On July 28, 2011 I got what I thought was food poisoning but it never went away. By the end of October and after a course of anitbiotics I was well again. Between July and October I lost approximately 15 lbs. I was elated as to how good I felt to be 15 lbs lighter! A co-worker talked me into joining the Biggest Loser contest at work which I did. Not committed, I didn't do very well but still maintained my weightloss. I kept re-joining each new contest and after about my 3rd one, I was committed. I had, had enough of the depression of feeling horrible about myself, feeling inferior to others and being afraid to sit on certain furniture. I weighed 237 lbs and am 5 ft 4 in tall, and was 50 years old. Between then and today, September 22, 2013 I lost 97 lbs!!!! My goal is get down to 137 lbs as that will mark 100 lbs lost. I have won 4 of the biggest loser contests at work and what helped me tremendously, was the "myfitnesspal" app on my phone. It taught me portion control and how many calories I should be consuming. Additionally, Facebook was a tremendous help in that my friends gave me unfailing support and encouragement - plus by going public, it held me more accountable and I have found so many health (food and exercise) pages, as well as motivational quotes that helped me along my journey. I feel fantastic. My knees and feet no longer hurt, nor does my lower back. When I walk, I feel like I float, no lie. All of this is new to me as I struggled with weight throughout my entire lifetime. As a child I was nicknamed "Little Fat Sally from across the alley!" I have a sense of confidence I've never had before and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE trying on and buying clothes. Before I would only shop on the internet (that's the only place I could find big pant sizes) plus I hated trying on clothes in the stores. I still find myself grabbing large sizes, only to return to the rack for a smaller one. It's an amazing feeling and one, that I never, ever, want to go away. I got rid of all my large clothes, every last one of them because I will maintain my healthy new lifestyle for the rest of my life. In the past when I lost weight (here and there) I would hang onto my clothes and sure enough, would eventually gain back the weight. I was a comfort eater, chocolate and the like made me feel better, or so it did in the moment, because right after the guilt set in and I hated myself. Today I do not deprive myself of anything. I eat what I want, and stay within my calorie range and stop when I'm full. I control my emotional stress by working out instead of with food. I eat to live, rather than living to eat!!!! And this is the new me, all 140 lbs of me!!!! And I am loving every inch of myself.
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