Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's finally official.....80 baby!!!!

This is totally how I roll!  I celebrate every 5 pound achievement!   So I bet you can guess what today is......happy dance time!!

Starting weight (Aug 2011) - 281.0
Today's weight - 200.6
Weight loss to date - 80.4 pounds

HOLY MOLY!!!!  It is finally official....after a couple of weeks of flirting with it (seriously I was within 0.2 pounds, but I like to keep things exact around here), I have finally officially hit the 80 pounds GONE mark!  Man does that feel awesome to say!!!!!  It is hard to actually wrap my brain around it though.  The more weight I lose and the closer I get to 100 pounds, the more surreal it feels.  The more I look in the mirror and see a new person.  I am actually starting to like the way I look in photos and not be completely negative and be uuber critical/pick apart all of my flaws.  It is AMAZING to finally get to that place of self love & respect.

I didn't do a post when I hit 75 pounds because quite frankly it snuck up on me so quickly.  But I will tell you that 75 pounds brought me to tears.  After it had had a couple of hours to sink in, I found myself sitting at my desk sobbing.  It was a mixture of emotions that came over me like a wave - disbelief, pride, accomplishment, strength, and even some mourning (the loss of and saying goodbye to the broken and sad person I once was).  It is crazy to think that 15 YEARS of my life was spent being so heavy.  I am soooooo blessed to have the chance to take back control of my life and begin living again!  I truly do feel like a completely different person.

As I thought about hitting the 80 pound mark, I wanted to do something special to really help truly grasp how much of a loss that is.  I am a very visual person, so for me seeing is believing!  I hope you enjoy my little experiment!  (I actually did this a couple of weeks ago in anticipation....I am thrilled that I FINALLY get to share it with you!!!)

I started by taking a laundry basket and filling it with items from my pantry and around the house.  My goal was to come up with items that would total the 80 pounds that I have now lost.  Mind you, this ended up being a pretty good sized laundry basket (it comes up to my knee)!!  As you can see in the pic, it was mostly full too!

I put it on the scale until I reached 80 pounds (80.6 was what I ended up with)

Here is the inventory of the items I ended up with to make the 80 pound weight:

  • 10 pound bag of potatoes
  • 6 pound jar of peanut butter
  • 1 gallon jug of vinegar (not quite full)
  • 1.32 gallon jug of floor cleaner
  • 5 pound jar of honey (about 2/3 full)
  • 1 bottle flavored coffee syrup
  • 2 - 5 lb hand weights
  • 2 - 3 lb hand weights
  • 16 cans
    • 1 can pineapple
    • 4 cans soup
    • 1 can evaporated milk
    • 1 can water chestnuts
    • 1 can cranberry sauce
    • 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes
    • 1 can kidney beans
    • 1 can green beans
    • 1 can peas
    • 1 can mandarin oranges
    • 2 cans manwich

I really wanted to fill a backpack with 80 pounds and force myself to wear it for a full day to really get the experience, but I couldn't find heavy enough items that would fit in a backpack!  I guess I need to get some more hand weights??  I can tell you that hoisting that basket on and off the scale to keep filling it and weighing it was a lot of work.  Honestly I am not sure I would have made it a whole day of carrying around that much weight again!  I seriously wonder how on earth I carried all of that weight around for so long????  I definitely do not wonder why I never had any energy to do anything but sit around all the time!  Again, I am soooo grateful to be regaining my life and my health!

A fun list of factoids for also looks like I have lost the world's largest ball of tape :-)
What have you lost??  Leave a comment so we can celebrate your success!

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  1. From MLFC - Congrats on the 80lbs! It's amazing to see the same amount of weight in the laundry basket. That has to make you feel crazy excited! Cute background, too!!


    1. Thanks so much Amy!!! :-) It was soooo crazy to keep pulling things out of the pantry....I thought I might have to go to the store to get more to make the 80 pounds lol. I will be checking out your blog for sure! Thanks for stopping by, and especially for saying hi!!!! (comments make me happy!!!)

  2. Super excited for you! ♥! What a visual!

  3. Congrats thats amazing!!!!

    My net loss is a bald eagle... I was down to just two pounds shy of the average amount of cheese someone eats in a year in April of last year for my wedding, but the married weight has crept up on me and I am working it back off!

  4. Congrats!!! That is just fantastic!!

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