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One Year on Track (& 137 pounds lost!)

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Old 01-04-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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On January 4, 2010 I set out to change my life. I have never really dieted before, but I just knew a "diet" wouldn't work for me. I needed a permanent lifestyle change that would be a FOREVER solution to my food issues. After researching options, looking up the science behind weight loss, and reading up on nutrition, I started clean eating and calorie counting.

When I started, I told myself I would stay on track for 1 FULL year before giving up, and I would re-evaluate at that time. So here I am, my most important mini goal has been met. I have not had a cheat day/meal in 365 days, and I have a loss of 137 pounds to show for it (with very little exercise). The nitty-gritty details of how I did it can be found on my blog, here.

Onto the pictures!
There are not many "before" pictures of me, but the ones I have I think are pretty illustrative:


and here I am now:


Some comparison shots (I can't see the difference when I look in a mirror, but the side-by-sides really help!)




More importantly than looking better, here is a small smattering of some of the physical and health related changes I have since losing the weight:
  • I can cut my toenails without holding my breath and leaning to the side to do so
  • My feet don't hurt at the end of the day anymore
  • I can easily climb 3 flights of stairs (and not even be winded!)
  • I no longer wake up all night from sleep apnea
  • Even better, I no longer wake up with stomach acid in my throat and lungs and don't have to down antacids before going to bed nightly
  • My diabetes is gone
  • The nerve pain I had running from my lower back and into my thigh is gone
  • My NASH / fatty liver cleared up
  • I barely break out anymore
  • I can bend and stretch and move in ways that I didn't even know I couldn't do
  • My hands don't fall asleep much anymore

My goal weight is still 55 pounds off, and I know that the next year is going to be more of a challenge then the last. I have issues with getting enough exercise, but that must be my next step in order to reach my final goal, a "normal" BMI.

I suppose I could go on and hit ya'll with an even larger wall of text but I'll spare you My blog (link in my signature) holds all kinds of information if you are still interested though, including additional photos.

Thanks to you all for your motivation and kind words over the past year. I don't think I could have done this without you 3FC chicks and roosters as a big portion of my support system.
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Start Date: January 4, 2010, 332 lbs.
100 pounds down: August 10, 2010
Onderland!: December 12, 2010
One Year later: 137 lbs lost
Half of me (166 lbs. lost & weight): June 5, 2011
Back in the Saddle! (gained 50 pounds since Winter 2011. Sadface) August 2013 : 194
Normal BMI (140 lbs):
High maintenance weight 132:
Low maintenance weight (GOAL) 127:


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Old 01-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #2
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OMG! Congrats! You look wonderful! And I love the pic of you holding an apple vs the stryofoam plate in the 'before' pic.

WTG!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:10 PM   #3
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OMG! Congrats! You look wonderful! And I love the pic of you holding an apple vs the stryofoam plate in the 'before' pic.

WTG!!!!!!!!
Yes when I found that before picture, it was called "cakeface.jpg", haha go figure! It must have been a work party, so I definitely staged that after shot to go along with it. The picture on my harddrive is now called "cakefacemeetsaapplecheeks.jpg". I amuse myself...

And thank you VERY much for your kind words!
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Start Date: January 4, 2010, 332 lbs.
100 pounds down: August 10, 2010
Onderland!: December 12, 2010
One Year later: 137 lbs lost
Half of me (166 lbs. lost & weight): June 5, 2011
Back in the Saddle! (gained 50 pounds since Winter 2011. Sadface) August 2013 : 194
Normal BMI (140 lbs):
High maintenance weight 132:
Low maintenance weight (GOAL) 127:

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Old 01-04-2011, 12:23 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for posting this! I started with pretty much the same goal this year...to just stick to my reasonable plan for the year and see where I end up. It's encouraging to see someone else did it and actually succeeded.

I wish you could see and appreciate the difference yourself when you look in the mirror. I was sad to read that you don't see it in the mirror because you have SO much to be proud of!
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:31 PM   #5
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wow! what an amazing accomplishment. You should be so proud. Good luck on the rest of your journey
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:34 PM   #6
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Congratulations!!! The pictures really show the magnificent difference (and i also love the cake face v. apple cheeks picture!)
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Congratulations on a great loss! You look wonderful and you have improved your health , too.
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Awww congrats to you!! You have done a wonderful job and look great!
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Amazing! Congrats! I am inspired by your resolve!
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:56 PM   #10
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This is great! Thanks for sharing.
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wow wow wow! you look fantastic- and it sounds like you are feeling fantastic, too! thank you for sharing!!!
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Great job dear!
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wo-o-ow!! You look incredible! Well done!! HUGE congratulations.

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Old 01-04-2011, 02:51 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for your kind words and continued encouragement! This site is so supportive, I just can't express enough how every post has an impact on me

Hugs all around!
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Start Date: January 4, 2010, 332 lbs.
100 pounds down: August 10, 2010
Onderland!: December 12, 2010
One Year later: 137 lbs lost
Half of me (166 lbs. lost & weight): June 5, 2011
Back in the Saddle! (gained 50 pounds since Winter 2011. Sadface) August 2013 : 194
Normal BMI (140 lbs):
High maintenance weight 132:
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What an awesome transformation. You look GREAT. Congrats!
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