I have done it. I’ve lost exactly 100 pounds!
- Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
- Last Week: 253.6 lbs
- Current Week: 253.4 lbs
- This week’s change: -0.2 lbs
- Change overall: -100.0 lbs
I can’t begin to adequately express how I feel about such a monumental accomplishment, but you all know I’m going to try!
When I started this journey on August 1, 2014, I really only started because my company was offering a discount on Weight Watchers. I had tried so many times and failed, even having previously lost about 95 pounds with Weight Watchers in 2009-2010, as I explained in my story. I didn’t have an a-ha! moment, and I’m not sure what made this time different. I didn’t have high hopes or big expectations, but I promised myself two things: I wouldn’t consume any alcohol for the first 30 days, and if I was hungry, I would eat.
Surfing the internet for inspirational stories of people who’d lost over 150 pounds and followed Simply Filling, I found Brooke: Not on a Diet. Brooke has been a great source of motivation and inspiration for me in this endeavor, and I highly recommend that you check her out! In her post about reaching her weight loss goal, she said, “I’m an after,” and I thought, “Yes! I can be an after!” It was then that this little blog was born, aptly named Journey to After. I started my blog in the hopes of just holding myself accountable for my actions. As a recovering food addict, I believe this was a necessary step. The support and friendship I have found here on WordPress has been indispensable. As with any addiction, support is absolutely key to the recovery process.
I still have about 120 pounds to go to reach my weight loss goal. Though, I’m still not totally sure what my goal really is, and I don’t think I will know until I get much closer to that point. I THINK that number might be in the 130s, but it is subject to change. I am 5’1″, and I have always been overweight, so I really just don’t know what to expect. HOWEVER, the change in my mindset from “I can’t believe I still have this much weight left to lose” to “I only have this much weight left to lose,” is refreshing. I didn’t set out to lose 100 pounds in 34 weeks. I didn’t even initially hope to lose 100 pounds in one year. I just wanted to feel better. Then I lost 19 pounds in my first week, and something just clicked. I was doing it! And I wasn’t going back.
I look back to last July, and that girl feels like a different person. I don’t ever want to forget that person, but I don’t ever want to be her again. The Alison of July 2014 was uncomfortable, losing confidence in herself, experiencing social anxiety, sitting on the couch all day, in pain, and unhappy. Since embarking on this journey, so much has changed. Yes, I still battle with feeling uncomfortable, and that old social anxiety creeps up sometimes. Now though, I’m outside and moving. I go for walks, I work in my yard. I’ve always loved cooking, and I do that more. My husband and I actually do things together instead of sitting kind of near each other while watching TV. I’m enjoying life, and I’m so excited to go kayaking and hiking and biking this summer. I’m learning not to let my size define me anymore.
This rediscovered self-worth has had an amazing impact on my marriage as well. This journey isn’t just about losing weight – I am reclaiming my life and my relationships. I am learning to love myself and learning that I am worth more than my weight in cheeseburgers and potato chips.
The “secrets” to my success?
- I track everything that I eat. This includes EVERYTHING.
- I prepare most of my own food, making a lot of crock pot meals and casseroles over the weekend to prepare for the week ahead. Most of this food is fresh. I try not to use overly processed foods like fat-free cheeses and salad dressings. I refuse to eat margarine or light butter and light breads, and I rarely buy TV dinners or those crappy 100 calorie packs of junk food or candy. I use full-fat butter and cheese in moderation. The next time you are at the grocery store, compare the ingredient list of reduced fat cream cheese to the ingredient list of the full fat version. I dare you. I am, however, down with the Sandwich Thin.
- I eat every 2-3 hours so that I don’t get so hungry that I go home and eat my entire couch. My mid-afternoon snack is my secret weapon!
- I eat at least one serving of fruits (though not more than 3 servings of fruit!) or vegetables with every meal and snack. They fill you up, and they prevent you from getting scurvy!
- I balance my plate with proteins, carbs, and fruits/vegetables, following the plate balancing trick of dividing your plate down the middle, filling half the plate with veggies, then dividing the other half again. In one quarter, you have protein, and the last quarter is a starch in order to try to limit my carbohydrate/starch intake to one serving per meal or snack. Say I go out to a restaurant or over to someone’s house for dinner and there’s mashed potatoes and dinner rolls: I will normally just choose one or the other.
- Baby carrots.
- I use my weekly PointsPlus allowance if I want to. If I want pizza, I will eat pizza. If I want cake, I will eat cake. If I want a beer, I will have a beer. But I eat them in moderation, and I track as I go. I even ate a crispy buffalo chicken wrap at work the other week, and you know what? I didn’t eat it because I felt like I deserved it or because I was emotional or because I was self-sabotaging. I ate it because I planned for it and because it fit into my day. This is the rest of your life. There needs to be a balance, and you don’t need to have an all-or-nothing mentality.
- I’ve accepted that I need boundaries and guidelines when it comes to my eating habits.
- I’ve accepted that “normal” skinny people do not eat whatever they want all the time, and I’m not doing myself any favors by treating my body like a landfill. Most of the thin and fit people I know are very conscious of what they are putting into their bodies. Sure, there are exceptions, but actually watch your friends and coworkers; I think you will be surprised!
In other news, (now that I’m off my soapbox) if you haven’t already signed up for a blogger penpal, the deadline is fast approaching! So far, I have heard from Amber, Rachael, and Katrina (and me!), and would love for a few more to get in on the action.
I wanted to include a photo of myself with this post, but today is my work from home half day, and I’m slumming, so here is a photo of me from Saturday afternoon. This is the face of a lady who is just about to reach her 100-pound weigh loss goal!
And this girl from Friday who’d just enjoyed a very classy vodka gimlet while wearing an extremely loud shirt.
Sincerely, thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this leg of my journey. I don’t know where I would be without you! Hey, I lost 100 pounds in less than a year!