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CherryPie99
08-22-2012, 12:39 PM
Hi everyone!

After a long 2.5 years, I finally hit my goal weight. After a couple of weeks of bouncing around, I've been holding steady between 118-119 pounds. I'm trying to get this whole maintenance thing figured out, and am particularly scared about increasing my calories.

I'm looking forward to being here and learning!

Jen


traveling michele
08-22-2012, 02:19 PM
Welcome to maintenance Jen! Wow! You have really changed your life. If you don't mind my asking, how did you lose your weight?

I'm eager to see what you have to contribute to our forums. Jump right in!

Sheila53
08-22-2012, 02:27 PM
Welcome! What an awesome accomplishment! As some people have mentioned, maintenance is like dieting on a very short leash. Looking forward to hearing your story.


krampus
08-22-2012, 02:32 PM
YAAAAAY! Having followed your struggles to get from 125-119 I'm so happy you made your goal.

bargoo
08-22-2012, 02:49 PM
Welcome to maintenance. Congratulations on a great accomplishment !

CherryPie99
08-22-2012, 06:25 PM
Thanks for the welcome! In February of 2010 I went to the doctor's for something completely unrelated to my weight, but I remember weighing in at 344 pounds. You would think that would be a total wake-up call, but it wasn't. I had kind of a learned helplessness - I didn't believe that it was possible for me to lose weight.

But I started making small changes. The first thing I did was go from drinking 2-3 Mountain Dews per day to 2-3 a week (I drank my last soda in May 2010, and I do miss my Mountain Dew terribly!!) I did a little bit of exercise.

By my birthday in June I was over 30 pounds down just from those small changes and was feeling a little psyched. From there, I dove in. I focused on portion control - I didn't count calories.

Since that time, it's just been diet and exercise. I lift weights, I became a runner.

In April of this year I had surgery to remove my excess skin on my abdomen around the sides and the butt/back.

This was August 2008:

http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy20/99cherrypie99/before22.jpg

And this was Saturday:

http://i773.photobucket.com/albums/yy20/99cherrypie99/IMG_0822-1.jpg

My life is totally different now!

I vacillate since hitting goal between total confidence and total terror :p

Shannon in ATL
08-22-2012, 06:49 PM
Oh my goodness, you look fabulous! What a great success story!

kittycat40
08-22-2012, 10:28 PM
Rocking Awesome!

traveling michele
08-22-2012, 11:06 PM
Wow!
You look incredible!

Mudpie
08-23-2012, 05:21 AM
Oh my goodness, you look fabulous! What a great success story!

I agree with Shannon - what a transformation! Totally awesome!

Dagmar :wave:

losermom
08-23-2012, 08:23 AM
Jen, words cannot describe the difference in your before and after photos. You look like two completely different people! Congrats on making so many significant changes in your life. You look fab! I too followed your skin removal surgery story--amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are an inspiration. :)

Slim CB
08-23-2012, 05:15 PM
I haven't posted in a while but I had to pop in and say wow! Well done!

saef
08-23-2012, 05:45 PM
Jen, you have completed an amazing and long-standing project. (Well, is it ever completed? We know it's not. Not really.) It's like an artwork. It's like Glory's quote, about seeing an angel in the marble and chiseling until you set it free.

I relate to your comment about a "learned helplessness." That's how I think of myself before my weight loss efforts, too. I didn't think I could do it, I thought it was assigned, like fate, or a form of predestination; I did not believe in free will. I was resigned to it. So, of course, I didn't even try. And that, of course, did not help.

And is that Lake Ontario in the background, in your "before" picture? I grew up in a small town northwest of Syracuse, near the Oswego County line, so I may have some understanding of the backdrop against which you worked on reinventing yourself.

Congratulations, and it's good to see you posting here.

freelancemomma
08-23-2012, 07:12 PM
Completely amazing! Jaw-dropping, actually.

F.

Megan1982
08-24-2012, 08:31 AM
Welcome to maintenance Jen! You look completely amazing and must feel fantastic. What an inspiration! I look forward to getting to know you better.

CherryPie99
08-24-2012, 09:27 AM
And is that Lake Ontario in the background, in your "before" picture? I grew up in a small town northwest of Syracuse, near the Oswego County line, so I may have some understanding of the backdrop against which you worked on reinventing yourself.

Congratulations, and it's good to see you posting here.

Yes that is - good eye!!! That was at an outdoor wedding reception in Pillar Point, which is about 15 minutes from my house!

And again, thanks to everyone for your kind words!!

bargoo
08-24-2012, 10:54 AM
Jen, we have some other good threads here at Living Maintenance, maybe you have already seen them. If not , I'd suggest the weekly chat or Maintainers Losing it By Labor Day and don't forget the stickys, lots of good information there. I am sure you have lots of valuable tips, too.

saef
08-24-2012, 11:16 AM
Jen, wow, yes, you are in Northern NY! One of my oldest friends grew up in Sandy Creek -- where once I spent many a weekend with her & her family -- but you're even further north than that. Do you follow any particular exercise regimen, and if so, how do you keep it going through the winter?

CherryPie99
08-24-2012, 02:19 PM
Jen, wow, yes, you are in Northern NY! One of my oldest friends grew up in Sandy Creek -- where once I spent many a weekend with her & her family -- but you're even further north than that. Do you follow any particular exercise regimen, and if so, how do you keep it going through the winter?

I know Sandy Creek well, it's about 30 miles from me!

I work out 7 days a week and most days twice per day. I have a workout room in our basement that has a treadmill, free weights, a DVD player, a Bowflex, as well as misc. stuff like a stability ball. I run 4 days a week (3 days per week on run on my lunch hour at work) and lift weights 3 days and then do workout DVD's and/or things like core work.

In the winter, I typically use a conference room at work to work out with a DVD during my lunch hour and then run on the treadmill or lift weights when I get home from work.

For the DVD's I do everything from P90X to Yoga to Zumba.

Jen

sontaikle
08-26-2012, 11:00 AM
You're amazing and you look fantastic! Congrats! :)

evilwomaniamshe
09-07-2012, 11:44 AM
Holy $hitoly Jen you look AMAZING, best transformation ever!!!!!! Welcome to maintenance-land! :).