Goal! - I did it. 285 to 149. Size 26w to size 8. Yes!!!




juliana77
09-02-2012, 12:30 PM
I have been so busy out living life and having fun that I realized I hadn't shared with you all that I reached my goal!

I'm so thankful for all of the support I have received here. I went into lurk mode often, but just being here is motivation by osmosis!!

There are lots of progress pictures in my mini-goal threads that are linked in my signature, but here's a before & after.
http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee386/Joolzsd/2012-07-26.jpg

I was (and still am when I need to be) a calorie counter. I used My Fitness Pal website and app to log all of my food. My friends on there were critical to my success - I knew that I would get cheers for meeting my goal each day. I exercised, but off and on, and I am a full believer in diet for weight loss, exercise for fitness. I know there is room for improvement on my fitness and that gives me a new project.

I always thought I was happy before. I had a great family, great job, a home, friends, etc. But now I am HAPPY. It's hard to explain. I walk around with a dumb grin on my face half the time. I am more outgoing & friendly, I get out of the house more, my house is cleaner - like it's all coming together. I am learning to live in the moment rather than in the future.


Vex
09-02-2012, 12:33 PM
WOW! You look great! :D

Garnet2727
09-02-2012, 12:34 PM
Most excellent! Congratulations!


DrivenByAmbition
09-02-2012, 12:34 PM
You are an amazing inspiration! Great job.

Borgie
09-02-2012, 12:39 PM
Phenomenal!!! Feels great doesn't it?

I know what you mean by walking around with a dumb grin on your face!!! People I don't know see me and they see just a guy who is a little overweight ( still have some to lose, hence goal #2). Little do they know where I used to be :)

guacamole
09-02-2012, 01:01 PM
I am so happy for you! Congratulations! :carrot:

1987
09-02-2012, 01:03 PM
Fantastic transformation, you look great :D well done!

kmstacy
09-02-2012, 01:20 PM
Awesome job ..congrats!!! you look so happy!!!!

LAgreeneyes
09-02-2012, 01:48 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You look marvelous. All of your hard word has paid off.

WAHMto5
09-02-2012, 02:00 PM
Congrats! You look great!

Mountain Mamma
09-02-2012, 03:03 PM
You are pretty in both photos but Wow - you're half the woman you were!!!

What an inspiration. :carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

kelly315
09-02-2012, 03:04 PM
You look amazing! Now that you can see the bone structure in your face you look so beautiful! congrats!

Megan33
09-02-2012, 03:13 PM
Hooray for you!! You look super fabuolous!!! Great job, you are an inspiration!!

thewalrus0
09-02-2012, 03:21 PM
Wonderful! Very inspirational.

It's great to see calorie counters lose weight, and I love hearing that weight loss can happen without going crazy at the gym. It's hard enough to start eating healthy, I think fitness should come when you're ready for it.

rainydays
09-02-2012, 03:24 PM
You've done an amazing job! You look wonderful, and I definitely agree with things coming together--some of the great "side effects" of weight loss--more energy, more confidence, etc. Great work!

sisypheanme
09-02-2012, 04:30 PM
You look radiant! I am so happy for you!!!! That is an achievement to be so proud of!

TiffNeedsChange
09-02-2012, 04:54 PM
Totally amazing!! It is so glad to hear that you are happy and living in the moment :)I am congrats and good luck on reaching your fitness goal!

TikTokTrae
09-02-2012, 06:50 PM
You look spectacular! Thank you for posting your pics. You give me hope that i can do it, too. It doesn't feel that way at the beginning, at lest not for me.

watchoutforthatcar
09-02-2012, 06:52 PM
You look so great! You were beautiful before but now your face is just radiant. I can tell you're super happy and proud of yourself! You've given me a lot of inspiration. I hope you continue to enjoy the new you for years to come.

cinthia
09-02-2012, 07:04 PM
You look great. i know what hard work it is! I am going to look up the support system that you used. Best wishes for success in maintenance:carrot:

BrettnLaurynsmommi
09-02-2012, 07:22 PM
WOW! You are a true inspiration to us all! Way to go!

better health3
09-02-2012, 07:52 PM
Great pic! Your true self is beaming through.

GettinFit
09-02-2012, 08:07 PM
Congratulations on reaching your goal. You've done an amazing job!

juliana77
09-03-2012, 12:10 AM
Thank you everyone! I am so happy that I can be an inspiration for others now, the way that so many were for me. There are several people in my real life who have told me that I have inspired them, and one has lost 75 lbs so far! It makes me teary.

I have been dating a lot this summer (much better pool of "applicants" when you are not obese) and I am always nervous to mention my weight loss. I don't know why, because it should be a good screening thing. If it freaks you out, then obviously we aren't a good match! The guy I am currently seeing, and very excited about continuing to see, was impressed and wanted to know how I did it.

Mer du Japon
09-03-2012, 01:17 AM
You look great! Congrats!

milmin2043
09-03-2012, 01:20 AM
You look terrific! Congratulations. I am so proud of you.

Spiritix
09-03-2012, 04:21 AM
How awesome! That's good that you've finally been able to live life to the fullest! You've done an amazing job! You deserve it!

starbrite
09-03-2012, 05:41 AM
Congratulations :hug: sure feels good in those size 8's doesn't it ?

Misti in Seattle
09-03-2012, 06:49 AM
Congratulations. You look fantastic! :cheer:

smoosmoo
09-03-2012, 07:13 AM
Congratulations! I am happy for your success. :D

cmarty
09-03-2012, 09:19 AM
Congrats! You look beautiful. Your face has such a glow and your eyes even stand out more! You did it girl:carrot::carrot::carrot:
http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar-blue3/bee01/lb/185.5/142/169/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/)

loganandlivsmom
09-03-2012, 09:25 AM
Truly amazing! thanks for the added inspiration this morning! :D keep up the good work!

sontaikle
09-03-2012, 09:58 AM
You look amazing!! Congratulations! :D

Tohisha77
09-03-2012, 10:08 AM
CONGRATS 2 YOU!!! your progress is amazing and inspirational :)

HealthyMeWannabe
09-03-2012, 04:50 PM
Wow! You look great! :cheer: Congrats!

Lmgreosk
09-03-2012, 08:22 PM
Congratulations!! You look incredible!!

dragonstar85
09-04-2012, 12:39 AM
You look amazing! You you deserve to be happy about your hard work and flaunt it.
This past week I've fallen off the bandwagon but you just help me jump back on. If you can lose almost 140ibs than I can lose what I need to as well. So thank you for showing that hard work pays off.

LebenAlles
09-04-2012, 11:41 AM
How inspiring!! You look absolutely amazing. I just switched to My Fitness Pal and calorie counting, so it's always awesome to see people that have had such amazing success that follow that route. I hope to be wearing the same dumb grin some day! Thanks for posting!

Everlasting
09-04-2012, 01:39 PM
You look great! I bet your son is proud of you too.

My body type is the same as your starting photos, and I am inspired by your progress and your final weight loss, and I hope I can be there in a bit over a year too!

MablesGirl
09-06-2012, 02:43 AM
You look terrific! How wonderful and inspiring!

Eilis2914
09-06-2012, 03:03 AM
You look phenomenal! Congratulations!

Bellasmommy924
09-06-2012, 10:00 AM
Way to go, you look awesome!!!!

DCHound
09-06-2012, 11:11 AM
You are absolutely beautiful at both sizes. Congratulations!!!!

VioletDolphin83
09-09-2012, 02:54 AM
Great job! You look amazing!:)

jinee
09-09-2012, 03:02 AM
Congrats on losing all that weight:) I love to hear such stories. I have to save this one! You are inspiring.

mirax3
09-09-2012, 03:33 PM
You look amazing and I'm sure you feel amazing too! Great work, you should be proud!!

juliana77
09-16-2012, 11:50 PM
Some more current pics from last weekend

http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee386/Joolzsd/IMG_2401.jpg

http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee386/Joolzsd/IMG_2404-sm.jpg

http://i1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee386/Joolzsd/IMG_2403.jpg

VioletDolphin83
09-17-2012, 07:05 AM
Wow! Great pics, they really show your weightloss!

BettieRhodes
09-20-2012, 01:04 AM
Congratulations

Nayshal
09-20-2012, 12:55 PM
Holy..oh wow...Congratulations! I just finished exercising but oh my I think I wanna do another 1 mile. You've inspired me even more to keep going.

epifania
10-01-2012, 02:58 PM
You're such an inspiration! And you look fabulous!

KatieBabyy
10-03-2012, 10:20 AM
Congrats! You look amazing! Very inspiring, and I thank you for that. I have a long way to go, but you are living proof that it is possible to conquer the weight!

mimizlb123
10-03-2012, 02:46 PM
Wow! My jaw dropped when I saw your before & after *applause* I'm also working on losing weight and I want to know what you did to keep your skin healthy since I'm very self conscious about my arms and legs and tummy. I'm so happy for you and I wish you many more happy days with your loved ones :)

Pink Hurricane
10-03-2012, 03:26 PM
You look so beautiful and you are such an inspiration to me! Just wow!!!! :congrat:

angien075
10-04-2012, 09:37 AM
You look fabulous!

bargoo
10-04-2012, 11:09 AM
What an outstanding loss ! Congratulations, you are an inspiration !

allieballiebee
10-04-2012, 03:09 PM
Wow, amazing! I am also using the My Fitness Pal app, and it's great to see a success story similar to what I hope mine will be in a year or so. Congratulations!

benice
10-04-2012, 10:35 PM
Wow! Congratulations! Thank you for posting. This gives me so much encouragement!

starsparkle
10-07-2012, 07:30 PM
I absolutely love your post! The last sentence touched my heart because I live in the future. I am always saying my life will be better after the weightloss. I have postponed 8 years of living-in-the-moment and I want to make a change. Thank you for sharing your story.

masterptr
10-07-2012, 07:35 PM
Good job! Congratulations!

juliana77
10-07-2012, 09:51 PM
Thank you very much everyone!

I want to know what you did to keep your skin healthy since I'm very self conscious about my arms and legs and tummy

Unfortunately I don't have a secret for this. I have reasonably good skin genes. I drink lots of water. I have loose skin on the underside/back of my upper arms, and my lower stomach and upper/inner thighs are the worst areas. When I am in pushup/plank position it all just hangs. But you cannot tell in clothes! And I wear tank tops without apology.

I figure I was trying to hide my fat under clothes, so absolute worst case I'd want to hide my skin under (cuter, smaller) clothes!

foxymommy
10-17-2012, 07:52 PM
Wow you are so inspiring!!

FlabToFit
10-17-2012, 08:18 PM
Wow such a huge difference. I am so proud of your hard work and dedication..Enjoy your new body

Nayshal
10-19-2012, 03:03 AM
Holy ----! Wow!

When the time comes and I have a kid of my own, I want to look as fabulous as you :o

mandydawn77
10-19-2012, 01:29 PM
That is so awesome. I can't wait until I can say the same. You look great!

palomino
10-19-2012, 05:12 PM
You look amazing and I bet you feel even more amazing. Love the picture of you and your son standing inside of your former pants. I was going to get rid of my biggest sizes but I will keep one of my size 28 jeans for just this purpose someday.

I am 1" taller than you but my total weight loss goal is very similar--144 lbs. I have been doing well (35 lbs lost in 2.5 months) but I recently calculated how long it would take me to achieve my ultimate goal weight and, at the rate of 2 lbs per week, it will be Valentine's Day 2014 before I get there. That seemed daunting. But then I read your post today and it cheered me right up. Thank you!

I'm going to go check out My Fitness Pal now.

brethan
10-20-2012, 03:31 PM
Woah, congrats to you, quite an amazing transformation! I don't get to see that kind every day :)

Mozzy
12-01-2012, 10:51 PM
Wow! What an awesome transformation!

cdaxx
12-02-2012, 06:37 AM
I am so happy for you! You are truly an inspiration!

Mozzy
12-05-2012, 11:36 PM
Congrats!!!!

aliveagain50
12-09-2012, 12:57 PM
Congratulations! So inspiring!

skymei
12-10-2012, 09:02 AM
amazing!

EMMAWATSON23
12-10-2012, 11:15 AM
i'm happy for you and you look great :)

survivinglife19
12-11-2012, 02:59 PM
Beautiful! It's so great to see before and after pictures. Such a great motivation!!!
I'm glad to see you smiling!

beaka
01-02-2013, 07:38 PM
You look great, and most importantly, you are happy! Congrats!

everbella
01-03-2013, 05:58 PM
I have been so busy out living life and having fun that I realized I hadn't shared with you all that I reached my goal!

I'm so thankful for all of the support I have received here. I went into lurk mode often, but just being here is motivation by osmosis!!

Your story is inspirational!
Thank you for sharing!

I am going to spend a few minutes looking at your pictures and progress to motivate myself to follow in similar footsteps. :D

Amarantha2
01-03-2013, 06:53 PM
Congratulations! :wave:

ladyfyre
01-04-2013, 12:09 AM
What a fantastic transformation! You are such an inspiration.

Meghan757
01-24-2013, 09:22 PM
Great JOB!! Looking @ everyone's pics is so inspirational!! Can't wait to post my goal pics!! :-D

Betba
01-24-2013, 11:55 PM
You are very motivating to me! You've done something I am determined to do. You literally came from where I'm coming from (weight wise). I am super jazzed about your success! CoNgRaTs!!!!:hug::carrot:

MrsO2010
01-25-2013, 12:27 AM
Wow Juliana77 you look amazing! Very inspirational. I just started my journey and I am using MFP too and I am doing Zumba. Congratulations with your amazing success!

brandonjohnston84
02-01-2013, 04:59 PM
wow...INCREDIBLE!

jordy
03-24-2013, 01:30 AM
Juliana, what an inspiration you are to us all! Congrats!

nitrus29
03-25-2013, 04:07 PM
Congratulations on your success !!!! You look GREAT!!!

Natoshial
03-26-2013, 07:11 PM
You look amazingly beautiful! You were beautiful before but you are a stunner now. Thanks for sharing. I need all the encouragement I can get.

Roo2
03-27-2013, 10:07 AM
:congrat::congrat::congrat::congrat::congrat::cong rat::congrat::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::chee r2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2 ::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2:: cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::ch eer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::chee r3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3::cheer2::cheer3 ::cheer2::cheer3::cheer3::cheer3: You Radiate Joy and Happiness:hug:

What a Beautiful Family - isn't wonderful to just live a normal life! And just me you but Healthier!:D
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:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::c arrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:
Congrats again:hug: you are inpiring:)

Roo2:carrot::carrot::carrot:

ForeverVivid
03-27-2013, 08:30 PM
That is amazing!!! What a change! So happy for you. :)

cjk221
05-04-2013, 10:08 PM
you look amazing, what an incredible transformation!!

zionkoach
05-20-2013, 10:28 PM
what an inspiration... congrats!

missp22
06-01-2013, 10:39 AM
WOW! Absolutely inspiring!

bigpinkbowz
07-16-2013, 10:22 PM
Great job! You look wonderful!

blueyes1985
08-08-2013, 08:26 PM
Amazing!!!!