Sunday, June 16, 2013

Goal Weight

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed something.... As of yesterday morning, I passed my goal weight! I have officially lost 61.7 pounds since November 2011. If you actually want to count back to the day I walked out of the hospital after having my son in November of 2009, I've actually lost 72.2 pounds.


That's just unreal! When I started trying to lose weight, I thought that maybe I'd get down to 180 pounds and be content. When I set my original goal, I really didn't think I'd actually get to that weight. I hadn't been my goal weight in 6 years, plus I had a kid and just didn't have the time to devote to going to the gym every single day. When I got into the 170's a while back, I started thinking maybe this was possible.

Okay, so let's talk official results...

From November 12, 2011 until June 15, 2013 I have lost 61.7 pounds! 


That's a 28% change in my entire body. 

I was in a tight size 16 pants size, probably should have been a comfortable 18. 

I am now a very comfortable (getting baggy) size 10, fitting into some 8's. 


My shirt size went from an XL everything to mostly Mediums and now some Smalls! 

I had heartburn and acid reflux every single day prior to losing weight. I have now had mild heartburn three times over the past year. 

I have three compressed discs in my lower back. I suffered from chronic back pain and was treated with steroids every three months prior to losing weight. I (thankfully) have not had a back issue in over a year. 


I once took multiple antidepressants prior to losing weight. 
I have not been on any medications (other than antibiotics) for a year and a half. 

I outweigh my 3.5 year old son by only 108 pounds! 


In my waist alone, I have lost 12 inches. 


These are only the real, measurable results. I wish I could fully explain to you what losing this weight has actually done for me. I have my life back. I feel absolutely amazing now. My energy levels are so much higher now! I've gained confidence, found happiness, and discovered that I actually do fit in with my family now. There's nothing like being able to actually participate in my son's life instead of sitting around watching him. 

Unless you've actually been through something like this, it's so difficult to grasp how amazing this day feels. For those of you who have followed along while I've done this, I am just so grateful for your kindness and support. I never imagined anyone would actually care to read about my struggles. Some of you have sent the most encouraging emails and comments along the way. It made all the difference in the world for me. There were days I was so aggravated with the lack of progress. I'd get angry when I'd try something that just plain didn't work well for me. But, then y'all chimed in during those times and really just helped me so very much. I was afraid to stop then since I didn't want to let anyone down. So I kept trying things so that when I did find something that worked, I could pass it on. 


Okay, so now that I'm here....

I'm gonna keep it going! I never thought this weight was possible to begin with, so I may as well see what I actually can do. I'm going to continue to eat clean, do Zumba, and see where I go from here. I'm just not ready to stop yet and I am excited about new possibilities. 




Stringtown Home

68 comments:

  1. I read this and almost cried. So inspirational!

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    1. Thank you, sweetie! That means a lot to me.

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! Thanks for sharen at One Sharendipity Pl. this weekend!

    sue @the2women.com

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  3. Wendy, I am SO proud of you! You are an entirely new/different woman, inside and out! Kudos to you!

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    1. Thanks, Gwen! I feel so very different now. It's been worth it!

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  4. Totally awesome!!! Thanks for leaving this link on my blog, it was a joy to read. Congrats!

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  5. congratulations! What a great accomplishment.

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  6. Great job! you did it, you accomplished your goal, congrats wendy!

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    1. Thanks so much! Time to start a new goal!

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  7. Great job! This is soo encouraging to me. I am down almost 30 pounds since January. I have almost 30 more to lose before Christmas( which is my goal). I set a goal for June and made it and now onto my second goal. Thank you for sharing Wendy!

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    1. Congrats on your progress!!! That is great!

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  8. First time visitor. Congratulations on making your goal. I can only imagine how you feel and hope to know for myself soon! You look amazing.

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    1. Welcome! Please let me know if I can help in any way. I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  9. Congratulations! I'm on a weight loss journey as well and it's inspiring to know these kind of results are possible!! :)

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    1. Please let me know if I can help you in any way! You can do this! I'm nothing special. I just took it one day at a time and stayed patient most of the time. I didn't spend hours in a gym or tons of money on packaged diet foods.

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  10. You are so amazing and look fantastic! Congratulations to you!

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  11. This. is. wonderful! I'm really struck with all those health issues resolved. That extra weight really can make life miserable in many ways. I'm on your same journey, a little smaller goal, but already making progress and feeling so great already. Sensible and steady are the keywords, aren't they? Big congrats!

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    1. I wish I could simply describe how free I feel now that I am not weighed down by all of those health issues. I wish I had done it sooner.

      Thank you!!

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  12. Congrats Girl! This post is so inspirational! I am a new reader and happy that I caught you on this part of your journey. I need to lose about 10-15 pounds and change from fat to muscle and I definitely feel more motivated to work out tonight after reading this :)

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    1. Welcome, Ashlee! How did the workout go?

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    2. You should also link up with us here on Mondays.

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  13. I have over a hundred pounds to lose. You give me hope....

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    1. I'm so glad. It makes it all worth it to me.

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  14. That's amazing!
    I know when I juice fasted (for a cleansing) and lost 15 pounds, it was so much more than just losing weight. It changes everything. :)

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    1. It really does! I gained so much more by losing the fat.

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  15. That is so awesome! What an encouragement and inspiration you are!

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  16. Congratulation! you are an inspiration to a lot of people, including me.

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  17. YESSSSS! You did it :) Big high five girl!

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  18. HOLY CRAP WOMAN I AM JUST SO STINKING HAPPY FOR YOU! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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  19. You have a new follower! (ME! hehe) I clicked your blog link from Jess's 10 Week Challenge and I have to say...way to go, girl! How exciting and you look amazing. I can feel the happiness in your post!

    http:://www.petrosians.blogspot.com

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  20. You are an inspiration! I started at the same size clothes as you and I am so close to 10s. I am having a rough time now, but reading stories like this help me push harder!

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  21. That is wonderful. Good for you. I need to lose 40 pounds. I just don't have the willpower to do it, but I keep trying. Congratulations for your success

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  22. You look amazing & since you first linked up at Stringtown Home... you've been such an inspiration to me!
    -Heather
    www.stringtownhome.net

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  23. You are so awesome to stick with your plan and now have a new diet lifestyle. Thanks for sharing at "Tell Me a Story." I know your post has encouraged me, and it will also bless others who visit here.

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  24. What an amazing journey to health you have had! Thanks for the inspiration

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  25. reading this gave me chills - you are amazing you look amazing! great work!

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  26. Congratulations!!! I need to get out of this rut of mine and get there too, it's sooo close!

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  27. Congratulations and hugs! What an amazing accomplishment! You are so inspiring

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  28. Congratulations on meeting your goal and for keeping your self feeling and looking healthy. I am struggling with my menopause middle and have been so frustrated lately. I do not have a thyroid and some of the medication I take hinders weight loss. But I am trying. I hope one day to post something as terrific as this post. But meanwhile I celebrate with you. Big hugs and thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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  29. That is so awesome! I want to invite you to join us on Wednesday for Total Fitness Wednesdays. Stories like your are so inspirational and would love to have you join us!

    http://asphaltandtrails.blogspot.com/2013/06/total-fitness-wednesday-3-getting-back.html

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  30. So inspirational--I am old and can't exercise like I used to but have been on a healthy eating plan now for about a week. I've lost several lbs and look forward to the day I can say that I've lost 61.7 lbs. How wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  31. Awesome! You should meet my daughter Tara Wolberg on facebook. She has also lost 60 + lbs. She is now running half marathons! She's in the best shape she has ever been. You both have a lot in common. She started her weight loss after the birth of her second child. So proud of you! Wow! Now, my turn to lose - yep - I have a way to go but I'm on my way :)

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  32. Wow! You look AMAZING girl! Congratulations! That is such an awesome, amazing accomplishment!
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  33. Fantastic! What an encouraging post and you look wonderful! You just proved that you can do anything you set out to do -- way to go! My husband recently lost 61 pounds as well, so we are doing some celebrating in our home, too! Congratulations!

    Blessings, Joan

    P.S. thanks for linking up at Sharing His Beauty!

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  34. Congrats, you are such an inspiration! I definitely cried a little reading this! Especially when I got to the acid reflux and depression (I'm dealing with some anxiety mess right now)! After I quit breastfeeding about a month ago my hormones and my body completely whacked out on me. But by the grace of God each day is getting better and I've lost a little weight. What workouts did you do? Eating plan? This acid reflux is driving me nuts, I have no clue what to eat!!
    Congratulations again!

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  35. Love this post! That's so awesome and inspirational! After having 3 babies in 4 years I was up 55 pounds. Being hypothyroid was making it impossible to lose weight until I started eating clean and running! I'm down 45 lbs and over 30 inches and even ran my first half marathon on Mother's Day. 10 to go and I'm out on an injury. You post helps renew my motivation! Thanks for sharing!!

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  36. Awesome!!!! Way to go! You look great! Stories like this are so inspiring! So happy for you! I also was on a weight loss journey after the birth of my son and you are so right, when you meet your goal, it changes not only the physical appearance, but how you feel on the inside!! I totally understand and rejoice for you! Congrats!!

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  37. Congratulations - that is so awesome! I wish you continued success!Thanks for partying with us.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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  38. I LOVE THIS! So encouraging. Found you at Imperfect Prose. I'm on my journey as well. 17 pounds down. About 75 more to go. Congrats!

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  39. Wow! You look amazing! Congrats on your success!!

    Thanks for sharing your story and linking up at the pregnancy link up!

    Blessings!

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  40. Awesome job! Very inspiring to see!
    Allison @ allisonskinnyjeans.com

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  41. You truly are an inspiration! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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  42. Hi Wendy!

    Absolutely wonderful :) I am so happy for you, well done.

    Thanks for linking up at Thankful Thursday :)

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    I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks

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    1. I have no idea, but that's awesome! Thank you for telling me!

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