I Lost 150+ Pounds--and I Didn't Give Up*

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Many of you asked me why I never gave up, how I lost this weight, and why I s
I try to fight the good fight against my ill health with intensity and fire now.  LOL!  No.  Actually I fight against my ill health one choice at a time.  I used to fight with fire and intensity, but I always burned out and gave up, calling myself a failure once again.
It all started very simply with one change at a time.  As I got used to the change, I changed something else.  For example, I made a rule for myself to eat from small plates when they were available.  Then when I got used to that I began ordering small instead of large and sharing meals at restaurants.  1% organic milk became a staple grocery item, and then I added more whole grain products, fiber, lean protein, and fruits and vegetables.  One of my favorite sources of healthy fat became spray canola, olive, or sunflower oil. 
I learned for myself that quality of food satisfied me better than quantity.  In other words, I would eat less if I gave my body better foods like those mentioned above.  When I eat junk, cravings hit me and I go into what you would almost call a food frenzy where I can’t eat enough.   So basically, where food is concerned quality tops quantity at satisfaction for me.
I eat every 3-4 hours to keep from getting too hungry in a mini meal fashion.  It keeps blood sugars steady, thus ending the starvation feeling that one can get from not eating for hours on end.
Challenging myself physically has become a big part of my routine.  Whether its going on a machine for 1 minute and building up to 2 then 3…. My goal is to beat MY personal best.  Right now I am working very hard on trying to walk again.  I went 1.34 miles last week, but it took the whole day, lots of rest stops, much water, and my walker, “Freedom,”  My goal is to do an all day my way 5K by Christmas.  Big challenge and kind of scary! (And I did it last week!)
That brings me to the fact that I’ve had to come out of my comfort zone.  I have to wear workout clothes to make me want to move, go to the gym and exercise in public, change in the locker room and the list continues.  For me, each time I get a bit more daring, it’s like taking another lock off the door and glimpsing the wonders I could be part of again.
SparkPeople keeps me going- you the people part.  I need all of you and I want to help all of you through my blogs.  I feel if I were to go back to my old ways, it would take hope away from someone who might be able to identify with me.  I also meet my Spark friends in person at rallies and the local meetings I hold here in Indiana.
Here are a few pieces of advice in summary:
Eat high quality foods.
Eat every few hours.
Eat smaller portions.
Track everything
Push yourself a little.
Get moving as you can.
Get support systems going.
My progress thus far is a loss of 151 pounds, down from a size 8x to a 3/4x.
Believe in yourself.  You can do this, too.
Do you believe in yourself? Is it hard?

*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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THETROUT 7/12/2019
I know this was a long time ago, but very helpful for me - Always love a word from Beth. Report
you are quite inspirational. thanks for the share. Report
You are an inspiration!!! Thank you for the uplifting article. Report
Congratulations on your progress so far! Report
I really love reading about your journey with Spark People and your success inspires me a lot! Report
You have done great and such a marvel. Blessings to you and yours. Report
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Great job on the weight loss and sticking with it! Report
Thank you once again. Just when I feel like I can't hang in any longer I read your blog and decide I can do it for one more day. Report
Losing 150 pounds is awesome!! I hope in the near future I can LOSE 150 pounds!! Keep going! You are my hero!! Report
U r proof that baby steps lead to big steps. And it leads to big weight loss!
I hope everyone has a Terrific & Blessed Tuesday! Linda! Report
Great blog with very good information. Congratulations on your weight loss journey! You are looking fabulous!! Keep up the great work... Love reading your blogs. Report
Great blog!! I love your ideas and methods of achieving your goals! Good for you! And thank you for sharing with us! Report
Beth: I would like to add you as a friend, but not sure how. You know I don't have many friends in real life as my social life seems to be doc appts., therapy appts. (head therapy & physical therapy), & trying to stay awake on pain meds or live w/excruciating pain when can't stand being sleepy or need to drive!

But I have so enjoyed getting to know you in person & am so inspired by you & just plain like you a lot.

I haven't done the blogging here or added friends as I had a problem in one group where I got kind of bullied. So I just dropped off writing things but I did write a response to another lady's blog I follow about bullying here at SP & she added me as a friend! It was so nice!

So I wanted to try to be more active here & add you as a friend & this other nice lady that I follow.

In AZ now so want to try to take a hike before it gets too hot. Get back to Indy May 18th so hope to make plans to catch up. Report
Beth YOU ARE my inspiration!!! I look forward to every blog you share with us and feel like you are one of my friends that I never met. I have to learn from you to take baby steps and small changes then adapt them to my life as a routine. We are victims of habit, we just need the healthy habits!! Thank you for all your sharing and I know everyone here love you and love to hear from you every blog at a time. Report
Thank you for sharing your proof that one change at a time leads to big changes, keep up the awesome work. Congrats on doing something so healthy for yourself, keep up the awesome work of self care. Report
I can definitely relate to how you feel. I have tried going into a pit of fire, headstrong, ready to lose weight, and then failed repeatedly. Now, after many learning experiences, I have found out exactly what you have. It takes one change at a time for success to occur. We didn't gain the weight overnight, and we aren't going to lose it overnight either. Be kind to yourself :) Report
You are an inspiration! Your blog actually brought tears of joy to my eyes. Good luck in your journey. Report
Hi Beth. Was just thinking about you today, wondering how you have been doing. You have been such an inspiration. I have fallen (& unfortunately haven't gotten up yet) and was asking myself today how you have done it. How you keep motivating yourself to become better? I feel like I am losing my battle, which is very frustrating, but every time I read one of your posts, I still see hope for me in the future. So awesome. Keep it up. Report
Beth - what an inspiration you are. I am glad that you shared this story with the SP family. See, I want to be like you when I grow up :) Have a wonderful day and stay positive! Report
Great Job! Now i have to do what you did! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work! Report
What a beautiful woman you are, inside and out! Your blog is now in my favourites -- what an inspiration, you sure do motivate me to keep going, thanks!

XOX Report
Congratulations. You are such an inspiration. Best Wishes. Report
Congratulations!! You are doing an awesome job! Keep it up! Report
Without belief in myself, I could never have accomplished what I have. When that scale did not budge, even after weeks of doing everything right; when attempting to change my lifestyle at 46; when even my doctor seemed skeptical - belief in myself was the only thing that kept me going! Was it hard? You bet! But... that's why my name is "BEMORESTUBBORN!" Report
Congrats! You are truly an inspiration. Report
gr8 post, so amamzing, i luv every single word u put up there, good work!! Report
I love your blog! It is so motivating and it gave great advice on starting off on a weight loss journey. Thank you so much! Report
You are amazing! You should be so proud of yourself! Keep at it because I know the health benefits are so amazing. And you also get to look amazing as an extra bonus! You are a beautiful person - inside and outside, and also a strong person. Keep up the great job! Report
I have heard all of these points again and again, but somehow, when you say them I listen! Thank you for sharing your journey! Report
wow, you are proof that baby steps can add up to something amazing. thanks for sharing. Report
Thank you for the fabulous write up. :) It's women like you that help us to push ourselves. You're truly an inspiration! Report
I strive to have half the courage you do. Thank you for your post. Report
You have such an inspiring story and I want to congratulate you on your journey! I have faith in you and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to! Thank you for sharing your story! Report
Thank you for sharing your story. I especially appreciate "one choice at a time". That is my intentional thought for this week. Seeing your picture and reading your blog is another piece for my puzzle. Thank you!
Thanks for sharing. On the journey with you! Report
Your blog is an inspiration to me an other. Keep up the good work, determination is the key to exercising and sticking on a diet. I really do admire you. Report
Thank you so much for sharing. My Ortho doctor just did ortho surgery on my right knee. It was in much worse shape than he thought. At my first post op appt. he was trying to find a delicate way to talk about my need to lose wieght and I made it easy and said lets cut to the chase....I am fat. The look of relief on his face was good and bad. I am now waiting for my MRI on my left knee, which he said had much less cartlidge than the right. Oh boy. You are an inspiration to me to get back on track instead of licking wounds I have already tended to. Report
Great Job i will read your Blog every week you give me hope i need to lose 50
and it is so hard but thanks to people like you!!!!!!!!!
keep me TRACKING; thank you. Report
Great Job i will read your Blog every week you give me hope i need to lose 50
and it is so hard but thanks to people like you!!!!!!!!!
keep me TRACKING; thank you. Report
Congratulations-and I love your idea of an all day K!! I too have lost a large amount of weight and everyone asks "What's your secret?" I tell them,there is no secret-I made little changes and just kept making them!! I started off adding in a walk around the block, it felt good enough so that I started making food changes too-sure enough, eating healthy and exercise equals weight loss!!! Thank you for sharing your story-
Katie Report
I want to quit more than anything in the world. I just took two weeks off of exercising and eating right. I didnt move from the couch, I didnt exercise, I ate whatever I wanted. My weight still didnt change. Im cursed and I cant do it anymore. Report
CONGRATULATIONS, BETH!!! That summary of your advice was key in my own weight-loss and fitness success. It's a one-size-fits-all-of-us approach that cannot fail, regardless of age, weight, or health, I have found. I'm so grateful for your guidance and hope you'll keep 'em comin'!! Tanks o' thanks - Susan Report
Baby steps. How any real change is made. I read that a long time ago. It fits well. Great job thus far!! You are inspiring. Report
it's good advice and I always listen to winners, thanks for the support Report
Awesome! You look fabulous and are an inspiration to us all! :) Report
Indy Girl, Thank you for your insights. I've got a question. I have trouble caring about my health when I'm faced with a temptation. it's like I've got ADD or something. How do you make yourself remember health when something you really like/d is right in front of you? do you have to only think of your health all day to keep it in your mind? can you actually think of other things and do other stuff than Health? Report
thanks! Report