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I lost 100lbs and changed my entire life / there are still struggles

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I can not believe how much my life has changed. I was 286lbs the first time I weighed myself in a few years... and that was after I had begun modifying my lifestyle. Who knows what I really maxed out at... I now am about 180lbs. I was down to 168, chunked up a little over the holidays, but am now coming back down. My goal is 160.

I was lonely, bored, and painfully shy. I had no self esteem. I didnt like doing out in public and didnt want to meet new people. I was ashamed. Now I go out to clubs every week, meet tons of new people, work doing promotions and I MODEL part time. NEVER IN MY LIFE did I see myself modeling. EVER! I still cant believe it.

I used to dread exercise. The way my chest ached when I did cardio... but I did it. And I kept doing it. And now my chest doenst ache anymore. I love working up a good sweat. I go to the gym before work most mornings, and often find myself going back in the afternoon because I didnt have time to do everything I wanted. I meet guys there! They think I look sexy when I'm all hot and sweaty and gross. I cant begin to TELL YOU how good that makes me feel. I knew girls that had that happen to them, that seemed to be attractive and fit and happy without trying. Now I know that they did try; they just didnt MIND trying. 

Getting going was the hardest thing I ever did. Stepping foot on a treadmill at almost 300lbs was... embarrassing. I couldnt fit on some of the gym equipment that I wanted to use. But I was amazed at how fast the weight fell off of me once I made even small efforts. Thinking about how fast my life has changed... almost makes me emotional. I never thought I could do it. 

YOU CAN DO IT!!!  OMG IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN TOO!!!!!! I used to eat fast food for - every - meal. The only excuse we ever have is OURSELVES! I promise, no one is looking at you weird in the gym!! A lot of us that look "normal" started out with a lot of weight to loose. I'm cheering for you!! You would be amazed at how many people can relate to our battle with weight, once we're open enough to admit to our struggles.

I still battle with food on an almost daily basis. And I have a great deal of loose skin that will probably require some surgery in the future to truly repair. But I feel amazing. I can take on anything. I can go hiking if someone asks me to go! I can walk around all day without getting winded or sore. I feel like I can take on the world!

Losing weight is the best thing I ever did for myself. And even though I am not all the way there, I feel like I've already won. <3


THANK YOU CALORIE COUNT! I have not always been an active poster in the threads but reading other peoples stories (their successes as well as their downfalls) have helped me so much. The food log was CRITICAL for me the first 6 months, and everyone was so supportive. <3

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Original Post by tsjej:
 The sad part is that unless you have some kind of medical issue, the only thing that stands in our way is ourselves.

HOW TRUE! But I think we have all gone through our phase where we had every excuse in the world. I'm too busy, this hurts or that hurts, I cant afford the gym, I dont have money for sneakers right now ( that was my thing. i cant afford new stuff to work out in! ) But I think that goes for almost anything in life. Generally speaking, we are our own biggest inhibitors of success. Exercise, right now, is something that I just dont feel right if I dont do every day. Its not a chore or a hastle, its as essential to me as flossing and shaving. (I couldnt probably GET BY without any of those things... but who would want to?!)

Awesome story, super inspiational...u look very good, and give out this great vibe. Cant wait to be in your shoes :D

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Tears of HAPPINES ...... really .... happy for you. Thanks for post. I hope I can share a good story someday.

You WILL!!!! seriously if i could do it anyone can!!! <3

You are a winner!  :)  I am always amazed to read how much losing weight  can transform someone's life and perspective.  It's like when we hold onto weight we also hold onto our insecurities and negativity a little closer.  Thanks for sharing!  

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