Me at 280 pounds.It took a lot of work for me to end up here. To hit 280 pounds I had to work at it. I know a lot of people don’t think of it like that, but I do.

This is what I mean. To hit 280 pounds I had to eat over 2500+ calories a day. I’m 5’7″ tall. My BMI was 43.8. I was wearing a size 24/26 in pants and my tops were 2 and 3 XL. My exercise consisted of walking from the car into work where I would sit all day, then back out to the car, to a drive-thru, and then walk from the car into the house and sit and eat. Sit some more and then go to bed.

Yep, it is a lot of work to be miserable. I was making the choices that put me there. Making the choice to not eat healthy. Making the choice to not move. Making the choice to not be happy and healthy. They are all choices. We have to work at any choice we make everyday.

The biggest choice I made was to lie to myself and tell myself that at 280 pounds I still looked good. What was I thinking?


Here I am at my best weight at 140! Don’t I look great? I feel great too!

It took a lot of hard work to end up looking this good and feeling as good as I do.

To maintain 140 I have to workout 90 minutes to 2 hours each day. (This is hard to keep up after 2 years of losing weight. Some days I don’t make it.)

I love to exercise. I feel so good afterward. I love lifting weights. Now that I’m physically fit, I kayak, jog, lift weights, can do 1000 crunches a week, ride long distances on my bike, and go for long hikes.

I also have to eat healthy. It is very rare for my husband and I to go to a restaurant. The last two times we did it was for a special occasion. (B-day and anniversary.) Both times we left very unsatisfied. I’ll admit it, I can cook way better than the chef’s did at the two different restaurants.  We both said we would never go again.

We use to eat out almost everyday. Sometimes twice a day. When people say that it takes money to eat properly on a healthy diet, they are not stopping to add up all the money they are spending on fast food and eating at restaurants, plus, the food that they buy at the grocery store. And then how much food do they throw away because they ate out?

Let’s face facts. It costs a lot of money to be fat and unhealthy. It costs a lot of emotional currency and physical currency to be fat and unhealthy.

If and when you decide to make a change and become a thinner healthier you, you will enjoy the  payoff you will get physically and emotionally when you put hard work in to it.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is holding me back from making the change?
  • What is the payoff I’m getting for staying in that unhealthy body?
  • What am I afraid of?
  • Do I really enjoy buying the leftover clothes on the rack because all the cute clothes are gone?
  • What is it?