Mini-Goals - 100 lbs gone




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nelie
09-15-2006, 10:48 AM
I originally posted most of this to LWL but I think it should go in the goals section as well :) I have tried to provide a little more detail here though of the entire journey and motivations.

Today it is official. 100 lbs gone total. I knew it this morning because I weighed this morning on my home scale and it was hovering above 260. With work clothes on, my official scale reads 264 exactly.

The last time I saw this weight was 15 years ago. I was 16. I had lost 30 lbs from being 295 or so. As I wasn't eating properly to achieve the 30 lb loss, the 30 lbs regained themselves pretty quickly when I stopped dieting. I no longer diet but I have changed my eating habits significantly. The last time I was stable at this weight, i was probably 13 years old.

I remember 364 pretty well although I was only there for a short period of time. I ate ice cream every day. My favorite form of vegetables was when they were covered in cheese. I would eat up to a lb of meat at a single sitting. I could eat a whole loaf of french bread in one sitting and the bloating that followed didn't detour me. I had a lot of guilt about the food I ate and if I ate something, I would end up eating the whole thing in part to cover my tracks. I waddled when I walked. The seat in my sedan sized car was all the way back to accomodate my stomach and my booty. The seatbelt barely fit in my car. I used seat belt extenders on planes. I bought a pair of size 32 jeans. Actually buying the pair of 32 jeans was what really triggered it for me. Today I wear a loose pair of size 22 pants.

I had tried multiple diets but none of them worked in the long run. I would lose weight, feel constricted, then gain it back. I had seen 330 so many times that it was sickening. I couldn't lose more than 30 lbs before getting burnt out or tired of my eating plan. For 4 years, I had bounced between 350/360 to 330 numerous times. Then I think I realized that I hated myself and that was a hinderance to any efforts to lose weight. I had to change my attitude and work on something that was sustainable for life. So I renewed my efforts with a new outlook on life and myself. I wanted to lose 100 lbs more than anything and I knew I could do it.

Two years ago, I had just got dumped, I had just busted my knee from falling down the stairs and I decided I would lose weight once and for all. I started weight training to strengthen my knee, then started eating better and eventually added cardio. Exercising and healthier eating ended up with a total loss of 75 lbs but that was it. I got so frustrated at being stuck at 289. I was stuck there for nearly 18 months with a few lbs up and down. I thought I would be there forever.

Early this year, I decided that I could lose 30 lbs this year and finally reach the goal of 100 lbs lost. I actually ended up with a gain of 10 lbs due to changing my medication so I had to lose those 10 lbs then lose the 30 lbs to reach my goal. I rededicated myself around February of this year with a weight of approximately 299. Despite exercising and limiting my portions, I actually didn't lose any weight until May which is when I lost 1 lb. I am not at the 30 lb goal yet but in 5 more lbs, I will have reached my goal for the year.

I will not reach 199 this year. I may not even reach it next year. I will get there though. One day at a time, one lb at a time, one bite at a time, one drop of sweat at a time.


toofatforu
09-15-2006, 11:20 AM
way to Nelie you inspire me to keep on working on my weight

Firefly
09-15-2006, 01:35 PM
You never gave up on your self . way to go. You will do it. Lke you said one day at a time. That is how I go thru it.


sportmom
09-15-2006, 02:22 PM
Being a fairly newcomer (last December), I had no idea of your long trek. I am even more impressed now! Your story and point here is that it is never too late and never impossible. A good moral for us all to remember each and every day. Just do something and keep it moving in the right direction.

chick_in_the_hat
09-15-2006, 03:42 PM
WTG Nelie!!!!

With that wonderful attitude you will get to your goal and stay there. Keep up the good work, girl!!

:bravo:

Hey Jude
09-15-2006, 07:28 PM
Wow Nelie, that is awesome! I really mean that! So many people would have just got frustrated and given up. It just shows that no matter how long it takes, just keep persevering.


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fiddler
09-15-2006, 09:42 PM
Nelie, what an achievement! You are such an inspiration.

Lydia227
09-15-2006, 09:59 PM
Nelie thanks so much for sharing the rest of your story. :hug:

You referred to trying different diets and getting frustrated with the program at a thirty pound mark. Wow, I know just what that is all about too. You are right, it is a change of mind set. It doesn't happen overnight or within a month and sometimes within a year. But I believe that with each attempt at improving our level of fitness we learn something new. The most important point is that we KEEP trying or else we never get apply that new knowledge and experience that next level of success.

You are so right when you stated that it happens one day at a time,...one drop of sweat at a time. I'm thinking just that every day that I struggle to get that last rep in from my last set.

Congratulations again Nelie! :hug:

notsosnowwhite1976
09-16-2006, 08:43 AM
:carrot: OMG way to go... Awesome

Notsosnowwhite

sli
09-16-2006, 08:49 AM
WTG!! You are really a inspiration! Congratulations!!!
I love you attitude!
Thank you for sharing your story and good luck on the rest of your journey!

nelie
09-17-2006, 01:54 PM
Thanks everyone for your support :) I forgot to add that I don't think I could've done it without 3FC.

jelynn
09-18-2006, 12:27 AM
Thanks for sharing your story!! Wishing you continued success :D

OneKim
09-18-2006, 07:35 AM
Congrats Nelie! That's so inspiring...and shows that it can be done! Keep on going.

Kim

MelodyL
09-19-2006, 05:11 PM
Wow Nelie, wtg, what a huge accomplishment and a wonderful story of commitment and sticking with it!!! It is hard to keep on trying when we aren't seeing any results and it's so easy to get discouraged and just give up, you are proof that if we keep trying we WILL get there!! Thanks for sharing your story and keep up the great work!!

Stevi-rocks
09-19-2006, 06:49 PM
I'm really impressed with your honesty. WTG on your AWESOME accomplishment. Being so frank about your struggles and journey will definetly be instrumental in the success of another. :D

futuresurferchick
09-19-2006, 07:43 PM
Thanks for sharing your story Nelie in so much detail. Guilt about eating was something I used to feel too, and it's liberating to be beyond that. Your story has definitely inspired me today, thank you!

Jasmine31
10-18-2006, 04:32 PM
That is great! WTG on the weight loss!!

MissH
10-19-2006, 11:22 AM
Dang - your determination puts me to shame. Way to go, girl!! :) :)

boaterswife
10-19-2006, 01:12 PM
Nelie, you are such an inspiration. Thank you for posting your story. It helps many of us to see that not everyone loses weight quickly and easily, yet you can accomplish great things by striving to reach your goal and maintaining your determination. You should be so proud!

HarpoChicoGroucho
10-19-2006, 05:49 PM
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Awsome job, Nelie!!! You should be so proud of yourself.

BridgetJFan
10-19-2006, 08:28 PM
Great job, Nelie. I hope to catch up with you any day. I'm at 99 and it seems like the scale is stuck, lol. I know you'll make it to Onderland soon. BJ