Wednesday, July 7, 2010


FINALLY, I reached my weight loss goal! 



fireworks Can you tell I’m a little bit excited?  Well, I should be!  I’ve worked really hard over the past year and a half to lose this weight the right way, through healthy eating changes and exercise.  I don’t consider myself having been on a “diet.”  If that was the case, then the diet would be over and I would be going back to my old eating habits (and of course the weight would come right back on).  Hopefully, I’ve learned a lot since the beginning of 2009, lessons that will keep me at this weight for the rest of my life (ugh, that seems like such a long time). 

So what have been the most exciting results of losing this weight?  Well, besides the obvious of looking and feeling better about myself physically, there have been other, incredible benefits.  The first, most awesome one is how proud I am that I accomplished this goal.  I feel so empowered, which has really leaked into other areas of my life.  It has given me strength where perhaps I was lacking before.

The second one that is so amazing to me is that I have actually become a source of inspiration to others.  People at the gym and at Weight  Watchers have come up to me and told me that I have inspired them to keep working out or stay on the WW program.  I can’t begin to tell you how incredible that makes me feel.  And it helps me want to keep the weight off, not just for myself now, but because I don’t want to let anyone else down!  (Isn’t that funny how we do that?  But hey, if that helps me be accountable in keeping it off, I’ll use whatever works!)

Here you can see before and after pictures (and the sad thing is, the “before” picture is after I had lost about 10 pounds already!):karen beforekaren in swimsuit

So, am I a little nervous about keeping it off FOREVER?  Yep!  But I know I can do it if I just keep everything in perspective.  Will I indulge every so often?  Of course!  I do now!  That’s what keeps me sane and on track!  Am I happier now than I was 50 pounds ago?  YOU BETCHA!!!

(Skinny) Karen


  1. Congratulations!!!! You deserve a HUGE treat for that. Shopping spree for new clothes maybe?

  2. Thanks Jenine! But I already had to buy an entire new summer wardrobe, so I think that was my shopping spree. I did ask for a new heart rate monitor for my upcoming birthday, though!

  3. Huge congratulations!!! 50 lbs. is just about exactly what I need to lose. I don't think I could wait a year and a half, though. I need more immediate gratification than that.

    And a new heart monitor for your birthday???? You crazy romantic, you.......

    Kay Lorraine
    Honolulu, Hawaii

  4. Kay, I know, a heart rate monitor for my birthday. Funny how my priorities have changed! Ok, don't tell anyone, but I might be having a little "work" done also, as a reward to myself. Shhh!