Woah look at that flat tummy! U go girl!!

11-05-2011, 04:39 AM
Whoa, you have a seriously tiny, flat stomach! This is really inspirational to me, because I know I tend to get disheartened and impatient when I can't tell a big difference. I'm going to try to just try to think about 10 pounds at a time too. You're really amazing for pushing through, that takes a lot of determination! :)

11-05-2011, 04:42 AM
WOW ... you look AMAZING!! I want that tummy!!! Ugh such hard work, but you have added to my motivation bucket, and I hope I just get this counting calories battle over with & get with the program!! How many calories were you eating at the end of your journey & how many are you eating for maintenance?

11-05-2011, 05:21 AM
Omg! This is amazing :) I wish you all the best qith your newfound health and HOTNESS!!!

It's inspiring to see you have made it through the hard bits of the transformation :)

11-05-2011, 08:40 AM

11-05-2011, 09:01 AM
Congrats! You look amazing!! Such an insperation thank you for sharing.

11-05-2011, 09:37 AM
Good for you! You are in inspiration!

11-05-2011, 09:38 AM
You look amazing and it's awesome that you totally feel amazing!!

Awesome job! Rock that new body! ;)

I hear you though, about getting near the end and 5 pounds making all the difference. It seems like now whenever I lose a couple of pounds (I'm on the short side so I mean this literally, 2 pounds) people notice! New clothing sizes! It's crazy!

11-05-2011, 09:55 AM
You look fantastic. Great job! Congratulations!!! :carrot:

11-05-2011, 02:07 PM

11-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Congratulations .... you look great... inspiring ...

11-06-2011, 12:34 AM
Congratulations!!!! You are amazing <3

11-06-2011, 01:49 AM
Thanks everyone!!!

11-06-2011, 02:25 AM
:bravo: :dancer: :congrat: You look so fantastic! WAY TO GO!!!

11-06-2011, 03:16 AM
That's awesome! Congratulations!


11-06-2011, 03:44 AM
Gratz and any dieting and excercising tips? how often you worked out or diet plans? Thanks!

11-06-2011, 11:17 AM

11-06-2011, 02:41 PM
Congrats! You look amazing!

11-06-2011, 04:35 PM
Wow, congratulations! You are a huge inspiration. And girl...that stomach? Holy crap, you have amazing abs. Can you share what you did exercise-wise to get you to where you are now?

Thanks for sharing your story :hug:

11-06-2011, 09:26 PM
You look so great! I hope that one day my results can be as amazing as yours! that's so inspiring! :) Congrats to you!

11-06-2011, 10:11 PM
Congratulations!! What an amazing difference!!! :)

11-06-2011, 11:13 PM
I really needed this for inspiration,thanks.Great jog!!!!!

11-07-2011, 03:02 AM
Thank y'all so much!!

11-07-2011, 03:06 AM
Wow, congratulations! You are a huge inspiration. And girl...that stomach? Holy crap, you have amazing abs. Can you share what you did exercise-wise to get you to where you are now?

Thanks for sharing your story :hug:

Thank you very much! Exercise wise, I have actually only been able to walk and do some simple core work (crunches and leg lifts). I haven't been able to do anything fancy because I have disc issues in my back. I am so grateful that as the fat melted off of my body, I saw the muscles that I worked for years to build in high-school and college start to emerge again. Walking was my most consistent form of exercise during my weight-loss.

11-07-2011, 01:46 PM
Congratulations! How many calories are you eating for maintenance?

11-07-2011, 02:28 PM
Congratulations! How many calories are you eating for maintenance?

Thank you! I am still trying to figure this maintenance thing out. It is looking like my maintenance calories will be somewhere between 1800 and 2000...I know that sounds a little high, but I am very tall.

11-07-2011, 02:39 PM
Congratulations! Amazing job!

11-07-2011, 02:43 PM
Wow! Congrats on your hard work! You look great!!!!!

11-07-2011, 04:03 PM
You look AMAZING!!! Congratulations on your new body and new life!

11-07-2011, 05:39 PM
WOW!!! great story!!! You look wonderful!!!

11-07-2011, 08:40 PM
You are just breathtaking...- beautiful!!

Way to go girl!!

Love the quote too!

11-07-2011, 09:14 PM
Had to join in....CONGRATS. This is soo inspiring!!!

11-07-2011, 09:50 PM
Congratulations! Do you know why your other goal pics from older posts don't show up?

11-08-2011, 05:55 PM
Thanks everyone!!

11-09-2011, 12:41 AM
U'r amazing!

11-09-2011, 07:12 AM
Congratulations!! :)

11-09-2011, 08:45 AM
Looking good.Congrats on the weight loss ,YOU ROCK.My weight loss has been slow but I am still chipping away but It's people like you that keep me inspired.Could you share your exercise/diet with me?Would love any kind of help anyone can give :)

11-09-2011, 10:56 AM
Holy cow! That is awesome! Congratulations, Southernbelle!

11-09-2011, 02:50 PM
Girl I got all teary eyed reading your post. You are a tremendous inspiration and I could feel how hard you worked to get here. You look absolutely amazing! HOLY flat tight tummy! Good for you! Thank you for sharing how you broke your goal up into increments. I figure if you could lose 10lbs 18 times I could certainly do a mere 7 times. YOU ROCK! Congrats to you and your new life :cheer: :cheer2: :cheer3:

11-09-2011, 04:58 PM
Good for u!

11-09-2011, 05:17 PM
Congrats Southernbelle! You look amazing and you are an inspiration to each and everyone of us.

11-09-2011, 05:38 PM
Wow, great job! Congratulations! :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

11-09-2011, 07:07 PM
Wow you look Amazing and your tummy is so tight! Congrats!!

11-09-2011, 07:11 PM
southernbelle, your maintenance calories don't sound high at all! Since you are so tall, I'm betting your 2,000 calorie mark will let you maintain your weight. Most folks shoot for such a low maintenance number, it's no wonder they can't live like that forever...P.S ...you look terrific!

11-09-2011, 08:29 PM
Yay! I'm so excited for you! You have seriously been such an inspiration to me, since I saw some of your earlier mini-goal posts. It's so nice to see another tall girl have such great success! Congrats!

side salad
11-10-2011, 12:50 AM
:hat: congratulations! :hat:
you've become my motivation; i'm so amazed by what you've achieved :)
well done x

11-10-2011, 02:45 AM
Looking good.Congrats on the weight loss ,YOU ROCK.My weight loss has been slow but I am still chipping away but It's people like you that keep me inspired.Could you share your exercise/diet with me?Would love any kind of help anyone can give :)

Thanks! I just calorie counted. I calorie cycled between 1200 and 1800 calories every day from July1 2010 until this month. Until this fall, the only cheat days I gave myself were my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Other than that, I never ate more than 1800 calories. Once I hit this fall and was upping my calories to phase into maintenance, I started eating on plan during the week and taking weekends off. That seems to be working for me. I think I am averaging about 1800 to 2000 calories a day now once you average weekdays and weekend days. I only walked and did some core exercises. I can't do any fancy workouts because I have some disc issues in my back.
Good luck with your weight loss!!!

11-10-2011, 02:46 AM
Thank you, everyone!!

11-14-2011, 07:15 PM
Another hugely inspiring story. Thank you for posting. I love the pics too - you look fantastic - well done!

11-14-2011, 07:47 PM
WOW! Congratulations! I'm reading all the success stories for motivation. I can't wait until I can post my own photos.

11-15-2011, 09:50 AM

11-20-2011, 09:50 PM
Amazing and inspirational, thanks for sharing

11-21-2011, 12:05 AM
That is amazing inspiration! You should be so proud!

11-21-2011, 10:18 AM
omg!!! wow thats amazing!!! your definetly a wonderful inspiration! thank you for showing us and sticking to it!

Thighs Be Gone
11-21-2011, 10:21 AM
Awesome work! :) GO YOU! Don't forget the holiday photo cards this year!!!

11-21-2011, 04:20 PM

We will definitely be doing holiday photo cards this year :)

11-21-2011, 09:53 PM
You look incredible!! Awesome work!! :carrot: You showed tremendous endurance!

** Stacye **
11-22-2011, 12:02 AM
Absolutely INSPIRATIONAL!! :carrot:

Congratulations and Thank YOU for sharing a bit of your story with us!!

11-22-2011, 03:31 AM
I cant even imagine what you must have gone through emotionally and physically to lose 180+ lbs! i want to lose 100 and its so daunting and overwhelming... but then i look at you and your truly are an inspiration to those of us who want to lose a great deal of weight.... thank you! keep up the good work and im glad that your happy with yourself now <#

11-28-2011, 05:18 AM
Thanks you for your story, I too am struggling but finding solace in your words that truly speak to me and my journey. I love the quote as well. A big or should I say a slender congratulations is in order!!!!

11-28-2011, 09:16 AM
Congratulations to you for showing once again that weight can be lost through sensible eating and moderate exercise. You look wonderful, an inspiration to all of us.

11-28-2011, 08:58 PM
Thats some achievement! Well done you! xx

11-29-2011, 12:53 PM
Your story is very inspirational! Congrats to you!

11-30-2011, 02:19 AM
Thank you, everyone!!

native woman
12-01-2011, 11:15 PM
whew! I'm so inspired !That awesome!

12-02-2011, 03:29 AM
Wow, you look fantastic!
What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story! :)

12-21-2011, 06:03 AM
Thanks so much!!!

12-21-2011, 12:42 PM
You look amazing! Congrats!

Turtle Mommy
12-30-2011, 09:48 AM

12-31-2011, 04:03 PM
You're such an inspiration!

01-01-2012, 08:36 PM
So inspiring! You look great! Congratulations on your loss! :)

01-02-2012, 12:22 AM
You are amazing

01-02-2012, 06:32 PM
Wow, congratulations!!!

01-02-2012, 06:39 PM
That is unbelievable!! Well done you! you look amazing, you must be soooo proud of yourself :)

So inspiring, thank you :carrot:

01-03-2012, 04:01 AM
Thanks so much everyone!!

01-03-2012, 05:03 AM
You look amazing!!

01-07-2012, 11:00 PM
Thank you!

01-08-2012, 09:39 AM
Wow!!!! You look absolutely amazing!!!!!

01-09-2012, 03:11 AM

01-09-2012, 10:23 AM
Congratulations, fantastic accomplishment!

01-09-2012, 08:22 PM
Congrats! You look amazing!

01-14-2012, 06:27 AM
Thanks!! :)

01-14-2012, 09:23 AM
Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your amazing success with us! I just read the whole thread to see if you shared any "secrets", lol. You said you "cycled" your calorie count, what does that mean?

01-15-2012, 12:29 AM
Wow! I hope I can make the same journey!

01-15-2012, 01:55 PM
I am new and starting (last week) and your story made me have tears in my eyes... I am so happy for you and I am hoping that reading stories like yours will help me lose as much as you.
146.7kg today and I am hoping in a year I can send a picture like yours!

01-15-2012, 02:29 PM
What an amazing journey! Congratulations!

fat 2 fabulous
01-15-2012, 06:26 PM
Congrats.....thank you for sharing your story...very inspiring! :)

01-16-2012, 12:48 PM
Southernbelle102 - I have the same question as qtapostolic - What do you mean by cycling your calories every day?? Was it 1200 one day then 1800 the next and so on? Obviously whatever you did worked so I want some tips :) Such an inspiring weight loss. Congrats!!!

01-17-2012, 03:16 AM
Southernbelle102 - I have the same question as qtapostolic - What do you mean by cycling your calories every day?? Was it 1200 one day then 1800 the next and so on? Obviously whatever you did worked so I want some tips :) Such an inspiring weight loss. Congrats!!!

Yes, thats exactly what I did. One day I would have 1200, then the next 1400, the next 1800, the next 1200 or 1600 etc etc... I went up and down over and over. It seemed to work for me. Good luck!!

thanks to everyone for the kind words!!

01-17-2012, 08:36 PM
i was gonna get surgery but after a year and a half process of getting no where with it , i wanna do it all on my own! :) you are a inspiration thank you for sharing youre story

01-17-2012, 11:56 PM
You look fantastic. Congrats!

01-18-2012, 02:55 AM
Thank you!!

01-26-2012, 01:47 PM
Your amazing! Xxxx

02-21-2012, 11:51 PM
Amazing job!!!

It is too bad that people steal the pictures and use them other places! They need to learn some manners but I suppose it is a form of flattery to you that your weight loss is so awesome!

02-22-2012, 01:43 AM
So awesome!! Id love to see your before and after photos!!

02-22-2012, 05:30 AM
wish i could see the before and after pics congrats on your weight loss that is amazing and very inspiring for me as well since I started at the same weight as you were. Thank you very much for sharing your story you will motivate a lot of people with it.

02-22-2012, 06:11 AM
I cant believe people would do that ??? what a world, missed your pics but congrats on your loss and achieving your goal :)

02-22-2012, 10:17 AM
WOW great job!!!!!

02-22-2012, 10:28 AM
"A year from now you'll be glad you started today."

That is one of my favorite quotes! You are such an inspiration for everyone, but especially to those of us who have more than 100 pounds to lose. Thanks so much for sharing! Best wishes.