Goal! - 85 pounds later...

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01-23-2013, 01:39 AM
I really thought I would never lose the weight. I had really convinced myself that it was impossible, too hard, not my fault.

And I can't really say what changed, except that last March, right after my 24th birthday, at 208 lb, I decided I was going to do it. I still doubted myself and my ability to lose weight, but I signed up that night for the WeightWatchers online program.

I started to follow the program, and to my surprise, I actually started to lose weight! I started exercising on the elliptical and actually began to enjoy it.

I'm really not sure what made it work this time, but it helped that I had a bit of a deadline. I was scheduled for breast reduction surgery in June, and I wanted to lose as much weight as possible before then.

I made it down to around 173 before the surgery, then lost another 5 pounds in a few hours ;)

I put losing weight on hold for a while I recovered from the surgery, but instead I focused on eating healthier foods.

Then I got back on the wagon.

I'm not sure I'm totally ready to say that I'm done yet, but I'm pretty happy where I am now.

I'm trying to figure out this whole maintenance thing.

Next up is trying to eat healthier foods and more of a variety of foods. And maybe even exercise?

Some things I learned along the way from 3FC and myself (perhaps a little cliche, but true):

I don't need to eat the bread/cake/cookie right now because unless it's the last one in the world, I can always have it later.
Good food is worth the calories; most of the food I used to eat is not good food.
Eating makes me feel better in the moment, but food is for nutrition, not comfort.
Shopping for clothing can actually be fun.
I actually have a choice of what to wear now, so I don't need to buy something just because it fits.
The extra 85 pounds I was carrying around was literally weighing me down: it's much easier to breathe now.
I need to focus on making a good choice right now and not worry so much about the past or the future. All of the "nows" add up.
Losing weight doesn't actually solve all of your problems.
Goals are achievable.

Thank you all! I haven't posted a lot but I'm a hardcore lurker and everything you've posted has been a huge help.


01-23-2013, 01:58 AM
congratulations i'm glad you found motivation and had the determination to follow through with what you have accomplished so far! keep up the good work :)

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California Kathy
01-23-2013, 04:27 AM
You look just terrrific ! I can imagine your happiness and your victory. I'm happy for you, too. My hat's off to you! That took complete devotion and keeping true to yourself. Thank you for posting this. It helps me to stick with it and is very encouraging. Kathy

01-23-2013, 04:28 AM
:cp: :cp: :cp:

01-23-2013, 07:32 AM
Congrats to you!!

01-23-2013, 10:19 AM
Thanks for inspiring us! Congratulations!!!

01-23-2013, 10:48 AM
That's awesome! Congrats!

01-23-2013, 11:13 AM
You have given me motivation to keep pushing..Thanks.

01-23-2013, 11:40 AM

01-23-2013, 12:04 PM
WOW, congratulations on your loss! You look wonderful, 123lbs in my dream weight! LoL

You and your story are truly inspiring =) Take care

01-23-2013, 12:45 PM
Congratulations! I love the lessons you learned along the way :) Very inspirational!!!! Best of luck with maintenance- we all believe in you!

01-23-2013, 02:35 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm glad I could inspire some of you. I know I was inspired by so many of the people here on 3FC.

01-23-2013, 02:44 PM
Congratulations, LucyRic!!!

You're certainly an inspiration to me!!!


Angelic Fruitcake
01-23-2013, 03:12 PM
Congratulations! I recently joined WW online and I hope to be able to post a similar thread next year!

01-23-2013, 04:15 PM
Congratulations! :carrot:

01-23-2013, 04:18 PM
That's great!! Congrats!

01-24-2013, 01:49 AM
Thanks! And Angelic Fruitcake, I'll be looking for your thread in a year!

01-24-2013, 10:16 PM
Wow! You look fantastic! Congratulations!!

01-27-2013, 04:40 AM
Thank you!

Misti in Seattle
01-27-2013, 06:37 AM
Good job! :congrat: :woohoo:

01-27-2013, 06:56 PM
Hooray, congratulations! I have my goal set at 150 because I tend to doubt myself when I think of being able to go much lower than that, but you have inspired me! Way to go!!

01-28-2013, 07:48 PM
kaelah, I really never thought I would see the number 150 on a scale. But it's possible. You can do it!

01-30-2013, 12:08 PM
LucyRic way to go!!!! You are truly an inspiration!! I come to the goal forum everytime my mind starts to get consumed with food and I feel like I may head off track. Its stories like yours that motivate me to stay the course. Congrats to you!!

01-31-2013, 12:09 AM
Thanks, MochaLatteMom! I still also come to the goal forum for motivation.
I don't think I would have been able to lose weight without reading & seeing everyone else's success stories here.

02-13-2013, 03:03 PM

02-13-2013, 07:27 PM
congrats you look wonderful

the shiv
02-13-2013, 07:43 PM
Congratulations!! :D

I like the way you think. I've taken some of your advice, as I remember reading your goal post when I started here in December. I don't have to have that donut right now, and good food is worth the calories!! Those thoughts have helped me a lot, so thankyou for sharing :) I'm now 15lbs into 100lbs of weight loss and your advice has helped me get there!

I hope maintenance is treating you well! :)

02-17-2013, 12:46 PM
Congrats...I find so much motivation in ur weightless story...

02-17-2013, 10:49 PM
Thanks everyone! So far, maintenance is hard but going ok. Staying steady at around 120 lb. It's nice to be at my goal weight, but honestly it's not really very different from what I was doing before.

I hope you'll join me in keeping up the good work! We can do it!

02-19-2013, 10:42 AM
I'm going to put your bulleted list on my fridge! Thanks for sharing and great job!

02-19-2013, 10:16 PM
ukemama, I'm flattered! I hope it helps!

02-19-2013, 10:47 PM
Awesome job!

02-22-2013, 09:37 PM
Congratulations and best wishes for your future.

I appreciate the photographs, but especially appreciate the wisdom you've shared.

Thank you.

02-24-2013, 04:19 PM
Wow!! Congratulations!! I like the lesson that all the nows add up. Totally!

02-24-2013, 07:11 PM
Wow, that's crazy! You go girlfriend!

Missy Krissy
02-26-2013, 12:03 PM
Great job! You can see such an incredible difference in your pictures. Thanks for posting, and keep it up :D

02-26-2013, 07:50 PM
AMAZING! Congrats!!!

05-04-2013, 10:18 PM
woohoo congrats! you look amazing:)

05-05-2013, 02:19 AM
Just amazing and congrats!!!

05-07-2013, 04:32 PM
Great job. Simply astonishing. You look GREAT!!!.
Thanks for the inspiration, and keep it up.

05-08-2013, 08:11 PM
Congratulations! Your story is very inspiring! I hope to be posting here soon! Ahahaha. :)

05-09-2013, 07:23 PM
WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING THESE PICTURES ON HERE! :carrot::joker::ink::congrat::strong:

I really appreciate your vulnerability with these images. You have given me so much hope which I had lost. I appreciate you and your existence and your struggle a lot. Everything you did is not in vain. Thank you very, very much.

05-10-2013, 12:39 PM
Thanks everyone! The positive feedback is super helpful as I work on maintenance (so far doing ok). Maybe I'll eventually work up the nerve to put up before and after pics where you can see my face-I think that's actually where I've noticed the biggest difference.

05-11-2013, 05:38 AM