Milestone #4

Collage Art, Charlize Theron, weight loss

This is sort of an interim milestone, not one of my 10% weight losses, but so significant to me I had to share.  Today I was able to move the big weight on the Y’s scale from 250 to 200 pounds.  I’ve lost my first 50 pounds, and am a third of the way to my goal.

Weight Scales, weight loss

I love concrete proof of my shrinkage—the scale, my need for smaller clothes, the different shape my legs are assuming.  I’m even grateful for the new wrinkles in my neck and face.  Stuff like this makes it real, not just a dream.

I’m on an Adventure!

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Constance
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 11:44:56

    Congratulations! That is amazing. 🙂 Your first 50lbs, woohoo! Cheers to the next 50!


  2. Fiddle gal
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 13:39:11

    That is wonderful! The main questions is, “Do you feel better?” Thanks for the info that you have given us, I have changed my eating patterns and I feel better, no constant intake of TUMS. I hope that you are feeling better!


  3. Kana Tyler
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 13:39:19

    You ROCK!! My husband is now down to 220 from FIVE hundred pounds, and I (joyfully) tease him that he’s “half the man he used to be!” It’s a terrific journey, yes? 🙂


    • Sandy Sue
      Aug 08, 2012 @ 16:33:13

      I can’t figure out if it would be harder or easier for a chef. I guess it depends on what kind of food he’s (forced) to cook.


      • Kana Tyler
        Aug 08, 2012 @ 16:39:23

        In his case, he actually doesn’t eat much of his own cooking. Not because a person wouldn’t want to (as I can testify!—I’m in far more “danger” of packing on pounds from his cooking than he is), but because, as he puts it, he can “taste the food in his head”… When we owned our Hawai’an BBQ restaurant, our guests would be moaning in delight over the food (okay, me too) and he’d be in the back eating yogurt and granola! 😉

  4. Meagan
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 13:48:35

    Way to go! 50 is HUGE! 🙂


  5. Kitty
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 16:10:24

    WOOHOO!!! I’m right there cheering you on, my sister!
    Love, Miss Kitty


  6. Sheryl Mae
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 17:25:59

    I remember when I lost 50 pounds once and how excited I was about the whole journey. I’m so proud of you, Sissy. You are an inspiration!


  7. rachelmiller1511
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 05:21:05

    Hi Sandy Sue,

    Nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:



  8. Dee Ready
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 09:19:07

    Dear Sandy, I’ve been following your blog only a short time so I haven’t been aware of your wanting to lose weight. I know that you’ve become a vegetarian and are eating differently, but have you joined Weight Watchers or another group to lose the weight–50 pounds Wow!!!!–or are you doing all this by changing your eating habits???? I’d like to know because for three years I’ve been trying to lose weight–to no avail. Help! Peace.


    • Sandy Sue
      Aug 10, 2012 @ 11:42:39

      Hey, Dee!
      I gained over 100 pounds when I first started on anti-depressants, then gained even more after that. This journey has been a slow process of changing almost everything in my life. I started with exercise, walking in the water a couple of mornings a week, and gradually increasing and adding more activity (so now I work out twice a day). Then, I weaned off all medications. Then I started keeping a food journal to keep track of calories. Then, I joined TOPS, to have a support group that could help me bridge the BP episodes when my eating plan fell apart. Then I started dealing with my compulsive behaviors differently, focusing first on my compulsive eating. That’s when I turned off my TV (because I eat when I watch TV). Switching to an almost-vegan diet is the latest step.

      I’ve come to embrace the mantra “Whatever it Takes” in both my weight-loss and in managing my bipolar disorder. I try something, and sometimes it doesn’t work, or sometimes it’s exactly the perfect next step. I just can’t be afraid of what’s required.

      Like a couple of doctors said to me this year, most people will never be able to lose weight and keep it off. It’s too hard, requires too much change and dedication. Well, I plan to be an exception to that belief. You, too?


      • Dee Ready
        Aug 13, 2012 @ 09:53:30

        Dear Sandy, thanks so much for explicating your journey. Like you, I intend to lose weight–I’m going to go to my first Weight Watchers meetings (since 1996) on Thursday–and I intend to keep it off. Yes!!! Peace.

      • Sandy Sue
        Aug 13, 2012 @ 19:18:19

        Good luck on your journey, Dee. I hope the group is a supportive one!

  9. littlesundog
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 14:40:57

    You are an amazing woman, my friend. So many hurdles to jump… but you keep at it (thanks to a bad-ass attitude!). I’m proud of you! You are truly an inspiration… with a wonderful ‘tude!


  10. dearsuburbia
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 07:59:34

    Wow! Congrats! So very happy for you! What an incredible journey!


  11. mlatimerridley
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 19:13:41

    Very late in our congratulations, but it still needs to be said!! Congrats!!! That’s absolutely fantastic! 50 pounds is no small achievement!


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