I've read the success stories of people that have lost 100 pounds (and more) I've watched the TV shows like "I Lost It" and all the other ones, and now...here I am, "ME" after losing 100 pounds. 8 months and 20 days later, what a difference losing 100 pounds has made in my life.
YoYo dieting was a way of life for me, any new diet that came out, or new diet pill... I would try it. I would lose and then gain back all the weight and more. I would ask myself over and over "WHY" do I lose just to gain my weight back? I knew why, it was an easy answer.... I went back to my old eating habits. I enjoy food!
There's this great little place not far from me that sells the best hot dogs, sorta like a "mom and pop's" place. I know the people that run this place so for me to be alone and go in and ask for 4 hot dogs all the way...well, lol... I didn't want them to think I was eating all that by myself so I would say "I want 2 hot dogs all the way" and he'll have 2 with everything but ketchup.
Of course "he" was not there but I had them thinking the 2 other hot dogs were for my husband at home. I would go back home and eat all 4 right by myself, that was just for lunch and I usually asked for 2 orders of fries with the 4 hot dogs! Then there was the ice cream. I always had the freezer stocked with Ben and Jerry's, I had pecans and hot fudge for the toppings. Every night I would fix my husband and I a big bowl. Then, there was the Pepsi's. I was consuming at least 8 cans a day. Pasta, potatoes, I was loving those carbs!
We always take the grandkids to Myrtle Beach every April, we've been doing that for the past 5 years. Last April we rented a beach house that had like 2 big flights of steps just to get in the house. Well, after finally getting in the house I was so tired I really dreaded going out again knowing I had to climb Mt. Everest again once we returned. The grandkids always wanted to go go go, and there I was trying so hard to keep up. At 286 pounds, my feet hurt, my knee's hurt and I was SO out of breath. My back hurt constantly. I was an embarresement not only to myself, but to the people I loved. SO.... this April, it's all going to be different. This granny is going to be in a new bathing suit and out playing with the grandkids, running, going up steps and this time I am going to be the one who says "let's go go go".
In April of 2006, I did a search for low carb diets and found this board...THANK GOD! There's been so many people that have helped me and inspired me to keep going. I can't thank you all enough! I read the posts and looked at the pictures. I started posting and decided that May 1st was it. This was my last ditch effort to lose and KEEP it off, I was getting to darn old to keep trying! I was tired of trying!
I had to try something that worked for the long haul and that was Atkins. The best part of being on Atkins is that I know now I can make this a WOL. There's so much food I can eat and be satisfied. I love chicken wings, steak and veggies, eggs, I can eat that and so much more, there are lots of good recipes on here.
My very first post on here was "I am such a failure". I printed that out and have it on my fridge. I remember saying that I hoped in some small way I could help others, I hope by posting my before pictures, I can. It took a lot of guts to put those pictures on here..lol!
Thanks to everyone on this board!!! I set my goal back in May 2006 to lose 100 pounds by February 2007 (9 months) and because of the inspiration and motivation from the great people on this forum... I accomplished my goal! I'm going to keep on losing, maybe 30 more pounds....thanks so much everyone!