January 28, 2011

Roses and thorns

This is me in July, right before I decided to lose weight.

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That is what I looked like at 345 pounds.

This is me now, exactly six months later.

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Six months ... and 102 pounds later.

Excuse me for a moment while I bawl uncontrollably over here.

This is so remarkable. This is astounding. This is something I never, ever thought I was capable of. And this is just the beginning.

If numbers are your thing, here are some stats:
  • I am currently 70% of my starting weight (243/345).

  • I have lost 49% of the pounds I decided to lose for my long-term goal (102/210).

  • My BMI has dropped from 55.7 (super obese) to 39.2 (obese).

  • My pants have gone from a size 26/28 to an 18.

  • I have not binged in nearly six months. (Related: my monthly food bill is half what it used to be.)

I hope I'm not alone in saying that there's something both exciting and truly terrifying about reaching goals. It's great, because you have accomplished something you set out to do, and you're better for it. But at the same time, it pushes you into the unknown and demands even more of you than you ever knew you could give. I'm a little nervous and a little anxious and a little scared ... perhaps even more now at this point than I was when I was first getting started! But doesn't the saying go that when you feel that way, it usually means you're onto something big?

I cannot thank you all enough for your advice, love, and support during my first hundred pound loss - I'm unbelievably excited to see what challenges, rewards, and changes the next hundred brings!

22 comments:

Amy said...

Ahhhhh congratulations!!! What did you decide to do as your reward?

betternexttime said...

You look AMAZING! Such an inspiration. And what you said about meeting goals rings so very true.

I can't wait to see what you do next!

Jacqui said...

that is so awesome! You seriously look like a whole different person. Congrats on 6 months!

anewertammy said...

What an amazing difference you have made in six months. You look great!

Kayla Sue said...

Oh my gosh, that is amazing!! You are an inspiration for sure... I cannot wait to feel that way!! And 100 pounds in SIX MONTHS?!?! That is incredible!!!!!!

Jessica said...

Congrats! Those are amazing stats and amazing pictures!

Ellie said...

Wow, wow, wow. Spectacular. You were able to accomplish so much in only 6 months. That is so amazing, what an inspiration. I think one of the coolest things is the fact that you are saving money on food. Who would have thought losing weight could help your budget!

Maude said...

You look amazing! Congratulations!

~Shannon~ said...

Wow - truly amazing, and, again, so inspiring! It is great to see that someone has actually accomplished what I am trying to do! Congrats to you! You look amazing!

LoriV. said...

Mary, you look absolutely awesome! You're an inspiration and have accomplished so much! Congrats on your success!

Amanda said...

That's so amazing! You look wonderful, and are definitely an inspiration to someone starting out like me. :)

RickGetsFit.ca said...

Huge difference - that's awesome! You look quite a bit younger in the new you. Cheers, Rick

CarolineC said...

So wonderful Mary! You look so beautiful and happy in that current photo. Never be sad or ashamed of who you were in that older photo (not that you seem to be at all), because she was beautiful and wonderful too...she was YOU. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Shannon B. said...

Wow, you look so much younger! I always hated taking photos of the fat me, but I'm glad I did b/c like you have here, you have something to compare. Amazing transformation in a short amount of time! Be very proud of all that you've done!

lv2 said...

Congrads....what a great job you have done.

WhyNOTme2011 (b) said...

Such an amazing transformation! Thank you for sharing your blog. lots of hugs!!!

jayme @ Losing Half My Weight said...

mary, i'm so proud of you!! i can't believe (well, i can, but am still astounded) that you've lost that much in 6 months! looking forward to hearing what you decide will be your reward!

Endlessly Pursuing After You said...

Congratulations ! A sincere congratulations for all your hard work!! You are stunning :)

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SheZug said...

Holy crabcakes Batman! You are smokin' HAWT! What a great transformation!

The smile says it all.

Future Bombshell (aka Cortney) said...

WOW! What a difference! You look amazing, and you should be so proud. I am inspired!!!

Scale Junkie said...

You are truly an inspiration. Congratulations on your loss and thanks for sharing your story.

Tim said...

You've done brilliantly. All the hard work and determination you're putting in is certainly paying off!