A blog of weight loss, weight maintenance, and life in between
Just read your last blog regarding your book. I'm not a writer; however, I can totally relate to your story. You have an amazing way of telling your life story. I have no doubt that your book would be just as amazing. I so appreciate your honesty and insight that you are able to convey in your blogs. I can only imagine the connection a reader would have with your book. Thanks for all your words...they are definitely appreciated by those of us who have struggled and who are continuing to struggle with weight and life issues. It helps!
Wow I am so glad I found your blog I am 48 and starting weight at 308 I just got down to 299 first time under 300 in I can't remember how long. Look forward to reading more!
I just came across your blog and I swear you were writing my life story. I'm 37, married and two daughters, 21 and 16. My children and husband love me but I don't love myself because of what I have put my body through. I can't walk from the parking lot at work to my desk without being out of breath. Forget about going out some place, booths are to small, theaters were not made for big people. I cut my own bangs, the rest is long and pulled up with a clip. No clothes and what I do have is stained. It doesn't help that I'm a Dietary Mgr. and work in a kitchen 5 days a week for 40 hours. I changed my life 2 weeks ago because I want to live and I know I'm not the way I'm going. I'm 5'5 and weigh 285. I tried weighing myself 2 weeks ago when I started but the scale stopped at 300. So, I'm not sure excatly what I weighed but this is the biggest I've ever weighed. I'm doing this one day at a time and I know this is it because I want to live! Can't wait for your book to come out, I will diffently be one of the first to buy a copy. Thank you for showing me it can be done..
HI!!! I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog, (actually I read about it on yahoo.com)but let me just tell you how much reading what you have written inspires me! First, I want to learn to blog...I am computer non-savvy though, where do I start?? Second, reading your words got me so excited! I mean FOR ONCE someone knows EXACTLY how I feel and the things I think about myself daily AND she succeeded in becoming a skinny person!! You have no idea how that inspires me alone because I once thought I would NEVER be skinny again and I almost gave up trying. ALMOST. I've started over trying to eat healthy and though I am not perfect and almost everyday I eat a bite or two of something I am not supposed to, but I get right back up on my horse and start over the next day. :) Lastly, I just want to say THANK YOU for getting it, REALLY GETTING IT. You are an inspiration to me and many other people!!! P.S. I want to buy your book when it comes out! ;o)
Lynn, thank you for your inspiring story. I am 5'7", 54 years old, and weigh right about 400lbs, give or take. I have been obese all of my life and I have, pretty much, loathed myself for all of that time. I am beginning to understand why and I'm beginning to know how to like myself. As a very young child I knew I was 'defective' due to comments of my older siblings and of family 'friends'--people truly do not realize the impact that thoughtless comments have on young children. When I started school some children, of course, taunted me. Then when I was 8 or 9 my mother took me to see a 'specialist' (I can only think it was an endocrinologist)--who told her I didn't have a thyroid problem and, basically, told her it was baby fat and I would lose it at pueberty. Hmmp! My birthday and Christmas 'gifts' often consisted of something to make me 'exercise'. Exercise became a hated word to me and gradually I became very stubborn, inside myself, about the fact that I was different--if others could not accept me and like me as I was, then to hell with them, I thought. 'Diets' in my mother's mind, consisted of eating tuna sandwiches with nothing to make them attractive or tasty, for lunch, and about 1/10th of what anyone else ate at breakfast and dinner. When I was about 14 I went to Weight Watchers with a friend. Some old bat there latched on to me right away and began to go on and on about what I had to do and how the weight would kill me before I was 20 etc. ad infinitum. I never went back. Through the years I tried fad diets--never could stick to them and didn't really have any reason I wanted to. I had so much weight to lose that I was completely discouraged. In my 30s I had a type of barriatric surgery. It did not include any counseling or prep or follow up--other than a B12 shot now and then--and eventually it stopped working; I had managed to get back to the point where I could eat however much I felt like. I had never lost all I needed and I gained it all back plus 100lbs MORE. So now I have signed up for a seminar regarding lap-band surgery (my many specialists are jumping up and down with joy simply because I am taking this first step). I know I can not lose the weight without help. After 54 years that is clear to me. The program includes psychological counseling and I am beginning (from prior counseling sought on my own) to understand my rebellion and figure out how to like the 'me' that is in there somewhere. I also know I will have to do supervised program for 6 months before my insurance will even consider paying for the procedure. That works for me! The supervision will help. I am seeking support from my friends on Facebook and from my sister to help me deal with the other family memebers I live with and their terrible eating habits. Your story inspired me because you said you lost over 100lbs before beginning an exercise program. I will have to lose a great deal before I will be able to exercise. Keep your fingers crossed! Thank you for being inspiration!
I live about an hour and half away from Pittsburgh.. I just read part of your story on yahoo.. and your words were sooooo right on to how I’m feeling.. I’m finally ready to lose the weight. I lost weight in high school but that was only to fit in.. being the only heavy girl in your class.. you can just imagine the torment by other students.. after losing 40 pounds, nothing changed, I was still the heavy girl and people still ridiculed me. And now after college, moving home, and working 10 hour shifts, I’ve just packed the weight on.. I go to the gym about 2-3 days per week, but I’m realizing it’s just not enough.. Weight Watchers helped me before, and I’m going to let it help me again. I recently just started to make better decisions for me. It’s all about self loving, not self loathing. Women have so many outsider “stessers” from our family, friends, significant others, society. We’re constantly being judged by others, it’s time to stop judging ourselves. I need to do this, not for my boyfriend, mom, dad, or overly critical sisters… it’s time to do this for me!!! Thank you so much for your inspiration.. I can’t wait to read more of your blog!!!
Hi Lynn! I've been following your blog for about half a year I think and I love what you have to say! Do you have any advice in regards to the final leaning out? I've lost over 40 pounds and am anywhere from a size 2-6 and that's great and all BUT I'm body fat is still high and my upper body is carrying a lot of body fat!! You come such a long way and looks so lean - especially your arms - and I'd appreciate any advice! Also, how long did the last/fine tuning phase take you?Thanks in advance for anything you have to say! If you've covered this in a previous post, feel free to just direct me to it! xoxo,xj
Thank you Lynn. Your blog and inspirational victory has been a motivation for me and I know many others...appreciate you putting yourself out (i.e. blog etc) there to let those who struggle and battle each day, that they're not alone. You rock lady!
I am most curious about your story... I was wondering how old you are....and maybe not so much your age, but more if you have gone, or when during your weight loss journey, you did go? ... through menopause? I would love to know the answer. I don't take hormones of any kind, am on the other side of menopause, and I guess I feel like my weight doesn't budge not matter what... when you say you are a Grandma.. it just makes me wonder if you had to battle that too. Thank You... Linda
Linda, I'm 47. Started losing weight 6 years ago. Just starting the whole menopause thing now. Perimenopause is SO much fun...not! LOL My weight fluctuates more now than it did when I first got to goal 4 years ago and I think thaht is, in part, due to my changing body. I've known many women, though, who have successfully lost weight post-menopause. It just took them a little longer. Wishing you the best. Let us know how you're doing.
Lynn, I just wanted to leave brief words of support for you and all of us who have received this "gift" of weight loss and maintenance. This journey offers us so many opportunities to learn lessons that are magnitudes larger than what they might appear to be about. Lynn, thank you for your generosity in sharing so much with us. In becoming so fully the student you are, you have become a great teacher. With respect,A.
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