One year on MFP, 95 pounds gone with pics
ovege Posts: 110 Member
Weight loss journey
On August 1, 2011, I began the first steps towards a transformative year. As of August 1, 2012, I weigh 95 pounds less than when I began last year.
I am 39 years old, 5’7” with an all time highest weight of 295 lbs. My weight has steadily increased over the last 15 years. I have never been athletic but did enjoy exercise and fitness classes. I fell down a flight of stairs 15 years ago and have struggled with back issues since. I have tried many diets but never had a great deal of success. I experienced infertility, complicated pregnancies, c-sections and post partum depression. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative coliitis 5 years ago and fortunately have been flare free with medication.
I am fortunate to have 2 wonderful children and a career I enjoy. I am also fortunate to be able to play clarinet as an amateur in church and in community groups. I was frustrated trying to play and march in my marching band as I was not able to keep up and get enough breath support in the shape I was in. The band videographer is a long time friend and someone I consider my “band Dad” and he pulled me aside last year and told me how worried he was about me. I was mortified but it was enough push for me to show them what I could do.
My first steps began by tracking my food every day on MFP. On the same day, I began a couch to 5K program using an app on my phone. I ran 3 times per week and improved my stamina and fitness. By september, I added my first group fitness class in over 8 years and started going to zumba once a week. I continued the C25K for the 9 weeks and ran a 2.5 mile race in November and finished proudly. As the weather turned colder, I continued to exercise 3-4 days/ week using a home elliptical and the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shread. In December, I satisfied another goal and returned to spinning. In February, I added Step Aerobics to the mix. By May, I started cycling and now cycle 60-80 miles per week outdoors.
I cook almost all my own food. I made homemade soups for quick lunches and pack sandwiches with me. I plan all my meals ahead and make sure I have snacks with me at all times. I eat 5 small meals per day and eat approximately 1700-1900 gross calories always staying above 1200 net calories.
My goal is to ride a century, add weight training, learn how to fuel better on long riding days, and eventually shed 30 more pounds.
I am so grateful to MFP!
You look lovely! Great dedication and hard work~!!0
Congratulations, you're looking terrific! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us and keep up the great work.0
Huge difference! WTG! Thanks for sharing your pics as well as your story.0
You look great...it's stories & pics like yours that keep me motivated on my journey. Thanks for sharing.0
YOU look amazing. What a wonderful story and thanks so much for sharing. You are an inspiration and I'm going to send you a friend request. I love postive buddies! I have lost 34 and have 50-60 to go!0
What an inspiration!! You are doing great and I am so happy that you decided to post your success. Thank you so much!0
What a difference ..! You should be smiling!! I just joined on Monday and you are an inspiration.0
Wow you are amazing!!!0
I am sop PROUD of you Liz!!!! today Aug 2 is my one year! I found MFP later. Congrats! you should be smiling in the post picture you are beautiful inside and out0
What a wonderful job! Keep it up! Thanks for being such a great motivation for all of us!0
that is great! But you should smile, the weight loss is a huge accomplishment!0
I loved reading your story. You are an inspiration - well done!!!0
You are amazing!0
You are so impressive! It's a wonderful thing you are doing for yourself! Keep going!0
Great story! Your success and dedication is nothing short of amazing. Well done!0
Great work! Glad you decided to take care of you! You are looking fantastic!!! :flowerforyou:0
Congrats on all your hard work and dedication!! Keep it going!!!0
You look AMAZING!!! Congrats and thanks for the inspiration!!!!!0
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