A year ago I was
64 lbs heavier. I was tired all the time. I never went into my husbands workplace because I was so self conscious. I ate two candy bars on the way from the grocery store, every time I went in. I never wore makeup. My mom had to convince me to buy new clothes, and I really didn't care what I looked like. I was insulin resistant. Buying groceries totally wore me out. My fibromyalgia was out of control. I parked in the closest spot possible. I felt out of control.
Have no trouble exercising. I am more friendly to strangers and aquaintences. I feel good most of the time. I am happy doing active things. I don't mind shopping all day or staying up late. I fix myself up everyday, even if I am not going anywhere. I have become a certifiable clothes horse. I spend a little money on myself every week. I am braver and more sure of myself. I am a happier, nicer person to be around. I am in control of my health and my weight.
08-03-2006, 05:27 PM
What does your hubby say about the mood changes? The outside appearance of course would be more obvious. I'm hoping to be like that in a years time with eating good foods more than high cal/empty foods, etc.
08-03-2006, 05:34 PM
A big fat smoker!! I was 58 pounds heavier and hated life. I would never want to go anywhere because I was so ashamed of how big I was. No matter how many times my mom told me that I needed to lose weight, I just wouldn't listen and eat away my pain. My pain ballooned me to 215 pounds wearing size 16 pants! The biggest I've ever been.
My husband never told me I was overweight, he always said that he loved me just the way I was, but I knew....I had to lose the weight and stop smoking for myself and my health.
Am 58 pounds lighter and will be smoke-free for a year this September. I am more friendly and outgoing. I love to go shopping for clothes and am not afraid of doing active things. I'm loving life, those around me and more importantly loving myself!
08-03-2006, 05:51 PM
Evette, you make me smile.
Definily- He has noticed a lot of changes in me. I am more spunky and outspoken however, so he may not be loving that, LOL.
Come on ladies, you all have a story to tell, lets hear it!
08-03-2006, 06:01 PM
You should post these in the goals section!
Way to go!!!!
08-03-2006, 07:17 PM
What great stories!!!! A blast of motivation and will power. Ya'll are really successful. I'm just starting so I don't really have a story to tell, but I plan to by January 8th!!!!
08-03-2006, 10:36 PM
A year ago I was 48 pounds heavier, I would spend most of the hot summer days indoors because it was too embarrassing to go out in shorts or tee shirts. I couldn't walk up the stairs at the office without getting winded. And carrying a 35 pound bag of dog food was too difficult for me.
Now... I have more energy than I can remember ever having, I look GOOD in shorts, I can run up the stairs and not get winded, that 35 pound bag of dog food only serves to remind me of how far I've come, and my inner child has finally come out to play... last week I went and got a tattoo!
08-03-2006, 11:39 PM
A year ago I...
Was exhausted all the time and incredibly unhappy. I was 40 pounds heavier and looking in to weight loss surgery because I didn't think I could do this. I "knew" I had to have a thyroid problem or something else medical because there was no way I could have put this weight on otherwise.
I am 40 pounds lighter (35 according to my official LAWL weight). I have SOOOOO much more energy, I am much nicer to be around, I have much more confidence, and I am loving getting into a new size every month and a half.
A year from now...
I will be at my goal, and my new healthy habits will be much more ingrained. I will be even more beautiful, healthy and confident than I am now, and I will no longer shop in the plus section!
08-04-2006, 12:31 AM
A year ago I was so unhappy with myself and was embarrassed of how I looked. My knees hurt to climb the stairs. I would never think to exercise. I had to have something sweet everyday & bought sweets every time I went to the store. I would never wear a tank top or shorts. My DH also would tell me he loved me just the way I am.
Now I've lost 40+ lbs my knees are doing much better. I actually joined a gym and got a trainer and am going on regular basics. I like wearing tank tops and shorts. My husband tells me how hot I look now. I feel sexier and care more about my looks. I still have a lot of fallbacks to the same old me, but I've realized this is going to be a life time commitment for me and I have to just work harder to get to my goal.
Great post Katie.
08-04-2006, 01:01 AM
A year ago I was sick, tired, and depressed. I was hidden like a prisoner in my own home. I never wanted to go anywhere because of how I looked and felt. If I did try to leave the house, it was just too much effort. I would try to squeeze into my size 20 pants and everytime my stomach would hang over so far that I looked like I was past due with a pregnancy. I was an unhappy, miserable person to be around. I felt there was no joy in life. Basically I felt like I was waiting to die.
Now, I am 93 lbs. lighter. Laughing and enjoying life for the first time in years. My medications have decreased. My health is so much better. I am able to exercise several times a week. I can buy clothes straight off the rack at most any store and they not only fit, they look good. My DH says the biggest change in me is that if anyone is going anywhere, I am right there with them. Life isn't passing me by.
08-04-2006, 01:11 PM
A year ago, I was 28 pounds heavier, tired all the time, no energy, hard getting into the "way back" in the van, etc. You know the drill!
Amazing what a difference a few pounds makes!
08-04-2006, 02:26 PM
A Year Ago ...
I was at least 88 lbs heavier. I was exhausted all of the time. I rarely ever "dressed up" and was extremely self-conscious. I always walked at the back of the group when we went anywhere, and I always wore very loose fitting clothes so no one could see any bulges. I wore 28's, and could easily have moved on up if I didn't make any changes.
I am 88 lbs lighter! I have LOTS of energy, and enjoy running around and playing with the kids. I have much more confidence, and it is impacting me very positively in personal and professional ways. I am now in 18s comfortably! Shirts I can wear 14/16s! I have lost 10-1/2 inches in my waist alone! I am using 1/3 the amount of insulin I used to use! And while I have a lot more to lose, I am so proud of how far I have come -- in less than 7 months! I no longer say, "If I ever lose this weight, I will ..." I now say, "When I get to goal, I will ..." and it feels spectacular!
08-04-2006, 02:30 PM
I needed your post. I was 3 seconds away from binging. God bless you green. Can u show us a pic? Did u go on any particular diet/
08-04-2006, 02:43 PM
FoodObscessed, Yep! This thread was originally posted in the LA Weight Loss forum. That's the plan I have been following (with much success!). Here is a link to the before/after pics that many of us posted a while back. Mine is about half-way down the page. I hope that helps! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
A year ago....
I was so frustrated with what to do with the rest of my baby weight. I was not exercising anymore, therfore, I felt lazy, tired all the time and just plain wore out. I was always self concious about people looking at me and thinking "She's fat" - so I would mentally judge myself constantly.
I would say I'm at my pre pg weight (with a few more lbs - due to muscle mass ). I have decreased by over 5% bodyfat and 11 inches (since I started measuring in April) and I can workout harder than ever with more stamina and energy. I can actually look in the mirror and be prould of me, who I am , being a wonderful wife and mom while making healthy choices for my family. I can go to the pool or beach and take off my cover up without totally freaking out mentally that someone is watching and talking about me being fat. I can wear tank tops and other clothes and feel so confident that even though I'm not at goal - I'm proud, I'm healthy and I'm finally who I wanted to be for soooo long.
Thanks Katie - as I sat here and typed this - I have tears in my eyes. Yes, I've only really lost about 15 lbs on LAWL and maybe another 10 lbs on WW previous to December - but my life has changed so much. With my exercise and dedication to being healthy I've accomplished way more than just a number on a darn scale!!! :hug: You have helped me alot in this journey and to you I send lots of Thanks and many hugs!!!
08-04-2006, 04:51 PM
Awwww, thanks Heather. You have been there for me a lot too.
08-04-2006, 10:49 PM
A year ago...i was 40 pounds heavier and had trouble walking down the hall at school to my office. I was afraid that everyone thought I was the fatest person in the world. I was depressed, and tired and hated every bit of food i put into my mouth, knowing it was only making me heavier.
Today.....I am 40 pounds lighter and about 17 inches smaller. I've gone down 3 clothing sizes. I can walk down the hall at school and not be out of breath. I don't use my asthma medications nearly as much as I had to before. I can tuck shirts in and not feel weird about doing it. I know I still have quite a bit of pounds to go...but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am happier, and I am learning that just because I'm not perfect every day doesn't mean I'm a failure. I've had an up and down summer but I know that it's okay and that I CAN DO THIS, and more importantly....I AM WORTH THIS! I can play with my kids, and keep up with a 20 month old, and carry around the 5 month old and not feel like I'm going to collapse...It's an amazing change and I'm ready to keep on working towards goal!
08-08-2006, 03:29 AM
Awsomw guys,Way to go!!!!!:carrot:
08-08-2006, 07:55 AM
Wow Erin! You look fantastic!!!
08-09-2006, 07:48 PM
A year ago I was 85 pounds heavier, wore a tight size 26, couldn't find any clothes to fit me for long, and hated to go out. In the hot weather, I sweated so much I felt like I couldn't do anything, so I tried to only go places with air conditioning. Anytime any event was coming up, I'd go on a crash diet that wouldn't work, and I'd have to wear something that didn't fit anyway. I was about to ask my boss to move my office down a floor because my knees and hips hurt so much when I climbed the stairs.
Now, I wear between a 12 and a 14, and I feel great. My knees and hips don't hurt at all, and I can wear "cute" shoes without having my feet hurt. I have clothes that fit (I have turned into a bit of a clothes horse, too!), and if I have to go somewhere dressy, it's no big deal. I think I'm probably much more pleasant to be around - it seems like things are not as big a deal as they used to be!
Even though I've been stalled out over the summer, I haven't gained anything, so that's probably the only 3 months in my life that I haven't gained weight. Now that summer is coming to an end, I'm going to buckle down and get to goal.
This is a really cool thread - I really hadn't thought about what had changed over the last year. Thanks for starting it, Katie!
08-09-2006, 10:44 PM
What a great thread. JUST the inspiration I needed to get back on track! I can't wait to look back from August 2007 and see how far I will have come! :hug:
08-10-2006, 02:34 AM
Hey Fiona, so good to see you!
08-11-2006, 12:21 PM
I'm not on LAWL, but I couldn't resist posting in this thread.
A year ago, I was eating fast food every day for lunch. I ate 'whatever' for dinner, often fast food. Some days I had three fast-food meals in one day! I was sad because of some unwanted transitions taking place in my life, and I felt I had no life or no comfort beyond the refrigerator. My back hurt. I was continually exhausted and depressed. Nothing looked good on me, my bras didn't fit, and I was a size 24.
And then something changed. I took charge of my own happiness, obtaining employment that is more gratifying than what I had before. I made some new friends, lost 68 pounds, and simplified my life. Along with shedding weight, I am shedding some martyr attitudes and behaviors ... weight and martyrdom seem to go hand-in-hand for me.
Now, every day without fail, I bring a lunch involving lots of fresh vegetables and other healthy items. I'm filling my life with things *I* want for myself, not what others think I should have, what others think a good mom/sister/friend/daughter should be doing. I'm modifying and sometimes eliminating unhealthy friendships, saying "no" to restaurant invitations and "yes" to invitations for bike rides and walks. Back problems are gone. I'm wearing a loose 18, all bras fit, and I'm not afraid to wear form-fitting clothing. I don't shy away from exercise or physical activity. I've begun dating.
And I'm only half-way to goal! I'm excited to see what this will look like next year!
08-11-2006, 12:33 PM
Good for you, and thanks so much for sharing with us!
08-13-2006, 07:36 PM
What a great thread! Such great insprition & modivation! WTG to all of you!!