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Old 09-12-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Default It doesn't feel real- GOAL!!!

As of today, I've officially reached my initial weight loss goal of 135 pounds. I'm having trouble letting it sink in that I actually did it. I did it!!! I'm going to post before/after pictures soon. I'm still getting used to being comfortable enough to take pictures.

On 9/24/13 I weighed 285 and a size 24. My doctor told me that day about all of the dangers I was in at only 30 years old with all of my recent lab work, on top of my high blood pressure, and that I needed to lose weight. All it did was make me mad and make me want to eat more each time she talked with me about my weight. Then about a week later I ended up in the Emergency Room for the first time in my life with racing heart beat, shortness of breath, and dizziness. My blood pressure was really high. When I got home that night, I was lying there next to my two-year-old daughter thinking about how I needed to live for her. I needed to change things because I didn't want her to grow up without her mother. I love her too much to leave her, especially when there is something that I can do about it.

It took me about two more weeks to finally get the courage to start my journey, but once I did I never looked back. For the last 11 months I have worked very hard. Everything I did was on my own, no diet tricks- just eating healthy and exercising. I used the Lose It app to help me track everything. I made sure I was active all of the time, and I exercised usually six days per week. I started slow and gradually increased and pushed myself to go further than I thought I could and would constantly surprise myself that I could do things I never thought I could do. I decided to start running in May. Even though I was in pretty good shape, I still could not run for more than a few minutes without losing my breath. Now I can easily run four miles when I feel like going for a run. I love exercise, and it is a part of my life that I look forward to each day. I have changed my entire lifestyle, and I'm actually very happy with it. I don't really miss things that are no longer in my diet, and I still reward myself when I need to. My blood pressure is now 116/60 at my last doctor visit, and no lingering health issues. I can now be healthy for my daughter and someone she can be proud of.

As of today, 11 months later, I am 150 pounds and a size 6. It has been an adjustment getting used to life in my new body, but it's an adjustment I'm happy with. My doctor followed me all through the process and was okay with everything I did. I'm so excited that I've reached my goal. I still have a little bit of work to do, but not much. I just told myself that the day I reached my goal I would make sure to get on here and share my story. I just want to let people know that it is possible. With hard work, one year can make a huge difference in your life!
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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Congratulations. Your journey is in many ways like mine. I too had high BP but also low good cholesterol. That is all fixed now.

I really enjoyed reading how you found your own way with your lifestyle changes. That has been key for me. Lots of customized small steps that work for me and add up to big changes.

Well done! You did awesome.

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Old 09-12-2014, 12:50 PM   #3
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Congratulations and way to go!!! :congrats:
In August 2013, I wasn't sure if I could try to lose weight again, but I convinced myself to give it all I had just until October 31, 2013, at which point I would revisit my goals. I told myself I'd be pleased with my decision in the future. When October arrived, I felt deeply grateful indeed. It's been 24 months and over 121 lbs lost, and I remain deeply grateful every day. There are no words to explain how worth it the hard work is.
Reached onederland 31.12.2013!
Became 'overweight' (BMI of 29.7) on July 29, 2014!

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Old 09-12-2014, 01:34 PM   #4
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Wow AliMarie..what you accomplished in one year is amazing.You have turned your life around healthwise and probably in other areas as well.You are a shining example to all of us that healthy eating and living pays off bigtime.Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:28 PM   #5
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This is really amazing, congrats! It's really motivating reading your story, can't wait to see the pics - i'm sure you look stunning.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:02 PM   #6
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Yay for you!! Awesome that you took control at a young age, something I should have done.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:35 AM   #7
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I'm 30 with high blood pressure, so I find your story very inspiring!
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:18 PM   #8
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Congrats! We have similar starting stats and your story encourages me to continue on. I have maintained at the 240's all year and while a 53 pound loss is good I know I need to keep going.

You are amazing and strong! Thank you for sharing your story. It is an inspiration.
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Old 09-14-2014, 04:10 PM   #9
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you're and inspiration. thank you for sharing your story and congratulations!
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Mini goal 1: -5% SW: 271 (reached Sept.1/14)/ Mini goal 2: - 10% SW: 256.5 (reached Nov. 4/14 & Jan.24/15)
Mini goal 3: 237 (reached?)/ Mini goal 4: 210- halfway there!
Mini goal 5: 199 Onederland / Mini goal 6: 191- no longer obese
Mini goal 7: 172.5- 75% there!!!/ Mini goal 8: 165 (lowest weight ever as an adult)
Mini goal 9: 159- normal BMI/ BIG GOAL: 155


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Old 09-15-2014, 10:42 AM   #10
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Congrats! Thanks for sharing. Love hearing about others healthy transformations!!
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:56 PM   #11
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Congrats on your lifestyle change and a healthy you!!
Thanks for sharing your story, too.

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Old 09-15-2014, 02:02 PM   #12
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Congratulations!!!! What an amazing year you've had. Thank you so much for sharing.

Started Jan. 2013 | Mini Goal 1: Onederland - Reached 5/20/14| Mini Goal 2: 179 (no longer obese) - Reached 2/13/15 | Mini Goal 3: 164 (15 pounds to goal) | Thank you, 5:2 and Intermittent Fasting!
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:50 PM   #13
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That is wonderful. Congrats on your amazing loss!
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:27 PM   #14
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Good job!
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:42 AM   #15
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So inspiring, especially for someone your age with HBP. Thanks for sharing!

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