Over the last month I’ve been fixated on the 100 pound milestone. It’s HUGE. The anticipation of it was ginormous. How is this real? How did I DO this? Going from losing 90 pounds to 100 pounds was so emotional! I’ve cried (with amazement) at the scale on a weekly basis because I couldn’t believe the pounds were adding up right. I’ve cried at the thought of saying “I’ve lost 100 pounds.”
Now that I’m there (100.8 pounds to be exact) I still can’t believe it. I chuckle out loud before I say it to other people. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what this feels like and what it means. It’s by far the most surreal experience of my life. I’ve narrowed down my thoughts into the 3 most significant insights I’ve gleaned from losing 100 pounds:
- Understand Your Why – Understanding why I wanted to lose weight is half the battle. It can be as simple as not wanting to look or feel the same way anymore. I had reached a weight that was unbearable. I was uncomfortable everywhere. I couldn’t cross my legs and I needed a seatbelt extender on an airplane. I was so humiliated. And, most importantly, I want to be healthy for my daughters. I want to set a great example for them and I want to be a part of their lives for as long as humanly possible. To do that, I needed to to lose weight. That’s the why that keeps me going. Every. Single. Day.
- Success Does Not Equal Suffering – This is the biggest thing I’ve learned. I eat what I want. I indulge. I enjoy food. Yep, I do. And, I continue to lose weight. It works because I do everything in moderation. I’ve been at this for 22 months. I track my food (almost) daily. I count my points. I eat a LOT of fruit. I cook a LOT of vegetables. I choose to only eat homemade baked goods (with a few exceptions on special occasions). However, my eating style, portion size and cravings have changed. My lifestyle is permanently different. I used to think that losing a lot of weight meant that you had to give up your favorite foods, feel hungry all the time, and endure a general sense of suffering, but that’s just not true. One of the most important things I’ve learned from Weight Watchers is that while I’m losing weight I need to eat in a way I’m willing to eat for the rest of my life. That way, I’ll be prepared to maintain my weight loss when I get to goal.
- Identify Your Support Network – I’m not kidding. Find your “people” and include them in your journey. I would not be where I am in this process if it weren’t for my family, my friends and my Weight Watchers leaders and group. This core of people helps me celebrate every tenth of a pound lost. Be strong. Stand up for yourself. If there are people in your life that aren’t being supportive, talk to them and share your why and explain why their support is so very important to you. Losing this weight is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. Getting healthy will allow you to be around to do everything else. I am fortunate my health concerns were not yet life threatening. However, I was diabetic (I’m not sure I can become un-diabetic even though my A1C is now at a non-diabetic level), I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and my blood pressure was OK, but not great. ALL of those concerns have either normalized or been nearly eliminated. My doctors are thrilled! I couldn’t have come this far without my support networks. Don’t have anyone you can count on? Send me a note or comment below. I’ll be there for you.
On the day I reached 100 pounds, my parents, daughters, sister and niece all came to my Weight Watchers meeting to celebrate the milestone (which isn’t even my goal, I’ve got more weight to lose). It was overwhelming and emotional. I’m not sure who shed the most tears — me, my mom, my dad, the Weight Watchers team, or my fellow members! This celebration — with the people I love the most surrounding me — helped make it real. I am so thankful for them.
How did I do this? How did I — the person who’s been struggling with her weight her whole life — manage to figure this out?
As I do for each 10 pound milestone, I went to Seebeck Gallery in Kenosha with my parents to pick out the new Pandora bead for my journey necklace. There were many good options to choose from. I’d done my homework and was armed with a list of contenders. But, I always decide in the moment and I chose wisdom. So much of this journey has been in my head. I’ve reviewed and analyzed the things that I do and choose to eat. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve changed my behaviors. I’ve acquired wisdom (definition: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment). Who me? I have good judgement when it comes to food? That’s crazy! But now, it’s also true. I’ve applied what I’ve learned to make this a simpler process. Is it easy to lose 100 pounds? NO. I had to reach deep inside myself to find the strength, commitment, patience, dedication, faith and wisdom to lose each and every pound. Wearing those personal values every day as part of my journey necklace keeps me focused and on track. This is a good thing, because I can never give up. This journey lasts for the rest of my life, and I’m OK with that.
What’s your why?
October 25, 2017 at 10:06 am
Great job! WW is got to my 70lb loss and keeping it off. I get Pandora charms to commerate milestone races.
October 25, 2017 at 11:34 am
That’s awesome Janet! Way to go! It’s amazing isn’t it??
October 25, 2017 at 4:37 pm
So inspiring Robin…Thank you so much for sharing your story!
November 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Thanks so much Carol!! I’m happy to share my story. I find that so many people struggle with their weight and finding out you’re not alone can be very comforting — and less points than eating your way to comfort!! 🙂
October 25, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Yes!! So proud of you! And you have truly inspired me to finally release the grief weight I’ve been lugging around for two years–it turns out ice cream for comfort leaves you uncomfortable in the end. 15 pounds gone! Go, Robin!
November 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm
Yay Lee! So happy for you! It’s amazing how uncomfortable you can be when you eat for the wrong reasons, right? It’s also amazing to find out you can resist those urges. One successful resistance of emotional eating makes the next time easier — eventually!! Keep it up!
November 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Robin, you are so inspiring! You are so beautiful, inside and out. There is great pride in such an amazing accomplishment, but the most amazing part of it all is that you are fulfilled, happy, and feeling successful. Remembering that the same, wonderful person you have always been can remain within your transformed body is most important. You have always had so many gifts to share with your sweet daughters. Now, you share the gift of commitment, willingness, tenaciousness, and passion with them. I am so happy for you, Robin. Congratulations and well-wishes for happy days ahead! You look FABULOUS!!!!!
November 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm
Ginny, you always have the most beautiful words for every occasion or situation. Thank you so very much! I think that shedding the weight allowed me to truly find myself again. I feel more like me than I’ve felt in a LONG time! Hope to see you soon!!
November 10, 2017 at 9:09 am
What an amazing accomplishment!! You are an inspiration!
November 22, 2017 at 8:11 am
Thanks so much, Stacey!
November 28, 2017 at 9:00 am
Your insights are super inspirational. I think they will help many women and I’ve shared.
November 28, 2017 at 6:56 pm
Thank you, Carol! That’s why I started my blog. Not only to chronicle this journey, but to help others. If I can do this, ANYONE can do it! So, thank you for sharing!
November 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm
This is amazing, congratulations!! You deserve many Pandora beads!
November 28, 2017 at 6:57 pm
Thanks, Christina! And, I will continue to have MORE beads!! Probably another 6 or 7, depending on how it goes when I get closer to my goal. 🙂
November 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm
Understanding why you want to lose weight is so important as you’ve already stated – I also think being in the right mindset to lose weight is just as important- if your mind isn’t tuned in to losing weight then you’ll have a hard battle on your hands! 😊
November 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm
Linda — I agree 100%. This is absolutely about mindset. I’ve tried to lose weight more times than I can count! But this time, for whatever reason, I experienced the shift in mindset, and that, has made all the difference!
November 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm
A support network is critical in my own experience. There’s a lot of times when I am emotionally down and just want to eat a whole fried pig covered in ice cream and having my wife or friends there to say “Ew, awful no, do you REALLY wanna do that?” helps immensely. I wish there was an app to track how much weight you DON’T gain because of the kind intervention of those who love you 🙂
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November 30, 2017 at 9:19 pm
Maybe we should invent that app, Tony! Sounds like a million dollar idea to me!! 🙂 In all seriousness, the support network is everything!!
December 2, 2017 at 6:46 am
Absolute WOW! Amazing. You are really approachable and realistic in your writing, you will absolutely be helping so many people by sharing your wisdom!! X
December 2, 2017 at 7:28 am
Thanks so much Em! I really want to help others achieve their weight loss goals.
December 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm
This is beyond incredible!!!
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January 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm
Thanks for sharing your journey with us Robin, you’re such an inspiration. I so agree with eating in moderation. To lose weight, you don’t have to deprive your cravings, just eat some portion and later on do healthy food substitutes. Congratulations to a new you beyond physical change. I’m proud of you 🙂
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July 6, 2018 at 7:17 pm
Thank you so much, Ashley! I truly appreciate your kind words and support! I’m still taking it day by day. Slow but steady wins the race!
February 15, 2018 at 5:41 am
Hello! All right?
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July 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm
Thank you Adriano! I appreciate your feedback.
April 20, 2018 at 10:35 am
Great post, Robin! This truly inspiring and people who intend to lose weight may be encouraged to follow your path since your weight loss journey has been a successful one. This is awesome!
July 6, 2018 at 7:14 pm
Thank you so much for your kind words, Sharon!
September 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm
Great post! I’m currently at my weight loss journey as well – although I try to keep myself relatively skinny throughout the year, so it’s only just for a few periods! Thanks for being such a great motivation though:)
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