Goal! - As the soccer announcers say....
08-18-2012, 06:48 PM
It's been a long 2.5 years. But in that time, I've lost 226 pounds bringing me to 119. I've been hovering from 118-119 for 2 weeks now and I think I'm going to call it.
Here was me at a wedding reception in August of 2008:
And this is from our Christmas card in 2009:
And here are a couple of pics from this morning:
Quite a difference, huh?
I can't believe how much my life has changed. In some ways I still feel fat and in others, I don't even remember what it was like to be fat. Exercise, eating right, and enjoying life is so part of my world now.
I have a little fear about entering maintenance, but I'm very hopeful that I have made this journey in a way that will allow it to be a life long change...
08-18-2012, 06:55 PM
CherryPie you have done a fantastic job! Congratulations !!! You look like a dfferent person.
08-18-2012, 07:21 PM
Good work! Congratulations! :carrot::carrot::carrot:
08-18-2012, 08:02 PM
Omg, you look great!!!! Way to go!!
08-18-2012, 08:19 PM
That is a tremendous amount of weight to lose and a wonderful thing you have done for yourself. You should be so proud!
08-18-2012, 08:20 PM
Maintenance is a little scary at first so be patient with yourself as you find what works for you.
08-18-2012, 08:46 PM
Such an incredible transformation!!! You look stunning!
08-18-2012, 08:49 PM
Oh my GOD, you look AMAZING!!!!
Thanks so much for posting pictures! You are very inspiring! I've been at a standstill for a while and am trying to work through it without much luck. What you did is incredible!
:yay: CONGRATULATIONS! :yay:
08-18-2012, 08:56 PM
Holy moly! Congratulations!
That's just freaking crazy! Well done indeed!
08-18-2012, 09:16 PM
What a transformation and inspiration! Congratulations and keep posting please.
08-18-2012, 09:19 PM
Amazing. Words can't express it!!! And by sharing your journey, think of the hundreds you've inspired, helped, motivated.
08-18-2012, 09:52 PM
And I hope you are still shouting goal - such determination. You rocked it and I know you will continue to rock it! Good for you!
08-18-2012, 10:19 PM
Unbelievable! You look so good! I'm also encouraged at how tight your skin looks. Congrats!
08-18-2012, 10:44 PM
08-18-2012, 10:51 PM
:bravo:That's amazing! Thanks for giving all of us at the beginning of our journey hope that we may actually be able to follow through on this! :bravo:
08-19-2012, 01:13 AM
Wow, wow, WOW!!! you look so amazing, vibrant, and glowing. Nice calves :D
Thanks for the inspiration :)
08-19-2012, 01:14 AM
Amazing transformation! I can't imagine getting down to 119! It seems so unobtainable to me from where I've been (heck 130 seems this way to me right now) but you prove it's all about discipline. You motivate me to keep pushing.
08-19-2012, 01:57 AM
Wow! Simply amazing!!!! You are such a beautiful, radiant woman....a true inspiration!
08-19-2012, 02:04 AM
Wow. The transformation is amazing. Congratulations on the results of all of your hard work. Way to go!
08-19-2012, 05:14 AM
Oh my goodness! You don't even look like the same person! What an amazing transformation.
Fantastic transformation, you look like a new woman with an entirely new lease of life.
Well done on your continued hard work over the 2.5 years and best of luck with maintenance!
08-19-2012, 06:35 AM
08-19-2012, 02:34 PM
Wow!!! Now that's what I call a transformation!
Congratulations, that IS an amazing transformation!!!!! You'll rock "maintenance" too, since you clearly rocked "weight loss"!!!!
08-19-2012, 07:52 PM
You're amazing! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08-19-2012, 08:53 PM
Wow, you look fabulous and are so inspirational. Congratulations!
08-20-2012, 01:41 PM
WOW! Congrats! :)
Mer du Japon
08-20-2012, 09:56 PM
Incredible! So inspiring, you look fantastic!!! Congrats to you!
08-21-2012, 09:23 AM
OMG!! WOW YOU LOOk AMAZiNG!! <3 CONGRADULATiONS. YOU ARE TRUELLY AN iNSiRATiONS TO ME!! <3 <3 ThANK YOU fOR ShARiNG!! <3
08-23-2012, 02:00 PM
Wow. Just wow. What an amazing accomplishment - you're an inspiration! Congratulations!
08-23-2012, 06:56 PM
Speechless. You're hot! And I'm impressed at how tight your skin is, as well. Truly an inspiration on all levels. GREAT JOB!
08-23-2012, 08:17 PM
Wow! Congratulations! You look fantastic! I'm going to have to echo everyone else when I say that you are a inspiration.
08-23-2012, 08:27 PM
You guys are going to inflate my ego too much!!
In the interest of full disclosure I want to remind everyone that I had skin removal surgery in April. So my skin is tight due to a surgeon. Sorry to say I had a TON of excess skin that looked terrible before the surgery!
08-23-2012, 09:25 PM
I know I'm late. BUT YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats and celebrate. You did an AMAZING job. Smile, the hard work paid off!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)
08-23-2012, 11:30 PM
Congrats!!! You look great!!!
08-24-2012, 10:59 PM
Wow what an inspiration!!! You look great!!!
08-25-2012, 12:09 AM
Holy s***!!!!! You look awesome!!!! What an accomplishment! I am IN AWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good for you!!!!!
08-25-2012, 09:45 AM
Congratulations on your success!! :bravo:
08-26-2012, 02:47 AM
Holy ****!!!!! You Look Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08-26-2012, 11:00 AM
Congratulations! Amazing photos.
BTW, I love the write up on the skin surgery removal you have on your blog. I would highly recommend reading it to anyone who is considering it.
09-04-2012, 10:44 AM
WOW! what an amazing transformation! Wonderful job.
09-07-2012, 11:35 PM
Great job! Inspires the rest of us to get out there!
09-08-2012, 01:40 PM
:eek: Oh. My. God.
You look AMAZING. I'm the same height as you and you are SUCH a tremendous inspiration for me.
09-09-2012, 02:50 AM
That is an amazing amount of weight to lose! Congrats!:)
What an amazing transformation!!!!
10-01-2012, 03:56 PM
wow I really admire your courage. What a transformation!
10-01-2012, 05:14 PM
Your story is so inspiring!!! Congrats!!
10-03-2012, 02:17 AM
You are incredible!
10-03-2012, 03:38 PM
OH MY GOSH!!!! There are no words but you look absolutely amazing!!! :yay: You have definitely inspired me to keep going, you should be beyond proud of yourself and I think you will do great in maintenence!
10-03-2012, 06:03 PM
I wanted to thank everyone for all the awesome things you said about me! Maintenance is going well so far! I'm hovering between 117-120, so I'm pretty happy about that!
If I can do it, so can ANYONE!! Keep up the good work chicks!
10-04-2012, 09:35 AM
You look AMAZING! Way to go!
10-04-2012, 01:36 PM
Wow - you look amazing, thats a lot of weight to lose. Congrats
Ps - I love your quote - Wicked is one of my favorite musicals.
10-17-2012, 08:54 PM
wowwww probably the best transformation I've seen yet :-D
11-16-2012, 12:32 PM
Wow! Amazing! Congratulations, you have done an incredible job.
11-18-2012, 10:20 AM
wow, what an AMAZING transformation!!!! You look fantastic! And i love seeing people around my height at around my goal weight! Yay!
11-24-2012, 06:09 AM
Congratulations! You really are an inspiration and you look fabulous!
12-05-2012, 11:37 PM
01-09-2013, 09:06 AM
Cherry is an inspiration and her blog is filled with great advice and inspiration!
01-09-2013, 10:41 AM
Congratulations! You not only look amazing, but you look happy! That is what matters the most!!!
So proud of you and thanks for the inspiration!!!! I just finished my morning workout and whenever they get rough, the goal section is THE place to be!!
01-20-2013, 01:00 AM
WOAHHH! you look AMAZING!!!!!! way to go!!! that's some serious inspiration right here!!!!
03-20-2013, 07:50 PM
Wow! Congratulations! You look beautiful in all the photos, but you look beautiful and elated in the after photos! :) How inspiring!
03-20-2013, 10:22 PM
good for you! enjoy!
03-20-2013, 10:27 PM
Your story and results are so amazing. I know you have to be so proud of your success. Reading this was just what I needed today to encourage me to hang in there and keep going. Congratulations!
05-04-2013, 10:15 PM
WOW WOW, ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!! you look phenomenal!
05-08-2013, 05:37 PM
Wow, you look great!
05-09-2013, 07:11 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING THESE PICTURES UP! I HAD LOST ALL HOPE. AND NOW I FEEL RE-ENERGIZED.
You are such a beautiful inspiration to us all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm crying right now. I'm so moved. CONGRATULATIONS!:carrot::carrot::dizzy: :cool: :cool: :smug: :smug:
05-12-2013, 01:09 PM
Never ever ever lose hope. My life is so fantastic now - you can have that too!!!!
06-14-2013, 10:27 AM
You look amazing :carrot:
06-18-2013, 10:49 PM
Amazing! Way to stick with it. I am inspired just by the pictures alone.
07-11-2013, 01:34 AM
"WOW", is all I can say! :D You look GREAT! Such an inspiration!
07-12-2013, 10:16 PM
Congratulations on your success!!! You look awesome.
07-13-2013, 09:56 PM
Very Well Done...I am beyond impressed!
07-29-2013, 03:57 PM
Today marks my one year of being in maintenance! I am 2.5 pounds less then the day I hit my goal, so I'd say that's purty darn good.
Full report on my blog!
Thanks to everyone here who supported me not only through my journey down but through what has been an emotional and challenging year!
07-30-2013, 10:15 AM
You have been an inspiration to me!
07-31-2013, 11:48 PM
That is wonderful! Great job!!!
08-03-2013, 03:28 PM
You look amazing!! What an accomplishment!!
08-21-2013, 05:46 PM
I started in March of 2010, but only made small changes - I wasn't fully "on board" with the lifestyle change for a while. I hit goal in July 2012. So about 2 years and change.
08-27-2013, 10:19 PM
Wow, what an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing your story and photos! You look incredible!!
08-28-2013, 06:02 PM
OK, I just found this and I am truly amazed, you look HOT!!! I see your blog too and maybe this is covered there but it looks like there is a LOT on your blog, so I didn't look through it all, but I have two questions:
1. Did you hit a big, fat plateau towards the end? If so, how did you bust it? I feel like all the things I've done in the past (changing my exercise routine, rearrange my eating, temporarily up my calories, fast intermittently, etc.) don't seem to work for me now. I've been hovering around my current weight for quite some time. I was able to drop about 8 lbs doing South Beach but the weight loss wasn't "real", as soon as I reintroduced carbs the weight came right back, even with only "good carbs". Any advice to break the plateau near goal?
2. How is your skin so tight, especially in the tummy area? Are you doing anything particular for that? As I lose I still have the tummy pooch and it makes me crazy!!!!!
08-28-2013, 09:37 PM
Hi and thanks for the compliments!
If you see the beginning of my blog. I had skin removal surgery in April 2012. Before that, my skin hung down halfway down my thighs.
I actually did get stuck towards the end. What did I do? I stopped counting calories and I started giving myself some treats. It was summer so I kept exercising, but also did more "real world" things like yard work and gardening. Bang- I dropped to goal.
09-05-2013, 09:19 PM
That's so amazing, congratulations :)
09-06-2013, 01:16 PM
Just incredible....and so inspiring! Congratulations!
09-26-2013, 11:01 PM
Wow wow wow wow WOW! Well done! Thansk for sharing you look lovely :)
06-27-2014, 03:29 PM
Congratulations! You look amazing!! If you don't mind me asking, how did you lose the weight and how long did it take?
I hope my body looks as great as yours when I reach goal.
06-28-2014, 09:11 PM
Wow! You look great!
07-18-2014, 11:22 PM
Congratulations! You are such an inspiration!
07-18-2014, 11:57 PM
Thank you for posting such inspiring photos! I am on day 2 of a 60 day juice fast and your story is very motivational!
07-24-2014, 12:53 PM
07-24-2014, 05:22 PM
That is an amazing transformation! What helped motivate you in losing the weight? Did you hire a personal trainer or a dietition to help with your weight loss?
08-30-2014, 05:53 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! You Look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!