8.24.2010

Just a girl who used to be fat...

I have had several people ask me what I do food wise as far as losing weight goes.
So I thought I'd run it down for those curious.

Six weeks after I had my first son in 2009, I had gone back to the doctor for my postpartum checkup and had noticed I hadn't lost a single pound. I was still at 198 lbs.
I was breastfeeding and really just thought it would "fall off".
WRONG!
So that is when I made up my mind that I HAD to do something.
So many of us (me included) have tried to lose weight so many times and failed for one reason or another... 99% of the time it's lack of motivation.
I've been asked how I stayed motivated.
It's hard to explain, but when I set my mind on REALLY losing the weight, it wasn't hard anymore.
I wasn't resentful, or angry that I had to do it. I just sucked it up and knew it had to be done.
I am a firm believer that it really just has to "click" for you.
You have to finally just say, "okay, screw it, I am doing this and NOTHING is going to stop me".
And that's what I did.
Once I made up my mind, I started out ONLY changing my eating habits.
I had done Weight Watchers in the past and knew it worked, so I started counting POINTS again.
I LIVED on Smart Ones for months. I had one every day for lunch at work.
I also scoured HungryGirl for recipes since she has WW points already calculated for you.
It wasn't hard, really. Once I had decided I was 100% committed to losing weight, I just went for it and did it.
I completely stayed away from fast food (my vice) for the first 3 months of my journey. I couldn't trust myself there, so I just did what I had to until I retrained myself how to eat.
I drank a TON of water, I'm talking nearly a gallon a day.
I just did what I knew I had to.
We all know what's healthy and what we should and shouldn't eat, it's just a matter of committing and DOING it.
One healthy meal at a time. One healthy decision at a time.
Eventually that will lead to another, and another, until it becomes second nature.

What really kept me motivated was seeing the scale go down.
Every time I'd get on the scale and I'd lost a pound or two, I got this crazy high and felt like I could do anything. It was a snowball effect and before I knew it, I had lost over 50 lbs. and dropped nearly 6 sizes.
I was also motivated by people's negative comments.
I had heard a few of the things some people were saying about me and it really just made me push harder and want to show them I could do it.
My clothes not fitting was a huge motivator for me.
I had nothing to wear, as all of my pre-pregnancy 14's were too small, so I poured myself into my maternity jeans.... talk about determination.
I was determined to get back into my old sizes, and even more determined to get into my "skinny jeans" pile that had been shoved in the back of my closet for years.
Another HUGE motivator for me was YOU GUYS! I blogged about my weight, struggles, and successes and you were there to push and encourage me! I can't thank you enough for that. It means more than you will ever know.
It wasn't until I put it all out there in my 'My Soul is Bared' post that I was really held accountable to myself and all of you! I had to start by being 100% honest with myself before I could move forward.
Blogging was a great way for me to be accountable, and I totally recommend it.

In December of last year, I basically just got bored with WW and started counting calories. Don't get me wrong, WW worked and in 3 months I had lost 15 lbs., but I really just thought "I can do this on my own" and went for it.
Starting out I used Sparkpeople to count every single thing that I put in my mouth and I didn't eat over 1200 calories a day.
December is also when I decided to add in exercise.
I started the C25K program and signed up for my first ever 5K in March.
Training really helped me drop some wicked pounds, it seemed to just melt off.
By race day, I had lost nearly 40 lbs. in a 5 month period.
All by watching what I ate and running.

I still keep to a strict 1200-1400 calorie diet.
In recent months, I have branched out into more raw eating- I don't eat nearly as many Smart Ones as I used to, but more salads and veggies.
I buy everything fat free or low fat and substitute nearly every ingredient in any recipe for a lower fat version.
For lunch now, I may have a big salad with cherry tomatoes, low fat cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and fat free Italian dressing.
Or a veggie patty on low calorie wheat bread with mustard, low fat cheese, low fat mayo, lettuce, tomato, and an apple.
Eating out for me is easy now.
It used to KILL me every time we went out to eat because I craved the bad stuff.
Now, I look at it like everyone knows I'm trying to lose weight, so I feel like they are watching to see what I order. 9 times out of 10 that alone makes me order something healthy.
That and I really crave the healthy stuff now.
It's all about re-training your body and listening to it's needs.
Portion control! You can have whatever your heart desires.. IN MODERATION.

I can honestly tell you I feel amazing.
I am so proud of myself for doing this the RIGHT way, and I KNOW once you make the decision to REALLY kick those pounds to the curb, you will too!

I am not a nutritionist or an expert of any kind, I am just a girl who used to be fat.


To see my weight loss progression pics click HERE.
To see what I looked like at different weights click {HERE}.

UPDATE:
After having my second son in November of 2011 I began my post baby weight loss #2.
This time around I have 50 pounds to lose. Stick with me as I journal it all here and fight my way to my ultimate goal of 120 lbs.

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69 comments:

Kimberly said...

You LOOK great! thanks for those tips! I wonder what you doing/eating. Keep up the good work. I know it ain't easy!!

Staci said...

Brandi! You look so great. I'm so proud of you! Even for someone that just needs to lose 5-10lbs or maintain a healthy weight, you are such an inspiration!

I'm running a half in December if you'd like to join...

I have a pretty intense training program that will help you drop your last 20. Email me if you want info.

Missy said...

Great post today! Your motivation is inspiring. I think the commitment to weight loss is what I've been lacking. I have great plans and intentions, but the first sign of temptation sways me because my commitment is lacking. Time to stop and COMMIT.

KatieJones said...

Thanks so much for doing this girl! I just posted a blog about it. You inspire me so much! I am going grocery shopping today for new foods!

Ashley said...

Thanks for posting this!! Your story is TRULY amazing. I have seriously tried every.single.diet. out there and always give up because I'm no 100% motivated.
I want to/need to lose weight ... but I just need to stay motivated:(

Washington Woman said...

Thanks for the awesome post - it is so true that there is no secret, you just have to do it. I love WW and think it is a great program. I also love your honesty - I'm 12 weeks pregnant now and while I know I shouldn't freak out about it, the weight gain thing is a huge concern. Knowing that you made it out on the other side helps me feel ok about the weight gain and know there is something I can do about it when it is all over.

Christina said...

I so needed to read this! I have been doing great up until about a week ago. And then have been having a hard time eating right. Your post motivates me to get back on track!
Thank you!

Erica said...

You are simply amazing!

Mrs. G said...

Amen sista! There is no special trick to weight loss, no diets work for very long. It's all about what you eat, what you do for exercise and commitment. It's an every day struggle, not just some fad diet to do for 1 month. It's about a lifestyle change. You got it girl!

The Bishop Gang said...

I totally <3 you. You're so awesome. I totally just need to DO IT. You're right!

Katie said...

you look awesome :) I have a 3.5 month old and am afraid to jump in too deep with 'dieting' for fear of milk production issues since I'm exclusively bf'ing. How long did you bf for and did doing weight watchers or anything hurt your production or did it not go hand in hand with the same timing of losing weight? Curious :)

Karla T said...

What a beautiful family you have! You look great!

I've lost about 45 lbs so far this year and working on more.

D said...

I'm over from Katie's blog and I have to say 1) you are awesome and look great! 2) you are so right about it clicking. It finally clicked for me last week. So I'm only into week 2 of my journey, but I'm beyond excited and motivated. Your story is such an inspiration that dedication and hard work pays off (both short term and way long term!!!). Thanks so much!!

Jillian said...

Good for you:) You look great!!

Sabrina said...

You're awesome!

Jagged Little Life said...

you look AMAZING! I have been following your blog for awhile and love to hear a real momma's struggles with her weight that are so similar to mine. Keep on inspiring.. our goals are just with in reach!

jaggedlittlelife.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Great job! You look great.

Former Fat Bride said...

You are so inspiring! Love your blog and reading about your weight loss journey. Keep up the great work..you are so close to your goal!

Mrs. S said...

Girl, you got it goin on!
You are soo inspiring!

Plum Wonderful Momma said...

Very inspirational! Keep up the good work and keep the info coming!

Corinne said...

GREAT job! I am still 20 pounds up from my last pregnancy and now I am 17 weeks pregnant. So while I am watching things now, I know I still have that extra 20# to deal with after baby comes.

I was also wondering the same thing as a PP, how did you keep your milk supply from dropping? I am thinking 1200 cals wouldn't be enough! I am wondering about this as I am a calorie counter (for dieting) and I also breastfeed my kids. So anyhow, trying to plan ahead to what I can do after baby #2 shows up!

Tiffany said...

It's always good hearing the TRUTH on how people get there......! I'm inspired by you and a bit jealous! =) I will definitely be bookmarking this page for encouragement and tips while I continue on this road to weight loss! I went to the gym tonight for the first time in 5 years and walked 2 miles,...pretty proud of myself! I'll be cheering you on.....all the way to 125!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Congrats, you look AMAZING!! I just had my first May 17th and am finally getting the energy and time to get all my pregnancy weight off...hopefully - ha! Your story is so inspirational and I'm getting ready to start C25K too. :) Love your blog, and your son is a cutie! :)

Shannon said...

So inspirational! Way to go and you look terrific!

Kirsten: said...

Just found ur blog today - you look AMAZING!!! Congrats on your weight loss!!! I hope to find the same motivation you have to lose my 30 lbs of baby fat from 2 years ago...geez!!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

SO glad I stumbled across your blog. Congrats to you! This is really awesome and motivating. I had a medical issue and gained 40 lbs in 6 months. Since then I have lost some weight and regained. Ultimately I am at the point where I feel like I am so fat, why bother? Which is really wrong. I have stopped dating. I don't go out as much. It's pathetic, really. I'm 27, living in LA, and not taking advantage of life.

So sorry for blabbing on. Point is, it's great to see that it is possible. I just need to stop feeling sorry for myself and start doing something about it!

Thank you :D

Amy B said...

Just found your blog and I am in love with it. I gained almost 60 lbs while pregnant and currently struggling to finish getting those off *only 7 more to go* and lose the other 25 I need to have off before getting pregnant! Very inspired by you!!

arsenalfamily said...

Amen! You look great! I thought the weight would just melt off with breast feeding...and it didn't! You are right, it is a decision! You are such an encouragement.

Julia Lolita said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! I am doing WW, it seems to be the only thing that works. I am glad that you found something else when WW wasn't appealing to you anymore. That's always great.

Jennifer Wing said...

Just found you blog...thank you. i am a mother of 3 and with the first 2 I was able to keep my weight under control but after my 3rd it well...exploded! I am 3lbs more than when my 3rd child was born...it kills me to admit it. 224...ouch. For the last year I have been using my bad hip as an excuse not to fix the problem, but now we are talking about having a 4th child and I cannot imagine having a baby and adding more weight. I cannot run, but I can walk...and baby i plan on walking. I am home full time and eating can be tough...but I love idea of tracking things. Thank you for all your great ideas. I cannot wait to say I am 70 lbs lighter. I know it will take time. But time I have. :)

Alysha said...
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Alysha said...

I am so motivated by reading your blog. I two did not lose any weight after my baby and I am also nursing. He is almost 8 months old and I am still wearing maternity pants. It is time for a change. Did you still nurse when you were eating 1200 calories? I am thinking about WW nursing program. Keep it up and thanks for blogging about your experience.

Colleen Broach said...

Someone posted your blog on Pinterest, so I thought I would come and check it out. And wow, I'm almost in tears reading your story. I just had my 2nd boy in October 2011. And I too am trying to lose the dreaded baby weight. So now you have a new follower!! Hopefully I can join you with a great before and after photo like you've done!!

Congrats on your baby, and good luck!!

MommaExpat said...

Also found you through Pinterest, great story, thank you for the inspiration!

fleandboys said...

Thanks for posting your story. I had my youngest 10 years ago and gained 60lbs due to forced bed rest during my pregnancy. Over the years I have lost about 20 of those pounds. Every year I get inspired to lose weight and exercise. I usually last two months with minimal results. I would eat right and exercise 4 to 5 times a week. But always find some reason to stop. The last time (June of 2011) I stopped due to my family moving to NC and going through a depression. I started my new weight loss three weeks ago. This time feels different. I have exercised everyday of these last three weeks. I have cut all junk food out. I eat lots of fruit and veggies for snacks and I limit my portions at dinner. Last week after only losing 2lbs in two weeks I decided to help keep my motivation. I went to pinterest and found all the motivation quotes and pictures I could. I printed them out and placed a few on my bathroom mirror, on the fridge, and on the cork board in our exercise room. This has helped. I had just been doing 30 hard minutes in the elliptical. Yesterday I started the 30 day Shred plus 15 mins in the elliptical. I feel great and I am starting to see some results. I think that me working so hard has finally motivated my husband to lose too. I love coming to pinterest everyday and seeing success stories like yours. Reading these really helps keep me motivated. Exercising has now become habit. On weekends I say ok I need to get up at such time in order to get a workout in before whatever I have to do. Thanks. I plan on keeping up with your blog for motivation.

mandyc said...

Congrats! you look great! keep up the good work and it'll happen for you again. I'm sending my lil sis a link to your sight because she just had her second lil one and I think she will find you a great inspiration. I dont have any lil ones of my own but back in '08 decided that something had to change and i did it and have kept the 50 lbs off since. All it takes is the determination and motivation and you got that girl:)

Melissa A from OR said...

I just want to tell you that you are amazing!!! What an amazing story you have and such an awesome attitude. Thank you for sharing your journey!!- Melissa

Kara said...

I am in the same place that you were when you started this journey. I am almost 200lbs and have got to make some serious. My MAJOR obstacle is my work schedule. My work day is about 12 hours long with my commute to and from work. I have no time to cook, especially for my 2 year old son. I call my car my dining room on wheels because that is where he eats most of his meals. How did you manage your weight loss by making sure that your kids are still getting to eat but healthy?

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Elizabeth said...

I can absolutely relate! Just out of curiosity... how tall are you? I'm just trying to compare our starting points. I'm determined to get this weight off! Thanks for your inspiring blog!

Gretchen said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I am going to try this! I'm struggling getting this weight off. You are my motivation! Thank you!

Ashley said...

Just stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest and couldn't resist commenting. A few months ago I weighed in around 190lbs and it "clicked" for me. I also signed up for Weight Watchers and have since lost 20 pounds! I love finding blogs that have REAL people with REAL stories about weight loss -- your blog is inspiring and I look forward to reading about your successes!!

MCK said...

Your blogs are amazing. You look fantastic and your weightloss journey is awesome. If you don't mind me asking, how tall are you?

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Lyndsay Toliver said...

I found out your blog through a person I follow on Pinterest. After reading how you lost the weight you've been a true motivator. I've struggled with my weight my whole life, and after having my son I'm at the highest weight I've ever been. I find my escape through food and its never the healthiest. Thanks for being someone who is true about their weight loss. I'm very excited to read some of your old post and all of your future post. Thanks again.

Desiree Rokovich said...

I would love for some support...I am new to all this blogging....but I'm giving it a shot!

http://desilou52879.blogspot.com/

Thanks for your inspiration!!! :)

Allison Clow said...

I came across your blog page. It is wonderful! Way to go on the weight loss! I am on the weight loss journey as well. Thanks for the inspiration.


Www.alliec5.blogspot.com

Jessica Smith said...

H there! I just had my first baby & am attempting to lost the weight! I was told it would "fall off" because of breast feeding... um, not so much. I started tracking what I eat with "My Fitness Pal."

You said you started eating 1200 calories a day... My question is were you breast feeding at that time? I'm worried if I cut my calories so much so suddenly, it will effect my supply.

Thanks for your inspiration! :)
Jess
chalkdustandcheerios.wordpress.com

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Lizzy T said...

Awesome blog! Love that you believe in moderation. What is your opinion on the Paleo diet? I'd love to hear. I did WW of a long time and lost weight, but it didn't teach me to eat healthy. Just to save my points for ice cream at night. My goal is to eat healthy, less sugar and regular/real food instead of processed low fat, fat free stuff. Thanks!

Lizzy T said...

Awesome blog! Love that you believe in moderation. What is your opinion on the Paleo diet? I'd love to hear. I did WW of a long time and lost weight, but it didn't teach me to eat healthy. Just to save my points for ice cream at night. My goal is to eat healthy, less sugar and regular/real food instead of processed low fat, fat free stuff. Thanks!

Kim said...

You've done a great job! I've just found your blog, and I'm sure you have answered this a million times over, but I'm wondering if you were always a runner? I just started the C25K program & am on Week 1, Day 3. It blows my mind that in 2 weeks, I'm going to have to run for 3 minutes at once when I'm already dying over the 1 minute run?? I would love to see myself as a runner, but I'm wondering if my body can hack it haha! Was it hard for you to do?

ctminnesota said...

I just had to comment on our similarities. I, too, dug down deep after baby #2 (couldn't quite do it after baby #1) and lost 60#. I completely agree that something just has to click & a person has to just firmly decide that this is how they are going to live. It can't be a diet that ends; it is about making healthy choices every single day.

You look amazing & I am so happy that I found this blog! Looking forward to combing through your recipes. Congratulations on taking the weight off twice - amazing work!

Misty White said...

I think you look amazing and your beautiful with a wonderful smile !!! you have made me wanna get off the couch and get busy . I'm Currently at 227 pounds but i have been at 150.2 that was 8 yrs ago ... sad I know. lots of things going on tons of surgery and tons of depression leading to my drug FOOD ... but thank you so much I will continue to follow you and let you inspire me !!!!!

Karen Pickett said...

I am dying to know what "MILF" Monday means! I thought I know what those letters are suppose to mean but it doesn't make sense with "Monday"??

Crazy Southern Woman said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story. I saw a repin from your page on Pinterest. I too have been on this journey....it's so great to have support! New follower!

Afton Wicks said...

A few years ago i lost 100lbs... everyone ask how I did it, you describe it perfectly...one day you just wake up and know you can, and you do... Looking to loose the last 50, have been for a few years now actually. Thanks for reminding me about that feeling, might just be what I needed

elisha_run_run_run said...

I LOVE your story!!!! Our stories are so similar it is craziness! I am following you I love your blog! I started one about a week ago! I'm all new to it but you just inspired me to keep it going!!!! Way to go mama you rock!!!
XOXOXO
Elisha V.
www.runoffyourbum.blogspot.com

Randi S said...

I had my second son in 2009 and started my own weight loss journey. I've lost 50 pounds but haven't really found the eating as easy as you say. :) How tall are you? That helps put the weight into proportion for me.

TaylorHathcock said...

I have been following you on Instagram for a while
Now! I am just getting the chance to read your blog and I felt like my life story was unfolding while reading! I was also 19bs and was tired of being over weight and wanted to be comfortable in my own body! I also did weight watchers and drank nothing but water and started the c25k program! I am now down 67lbs and could not feel any better ! I have switched to counting calories sometimes and sometimes still count points! I have ran many 5ks and next month I am running my second 10k then in April I have a 1/2 marathon! Thanks for all your motivation, recipes, tips, and fashion tips! Your a great person and a wonderful role model!!

Ashley Rane Sparks said...

I love this because it's a testimony to really what it takes. No fads or even diets really. Eat less...move more. I need to lose about 10 lbs. and your story of commitment is inspiring. I need to JUST DO IT! like you.
One question, how tall are you? Your weight looks perfect for your height.
Way to go!
Ashley Rane Sparks
www.makeitrane.com

Jamilla said...

You are truely AWESOME!! You have inspired me to start running again (Lost about 50 lbs before running, but then got a BF). I am down 35 lbs since fall time but have currently slacked off and unmotivated. The C25K program has helped me get my ass back in gear and I couldnt have done it without your blog!!! BONUS is I have convinced my mom and sister to do our 1st 5K this spring!!! SUPER STOKED!

LOVE your blog and look forward to your next post!

Jamey

http://blah2fab.blogspot.com/

Kari Erickson said...

Thank tou for sharing your story and for the encouragement. I too gained a crazy amount of weight with my pregnancy (78lbs!!!). My son is 15 months old and I am 50lbs down but I want to lose another 50. I am on WW and I know it works, it just isnt happening as fast as I would like. I know I need to add in exercise but other than walking, im finding it difficult with my toddler under foot or just plain exhaustion. My ultimate goal is to be a size 10 again. I am not as concerned with the scale so much as the size of my clothes. In Nov 2011, I was a size 20/22 and today I am a size 16. I really cant wait to shop "regular" sizes and not plus anymore. I know I will get there, I have lost 100lbs once before but it was a hell of a lot easier at 25 than 35 lol!! I am really glad I came across your blog, it is always good to find extra motivation from other moms who have been there. Thanks again and keep up the great work...you look fabulous and are a real inspiration!

Rachel Hubbard said...

I just found your blog - yes, I've been living under a rock also known as two little babies, BUT I love your story. How inspiring!! You go girl!

Jordan Ashlee said...

I have lost 101 pounds, had a reconstrictive knee surgery and had to learn to walk again and ended up gaining 40 back. I have lost 20 of that and working on the other 20 now (which is HARD)... My sister told me about you and I am now addicted to your instagram and website! You have sparked that motivation and determination that has been hidden deep down inside me! I am going to get this last 20 pounds (back) off!! You look awesome!

april grissom said...

Is there a way I can email you personally?? Im new to this blog world and don't see it on your page!! thanks

april!!

Stephanie Gardner said...

I cannot wait to add a "Before & After" page to my blog. I could have about 2mths ago :/ Ya see, I lost about 40lbs while I husband was deployed...He came home...I got wayyyy stressed and have gained about 1/2 back :'( Anyway, trying really hard to get back on track! I follow you everywhere and you are such an inspiration!!!!

www.nofltrsthrnmama.blogspot.com

sheetal said...

Wow! what a transformation,!You have inspired me :) I know it may be a drop in your ocean of followers, but I am following you now- Thank you

Annette Rose said...

One of the girls I work with follows your blog and told me to check it out. Glad I did. This is very inspirational! Way to go on all the weight loss! I am sitting at 229.8 and would love to be 185 (I'm 5'11") I will definitely be following you!