Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Very, Very, Very Proud of Myself!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my 100 pound weight loss - not only did I lose over 100 pounds, I'VE KEPT THEM OFF!!!!!!!!

Never, in the history of Shelley, have I lost weight and kept it off. This is a first for me. It finally clicked - you know, the whole "change the way you eat" thing - I can't remember the last time I went to a fast food restaurant...and that used to be a staple of my daily diet. If you know of any Taco Bell stockholders, please give them my apologies. ;)

And exercise? Me? Weirdly, yes, not only do I exercise, but I actually like it! In a few days I will run 13.1 miles. It blows my mind that I have trained for a half marathon. Talk about a lifestyle change!

Two and a half years ago I started a diet, hoping to lose weight, but not really believing that I could do it. Luckily for me, I discovered the blogging community of people who were losing weight, as well as people who had lost weight and were working on maintaining that loss, and I think that put it in my head early on that I was going to have to change things permanently in order to keep the weight off. And while I do indulge myself on occasion (see yesterday's Maui post for proof, lol), I've been pretty good about eating healthy, and my reward is still fitting into my smaller-sized clothes! Go me!

To those of you who are in the process of losing weight, I just want to say don't give up. I am living proof that anybody can lose a large amount of weight just by changing the way you eat, and getting up off the couch and moving your body.

November 16, 2010 - 150 pounds!
November 16, 2009 - 156 pounds!

42 comments:

  1. Shelley, you are one of the reasons why I don't give up. So glad I got to know you and can call you my friend.

    ROCK ON MY FRIEND!!

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  2. Congratulations on your anniversary! You inspire so many people daily...who read your blog. I believe with your new found good habits you will keep the weight off for a lifetime one day at a time:)

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  3. Congratulations on your accomplishment it's such a wonderful goal to reach!

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  4. YEAH SHELLEY!!!!!!! Congratulations, my friend; that is a well-earned, hard-fought achievement.

    I think you should consider hiring skywriters to celebrate it. It is THAT rare, and that awesome. You give me hope I will get there too!

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  5. That is so great!! Congrats!!! You definitely give me hope

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  6. How inspirational! What an awesome story. :)

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  7. You should be on the cover of a magazine. You would give so many people hope. Congratulations! All of the blood, sweat, and tears paid off.

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  8. AND THAT....Is why I keep coming back! I don't comment much but I am quietly inspired ALL THE TIME

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  9. Happy Anniversary! It's like being a new and improved you, this healthy lifestyle. Oh and you're definitely not missing anything at Taco Bell. we recently ate there. Bleh.

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  10. Fabulous milestone - well done! I enjoy reading your posts, as well as being fun and interesting, they do give me hope that perhaps I can do this too. Thank you!

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  11. It has been an honor to watch you change. Thanks for sharing your life with me.

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  12. "in the history of Shelley" so funny.
    this post makes me want to cry....so so glad I have found you.

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  13. I'm so close to my 100-pounds-lost that I can smell it! Then I'll start my clock for keeping it off, and still losing more.

    Thanks for being inspiring.

    Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

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  14. Happy anniversary... you look GREAT!

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  15. Happy anniversary Shelley! May it be the first of forevers to come :D

    You are quite the inspiration to me - you keep me moving on the weights and got me thinking I might actually be able to do a half marathon!

    Very proud of you and proud to have you as a compatriot in the maintainers club!

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  16. Woohoo Shelley!!!!

    Absolutely amazing job. AMAZING!

    You deserve every shred of pride you feel, and then some more!

    Those 100 pounds are gone forever!!!!

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  17. Pretty awesome accomplishment and good luck for your half!!

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  18. Good job rockstar!!!!

    P.S. Your dates under your pics are thoroughly confusing me, lol. :)

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  19. I am so happy and proud of you! I am like Kelly too. I don't give up because of you! You are my hero!

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  20. You keep looking younger and younger, too! Congratulations, Shelley - an awesome achievement to lose it. An epic one to keep it off! You are indeed on my list of heros.

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  21. I am so honored to have been following you on your journey. Your first comment to me?

    2009/01/02 at 5:26 pm
    My goal for January is to have a roasted vegetable meal once each week – I keep reading about roasting cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc – now to try!

    And please, add me to your blog roll – I’ll add you to mine!

    And we've never looked back. You remind me that there are going to be plateaus, but you can overcome them and still succeed.

    I am happy to call you not only my blogging buddy but my friend!

    CONGRATS!!!!!!

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  22. As Helen says: you are my reason never to give up!

    Congrats my dear friend! There are many, many people who can lose weight but there are only a few who keep it off. You have every right to be proud of yourself. Hell you even deserve a present, I suggest you buy something nice at that store you're working at.

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  23. You should be proud, way to go! You are such an inspiration.

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  24. Congrats! This is such a wonderful milestone.

    Kick that half marathon's butt!

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  25. I found you through Helen's blog and I just want to say congratulations! You look amazing! What an inspiration you are to keep on keeping on!

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  26. Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment. You ARE inspiring!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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  27. I am so, so, so proud of you Shelley!! I wish I could be at the 1/2 marathon finish line to watch you achieve your goal --- at least I'll see you for the Austin 1/2 (unless of course you come in before me, LOL! Which is VERY lkely!) Definitely looking forward to pics & details from this weekend's race ...

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  28. You have done so super de duper. Keeping the weight off is a big deal, banana peel.

    Keeping weight off is something I struggled with in the (not so distant) past so now, post -surgery, since I can only eat a tablespoon of food for a mean, and then I burn it off with gas pains, I can keep my weight down easily.

    Why do I always make comments about myself when I need to be congratulating you?
    It's always me, me, me.
    Congratulations on your year anniversary. I had no idea. I thought you'd kept if off longer than a year. What is the big deal?
    (just kidding)

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  29. Congratulations. It's an amazing accomplishment!
    Thankyou for blogging your journey - it's been so helfpul and inspiring.
    I'd love it if you would post your top 10 tips - nothing speaks like experience

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  30. Congrats! You are my hero! I'm so happy for you.

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  31. Definitely an anniversary to be proud of! Congratulations!

    I'm so glad I found your blog, and that you're on my google reader now.

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  32. You are a complete and utter star! I'm so glad I found time to read today because I wouldn't want to have missed this. Congratulations!!

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  33. Shelley that is fantastic! Congratulations, you are very deserving of the pride you feel in yourself. You are a great positive example to us all and to me personally a source of great inspiration. Good luck in the half marathon.

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  34. You posted on a Tuesday??? For once I didn't 'check in' and I missed it!

    Congratulations, my friend. So glad I got to meet that 'tiny person' last spring!

    You are an inspiration to me when I walk, and also an inspiration to me the way you just keep eeking down the pounds little by little.

    Have a happy anniversary, and have some froyo to celebrate!

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  35. Your blog is so inspirational to me. I am so happy for you and proud too! You are awesome. Period.

    Jennifer

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  36. I am so happy for you!! You deserve every pound you have lost. Congratulations on your success. :)

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  37. Congrats, Shelley! You were always beautiful! Isn't it amazing the strength you didn't know you had?

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  38. Congrats, Shelley! You were always beautiful! Isn't it amazing the strength you didn't know you had?

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  39. That is just wonderful. I'm so proud of you. Did that maintaining year just fly by?

    I know it will seem like we are reading about the 2 year anniv so soon! I suspect the year will read like this one, race, run, race, maintain, lose, etc. (maybe not Maui, but here's hopin'!) SO HAPPY FOR YOU!
    Love, Chrissy

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