Monday, November 16, 2009

I've Written This Post In My Head Many Times...

And now, I finally get to post it.

I've lost 100 pounds!!!!!

It took me 18 months, but I finally did it! Considering that I had less than 10 pounds to go since the end of July, it feels like it's taken forever to reach this milestone - oh, you have to love those plateaus (much sarcasm there). But changing up what I eat did the trick and I finally saw that magic number on Friday morning...and again on Saturday...and again on Sunday - so I'm calling this for real!

Twenty or twenty-five more pounds left to lose and I think I'll be at a good goal weight...and who knows? By then I might be finally ready to tell y'all just how much I weighed when I started this crazy journey!

Progress photos:
Note jeans are hiding my freakishly large calves, lol!Wearing a shirt with sleeves that don't stretch and buttons down the front that aren't gaping open - it's a miracle!Just for reference - before diet...

67 comments:

  1. AAAAAAHHHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look amazing! All of your hard work has paid off! You have pushed yourself beyond what most people are able to do and for that, are inspirational to so many! You are so beautiful inside and your outside shows it!

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  2. Congratulations, Shelley!!! That is an amazing accomplishment. What a great post to start the day off with. But I think you should edit it to change the line under your full length picture. This post is about celebrating yourself and how great you look and feel.

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  3. YAY YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What an awesome, amazing, inspirational milestone!!!

    You rock, and I'm so happy to have met you, because you are such an inspiration for me!!!!

    You'll get there girl!!!! :: high fives ::

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  4. Wowsa's that's a huge accomplishment. And what a difference in the pictures. You rock!!!

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  5. That is such a tremendous accomplishment, and I am so glad you posted this today! As you know I had a rough week, but am very glad to be back on track, and getting back focus of why I wanted to do this to begin with!!!

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS, Shelley!!!!!

    What a great day. ...'buttons down the front that aren't gaping open--its a miracle!' AMEN. I never thought I would ever be able to wear buttons down the front, and now I don't think twice about it. Thanks for the reminder.

    But back to you. That is so fantastic that you kept plugging away and changing things up even when you hit up against that plateau. Inspirational!

    And, you look gorgeous. You look healthy, and that is beautiful.

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  7. Congratulations on your achievement-well done!

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  8. I'm so happy for you. Thanks for being out there for all of us. I can't tell you how encouraging it is to me that you never gave up.

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  9. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!! YEAH!

    But you were just as beautiful heavy as you are thin.

    I am so tired of my thighs rubbing together so you are my inspiration!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  10. Wow.Wow.Wow. That is so super fantastic! I'm thrilled for all that you have accomplished through hard work and perseverance! Congrats.

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  11. Yahoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG. I am so so so so awed and thrilled for you. You are amazing! And healthy and beautiful. Congratulations, YOU DID THIS!!!!

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  12. I knew this was coming and couldn't wait for your post. Major Congrats! That is the holiest of holy milestones. Fantastic!

    And YOU look fantastic.

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  13. Shelly,

    I am over the moom happy for you! You deserve it, Friend!

    Every time I think about you running that mile, still makes me misty...so glad I got to come along with you on your journey!

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  14. Well done. Well done. You look spectacular. Congratulations.

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  15. Yay, yay, yay!!!!

    Welcome to the Century Club! You may take your place in the gilded chair :D

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  16. Wow. Just wow. Your beauty has always been evident - but what an amazing testament to your tenacity.

    Congratulations, cousin.

    Oh - and *Freakishly Large Calves* must run in the family!

    -I'm not teasing her - must read the recent post regarding purchasing boots!

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  17. Oh Shelley, that is soooo wonderful! What a fabulous 25th wedding anniversary gift to you and your hubby!! What do your boys say each time they see you, since you probably don't see them that often, and probably have major changes each time. ?

    Thanks for being so open and honest here. Cool bonus to inspire us as you change yourself, eh? Chrissy

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  18. Shelley!!! That is such wonderful news!! You have worked hard and it has paid off my friend! You have been such a wonderful support and inspiration to so many people and for that we are SO grateful.

    Relish in the glow Shelley! You deserve it!

    P.S. I gave you a shout out on my post.

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  19. Well done - you are looking amazing from a 47year old to a 40 something!!!
    Looked at your before and after photo's and you look like a totally different person...fantastic, enjoy...now quickly going to do a catch up on your blog.

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  20. Oh-Em-GEE! You look AMAZING!!! Congrats to you... all your hard work has seriously paid off! :-)

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  21. Good for you, Shelley!!! What an accomplishment! I'm so happy for you - it wasn't easy but you got it done with good humor and determination. Way to go! And you look great! That smile's a lot wider too.

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  22. Huge congrats!!! I dream of the day I can write that post. By the way, you labeled your picture "before diet" - you're not a diet, you're FOREVER CHANGED!

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  23. Whoooo Hoooooo!!!!!! Congratulations Shelley! You look amazing. You should be so proud.

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  24. YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Totally doing the happy dance for you! You have been such an inspiration for me - seeing how much you work out with the trainers is kick starting my progress - I am down another 2 pounds this week - 161.4 - so close to the 150's!!

    You should be so proud of yourself!!!!!

    HUGS!

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  25. Oh, I forgot about the boots post. Shelley, you are much hotter than Cathy!

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  26. Shelley I'm so happy for you! All your hard work paid off. I imagine you jumping up and down in front of your scale :) You should get yourself a gift for this achievement!

    You're even more an inspiration to me now!

    Congratulations!

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  27. Wonderful! You look great!

    I can not wait till I can join you on this geat 100 #.

    Revel in your success.

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  28. Hi, this is my first visit to your blog. What an attention grabber to see you are down 100! What an amazing accomplishment.

    Continued success.

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  29. Congratulations!! You look absolutely amazing and I am so proud of you!! You've always been so supportive to me and others out in the blogosphere and you TOTALLY deserve this victory :)

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  30. What an amazing milestone! I celebrate with you!!!!

    I look forward to the day when I can make a similar post. :)

    It's amazing how much the face slims, too. The glasses that were perfect for your before face are now too large for your slimmer one. Girl, splurge in something kicky for your skinny-girl face!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The P<--still has her fat face, sigh

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  31. Hey, awesome!

    I'm not convinced you've still got 20 pounds on there to take off. You look absolutely great.

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  32. Congratulations!!!!!! You look fabulous, as you should! You literally worked your butt off. Not to mention you must feel tons better! Congrats!

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  33. Wow! Congratulations!!!

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  34. You look absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on such a huge milestone. By the time you are finished, you'll be one tiny little girl! Keep it up!

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  35. Wow! Congratulations! I just found your blog via @katiej
    Awesome job!

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  36. This is great news. What a difference in your photos too. Now comes the really hard part. Staying sober.
    ;-)

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  37. Shelley,

    You rock! I'm so proud of you - you are my inspiration!

    T

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  38. You are a hero to everyone who reads your blog! Congratulations and you look absolutely amazing!!!

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  39. Way to go on your 100 pound lost. You look great.

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  40. Oh Shelley...

    I am so, so, so happy for you!!!! This just brings tears to my eyes!

    hugs, jumping for joy with you!!

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  41. YOU ARE AMAZING.

    3 words which express how I feel yet really are NOT powerful enough.


    Carla

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  42. Heartfelt congratulations! I am in AWE!

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  43. That is amazing! Congratulations! ( I loved the comments about your shirt fitting...I'm still amazed my buttons aren't popping off my dress shirts!)

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  44. Congratulations girl! All that hard work sure paid off for you. Great before and after shots. You should be super proud of yourself.

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  45. Wow! Congratulations on losing 100 pounds! What a wonderful accomplishment!

    I just found your blog due to Jo. Her blog today led me to you. I will continue to follow you! I am trying to lose 212 pounds. I've lost 37.75 pounds during the past 13 weeks and have a long road ahead of me. It's really encouraging to see people like you succeed and give the rest of us the encouragement and inspiration we need! Congratulations!

    Debbie at:

    http://weightogo-diaryofafatchick.blogspot.com/

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  46. I read your blog from time to time and checked it out today. What a milestone! I am so happy for you! YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC! R

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  47. just found you through a friend's blog (Dawne) congratulations!!! what a milestone!!

    so happy for you!

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  48. just found you through a friend's blog (Dawne) congratulations!!! what a milestone!!

    so happy for you!

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  49. THAT'S AWESOME! CONGRADS!!
    -One of your readers who thinks you're doing great!

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  50. Shelley! I am SO PROUD of you! You kept going and never gave up.

    What a milestone for you.

    You look awesome!!

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  51. OMG!!!! You look AMAZING!!!Weigh to go;) I'm sooooooooo proud of you Shelley. You are a success story in my book!

    Dee~

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  52. Congratulations!!! I'm sooo happy for you!

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  53. Holy frickerty frack, woman!
    Woo hoo!
    Congratulations!
    And lots of applause from the audience!!!!

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  54. Congratulations! You give me inspiration to complete my weight loss journey!

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  55. I'm stopping by again to tell you that I've left an award for you on my blog -- you really deserve it!

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  56. Melissa's from Adventures of Kids, Knitting and Weight Loss mentioned that you had just lost 100 pounds. That is great!! Keep up the good work!!!!

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  57. WOW!!!!! Congratulations. 100 pounds what an achievement. You must be extremely proud. I'm speechless.

    Real determination.

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  58. First off, I was crusing the www for inspiration and found your blog. Yeah, love it! What strikes me most about your weight loss is the time it has erased. I am shocked that it not only lead to you looking and feeling better, but how much younger you look as well!
    Seeing I'm on the closer side to 50 (who can believe that??) it is just another reason to get going! Proff, your weight loss equals you looking at least 10 years younger! Congrats!

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  59. Hey beauty queen.....nice job! What a remarkable accoomplishment....three cheers to you!

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  61. Many congratulations! What a great accomplishment. You're an inspirational lady ;)
    weight loss

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  62. Woohoo!!!!!! Congrats Shelley! It's so great to hear that things are going well and all your hard work is paying off. Good job!!!!!

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  63. How did I miss this post??? Congratulations on this milestone. What an accomplishment. You look GREAT!!!

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  64. Congratulations on reaching such a huge milestone. The amazing results of hard work and dedication. Be proud!

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  65. you are truly an inspiration, you should write a book! :) going to share you blog with some of my friends :)

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