I’ve Dropped How Many Sizes?!?

I’ve posted quite a bit about my journey with Diabetes and my quest to lose 100lbs.  I am very proud of my accomplishment.  In fact, I was thinking about it today while I was taking a shower (I do my best thinking in the shower!) that if someone were to ask me what my greatest accomplishment in life is, I would have to say (besides my family and how well I coupon) my weight loss and essentially beating Diabetes (or at least keeping it away for now).

For those newcomers, I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic back in February…right before my 30th birthday (Happy Birthday to me right?).  At first I was totally angry at the world.  But now I really do see that diagnosis as a blessing in disguise.  How can I not?  I’ve lost 43lbs since February.  I look great…sure I have a ways to go (57lbs to be exact), but I know I can do it.  I have willpower that I never knew I had.  In fact, I went to dinner with my parents and kids today and for dessert my kids and parents each got donuts.  Me?  I simply sipped my diet coke (and drooled a bit), but I was perfectly fine.  I didn’t have donut-envy, well not too much, but it didn’t kill me.  7 months ago…I wouldn’t have been able to say no.

Update

Since writing this post, back in 2011, I gained all that weight back. I reached my breaking point in January of 2016. Reaching an all time high of 250 lbs, I was done being out of breath and tired all the time. While I was able to keep my Type 2 Diabetes under control, I wanted more. I wanted to lose the weight I had lost before, but this time, I wanted to keep it off. With the help of friends, I started the Keto diet.

Giving up sugar wasn’t easy, at first. However, after about a week, I no longer craved sugar or any foods, for that matter! It was the best feeling in the world. From January 2016 to now, the weight loss has been amazing. I have lost about 83 lbs. I’ve dropped many sizes (from a 22/24 to a 10/12). But best of all, I feel amazing. I have more energy than I’ve ever had; I sleep great; and ALL of my bloodwork is better than it’s ever been. All from eating FAT! See for yourself!

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If you take anything from this post, take this:  You can do this.  All you have to do is set your mind to it. It may have taken me a little longer to figure my weight loss journey out, but the bottom line is, you can do it! Read up on everything I’ve written on the Keto diet over the course of the last year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! I am not an expert, but I will help you in any way I can!


Comments

  1. great job so far! Best of luck in the next 57 – and in staying healthy!

  2. This is so wonderful! Congratulations!!!

  3. You are completely right. You took charge and feel better for it! Go you!

  4. That’s awesome…big, huge congrats! I need/want to lose weight and just do not have the will power so anyone that can do it and do it in such a big way totally kicks ass in my book!

  5. That’s incredible, you should be so proud of yourself!!! Good luck in your interview!

  6. Oh my goodness – that is FANTASTIC!! That is a huge drop in pant sizes and I can only imagine what a wonderful feeling that must have been.

    Keep up the good work!

  7. That is amazing, Leah! I am totally impressed with your dedication, motivation and all that you’ve accomplished in a matter of months. You rock!

  8. Great job in both the weight loss and keeping the diabetes at bay.

  9. Yay!! Good for you hon!

  10. You’re doing fabulous, Leah! Keep up the great work!

  11. Great job, girl!

  12. Wow! I need to loose about 75lbs but don’t know how to start. It hurts in my ankles when I walk but I can do floor exercises.

    • All I do is make sure that I eat about 15-20 carbs for breakfast, under 45 cabrs for lunch and dinner and ony 15 carb snacks or less. Now that I have the carbs under control, I will start paying attention to other things like fat and calories (while I did a little bit…I mainly focused on carbs). Just from doing that alone, the weight drops off. If I could give up diet pop, I know that would be great too…that and get more sleep and drink more water.

      • So no pricey meals, meetings once a week, shakes, pills, stomach belts, or any gimmicks like that? Can you share your diet regimen?

        • Hi Mary! I found out I was diabetic in Feb of 2011. I immediately started following the “Diabetic Diet” where I only eat a certain amount of carbs per meal. For breakfast I eat no more than 15-20 (or 25 sometimes) carbs and absolutely no fruit on an empty stomach. You should always eat fruit with protein. For lunch and dinner I eat between 30 and 45 carbs. My snacks are around 15 carbs.

          That’s it when it comes to food! I do allow myself treats here and there. I also work out. I try to do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day. Currently I am doing 30 mins of cardio tues and thurs and 50 mins of cardio on m, w, f.

          Hope that helps!

  13. I am so happy for you! My dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when I was a teen, and he actually stopped it in its tracks with proper diet. 🙂 After it “went away” he started eating badly again and now has to be on medication. Stick with this, it will keep you healthy in more ways than one!

  14. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    Great job Leah!

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