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Blowing Minds… Including Our Own! (Pants Pic)


When I first started the 17 Day Diet last March, I felt pretty good at the initial weight loss. After the first week or two, I thought… “This is it, I feel this is finally my time to lose this weight”… and when the weight started falling off and the sizes started dropping, I threw clothes away. I didn’t do what I had in the past… put them aside for a “just in case” scenario. I just tossed them! I didn’t even donate the first lot or two. THEN, I thought… “Wait! I want a pair of pants for a pic!”

These are those pants. They aren’t even the right size! LOL These pants are a 30W. When I started, I didn’t fit into a 32W. So, forgive me for not wanting to regain the weight for a photo op… but hmmm, nope, not going to happen. I’ll demonstrate the oooh, ahhhh, moment with these 30W jeans! I still think it’s a pretty remarkable moment, don’t you? They’ve been sitting on a counter upstairs for months… just sitting there.

My 1 yr anniversary is coming up on Tuesday. I’ve lost 138 lbs as of today… I was hoping for 150… it’s not Tuesday yet… but reality is approaching… fast and well, maybe I’ll get 140… but still… the pull of the pants photo was drawing me in… so the other night, I grabbed them and put them up to me and stood in front of my husband and we just were stunned! It’s one thing to see a big number on the scale… it’s entirely another to see it in a pair of pants. This just really puts it into perspective at just how big I was! Let me just say… when you look at the butt of these things… that’s NOT a pretty site! LOL But, yes, I do remember filling in many a chair in a theatre, or even my car. I remember the seatbelt cutting into my side. I remember the arms of a chair keeping me prisoner and me even wondering if I could “bend” them or “break” them as I got up. So, yes, I must have filled in that pair of pants pretty darn well, because I remember those days vividly.

I took these pants into work today to show my co-workers. Jaws dropped. I was very proud of my accomplishment and know that so many of my friends there were very proud of me, too. The pic is posted on my facebook wall and support is pouring in and I know I’ve touched so many and inspired so many. It’s humbling and I’m honored to be that inspiration in their lives. What’s more, is that I just look at the pants and they truly are a symbol that it’s never too late in life to attain a goal! To get healthy. My son is 16. A sophomore in high school. Probably the most influential time for him to see this change in me. Next year, he’s looking at colleges and reaching for his own dreams. I could be sad that I didn’t do this sooner, but then again… it’s never too late!

What a difference a decision has made…


Since March 19th, 2012 We’ve lost 195 lbs!

This is my husband, Ivan and myself. I’m Marie. We’ve been happily married since 2002. We met online and fell in love (say awwwww!) lol He’s a British man! So, EVERYONE here in America is sooooo impressed with his accent. It’s really quite funny! I don’t quite hear it anymore, neither does my son. Anyway, he and I met and fell in love, married and settled into a lovely life filled with lots of laughter. We do love to eat as well! Our weight was a very big issue and one we battled on a daily basis. We tried diets and failed them… together. Ivan is a meat and potato man and I’m a polite eater. I just eat whatever is put in front of me. Isn’t that polite of me?

Anyway, we climbed up to 377 lbs for me and 284.5 for him (we were probably bigger than that, but when we finally chose to take control of this once and for all, that’s what we weighed in at). I was always on the lookout for a diet that seemed like it would work for us. Found the 17 Day Diet by Dr Mike Moreno in a magazine. It seemed very well balanced. We started it and never looked back. Obviously it’s been quite successful for us or we’ve been very successful on it? Whichever way you look at it, it worked! Another thing happened. It changed how we felt about food. Isn’t that what a diet is supposed to do? Stop becoming a diet and become a lifestyle? That’s what this did for us… and within about two weeks. Seriously!

I had lost about 36 lbs before I even started adding exercise into the mix… and when I did, I chose walking. I had remembered from when I was in Weight Watchers that several people loved using Leslie Sansone Walking Tapes. Lo Impact (I have degenerative arthritis in my lower back and right hip) was the choice for me, plus it seemed the logical choice, as I have no equipment, no gym membership and live in Northeast Pennsylvania where winters last sometimes up to 5-6 months out of the year and I didn’t want to have weather derail a choice of outdoor walking. So, if I chose an indoor exercise plan, then nothing would take me away from that. Smart, huh? I’m no dummy! I have been exercising ever since… 4-5 days a week anywhere from 3-5 miles a day. I’m now starting to add stretching and toning exercises into the mix as well.

I’ve also decided to start a blog as I have been inspiring alot of friends with my weight loss and wanted to share all the things I’ve learned along my journey in the hopes of inspiring and motivating others. I love helping others find the joy of losing weight and getting healthy, too. I feel that I’ve been wearing a permanent smile on my face since March and I feel great. I have truly enjoyed the journey so far and it’s been great getting healthy with the love of my life.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and hope you come back and I promise to bring you as much information as I can that I hope will help you along your path to a healthy life as well. It’s all a learning experience and I’m learning more each and every day, myself!