Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Happy Bloggiversary to Me

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my first post on this blog! Exactly one year ago, I had had enough. I knew I really had to do something different (since I had already tried every diet known to man), so I just jumped in here and started my own fat blog. I weighed 278 pounds, and I was MISERABLE. You can read my very first post here. (More early posts are in the archives. Links on the left sidebar.)

I remember thinking, "this has got to stop. I cannot even function anymore. I can barely walk." I was on vacation at the beach when I took these pictures in the mirror. Here is what I looked like one year ago:


And here is me today, at 214 pounds, in size 18 jeans. And holding the same pair of 3x pants that I was wearing above. (I am just HOLDING them. I was not even STRETCHING them out. When I wore them last year, they were tight!)


I feel so amazing. Just look at what one year can do! Where could you be in just one year? I never thought this was possible!!

And one more shot: this watch used to be tight on my wrist. Here it is today:


It has been a wonderful year. Lots of things have happened... some great, some terrifying, some exciting, and some heartbreaking. Such is life. But what a blessing this blog has been! Not just a place to vent and record my efforts, but a place where I have met so many inspiring people and made good friends. The blog has become the heartbeat of my weight loss. The support you all give me is like a big giant hug (at times) or a huge shove in the right direction (at other times). I am thrilled to have lost 64 pounds this year, and I hope to lose plenty more in the coming year.

Thank you all for reading and for being there. [Insert corny Hallmark card sentiments here.] Here's to another healthy and successful year for us all!

57 comments:

Ranaesheart said...

You my dear are awesome!

What a transformation it is indeed!You have come a long way and the pictures show it!

It took me 2 years to lose a 146 pounds and for you to achieve this 64 pounds weight loss during your first year is some achievement!

Congrats on your weight loss and all the best :)

And Oh! Here is a BIG HUG for you!

Linda said...

Oh, Happy indeed!

Congratulations on your beautiful progress so far.

I am inspired to dig deeper and forge ahead.

Thank you.

Sarah said...

YaY! What a happy day!

ryry the adventurous said...

Lyn, you look amazing. I cannot BELIEVE those are the same pants!! It must feel so good to see the difference a year makes. And we all know that you did it the right way, the healthy way, and it will stay off!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! Amazing results! You look fantastic, and I am sure you feel so much better than you did a year ago. Congrats! And looking forward to reading more about your continuing journey.

spunkysuzi said...

Happy one year anniversary ;) You have come so far in one year!!

Ceres said...

I am so glad that you are around, you are such an inspiration for all of us :-) Happy anniversary, wish I could toast with you in person!

Arachne said...

Congratulations to you my friend. You are beautiful. Now, SHOW US YOUR FACE!!!!!! You're a rockstar Lyn! Peace.

Donna B said...

Congrats to you!
I have enjoyed reading your blog, so glad I found it. Went back and read all teh rpevious posts. You are doing one fantastic job with your weight loss. Keep up the good work!

Lindsay said...

Woohoo! You rock! And trust me to get distracted but I think I have that exact same watch and I used to love when it got more loose on my arm as I lost weight.

Joy's Journey in Weightloss said...

Congrats Lyn! What great pictures. Thanks for including us on your journey!

gillian said...

Congratulations & happy Bloggiversary! You have come such a long way in the past year! Thanks for sharing your story -- you are such a huge inspiration.

Deb said...

Wow! Look at that tiny waist!!!! {{insert wolf whistle here}}

Karyn said...

WOW, Lyn! Look at those sexy curves! You Go, Girl! You sure can be proud of yourself!

This post is so encouraging - I know I need to be reminded that I'll look good BEFORE I reach goal - I'm sure there are others who needed the same reminder!

Roxanne said...

Wow. I mean WOW!!!! Keep on going, Lyn. You have proved to yourself that you are worth all the hard work you've put in this past year. You are awesome. :)

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Happy Bloggiversary! That is just fantastic! It's so great to see the immense progress you've made, and not just in terms of weight loss.

All the best for your continued efforts!

Dinah Soar said...

Happy anniversary Lyn!

new*me said...

Lyn, YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! My gosh girl, that waist is absolutely little bitty! Happy Anniversary. Here's to another great year and more personal victories. I hope any sadness that is still in your life, has a way of working out in a positive way for you. You deserve the BEST!

Chellie has Issues said...

COngrats on the bloggiversary but more important, congrats on your journey. You look amazing! You could have maybe had both legs in one old pant leg. Keep in up and way to go to make that decision for yourself to change your life.

Once Upon A Dieter said...

You're a fatfighting hero for me. Your blog inspires me. Sometimes, when I wanted to give up altogether, those fleeting moments of "why bother," I'd read some post of yours and got a second wind just to stay and fight.

I hope next year, I can say that I'm down 60+ pounds with my old pants falling off and my jewelry loose.

Keep going. You're amazing. And keep posting, we need it.

The P

Twix said...

Congratulations! Your progress pics are awesome! You are AWESOME!! :D

Anonymous said...

*clap...clap...* well done, Lyn . You are truly inspirational

Tony said...

wow, amazing. Truly inspiring.

SeaShore said...

Congratulations on your bloggiversary! You look terrific, very inspiring!

Lynne said...

You've got to be proud. I am happy to call you my friend! Keep up the awesome work. You inspire a lot of people -- including me!xxoo

olivia said...

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

good job sticking to the hard work!

wholesomedays said...

Congratulations! That is amazing. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You are lookin' good, real good. I love your blog, so honest, so much insight. You are one hell of a writer. I can't wait to see what year 2 will bring. Vicki

Roxie said...

Congratulations! You've done some amazing work, both on yourself and on your blog. I always enjoy reading you. Great insight!

Sarah said...

Happy Bloggiversary! You have such amazing insight and I have been inspired by your journey. WOW! What an amazing feeling it must be to have this recored to look back on everything you have accomplished.

elife said...

what a teeny little waist you have!!

Lyn said...

Chellie,

actually I DID put both legs into one pant leg when I was trying them on various ways to see how far I had come! Both legs do fit in one side. But since they are stretch pants, I didn't think that was fair :)

Thank you all for cheering me on! I am so excited/scared/READY for this next year of success! And trust me, I get inspiration from all of YOUR blogs as well.

radiosilents said...

Wow, that is a great achievement! You look fantastic... the difference is staggering. That's it! You just inspired me to keep going even though I'm having a slightly hard time the past couple weeks... thanks so much!

tjones said...

WOW! Congratulations you look amazing. Keep up the great success.

Big Girl said...

OMG... what a difference! You totally rock, congratulations!

It's a total inspiration.

Heather said...

Congratulations and Happy Bloggiversary!

You are my greatest blog-buddy-inspiration. I hope my one year fat blog anniversary has just a great a result!

Amie said...

You look amazing. You are such an inspiration!

ptg said...

You are so fantastically awesome and it is *I* who am awed to have found this blog!

You are doing great and I know - I know! - you can continue and achieve all your goals!

mrs dorson said...

hi lyn,
it is mrs dorson aka sherri. i just wanted to say............CONGRATULATIONS! you know you inspire me and i wanted to say how very very proud i am of you and your progress. and for NOT GIVING UP!

hugs to you.

mobag2 said...

Hi

Just wanted to say congratulations! I been reading all your archives and you have done an amazing job! You look fantastic and will look even more amazing as you go on. I'm hoping to emulate your success with my own weightloss.

Cheers

Melissa (from Australia)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! We're so proud of you!

-Rhonda (Girlygirlsebas fm. 3FC)

Heather said...

WOW! you look so amazing! happy blog anniversary to you!

Stephanie said...

Woww!! Congratulations. :) You are an awesome inspiration!!

barbra brusk said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

we are always here hugging you, for sure.

:)

Ready to Shrink said...

Awesome Awesome Awesome. Congrats lady and Happy Bloggiversary!

deanna said...

Holy Canoli! What a amazing year you have had, good for you! And Thank you for your inspiration - you have helped more than you know !! Keep on Keeping On!

Sunny said...

Congratulations on your weight loss and your year of blogging. I love those before and after shots - this can be done! You are living proof - - look at the hour glass figure you've got going! You have every reason to be proud.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your successes! I found your blog from someone's SparkPeople page. I went back and started at the beginning. I laughed and I cried and I found a lot of encouragement.
Thank you!

~Julia

Honi said...

yay AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! AND BIRTHDAY TOO here is to another year of whole new you.. ohhh and me too!!

Katschi said...

Happy Anniversary, Lyn! The days at times must've seemed long but the year probably flew by. All those right choices you made day in and day out brought you AMAZING success! I'm so happy for you!
Cheers to another successful year ahead!

nmburleson said...

That's awesome!

Ann said...

What a great inspiration you are! I just got serious about my own journey to health and weight loss and your blog has been a help to me.

Thank you so much for your honesty and your straight forward, no gimmmicks approach.

Congratulations and I look forward to continuing to watch your journey.

PamW said...

Lyn, you are so inspiring and you look amazing. I hope you know how very much you are blessing others by sharing your story and encouraging us. Reading your blog today was the inspiration that I needed to get back on my plan and make my own escape from obesity. Thank you for handing me one of the keys.

skybluepink said...

Lyn, I know you are struggling... please hang in... reread your old posts... things you have said to others that have helped so much... sometimes it's hard being an 'inspiration'... do it for YOU... remember, you have lots of stress right now, you will still have it AND be fat if you binge.... my heart is with you. Om Shanti. Cathleen

Poonie said...

Oh my gosh! Amazing before and after pictures. You have done so well. Keep up the good work.

The Lassie said...

Christ, what an awesome transformation!!!

Linda said...

wow congrats you look amazing already, and ive still got like 2 years to catch up on haha!