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My Year in My Weight Loss

I started out on this last attempt to lose weight on June 26, 2010. My 1 year anniversary is coming up in 3 days. I still can't believe that I stuck with this for a whole year. My last few attempts only last a few months at a time. I can't say what one reason why I stuck with it this time, but I do contribute most of it due to me being in therapy. Along with getting my outer image what I want it to be, I worked on getting my inner image what I want it to be. I let go of so much through therapy which in turn let me let go of much from my body.

I have learned so much through out this last year. After the first couple of weeks I stopped feeling that "hunger" feeling. I have never felt deprived of anything type of food as I didn't anything from my diet. I did go one month of no fast food to see if I could do it....lasted 25 out of the 30 days. I didn't feel like that was a failure by any means, I was on a family outing and it was a last minute decision to grab KFC for the picnic. I now know that I don't have to eat until the feeling of being sick to my stomach occurs, that my body doesn't need 2,000 or more calories a day. I even crave water. I can even tell when my body doesn't react to well to foods that I used to love, such as movie theater popcorn. Had some the other day and felt nauseous for the rest of the day. I'm sad to see it go, but from now on I'll stay away from it.

On the exercise front I love to workout! I actually feel like crap when I don't make it to the gym or out for a run, but I do listen to my body when it tells me that I need a day off. I first started out working out at home on my Wii and once the kids got into school last August I hit the gym and haven't stopped. I conquered my fear of the free weights room and even made a few "friends" at the gym, they are such a great support to me and my journey. Then last December I decided to try the C25k program again. I got to week 3 before go off that and doing my own thing. I'm proud to say that I ran my first 5k in March of this year and had a time that beat my goal by over 5 minutes! I am now up to running on average of 5.5 miles, with a few 7 mile runs too. I'm working on training for a HM for September of 2012, but plan on doing at least one 10k next March if not one this fall.

Now onto the best parts....the results of a year long of hard work:

Starting Weight: 242.4 lbs
Current Weight: 157.6
Total Lost: 84.8 lbs, 35% of starting body weight!!

Starting BMI: 45.1, Morbidly Obese
Current BMI: 29.3, Overweight
Total Difference: 15.8

I would post inches lost but I don't have accurate records as I didn't start until October of 2010.

Jeans Starting: 20 (though I squeezed into 18)
Current: 10
Difference: 5 sizes

Shirts Starting: XXL
Current L/M
Difference:2-3 sizes

Here are some photos of what a difference of 85 lbs looks like....

Starting Point until Now

Facial Difference From then to Now

As I started to drop sizes
I don't have any photos of me in Size 18 (should have been size 20) And haven't bought Size 10 yet.

Size Difference of 18 to 12
Again I don't have any 20's nor 10's yet


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