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Goal Photo Album If you've reached goal, please share your before and after photos to help inspire others, and show off your new body!

Size 12 to Size 0...Finally my "got to goal!" thread

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Old 12-03-2010, 01:25 PM   #16
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Please send pics !
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:31 PM   #17
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Congratulations! You look gorgeous and will be a stunning bride.

I always enjoy your posts; they have such a great sense of "voice" about them whether you're writing something serious or humorous. If you aren't yet a writer and wanted to go in that direction, you'd be a natural at it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:53 PM   #18
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Congratulations Megan on both your weight loss and your upcoming wedding! Be happy and post a picture of you in your wedding gown if you don't mind sharing!
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:58 PM   #19
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You have no idea how inspirational you are! I love your posts!

...such a beautiful person inside and out.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:14 AM   #20
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Thanks so much everyone I appreciate all your kind words. Most of all, I'm absolutely thrilled to know that my own progress or the little thoughts that float around in my head and occasionally get spewed out on 3FC might help or encourage somebody on their weight loss journey. That would truly mean the world to me.

A few people have messaged me asking me more about my plan, so I thought I'd reply here (as I told them I would). I truly don't have any specific details on food I eat or exercise that I do. I don't think I do anything much differently than anybody else. I have learned to embrace baked chicken breasts and steamed veggies on a whole new level just like many of us have. I focused on whole foods, lean proteins (lean cuts of meat, egg whites, beans, etc), high fiber bulky foods (non-starchy veggies), complex carbs (oatmeal and popcorn are both completely whole grain by definition...love 'em), and while I do eat fairly low fat, I do understand the value of healthy fats from sources like salmon, olive oil, and avocado. I calorie count and stay between 1100 and 1800. I build up a deficit during the week and eat a bit higher on the weekends. My once-a-month planned indulgence day keeps me on track during the month because I feel like I have to "earn" it, and having a day when I can eat whatever I want for a whole day removes any urgency to eat junk every other day. As I said, my exercise is pitiful. I am active for 60 minutes a day. 15-minute walk right after I wake up, then the rest of it might be vigorous cleaning (vacuuming or something), walking around the store or the mall, or more walks...things of that nature. So that's it, my plan isn't all that specific. Eating balanced healthy and whole foods within a calorie range, moderate exercise, and planned occasional indulgence.

Perhaps if I had to elaborate a bit more on my actual philosophical approach to the whole thing, I would repeat "One step at a time." Sometimes that has been actual physical steps away from Mrs. Field's Cookies. I have truly been in the mall spurring myself away, step by step, away from Mrs. Fields, haha, each step farther away got easier. But in a less literal sense, I like the one step at a time approach because it implies that one can either succeed or fail at any given moment, and it is not dependent on past successes or past failures. And future success or failure is not dependent on the past. Just because I slipped up and ate a candy bar yesterday doesn't mean that I have to fail today also. Or, just because I lost a pound last week doesn't mean I'm immune from gaining it back. All I can do is choose to make on-plan decisions at that very moment. I cannot control what Megan-in-6-months will do, all I can control is right-now-Megan. I focus all my energy, or at least strive to, on focusing on making the best decisions I can at each and every moment. I try not to worry about what I did yesterday or further back, and I don't obsess over what I might be doing in the future. It's kind of a freeing mindset, really. It frees you from the burdens of past failures and fears about what may happen in the future. Reality is, you can only control yourself moment by moment. If you make enough good decisions, it will set you up for success in the future and work on undoing damage from the past.

Anyways, thanks again for your words. And I'm definitely not going anywhere...I will attest that maintenance is every bit as challenging at times as weight loss, and I still need the advice, support, and occasional butt-kicking from 3FC
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:50 PM   #21
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Wow and super inspiring!!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:07 PM   #22
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You look amazing!
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #23
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Holy crap do you look awesome!!!!!!!!! I am so jealous (in a good way )!!!

Congrats times a thousand! You look dynamite and deserve it! Your before and after photos are true inspiration for us all!!!

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Old 12-04-2010, 11:45 PM   #24
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Congratulations on reaching and maintaining your goal, as well as the engagement. And thank you so much for including the story behind the pictures. I just started about a week ago, and it's nice to hear life stories that I can relate to. It's never just about before and after pictures...at least not to me.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:50 AM   #25
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Way to go & congradulations on Everything! ~SO PROUD OF U~
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:25 AM   #26
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Wow, you look gorgeous. I love reading your posts and you have such a great way with words. Congratulations on your loss!
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:36 AM   #27
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Awesome!!! Congratulations on your success and your engagement!

Truly inspiring pictures man!!

Love your dimples!
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:43 AM   #28
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Yaaaaay! You're such an inspiration to everyone here, and I'm so happy that you've turned the bad stuff around and made a wonderful life for yourself. Hope your wedding day is everything you've dreamed it could possibly be.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:49 AM   #29
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Congratulations on your great success!!! You look stunning.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:51 AM   #30
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congrats! that is awesome! and kinda inspirational! makes me feel that if you did it, i can do it too!

i too am a big fan of eating a bigger volume of low-cal foods. i mean i have to feel like i'm actually eating, you know!

congrats again!
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