24 and 40lbs down! Before and after PICS!

jojeh2011
jojeh2011 Posts: 46 Member
I began my weight loss journey right after graduating college. I had always been overweight, and with the newness of being done with school, starting my first job, and getting my first apartment, I decided it was a fitting time to also start prioritizing my health. I set out to lose 20lbs.

AUG 2011:
I started with Herbalife, and followed the 2 shakes/day routine to lose my first ten pounds in about 2 months. During this period, I also started going to the gym 3-4x/week (my job has a free gym = huge incentive). While the shakes were delicious, I started to miss food and knew that there was no way I would do shakes the rest of my life. Plus it was way too expensive, and simply not sustainable. But, it was a great way to jumpstart my weightloss process and not having to worry about cooking gave me time to research the basic fundamentals of good nutrition and exercise. This part of my journey was critical because I literally jumped in with NO knowledge of what constituted healthy eating or what was considered "effective" or "enough" exercise. The words BMI, TDEE, macros, trans fat, etc meant nothing to me and taking time to research the wealth of information really made transitioning away from herbalife to real food less daunting.

DEC 2011:
It was at this juncture of incorporating real food where I started learning how to cook and added in MFP. I had gathered healthy recipes online, and learned the concept of meal planning. I used blogs like skinnytaste.com to make flavorful foods that were also healthy. I also started bringing my lunch to work as well as planned snacks. As for MFP, my sorority sister who was also losing weight at the time told me about it, and I decided to try it. The first month or so took some getting used to, but after a while, I started to really enjoy the process of logging. I thought of it as a game and winning meant being under my calorie goal each day. The main benefits of MFP for me was transparency into my nutrition, portion sizes and the social gamification aspect. My sorority sis would always post encouraging comments when my weight loss or exercise status updates were posted, which helped tremendously.

JAN-JUN 2012:
It was during this time period that I reached my (first) goal of 20 pounds gone. I was sooo excited. But I realized something. By this point, I was a pro with MFP (logging everyday, always hitting under my calorie goal) and built a consistent exercise routine (5x/week, mostly cardio burning ~600 cal per session). I had found my groove, and while my choices required effort (both physical and mental), I no longer thought of losing weight as hard. I told myself if I can lose 20 pounds, I can keep going and achieve optimum health. So I did, and fast forward to June, I had lost a total of 40 pounds. I celebrated my journey and success with a photoshoot. I was SO proud of myself, and knew that from this point on, my life would never be the same. In addition to improving my health, I improved my confidence, and learned a TON about nutrition and fitness. And no one can take this away from me!

TODAY:
I've been in maintenance mode ever since June 2012, and couldn't be happier. My cooking skills are officially on point and I've diversified my exercise regime to continue challenging myself. I ran my first race ever, a 5K, last September and am training for a 10K to do this summer. I've also started an instagram account with my sister called @seedsofPOM which features TONS of delicious, easy to prepare and healthy recipes. Check us out! Because I love a good challenge, I have set an UGW of 145. :)


Summary of stats:
SW: 193
GW1: 173
GW2: 153
TODAY: 151
UGW: 145

And now for the fun part.... PICTURES!!! (This is my first ever sharing photos, so bear with me if they don't work at first)

before_zps0148458a.jpg
Aug. 2011 - 193lbs

after_zps1ef05b3f.jpg
Jun. 2012 - 153lbs

484057_3856188717560_121852081_n_zpsffb08e01.jpg
July 2012 - Celebratory Photoshoot

IMG_6652_zps3a27c5f9.jpg
Jan. 2014 - most recent photo of myself from when I went to Lake Tahoe.

Replies

  • becksxxx70
    becksxxx70 Posts: 234 Member
    Wow! You look amazing and I like the way you did it! :flowerforyou:

    I have very similar stats to you, except age LOL so its great to see the transformation!
  • Fit4_Life
    Fit4_Life Posts: 828 Member
    Congrats on your loss! What a difference in the pics and you look absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing! :flowerforyou:
  • JuliRamone
    JuliRamone Posts: 365 Member
    You look amazing :)
  • buttercupcakegina
    buttercupcakegina Posts: 34 Member
    Great work!!
  • claudineer
    claudineer Posts: 144 Member
    Great inspiration. Hugs,
  • GreenIceFloes
    GreenIceFloes Posts: 1,491 Member
    Way to go!! :drinker:

    I am your age, weighed as much as you did at the beginning, and aim to get down to 140-145 myself. Very encouraging to see your results! :happy:
  • amazinglyjae
    amazinglyjae Posts: 49 Member
    You look fantastic !
  • kathers01
    kathers01 Posts: 165 Member
    Great post! you look amazing :)
  • RuchikaPal
    RuchikaPal Posts: 313 Member
    OMG look at your collar bones and shoulders..... You look fantastic!!!!! :love:
  • spirit095
    spirit095 Posts: 1,017 Member
    You look amazing! Good job!
  • juliezum
    juliezum Posts: 92 Member
    Beautiful! You look amazing. Congratulations-good for you.
  • ReinasWrath
    ReinasWrath Posts: 1,173 Member
    wow!!! You look gorgeous!!!! :flowerforyou: congratulations!
  • jnc3000
    jnc3000 Posts: 7 Member
    WOW! CANT WAIT TO SEE SOME PICS OF MYSELF LIKE THAT! GREAT JOB!
  • BettyandVeronica
    BettyandVeronica Posts: 333 Member
    Wow you look absolutely stunning.Congrats on getting it done. FAb transformation.

    I have a similar starting weight to you and UGW.Hope I look as Brill when I get there.

    Anyone with similar stats add me.
  • oceanbreeze27
    oceanbreeze27 Posts: 66 Member
    You did it right, you did it healthy, and you look amazing! Congratulations on your success. You are an inspiration!
  • Wooooow, you are stunning! Fantastic job!
  • juliehardman
    juliehardman Posts: 9 Member
    Congratulations! You look fabulous and I imagine that loss must feel good too. :smile:
  • blleadon
    blleadon Posts: 187 Member
    Congratulations! !!!
  • aquarabbit
    aquarabbit Posts: 1,623 Member
    Fantastic! Very cute outfits too! You look absolutely beautiful!
  • jojeh2011
    jojeh2011 Posts: 46 Member
    Thank you, ladies! this was my most personally fulfilling journey yet. SO amazing to experience, and I learned a ton about myself in the process. I also know that this is for life. Initially, I wanted to lose weight for vanity reasons, but now that I've hit the mark for the most part, I now know that health is of the utmost importance here and looking good is just a very verrrry nice halo effect :)

    i wish all of you much success in your own journeys, and glad this story was able to inspire!