Goal! - 64 pounds in 6 months




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Sunshine87
12-01-2012, 09:59 AM
Hello, I am a 25 year-old gal who has been overweight since the age of 15. I tried to lose weight over and over again-losing 15-30lbs to only gain it all back again. I felt bad about myself because I knew who I was and who I wanted to be but could never seem to get there. I was my own worst enemy. In spring of 2012 my sister-in-law took big steps to lose 25lbs. She did it with intensity and I was impressed as I had always tried a more gentle approach because deep down inside I did not think I could be successful. Watching her lose the weight inspired me so I signed up with a personal trainer. I truly did not know what kind of results I would get but I knew that if I was going to pay for a trainer I was going to commit 100%. The first day of my lifestyle change was Easter 2012. I sat there with my new choice of foods (lots of protein, veggies, and complex carbs) and knew that I had enough of the greasy foods, chocolate bunnies, and candy for a lifetime. Taking that leap on Easter gave me the momentum I needed. I just followed the plan-working out with Jason one day per week and doing 5 days of cardio (it is not that much money when you consider how many times per week you eat out or spend on extra food that is making you overweight).
It took me 5 months to hit my goal of 140lbs and then continued to lose a little more as my metabolism was running so high the weight loss wouldn’t stop. And then I decided to stay at my current weight range of 133-137lbs which took a total of 6 months. That’s 64 lbs in 6 months. At my highest (2011) I was 222lbs which is a total of 89lbs lost.

It is important to note that I did not deprive myself as my diet consists of very delicious healthy food with lots of veggies, egg whites, and spinach salads. Most of my food is prepared and I really enjoy it. Food is fuel for the body so I don’t mess around with “diet foods” that are processed and/or lack nutrition. It is not just about the calories rather what food does for your body.

I have taken up weightlifting as I love the intensity. I worked to maintain the muscle mass during my weight loss (because it is natural to lose fat and muscle during weight loss) and now I am building more muscle.

It is not a number on a scale or the number of calories I consume that has changed my life but a lifestyle that I love. I do not want to be skinny but rather I want my inner strength to be reflected on the outside.

I know that what I did is not for everyone and I don’t expect that it would work for everyone. Different strokes for different folks. It is through the weight loss support community that I arrived here so thank you.


bargoo
12-01-2012, 10:15 AM
Congratulations ! You are so wise to do this while you are young, it only gets harder as you get older.

chaitea115
12-01-2012, 10:18 AM
you look so fit and fabulous! You have a really nice smile too. Congrats on the new healthy you


Borgie
12-01-2012, 12:07 PM
Fantastic!

baker23
12-01-2012, 01:24 PM
You look healthy and beautiful...:)

moonkissed
12-01-2012, 05:08 PM
:carrot: Wow you look amazing, like a totally different person even. But I think most of all your attitude is the most inspiring. I love that how you begin to love new healthy foods and want that new whole lifestyle.

Thanks for sharing!

1987
12-01-2012, 05:15 PM
Such a great transformation, well done on your dedication. You look fab!

wtfudge
12-01-2012, 08:42 PM
That's AMAZING! You've definitely been my inspiration to head out on a run in a few minutes :) I'm your height, so I feel like I can relate.

Mara
12-01-2012, 08:50 PM
You look amazing! Congrats!

LizzieM
12-01-2012, 10:27 PM
I Love your Attitude!! :hug:
Thanks for sharing!!
This really motivated me to lose weight in a healthy way...:)

And yes!! You look BEAUTIFUL!!
*Like a princess doll*:love:
:woohoo::cheer2::celebrate:
Let's all :celebrate: for this Awesome achievement of yours!!

aka8941
12-02-2012, 01:25 AM
I'm your age and height! So inspiring thank you so much! Congrats!

toastedsmoke
12-02-2012, 06:56 PM
Wow! You look amazing!!! Well done you! Congratulations on all your success!!!! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Sunshine87
12-05-2012, 09:58 PM
Thank you all. I gained a lot of support and inspiration from these boards and I hope that I can encourage someone else. I never thought I could do it but once I committed, there was no turning back. YOU ARE CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS!

Mozzy
12-05-2012, 11:14 PM
Congrats!!!!!

BreathingSpace
12-06-2012, 08:13 PM
You look amazing!

So your plan was 6 days a week gym and what kind of eating plan did you have? You mention veggies and egg whites, but did you count calories too?

Sunshine87
12-07-2012, 08:30 PM
My eating plan consisted of 5-6 meals per day. I focused on low-fat, high protein foods such as egg whites, chicken, and fish. My carbs were all complex carbs including whole wheat bread, oatmeal, barley, brown rice, & whole grain cereals. I ate a lot of green veggies and made my own low-calorie dressing from light miracle whip. I found healthy foods that I like and I stuck to it. Breakfast: carb and protein. Midmorning: protein snack. Lunch: carb, protein, and veggie. Midafternoon: protein snack. Dinner: veggie & protein. In the end I started adding in a protein snack before bed too. I ate roughly 1050-1250 calories and I truly did not feel hungry very often because I was eating so much volume.

Babybat
12-07-2012, 08:31 PM
Congrats, you look terrific!

Missy Krissy
12-08-2012, 01:58 PM
Look at you hot stuff! You look so happy and glowy.

Congratulations on your success!

bg124
12-08-2012, 02:09 PM
You are beautiful (then and now)! Your success is very inspirational. Great job on making it happen!

raworz
12-08-2012, 07:35 PM
Inspiring. :) Congratulations!

Misti in Seattle
12-08-2012, 07:48 PM
:congrat: Good job!

SLK11
12-09-2012, 12:31 AM
wow this is really awesome you go girl. :)

Campana
12-09-2012, 04:04 AM
You look amazing! Congratulations.

ALLeyalley
12-09-2012, 11:44 AM
OMG OMG OMG OMG, YOU're sooooo beautiful now, absolutely gorgeous!!!

Lmgreosk
12-10-2012, 01:07 PM
All I can say is wow. You are simply an inspiration. I am 23 and seeing how successful you have been definitely motivates me to keep pushing forward. You look incredible and you can see that your soul has brightened, I hope to have that some day soon as well :) Congratulations!

Lemongrab
12-10-2012, 02:46 PM
wow that's like at least 10lbs every month six months straight.
amazing! I wish I can manage 10lbs a month.
congrats!

Becky Quilts
12-13-2012, 11:11 AM
You look a-MAZ-ing! Congratulations! I'm your height, so your journey hits home, thank you for sharing.

I'll +1 to others about "getting it done while you're young." -Which I would have probably scoffed at, in my 20's. But totally true, my metabolism markedly changed at 30 (I didn't have children until 31) -so GOOD FOR YOU and way to knock it out of the park!

Thanks again for posting!

KantuKat
12-13-2012, 06:09 PM
Your radiant and resilient spirit shines strongly through in your words and pictures. Thank you for posting your story.

Happycat89
12-17-2012, 03:44 PM
You look amazing well done!!!!

missheidi87
12-18-2012, 06:17 PM
Congrats to you :)

bridietogo
12-21-2012, 06:28 AM
Well done!! What a fab turnaround you've done... you'll be able to enjoy your success for the rest of your life.

aliciab307
12-21-2012, 02:45 PM
Wow this is very inspiring! Congrats on your journey, your attitude is so inspiring and reminds me of the person I want to be when I get to my goal. I want to build muscle as well and lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Congrats!

beachbella85
12-24-2012, 12:12 AM
:) congrats!

chubbiegurl
12-25-2012, 08:41 PM
You look so good, I love how toned you are!

Pink Hurricane
12-26-2012, 08:04 AM
Thank you for sharing your story with us, you look wonderful!!

Judy Lynn
12-26-2012, 07:49 PM
Congrats on your success! You look awesome!

unidestiny
12-26-2012, 09:28 PM
YOU LOOK AMAZING. Congratulations!

You have given me so much strength to embark on my weight loss journey. My story is similar to yours. I've lost 20lbs only to gain in all back within 3 months without even realizing what I'd done. Also, 64llbs is exactly how much I'd like to lose. Thank you so much for being such a success!

I just wanted to ask, did you face any weight loss plateaus during the 6 months and how did you overcome it?

penmage
12-28-2012, 09:13 AM
Congratulations! You look wonderful! :cheer2:

jeminijad
12-30-2012, 09:04 PM
You look awesome. Smokin' hot.

If only I had done that before having kids.

theAlisha
12-31-2012, 05:54 AM
You look so gorgeous! I hope that one day I find the strength, motivation and will, too. I am also about your height and age probably too, so this is all very inspiring! :)

r4ch3l
01-04-2013, 11:24 AM
If you think you can do it you can definitely achieved it.Congratulation on reaching your goal! You look so amazing!!

epifania
01-04-2013, 07:47 PM
What an inspiring story and you look fantastic! Congratulations

pinkflakes
01-04-2013, 07:53 PM
Congrats! you look great!:carrot:

smashlers
01-04-2013, 08:14 PM
You look so beautiful! Congrats, girl!

amyaimeee
01-05-2013, 01:59 AM
Your pics look like you were always this size... so healthy, so beautiful! Congratulations, you must feel such a great sense of accomplishment! :cheer3:

sunbeam86
01-08-2013, 03:31 PM
Oh wow, I kind of stole your name! I guess we're on the same wave length.....amazing post, by the way!!! :)

seafood
01-28-2013, 11:59 PM
Can you give me details on what kinds of veggies you ate?

I feel like I lean towards the high carb vegetables and need to incorporate more green and lower carb types.

TheLauren
01-29-2013, 12:11 AM
Phenomenal job! You look wonderful.

RavenWolf
01-29-2013, 10:33 AM
You are truly an inspiration! Great job!!

pomelo
02-13-2013, 03:08 PM
Congrats on your weight loss! You look amazing!

omgsasha
02-13-2013, 03:57 PM
WOW! that is amazing! makes me really excited for whats to come for me! you look great ande ven better that you feel great!
thanks for sharing this! and congratulations on your work and dedication. im so happy it worked out so good for you!

kidjng
02-16-2013, 03:25 PM
Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

loriherdz
02-17-2013, 12:04 AM
Hello, I am a 25 year-old gal who has been overweight since the age of 15. I tried to lose weight over and over again-losing 15-30lbs to only gain it all back again. I felt bad about myself because I knew who I was and who I wanted to be but could never seem to get there. I was my own worst enemy. In spring of 2012 my sister-in-law took big steps to lose 25lbs. She did it with intensity and I was impressed as I had always tried a more gentle approach because deep down inside I did not think I could be successful. Watching her lose the weight inspired me so I signed up with a personal trainer. I truly did not know what kind of results I would get but I knew that if I was going to pay for a trainer I was going to commit 100%. The first day of my lifestyle change was Easter 2012. I sat there with my new choice of foods (lots of protein, veggies, and complex carbs) and knew that I had enough of the greasy foods, chocolate bunnies, and candy for a lifetime. Taking that leap on Easter gave me the momentum I needed. I just followed the plan-working out with Jason one day per week and doing 5 days of cardio (it is not that much money when you consider how many times per week you eat out or spend on extra food that is making you overweight).
It took me 5 months to hit my goal of 140lbs and then continued to lose a little more as my metabolism was running so high the weight loss wouldn’t stop. And then I decided to stay at my current weight range of 133-137lbs which took a total of 6 months. That’s 64 lbs in 6 months. At my highest (2011) I was 222lbs which is a total of 89lbs lost.

It is important to note that I did not deprive myself as my diet consists of very delicious healthy food with lots of veggies, egg whites, and spinach salads. Most of my food is prepared and I really enjoy it. Food is fuel for the body so I don’t mess around with “diet foods” that are processed and/or lack nutrition. It is not just about the calories rather what food does for your body.

I have taken up weightlifting as I love the intensity. I worked to maintain the muscle mass during my weight loss (because it is natural to lose fat and muscle during weight loss) and now I am building more muscle.

It is not a number on a scale or the number of calories I consume that has changed my life but a lifestyle that I love. I do not want to be skinny but rather I want my inner strength to be reflected on the outside.

I know that what I did is not for everyone and I don’t expect that it would work for everyone. Different strokes for different folks. It is through the weight loss support community that I arrived here so thank you.

Seriously I needed to read this. I am at 223 and 24 years old. I want to get exactly how you are. I am going to try the ZUMBA exhilarate program everyday for as long as I can. I will also work on a meal plan.
Your story really shows me that I can change too. I really want to say Thank you for the reboot I needed to go on :D

caliyah
02-19-2013, 01:15 AM
Inspirational. Congrats! You look so happy am so happy you made it!

ukemama
02-19-2013, 10:39 AM
How inspiring! Congrats!

beth4365
02-22-2013, 10:01 PM
Well done!

Thank you for sharing yourself and your story here with us.

Best wishes on your continued journey!

rainbow84uk
02-23-2013, 03:44 PM
Wow you're an real inspiration...I'm aiming to lose a similar amount in a similar timeframe :) You look amazing!

bbrides
03-14-2013, 01:20 AM
I love reading through all the great success stories, how you made it work for you and seeing the before/after photos.

Very inspired, thank you.

justinjean
03-16-2013, 01:51 PM
Congratulations
you're really amazing

EskaDee
03-16-2013, 02:39 PM
This is just the inspiration I needed to read today! Congratulations, and enjoy all your hard work!

IanG
03-17-2013, 11:06 AM
Well done!

ImYourCapitan7
04-08-2013, 05:10 PM
You look absolutely stunning! Congrats!! :)

ReillyJ
04-08-2013, 09:30 PM
You look great! It's a wonderful feeling, isn't it??

cjk221
05-04-2013, 10:06 PM
you look absolutely incredible! great job girly!!

Kurama
05-18-2013, 08:09 PM
Whoa that is incredible! Your goal is similar to mine and it encourages me to see the possibilities of hard work. Excellent! :carrot:

Dane74
06-24-2013, 09:41 AM
You looked beautiful before - but you also look so happy and strong now (and proud - as you should be). Awesome job and very inspiring determination.

Miggy
07-11-2013, 01:30 AM
Congrats, you look fabulous! :D

rocksplash
07-11-2013, 03:12 PM
As someone with similar starting stats, your transformation is incredibly inspiring :)

Mama Whitty
07-12-2013, 12:28 AM
You look amazing and confident. Way to go!

CherryChan
07-12-2013, 01:16 AM
:congrat: :congrat:

You really look amazing!!!

PalmBeach
07-19-2013, 09:06 PM
Wow you had a great transformation! & you've inspired me to start eating healthier. When I think about what I need to eat to be healthier it gets so confusing to me... but you summed it up nicely: B-fast: Carb & Protein; MidMorn: Protein; Lunch: Carb, Protein & Veggie; MidAftrnn: Protein, Dinner; Protein & Veggie! I can do that! I might add a veggie with B-fast tho, cuz I love veggie omelets with spices & seasoning.

mhuppert
07-19-2013, 10:12 PM
Congrats! So inspiring to read and see your transformation....You look great!!!

littlebumblebee
07-21-2013, 05:37 PM
Congratulations!

MaryQ
08-05-2013, 04:59 AM
You look amazing !!! Congrats

cincorn
08-05-2013, 08:43 AM
You look amazing! It's awesome that you found the wisdom to do this when you are young...weight loss gets so difficult as you get older and of course causes so many health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. Congratulations on becoming healthy, fit and fabulous!

mzshaunna
08-06-2013, 09:33 PM
Wow you look amazing well done :)

kidjng
08-08-2013, 07:20 PM
Wow! You look fantastic. Congratulations on your hard work!

KillerBee
08-13-2013, 02:42 AM
Your goal is pretty similar to mine in both the # of lbs as well as the time limit so I found this to be really inspiring. And also as others have said your attitude has made all the difference. Keep at being healthy and enjoy the new you! :carrot:

LisaTcan
08-28-2013, 12:36 AM
You look beautiful before and after! Now you look healthy, fit, and strong though! Congrats :) You're an inspiration to get in great shape!!

stephanie767
08-31-2013, 07:42 AM
Way to go! I am going to use your photos and your post to encourage my 15 year old daughter Erica. She's 5'10 and at 212 (I believe.) Thanks for posting! :carrot:

freckfrecks
01-03-2014, 03:29 PM
Omgosh! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for sharing, it really is inspirational!

sexybak
01-09-2014, 03:12 AM
You look fantastic! Congrats!

skintoskincombat
01-31-2014, 06:53 PM
so amazing and inspiring!!! I am the same age as you and have the same starting point and height so i'm glad i found this post:). I'm only 3 months in and i've lost 25 pounds but without any exercise, which i plan to start soon! You look so fit and toned i love it! My end goal is 165 because that's where I was when I was 18 and I was super comfy with my slender body and butt curves hahaha.

Jenny222
03-06-2014, 12:47 PM
I just started my diet and i'm tying to lose 25 pounds before summer =)

Miss V
03-11-2014, 11:54 PM
Congratulations.. You look great!

GetHealthy
03-22-2014, 12:02 AM
This is so awesome!!! You're beautiful!

carabelle11
03-23-2014, 04:11 PM
Congrats! You look great

Cheyenneb4u
03-23-2014, 11:33 PM
The weight loss is only a compliment to your natural beauty... You look wonderful!

DirkZiff
03-24-2014, 04:47 AM
Wow you look amazing well done

chunkyguacamole
04-22-2014, 05:21 PM
WOW!!! YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! Great job girl! What an inspirational story :)