How It Feels to Lose Almost 200 Pounds*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
I’m knocking on the door of my 200 pound weight loss by just 15 pounds. It has been a long journey- since December 2005. I wouldn’t speed it up or change a thing. I needed that time to make real change and learn to transition to a new lifestyle. A journey is a very individual thing. I found for myself, that losing around ½ to 1 pound a week allowed me to not starve and work on making lasting changes. One pound a week over a year is a 52-pound loss. 
I thought crossing over into the 300’s from the 400’s was exciting.Then I thought nothing could ever beat the feeling of losing 100 pounds. Then I lost 150 pounds, putting me halfway to my weight-loss goal.  I thought nothing would beat crossing into the 200’s, but then I realized that I was 40 pounds away from a 200 pound loss.  I lit a fire under myself to get that weight off.  Now I am excited that a mere 15 pounds stands between me and my 200-pound loss.
So how does it feel?  Physically, like walking on air compared to 460 pounds. Yesterday, I crossed my legs at the knees!  I was thrilled, granted I was leaned slightly back in a recliner, which helped. Seriously though, celebrate every win!  I fit in booths at restaurants and theater chairs well now. I feel perkier and more vivacious than I used to feel some days.  I'm still disabled in several ways, but I’ll take some days over no days anytime!
Mentally, I feel totally different. I feel like nothing can stop me like it has in the past. Tenacious would be a good word for how I feel. I want to go for things now and not just sit on the sidelines.  Some things still scare me though, because I’m still trying to get rid of my mental 460-pound Beth. 
Eating more organic, raw, and whole foods has really helped me lose weight. They keep me full and more energized. I shop for organic meats and dairy, but use fruit and vegetable washes on produce. It saves money.  I also eat meals that are cheap sources of protein and fiber, like tuna salad with veggies and kidney bean salad with garlic and red wine vinegar instead of mayo. A favorite snack of mine is nut butter with fruit.
Every move counts to me. I don’t care what the latest fitness fad is at the moment.  For those of us who haven’t moved in an eon or are immobile, we need to start somewhere.  Walking to the mailbox, sweeping, tidying, they all count. SparkPeople’s customizable exercise tracker can be helpful in remembering your favorite activities.  Whatever you do, keep pushing yourself a little at a time. You want to be challenged, but not so much that you will avoid the workout.
The journey really is the best part, it is odd to say. I always wanted to be thin immediately.   It wasn’t until SparkPeople that I learned that setting up for successful weight loss, getting support, reading, learning, and even writing would help me change. With each change comes a sense of accomplishment and growth. It's almost as if I am a child again, taking home finger paintings of new things I'm discovering in the world. Don’t wish it away; learn to love yourself and take the time to really change so that you won’t deal with the same weight over and over again. It really does feel great, both the journey and the weight loss that comes with it.

Are you inspired by Beth's weight loss journey? What win would you like to celebrate?

*Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program. 

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MCANAKE 9/9/2019
Congratulation's 😃 Very inspirational ❤ Report
DMEYER4 3/12/2019
you are amazing Report
KITTYHAWK1949 2/18/2019
you are a great example of not rushing it but wait for real change to happen and enjoy the journey. Report
Beth ,you continue to be an AMAZING inspiration!! You go ,girl!!!! Excellent job!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!! Report
Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing. Report
You are amazing Beth. Report
I am always inspired by Beth. Report
You are truly and inspiration. Thank you for a great blog. I Report
great article Report
YES, i am so inspired by Beth. I think what motivates me the most is her positive and grateful attitude. For instance, in this blog, she said; " EVERY MOVE COUNTS!!!" That is so important. Thanks to you Beth for sharing this journey. Report
I read and re-read your blogs all the time for inspiration. One thing in today's blog was that you crossed your legs at the knee...that is one of MY goals and I guarantee I will reach it and feel like turning mental cartwheels when I do. I'm so proud of your successes. Keep going, that 200-pound mark will be there for you for sure!!!! Report
Another awesome blog. So inspiring and motivational You have come a long, long way and I commend you for it! I look forward to your blogs with such enthusiasm. When I start to wander, I just read another of your blogs. So uplifting and motivational for me! Thanks so much for sharing your journey!


Nola Report
Thanks for sharing your story. When I started I had more than 300 lbs to lose. When I get discouraged I read your story. I tell myself I can do it to. thanks for sharing Report
You go girl! Youa re working hard and hearing your determination is amazing! Thank you for being such an amazing motivator! Great job on your lose thus far and getting healthier to live a happier and better life for yourself! Blessings always! Can't wait to celebrate ALL of your goals with you! Report
I am so Happy & proud for you Beth! I know all about the life you are talking about! It was a tough way to live! I also have lost over 200 lbs. I went from 466 to 219. I lost 143 inches; from a 64 in waist to a 40. It is a daily battle to keep it off. I keep my before & after picture on frig w/ the phrase; Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels! God Bless you! Keep up the excellent work!
WOW Beth. I have been following your posts for a short time. Not only are you an inspiration with your words (and your feelings), you are a true homage to that wonderful thing we call A Woman's Strength And Determination. I will continue to wish you All The Best. Report
I am so lucky to know you. I do hope to actually meet you someday. Chris Report
Awesome post! Congrats on your weight loss journey and thanks for the great example you are setting for the rest of us! Report
Thanks Beth so much for sharing and keeping me inpired. I am so excited for you on your awesome journey. Report
Thank you so much, Beth, for sharing your journey.
Please continue to keep us posted. You are a wonderful inspiration. Report
Awesome Blog!!! Beth you can do it. Im Cheering you on to lose the 15 pounds.You are an Inspiration to all of us. You are a Beautiful Gal. We are so very proud of you. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. WAY TO GO!!! Report
I am cherring you on to losing those 15 lbs. I know you can reach you goal. THis was a real inspiring blog. I wish you well as you continue this journey. Report
What an inspirational blog. I can SO relate to all you're saying!

I started this journey very close to 400 pounds. I've lost 150, or thereabouts, but I've hit a bit of a stall recently. I think that's mostly because I want it to go faster, but it's plunking along at its own speed, and I get discouraged and end up making bad choices. Like that helps at all!

I remember being so excited to actually fit in "real" seating, too! I can't tell you how many years I wouldn't or couldn't go to theatres because I couldn't get in the seats ... or they felt like they were going to "pop" under me, or I couldn't get through the aisles ... so many difficulties. And travel -- oh, flights were a nightmare. Seatbelt extenders. The looks of other travelers, hoping you weren't going to be anywhere near them! Life is not friendly to those of us outside of the "norm".

I'm so happy to hear you're going the natural "organic" way. I've transitioned to nearly 100% pastured and local products. Food actually tastes good! it's not just an obsession. I love supporting our local producers, too. It seems like the right thing to do.

Thank you for your wonderful story. You're going to get to your goal, and you're doing it the right way. You're developing a new healthy you. Your lifestyle will stay with you for life. I have to reorient my thinking now, that a couple pounds a week, or less, is better for my own future lifestyle. Maybe that will help me break my plateau.

Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all! Report
Your story is amazing! You are definitely an inspiration to us all. Report
This is a fantastic story of perseverance and the power we all have to change our lives for the better. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey. Report
I will NEVER listen to another person or myself say there are limitations that I can't get past. You prove that isn't so. Report
I love your philosophy - 1/2 to 1 lb a week. I am just starting back to Spark People - thanks for inspiring me today! God Bless you for sharing so much. Report
What a great story! Thanks for sharing, and you should be as proud of yourself as we are of you. You couldn't have said it better. We enjoy the journey for what it makes of us. Keep it up! Report
Hugs to you, Beth. Bless you for loving yourself enough to find the courage and commitment to fight for yourself. Report
Wow! What an inspiration you are. You have every reason to celebrate each pound, not just the milestones, because you're doing it the right way -- slowly with lifestyle changes. Thank you for your blog entry! Report
You inspired and motiavated me today!
Thank you for sharing your story and continued best to you as you work toward all your goals!! Report
I had a bad weekend and your story was exactly what I needed to get back on the horse. I have lost 50# and would like to lose 80 more. I really like your theory of 1/2 to 1 # a week. That is very doable and I am starting back today. Report
Beth: I know you will make it to that 200 pound loss and I can't wait to see your blog when you do! I'll be shouting in joy along with you and your SparkPeople readers!! We're cheering for you. Report
You are doing such a great job I hope you the best of luck and whatever you do, if you fall off the wagon get back on. Report
You are such an inspiration to all of us, Beth. Even though I only want to lose around 50 pounds, you've made me feel much less embarrassed about how slow my weight loss has been. I feel much the same as you, though, because I didn't lose it "Biggest Loser" style, it has become my way of life now. I love following your journey and seeing you so full of joy as you lose weight and gain health! Keep up the great work!
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Awesome job Beth! Congratulations on your great accomplishment, and thanks for sharing your inspirational story with us!!! Report
I am so blessed to have you as my sparkfriend , and I know its possible to reach my weight goals, I am finally getting what I need to do, I am celebrating my 25 lbs milestone now in the 350s highest weight being 380 , with my win I am here learning all I can to get to my first major weight goal which is 345 , I have ten lbs to go! I will reward myself and keep going after more goals. Report
Smile...thank you so much for sharing your journey - its ups as well as its downs, but most of all in this blog...the joy of being able to live day to day. Report
You are so right! You really do need to celebrate every victory! If you don't, you take the risk of giving up on your goals. Thanks for the kick in the butt I needed today! Report
Good job!!! i have went from 347 to 207.6 and its an amazing feeling. i can't wait to cross that threshold to the under 200. i keep telling myself its only a little over 7 lbs i can do it. then from there its only 40 more. congrats hun Report

YOU are AWESOME ! Report
Thank you, Beth! Report
I am more inspired now to savor this journey. I am feeling so much better every day with a healthier lifestyle, more activity, eating healthier foods, more fruits and veggies daily.. And it's fun.. and exciting to lose weight, to have clothing feel looser daily, to get new things in smaller sizes, to have more energy to play with my son, to be able to handle two extra kids for extended time for emergency babysitting.. Grateful I can do that.. Grateful to have this under control.. I feel I AM doing it and nothing can stop me now! Report
I get it! Seven years ago I weighed 102 pounds more than I am today. I am not through with my journey, but I've been there! CONGRATS on the job well done! Report
You inspire me! Thank you for your honesty and willingness to share your experience. Report
Woo Hoo! I love your journey! You are awesome. I totally get the crossing the legs thing. I've lost 40 pounds. I have 60 to go. I celebrate each & EVERY POUND I've lost. We can reach our goals. Time to walk! Have a super night. Report
Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. I think you were successful because you were not expecting immediate gratification. You worked hard for each pound lost and have changed your life on the way. Keep us posted as you reach the finish line! Report
You are such an inspiration Beth! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. :) You are such a role model. Report
i love your sharing! i'm 7 lbs away from losing's a big one. and i also find it difficult to adjust to the smaller me. so many of my battles, triumphs i see mirrored in your blogs. "we read to know we are not alone." thanks! and keep up the great work! Report
I always look forward to your inspiring updates, Beth! Report