Mini-Goals - 140 lbs. lost in less than a year, first time photos. A must see!




GypsyQueen
11-13-2012, 04:43 PM
To start....
When I lost my first 20 lbs. I was so shocked and excited that I decided to sign up for this site. I signed up with hopes to stay motivated, and to communicate with others who would actually understand and relate to what I was going through. The day I signed up I remember looking through everyones goals whether mini, or final goal, and realizing that everyone else's start weight was much lower than my current weight that I was so happy to have reached. I felt a little discouraged that I was so excited to be the weight I was when they were at least 50 lbs. less than my current mini goal. I didn't look at the goal albums, or threads much and just began blogging to stay focused. It helped so much to blog about my experience, help others, and let it all out. I learned to just focus on my goal not everyone else's. Back then when I signed up I never thought this day would come that I would make it this far and I could post my own photos. I've kept my weight off for about a year now and could have posted, but part of me didn't want to because the before photos are something I refuse to show anyone. However, at this point I finally feel that I'm ready. I still struggle with my weight every day and need to do this as a reminder of how far I've come, and to get back to staying focused. As people say, "if I can do it anyone can" couldn't be more true here. All of my life I thought I was incapable of losing weight, and had no willpower to stick to it. I wish I had done this sooner, but it wasn't possible until I was 100% ready to lose weight. Please read my story and be inspired, not discouraged like I once was.

My Battle:
I have been overweight since I was 7 years old. I struggled with my weight all my life and never thought it was possible to actually lose weight. Part of it was because I had always been put on "diets" all my life and I was sick of it, and the other part was that I had grown to accept being heavy, and was content with it. I had always been given diets, weight loss supplments, put on programs, given diet fads, etc. and once I was old enough I was done being told what to do. I had no willpower to stick to any kind of diet and didnt want to be on it for the first place so it never worked and I never lost. I didn't think I could change being heavy, so I grew to believe this was my fate. At 20 years old I even went to the doctor to get help with my weight as I had for years and he told me that when someone is born with the "fat gene" no amount of dieting can help. This is when I felt it wasn't my fault and I became bigger than ever. I believed him for two reasons, 1. I had no will power to stick to a diet, and 2. If I did try something I gained instead because I couldn't dedicate myself to it. I had no desire to diet, no will power to diet, and in my mind no need to diet. Again, I accepted my fate. I was overweight and that was that.

My Realization:
At the doctor visit that I mentioned above I was 20 years old, and 240 lbs. One month after that visit I became pregnant with my Son and by the time I gave birth I weighed 260. After having my Son my only focus was being a Mother. I had always accepted my weight, so at this point especially it was of no concern. I was happily heavy and didn't feel it was important to lose or watch what I eat now that I was a Mom. I was going through a stressful time with my ex boyfriend from 2006 to 2010, and losing weight was the last thing on my mind. Once I was at my heaviest of 277 lbs. I just felt there was nothing I could do even IF I tried to lose. I would go to bed every single night thinking I have got to do something. I have got to live through the night for my Son. I have got to lose weight. At the same time I refused to see how big I had gotten, and refused to admit to myself or anyone else that it effected or limited any part of my life. Then during the end of Summer of 2010 on a boating trip I realized I was no longer the person I used to be. Although I was always heavy I still felt pretty, still felt confident for the most part. Now however, I was someone stuck in a shell. I had become anti-social, no longer knew that I was attractive, couldnt dress the way I desired, I felt old at just 25, and felt out of place at places others my age enjoyed. I didn't feel that I fit in at the places a normal 25 year old would. On the boat trip home from the concert I sat there realizing this, and felt so sad that I couldn't change it. **The 5th "Before" picture below is actually the day that this happened** It was a turning point in my head, but wasn't enough to make me change. It didn't come until months later.

My Change:
In October 2010 I got a seasonal job for fun that had me on my feet more than usual a few times a week. After three weeks I thought maybe, just maybe I lost a few pounds. Since I thought it was impossible for me to lose weight I thought just a few pounds sounded pretty amazing, so you can imagine how shocked I was when I was nearly 20 pounds lighter! I realized that I was so close to my pre-pregnancy weight! I thought if I could lose this much weight not trying then how much could I lose while trying? I decided to go by calories. I had no idea what I was doing, I just learned as I went along. I started realizing my own rules to go by, helpful tips, new recipes, and for the first time felt what incredible felt like! I wasn't giving in this time. No one, or nothing could get me off track, or want to cheat. It wasn't even an option since I had changed how I ate for good.

At age 17 I was 212 lbs.
At age 20 I was 240 lbs.
At age 21 I was 260 lbs.
At age 25 I was 277 lbs.
Then at age 25, I took charge and lost 140 lbs! It took 6.5
months to lose the first 100 lbs, and the following 40 soon after!

I did this 100% natural by just eating healthy! No extreme exercise, no hidden secrets or diet fads. It also cleared up stomach issues due to gallbladder removal! I suffered with daily severe stomach problems for almost 5 years after having my gallbladder removed, I now have zero problems after changing the way I eat! My life is completely different, wonderful, incredible, and my only regret is not doing this sooner. I feel that I have just began to live the life I've always been meant to.

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Sweet Tea Sweetie
11-13-2012, 05:08 PM
You look amazing! Congrats!

PrincessAmy
11-13-2012, 05:14 PM
Danggg girl lol you look good! Congrats...its amazing how the body can transform!


kisskiss
11-13-2012, 05:14 PM
congrats, you look great!

mandydawn77
11-13-2012, 05:24 PM
Wow! You go girl :)

How in the world did you lose it so fast? Did you just count calories and exercise or low carb?? If you don't mind sharing I'd like to know an example of what you did when you first started and lost 100 pounds in 6.5 months because that is amazing to me!

KateB
11-13-2012, 05:33 PM
WOW! Congratulations! You are truly inspiration! You look amazing!

Aileen
11-13-2012, 09:38 PM
What did you eat?!

LockItUp
11-13-2012, 09:46 PM
Wow!!! Amazing transformation! You're a total hottie!

2Dy2MrwAlwys
11-14-2012, 12:16 AM
You look smokin'!! I'd love to hear how you did it. :)

GypsyQueen
11-14-2012, 02:04 AM
Thank you so much everyone! I realized what I said initially was really brief and didnt tell my full story so I went back and added a lot to it...too much and basically wrote a novel lol. I know most will just skip right to the photos, but maybe some who are struggling may read my story, and be inspired.

I ate low calorie foods, came up with my own recipes as I went along, used tips that I came up with that helped me, learned what foods to cut out, and changed my whole thought process on food, eating, health, etc.

MsBrightside
11-14-2012, 03:06 AM
You are smokinnn! I read the entire thing before seeing the pictures :) You are inspiring! Thank you for sharing with all of us. You are a rockstar!

Fatness
11-14-2012, 03:43 AM
So.... This is what you dress like when you lose Weight! You go girl, you a Sexy MOF! Love it girl! You are right it was a must see! You did darn good! So proud of you! Keep up the good work Beautiful!:carrot::carrot:

LockItUp
11-14-2012, 10:09 AM
Came back today to read your whole post because I didn't have time last night. . .

Wow, that doctor was a total TOOL! I can't believe a medical professional would tell someone to accept being obese. I applaud you even more for overcoming obesity.

I think, too, so many of us after becoming mothers completely put our own stuff aside and focus solely on the child(ren). It can be very hard mentally to focus on yourself! At least I've found that to be true for myself.

You are a true inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing not only your photos, but especially your story!

westcoast rosa
11-14-2012, 05:42 PM
You look amazing! A total inspiration!! It doesn't even look like you have any loose skin! WOW!

midwife
11-14-2012, 07:04 PM
Wow!!! Congrats!

Christian R Friborg
11-15-2012, 02:17 AM
You look amazing! Congrats!

I agree with you! You are a one hot girl! I think discipline is the major key!

1987
11-15-2012, 02:52 PM
Thanks for sharing your story and pics with us. You look fantastic, what a transformation! :D

Well done :carrot:

GypsyQueen
11-15-2012, 04:49 PM
So.... This is what you dress like when you lose Weight! You go girl, you a Sexy MOF! Love it girl! You are right it was a must see! You did darn good! So proud of you! Keep up the good work Beautiful!:carrot::carrot:

LOL This is what I dress like when I go out to dance! :carrot: I realized a passion for dance, and I had no idea I was good at it

GypsyQueen
11-15-2012, 05:06 PM
Came back today to read your whole post because I didn't have time last night. . .

Wow, that doctor was a total TOOL! I can't believe a medical professional would tell someone to accept being obese. I applaud you even more for overcoming obesity.

I think, too, so many of us after becoming mothers completely put our own stuff aside and focus solely on the child(ren). It can be very hard mentally to focus on yourself! At least I've found that to be true for myself.

You are a true inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing not only your photos, but especially your story!

Thank you so much. I know I seriously had the feeling, "Oh well its not my fault. Why try for something that will never happen?" Then after my Son was born life was about him and I fell into being just a Mother. I learned I can still be that dedicated Mother but just 140 lbs. lighter and healthier! I'm 27 and people think I'm under 18 or in high school. Thats funny for someone that used to feel 50+

Stars
11-15-2012, 05:11 PM
Wow!!!! You look amazing!!! Congrats to you!!

Leigh Leigh
11-16-2012, 01:49 AM
I actually read your whole story before seeing the pictures, and I must say I was still shocked. Your story reminds me a lot of myself, I just started a diet and I truly hope to have as much success as you! Congrats :)

x Ophelia x
11-19-2012, 01:09 PM
You look amazing. You're such an inspiration to not give up.

BleuMaus
11-19-2012, 01:22 PM
You look great and i think it is a fantastic idea to transform an old peice of clothing from when you were heavier into somethi.g you can wear now as a reminder

Bambam87
11-19-2012, 03:11 PM
That is so fantastic.
I wanna just lose 50 pounds and really needed this as a motivator.
Please if you have any tips to help plesse respond
Thanks

starbrite
11-20-2012, 11:57 AM
Congratulations. I too lost the weight 100% naturally by re-educating my mind and my body. I am nearly 2 years at goal and I love my new body. I am however, 45 and couldn't be as smoking as you !! Well done :)

Rhonda Marie
11-22-2012, 11:01 AM
WOW, what a transformation!

baker23
11-22-2012, 06:27 PM
You look incredible...Beautiful before you lost weight but now just drop dead sexy...I had my gaulbladder removed as well, when I was 20, and my stomache problems resulting from the surgery cleared up as well...I think mine was more about my diet tho...Haha

Do you mind if I ask what size you started out as, and what you ended up at?

susiefleshner
11-22-2012, 09:50 PM
WOW!!! You look fabulous! Congrats on the 140lbs weightloss. You look so happy and good in your after pictures.

TiffLynn2392
11-27-2012, 09:13 PM
First off congrats!!!:carrot: i know that wasnt an easy task. But thank you for your post because i have felt like im doomed to b fat forever! I now know that i too deserve to be healthy but its nice to know you arent the only one out there going through these things. You look AMAZING!!!

Ryler832
11-29-2012, 01:43 PM
Congratulations. I am a nurse practitioner and I would never tell my patients that obesity is genetic. Your doctor was very uneducated and he should have never based your weight on your genes.

You look really good. Rock that body!

newleaf123
11-29-2012, 05:09 PM
Congratulations; you look amazing -- well deserved!

Melissamixedup
12-03-2012, 10:17 AM
Amazing

Haleth
12-07-2012, 01:09 PM
You are a true inspiration, I hope I can follow your lead and get such amazing results!

Mozzy
12-07-2012, 01:47 PM
Congrats!!!!

moonkissed
12-07-2012, 03:11 PM
:carrot: congrats! You are such an inspiration & very beautiful & sexy!

I LOVE how you made that shirt into a new dress!

:cheer3: Way to go!

domesticbliss
12-09-2012, 08:05 PM
wow- this is insanity! you look crazy good! I'm so encouraged by this post because I just started doing the same thing food wise AND I had my gallbladder out at 16 so I have the same digestive issues... incredible, good for you, rock that body you worked hard for it!

SLK11
12-10-2012, 01:07 PM
Holy moly this rocks very inspiring thank you for sharing :)

Curly80
12-10-2012, 05:12 PM
WOW! Congratulations! You are truly inspiration! You look SWEET !
Your story was great I have just start my misson and you really have inspired me. Great job

chubbiegurl
12-22-2012, 04:10 AM
Read whole story, you look fantastic. Congrats! Just a couple ? What do you mean by no extreme exercise? So what type of exercise did u do? How often?

TiffNeedsChange
12-22-2012, 09:56 AM
Thanks forfor sharing your story! You look super, Great job!! incredible :)I What was your calorie count?

Judy Lynn
12-22-2012, 10:58 AM
Wow! What an amazing thing you have done for yourself! Congratulations for maintaining your weight loss also.

guacamole
12-24-2012, 03:10 PM
So inspiring! You look awesome - and you look like you FEEL awesome too! Great job!

AyeAye55
12-27-2012, 05:45 PM
Your story is so inspiring. I am going through a hard time in my life, but I really am trying to focus on me and "get my sexy back". What exercises did you do???

penmage
12-27-2012, 08:09 PM
Wow- you look amazing! Congratulations!!

GypsyQueen
03-06-2013, 12:24 AM
I'm sorry Ive been MIA for awhile. I didnt do any kind of exercise just household chores, activities, taking care of my 6 year old (then he was 4-5 years old), occasional short walks around the block, wii fit for fun (I highly recommend this- I played for the fun of it, but you dont even realize you're buring calories! The games are fun!), and daily activities.

I dont count calories. Its too nerve racking! I just eat low calorie healthy foods! Id go crazy if I counted everything everyday. Just eat low low calorie foods, they're out there!

GypsyQueen
03-06-2013, 12:25 AM
....and thank you so much everyone! Reading this means so much, especially right now! I'll explain soon :)

MzPiggy
03-06-2013, 12:48 AM
Wow u look amazing!! Congrats on how far u come, ur story is really inspiring, especially for myself who is just starting out =)

Novus
03-06-2013, 05:41 AM
Holy crap! I think these might be the most amazing and inspiring before/after pics I've ever seen! Well done.

GypsyQueen
04-18-2013, 03:51 PM
You look incredible...Beautiful before you lost weight but now just drop dead sexy...I had my gaulbladder removed as well, when I was 20, and my stomache problems resulting from the surgery cleared up as well...I think mine was more about my diet tho...Haha

Do you mind if I ask what size you started out as, and what you ended up at?

I was a size 3x but clothes that size werent even fitting right anymore. For over 10 years the store I mostly shopped at was Deb Shop in the mall because they had cute fashionable clothes, but in plus sizes. At my highest weight not even their biggest size of 3x fit. For jeans I refused to buy bigger jeans after I grew out of my size 18's. I tried buying jeans once that were probably a size 22 or bigger and hated them because the legs were baggier than I liked. I've never been sure what size they were because they were especially for heavy people and went by color code for size and a name for body shape (Red-Devotion would be something like size 22, more room in the stomach and butt, tighter in the legs). I bought 2 pairs but never used them. So I wore stretchy type pants for over 5 years. Now I am a size 9 in jeans and size Small or Medium in shirts.

GypsyQueen
04-18-2013, 03:58 PM
Thank you so much!! Even I need to read this every now and then. Its easy to get frustrated at times and forget where you came from.

WolfWolf
04-18-2013, 07:19 PM
Congrats! You were pretty before, but you are fab now! This is very motivating for me as your weight gains were almost identical to mine (as far as age and ho wmuch). Congrats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 You had an email to email you. Is that ok for me to do??

redday
04-19-2013, 07:02 PM
What an inspiration! You look so amazing!

ladykahlo
04-19-2013, 07:26 PM
Thank you for posting these! You give me hope!:bubbles:

CONGRATULATIONS!!:carrot:

GypsyQueen
04-23-2013, 01:42 AM
Congrats! You were pretty before, but you are fab now! This is very motivating for me as your weight gains were almost identical to mine (as far as age and ho wmuch). Congrats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 You had an email to email you. Is that ok for me to do??

Of course! Please do email me thats what I'm here for! :)

Lecomtes
04-23-2013, 02:09 AM
Let me just say, you are lovely dear! :D Always were, but now you are healthy and happy to boot?! CONGRATULATIONS! Your story brought tears to my eyes and hope to my heart. I am 25 right now and have recently had my own "I'm living in a shell and don't like doing normal 25-year-old activities" moment...and have lost 40 lbs since Dec. 31...your story pushes me to KEEP GOING! THANK YOU for sharing it, :) Again, kudos kudos kudos!!!

ataraxia3
04-23-2013, 02:14 AM
Wow!...just WOW. First I want to say congratulations, you look amazing. Your story is incredible....and so inspiring!! Thank you so much for posting this. I am basically in the same boat you were in in the very beginning. I'm a 25yr old single mom, realizing just how unhappy I am with my weight&body right now....and I want to be healthy and have more energy for myself and for my daughter (she's 2 years old). I've been overweight since I was in middle school and enough is enough! I am so ready for change and I at least know now I'm headed in the right direction. Thank you for your inspiring/motivating story :)