2 Years

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2 years ago today, I made the decision to turn my life (and my health) around.

I weighed in at 332 pounds.

I had just lost my Mother to cancer.

I felt horrible.

I looked horrible.

It was a dark time in my life.

I put on a smile for my husband and kids,

but in reality,

I was falling apart inside.

On a whim, I started counting my calories

and exercising.

I never thought that I’d stick with it.

In a year, I lost 90 pounds.

90lbs

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Year two was not as easy as year one.

My weight loss really slowed down.

It’s frustrating, but I’m hanging in there.

I’ve come too far to quit now.

I lost 20 pounds in year two,

bringing my total lost to 110 pounds.

I may not have lost a lot in the last year,

but that doesn’t make me any less proud of where I am now.

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Two years ago I was wearing: 26/28 jeans, 4x/5x shirts and 26/28 dresses.

Today I wear: 16/18 jeans, 1x/2x shirts and 16/18 dresses.

Fun fact:  I wore a size 18 dress to my senior prom 16 years ago.

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The bottom pair of pants are what I wearing in the above photo. 

They are a size 26.

The pair on top is a 16!

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My wedding ring is 2 sizes too big!

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I was really hoping to have a better loss for this year,

but I’m really not complaining.

I know what I am capable of and it can

only get better.

I ran a half marathon less than 2 weeks ago.

I couldn’t have done that last year.

I feel so good about how I look and how I feel. 

My confidence has increased 10 fold.

I love shopping for clothes!

I don’t have to search for the biggest sizes any more! 

I’m really looking forward to the next year and what it has in store. 

Whether it be another 20 pound loss, or only 5.

I will never go back, only forward. 

Progress Photos!

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Yesterday, I reached 110 pounds lost!

As promised, new progress photos!

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I know that my face photo is from a couple weeks ago, but not much has changed!

 

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A friend sent me the photo from 2009…I was around 315-320lbs. I think.  It’s a great photo to do a side view comparison with because, not surprisingly, I do not really have a ton of photos like this of me.  The photo on the right was taken this morning prior to my workout.

 

If you would like to see all my progress photos, you can check them out here.

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Did you know that this blog has a Facebook page?

Go have a look around!

 

Chantelle

Weigh Day

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Previous weight: 226.4

Current weight: 222.8

Difference: –3.6

Total loss: 109.2 pounds

I did not realize that the last time I did a weigh in on my blog was back in NOVEMBER! Whoops!  Sorry about that!

So! I am almost at 110 pounds lost! Finally!  I’m dying to do another photo update! I will be doing one at 110!

I am officially signed up for my first half marathon!  It’s now less than 3 months away.  I’m still a little nervous…mostly because I haven’t been running a lot this winter.  We have had so much snow!.  I seriously have 2 feet of snow in the yard right now.  Plus piles from plowing that are about 4.5 feet high!  It’s been super cold here, too.  Call me wimpy, but I just don’t like running in the super cold.  Give me upper 30’s to low 50’s and I’ll be a happy runner.  Other than the cold, I don’t like running in the snow because of my ankles.  4 years ago, I fell and sprained both of my ankles.  I don’t have much pain now, but the thought of slipping in the ice and snow and hurting myself again is not very appealing.  I have a hard enough time walking in it!  I do know that they make running gear for snow/ice, but the risk just isn’t worth it to me.  I’m hoping that March will start to thaw us out so I can get back out there!

I’ve got to get back to weekly weigh in’s!  That should be my goal between now and race day…a weigh day every week.  I think I can do it!

 

Chantelle 

The Holidays are Over…Thankfully

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I am so glad that it’s January!  The holidays are the worst for me.  The temptation to eat badly always gets me.  I give in and then I pay for it. 

I gained some weight over Christmas and New Years.  About 8 pounds.  I think a couple pounds of it was water though, thanks to the arrival of my TOM just before Christmas.  I have to admit that I didn’t exercise much while the kids were on Christmas break.  I really just took some time to sleep in and be lazy.  Although, I have to admit that it got old after awhile.

I’m back at it though and things are going great.  I’ve lost all but 0.4 of the weight I gained.  I am so ready to see some new numbers!  My lowest weight is 224.6 (107.4 loss) and I’m sitting at 225 now.  I would love to see the teens here soon!

I have some photos to share. 

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I’m going to start posting regularly again.  I really miss posting and doing weigh days. 

I’m so excited for what 2014 holds!

 

Chantelle

Weigh Day

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Previous weight: 227.8

Current weight: 226.4

Difference: –1.4

Total loss: 105.6 pounds

 

I made a small goal for myself a few weeks ago.  I wanted to be at 105 pounds lost by Thanksgiving…and I did it a week early! Sweet!  This made my day!

As awesome as this is, I also had another great thing happen today and it involves my running.  As you may know, I am training for my first half marathon.  So, I’ve really trying to work on both speed and distance.  Today, I ran 6.28 miles.  The last time I ran this distance (on the same route) I ran it in 1:24:41, with an average pace of 13:33/mile.  Today, I finished in 1:17:46, with an average pace of 12:23/mile! I improved my time by almost 7 minutes! 

I don’t think that I can hold that pace for 13 miles, but I can really tell that my stamina is increasing.  Every day I gain a little more confidence that I can do it.  I can conquer the half marathon.  5 months and 13 days left!!

Weigh Day and a Milestone

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Previous weight: 231.8

Current weight: 227.8

Difference: –4

Total loss: 104.2 pounds

It’s been a few weeks since my last update!  Things are still going well, as you can see.  I love the fact that the weight is coming off so easily now. I’m not taking it for granted either…I know that things can change in a heartbeat.  I know as long as I am doing my workouts, logging all my food, staying within my calories and drinking plenty of water I should be okay.

I did hit a bump in the road a couple of weeks ago.  **This is going to be TMI, just so you are aware… When it’s my TOM, all I want to do is stuff my face.  Well last month, my TOM and Halloween fell at the same time…it was bad.  I ate waaayyy too much candy.  I knew I shouldn’t, but I was CRAVING THE CHOCOLATE!  Then, the Saturday after Halloween, I went to a party at my sister’s house and proceeded to eat waaayyy too much there too.  So, between the water retention (I retain water something fierce during my TOM) and the bad eating, by Monday the 4th, I was up SEVEN pounds!  I’ve been known to put on up to 5 during my TOM, but when I saw 7, I freaked!  I said goodbye to the candy and started eating like I am supposed to and drinking my water.

I spent all of last week losing that weight and was finally back to where I was by Monday (the 11th).  It sucks that I lost a whole week playing catch up!

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Now for the Milestone!!

Today is the 18 month anniversary of my start of this crazy weight loss journey!  It’s so hard to believe that I’ve been at this for a year and a half!

I never thought I’d have the will to keep at this.  I am so glad that I stuck with it!

Some stats:

In 18 months I have:

Lost 104.2 pounds (31.39% of by body weight)

Gone from a 26/28 jean to a 16/18 jean

Gone from a 5x shirt to a 1x/2x shirt

Gained LOADS of confidence

Have learned to really LOVE the person I am

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I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring!