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Photo: August 2011 – weight 135 lbs (maintaining goal weight reached Jan. 1, 2011)

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****** May 1, 2010: 170 lbs  ************  May 1, 2007: 218 lbs ************ May 1, 2006 293.5 lbs
(Jan. 31, 2009: 308 lbs highest weight no photo)

Weekly Summary of Weight Lost Journey – from May 1, 2006 to present and beyond (maintanence)

I started blogging May 1, 2006 at my previous blog, Diet Pulpit, to journal my weight loss journey.  It was a long and often bumpy road to reach my goal with ups and downs, and a few tears too.  But finally Jan. 1, 2011 I reached my goal for a healthy weight of 135 lbs.  I will be keeping track of my maintenance here at Blissful Moon, and journal my continuing journey to make positive changes in many aspects of my life to create a heahtly home and lifestyle.

For the record, below is a brief overview of my health issues and diet and weight history and the many trial and errors with diets of all kinds starting over 35 years ago as a young teen when my goal was to lose 5 to 10 lbs, which led to a top weight at one point of over 300 lbs.

  • Childhood: never overweight. Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 2, hospitalized and in bed for several months on and off for years, age 6 to 7 spent 1 year in hospital confined to bed with leg casts on, age 7 to 11 spent 4 years in leg braces and very little activity allowed.
  • Age 14 (1969) – early teens: Weight 125 to 130 lbs Goal 120  Tried to lose 5-10 lbs. Stopped eating as much as possible and self induced vomiting if I did. This phase didn’t last very long – only a few months.
  • Age 18: Weight 155 lbs Tried not eating much and Atkins – didn’t work.
  • Through my 20’s: Weight 155-165 lbs  Hysterectomy for cervial cancer age 20. Starved for many years, tried several diets, would lose some (5 to 10 lbs) and gain back a bit more. Gave up.
  • Through most of my 30’s: Weight 185 lbs  Used diet pills from doctor for several years, very little food but I wasn’t hungry.
  • Age 37 – Sept. 1, 1991: Weight 155 lbs   Finally made it to 155 lbs for my wedding Sept. 1, 1991 by increasing diet pills and less food. After wedding stopped diet pills, tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Soup Diet, Rice House Diet, and many others.
  • Nov. 2001: 210 lbs Goal  Diagnosed with hypothyroidism, started Levoxyl 50 mcg. Continued trying various diets on and off, but nothing worked. Told by the doctor I would never lose weight and that I should just give up (however, whenever I went for an appointment and was weighed by the nurse she would constantly tell me I was getting fatter).
  • Early 2003: Weight 285 lbs  Started a diet I created by strictly counting calories (800 – 900 calories a day or less when possible) and moderate exercise 3 times a week. Physically I had been feeling tottally exhausted and ravenously hungryalmost constantly for the past couple years, but determined to lose the weight no matter what I had to do.
  • Jan. 2005: Weight fluctuated between 180 – 190 lbs for a few months; I went to a nutritionist, she approved of my diet of 800 – 900 calories but wanted me to add a little fat (equivalent of .5 per meal or the amount in 1 egg). Kept trying, but gained back a few pounds and had to starve for weeks to lose it. Goal: 135 lbs.
  • By Mid-2005: Weight 250+ lbs Took a break from dieting for about three months, gained back over 70 lbs – gave up, continued to gain.
  • March 2006: Weight 290+ lbs  New doctor – she retested me and I was told I did NOT have hypothyrodism (never did), set new goal weight that was healthier for me, taken off medication (felt a LOT better within the first week), had my diet plan approved by doctor (800 – 900 calories daily, light exercise 3 times a week increase over time). Discussed possibility of gastric bypass surgery. She was willing to work with me and help me lose weight, but wanted to address other health concerns first.
  • April 2006: Weight 310 lbs  Scale used: doctor type scale in ladies room at work, afternoon, fully dressed. I always said I’d just jump off a bridge if I ever went over 300 lbs. Well that day arrived; luckily no bridges were close by.
  • May 1, 2006 started Diet Pulpit blog. Reweighed myself day one of healthy eating plan for the “official” start weight: 293.5.
  • Week 90 weight 206; following week started to regain weight.
  • Jan.31, 2009 Week 140 – reached 308  lbs (my highest weight).
  • Feb. 23, 2009 Appointment with weight loss surgery consultant – office weight 308 lbs, doctor set new goal: 140 lbs.
  • Mar. 1, 2009 started over, restarted journal week 1: weight 306.5 lbs.
  • Aug. 3, 2009 two days before gastric bypass surgery doctor’s office weighin 253 lbs – total lost pre-op 55 lbs
  • Dec. 18, 2010 Week 93 weighin doctor’s office 138 lbs (reached weight the doctor had set as my goal 140 lbs)
  • Jan. 1, 2011 Week 95 weighin home scale reached my goal: 135 lbs (total released 173 lbs)
  • Oct. 30, 2011 (56th Birthday): 133 lbs – staying healthy and strong

Over the last two years of regaining my health it was not just dietary changes that helped me reaached my goal. Also it is not the number on the scale that makes me healthy. I also chose to eat healthy foods that nourish my body, to move and breathe deeply, and to create a happy and relaxed environment for myself and my family so that we can better handle the every day stresses that occur in life.

I practice qi gong healing, meditation, and journaling (inner self work to deal with emotional issues and continue to build healthier habits and positive coping methods). I make my health my top priority and make choices every day that help me create an over healthy lifestyle.

Later this week I’ll post my best weight loss tips.

What health goals are you working on?  How do you handle challenges?  What health successes have your achieved?  I love sharing and learning, so feel free to leave a comment or link to a post you wrote.

Wishing every one health and happiness, Lady Rose

Related Posts:
Weight Loss Summary – 308 lbs to 135 lbs (May 1 2006 to Jan. 1, 2011; Main­tenance 1/1/11 to present)
My Top 13 Weight Loss Tips.

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  7 Responses to “Getting Healthy Photos 308 to 135 lbs”

  1. What an amazing journey! Thank you for sharing as it’s always wonderful to find inspiration in other people’s successes :-)

  2. Congrats on the weight loss and improved health! I am so impressed with your success! You are truly an inspiration.

  3. Hello. :)
    I’m a new reader, introduced to your blog through the lovely Joni from Tales of a Kitchen Witch – you happened to make a comment there and I Just happened to see it. I could say it was happenstance, but in reality, I think I needed to see it.
    I’m 25 years old, a married mom of two, and at my highest weight (the day before my second was born) I weighed 386. I have always been big but have allowed myself to spiral down into something that has left me with health problems, as excessive weight gain always does; my knees are a disaster, I have breathing problems, sleep apnea, and am at risk for heart trouble. My joints are suffering, my body is lagging, and I have a hard time keeping up with my kids. Since that day, I have only made it down to 368.8 – a VERY small amount, given how much I lost after my son was born! A lack of self esteem, stress, and the feeling that I am not good enough to feel good about and for myself have all become a big ball of destruction that has made it next to impossible for me to set and achieve a rational goal.
    So seeing the struggles of others come full circle and to see them achieve happiness and a healthy, strong spirit and body is really uplifting for me. It reminds me that if I can move myself, I can be the person I see inside. I can feel beautiful, I can feel sexy, I can feel attractive. I can do the things I always wanted to do, be the person I always wanted to be. I know that I can be healthy, happy, and able.
    Thanks for sharing your journey. You’ve found a new reader and admirer in me.

    • Kas – welcome and thank you for sharing. By the time I reached my heighest weight I was suffering with high blood pressure (on medication) and congestive heart failure, my knees and feet were in extreme pain constantly (at age 2 I was diagnosed with rhumatoird arthritis in both knees and the weight made the pain even worse), and I also had sleep apena. After loosing over 100 lbs my cardiologist no longer needed to see me and I no longer needed medication, my knees rarely hurt now and feet are fine, and I sleep so much now also. I totally understand the challenges along the way to regaining one’s health.

      Feel free to stay in touch, I’m here if you need encouragment, tips or just a shoulder to lean on. Your beautiful spirit can shine and guide you to health. *gentle hugs new friend*

  4. Wonderful! You have made amazing progress and look fabulous! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease 5 years ago (an anti-immune disease that causes hypothyroidism) and I have been very frustrated with my weight.. plus with my emphysema and asthma exercise is a struggle. I actually did give up and quit even trying to eat healthier and lose weight. I look forward to your next blog… I’d love to hear your secrets! Keep up the awesome work!


    • Thank you for commenting Keltikmystique. I know exactly how frustrating it is to try and try and not get any where – I can’t tell you how many times I would lose some, get stuck, give up, gain back even more. Finally I decided to have gastric bypass surgery Aug 2009. The surgery really helps, especially in the first year – but it is just a tool – the work still has to be done to be successful – creating a healthy lifestyle, making healthy choices each and every day, and doing the necessary emotional and mental work too to clear out old patterns and emotional baggage. What really helped me too was learning qi gong – it is a gentle way of opening and relaxing the body and working with qi and healing energy.

      I am posting my top 13 diet tips this coming Thurs.

      I would be happy to offer support and encouragement if you want to stay in touch, I’m on facebook – feel free to send a friend a request if we are not already connected.

      Bright blessings, Lady Rose

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