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Brandolyn's Weight Loss Journey **UPDATED 4/2012** [Apr. 24th, 2008|11:00 pm]
Brandolyn
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In the beginning of my childhood, I was not overweight. When I turned 9 years old, the weight just started to pile on. I have no excuses for why this occurred. As my adolescent years went by, I remained overweight (gaining and losing some here and there, but mostly gaining). When I was 21, I thought that I finally had the motivation. I lost 50lbs and was loving it until I met the man who I was going to marry. I got distracted and let the weight loss go, gaining back all that I had worked hard for. In 2005, I married that wonderful man, dealt with the death of my parish/city (hurricane Katrina), and found out that I was pregnant shortly after. Throughout the pregnancy, I was longing for my body back as the motivation bug had hit me again. I was ready this time to seriously take on weight loss. As soon as the little bugger was out, it was time to stop stuffing my face and start moving more! In July 2006, my beautiful son was born. It was finally time to take control of my life again!

Before pregnancy, I was 260lbs. At the end of my pregnancy, I managed to get up to 303lbs! A month after my son was born, I found myself at 266lbs and used that as my starting point. I started dieting some for a few months and lost 5-10lbs. I wasn't carefully charting this due to being busy with a newborn. That December, I decided to start exercising again. I also ended up breaking my toe shortly after I said that. We already owned a dusty treadmill. In January, we decided to go out and buy an exercise bike as well. I cut my calories to 1500 calories a day (except my cheat day of Saturday) and started working on that bike everyday while my husband watched our son for me. When my toe healed enough, I started using the treadmill again. It was my preferred cardio machine at the time. After a 100lb weight loss, I noticed some excess skin issues. In January 2008, my husband and I joined the YMCA. We do cardio and weight training 3-5x's a week. The rest of the week, I try to get cardio in at home when I can. I am building muscles throughout my body and I feel so alive! I'm coming to the end of my journey, but this is a lifestyle change. It really has to be forever. 

Stats from original weight loss with pictures at the bottom:
Age: 25
Height: 5'5
Starting weight: 266
Current weight: 140
Ultimate goal: 140

WARNING: This is an extremely picture heavy post.

Brandolyn's Weight Loss Journey PicturesCollapse )

UPDATE (04/18/2009): I got pregnant again in July 2008 at my lowest weight of 140lbs. I delivered my baby girl in April 2009. I am now looking to get my pre-pregnancy body back as I have gained too much weight in my pregnancy. I have already gone back to 1500 calories a day and go to the YMCA everyday for exercise. Here are the new stats:

Age: 27
Height: 5'5
Starting weight: 185
Current weight: 140
Ultimate Goal: 140

UPDATE (04/13/2010): I have done it! I have completed my goal of getting back to pre-pregnancy weight! Currently,  I am just trying to continue staying active and enjoy my family...who keeps me very busy! 

And what kind of person would I be with out providing pictures!
1 day post partum Photobucket
And finally...12 months and some days post partum:



UPDATED (4/12/12) - I have gained back about 30lbs in the last 2 years. I have been exercising some, but not as heavily as I used to. I have been eating horribly! Last week, I worked on regulating my exercise routine and did quite well. This week, I added counting calories using my awesome Droid App. I'm on my way again! *knock on wood*

My reason for this entry is to keep it open as a link from my website. I also know how other weight loss stories helped me when I thought that I could never do it. Questions and comments are both welcome and greatly appreciated..but also screened by anonymous comments. Thanks for taking a peek into my journey! I hope that I can inspire the way that others have inspired and continue to inspire me.
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[User Picture]From: scifigurli
2008-04-25 06:37 pm (UTC)
my hero! <3
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-25 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hah, Thanks! I'm not the real hero, Matt Parkman is! *heart beats fast*
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[User Picture]From: dorothy_android
2008-04-25 07:40 pm (UTC)
WOW!!! I hardly recognized those old pics. It motivates me more.
I have let myself slide in the past two weeks, but thanks for this. I needed the motivation.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-25 07:42 pm (UTC)
I got your back, you sexy thing! *licks lips* LMAO!

Wuvs you, bwestfwiend. *hugs*
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-04-25 10:10 pm (UTC)
Ho- Lee- Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have about the same amount to lose as you did, and I've already lost 50lbs...but OMG you look INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!

Can you give me some advice? What sorts of foods worked best to keep you full, what kinds of excersizes did you do?

Again, congrats...you look absolutely fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-26 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I ate all foods. I ate fast food often(not salads, but hamburgers and picking off of the husband's fries). I had chocolate and cake occassionally (at parties/holidays/vacation/or when I was just wanting it and had the calories for it). There were some healthy foods. I enjoy salads, but I'm not sure you can consider them healthy with the stuff that I throw in them. For me, it was all about the keeping my count under 1500 calories a day. It does turn out to be a good amount of food at the end of a day. I also have a cheat day (usually Saturday) where I eat WHATEVER I want and how ever much of it I want.

As for exercise, I do 3-5x's a week on the treadmill/eliptical. I also do weights 2-3x's a week.

Good luck to you! 50lbs is an excellent start. I was there last April and felt so great hitting that marker. Keep it up!
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[User Picture]From: beckerbuns
2008-04-25 10:56 pm (UTC)
WOW... How proud and envious I am of you. I am around 100 pounds overweight myself. My weight gain started after high school when I became more sedentary. I really need to get on the stick and lose the weight so I'll be around to see my kids grow up.

Again... So proud of you. :)
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-26 12:32 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks girl. It is rough with a kid as far as getting time for anything but. I often used my son as inspiration for exercising and it helped, but I only have one and lots more time on my hands.

Thank you again.
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[User Picture]From: pink_bunny7
2008-04-26 12:20 am (UTC)
yes! a million kudos, a BILLION! this gives me so much hope and is really keeping me strong! beautiful woman, mother and wife! go you! ^^
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-26 12:33 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks! *blushes*
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From: rainydaydb
2008-04-26 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this. I find this inspiring.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-26 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! =)
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[User Picture]From: tourniquetvixen
2008-04-26 02:03 am (UTC)
You are truely amazing!
=)
Beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-26 04:19 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. Where have you been? LOL
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[User Picture]From: saymorre
2008-04-27 12:19 pm (UTC)
The incredible shrinking woman! You are such an inspiration love.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-28 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: the_new_me_24
2008-04-27 03:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an inspiration. I remember many of these pictures from last spring when I was really active on the 100lbstolose community. It makes me so sad to see where I could have been had I kept everything up and not fallen off the wagon in the fall. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. You are absolutely beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-28 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I saw people who were where I wanted to be when I was starting out and kept wondering if I could really do it. Now, I wonder if I could really keep it off. If I could do this, than I think anybody can. Good luck!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-04-27 08:59 pm (UTC)
I am green with envy!!!! I am so proud of you.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-28 06:22 pm (UTC)

To Person I Don't Know

Thank you!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-04-28 12:55 am (UTC)
Great job my love you did good keep it up
love aunt diane
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-28 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks Aunt Diane. Love you!
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From: cmelerine
2008-04-28 03:27 pm (UTC)
that's awesome girl! i'm so proud of you! it's def good to know for after the baby's born!
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-04-28 06:25 pm (UTC)
It is possible, girl. You are hot right now..what are you talking about? LOL
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[User Picture]From: theres_only_now
2008-04-30 02:08 pm (UTC)
HOLY FREAKING SH*T!! Sorry for the potty mouth but HOLY SH*T! Extremely inspirational post you have here. I am at 70lbs down and struggling to keep the progress going but this is going to help. There is certainly no reason why I cant drop another 20 lbs by my birthday!! Thank you for sharing this amazing journey you have experienced and yeah, I think I will add you! lol

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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-11-12 11:10 pm (UTC)
Umm, you are welcome! LOL But really, thank you for stopping by and commenting...even though this comment is months after you made yours.
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[User Picture]From: ducks
2008-11-12 10:04 pm (UTC)
I surfed over to you from the 042009 community and WOW, you are truly amazing! You look absolutely fabulous and happy! What an inspiring journey.
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[User Picture]From: metalmadchen
2008-11-12 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh wow...thanks! However, this pregnancy is definitely causing more weight gain than just baby. It is my last pregnancy and I will enjoy it and return to the gym after she is born. Thank you for stopping by and if you want to add me, that would be cool as well. I'm always up for people with things in common (like having babies the same age).
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[User Picture]From: jateke
2009-01-08 03:37 am (UTC)
I'm also here from 042009. I was just here to let you know that I'd added you and ask to be added back, but after reading the entry--WOW! I feel like I know you a little better now. Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful pictures, and that piece of yourself. Very cool.
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