Thursday, September 16, 2010

A New Milestone!

First I wanted to say I so appreciated all the wise, heartfelt, and thoughtful comments on my last post. Wow! We really aren't alone! And don't worry... I am ON this journey, for so many reasons. I can never go back. My brain is not in the mindset it used to be in, and my body tends to follow my brain. It always helps me tremendously to blog my thoughts and feelings. Those thoughts about my body had been rattling around in my head for weeks, and now that I put them out there and got it out, I feel so much lighter! Blogging is therapeutic. Cleansing. Freeing! I am super excited to see what my body does in the next 10-20 pounds. I know already my knees are so much better that I *almost* feel like I don't have the severe degenerative arthritis, bone spurs in my knees, and torn meniscus that have plagued me for over a decade. I was living in serious daily pain before. Even 10-15 pounds ago I still have knee pain almost daily although it was much reduced. And now? I still take my supplements, but apart from the occasional twinge or aches if I overdo it, I feel pretty darn great!

Today I hit a new low: 184 pounds! That's a total of 94 pounds gone forever. Another significant milestone is that I have now lost 50 pounds on Medifast. It took me exactly six and a half months. The first time I lost 50 pounds, going from 278 to 228, I did it with mainly calorie counting and eating a lot more vegetables and fruits and far less junk. It took me almost nine months to lose that 50 pounds. Either way, it is coming off at a decent rate and as time goes by I get smaller. I like that.

When I think about it, nine months losing with calorie counting and six and a half months losing on Medifast equals about a year and a quarter of active weight loss. Yet I began this journey in August 2007. What was I doing for the rest of that 3 year period? If you've read the archives, you know. I was battling the binge demons, fighting to not regain all the weight I'd lost, doing the mental and emotional work to move forward, and losing and regaining the same 20 pounds over and over. But I never gave up and that's the point. Keep trying, don't stop. If one thing doesn't work, try something else. Add exercise, cut out fast food, switch to a low carb plan, eat more whole, natural, organic foods. Just keep trying and never quit.

I feel great about the fact that I have had the perseverance to stick with it this long... over three years! If you had told me in the beginning that it would take this long, I might have given up. Over a hundred pounds to lose is no small thing, and getting started is THE hardest part. It is so much easier to stay in the pit, eating junk, starting "tomorrow" and feeling like it's impossible to change. But once you get the ball rolling, it gets easier. Even when there are long stalls and it takes over 3 years to lose that 100 pounds, IT IS WORTH IT. The time will pass anyway, and you will be fatter or thinner or the same weight at the end of that time. It all depends on what you do today.

Make today count! Next goal: the 170's!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*

24 comments:

Debbie said...

Wow you have done great. I am jealous you are below 200 lbs and looking good.

Anonymous said...

Great job, Lyn, and great advice: Never give up!

I was remembering just the other day how just 20 pounds ago, I became a little too easily winded while walking, and that's gone now as my cardio fitness is improving and I'm dropping pounds.

It's important to take stock of all the milestones and changes because they help keep us on track.

Baby Stepping said...

Lyn, before I found your blog I was getting pretty discouraged about not being able to stick to anything, but your blog showed me that often there is a lot of mental weight to shed before the physical weight goes. You are such an inspiration and I am so thrilled for you and your kids.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing to follow your story. I am so happy for you. Great job !

Vee said...

Woohoo! I am VERY happy for you. You sound proud and you absolutely earned the right. Enjoy! Celebrate by ... watching a movie? Getting a new book that costs the same amount as your favorite snack food? Ah, you'll think of something.

Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

Deb Willbefree said...

Yep. That's the secret--never, never give up. Keep getting up, keep at it until you find your key (mine was elimnating gluten) and then continue to keep at it.

I'm currently struggling with a previously hidden issue. The physical get routine, then the mental kicks up. One battle at a time, I guess.

But the secret--don't quit, get up one more time than you fall, keep keeping on.

Deb

Lori said...

I don't know how many times people have asked what my secret is and I tell them there is no secret just don't quit. I go on to say that they need to find a plan that works for them and do it until it stops working. When it does, switch to something else. It really isn't that hard, but it takes a long time for most folks to figure it out.
Lori

Lou said...

You're so right - IT IS WORTH IT. Any progress in the 'right' direction, no matter how slow, is still progress right? You're looking awesome BTW. YAY for you :)

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Ain't it about time for some new pics?

Karen said...

You are really a rock star in this weight loss, girl!!!! I am SO proud of you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your whole story is so amazing, and so real. I've been reading your blog, new posts and all the archives for the last couple of months, and it's helped me tremendously. I've gotten off the couch to slowly start working out, and I'm cleaning up my diet. I'm so proud of you for what you've been able to accomplish and now I hope to do the same for myself.

Lanie Painie said...

Color me sincerely inspired!

Diane said...

I so love your attitude! You give me hope, which I need right now cuz I am about twice the weight I was when I met my husband.

Keep on keepin' on!

Diane

Dillypoo said...

Learning to hurdle the mental blocks is definitely the hardest part of losing weight, but it feels so great when you finally get past them!

You are an inspiration, both by example and through your eloquence. Thanks!

Lanie Painie said...

Nominated you for an award on my blog :) YOU ROCK!

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Shane G. said...

that is awesome Lyn! I am so proud of you!!!

Theresa said...

awesome news!!!

beerab said...

Woo hoo Lyn! I can't wait to see your 100 lbs lost photo! :)

I am starting to get bat wings also- I'm not thrilled with them- I use handweights to try and help tone up but I'm either going to have to live with it or eventually get some surgery- either way I'm happier to be thinner :)

Shana said...

Congratulations Lyn!!! That's fantastic! =)

www.100lbsandcounting.com

Tammy said...

Congrats on a new low girl! It's good to hear you feeling so good and happy. It's been a long haul, hasn't it? You deserve your success....you've definitely earned it. :)

TrippyTexan said...

Congratulations! Reading your blog has been really inspiring. :-)

Just Me said...

Thank you so much for posting this today. I almost quit blogging because of certain things that happened and it really effected by weight loss efforts as well (I let it), but I'm glad you say never, never quit. If you don't, sooner or later you'll be successful.

Mind Over Fatter said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog today. I happened to stumble on it while looking into the notion of writing a blog and weight loss. After reading many of your recent posts and looking through your progress I felt inspired to start my blog to release the piled up thoughts in my head. You should be so proud of your accomplishments and I really appreciate you sharing your insights! I'll be following you,

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