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




KatieC87
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?


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

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


BellaLucia
12-05-2011, 10:19 PM
Congrats!

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

melodymist
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!!

nevaeh1984
12-06-2011, 04:03 AM
Well done and congrats :)

NEMom
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!

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

tiwiwas
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.

Jojo381972
12-06-2011, 05:31 PM
Congrats! You look great! Love the muscles too ;)

KatieC87
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! :)

KatieC87
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. ;)

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

rehabis4quitters
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!

RRB2
12-07-2011, 04:01 PM
Congrats! You look fantastic!

Nazza000
12-09-2011, 07:45 PM
You look amazing congrats! :bravo:

Onedaysmaller
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 :)

Ariannag
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

Ready2BThinna
12-20-2011, 02:48 AM
Great job. I enjoyed reading your story. You have recreated your life and the benefits show! :bravo:

Jean

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabetti
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!

kimmy125
04-25-2012, 11:02 PM
Great job!

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

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

may17O3
04-29-2012, 09:49 AM
Wow, truly amazing! Great job :)

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

fyreflie24
04-30-2012, 10:40 PM
Fabulous!! Congrats :) You look AWESOME!!

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

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

Samba
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!

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

Plexi
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