Goal! - 157 lbs GONE! Lost HALF My Body Weight! (Before & After Pics & Video)




Heather157
06-19-2012, 03:05 PM
Hi Guys! Here's my goal story!

Age: 39
Height: 5’7”
Before Weight: 315
After Weight: 157
Total Lost: 157 (half my body weight!)

When I was in my early 20s my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) I moved home to become her primary caregiver for three years until she passed away. Taking care of her and then losing her had a devastating effect on me. I started to cope in really bad ways, overeating, drinking to excess and smoking a pack a day. After 10 years of coping with food I topped the scales at 315 pounds.

I decided I needed to make a drastic change when I realized that I couldn’t be an active mom to my then 3 year old son. I couldn’t run around with him at the park or get down on the ground and play with him at home. I realized that I needed to make some significant life changes if I wanted to be around and see him grow up.

It all started with a bet with a coworker to see who could lose 40 pounds faster. I signed up for a sprint triathlon to keep me on track and help motivate me to add exercise to my weight loss program. By the time that first sprint triathlon came around I had lost 80 pounds. I did it slowly. By switching out full fat items for lower fat, by eating lots of protein, by cutting out empty calories like alcohol. I lost less than a pound a week. It was frustrating at times because I wanted it NOW! But I eventually learned that slow & steady wins the race. That first triathlon was life altering for me. It gave me the belief that anything is possible and that if I kept doing what I was doing I could continue to lose weight and get fit. I fell in love with triathlon and continued signing up for more and more races. I was hooked. Over the past few years I’ve completed 1 10k, 2 half marathons, 4 sprint triathlons, 3 olympic distance triathlons, 3 half-Ironman triathlons and 2 full Ironmans (IM Louisville 2010 and IM Canada 2011)

I’m currently trying to win a slot into the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona through the Kona Inspired program. The Ironman folks are giving away a handful of slots to inspirational athletes who best embody the mantra “Anything is Possible” I’ve uploaded a short 90 second video that chronicles my huge life changes here (lots of before & after pics!):

http://bit.ly/NJzNT5

Racing at the Ironman World Championships would be a dream come true and would be the exclamation point on my weight loss journey. If you’re feeling inspired please click “Vote for this” under the video to the left and share with others who need inspiration in their weight loss journeys! (you can vote once per day through July 4th 2012)

I really believe there are no quick fixes. It takes daily dedication and attention to nutrition and creating an active life. But if you do that, Amazing change is possible!

Before
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh499/heatherkonainspired/HeatherBefore2Oct2007resized.jpg

After

http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh499/heatherkonainspired/HeatherAfter2-IMCanada2011.png

Lots more before & Afters here:

http://bit.ly/NJzNT5

Just remember to keep moving forward and you'll get there too!

Heather


EricAnn
06-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Holy macaroni! You look awesome! :cp: And to compete in the Ironman World Championships, wow, that would be amazing! I'm crossing my fingers for you! :crossed:

EZMONEY
06-19-2012, 05:36 PM
voted!!!!!!


ChickieChicks
06-19-2012, 06:04 PM
I VOTED!

Wow. Just WOW. I am utterly AMAZED with you! Such an inspring story, and a true journey that you have obviously worked very hard to accomplish.

Good luck! You deserve to in in Kona!

Heather157
06-19-2012, 06:10 PM
Thanks for the kind words and support guys! This forum is so great for amazing supportive folks!

reallytrying
06-19-2012, 06:43 PM
I voted. Wow, you are a complete inspiration. Keep it up and I hope you make it into Kona. You absolutely deserve it. What a beautiful woman you are!

byugal
06-19-2012, 07:03 PM
You look fantastic....thanks so much for sharing your story!!! And, I voted for you too.

Dottington
06-19-2012, 08:27 PM
You are such an inspiration! I totally voted for you!

thewickedcityx
06-19-2012, 09:51 PM
I voted for you! This was such an amazing story.. so inspiring. I've started a running program myself recently and I was starting to lose hope that at 300 pounds+ I wasn't meant to be a runner but you've inspired me to get out there again - thank you thank you thank you for sharing your story.

Fiyah
06-19-2012, 10:10 PM
Voted! Congratulations on all of your successes! Good luck in the voting. I am subscribing to this thread so that hopefully I will remember to vote daily!

Good Luck!

Coffeelover64
06-19-2012, 10:10 PM
Wow!!! You are amazing and such an inspiration. Good luck with the Kona, I know you will be there! (I voted for you) :carrot:

irishcanary
06-20-2012, 03:48 AM
Oh congrats!!This story is very inspirational. Voting now, you deserve a spot in it. Good luck :carrot::carrot::carrot::hug::hug::hug:.

HealthyMeWannabe
06-20-2012, 05:15 AM
I voted!!!!! :) You are amazing! Well done!!!!!!! :)

seagirl
06-20-2012, 05:53 AM
Voted!

and awesome job on the weight loss and tris!!!

Elliemar
06-20-2012, 07:01 AM
Voted! And wow is about all I can say as I look at these pics :) How hugely inspiring!!

KatMarie
06-20-2012, 08:31 AM
You look awesome...strong and toned!

Jenmichele
06-20-2012, 08:33 AM
Voted!!! Amazing story! You look great and so happy!!

EZMONEY
06-20-2012, 09:52 AM
Voted again!

Rock on kid!

djs06
06-20-2012, 11:47 AM
Another vote here... incredible story, thank you for sharing! You look wonderful.

amandie
06-20-2012, 02:29 PM
Wow. I totally !VOTED! for you. Thanks for sharing your incredible and touching story. You're awesome.

Fiyah
06-20-2012, 02:42 PM
Voted again (o:

Heather157
06-21-2012, 01:25 AM
Thanks guys for all your amazing support. It's so great to be a part of an incredibly supportive community!

Heather

EZMONEY
06-21-2012, 06:05 AM
another vote

Fiyah
06-21-2012, 09:24 AM
Voted again (o:

1987
06-21-2012, 10:05 AM
Congratulations, such a wonderful transformation. I voted too :D good luck!

Emama
06-21-2012, 11:53 AM
Heather you are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey.
Congratulations on your success!!

guacamole
06-21-2012, 05:44 PM
How amazing! You look fantastic and strong and are a total inspiration!

free1
06-21-2012, 09:41 PM
I VOTED!!!!!!!!

Congrats and you look wonderful. I was having a down moment and wanted to throw in the towel. I saw your video and made a decision not to give in :) Thank you, thank you, thank you.

curly1976
06-22-2012, 01:24 AM
VOTED!
You are a true inspiration...hearing about people like you is what keeps me going ..good luck in everything you do!

love2hike
06-22-2012, 02:30 AM
I voted for you too! Your story and video brought tears to my eyes. You are truely amazing!

oOPeanutOo
06-22-2012, 08:29 AM
AMAZING!!! Congratulations of your success. I definitely Voted!

beccawhite90
06-22-2012, 11:12 AM
holy these are so inspiring!

EZMONEY
06-23-2012, 08:33 AM
voted...just a reminder you can vote every day

bargoo
06-23-2012, 10:36 AM
Congratulations on your loss.
I voted !

itsjustmagic
06-23-2012, 05:58 PM
Voted! What an inspiration you are! I'm truly proud of you and you make me feel like I can do this too. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

Serenity100
06-23-2012, 06:57 PM
:goodluck:voted for you, sista

GwenSue
06-24-2012, 09:46 PM
Amazing!! :)

(and voted!)

EZMONEY
06-24-2012, 10:00 PM
bumping...

with another vote on the link this evening

Heather157
06-25-2012, 01:16 AM
Thanks for all the support guys!

X Lexi X
06-25-2012, 03:32 PM
just voted and your vid brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat xxxxxxxxxxxxx

mrsngar
06-25-2012, 09:01 PM
You are truly an inspiration. I voted!!!

neversettle
06-26-2012, 04:22 PM
You look like an entire different person, and so much younger! Stunning!
Congrats on all of your success!

amyaimeee
06-26-2012, 06:41 PM
Heather, you are awesome! So inspiring - I love your video. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story.

EZMONEY
06-26-2012, 08:23 PM
another vote....

another bump

Heather157
06-26-2012, 08:27 PM
Thank you guys so much for the amazing support! I am blown away :) I'm in third place right now! Need to get into 2nd to win a slot! I'm so close I can taste it! Thanks again for voting every day!

AriesNV
06-27-2012, 02:16 PM
I voted! I definitely got choked up by your video. You're truly a wonderfully strong, inspirational woman!

LAgreeneyes
06-27-2012, 04:33 PM
I'm sitting here with teary eyes. I am so proud of you and congratulate you on your accomplishment. You look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !!!! You should feel so proud of yourself. You have done what so many other people can't do. Your hard work and dedication has paid off. You look so happy, so healthy, so beautiful, so fit, so toned and SO confident.

And I was sitting here being depressed about what I ate last week and my few lbs that I gained. I could kick myself. You are my inspiration.

YOU ROCK GIRLFRIEND!!!! Keep it up.

usmcvet
06-28-2012, 03:56 PM
I just watched your video and voted for you. You are an inspiration. Your roll at the finish line brings tears to my eyes. Today was a great day for me, I hit 107 lost in 3 months. I have 143 more until I hit goal. I never liked running much but I would like to run a 5K again. It would be something fun and healthy to do with my kids. I am going to put a link to your post in the IP daily thread so more folks will see it. I also shared it on my FB page, the rest of you should too!

AriesNV
06-28-2012, 04:10 PM
Voted again!

EZMONEY
06-28-2012, 06:18 PM
another vote

vegasgal
06-28-2012, 07:08 PM
Voted for you! You are amazing!

Jalsa
06-28-2012, 07:16 PM
Totally inspiring - I voted

chinamom
06-28-2012, 08:08 PM
I voted for you! I hope you get a spot!

dizzyjean
06-28-2012, 08:23 PM
Voted! Thanks for sharing your story. My husband was diagnosed with cancer last summer, but us doing better. He has signed up for his first sprint triathlon at 53. I am training some with him, and know its very hard work. You are a determined girl! And you have done multiple! Amazing!

EZMONEY
06-29-2012, 08:46 AM
another vote

bump

greeniris
06-29-2012, 12:03 PM
Voted! Great story. I so admire your strength!

Heather157
06-29-2012, 10:03 PM
Wow, thanks guys!

EZMONEY
06-30-2012, 03:05 PM
Another vote....

another bump!

jazzyjas
07-01-2012, 12:15 PM
congrats !!

EZMONEY
07-01-2012, 12:19 PM
bumping with another vote

bargoo
07-01-2012, 02:22 PM
Voted again.

EZMONEY
07-02-2012, 07:46 AM
voted

bump!

bargoo
07-02-2012, 11:50 AM
[quote=Heather157;4376706]Hi Guys! Here's my goal story!

Age: 39
Height: 5’7”
Before Weight: 315
After Weight: 157
Total Lost: 157 (half my body weight!)

When I was in my early 20s my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) I moved home to become her primary caregiver for three years until she passed away. Taking care of her and then losing her had a devastating effect on me. I started to cope in really bad ways, overeating, drinking to excess and smoking a pack a day. After 10 years of coping with food I topped the scales at 315 pounds.

I decided I needed to make a drastic change when I realized that I couldn’t be an active mom to my then 3 year old son. I couldn’t run around with him at the park or get down on the ground and play with him at home. I realized that I needed to make some significant life changes if I wanted to be around and see him grow up.

It all started with a bet with a coworker to see who could lose 40 pounds faster. I signed up for a sprint triathlon to keep me on track and help motivate me to add exercise to my weight loss program. By the time that first sprint triathlon came around I had lost 80 pounds. I did it slowly. By switching out full fat items for lower fat, by eating lots of protein, by cutting out empty calories like alcohol. I lost less than a pound a week. It was frustrating at times because I wanted it NOW! But I eventually learned that slow & steady wins the race. That first triathlon was life altering for me. It gave me the belief that anything is possible and that if I kept doing what I was doing I could continue to lose weight and get fit. I fell in love with triathlon and continued signing up for more and more races. I was hooked. Over the past few years I’ve completed 1 10k, 2 half marathons, 4 sprint triathlons, 3 olympic distance triathlons, 3 half-Ironman triathlons and 2 full Ironmans (IM Louisville 2010 and IM Canada 2011)

I’m currently trying to win a slot into the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona through the Kona Inspired program. The Ironman folks are giving away a handful of slots to inspirational athletes who best embody the mantra “Anything is Possible” I’ve uploaded a short 90 second video that chronicles my huge life changes here (lots of before & after pics!):

http://bit.ly/NJzNT5

Racing at the Ironman World Championships would be a dream come true and would be the exclamation point on my weight loss journey. If you’re feeling inspired please click “Vote for this” under the video to the left and share with others who need inspiration in their weight loss journeys! (you can vote once per day through July 4th 2012)

I really believe there are no quick fixes. It takes daily dedication and attention to nutrition and creating an active life. But if you do that, Amazing change is possible!

Before
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh499/heatherkonainspired/HeatherBefore2Oct2007resized.jpg

After

http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh499/heatherkonainspired/HeatherAfter2-IMCanada2011.png

Lots more before & Afters here:

http://bit.ly/NJzNT5

Just remember to keep moving forward and you'll get there too!

Heather[/quot

Voting again !

irinaelenav
07-02-2012, 12:01 PM
voted! wow u have done a miracle ( i only dream to loose half of my weight)

AaronandChristopher
07-03-2012, 12:33 AM
Amazing ~ you look great ~ and I voted :)

EZMONEY
07-03-2012, 08:55 AM
vote

Heather157
07-03-2012, 10:47 AM
Hi guys! Thanks again so much for your kind words and amazing support! Today is the last day to vote! I'd appreciate your vote & if you're feeling inspired re-sharing on FB is super helpful too!

Thanks again!

Heather

bargoo
07-03-2012, 10:48 AM
[quote=bargoo;4391086][quote=Heather157;4376706]Hi Guys! Here's my goal story!

Age: 39
Height: 5’7”
Before Weight: 315
After Weight: 157
Total Lost: 157 (half my body weight!)

When I was in my early 20s my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) I moved home to become her primary caregiver for three years until she passed away. Taking care of her and then losing her had a devastating effect on me. I started to cope in really bad ways, overeating, drinking to excess and smoking a pack a day. After 10 years of coping with food I topped the scales at 315 pounds.

I decided I needed to make a drastic change when I realized that I couldn’t be an active mom to my then 3 year old son. I couldn’t run around with him at the park or get down on the ground and play with him at home. I realized that I needed to make some significant life changes if I wanted to be around and see him grow up.

It all started with a bet with a coworker to see who could lose 40 pounds faster. I signed up for a sprint triathlon to keep me on track and help motivate me to add exercise to my weight loss program. By the time that first sprint triathlon came around I had lost 80 pounds. I did it slowly. By switching out full fat items for lower fat, by eating lots of protein, by cutting out empty calories like alcohol. I lost less than a pound a week. It was frustrating at times because I wanted it NOW! But I eventually learned that slow & steady wins the race. That first triathlon was life altering for me. It gave me the belief that anything is possible and that if I kept doing what I was doing I could continue to lose weight and get fit. I fell in love with triathlon and continued signing up for more and more races. I was hooked. Over the past few years I’ve completed 1 10k, 2 half marathons, 4 sprint triathlons, 3 olympic distance triathlons, 3 half-Ironman triathlons and 2 full Ironmans (IM Louisville 2010 and IM Canada 2011)

I’m currently trying to win a slot into the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona through the Kona Inspired program. The Ironman folks are giving away a handful of slots to inspirational athletes who best embody the mantra “Anything is Possible” I’ve uploaded a short 90 second video that chronicles my huge life changes here (lots of before & after pics!):

http://bit.ly/NJzNT5

Racing at the Ironman World Championships would be a dream come true and would be the exclamation point on my weight loss journey. If you’re feeling inspired please click “Vote for this” under the video to the left and share with others who need inspiration in their weight loss journeys! (you can vote once per day through July 4th 2012)

I really believe there are no quick fixes. It takes daily dedication and attention to nutrition and creating an active life. But if you do that, Amazing change is possible!

Before
http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh499/heatherkonainspired/HeatherBefore2Oct2007resized.jpg

After

http://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh499/heatherkonainspired/HeatherAfter2-IMCanada2011.png

Lots more before & Afters here:

http://bit.ly/NJzNT5

Voting again

Heather157
07-04-2012, 08:38 AM
Hi Guys! Thank you SO MUCH for all your support. Because of all your votes I WON A SLOT AT KONA! I am so excited. This is a once in a lifetime experience for me. I can hardly believe it! Thanks again !!!

Heather

bargoo
07-04-2012, 08:43 AM
Great news ! Keep us posted !

EZMONEY
07-04-2012, 09:24 AM
AWESOME!!!

Have a wonderful experience...you deserve it!

amyaimeee
07-04-2012, 10:45 AM
You are such a rock star... good luck and have fun!!

Gianna175
07-04-2012, 11:06 AM
You are truly inspiring. Congratulations! I am starting out where you were... minus the drinking and smoking. My goal is to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

Fiyah
07-05-2012, 03:18 PM
Congratulations! Remember you have all of our support and good wishes going with you!

gmadoll
07-06-2012, 01:48 AM
What a great accomplishment and you look so much younger and regained your youthful girlishnish something that I hope to attain too!
CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE AWESOME!

brandonjohnston84
02-01-2013, 04:12 PM
awesome...i hope one day I can say I lost half mine!

Mozzy
02-07-2013, 03:00 PM
Congrats!!!

immaculate
02-07-2013, 10:59 PM
You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on the weight loss!

Misti in Seattle
02-08-2013, 07:12 AM
You look fantastic!!! :woohoo:

syberdee
02-09-2013, 06:34 PM
Wow! You are such an inspiration!!

missp22
06-01-2013, 09:49 AM
Absolutely amazing! You are so powerful and inspiring!

crispin
06-01-2013, 01:57 PM
Wow! You're amazing! :hug:

My mom was also diagnosed with ALS when I was in my 20s, and I also moved in with her to be her primary caregiver for 3 years. I know how much that experience can take out of you, and I'm so inspired by how you've rebuilt yourself with so much strength!

Idk if you stop by here anymore, but I'd love to hear about your experience at Kona!