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I’m 5 foot even.  In February 2008 I was 176 pounds.  I was miserable.  I longed to be a size 8 again.  Instead my size 14 jeans were tight.  I tried to buy a new dress for my company Christmas party.  Size 16 was too tight and 1x was too big.  Nothing would fit.  I just wanted to sit & cry right there in the store.

A co-worker of mine (who is not on the small size himself) decided to start a Biggest Loser Contest at work.  We formed teams of 3 people each.  Weight wasn’t a factor.  The contest was based on BODY FAT!  Since men lose fat faster than women, there was one male winner & one female.  The contest lasted 16 weeks.  I thought to myself “I can do this.”  My teammates were 2 wonderful, supportive women.

I had to go to Hawaii that February.  (Yes, I know, it’s tough being me!!  he he)  I had to WALK every where.  I ate like there was no tomorrow because I knew the contest would be starting when I returned home.  The food in Hawaii is just heathier & I loved eating fresh pineapple every day.  When I got home I weighed 174.  I lost 2 pounds in one week!  So it WAS possible!

At the end of the 16 weeks, I weighed in at 154 pounds!  I was fitting into my size 12 jeans again!  My size 14 jeans were now my PMS jeans.  Who would have thought!

So why am I telling this year old weight loss story?  Well over the summer I lost my brother-in-law in a terrible car accident.  I gained 6 pounds back during the funeral week alone!  The fried chicken, casseroles, desserts ... it was an old fashioned southern funeral.  I could never lose the weight & gained another 3 pounds over Christmas.

So here I am, at 163 pounds.  Back in my size 14 jeans, but it’s ok.  They‘re not as tight as they were a year ago.  The Biggest Loser contest has started back up again at the office.  I got my same girls back on my team.  If I lost 20 pounds last year, maybe I can do it again this year.

Tomorrow is weigh in.  I'm a little nervous.  I so behaved this week & ate healthy.  I didn't even eat dessert at church this week.  And you should have seen all the cookies and brownies!!  I'm hoping that by blogging maybe will help me gain some perspective on this whole weight thing.  Maybe I can reach that 20 pound goal.  But right now I'd like to be where I was when the last Biggest Loser contest ended.  I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!  Wish me luck!!



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      Kelly Robertson wrote Mar 6, 2009
    • I wish you luck, my friend. Once I joined Weight Watchers and took the word, “Diet” out of my vocabulary, my mind switched to so many great things: Reading labels now, being truthful and accountable to myself, cooking more and making healthy meals for me and my family, caring about my health and rarely even craving the junk I used to love (because I now understand what’s in them and want to achieve my goal)

      I know body fat well - having been in the USAF for over 20 years, that’s how our weight standards are defined and I agree.  I weighed 150 (which was over my weight standard for my height and age) BUT I always scored because my body fat was within standards. I’d see incredible hulk guys (and gals!) that had beautiful bodies yet their muscles made them “overweight” every time—body fat measurements saved them too.  

      Good luck and get back with us to tell of your success!
      Love, kelly



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      3sa wrote Mar 6, 2009
    • You did it once you can do it again!  Good Luck....Thanks for the add also!



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