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Losing Weight -- Gaining Life!

Just under 200 pounds and I can do it all! (Don't wait until you're a twig to live.)

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When I weighed nearly 300 pounds -- I often felt completely defeated. There didn't seem to be any point in try to lose the weight, because my "goal weight" (according to height/weight charts) of 127 pounds felt completely unattainable. I was constantly exhausted -- the thought of doing any physical activity (even just walking around the neighborhood with friends) was distressing to me because I knew I would get too tired too quickly. But again, what was the point of trying? There was no way I was ever going to get to 127 pounds.

WELL -- let me tell you all something... I may never get to 127 pounds (why would I want to be a stick figure anyway??) -- but you DO NOT have to be waif thin to enjoy life. I am currently at 191# (yes, that is 10 pounds gained from my LIW... blah blah blah) -- and I am LIVING LIFE.

I've been in Okinawa, Japan (visiting my sister) for the past few weeks and I visited friends in Portland and Seattle on my way over here. I almost cried (with joy) when I sat down in the first airplane seat. My butt fit! I didn't spill over! The seat belt fastened! (I'm seriously almost tearing up again just thinking about it.) Instead of glaring at me for encroaching on his space -- my seatmate hit on me the entire way from Denver to Portland (nothing like unwelcome advances to bring on a sudden nap).

In Portland and Seattle, I decided that I would just eat whatever I wanted (within reason) while on this trip and fix it when I get home. My body promptly freaked out and I quickly gained 18+ pounds -- but I am happy to say that thanks to how active I have been, and doing a decent job choosing mostly healthy foods -- I've kept the gain to just under 10 pounds now for the rest of this trip.

And I'm even happier to say that, at 191.0 pounds, I can do anything I want.

I can keep up with my sister and her friends when we walk around the amazing sites of Okinawa. (My butt even fit in the teeny-tiny roller slides!)

I can bungee jump off a 191 foot bridge with my friend in Portland. (Yes, I did this -- TERRIFYING... but I'm now an official member of the Dangerous Sports Club.)

I can do an adventure ropes course here in Okinawa for my 34th birthday... with ziplines, tightrope walks, and free-falls into cargo nets. (I literally could not have even attempted this a year ago -- the weight limit was 275 and the safety harness had to fit.)

I can go snorkeling/diving -- in a swimsuit -- with cute boys that my sister works with (toooo young for me, but still attractive) -- and not feel completely self conscious the entire time.

Do not be discouraged by the idea that you have to lose all of the weight that you need to lose before you can start living.

Hopefully... when I get home I will lock it down and get really stable before my next Round -- which I probably won't do until this fall (summer is no good for me for HCG dieting)... but in the mean time -- I am living an exciting life. I am doing things that I never thought I could do.

And I'm even eating ice cream now and then.

This is a link to my Travel Pictures.

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Updated May 5th, 2012 at 07:48 AM by rockbottom



  1. Newjulie's Avatar
    Oooohhhh, I am so happy for you! What a wonderful inspiration you are. I hope that anyone who is reading the blogs and not sure if they should start or may be thinking of quitting, will really understand the change that getting healthy can bring not only to our lives but to the lives of all our friends and family.

    Shedding the excess wt NOW...is the healthiest option for all of us.

    Congratulations ....and I love that there is no drama...you ate ...you had a gain and you took care of it. Love that!
  2. Cpow's Avatar
    The last straw for me was having to turn down an amazing trip to Israel with my church because at my weight, I (1) wouldn't be able to fit in the bus seat and (2) wouldn't be able to keep up with all the walking. It was about the time that everyone else was going on this amazing trip that I heard about HCG. So, at the ripe old age of 64, I decided to try ONE MORE TIME! (Most of us have been doing this yo-yo dance all our lives, right?) Well, here I am - 38 pounds lighter (26 inches slimmer)... and still going. I have 75 more to loose. I'm on week 2 of round 2... and hoping to break into "One-derland" during this round.

    We're planning on going on a cruise in November... and I'm going to put on a bathing suit & snorkel!!! Old ladies can live life too!!
  3. Kellep's Avatar
    Nice Blog love it, Yes we need to feel good about ourselves no matter what the number on the scale. That is what I see here a Woman ' who now feels good about who she is' Congratulations - your story is encouraging to us all.
  4. rearviewmirror's Avatar
    Amen Sister!! Life is way to short, thanks for putting it in perspective!!
  5. Perseverance's Avatar
    So nice to hear from you. I miss all the bloggers I started out with and often wonder where they are and what is happening. I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying life and have a healthy attitude about your weight. I can totally relate to everything you are saying. I always thought I didn't let my weight get in my way when I was heavier and I didn't to a certain extent. Now that I am freed from a lot of it I am enjoying life a whole lot more and like you even went zip lining for my 60th birthday! I loved looking at your pictures and especially got a kick out of how many of them were with food and drink in hand. You are very lucky you did this when you are young...think of all you have to enjoy. Keep up the good work and the good attitude and keep enjoying life!!! And blog a little too, you are a gifted writer you could do something with that. Just saying!!
  6. Cpow's Avatar
    Hey, Perseverance! Haven't seen you post in a long time! Glad you are doing well. Do you have a Thread that you hang-out in? For some reason, most of the people I've been seeing on my Threads have disappeared. Looking for another active Thread to share my round 2 with!
    God Bless!!