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96 Pounds Lost: Construction zone..work in progress!

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NAME : Marla
BEFORE WEIGHT : 315
AFTER WEIGHT : 219
POUNDS LOST : 96

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I would say my weight issues started when I was 13 or so. I was always athletic and trim as a girl. I had a muscular build (big thighs, big upper arms) because I was a tomboy. I was always playing touch football, wrestling, basketball etc with the boys. Plus, I am the youngest of 6 and I was raised in the country where you biked where you wanted to go and you weren’t scared to climb trees. My parents briefly divorced when I was 13 (a year long divorce) and I moved with my mother to “town” where I didn’t have to really do much of anything because things were a lot more accessible. Plus, I LOVED my carbs (I live in Maine, in the heart of potato growing country), breads, sweets etc. I always burned it off because I was active when I lived in the country. Not anymore after we moved. That came to a halt. So, I started slowly gaining during my teenage years. I had some depression and later on, I was a single mother to 2 by the time I was 23, left an abusive marriage which I ended in 1992. Food was a great comfort, or so I thought. My weight hit 180 by the time I met my now husband when I was 28 in 1997.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
It is easier to say what it didn’t affect in my life. It didn’t affect my constantly sitting, my constant eating, my back pain, my acid reflux, my extremely low self esteem. It touched every part of my life.

I know I was an embarrassment to my kids when they were teens. I was high 200s when my last child graduated high school in 2011. I HATED family gatherings. Loathed them. Not because I didn’t love my parents and siblings but I am the youngest of 6, 5 girls and 1 boy..each and every one of them small.. Id see pictures of us together for a family shot and I’d be mortified. I’d literally want to hide in shame.

My husband never complained, never said he didn’t love me. His only concern was my health because he’d see how Id suffer. He never said anything negative to me. He’d met me when I was already heavy and he loved me anyway. I couldn’t understand why he would love ME. I’d try to push him away and he always stayed by my side. He was and is, my rock.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
In March of 2014, my kids were grown and the year before, I got my CDL (truck driving license) and went on to team drive with my husband, full time. I grew up in a really remote area of Maine and I was experiencing places and foods that were new to me from all over the country..all these fast food restaurants that I had only heard about and never tried! It was a real fat persons dream come true. So, the more of that I ate, the bigger I got until I hit 315 lbs (I am 5 ft 2 inches tall). Combine that with sitting for 18 hours a day and you have a real recipe for disaster. I also watched an episode of “My 600 lb life” and I said to myself, “I’m halfway there!!!” and cried.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My husband was heavy as well (he’s 6 ft 7 and was 355 lbs) so we decided together that we had to do something. We ate the healthy options on the road (grilled chicken, Subway, salads at McDonalds instead of the fattening burgers), drinking water or Gatorade light instead of soda. We looked for healthier options for us (chili at Wendys, whopper jr at Burger King without mayo etc) because when you’re on the road, your stomach is at the mercy of where you can stop the truck. I will say that I wasn’t exercising yet. It still hurt too much. I also logged EVERYTHING on myfitnesspal.com and weighed all my food and count my calories.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
By May 2014, we each lost about 25 lbs each and by that time, my husband got a local trucking job so we were able to stay home. I finally felt well enough to exercise, starting with 10 minute walks, 3 to 4 times a week, building up to just about an hour at a stretch. Walking is what I do now, mainly. The winters are cold here so I go to the gym, when I can. When I can’t walk, I adjust my calorie intake accordingly. My clothing sizes have changed slowly. I started at a size 28 and it took a while to get to to 24. I jumped for joy when I hit size 22 and now I am in 20s, patiently waiting for 18s!!!

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Hardest part? I hate to view any part of this as hard..just different. I gave up soda (allowing myself an occasional diet sprite once in a while), almost totally eliminated pasta (ok, from a carb addict, that WAS hard). I just cant justify the calories pasta contains in a little serving to what I get out of it, which is basically, empty calories. I still have it maybe once every 3 months or so. I really dont deprive myself of anything. On weekends, I bump up my calories a bit so I eat at maintenance or a little below. When my father died in September, I caught myself thinking about what I could eat that would comfort me and I realized, food wasn’t going to make my sadness disappear!! I handled that better than I thought I would.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I haven’t hit that place yet where I want to give up. Maybe momentarily or in fleeting thoughts I do when I see a doughnut or cake or something but nothing really sticks out in my head. I just remember how I could barely grocery shop without being in pain (I was very close to needing a motorized cart) and that snaps me back to reality.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Just small ones. All in all, my weight loss has been flowing nicely. Id have maybe a small one but I tell myself my body is adjusting and to have patience. I know what Ive eaten and burned for calories so sometimes my body just needs to catch up. And ladies, that time of the month always puts weight on us from bloating so dont think that it is 5lb of fat.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
I started in March of 2014 until now (Jan 2015) and I am still a work in progress. I’d like to lose 50 lbs more because I like myself with some curves. As of today, Jan 5 2015, I am down 96 lbs.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Oh my, yes. Having a space between the steering wheel of my pickup and my tummy. Tying my shoes. Painting my toenails. Washing my kitchen floor on my hands and knees.. Climbing stairs without wheezing. Sitting sideways in my recliner. Crossing my legs. Parking wayyyyy across the parking lot and not dreading the walk..And more energy in the romance department with my husband is the best NSV yet πŸ™‚

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Oh, dear. It was awful. I am a grazer, not the type to fill my plate 3 times. I always snacked on snack cakes, candy bars, chips. If I didnt have sweets in the house, Id almost panic. Always drank soda. Having a large whoopie pie and a tall glass of milk before bed was not uncommon. Waking up at 2 am and heading to the fridge for a glass of soda happened often. Id wake up just NEEDING something sweet. Now, I have my breakfast, my lunch, sometimes an afternoon snack, supper then I ALWAYS allow myself a TV time snack. I eat way more fruits and veggies..I measure and weigh everything when I can. If i know I will be having a larger evening meal, I adjust my early day calories accordingly.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am much more active now. Im not an exercise superstar by any means but I do try to get moving by walking at least 3 times a week. I take stairs when I can, I park far away from the store, I go through every aisle in the grocery store whether I need to or not for the extra steps. Little things add up.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. NEVER say “I can’t have this”. That sets you up to fail. Have it but adjust your eating accordingly. On weekends, I eat at or below my maintenance calories so I can have what I want, like a piece of cake. Believe me though, when I say I do have days when I go over my calorie requirement. I’m human and I keep telling myself that.
  2. Get yourself one article of clothing that you absolutely love one size too small to motivate you. For me, it was a pink, jean jacket. I loved it. I got it one size too small but before I knew it, it fit! Now it’s just about too big. And THROW OUT, DONATE OR WHATEVER… YOUR FAT CLOTHES!
  3. Get a digital food scale. You will be surprised the difference between what a 1/2 cup of oatmeal looks like or what a tablespoon of peanut butter looks like and what the serving size in grams is on the package.
  4. Dont drink your calories. I never drink juice. Im a chewer. I need to chew. Liquid calories? No thanks. I’ll eat the fruit.
  5. Dont feel intimidated by going to the gym where you feel like you’re the biggest one in the room. I can guarantee that some of those people who look awesome in spandex didn’t always look that way. You have just as much right as anyone else to be there and don’t you ever forget it!!

Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 96 Pounds Lost:  Construction zone..work in progress!

Originally posted 2015-01-05 17:06:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

78 Comments

  1. Joanne Enciso

    March 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations, difficult journey but you did it!

  2. Jennifer Brooks

    March 20, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Congrats Marla!!

  3. Theresa Padovano

    March 20, 2017 at 6:44 am

  4. Billie Sanders

    July 30, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Wonderful

  5. Debbie Beattie

    July 30, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Way to go

  6. Jean Ouellette

    July 29, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I see you walk by my home and I’m amazed at the hard work you’ve done. Great job

  7. Dion Shea Wallace

    July 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Wow

  8. Tina Mullikin

    July 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing…awesome inspiration.

  9. Lashonda Battle

    July 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Congrats u look great

  10. Trish Hardy

    July 29, 2015 at 10:23 am

    You look great

  11. MarLa Jandreau Landry

    July 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Here is an updated pic πŸ™‚ I am now 197 lbs πŸ™‚

  12. Annette Beauvais

    July 29, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Wow….awesome!!

  13. MarLa Jandreau Landry

    July 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    TY so much!! This was a little while ago..as of now, I am down 118 lbs πŸ™‚

  14. Mary Ellen Willsey

    July 29, 2015 at 8:26 am

    You look fabulous. Such a great motivating accomplishment.

  15. Laurie Sralla Ward

    July 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

    This is awesome! WTG!

  16. Marla Bellinger

    July 29, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Go Marla!

  17. Jackie Wofford

    July 29, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Wonderful , we are all works in progress and your progress is great !!!

  18. Wendy Swanepoel

    July 29, 2015 at 5:20 am

    WELL DONE YOU LOOK GREAT

  19. Farida Mustapha

    July 29, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Love it, congrats to you and hubby.

  20. Lisa Montalvo Brockman

    July 29, 2015 at 3:37 am

    What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Cherise Brown

    July 29, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Wow! Amazing accomplishment. Good work!

  22. Christi Kurkjian

    July 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Motivating!

  23. Sandra Procario

    July 29, 2015 at 1:49 am

    Wonderful!!!!

  24. Shelly Carr

    July 29, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Amen

  25. Chana Marie WynneSwan

    July 29, 2015 at 1:12 am

    You look amazing!!

  26. Joan Isakson

    July 29, 2015 at 12:44 am

    You’re awesome girl!

  27. Kay Cole

    July 29, 2015 at 12:25 am

    wonderful….lovely

  28. Roberta Germain

    July 29, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Wow you look fantastic

  29. Michelle Reames

    July 29, 2015 at 12:24 am

    How wonderful! And to have started while on the road? WOW!!! What an inspiration.

  30. Mel Mae

    July 29, 2015 at 12:17 am

    What an inspiration

  31. Elaine Poirier

    March 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    You look amazing, WTG….

  32. Sharon Bobo

    March 6, 2015 at 6:52 am

    MarLa how do you stay motivated? Great job…. You are an inspiration

  33. Tammy Brown

    March 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Sharon Bobo. Love that

  34. MarLa Jandreau Landry

    March 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    You all wouldnt believe how much better I feel!!! <3

  35. Laura Ann Hicks McAllister

    March 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    awsome job

  36. Kim Fallon-Lopez

    March 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    You look fabulous!

  37. Kim Fallon-Lopez

    March 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    You look fabulous!

  38. MarLa Landry

    March 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for the kind words! Since this first appered, I am down 7 more lbs to -103 πŸ™‚ 47 left πŸ™‚

    • MarLa Landry

      March 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      BTW, I finally got into 18s!!!!

  39. MarLa Jandreau Landry

    March 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    TY so much..since this appeared, I am down a total of 103 lbs πŸ™‚

  40. Tyronda Scott

    March 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations

  41. Carol Halula

    March 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Awesome!

  42. Christina Lynn Hayward

    March 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Your inspiring me to continue on my weight loss journey!! Keep it up and u look amazing.

  43. Tess Kurczeski Schneider

    March 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    U look terrific girl. Keep it up. No stopping you now?

  44. Billie Sanders

    March 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Awesome work

  45. Georgia Lickness

    March 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Good for her! Keep up the hard work it’s hard but worth the results

  46. Cheryl Giffin

    March 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations. My brother John has lost 71 pounds

  47. Dawn Carter Anderson

    March 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    What a true inspiration! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  48. Dawn Carter Anderson

    March 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    What a true inspiration! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  49. Weslyn May Browning

    March 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Go girl! You are an inspiration.

  50. Ellen Marie

    March 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Great story with good advice! Thank you for sharing!

  51. Brenda Liles

    March 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

    U go girl!!!!

  52. Janis Gandrud Lickness

    March 5, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful. You go girl!

  53. Abby Bivins

    March 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Lookin great. You go girl

  54. Linda Thompson

    March 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

    This lady has some real “guts”. Just amazing!

  55. Valine de Oliveira

    March 5, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Congrats for this life change!
    Spi Condomanager you need to submit your story. ❀️

  56. Liana Kennedy

    March 5, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Great story

  57. Jackie Altuna

    March 5, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Very encouraging, I love this one. Maria your attitude is awesome and inspiring! Keep up your work girl!

  58. Amee Stevens

    March 5, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Finally! Your story is closest to mine. Your progress is amazing!! Way to go and thanks for the motivation!

  59. Malinda Newton-bryson

    March 5, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Latricia Newton-Nelson

  60. Linda Cote Khoury

    March 5, 2015 at 6:57 am

    You are an inspiration!

  61. Chris Sanders

    March 5, 2015 at 5:50 am

    You look great Marla! Keep it up

  62. Beverly Altieri Ciborowski

    March 5, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Congratulations. .Great story ~~ Thank you for sharing it.

  63. Rachel Kennedy

    March 5, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Wow, you look terrific. What an inspiration!

  64. Robyne Chabant

    March 5, 2015 at 3:54 am

    you look amazing!! Well done!! I bet you feel like a million bucks too!!!

  65. Laura Niedbalski Mulcahy

    March 5, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Love her determination !! πŸ™‚

  66. Trudy Lowther Hess

    March 5, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Congratulations! You’re a true inspiration!! Keep up the good work!

  67. Penni Bell-cornell

    March 5, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Congratulations, that’s wonderful. Keep up the good job.

  68. Juanie Montalvo

    March 5, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Great job!!!! Keep it up…

  69. Marla

    January 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you all so much!!!

  70. MarLa Jandreau Landry

    January 7, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Id like to add that my husband has lost the same amount,,here he is πŸ™‚

  71. Trish Hardy

    January 6, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Congratulations

  72. Dale Moffitt

    January 6, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Awesome!

  73. Maryanne Derricks

    January 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    You should be so proud of yourself! Congratulations and I wish you continued success.

  74. Jackie Wofford

    January 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    BRAVO !!!

  75. Shari Caldwell Anderson

    January 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    You look awesome!

  76. Christine Ann

    January 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Looking good!

  77. Melanie A.

    January 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    You my friend are awesome πŸ™‚

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