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New Member Intro

Good evening all! My Info:

Name: Sarah

Age: 33

Height: 5'5"

SW (starting weight): 355.6

CW (current weight): 346.6

GW (goal weight): 150

I think I need some support outside of my meetings... I over-ate at lunch today, and felt like crap afterwards, and I think I have gained this week. I will know more on Saturday morning.

How do you all keep yourselves motivated when things get tough?


Dragonfly on book

Off track

So I've lost about 10-ish pounds on WW. I've been hovering over the 270's for the past month or so. I've stopped checking my points. It's like I started to slack and then I just full on stopped. I really want to check but I forget and it's pissing me off. I have been overweight my entire life and I don't want my 20's to be like my teen years. But I really need help finding motivation that will keep me going. Would any of you be willing to give me some  advice on motivation and consistency? I really need it. 

update - 1 year mark

I dont come here often because I started using sparkpeople.com and I love it there but I figured I would pop in and give a quick update for the new year. I hope everyone is meeting there goals up here and I hope everyone has a great new year.

start weight 1-3-09 - 273 pounds
current weight 1-3-09 - 203.9 pounds

total lost: 69.1 pounds

last year on 1-3-09 I desided today is the day and started this jounrey to get to a healthy weight. I had said it so many times before but for some reason this time it stuck and now here I am a year later and 70 pounds lighter.

The year really has flown by. Its amazing how much better I feel now, how much more I can do. I remember how I was when I started. I couldent stand up and put my pants on, it hurt to much to lift my legs up and put them into my pants legs, I had to sit down to do it. I could not scratch my own back, I couldent reach because there was too much fat on my back.... I was beginning to have problems wiping when I went to the bathroom, which is a major "oh crap" momment. I couldent shave my legs while standing in the shower... I actually got out of breath doing it, plus it took so long because of the masiveness of my legs. I would sit down on the side of the tub and do it when I had to go to the doctor or wear a skirt. I could not run, my ankles would give out and I would fall. I couldent run around and play with my son very long because I would get to tired. I could not fit into size 24 pants because I was too big... I had to wear 2x-3x maternity jeans, and they were getting to tight. I had to have my husband help me pull down my sports bras in the back when I put them on because they would roll up in the back and I couldent reach because I had to much fat in the way. I dident have a regular bra that fit.

I was huge. I couldent move. I was extreamly unhappy.

I feel so much better now. Its amazing the changes that can occur from just losing weight. I feel more confident, I feel like I can be a better mother and a better wife now. I can stand and put my pants on.... I can stand in some of the more advanced yoga positions now. I can shave my legs now... I do it almost daily now, just because I can, every time I do Im freakin wowed at how much less leg there is to shave. I have no problems reaching my back now.... I no longer am looking like an M&M these days.... in fact the back fat is almost completely gone. I can reach my entire back, scratch places I never have before. I can run around with my kids... I crawl around on the floor with them, chase them, dance with them and they are trying to keep up with me now. I can fit into size 18 jeans now! I can pull up and button a size 16! I can wear a size 14 dress! I gave away all of my clothes and maternity clothes to people who needed them.... I never plan on ever being able to wear them again. When I grow out of something I give it away within a week.... I am only moving forward and never plan on slipping back again. I have a jawline now.... my neck is long.... I have a waist.... I can feel my collar bone..... I can feel my ribs and my hip bones.

my biggest change - I am happy now... so happy. I have never had this feeling before in my life.... I have such a feeling of strength and accomplishment. I have gained so much more than just physical wellbeing.... I have gained a level of mental wellbeing as well which is somehow harder to explain. Im not at my goal weight yet but I will never let anyone tell me I am not beautiful or worth it... I have had that alot in my life, but never again. I learned alot more this year than exercise and how to eat right... I learned how to love myself and take time for myself and how to get away from all the negitivity.... not only put on me by other people, but mainly put on me from me! The biggest way to fail is to be negitive and let you talk yourself down.

Some of the things that I contribute my success to are -

writing down everything I eat

making exercise a priority, making it habit, making it part of my life. I started small and made it a habit. I never did that before. even if I was eating bad I still exercised and that made me keep going.

weightwatcher.com - etools.... I kept using the etools after stopping the meetings, 12 dollars a month is worth it

Sparkpeople.com - surrounding myself with people who are on the same quest and are supportive and not judgemental. I have never had an unkind word here and have found so many great friends. The site is fun and informative... it makes me want to log in each day which reminds me of my goals. I love the emails too, they motivate me to keep going.

The biggest loser - its great to have something to watch each week... someone to journey with and inspire you. I love that they are doing two seasons a year now.


I cant wait for the next year. This is the year the really amazing things will happen, when I get to shed the last layers. I have already shed the layers that I have gained durring my adult life. I am now at the point where I have the layer left that I have had all my life. I have never been at a normal weight, I have been a big baby, a chubby child, an overweight teenager and an obease adult. I dont have the benifit of having a memorie of me at a healthy weight... I have never been there.

This year I am finding a whole new person, a person I have never met before. I am in this with everything I have and I know I will do it. There is a little fear of the unknown but mainly I am excited because I know I will do this and I know at this point next year I will have the body that I have always wanted and If this year is anything like last continue to gain the healthy mind and soul that I have begun to rebuild this past year.

Im so excited - I cant wait :-)

Jessica - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LOSINGJESS
fat stewie ice cream

Some motivation

I'm a pretty big Biggest Loser fan and occasionally read Bob Harper's blog. Today, I came across a post he made in May and I thought he said some pretty helpful things that some of you might find motivating as well, even if you're not a fan of the show (he's referring to the new season 8 in those first few sentences):

We have a girl that is our biggest contestant EVER….476lbs. She has such a big heart and a big drive. She is going to do great!! It is just so inspiring to start a new season because in the beginning there is no talk of game play or any of that other CRAP! It is just a bunch of people that have decided to say, “Enough!!!!” Enough of all the excuses. Enough of all the complaining. Enough of all the excess. Enough of not relying on myself. Enough of sabotaging my goals. Enough of not loving and caring about myself. ENOUGH!!! Don't you feel the same way? When you say to me that you are just not motivated or you have lost motivation or you just can't, I want you to think about a woman right now that weighs almost 500lbs and she is doing it. She is beaten up and sore and she is just getting up and putting one foot in front of the other. Gain motivation and inspiration from a soul like hers. We can do anything that we put our minds too. We can say to ourselves that when we feel that lack of motivation, it is just the old ways trying to creep back into our minds and sabotage the good that we are trying to do. That is what it is. People always, on a daily basis, ask me how to I stay motivated….how do I keep going? I know it can be tough but this is a commitment and promise I made to myself to live a healthy and happy life. Today I ask you to make that same promise to yourself. Respect and love this body that God gave you and take good care of it. Promise yourself….xoxo

I think he really hits the nail on the head in the second half. Although it's easier said than done, you really do need to make (and keep!) a promise to yourself. When it comes to weight-loss and weight maintenance, everything we do is a choice. Choose to respect your body by making better choices.

You can read his blog in full here, but i think you have to register on his site first before you can view anything (registering is free). he doesn't post a *ton*, but when he does, he always says some pretty uplifting things.
little mermaid

Good Quote.

I just started reading Jillian Michael's book "Winning By Losing" I haven't gotten too far into it, but I really liked this quote, and felt I should share.

Just remember, every pound you gain can be lost, and every slip-up you make is not a disaster. If you miss a workout, all is not forsaken! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn’t mean you can’t start over tomorrow. I know it sounds trite, but everyday truly is a new beginning.
— Jillian Michaels in Winning by Losing

a year's weight loss


when i saw this today on my dailyplate (www.livestrong.com), i had to share it.

i've lost 51 pounds in 52 weeks...not too shabby. i'm trying to not be discouraged that at such a rate it will be another year before i am at goal weight, nor to be depressed about the turn for the worse that i took around thanksgiving/christmas. we learn from our mistakes, right?

i am getting really good at making mine a life i can live with - exercise that i have grown to love, indulging in foods that i crave when i really want to, eating well all of the rest of the time, and still chugging along towards that magic number of 120.

i just had to share this

so i don't post much here (or ever, probably) but i'm an avid reader and WW member.

i'm coming up on my one year weight watchers-versary and, unsurprisingly, have gotten used to (and bored with) the whole thing. i still track, go to meetings every week, and i'm still slowly losing weight, but it's lost the exciting ZING i initially felt. and because of life and priorities and winter (and also excuses!) i've exercised maybe once a week since before thanksgiving.

this week, i hit 41 lbs lost.  i also ate like total crap and was lazy as all get out. i did the Biggest Loser Power Scuplt and an abs video one day, but i really needed to get back into a routine. i used to work out 4-5 days a week!!!

so tonight, i went running. it took me an hour to actually get off the couch, and then i went and did couch 2 5k (fitting, huh). I was up to week 4 once upon a time, but went back to week 3 and it was HARD. but i did it and i felt great and so proud of myself.

then walking back from my apartment's gym, i decided to check the mail. there was a letter that did not look like a bill. i noticed my weight watchers leader's name as the return address...inside was a note congratulating me on my 41 lb loss and saying all kinds of nice things about me, including what an inspiration i was to other members in our meeting.

sitting on my porch step, all sweaty from running and reading that letter made me want to cry. i kind of want to cry right now writing this actually.

so i just needed to share this with you, oh fellow WW members. i'm doing it! WE'RE doing it! we're changing not only our lives, but the lives of people we love and just maybe the lives of people we don't even know!!!

ya'll are amazing!