Friday, October 24, 2008

Battle of the Bulge in conjunction with Photo Friday!

Today I've decided to participate in NikeMom's T.G.I.F. Picture Day.

I now present you with a "fat pic" in honour of the Runners' Lounge Take it and Run Thursday topic for this week: Weight and Running. (Sorry, I'm a day late!)



I've rambled here and there about the struggles I've had with my weight. I think I can finally say that I am in a healthy place. I've lost 30 lbs this year alone (and kept it off since July). I'd love to lose a few more lbs (10-15 would be nice!) but I'm comfortable with my body right now; I feel great and that's what counts.

I've been a wonderful example of the yo-yo dieter. My weight has fluctuated in 20-50 lb intervals since high school and I've tried every diet in the book.

My most recent success has come from exercise (of course!) in combination with Weight Watchers. Most of the time I have only loosely followed the program and used it as a guideline to monitor/control what I am eating. It has been most useful in encouraging me to keep track of what I eat and for the accountability factor of having someone weigh me each week or month. I recently achieved Lifetime Member status, which means I met my goal and maintained it for 6 weeks. Now I just have to show up at least once a month to weigh-in (must be within 2 lbs of goal) and WW is free! I finally found something that works for ME.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their own weight loss stories, tips, insights and woes yesterday. It's good to know that none of us is alone in this battle.

16 comments:

Road Warrior said...

My goodness, Marlene. This looks nothing like you. You look amazing! Congratulations on your success. WW was a bit part of my success, too.

Melanie said...

you should be very proud! You've come a long way, and you do look great! Congrats on the weight loss and reaching your goals. :D

TNTcoach Ken said...

Congrats Marlene.......Ha your word verification is dines.

D10 said...

Great job on the weight loss. You should be extremely proud of yourself. Thanks for sharing your story.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you've come so far Marlene! Truly insirational.

Erin (Nickole)

Girl on Top said...

Great job!

Anonymous said...

You look fabulous Marlene. Be very proud of yourself.

Stacey (Anamae)

J said...

Great Job! What an accomplishment! Keep up the good work!

Julianne said...

WOW. You really have come a long way. You look sooooooo great now. Keep it up. I'm sure you'll hit your goal very soon. Since I'm in the same boat, I support you 100000%!

Blyfinn said...

You must be in awe of yourself now. I think your story is great! I love how you have found something that works for you. Many people sadly do not and just quit trying. Congrats.

BeachRunner said...

Congrats on your great job!!

yumke said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Losing the weight is one thing. Maintaining it with a healthy lifestyle is truely to be applauded

Marcy said...

HOLY!! My gosh Marlene I would've NEVER EVER EVER thought that was you!! CONGRATS chica!! What a long way you've come!! ;D ;D

Vickie said...

You've come a long way baby! Good job on getting the weight off and keeping it off. I'm sure your running goals help with that as well as watching what you eat! Its not always easy being a runner.

*aron* said...

you are awesome!!! WW works so great for so many people - congrats on getting your lifetime status!!

Runner Leana said...

Hello, you look fantastic! Great job!!!