Goal! - 50 pounds gone!!! (With before/after pics)

12-05-2011, 09:35 PM
I have started and stopped trying to lose weight more times than I can count. I would start with unrealistic, hardcore expectations of myself (work out every day, cut out ALL "bad" food, etc). I'd give up quickly when the weight didn't easily fall off, usually by eating two packs of Little Debbie's mini donuts.

When I started working full-time as a newspaper reporter while going to school full-time in 2008, I stopped finding time to grocery shop. It was just easier to stop at McDonald's for lunch and dinner and eat office donuts for breakfast.

I didn't even realize there was a problem until one day I couldn't button my pants. I didn't have the money - or the humility - to replace my pants, so I would wear them undone with a long sweater over top. Finally, I decided to take my head out from the sand and weighed myself - 196! I weighed as much as my father who is 6 inches taller than me!

I immediately started making time for the gym and for eating healthier. I lost about 10 pounds before going on vacation and giving up again. After four days of walking all over DC, I had GAINED two pounds? I let my discouragement overcome my good feelings about weight loss.

This all changed in 2011, three years after my initial gain. I was wearing a tight size 12 in all my pants. I had stopped enjoying making love with my husband. The entire time I was thinking Please don't look at my fat rolls, please don't notice my bulging arms and protruding stomach! I never wanted to visit family because I knew they had to be disgusted with the way I looked, just like I was.

In March, I began counting calories again and working out sporadically. I lost 10 pounds over two months. Then my uncle and grandfather died in close succession. I lost my focus until the beginning of July.

That's when I found 3FatChicks! The community support here amazed me immediately. I felt like I had finally found people who could understand what I was going through, unlike my mother who said I "just needed more willpower."

I decided to start slowly this time. I didn't put on the weight in a week. It wasn't going to come off in a week.

I started by changing my eating habits slowly. I replaced my high calorie chocolate desserts with low calorie chocolate pudding. I replaced my tacos and pizzas (trigger binge foods for me) with salads and lean meats.

In late July, I added cardio and weight training. Again, I started slow. I did cardio only for the first week, and my endurance was embarrassing. I could only do 21 minutes my first night at the gym! Then I added weight training. By August, I was ready for a challenge. I challenged myself to go to the gym 6 days a week for the month. And I did! I was rewarded with a pair of size 8 blue jeans.

Since then, I've kept to the same routine. My calories stay in the 1,200 - 1,600 range. I occasionally treat myself to a meal out with family or coworkers. I still eat the foods I love, but I eat them in smaller portions. I try to exercise 6 days a week (30 minutes cardio, 30-60 minutes weight training). If I miss a day or two, I don't beat myself up.

I can't fully articulate the change losing 50 pounds has made for my life. I'm not afraid to dress in front of my husband. I don't avoid going out of the lake with our families (although now is not the season). I feel confident walking around campus or the office. I feel like ME, and that's the greatest gift weight loss has given me. The ability to feel comfortable in my skin.

I decided once I made it to 50 pounds lost that I wasn't done. I would like to get to a size 6, so I've reset my goal for 135 pounds. I've got 10.8 pounds to go! I think the greatest thing is that I am my own motivation now. I don't need to find inspiring before/after pics online like I used to. I just look in the mirror. What positive changes has weight loss meant for you?

12-05-2011, 09:43 PM
You look stunning! Your new shape is truly admirable...rock it, girl!! :)

12-05-2011, 10:15 PM
Congrats, all your hard works has paid off, you look fantastic! Enjoy your new body :)

12-05-2011, 10:19 PM

12-06-2011, 12:24 AM
Wow!! You look so cute and fit!!! Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment :)

12-06-2011, 03:56 AM
Congratualtions Katie, i've seen your post on the forum in the past few months and I'm so proud of you!!

12-06-2011, 04:03 AM
Well done and congrats :)

12-06-2011, 10:09 AM
Congrats! You look amazing. I too met my initial goal and decided to try for 10 more off. We can do it!!!

loose seal
12-06-2011, 10:13 AM
WOW! You look terrific! What an inspiration to those of us just starting out. Congrats on a job uber well done!

12-06-2011, 03:52 PM
You look great! Congrats on seeing all of your hard work pay off.

12-06-2011, 05:30 PM
It was this site for me that helped me get started. As you can see I have a long way to go---somehow I knew that I needed to have the support and inspiration from others who have walked this walk.
You look amazing and I love that you realize that you truly are your own greatest inspiration.

12-06-2011, 05:31 PM
Congrats! You look great! Love the muscles too ;)

12-07-2011, 03:13 AM
Thanks, everyone! I don't want to say I couldn't have done it without the support of 3FC because I think we're all capable of more than we give ourselves credit for. But you all were definitely instrumental in my sticking to this "diet" this time around, so for that, I am grateful! :)

12-07-2011, 03:14 AM
Congrats! You look great! Love the muscles too ;)

Thank you! When I took those "body builder pose" shots, I was like Okay, you have no arm muscle whatsoever... But how else will you pose? That's okay though... I'm more about the legs. ;)

12-07-2011, 09:15 AM
WOW you look amazing! :cp: Great job and I loved your story!! :cheer: Congrats! :cheer3:

12-07-2011, 03:23 PM
wow!!! you look amazing! your after pictures (without the remaining 10lbs) are where I'd love to be :)

I love your story - great job!

12-07-2011, 04:01 PM
Congrats! You look fantastic!

12-09-2011, 07:45 PM
You look amazing congrats! :bravo:

12-11-2011, 03:06 AM
SO amazing! Congratulations, you look great!

Love handles well
12-15-2011, 07:39 PM
Wow that is amazing! Great job :)

12-16-2011, 01:25 AM
WOW. I can totally relate to this story, and I hope that I can accomplish the same, thank you for being truly motivating <3

12-20-2011, 02:48 AM
Great job. I enjoyed reading your story. You have recreated your life and the benefits show! :bravo:


12-21-2011, 12:44 PM
Way to go! Congrats!

01-02-2012, 07:07 PM
You look so good!

01-03-2012, 11:03 PM
you're so inspiring thank you for sharing! congrats!

03-17-2012, 12:26 AM
HOLY CRAP!!! good job!

03-17-2012, 07:53 PM
you look amazing!!! Good job!!

03-18-2012, 11:36 PM
congrats - love your story! WOW!

03-19-2012, 04:41 PM
Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story, it helps remind me that this is long process and the results will come if I stick to it!

04-25-2012, 11:02 PM
Great job!

04-26-2012, 12:05 AM
Fantastic! You really look great.

04-27-2012, 04:11 AM
looking amazing

04-29-2012, 09:49 AM
Wow, truly amazing! Great job :)

04-30-2012, 04:04 AM
Congrats!!!! You look great!

04-30-2012, 10:40 PM
Fabulous!! Congrats :) You look AWESOME!!

05-02-2012, 03:32 AM
WOW! Congratulations, that's a serious change!

05-06-2012, 04:48 AM
Katie- I love that tattoo!!! Is it inspired by banksy??

05-06-2012, 08:31 AM
Beautiful! You did an incredible thing for yourself and your family and untold others! Congratulations.

I love that you posted your story of starting and stopping and bumps along the way. We have to just keep going, keep trying until it comes together! Also,3FCs had been sooooo helpful to me also. Great support here.

Thanks for posting and sharing the pictures. So happy for you!

05-06-2012, 08:37 AM
Good Job!!

05-06-2012, 12:25 PM
Congrats on your success. Nothing worth having is ever easy, and your story tells that. Keep up the great work,and those last 10 lbs will be gone before you know it ;D