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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 :)

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

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

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

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

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:

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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!

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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




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

09-20-2012, 01:04 AM

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.

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

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!

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:

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

12-05-2012, 11:36 PM

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

12-10-2012, 09:02 AM

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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!

02-01-2013, 04:59 PM

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

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

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.

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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Congrats again:hug: you are inpiring:)


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

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

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

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

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

08-08-2013, 08:26 PM