The ONLY Fat Blocker is ME – My ALMOST 300 Pound Life Transformation

Yeah, you read that correctly. I’m not gonna lie. My heaviest weight was almost a whopping 300 pounds. I will never forget the morning I weighed in only to see that number on the scale staring back at me. It took all I had in me not to break down and cry right then and there. I couldn’t do that though, as I still needed to get ready for the day, get the girls ready for school, prepare breakfast and lunches, drive to the school, and then drive in crazy traffic to get to work. The whole time I was doing everything, that number haunted my mind. How could I let things get so out of control? When did I stop caring about me?

I just want everyone to know that I DID NOT gain that weight from making poor food choices alone. My PCOS added on quite a bit of weight. Me NOT being active literally weighed in on that, and me sitting all day long at my desk didn’t help matters either. I was eating horribly on road trips when I had to travel for events. I would eat late after work or events because that was the only time I had a chance to eat, and I was too hungry to skip dinner. Mind you, I didn’t always have a “real meal” to eat. I’d grab whatever was in the pantry to put some food in my body. Skipping meals isn’t a healthy option either, regardless of what people think.

So, here I am, a totally different person than I was then. The photo on the left was September 2015 (not even my heaviest weight), and the photo on the right was April 2017. HUGE difference! No pun intended…..

Transformation Tuesday 04-11-17

I sometimes cannot see the “big picture” of my weight loss journey until I see side by side images such as these. Let’s face it, I see my body every day when I look in the mirror. I do see transformation, but I also see the saggy, wrinkly skin from the journey. While I know I have lost 150+ pounds, sometimes what I see in the mirror sure does not make me feel like I have lost anything.

There are several contributors to my weight loss success. First and foremost, God’s grace. I know that He has been with me every step of the journey, giving me the strength, courage, and energy to face everything along the way. Secondly, Low Carb is key! Tracking everything I eat has put things into perspective as to what food choices I make. When you see it all out there in front of you, it is an eye opener. Thirdly, you have to keep moving. I don’t care if it is just walking for 10 minutes every hour. For the first couple of months on my journey, I just watched what I ate. Then, I added in some basic weight and strength training that I would do at home. I didn’t go to a gym to get my workouts done. I did create a workout group with some friends to have the accountability of keeping me on track with my workouts. Those women are awesome friends to have. It’s like we were working out together, but we weren’t. LOL I will write about my running and training journey in another blog. They deserve their own entry!

If there is any doubt in your mind about wanting to take control of your weight/health, but are scared to take that first step or think you won’t succeed at it, use me to prove that you have it in you to accomplish your goals. ¬†You cannot just sit there waiting for something to happen. You have to take control of the situation and show it who is boss. Own up to what needs to be done. You are the only one holding you back from being all that you can be! I will be cheering you on every step of your journey!

I Put on My BIG Girl Pants Tonight

You always hear people say that “you just need to put on your big girl pants” for certain situations, right? Well tonight was a time when I needed to do just that. You see, all of my “smaller” pants and skirts have been falling off me, and I was starting to have to use safety pins to hold them up. I decided that it was time to buy new pants that would stay up all on their own. 

Walking to the clothing section I immediately went towards the Plus-Size department.  After shifting a few hangers around, I realized that I needed to go to the “other” department with smaller sizes. Before I did that, I shifted hangers around again and looked at tags because I knew my size was on the plus racks, it had to be. Sigh, those won’t fit. I walked over to the other rack. I knew my smallest size is way too big, so I grabbed 2 different sizes and headed to the fitting room.

Not really paying attention to the size I reached for first, I was able to pull the pants on with no problem.  Buttoned them and zipped them up without having to suck anything in. I looked at the size of the pants, and I wanted to shout out with excitement,  but I remembered that I was in a public place so I smiled big instead.  LOL Let’s just say that I’m 16 whole pant sizes, or if you want to count by 2’s, 8 sizes smaller from where I was when I started low carb,  high protein on January 4, 2016.

When I got home, I immediately went into my closet to pull out my most favorite pair of Big Girl Pants. I layer them on the bed, and then I placed the new ones on top. While there is a noticeable difference, this photo does not show the true difference in sizes.

I then thought to myself that I needed to put my Big Girl Pants on to see just how far I’ve come in a year. To my surprise,  I fit into one pant leg. I have enough room to share them with a friend. I was having to hold these tight so they wouldn’t fall.

Wow, these were my pants I’d wear to all my photography gigs because they were comfortable.  They were my “go to” work pants because they were dressy and stretchy. 

There’s no way I could wear them anywhere at this point without people wondering what was up. I don’t think safety pins or a belt would do the trick.

I’m not quite at my goal weight, but I’m almost there.  I’ve lost 141 pounds from January 4, 2016 to February 2, 2017. To meet my goal weight, I have about 11 more pounds to lose.

I’m a work in progress,  but I’m also living proof that you can lose the weight if you set your mind to it and give it 100%. You have to believe in yourself that you’ve got what it takes to accomplish your goal, and it will happen. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, and those that have given me words of encouragement. Thank you to those who have stood by my side during this transformation.  I couldn’t have done any of it without you!