When I started losing weight, I wanted to be at 250 lbs by Christmas. At the time, it seemed like a crazy goal that I could never reach.
Until I got there way earlier.
Then it was 240 by Christmas, but I achieved that early as well.
So then I wanted the big one – 100 lbs in 8 months.
When I started this journey on May 2, I weighed 330 lbs. To lose 100 lbs in 8 months, I would need to weigh 230 lbs by January 1, 2017.
It seemed impossible, but then it started to look like I could make it…and I got really hopeful..
Until last weekend. The scale showed me the bad news on Christmas day – there seemed to be no way I could reach my goal.
But I didn’t give up – I kept going, and going, and going. All through Christmas Day. Through a very stressful week at work, and through a weekend that was changing my life.
And then came the scale on Sunday. The moment of truth.
I knew there was still a chance that I could make it. When you are losing weight like I have done, there are things we call “stalls and whooshes”. A stall is when your body refuses to lose weight, hanging on as hard as it can to the weight…until it finally lets go.
And let go it did.
I stood on the scale, watching and waiting…would it work, had I made it, was I going to be rewarded for all my hard work and sacrifice...
Yes. Yes I was.
When I looked at the number I could see a 2, then a 3, and finally a 0.
I had done it.
100 lbs lost in 8 months – I weighed 230 lbs.
I can’t really tell you how it felt. It’s too hard to put into words. For just a moment, I felt at peace. I felt like a weight had been lifted from me. For one moment, the clouds had parted, and the sun shone through. I felt like I had achieved something unexpected – something magical.
Part of me wanted to cry, part of me wanted to shout, but the rest of me was at peace.
I realize weighing 230 lbs doesn’t make everything better. I am still facing huge challenges in my life as I try to move in the direction of my dreams. There are many hurdles to overcome, there is much work to be done.
Next up – Onederland. That’s the name we who have lost huge amounts of weight call that moment when the scale no longer starts with a 2, but instead begins with a 1.
My goal right now – to try and achieve that by May 1, 2017.
130 lbs in a year – 140 down from my highest.
That’s something that will require a lot of effort and a continued desire to improve.
I have come a long way, but there is still so far to go.
To all of you who have helped, supported and uplifted me – thank you. This is your victory too.
100 lbs – 8 months.
I never thought I could do it…
So what else can I achieve.
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