100 pound anniversary post!

I had alluded to this special rose bush in my garden a couple weeks ago:

100lb1This was the reward I gave myself for losing 100 pounds.  I wanted a rose bush, and this one is the one I selected.

Today is a huge milestone day for me.  1 year ago I stepped on the scale to have finally reach 100 pounds lost.

That means I have maintained  at least 100 pounds gone for a year!  I can’t say that I am not a little disappointed to not be at goal now, but I realize that I have kept off an enormous amount of weight.  I made it through a bunch of holidays, the Superbowl, New Orleans, birthdays and the like to varying degrees of success.

1 year ago, I was a fledgling runner  – in 3 weeks I will be doing a sprint triathlon!  Who knew that I had a little athlete in me that wanted to get out all this time??  It only took me 41 years to give her a chance!

I have spent a lot of the last year learning more about what my body is actually capable of doing, and that it can look pretty good in clothes!  I still get great satisfaction and amazement out of shopping and being in the ‘normal’ department.  I wonder if that will ever go away (I hope not).

The rose bush made it through the winter and is blooming now, and a celebration of the time passed since its first planting.  It is my sincere wish that I will be posting again in a year with the same success (and even to be at goal LOL).

Old me:


Taken a couple weeks ago:


Maybe I can do this maintenance thing after all!

I was also honored to provide a guest post recipe today at Healthy Living Blog!

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29 thoughts on “100 pound anniversary post!

  1. Lynn Haraldson-Bering

    Happy anniversary, Lori! Whoohoo! Thank you for pointing out that it’s NOT entirely (in fact, it should HARDLY) be about the scale once you get to where you are. Look at you? Running, biking, doing all those things you couldn’t do before, or easily. And, keep this in mind, you inspire a lot of people, me included. Maintenance can be hard sometimes, but it’s not impossible and it’s best to do it with friends 🙂 Congrats, my friend.

    And I love that rose bush, too. Just lovely.

  2. Jo

    What a fantastic anniversary! Happy Anniversary!

    Everyone knows how difficult it is to lose 100 pounds. I’ve always know the hard part is keeping it off. And look at you–you’ve accomplished both tasks.

    Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration.

    Congrats for your wonderful accomplishment.

  3. Jo

    Happy Anniversary!

    Everyone knows how difficult it is to lose 100 pounds. I’ve always know the hard part is keeping it off. And look at you–you’ve accomplished both tasks.

    Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration.

    Congrats for your wonderful accomplishment.

  4. Tena

    Lori, happy anniversary to you. You make me feel like I can do this. Congrats and best to you in the triatholon!

  5. Susan

    CONGRATS!!!! I love that you now have a rose bush to bloom every year to celebrate this huge milestone 🙂 Are you doing anything to celebrate today? I think finishing the tri in a few weeks will be an awesome celebration 🙂

  6. Pubsgal

    Congratulations, Lori!!! Thanks for continuing to share your story of maintenance with us, too. I enjoy your blog and find a lot of inspiration here. And I’m so excited for you and your triathlon! I’m looking forward to reading all about it. 🙂

  7. Chubby Chick

    Wow! Happy Anniversary! What a fabulous accomplishment… to have kept off 100 pounds for a year! You are SUCH an inspiration!

    You look fabulous! 🙂

  8. Jen, a priorfatgirl

    HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE reason to celebrate! This truly is an inspirational post because it gives so much motivation that there are people out there (YOU!) who can lose weight and keep it off! AWESOME!

  9. Shelley B

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!! You were one of the first “diet” bloggers I found, and I have taken a lot of my inspiration from you. Fantastic job on your year of maintenance – you give me such hope!

  10. Miz

    there are no sufficient words huh?
    you are amazing.
    a role model.
    and have defeated the odds.


  11. Donna B

    That rose is such an inspiration and a perfect symbol of your hard work and dedication! Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see that rose bush again next year!

  12. PTG1002

    That is such an amazing accomplishment and you are SUCH an inspiration!! The rose bush is truly beautiful, just like you. Congrats again on achieving so much!

  13. Ria

    Congratulations on all you have accomplished! And thank you for sharing your story – you are incredibly inspiring. Best wishes for many, many more happy anniversaries.

  14. Kelly

    Happy Anniversary! An amazing feat to lose 100 lbs. but to keep it off is even more amazing. Thank you for your encouragements!

  15. debby

    Lori, isn’t it just wonderful? Its really a miracle. To have a different body. A different life. To still enjoy food. TO RIDE YOUR BIKE 26 MILES ROUND TRIP AND ENJOY A FROZEN YOGURT! It just lifts my spirits to think about it this way!

  16. Crystal

    Wow! Congratulations on your achievement! It is incredible in itself that you lost 100 pounds, but to be able to keep it off for a year is wonderful and, sometimes, the hardest part. Very inspirational those of us currently on the weight-loss path.

  17. Desiree

    I discovered your site a few weeks ago and am encouraged by your success. Congrats on your major achievements! At my next weigh in at Weight Watchers I am hoping to hit 40lbs lost. I have approximately 100 more to go. Thanks for sharing your story. I will continue to check in for encouragement.

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