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85 pounds later...

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:39 AM   #1
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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.

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Start: March 18, 2012 - 208 lb │ Mini-Goal 1: 5% lost - Met 4/29/12 at 192.4 lb │ Mini-Goal 2: 10% lost - Met 5/27/12 at 185 lb │ Mini-Goal 3: BMI 34.6 (no longer severely obese) - Met 6/3/12 at 183 lb │ Mini-Goal 4: 25 lb lost - Met 6/10/12 at 181.4 lb│ Mini-Goal 5: BMI 29.9 (no longer obese) - Met 8/5/12 at 157 lb│ Mini-Goal 6: BMI 24.9 (no longer overweight) - Met 11/4/12 at 132.2 lb│ Ultimate Goal: Weigh 125 lb by 25th birthday (March 2013) - Met 1/20/13 at 123 lb│Restart: March 2014 at 133 lb │ New Goal: 120 lb

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:58 AM   #2
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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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Old 01-23-2013, 03:52 AM   #3
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:10 AM   #4
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Congrats!!!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:27 AM   #5
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Default congratulations on losing 85 pounds!!!

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
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:28 AM   #6
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #7
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Thanks for inspiring us! Congratulations!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:48 AM   #9
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That's awesome! Congrats!
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:13 AM   #10
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You have given me motivation to keep pushing..Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:40 AM   #11
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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WOW, congratulations on your loss! You look wonderful, 123lbs in my dream weight! LoL

You and your story are truly inspiring =) Take care
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:45 PM   #13
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Congratulations! I love the lessons you learned along the way Very inspirational!!!! Best of luck with maintenance- we all believe in you!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #14
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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.
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Congratulations, LucyRic!!!

You're certainly an inspiration to me!!!

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