Actually….105 pounds as of this post, but who’s counting. Oh wait (weight) I AM!!! grin!
Two weeks ago, I hit a 100 pound weight loss! It’s so hard to process that,
ONE HUNDRED POUNDS GONE! that’s 100 pounds I am no longer carrying around on my body. To say I feel “lighter” both physically, mentally and emotionally would be an understatement!
I hear so often, when I share a before photo, but you are pretty in that picture. Friends let me tell you: styling my hair and knowing how to wear makeup and finding a few articles of fairly cute clothing, to cover up my obesity, might give the impression that I had somehow managed to feel and look well, in-spite of the extra 130 pounds I was carrying on my frame.
This was a lie.
I was miserable. I was hurting, inside and out. I moved slow, I was exhausted and depressed. I was a mess! I just covered it up well.
And here’s the reality my friend, I still have days where I’m tired and sad, and worried and discouraged BUT I also have the energy, drive and determination to know, now, that those are feelings that come and go and that FOOD is NOT the fix for these feelings.
I can honestly say that the spiritual, mental and emotional “workout” I’ve been through since starting my weight loss journey has been far more challenging, and often painful, than the actual “dieting.” I realized that if I didn’t figure out WHY I used food to comfort myself. If I didn’t learn WHY I trusted food, instead of my family, my husband and let’s face it GOD to meet my needs and help me through difficult days, than I would end up right back where I was.
I had to get tough with myself and honest! I want to share something with you, if you are feeling discouraged or if seeing my transformation makes you feel worse not better.
I want to say something to all of you who might feel no hope and think there’s no way you could do what I’ve done.
Let me just tell you, you CAN!!
BUT, only when you decide that the pain of where you are now is worse than the pain and determination to have a better life, better health… and you decide that you want to LIVE! I mean this truly, you can only find the motivation and strength within yourself. Your friends and family can want it FOR YOU, but only YOU can do the work it takes to get there!
It’s not easy, nothing this life changing ever is. DECIDE you love yourself more than the food you crave, the couch you sit on and the comfort zone you live in. There are tools that can help you achieve your goals, but ultimately YOU must decide you want this more than you want the things that got you where you are. It’s tough love…with yourself!
This holds true for ANYTHING that is holding you back, weighing you down and controlling your life. It’s small daily decisions, one step at a time, one pound at a time and you will find yourself transforming. I am praying for each of you who are facing self doubt, discouragement and disappointment. This is a physical, mental and spiritual process and you can find the strength within yourself to change your life! IF “I” can do this after 22 years of obesity and at 42 years old, ANYONE can!
In my first post, way back in June, I shared with you a few things I wanted to be able to do! Never believing, truly, they could happen. Things as simple as tucking my jeans in boots…DONE. Wearing a swimsuit and feeling okay in it…DONE next week when we go to Florida! And, one I didn’t share…riding on the back of a motorcycle with my husband after 18 years of avoiding it. Honestly, I was mortified to be the “fat chick” on the back of the motorcycle and honestly I don’t think my husband could have held the bike up with both of us on it….but now I get to ride with him and enjoy this fun activity together!
I also decided that it was time, after 20 years, to get a new ride that was just for Momma! 😉 grin!
A red mustang is one way to celebrate losing 100 pounds! FOOD is not! 😉
Many of you wonder if something like this is possible for everyone. It is! My husband has lost 40 pounds and I’m so proud to share that my 20 year old son has lost 69 pounds!!! We joke that we’ve lost a rather large 5th family member from our family with our combined weight loss! ha!
THAT my friends makes me happier than my own weight loss! Seeing my son get healthy and achieve his goals! He’s learning good habits now that will last him for the rest of his life. This proud Mom is also happy to announce that because of his weight loss he was able to see a dream of joining the US Army come true and swore in this past week! He could have never done that at the weight he was last August.
I WISH I could bottle up how I FEEL inside and give some to each of you, who are where I was last May, just a taste of how amazing it feels to get healthy and to shed the burden of food addiction! Just a taste would give you hope that it is possible! Just a taste would start you down your own journey, but all I can do is tell you to step out in faith and believe that YOU have what it takes to get healthy! I’m believing it for you!
If you are ready to make a change I want to encourage you to reach out to me about the plan I’ve been using. You can connect with through my Facebook Page or by email: thepattersonfour (at) gmail.com
IIf you are reading this and and silently praying for strength to take that first step…I am praying for you! I pray over each of these posts that God will use them to bless, encourage and motivate others to get healthy and LIVE the best life they can!
Always yours…. with love, grace and humility…..
WOW! I am sure wondering how you lost 105 pounds in less than a year and did it the healthy way as you sure look healthy and beautiful. Ditto for your Hubby and Son and the car is so Beautiful!!!
suzie york says
im so proud of you . I too have struggled with my weight ive lost 114 pounds last year alone..by eatling right and exercise and just determination and mostly gods help. you look awesome im on my way to a healthier new me. congrats on the 105 pounds. you look great..
Oh, Heather! What a wonderful post and I appreciate you sharing all of your weight loss and your mentals with us. What an inspiration you are and I’m so proud of you. You were beautiful before and your beautiful now, but I’m so glad you’re feeling better about yourself – physically and prettily! 🙂 And…you got to go shopping! 🙂 I know this is going to touch others who need just what you’ve shared with us.
You are the sweetie,
RoseMary King says
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Your weight loss is just amazingly wonderful. You are truly an inspiration to everyone.
Thank you for sharing your photos and your story.
You HAVE been such an inspiration! I’m working on changing some bad eating habits and you’re right, there’s a lot of stuff to work through emotionally and spiritually in the process. My son is getting married this fall and I don’t want to be self conscious that day and worried about how I look! Keep up the good work and looking forward to the new pages!
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says
You are so beautiful – certainly on the outside, but most importantly, on the inside. Congratulations and love to you, friend!
You look beautiful. Can you share your diet and healthy earing journey to help me get started?
Kim Kreiss says
Heather, thank you for your post. I just started on my journey to lose 130+ pounds 6 weeks ago. I’m down 21 pounds. I pray that I have the courage and strength to get to the end this time, once and for all. I’m a bit older than you and have been carrying this baggage around my entire life. I’m struggling mentally right now…the weight loss honeymoon is over as my weight loss begins to slow down. Thank you for your honest posting. It gives me a lot of insight into my next year or so…I’m not giving myself a deadline – I just want it all off. Thank you for helping me realize I’m not alone in my battle.
Wow! Amazing way to go and you look great!
First of all, thank your son for his service from the Bliss Ranch family. Second, your inside beauty matches your outside and you’ve got a toned tummy to be the envy of all the other motorcycle mamas.
Emily McLaughlin says
Thank you so much for sharing your story! Congratulations on your accomplishment. I am just starting on losing 50 pounds for my health and your pictures and article are very encouraging!!
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Congratulations, my dear friend. Well done! xo
Olivia Rubin says
Holy $h!t….weigh to go. You did it in a year. Fantastic..I am sure you experiencing life in a way you could have never imagined. Continued success all your days. Got to get back to studying for my k-6 teacher exams, but this deserved my immeadiate attention. You always were beautiful, but know you feel it and believe it
Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle says
Way to go, Heather! What an encouragement you are to others! Thanks for the honesty! Life to the full! Melissa
You have expressed, so eloquently, the many facets of committed weight loss/ health improvement. Your honesty and your encouragement are sure to inspire others.
Congratulations on your achievement and thanks for your openness.
Congratulations! Love the Red!
Good for you! I too went through a similar journey and took off 80 pounds in just under a year. Worked with a fabulous trainer who was also a nutritionist. I never thought I could like to exercise:) I was 50 years old when I started my journey, so age does not matter. You can do this but it has to come from you not anyone else. I am now 54 and have been able to maintain my weightloss and so much healthier lifestyle.
Congratulations Heather keep up the great and encouraging work.
How amazing and wonderful for you! It would be great to start another website. I think we could all use some encouragement from a person who has been “there”.
What a great post!! You look amazing! I need some of this…So encouraging!!! Congratulations to you and your family for keeping the strength and supporting each other through all of this better living and feeling good.
Lori Alexander says
You look amazing! Congratulations.
laura@top this top that says
congrats to you! amazing journey. cheers to your continued healthy lifestyle.
What an inspirational story of your weight-loss journey! As for you starting a separate website or FB page…I would totally follow you!
Congrats!! You look amazing!! I know it was not easy, but, you persevered and did it!! I certainly admire your determination to meet your goal. You have added years to your life and life to your years! Enjoy your accomplishment. There will be some jealousy from people you know. It may be difficult for some friends to get used to the changes in you. There is something between selfish and selfless. Be sure to find that “sweet spot” between those two places and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty when you say “No” to foods or activities that may interfere in maintaining your weight loss. I am so happy for you!!
YOU LOOK AMAZING HEATHER!
YOU HIT ON SO MANY “LIES” THAT WE ARE EMOTIONALLY FED THOSE OF US THAT STRUGGLE WITH WEIGHT.
MY CLASSIC, “YOU CARRY YOUR WEIGHT SO WELL”. I HAVE EVEN HAD DOCTORS TELL ME WHEN THEY LOOK AT ME THEY CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I WEIGH.
LIKE YOU, I TOO HAVE BEEN ON A JOURNEY THE PAST SIX MONTHS DIGGING THROUGH THE “WHY” I DO WHAT I DO AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT IT IS CHALLENGING AND SOMETIMES A VERY PAINFUL EXPERIENCE.
BUT ONE THING I KNOW FOR CERTAIN…I AM GOING TO SUCCEED LIKE YOU DID BECAUSE I HAVE A STRENGTH INSIDE ME THAT I HAVE NEVER FELT BEFORE.
HMMM A SHINEY RED MUSTANG WOULD BE A FUN REWARD:)
Kerry Purcell says
Congratulations. What an inspiration you are! Good for you.
Oh, my heart is so happy for you, Heather….yes, you were beautiful before, but you a healthier and drop dead gorgeous, now! I wish that my own daughter would stop telling herself that she is just fine with her weight. She, too should loose what you have! I never harp or compare her to others, rather than occasionally mention my fears of health issues. I fear for her, hence why seeing you looking so incredible brings me to tears!
Congratulations on being a “biker chick”, now and on your new, red wheels!!!
WOW, you look amazing! Congratulations to you and your family for reaching your goals. What an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing your story; I hope it encourages others to know they can do it!
Congratulations! Having recently lost nearly 40lbs, I can honestly tell you that I know exactly how hard it is to lose weight and it really does require changing so much more than how much you put on your plate. You are an inspiration!!
Carol Reddin says
So very grateful and thankful to see my beautiful daughter so healthy and happy with who she is – and has always been since a little girl – a compassionate and caring person! Love you girl! Mom
Nancy Sharp says
Congratulations on that major accomplishment. What a blessing you already have been to your family and now hundreds of others. God bless you in your new venture.
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
Oh HEATHER! YOU are so inspiring! You look 10 years younger… you always were so beautiful but I can tell you have more life in you now! Now the beauty and love and awesomeness from within shows on the outside even more.
What an accomplishment.I ma so proud of you, sweet girl!
Atta Girl Amy says
Congratulations. As you know, just starting my own journey with almost the exact same goal as you. Down 13 pounds so far and grateful to have lots of cheerleaders urging me on and encouraging me.
I’d lost close to 100 pounds in my late 20s, and I remember what that felt like and how much better I felt and how i was actually an encouragement to other people, as well.
But over the years, I clearly lost myself again, but I’m working hard on finding me again and never going back to medicating myself with food.
Rosemary McKinney says
What an accomplishment! You are right, everything is a “mind set”…and determination….I am sure it has been a struggle and discouragement at times…but..you won…and that makes you a great winner….I think most of us have our vises to cope with our inner turmoil …again….it is the determination to break free of them….and only going to the ONE who loves us and promises to give us strength..if we look to Him…
My situation is..I am 66 years old and always been so actitive but slowing down more and more…and this is not who I am…age is one thing but there have been some very traumatic things that have happened in my family that has just taken all my energy …and desire…I need to lay them aside and get into exercising (I do not like that word or what it involves…). I have a wonderful neighborhood to walk and can join the YMCA (with no cost)…after watching your journey the last year…although our situation is a little different…it is the same….you have inspired me to get up and get a move on…
See we just never realize how we can help others and that’s what this life is all about…that’s what our Lord means for us to do…”show our scars” to let others know…they are not alone…
With great thanks to you..oh and how wonderful your son has such a heart’s desire to service our country …my heart wishes for him all the pride that comes with that…he can sure stand tall!…and makes for. a.proud mama and dad…
God’s greatest blessings to you…
Just made my day! Have read all of our weight loss journey posts and am completely inspired! Please do another blog regarding your journey, you know, you have been there and I believe and can relate to everything you have been through. I am trying today!!! This time for real, realizing this could be my story in a year…. or less!!!!!
Thank you Heather and many more years of healthy happiness your way and to all you inspire! I thank God for using you and your strength to help others like me.
Linda @ it all started with paint says
I can’t believe that you are the same person who was here in Chicago just one year ago! Truly amazing! You are an inspiration!
Now you are equally as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside!
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Heather you are a true inspiration to so many! I said it before and I will say it again.I am so blessed to have met you.I truly hope our paths meet again.I am so proud of all you have accomplished.It’s not easy putting yourself out there.But you did it and with that you helped many people going through the same thing you were.You look amazing on the outside and I bet you feel amazing too.And you are the total package because you are just as lovely on the inside <3
Heather, you are such an inspiration to us! Thank you for sharing your personal journey! I appreciate your honesty and candor about loosing weight, food addiction and your faith! You look fantastic and your new ride is fantastic!
Congratulations! Food is an addiction. I can think of no other addiction where one has to have their “drug of choice” to live. It is an addiction-a battle many of us fight everyday-several times a day. 13 years ago yeasterday I began a lifestyle change. My goal was first to lose weight but as I traveled this path the journey changed to being healthy , mind , body and spirit. It has been 13 years and I have kept the weight off. I share this in hopes to quiet the fears of those who are afraid of not being able to continue a healthy lifestyle. Being in control of life feels so much better than anything will ever taste. You are an inspiration! God Bless!
Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY says
You look great (and so does the new car). What an amazing journey.
All the best for continued success.
Have a great day,
Wow! Congratulations! This is truly something to celebrate. And you’ve chosen just the vehicle to do just that! You are a great role model for do many people! Thanks for sharing your story….you are such an inspiration! 😉
At first I thought I just “tripped” across your post but after reading I realized it was not a coincidence but a Godincodence. I am 42 and 100lbs overweight and have been since the birth of my first child at 22 and every day, every year, every glance in the mirror has been a struggle and brought shame.
I just recently was feeling so discouraged because of how it makes me feel and what a different person I want to be and it seemed so far out of reach. Last week I began the journey — yet again — to become the person I envision myself to be and enjoy the things in life I want to enjoy so you have NO IDEA how perfect your post is and just how incredibly inspiring reading just that post has been to me! You are my age, been overweight for the same length of time in approximately the same pounds and struggle with it being a family issue (husband and remarkably 20 yro son also)
God bless you! You were beautiful before and you are beautiful now and I am so thankful to see that at 42 it’s not too late to get healthy and feel better physical, mentally and spiritually.
I will now be going back to read the rest of your post about your journey.
Katie Evans says
Wow. Wow. You look just awesome. What an incredible journey you’ve been on. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring me.
You look fantastic! I have struggled with weight since I had my first child and became hypothyroid. I’ve never been the same. And food is so good! I have been working to eat healthier as well, but find it hard to find the time (single parent) and motivation to work out without a partner to keep me in check. Congrats on your hard work and for encouraging everyone else to keep trying!
Arell Olson says
Congratulations! I was quite surprised at your before and after pictures. I would have never guessed that you were struggling with your weight. (I am a fairly new reader) Thank you for this post. I have been trying to lose 50 pounds and at times it seems so hard. You have given me inspiration.
Congratulations on finding the new you, deep inside where it always was….I too have struggled with my weight for my whole life…what most people do not understand is that food is an addiction just as strong as any drug or alcohol….and just as hard to control…
You are a beautiful, strong woman and you should be very proud of yourself…may you continue to find success in all your endeavors…
CONGRATULATIONS! You look amazing!
Marty Walden says
You are such an inspiration, not only with your weight loss, but with the courage to tell the world about it! Congrats!
christina zima says
Agree with Marty – sharing is caring!
You look Fantastic!!! I’m still giving it a go but have had a few set backs health wise. Once that is out of the way, hopefully out of the way, I am going to give it a big boost and get my butt into gear. Congratulations on sticking with it. You are doing GREAT!! And also congrats on the new car. Mustangs are my favorite! You are a wonderful source of inspiration so I would love to see your new website come to pass.
I am so happy for you. I wish I had lost weight when I was your age. Now, illness has taken the weight….and that isn’t the way to do it. You look beautiful and girl, enjoy that car!
Sheri Petersen says
I just wanted to tell you what an inspiration you are! I struggle with my weight and trying to work on losing sensibly. Thank you for the encouragement!
YOU GO– beautiful, inspirational –GIRL!!!
Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home says
Wow!! Congrats! You look amazing, and you will no doubt inspire so many others by sharing your journey. So happy for you and your family. You go, girl! Enjoy that Mustang 🙂
Serena @ Thrift Diving says
I went running today and decided I am ready to shed these 20 pounds of baby fat from 2 years ago. If you could drop 100 in less than a year, there’s no reason (other than eating too much and not working out regularly) that I should be carrying 20 measly pounds. Thanks for the encouragement! And way to go to your family!!!!
Serena @ Thrift Diving
Laura @ Finding Home says
You are an inspiration my friend!
Christine at First Home Love Life says
You are such an inspiration Heather! The before and after speaks for itself, you look amazing and I know you must feel AMAZING! Congratulations on such a HUGE achievement!
Heather, You are a “Thinspiration” to so many people! Kudos on your journey and also on your quest to share your wisdom with others!
christina zima says
That is soooooooooooooooo awesome !! WAY TO GO GIRL !! While, – yes 100% – you are pretty in the before picture — you are HEALTHY and HAPPY in the 2nd picture!! Mindie at Bacon-time-with-hungry-hypo(glycemic) had a similar weight loss that is so inspiring! Definitely start your new website too to encourage others. I also follow Marlena Makeup Guru – she lost 100 + pounds. I have a heart condition – trying to loose my last 20 lbs has been toughest (and I had surgeries on my legs) but you all keep me focused. Sending the best wishes for love and happiness and health always – ox
Michell Kaul says
So well said! Such truth and inspiration to others! Congrats on your accomplishment and success! It’s tough watching those around me struggle with their battle….watched my hubby lose 145lbs only to put it all back on…
It’s definitely an internal battle that needs to be healed first…..
I have no doubt you will forever live the healthy life….
God is Good!
Congratulations!! It makes me jump for joy at what you have accomplished!
Julia G. says
Heather – Congratulations on your life style change. You look wonderful and thank you for your prayers on these posts, you are touching lives. You are one inspirational woman…and I would love to read your new blog devoted to life changes. Please hug your son from this Florida mom, prayers are with him as he serves our Country.
Bonnie Powell says
Good for you!!! I am so happy for you and I think you definitely deserve that flashy car!! I love the way you share your soul!!!
Lori Lehman says
You look amazing!!! What a wonderful inspiration you are!!!! Bravo to you!!
Angie Edwards says
Congratualtions to you….a hard road for sure. But so worth it.
Heather, I don’t comment much but I’ve been following At The Picket Fence for years now. I just want to give you a huge Congratulations!!! I’m sure you have worked so hard for what you achieved! What amazing insight you shared about food, weight, and motivations. I’m praying for a family member to start this journey so they can fully live their life, too. You have always been beautiful, and I’m glad you feel it now! Enjoy that fun, new car of yours!
Bravo!!! I’d be very interested in your new blog site. I’m down 40 pounds and have about 70 more to go. You are an inspiration.
THANK you for sharing. I started a similar journey about a month ago and my goal is to be 150 by 50! I turn 50 on March 17, 2015. I have just over 100lbs to loose. I am also a believer so I really appreciate your acknowledgement of needing HIS help! I am new to blogher but I hope to see how you ‘maintain’ during the next year. I imagine that is the hardest part!
Anna Starnersend Patty says
WOW! Great job! You look hot! I am sure your husband is enjoying being able to have you ride with him again. I only have 20lbs to loose but I’m really struggling. So glad the weather is getting nicer and I will be able to get out and walk. What a wonderful inspiration this is for all of us on that weight loss journey.
Anita Ward says
Congratulations!!!!! You are truly beautiful, inside and out!
Heather, you are so inspiring. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment. Congratulations also to your husband and son. x
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
You are just an awesome inspiration, girl. CONGRATULATIONS and I cannot wait to finally meet you and Vanessa in person later this month. A heartfelt thanks to your son, as well, for his dedication and his enlistment to serve – you must be so proud!! xoxo
Fabulous in every way!! Congratulations
Julie N says
I lost 200 pounds with the help of gastric bypass surgery almost 9 years ago. Let me tell you, there is nothing like losing the weight, no matter how you do it, that feels as good. Nothing. I am so proud of you. Now you have a chance to enjoy your life and prove to yourself that the work was worth it and that you’re committed to the change. I love the new ride by the way!
You look fabulous! And you are such an inspiration… Keep up the good work and enjoy your new life. GOOD FOR YOU!
Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. says
I am so proud of you! Even after I met you in Tybee Island, you kept going! I think you are very inspiring – even for people who may not need to lose weight, but who need to find that inner discipline for other things.
And P.S. I want to ride in your car!
Elizabeth Stewart says
CONGRATULATIONS! You look fabulous!
What a wonderful post, in every way. Congratulations on the 100 pound loss! That is truly amazing and I am so happy for you. Thank you for sharing your story and I do hope you will write about it on a your new blog. I will follow you anywhere!
The difference shows in your eyes. It’s amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. 🙂
Congratulations! Isn’t it great to not only look better, but to feel healthier and to enjoy things that you had not been able to do for so long?!
I am using the same program and have lost 85 lbs since June. 20 to go but it’s still coming off, even though it seems a bit slower (probably I’m just eager to get it all gone).
I had been thinking of a trip, but I love the new car…might just have to re-think my ultimate reward.
Again, congratulations and, best wishes for the rest of your journey. I’d love to read your new blog.
Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family says
That is amazing! Congratulations! You look fantastic!
Congratulations! I am on the same journey and getting ready to hit the 50# mark. I feel inspired by your post. Thanks for sharing.
Now that is something to be proud of! You look awesome Heather. Congratulations. I know the feeling of weight loss accomplishment. After I had Jack I could not get rid of the weight. I joined ww with a best friend and she and I both lost 25lbs. That was already 12 years ago and I believe I still til this day and pretty close to my goal weight, give or take 5lbs. It becomes a life style and conscious effort to keep it off, but you most certainly can, and I am sure will! Rock on:)
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
I so admire your dedication to yourself…you set a goal . . not only for yourself, but for your loved ones..As when you feel good about yourself, it benefits your loved ones too…as they can only feel such great joy that you are happy. You are encouraging many people and what a wonderful thing to do….Congrats Heather…you are beautiful inside and out!!
You look fabulous! Many congratulations to you and best of luck for the future!
Kind regards from Sweden,
Don’t often comment, but this feat deserves many congratulations from all of us. I’m working on the same thing!! May you and your family be blessed.♥♫
As someone who misses some of my kids activities and really doesn’t want to go out of the house because of the weight, not to mention the rude comments from the husband and self loathing, I would love to read a new blog like the one you are proposing doing. Please keep us informed! That is an incredible amount of weight in a short time.
Karen Ploransky @ The Decorated Nest says
You, beautiful lady, are an inspiration and so is your coach Cheri! Congratulations to you and your family! Thank you for sharing!
I made the same resolution this year that I have made for too many to count, lose the weight. Like you said, after two weeks I gave up. I found your blog about a week ago and could not believe my eyes when I saw this post tonight! You have truly inspired me! I have over 100 lbs to lose (wow that’s sobering to even type) and you have given me courage to get stared. Thank you! You look beautiful! And yes, you are glowing!
Wow. Just wow.
And now, I’m hitting the floor for more sit ups.
I have to say that it’s been a really long time since I’ve visited your blog and when I stopped in today, I was thinking that I must have been on someone else’s blog… because I did NOT recognize you!! You look amazing!! Your whole family must be looking and feeling great & it’s gonna be a whole different summer for you this year! Congratulations in your success!
Hey Heather, You look so beautiful and healthy, and that’s the important thing. Your family has accomplished great things and I think it’s wonderful. If someone has never struggled with weight problems, they just can’t relate. Just to feel good about yourself, to dress in fashionable clothes, and to look in the mirror and actually like what you see. You’ve worked hard so you deserve all the happiness in the world. All day I have been so down and believing that I just can’t do this, but then I saw your article and was so happy to see your announcement. When I read it I knew someone else really understands and cares enough to pray for all of us who are going thru what you went thru. I just had to write to thank you with all my heart. I haven’t told anyone that I’ve been changing my bad habits into good ones, because I’ve failed so many times I just want to keep it to myself for a while, so reading about you has really inspired me. I know that God is using you to help us all. God Bless you and please get that blog up and going soon. I need it and I know others do as well. My goal is to help others as you are helping me. Thank you again so much. Brenda from Kentucky
Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating says
Absolutely amazing!! And you look gorgeous. I’m starting today. 🙂
Everdry Wisconsin says
Congratulations!!! So encouraging and inspiring! You are awesome.
Um, you look fantastic. And in the before AND after pictures, I’m having a really, really hard time accepting that you’re 40. 40? Was that a typo? Forget your diet/exercise plan. I want to know your skincare regime. You’re beautiful!
That said, I know a lot of work and willpower went into the months behind this post. Congratulations, and best wishes for all the energetic memories you and your family will share as a result.
Linda Matheny says
You look amazing after losing so much weight. You are such an inspiration to me and to others. You go girl!
Amy @ MomAdvice says
How amazing!!! So proud of you and can’t wait to meet you at SNAP this weekend!!
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Hi heather! This is an amazing inspiring story! I don’t have Facebook, so I sent you an email 🙂
Thank you for sharing your victory. This was an encouraging story God bless you.
I am only 5′ tall and weigh 220 lbs. I am depressed and food is my go to. I have prayed and asked God to give me the motivation needed to REALLY WANT to lose weight. I would love to be able to walk with out being out of breath, to do every day things that I used to do and buy pretty clothes. You are truly a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing. I would like your plan for weight loss and covet your prayers.
Heather, I like to read posts but never comment but after reading your post I knew God was using it to encourage me. Thank you so much for ur story and your willingness to be used by Him! God bless!
I just came across this post on Pintrest, I am starting my journey and I am terrified! Seeing your results is inspiring!!
Bryce Xavier says
I too am on a journey. I was 341 in January this year and body was dying. kidneys shutting down no support from wife. I was injured in a construction accident in dec 2011. I found goodgirl moonshine (google/ pintrest) I started to change the diet. and found Netflix fat sick and nearly dead. ok I wil never be a vegetarian but … it helped. today as I write this 9 months later and now I have lost 73 pounds. I want 27 more.. just reach that high school wrestling weight. this is my first week now of being able to do water exercises. the work accident left me with 10 surgeries 5 on spine alone. the exercises helped me drop 4 pounds in one week I am just pumped up… I am so happy. OH and in my 4th month of divorce. sometimes divorce is a good thing. 14 years and no more mind games and mental abuse. I am a new me. the list of bad items is so short compared to the long long list of good. not sure how I want to celebrate 100…
Wow, that is truly inspiring. You look wonderful and Im sure it must feel so freeing. I read a lot of things saying if you don’t lose your baby weight by 9 months you never will but thats definitely inspiring to see it can be done even when your son is older. Thanks for the post.
Your post is very inspiring. I’m trying again for the Lord knows what time. I pray that I can stick with it. Congratulations. I know you don’t know me from Adam but I’m proud f you. I am all too familiar with struggle you shared and pray this time it ends in victory.
naomi bendou says
Hi Heather, thank you for sharing your story. i have 80kg to loose. and as you know this is not easy, i have come to realise that i give up so easily, i loose hope motivation and then totally sabotage myself. i am going to try and try again. i have 2 beautifull babies and need to do this for them as well. pray for me. thank you.
Christmas Lover says
I came across your post at a transitioning point in my life. I am young, single, and raising a family. Your phrase “But, only when you decide….It’s tough love…with yourself!” is what I needed to hear not just for my weight loss, but mainly for my personal life. 3 years later, and your post is still inspiring.
By far one of the best and most encouraging post I have read on this site!! Your words are so sincere and full of God’s love. Thank you so much for sharing!!