Take it off | Week 54: Success?


Sorry y'all. I know it's been deader than usual around here. Same old reasons. Busy at work, busy at home, busy, busy, busy. But I have a somewhat good excuse for not posting an update on Monday. I wanted to wait until I had these:

That's me. On television.

And it's not the evening news and I'm not being arrested!

I KNOW RIGHT!?! I'm shocked too!

Now, I am no stranger to television. ::pops collar:: When I was six or seven years old, lil ol' me was in a ShowBiz Pizza commercial.
Credit: ShowBizPizza.com
Ok, I really can't brag on that much because it was completely accidental. Apparently they were filming a commercial for local TV and something happened to the kid that was supposed to be in the commercial. I replaced the kid who I am sure was way cuter and way less clueless just because I was the only other child in the place that was the right age. But hey, I got a gratis fake birthday party, pizza, cake, some free tokens, my mom got bragging rights and it made my brother super jealous. I was in fat kid heaven. Total win.

So how did I end up on TV this time - not getting arrested? Because Medifast thinks I am a success. About a month ago, my PR contact Renee emailed me asking if I'd be willing to appear in a success story spot that the local Baltimore Fox affiliate would be running on Medifast.

When I was obese, I always watched those success stories with great envy. Simultaneously wishing it was me, thinking I could never achieve that and yet somewhere deep inside knowing that I could. So when Renee asked if I'd be interested my immediate, yet humble response was:
Then it hit me.

Me? Really? I'm a success? But I'm not even at goal yet. I still struggle so much with my demons. I still have moments of doubt and question how far I've truly come. And then I look back through my photos and I don't even recognize the person in those pictures.
So much more has changed than just my physique, the size of my clothes and the number on the scale. I'm becoming that little seed of hope that was growing deep inside. I have a vision beyond being at a 'healthy weight' and goals beyond just making it to the next day and the day after that. For the first time the future is bright and full of true possibility. That little seed was so much smarter and determined than I have given her credit for. She knows what to do and has all along. She is growing toward the sun. 

She is a success.

She is blooming.
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I'm down a half pound this week. I had a good run of decent sized losses, so couple that with TOM and I knew I wasn't going to see much movement on the scale this week. And even though it was a little disappointing, I recovered when I got this:

That number, 24.9 is what I have been working so hard for. I am no longer obese. I am no longer overweight. I am the proud owner of a healthy BMI for my height, age and body type. 

I have waited my entire life to say those words. I am no longer overweight. 

I am on the high end of a healthy BMI, so this is not the end game for me. I still have 14.5lbs to go. But even still - I am no longer overweight.


You bet your ass.

Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs

Month Seven: -7.5 lbs
Month Eight: -5 lbs
Month Nine: -2 lbs
Month Ten: -5 lbs
Month Eleven: -6 lbs
Month Twelve: -4 lbs
Week forty nine: -2
Week fifty: -1
Week fifty one: -2
Week fifty two: -1.5
Week fifty three: -1.5
Week fifty four: -.5

Total: 85.5 lbs gone forever! Current weight: 154.5 lbs Distance from goal: 14.5 lbs!!

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*FTC Disclosure: Medifast provides their products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. All thoughts written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :) 
Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.

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