120 lbs down, 37 lbs to go

Lioness_1978 Posts: 3,938 Member
Where to begin...lol

Well my weight loss journey began 3 yrs ago. I was at my heaviest ever, at 327 lbs. I was
miserable, felt aged way beyond my years. I had so many medical issues that I had even made peace with my Maker. High blood pressure, border line diabetic, terrible back problems, depressed, could hardly sleep and the list goes on. We all hit a wall. My dad died just the year before of a heart attack. He was only 54. But it wasn't till almost a year later that my mom at the same age ended up in the ER. I sat in her room realizing I could lose her too. Our weight was killing us. I decided that day I wanted to live! That I wanted to enjoy what I have left of this beautiful life. That I wanted to live to meet my great grandchildren someday. That I really wanted to enjoy each day and not just survive. I started strength training 3 days a week, which I still do today. I do cardio here and there. I'd been through major weight loss once before. I had great tools already but I knew I needed to really change the way I think. Really listen to my body, get to really know it. And I knew to do this real, it was going to take time. I had a lifetime of rewiring to do. And reality is, I will be a work in progress till my last breath. I knew with eating I wasn't going crazy strict having to follow to the T as I had done the other time. I needed to learn to lose my weight, eating how I will forever. MOSTLY no sugar, no white flour, no fried foods and as little processed as possible. And portion control. MOSTLY in reality means that I will sometimes have that beer, that I will not miss out on certain foods when going out with family and friends, I would have whatever I wanted for the Holiday meals and I will have that cake at the party or wedding. I also knew I had to learn to start spotting my lies to really change my old habits. There was no more BAD FOODS. Just realistic portions and not eating if I really wasn't hungry. Because I enjoy these moments it made me see and break one of my biggest past habits. When I used to view these moments as 'BAD' I'd feel like a failure and then continue to eat bad the entire rest of the day, telling myself ' I'll start again tomorrow. ' Well, I've come so far now that I don't have that guilt anymore. I know that even if I over indulge in a moment. That does not affect the rest of my day. I stay on track and eat pretty healthy most the time. Incorporating what I've learned and seeing what my personal needs are health wise. But I don't miss out on moments. And because I've learned to change the way I think is why I have slowly but surely been successful. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be. Life has thrown me curve ball after curve ball since I started my journey. As it will to us all in different ways. I have 5 beautiful children, my oldest was 16 when I started. 4 months into my hard work and my husband of 17 years walked out on my kids and I. Still to this day with zero financial support, our whole lives changed overnight. Starting from scratch. I don't mention this for sympathy. But for encouragement. My health, physically, mentally, became my saving grace. If I can do this. All of you can do this. My advice. Small steps, positive changes, journal your thoughts and habits, start to see your patterns, always be honest, no matter how that looks. Write yourself positive notes of your dreams and the strong person you are and will be. Carry them with you. Read them in hard moments. Listen to music that empowers the positive life you want. Knowledge is power, read about others, their highs and their lows, read about all the things you want to better about yourself. Be kind and patient with yourself. And never listen to anyone's negativity. I don't claim to have this all figured out and there are always bumps, but I love my life and I've learned a lot and I'm glad I can share.

My ultimate goal has always been to be healthy, happy and lean. Well I've accomplished the first two. Roughly 37 lbs to go to lean and a lifetime to continue to work on me.

~We are all worthy of the best version of ourselves.~


  • EDollah
    EDollah Posts: 464 Member
    Fantastic! You have a truly winning attitude.
  • newlife7654
    newlife7654 Posts: 36 Member
    You are beautiful and look so young! Thank you for sharing your story. Amazing transformation!
  • solieco1
    solieco1 Posts: 1,559 Member
    Strong, smart, beautiful and empowering, How wonderful! You go, Girl!
  • MagneticGanymede
    MagneticGanymede Posts: 180 Member
    You are awesome. <3 I love your positive attitude.
  • LavaDoll
    LavaDoll Posts: 595 Member
    Very well done, and you are AWESOME!!!
  • nathalienadine
    nathalienadine Posts: 2 Member
    Fantastic! You look beautiful!
  • Lioness_1978
    Lioness_1978 Posts: 3,938 Member
    Thank each one of you very much for the kind words!
  • debc1108
    debc1108 Posts: 4 Member
    Wow, just wow! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story.
  • laburto
    laburto Posts: 43 Member
  • miz_crawfish
    miz_crawfish Posts: 6 Member
    Honestly can't see where you'd lose another 37 lbs from! You look super lean and athletic. Also, you rock.
  • SinomenJen
    SinomenJen Posts: 262 Member
    Wow!!! Thanks for sharing!
  • OpinionatedCyborg
    OpinionatedCyborg Posts: 70 Member
    Awesome great job!!!
  • SleepingSwan
    SleepingSwan Posts: 50 Member
    Wow! You've done amazingly well. What an achievement. Well done!!!
  • Lioness_1978
    Lioness_1978 Posts: 3,938 Member
    Thank you all got the kind words and encouragement!

    MommaT. Thank you very much! I'm sorry for your loss. And you absolutely can over time. Never give up. You are worthy! Never forget it! Feel free to add me to your friends
  • jenilla1
    jenilla1 Posts: 11,118 Member
    MFP Rockstar! B)
  • lizzymay1990
    lizzymay1990 Posts: 17 Member
    Wow amazing! Good work and all the best
  • 3rdof7sisters
    3rdof7sisters Posts: 486 Member
    This is one of the truly, most inspirational posts I have read here. Thank you for posting!
    You look happy and beautiful!
  • lynder64
    lynder64 Posts: 97 Member
    Thank you for my morning cup of inspiration!!! You've broken the cycle... wishing you & yours well on your journey through life :-)
  • tarothelp
    tarothelp Posts: 167 Member
    Wow! How incredibly inspirational! What terrific hard work! So happy for you!!
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