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I used to be an extremely large woman.  A little over 3 years ago I had this awakening in my life and I have lost over 250 pounds.   Although bariatric surgery may be an option for some I didn't want that for myself so I started watching everything I ate and exercising daily.  I haven't had any processed food, sugar, or red meat since that day.  I watch the number of carbs, fat, calories, and protein that I intake on a daily basis.  I am almost obsessed with never going back to where I was when I started.  Another plus of losing the weight slowly like I did is that it gives your body time to recover and therefore you do not end up with the excess skin that sometimes will happen when one loses weight too quickly.  Before I lost my weight I was very down on myself and didn't believe I deserved good things in my life.  Now I know that I was beautiful all along and that I just didn't realize it.  The negative thing about the weight loss is that I had to learn again how to politely turn down some of the aggressive advances that I get from men now.  I wasn't too good at this at first but all the weight loss has made me VERY confident and I am getting better at it every day.   (Teehee what a bad negative huh?)  I am enjoying life so much more thanks to my awakening to good nutrition!!!!

fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 56 Responses Feb 4, 2008

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You inspire me!! I love hearing about your dedication to your health & the results you achieved! You got even more out of the effort than you imagined. This was the inspiration I needed at this moment, to begin tracking my food / calories / Macro nutrients. That and being more consistent with exercise.

Good job! That's what I am trying to do also, not only for my health, but so I can ride roller coasters again.

Good riddance to all that weight and good job!<br />
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I've lost 20 pounds by making sure I get my daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables first and foremost(that way I don't eat quite as much sweet,fattening or high calories foods because I'm not quite as hungry after eating all my fruits and vegetables)

i would love to chat with you about absorption after surgery. i am having a huge problem with vitamins and food etc. did you have any problems like this.

thats completely awesome! my girlfriend is in the same situation, however her journey has only just begun. we are both on the path to a healthier lifestyle as we tend to feel like garbage all of the time. we have cut out red meat and most processed food and we are going to adopt a mostly vegan lifestyle for a while to see how that works out. after that we may slowly introduce things like chicken and fish back into our diet occasionally. its inspirational to know that this can be done. thanks for sharing!

WOW!<br />
Just ~ W O W ~<br />
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i had absolutely no clue!<br />
That inspires me because you see I have always been pretty tiny like 99 pounds and i feel HUGE at around 136. Please do NOT think I am being in any way light of this, I am SO amazed....<br />
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I wish i knew how to have that much control of not only the junk i eat but the way i let men (exs) mainly degrade / control me<br />
I saw a ad on tv today i think it was actually one of those infomercials about how anxiety can overrun your life and YOU have to be in control. I have seen it before but (strange) right? I always like this particular ad because they come out of a "down on myself" funk into a light. <br />
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Im so happy for your accomplishment!!!

Awesome! No matter how much weight you need to lose, those are the basics you need to follow. I lost 25 pounds recently, and basically did the same thing. I have a goal of 10 more pounds, and then I will be at my ideal weight for me. I also added a lot of exercise to the mix which is a must.<br />
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It is all about attitude, committment, and dealing with the underlying emotional issues of what causes a person to comfort with food.

Wow I it's hard to believe you were so large once upon a time. It must have taken you a lot of effort to lose so much weight. What kept you motivated and going through the difficult parts? How did you find the will power to accomplish this?

If i was so handsome i would be rejected so much. Everyone tells me how great i am, but then why is it no one wants me? I think society sucks.

You will do it. You are already very handsome.

Story 12 - yeah it sucks i have to lose weight myself not just for the military, but so someone will actually want me.

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I feel so much more happy longrun. I have a little more weight to lose but I am so much more healthy than I was previously. You are right that my journey was to be more healthy and really had nothing to do with a physical appearance so much. You are awesome too LG. Thanks for your comments.

Mil, there is another side of the equation, it is called health. You can be happy and over weight and beautiful, but you can't be healthy. You might get away with it for a while, but it will catch up with you. I am happier being skinny than I was when I was fat. If you would have told me that when I was fat, I would have thought you were crazy. I eat well, but I eat carefully. I'd rather go for a run most days than I would do just about anything. <br />
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Keep Up the good work FG - you are awesome!!

Mil, I see someone has missed some meals and is feeling a bit cranky. It is a lot more than about looks Mil but superficial persons wouldn't understand this fact.

"Now I know that I was beautiful all along and that I just didn't realize it"<br />
then why aren't you still fat if you were so beautiful all the time. why living in a struggle and obsession when you can be fat and happy? hypocrit

Hi there! I am on for a few minutes. I had to hit the gym earlier.

Thats what i do too. I love to be of help. I cant wait to get to know you too

Thanks bunches. As I told you that is just what I do. I look forward to getting to know you.

aww i hope so. That would be amazing! Thanks for being so nice to me after just a short space of time. Im here for you too if you ever need me x

Thanks HB. Just wait.... 6 months from now you will be writing something just as amazing. I know you can do this. I will help you I promise.

So lovely and refreshing to hear you happy with your body. i find this very inspiring!!! Well done : )

You are welcome. If you want help to change that please PM me. I will add you so that you can.

I was feeling lonely today. I always do on a long weekend so I typed in lonely on google and your message popped up. I had to laugh because I am very overweight and feel lonely because of it. However, I think that I keep the weight on because I do not want the advances for some reason. So I wanted to tell you that it was nice to read your post. Thanks for sharing.

You can say that again.

Awesome that helps too.

I have my parent's help.

Actually if you keep tummy butter and take vitamin. they shrink along with your weight. You just have to focus on keeping the skin moisturized. Not offended at all btw as I know that some of my friends that had the bariatric surgery have some purple ones but that is because they lost the weight really fast.<br />
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Kindal, sorry I missed your comments. thanks sweetie.

You are amazing. I have lost 50 lbs but still have a lot more to lose. I did it on my own as well but have recently been in a funk. I'm not losing or gaining and haven't been following my plan. This is encouragement to get back on track. <br />
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I would still consider the gastric bypass surgery but there is much to consider undergoing such a drastic surgery. It's complicated and there have been some not so good things happen to people but some say they would not have changed it for the world. <br />
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You should be very proud of your accomplishements. Congrats. <br />
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Do you have before and after pictures? I haven't looked at your pictures on profile yet to see but will if you have any there.

Thanks searching