Friday, May 9, 2014

My Weight Loss Milestone


It happened!  I stepped on the scale, started to do the math (carry the one, borrow from the 7, etc.) and realized that I had 
lost 100 pounds!




Thank you My Fitness Pal for keeping track of my weight loss. ;) You can follow me @rachelleblake


I mean, I couldn't even grasp what that meant. And then I realized that 100 pounds is the same as...

*A 2 month old horse
*an average super model
*2 bales of hay
*197 bananas
*large goat
*12 gallons of water
*A hellfire missle




I happen to have an amazing friend (NATALIE) who is also a photographer.  We had a blast doing these "100 pounds lost" celebration photos! 





I was so lucky to have some amazing friends that celebrated with me and they sent me a goodie basket of healthy treats and TONS of gift cards so that I could buy a new wardrobe.  Which I have. Ten times over. 


I cannot even believe that I used to wear these jeans.  They are a size 20. Wow. Now I can't believe I just told y'all that.  Sometimes I put those old pants on just to remind myself of how far I've come. And then sometimes I put both legs in one of the legs and try to walk around.  This is real life, people!

It has been a crazy 18 months.  I've cried, laughed, grunted, screamed, smiled, and I've NEVER STOPPED WORKING (although I've had times where I've taken steps backwards). I've had many set backs and tons of critics. BUT, I've also had SO SO much support. My family and friends have been incredible through it all. I tear up thinking about all of the people in my life who motivate me and never criticize me (even when I get HANGRY- thank you to my husband Brian). 
There have been more than a handful of times I went to bed pouting like a child because I wanted to eat ALL THE CANDY IN THE WORLD. There have been more than a handful of times where I actually ate ALL THE CANDY IN THE WORLD. I still have food issues. I still play mental games with myself, but I'm starting to realize that food is fuel and I don't have to live to eat...I need to eat to live. 



Things I've learned:

*The scale doesn't own me
*I can run one mile without crying, but refuse to do more
*I love Jazzercise
*Flexing in the mirror is fun
*Food is fuel
*Healthy food is yummy
*I don't have to feel deprived to live healthy
*I can lift heavy things
*I can make a Jazzercise routine to any song
*Medium is now in my vocabulary
*I hardly ever poop #help #sorrynotsorry
*This journey is my life and I'm never stopping
*If I can do it, ANYONE CAN!


My weight does not define my happiness. But let me tell you... when I was overweight I was also exhausted, depressed, and lazy.  Now I'm happy, have so much energy, WANT to workout everyday, and I think about what I eat instead of shoving cookies down my throat at a moment's notice.
I take each day at a time and I look back and think.... DAMN, I did it!


*You can read more about how I lost 100 pounds {here}

58 comments:

  1. Rachelle! You look amazing and I'm so proud for you!!! :) Beautiful inside and out!

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  2. So proud of you!!!congrats100 times over!!!

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  3. Oh my goodness, Rachelle! Congratulations! What an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing and being so transparent so that you CAN be an inspiration! You ROCK, girl!!

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  4. Congrats! I'm so happy you reached this milestone. Your story is inspiring!! =)

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  5. Wow! You look amazing! I joined WW this week & you are my main motivation :o) Congrats!

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  6. Very proud of you! You look amazing! Thanks for sharing this - perfect motivation!

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  7. You are SO very amazing. Congratulations!!!

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  8. Rachelle - you look so amazing...of course you were beautiful both in and out when I met you in 2012 too. Love you girl and so very, very proud of you.
    xoxo,
    Vicky


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  9. Congratulations Rachelle! Way to go!!!!! You look fantastic!

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  10. Adorable!!! You look great!!! You are awesome!!

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  11. You look fan-freakin-tantistic. I am amazed by you! Congrats!

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  12. The one of you in the middle of the street is perfect, because, girl, you are stopping traffic! You look FANTASTIC!!!!!

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  13. Congrats. I am inspired by your story and would like to know about how you did it. I too would like to do the same thing. Keep up the great work.

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  14. You are adorable! I need to read up on you because I need to get my hiney in gear. Congrats!

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  15. As I was reading your post and looking at your pictures, I had to do a double take because you looked like I look now. It choked me up. You have inspired me to make changes. Thank you for sharing and putting it all out there.

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  16. You are beautiful inside and out...and such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story! I'm with you on the running thing! 1 mile is E.nough!
    XO
    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  17. You are so freakin' amazing! That.is.all. So proud of you!

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  18. Rachelle, I have to tell you, honestly, I always looked at your photos and thought you were stunning. I can also see how far you have come, and the happiness in your face and eyes is undeniable. Well done, you are amazing and a true inspiration to so many!

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    1. Agree wholeheartedly with this! =) - Victoria

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  19. Thank you for sharing. You inspire me and so many others. I've loved reading about your journey.

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  20. Incredible!! Congratulations!

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  21. Awesome! Such an inspiration!

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  22. So proud of you! You look absolutely amazing and the pictures are gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. Rachelle, you are fabulous inside and out!!!! I know you've heard that a million times...but, that's just who you are!! :) We don't make this stuff up :) I love you and you look totally AMAZING!!!!!!! You make me want to be a healthier person!!! Can't wait to see you in real life this Summer!!!!

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  25. You look amazing!! Congrats!

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  26. You are amazing.....and you look fantastic! Congratulations on all your hard work!

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  27. You are amazing.....and you look fantastic! Congratulations on all your hard work!

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  28. Beyond words! You have inspired so many to make healthier choices. I am thinking about getting a bracelet that says, "WWRD"

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  29. Congratulation, Rachelle!!! You look amazing! You're such an inspiration in so many ways!

    Dana

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  30. You are fabulous. And I love you, my friend! So happy for you, and congratulations!!!!

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  31. Wow! Congratulations! That is great! You go girl!
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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  32. Rachelle, you are such an inspiration. You are beautiful person inside and out! Congratulatons

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  33. I am so proud of you Rachelle! You look like a different person than the one I met two years ago. I cannot wait to sit with you by the pool in Vegas. Amazing!!!

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  34. Congratulations!!!! You are such an inspiration!! I tried to find you on My Fitness Pal, but couldn't for some reason. My user name is princesshutch.

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  35. Congratulations!! You are beautiful and exquisite, inside and out. I have heard of you before, but I was directed here last night because of a post Natalie wrote on Facebook. Then... I remembered who you were from resources I have seen around. You are strong and will hopefully inspire many, many people to follow their dreams. Here is where I featured your weblog(s) this week-- http://love5thgrade.blogspot.com/2014/05/jasztals-resource-spotlight-4-this-week.html =)

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  36. Congratulations!!!! You look wonderful! Thank you for starting this health blog, it really inspires me to eat healthy, instead of dieting, and to stop worrying so much about the damn scale!

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  37. Wow, you are such an inspiration! Congratulations on your super milestone, you look fantastic!

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  38. Wow, what an inspiration! Congratulations on your incredible milestone! You look fantastic! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and journey.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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  39. You are amazing!! Congratulations on your milestone!!

    Becky
    Lesson Plans & Lattes

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  40. Wow! You don't even look like the same person. You must (and should!) feel soooo awesome!!!
    Laureen

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  41. You look stunningly beautiful!! Congrats on reaching your milestone! Thank you for being such an inspiration!!
    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  42. Awesome job! You have done an amazing job. I love that you're willing to share your journey and be an inspiration to others.

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  43. I'm so proud of you Rachelle! You look amazing and I know you've inspired other people!!! I hope you enjoy it and go rock your hot body at the pool this summer!!! PS, class reunion in August? Hope you are there!!!

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  45. You rock lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  46. Amazing, Rachelle! You are so inspiring in every way. Congratulations-you are beautiful from the inside out!

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  47. You are so beautiful!!! Love your pictures!! :) Congratulations :)

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  48. Congratulations on the weight loss and the new blog! You look fantastic, although I've always thought you are beautiful. The pictures are awesome and I love the new outfits! Great job!

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