100 lb. Club - Ten Year Anniversary on 3FC!




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Goddess Jessica
07-31-2012, 06:54 PM
This month I have been on 3FC for TEN YEARS.

Iíve lost a total of 80 pounds and I (honestly) never walked away from this forum, even when I was actively gaining, I was still here. Because I love it here. This is my family.

I started at 298 and today I am 218 (darn those vacation pounds). I competed in three triathlons, help build and sell and company, finished my bachelorís degree in creative writing, traveled to England, France, El Salvador, and Mexico, went to the Clarion writing workshop, and (last but not least) gave birth to the little goddess. And the whole time, Iíve been living this weight loss journey.

I feel like an old woman on this board so I thought I would celebrate by sharing what Iíve learned on this journey.


Practice the life you want to lead every day. Whatever habits you learn while getting to goal weight are habits that will stick with you. Good and bad. So if you beat yourself up while losing weight, it wonít suddenly stop when that number flips over at the scale.
You are not anyone else. If someone loses weight eating nothing but fava beans and Twinkies that does not mean it will work for you. You canít compare yourself to others and you shouldnít judge others choices because they picked a path different from yours.
You CAN do this. I am not saying itís easy. I am not saying you wonít have set-backs. BUT I am saying that this is nothing compared to all the other things youíre capable of. Seriously, youíre awesome. Believe it. Fake it until you do.
YOU are not the success at the scale. You are a complicated and phenomenal human being and you deserve love, respect, and happiness as any other person no matter what loss or gain you have today.
Whatever you want to do, you shouldnít wait. You want to learn how to surf? You want to rock climb? A new job? You want to meet the man of your dreams? Weight loss will not make these things happen. YOU will make these things happen. You have one life to live, donít waste it waiting for the perfect size to be happy.


Those are my sage words of wisdom, people!

I will leave you with some before and after pics because I am so darn cute, who doesn't want to see pics of me?!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8005/7687066952_c066f46376.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8284/7687068412_c2e302283a.jpg


jenicra
07-31-2012, 07:16 PM
You are darn cute, it's true! Congrats on 10 years!

Tai
07-31-2012, 07:22 PM
Happy Anniversary Jessica! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post and pictures.

Hope the little goddess is doing well!


Smiling_Sara
07-31-2012, 07:24 PM
Happy Anniversary Jessica!! Thank you for sharing. You are such an inspiration. And darn cute! ;)

Steph7409
07-31-2012, 09:10 PM
You're not just cute, you're adorable. I hope the little goddess has your smile!

Thanks so much for the thoughtful, inspiring post.

linJber
07-31-2012, 09:19 PM
Thank you for sharing. I love reading your posts. You have such tremendous insight and wisdom - especially rare in one as young as you are. You ARE cute - and beautiful, too - and wise beyond your years. Little Goddess is very fortunate to have you as a mom. She is also going to be wise beyond her years. Have a great rest of your life. You are one of my inspirations.

Lin

guacamole
07-31-2012, 09:22 PM
I really love your message! Thanks for the words of wisdom and inspiration. You look terrific and happy!

savynaturalista
07-31-2012, 09:30 PM
Wow I you look so confident. I can't wait to see the pounds drop!!
Happy 3fc anniversary!!

BillBlueEyes
07-31-2012, 10:13 PM
Happy Tenth, Goddess Jessica,

Thanks for sharing your insights and your pictures.

LaurieDawn
08-01-2012, 01:22 AM
You have been an inspiration to me for a long time. Not just for weight loss, but for embracing life. Your triathlons are particularly awesome. Happy anniversary!

gailr42
08-01-2012, 01:28 AM
Great message, very nice pics. Thanks for sharing.

pixiefalls
08-01-2012, 01:59 AM
What an awesome story, thank you for sharing your journey! Happy tenth anniversary! :)

Kitcherella
08-01-2012, 03:36 AM
Happy anniversary :yay:, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I couldn't agree more with what you say and I feel this sums it up : Practice the life you want to lead every day :
:balloons:

HealthyMeWannabe
08-01-2012, 06:27 AM
Happy anniversary and congrats on the 10 years! :cheer:

CyndiM
08-01-2012, 06:32 AM
Thanks for sharing what you have learned so far and congratulations on sticking to it.

You are awfully darned cute :)

ETA - you just know the fava bean and twinkie diet would be a best seller

Beverlyjoy
08-01-2012, 07:32 AM
You ARE a goddess, Jessica.... at any weight. Happy Anniversary and congratulations!

Dreamer2012
08-01-2012, 09:36 AM
Happy Anniversary! And here is to another 10 years! :D

Sandi
08-01-2012, 10:21 AM
You know, I just :love: you!!! I love your personality, your wit and your insight!!

You love life and embrace it and it shows in your smile and twinkle in your eye!!

You are a beautiful woman on the inside and out.

Happy Anniversary!!! :cheers:

Dumplin
08-01-2012, 02:39 PM
Great Job Friend ! You look amazing ! I have always liked reading your post. Keep it up !!!!

dervilfal
08-01-2012, 04:30 PM
Such an inspiring story and advice! Happy anniversary!!!

healthyginger
08-04-2012, 09:37 PM
Congrats! You are a cutie;) Enjoyed your post and will work toward having a 10 yr post myself someday. I think I might have to consider the summer soltice my new Bday.

MoveMoveMove
08-06-2012, 06:42 PM
You know, I just :love: you!!! I love your personality, your wit and your insight!!

You love life and embrace it and it shows in your smile and twinkle in your eye!!

You are a beautiful woman on the inside and out.

Happy Anniversary!!! :cheers:


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