Monday, August 8, 2011

I've lost 100 pounds!

As of last Friday, I have officially lost 100 pounds!! In less than a year!!

Mid July of last year I really starting to hit the gym and watch what I ate. I was too embarrassed to weigh myself yet though. It wasn't until August 22nd that I bit the bullet and weighed myself. The number 289. Sadly, it was probably like 10 pounds higher the month before. However 289 was going to be my official starting point.

I was miserable. I didn't realize how sad and lethargic I was. I can honestly say I am a totally different person now!

Before pictures that still hurt for me to look at sometimes. These were not taken by me. I always made sure to cut off the bottom half of pictures because I hated my stomach. These were from other people who didn't do that.

I'm 20 pounds down in this picture. Even just losing those 20 pounds I was carrying myself differently. I had so much more energy and I was starting to be more confident in myself. Hitting that 20 pounds lost, I knew I could do this! There was no backing away now!

Here I am in India and over 50 pounds down! This is when I really saw a difference in how I looked. I couldn't believe what a difference 50 pounds made! I felt amazing on that trip. I was comfortable in my plane seat. A total first. I didn't feel like I was crushing the person sitting next to me. I was able to walk around for hours and not get tired. It was amazing.

I couldn't believe this picture when I saw it! I thought I looked so tiny! I I'm almost 80 pounds down here. My body was really starting to transform. I still struggle with when I look in the mirror, but looking at pictures I could see the difference. The smile alone, you can tell how freaking happy I was now.

This is me 90 pounds down and in ONEderland!! That was the best night ever. The best birthday. My gym took me out for a night of celebration and I enjoyed every second of it! The outfit I wore was totally out of my comfort zone, but I felt hot that night!

This is me about 2 pounds from being officially 100 pounds lost. It's also the first time I though I looked good in a bathing suit!! I am just so much more confident now. I love myself and that's the biggest thing. I am HEALTHY now. This weight loss is just a bonus. I feel great inside and out!

Here is a picture of the jeans I was wearing in one of my before photos! !!! I cannot believe how big they are now!

Size 24 jeans vs my now size 14 jeans!! EEEK!!!!

I am just so happy I can burst!!! I am setting my next goal to be 160, my goal weight, by Thanksgiving. I've come this far, I KNOW I will get there now. There is no stopping me!!!



erin - heart in ireland said...

Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment! It has been amazing to see you change and your attitude and how you even write on the blog has changed over the last year!

You look awesome and it seems like you have a new outlook on life and this goes to show you can do anything with a little bit of hard work and great people along the way to support you!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

You should be excited you did a lot of work and it paid off!!

I love the photo of your jeans. WOW

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! It's been really inspiring to see you become happier and healthier over the last year! Keep up the good (and hard) work :)

Allison Blass said...

So inspiring! I lost 15 lbs before my wedding, but I've gained about 5 lbs. back since then. I'm starting back calorie counting (officially!) today and getting ready to do more on my diabetes self-management too.

So great to see your progress and that you did it just by watching what you ate and exercising. Way to go you!

Karen said...

Congrats! What an amazing thing!

~ashley~ said...

you go girl!!! your story is super inspiring!!! i cant wait for the day i can say the same thing!! =)