My weight loss journey has required many things of me. It has required me to be strong, prepared, organized, honest, patient, confident and dedicated. That’s why when I reached 80 pounds, I added a new Pandora bead to my journey necklace.
I chose dedication. You can’t lose 80 pounds if you’re not dedicated to the cause.
Saturday, when I got on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting I was afraid to look at the number. I knew I was close. I didn’t know if it would be real. Then I looked. The receptionist at the scale knows me. She knows about my journey. She hugged me. I cried. I was completely unprepared for the onslaught of tears and emotion that losing 80 pounds would bring. I didn’t react that way at 50 pounds or 75 pounds, why 80? I don’t know, and in the few days since I weighed in, I’ve given up trying to figure it out. It doesn’t matter. I’ve lost 80 pounds. I’ve truly crossed over the mid-point on my journey. I have less weight left to lose than I have already lost. It’s like coming down the back side of the mountain. It’s just as hard, but my confidence is greater and I know I can get to the finish line.
I’m so thankful for all the people that touch my life as part of this journey. From my family and friends to my Weight Watchers groups and leaders (in Buffalo Grove and in Kenosha). As I described in an earlier post (linked above), I have a journey necklace that gets a new bead at specific milestones during my weight loss journey. Everyone at Seebeck Gallery in Kenosha knows when I come in, it means I’ve reached another goal. I love that they celebrate with me too!
Now the really fun part! I’m a visual person, so I needed to “see” what 80 pounds looks like. Here’s what I’ve found:
TWO of my niece!
And, 80 pounds as portrayed by the 5 lb. stickers given out at Weight Watchers meetings for each 5 lbs. lost.
No wonder it’s easier to go up the stairs!
How do you visualize your weight loss?
May 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm
June 2, 2017 at 11:14 am
Thanks Aunt Annie! It’s a milestone for sure!
May 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm
Congratulations! That’s so awesome! Yay you! Who knows why certain numbers affect us the way they do, but they do! So happy for you, I know a lot of work, determination, dedication and focus went into every ounce of those 80 pounds!
June 2, 2017 at 11:16 am
Rhona, you are so right! Every ounce matters! OHHH … focus would be a great bead to add to my necklace! I’ll have to see if Pandora makes one!! 🙂 Thanks for your kind words!
June 5, 2017 at 7:14 am
Patience. Yes. And I know that fear of looking. I do.
June 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm
Patience is truly a virtue and most often I’m not very patient!
June 5, 2017 at 9:04 am
Girl—this is truly amazing, and you need to be so proud of yourself!! And really, when it comes down to it, the numbers aren’t the only celebratory part!! It’s how you feel and the fact that you’ve done this!!
Congrats over and over again Robin!!
June 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm
Thanks so much Jodie! It’s really quite hard to believe! And, I AM proud of myself! I probably celebrate clothes getting too big as much as the pounds going away!!
June 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm
That’s awesome, you lost a dishwasher!! Love your outlook!
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June 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Right? Isn’t that funny? Think about that strapped to your body and how it would make you feel!!!
June 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm
I am so excited for and proud of you!! you are inspiring so many people to go for it–even beyond weight loss goals. I LOVE the dishwasher visual! 🙂 Just awesome, Robin!
June 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Thanks so much, Lee! You have always been one of my raving fans!! 😘
June 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm
This made me cry with happiness for you, Robin! 80 pounds is significant for all the reasons you identified, especially the visual ones! Wow! Yay!
June 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm
I cried too — it was so unexpected, even though I’m a crier! Thank you for sharing my accomplishments!
June 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm
Well done! That’s an amazing achievement! Love the idea of the necklace beads to celebrate!
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June 5, 2017 at 8:07 pm
Thank you! I truly love my necklace! It’s a tactile reminder of how far I’ve come. And, it serves a great purpose when I have an urge to eat!!!
June 5, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Wow, such a big milestone. Congratulations!
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June 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm
June 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm
Wow! When you look at the comparison pictures of what 80lbs looks like, it makes it even more real. WAY TO GO!!!!
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June 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm
Stacey, That’s exactly why I put the visual with it. Just looking at pictures of me is surreal. It’s hard to connect with that person. But, a dishwasher is pretty darn tangible!! Right? That makes sense! Although, I still am not sure how I was lugging that around all day! And, thanks for your continued positive feedback and thoughts!
June 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm
What an incredible milestone! Congratulations !
June 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm
Thanks so much Mandi!