Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Long Awaited Announcement

As of today I have lost just over 100 lbs!  This has been a long process and it is so exciting to hit such a big milestone.

Two and a half years ago I started this weight loss journey when I was inspired by my good friend Amanda to start losing weight.  I have written two previous posts about this and I don't want to re-hash it all here so you can read:

How I Lost 50 Pounds and Obese No More: How I Lost 85 Lbs

I wrote the latter post in October of 2012.  I continued to lose a few pounds more until the end of the year.  When 2013 rolled around, I stalled.  I had no new weight loss.  I was tired of paying Weight Watchers especially when I wasn't losing.  Around this time, I kept hearing about Trim Healthy Mama.  I decided to buy the book and leave Weight Watchers.

Though some people think there is a pretty large learning curve with Trim Healthy Mama, I really didn't.  I jumped right in...however, still had no new weight loss.  I even gained a couple of pounds.  It was so frustrating to me to just be stuck.  After about 8 weeks, I finally decided that I would still follow the THM plan, but also count WW points (which is not part of the plan) and the scale began to move.  I post a weekly summary of what I've eaten, how many points, workouts etc on Thursday nights so you can search this blog if you are interested in seeing exactly what I am doing.

I am pleased that I am finally losing weight again.  Since starting Trim Healthy Mama, I am eating a very healthy diet free from artificial sweeteners and free from processed food!

So here is a before and now picture....it's very difficult to post a before picture.

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  I hate even looking at it.  It is worth it though if it inspires anyone to lose weight.  Morbid obesity is a horrible place to be...and I know I felt stuck there for many years.  If I can do this...anyone can!

19 comments:

My Own Sense and Sensibility said...

For those of us who have the book but are not making it work, what would be your best advice?

Karen said...

Write down everything you are eating and really take a look at it...see what you can tweak. Are you eating too many high calorie meals (all Heavy S..lots of nuts etc.)?

Are you crossing over accidentally?

For me, I think I was eating too much. Too much skinny chocolate, too many nuts etc.

Erica B said...

Wow - congratulations on a well earned success!

Julieanne said...

You're so inspiring, Karen! Thank you for sharing more of your journey with us all. :)

~SALLY~ said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! What a blessing and inspiration. I am trying to lose weight as well...it's a difficult journey but well worth it. You look great! :)

Clarissa said...

Congratulations! You look wonderful! God bless!

Under the Sky said...

Wow!!!

That is so wonderful!! Congratulations and great work!!

Warmly,
Kate

Lisa McClanahan said...

Congratulations!! You look great!

Jenni Ryan said...

Congratulations!!! That is wonderful and you are an inspiration!!!!

Sam Kelley said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Jasmine said...

That is so amazing. Unbelievable difference in the photos. I'm sure your family must be very proud of you too!

Jasmine said...

That is so amazing. Unbelievable difference in the photos. I'm sure your family must be very proud of you too!

Nicole Walter said...

Wow, you look absolutely amazing! Congratulations to you, keep up the great work!!!

Karen said...

Thanks everyone!!

Jessica said...

You look incredible. Your story is an encouragement to others and I thank you for sharing. Jessica

jennifergriffin said...

Congratulations on all your hard work! God is great to give you the strength to keep going! Wonderful!

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Unknown said...

I was SOOOO happy to read that someone else in the world quit THM. I have studied this, for about a couple of months, twice, first time I gave up cause the foods were so foreign I just never could get used to the taste, and honestly I never fully understood it. So about 6 months later, I went back to THM, and tried even harder, and gosh, to be honest, I just felt like I was in prison. I know that biscuits, and potatoes are not good things to eat a lot of, BUT, I don't like never being able to eat any of them ,ever! I am a mom of four in the deep south, this is what we eat! I literally probably ate potatoes of some sort every day of my life growing up! So, I was trying to make the decision to go back to Weight Watchers, (which I love...and the only reason I switched was my natural friends thought THM was THE way to go...the ONLY way, and I being able to eat some high Fat meals appealed to me!) So anyhow, I was so wanting to get an "excuse" to stop...meaning, I wanted to stop THM, withOUT feeling like a failure! And somehow I stumbled upon your page! I was SO HAPPY! :) I got up this morning, and hit the WW train again and oh the joy and freedom I feel! I can not wait to have a hot chocolate with a few marshmellows in front of our Christmas tree tonight with my husband after the kiddos go to bed. I will just save me a few points and enjoy without feeling like I messed up! YAY! Thank you for your honesty! You LOOK AMAZING, and I can tell you are an amazing person on the inside too. I admire you in many ways, from the 10 kids, to homeschooling, (I have only 4 and homeschool), to the loosing 100 lbs! Thank you!!! :) Danielle

Treadmill Workstation.com said...

Karen-after losing 100 pounds, oh my goodness, congrats on that huge milestone. It looks like you said you had more to lose? Maybe that is where it went wrong. You look great. Did you not want to just learn to maintain at that new weight? That your journey was over and now it was time to move into the maintenance part of weight loss? I hope you are doing okay and not too discouraged with some weight gain a few years later. This weight loss stuff is hard. I wish you all the best and I hope you post again soon and update us on your progress.

Linda

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