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AT 50 I LOST 150!!!

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I have been overweight since childhood and with so many failed diet attempts, I expected my remaining years to be short lived, with serious health problems and limited mobility. That lifetime dream of having a lean and healthy figure was fading. But opportunity knocked when I least expected it, a childhood dream became a reality, and doors began to open.

From my early childhood, I was always the fat, chubby kid, the one everybody teased so I turned to food for comfort. I had always been ashamed and embarrassed of how I looked and, out of desperation, was always in search of a fast result to lose weight. I tried just about every diet program out there and was always left frustrated from the lack of promised results.

I had been on diets since I was eight years old so I knew a lot about dieting but at some point my determination would stall and the pounds soon rebounded. At 5’1” and 287 pounds, I even considered weight loss surgery as the sure fix but felt that wasn’t my answer, so I continued to forge ahead in search of the miracle weight loss promise that might finally work for me.

Besides being overweight as a child, I suffered with chronic infections of the ears, bronchitis and sinuses. Through the years various doctors had conducted allergy testing which revealed numerous environmental allergies. In 1995 I had two sinus surgeries followed by years of bi-weekly allergy shots, yet I didn’t get better — in fact I got sicker and the weight continued to creep up.

After countless drug reactions to fight through bad sinus infections with antibiotics and steroids, we were running out of options and medications. In September of 2010 my ear nose & throat specialist proposed we explore an elimination diet to determine if I had any food sensitivities. While allergy testing had not revealed any food allergies, there was a remote possibility that certain food sensitivities could be contributing to my chronic problems.

Less than six months later I was sick again and had to deal with another antibiotic reaction, so I decided it was time to explore my doctor’s suggested elimination diet (a/k/a Paleolithic eating). So I followed the diet to the letter and was surprised to discover that at the end of the two weeks I no longer had a sinus headache or nasal congestion but I had lost 13 pounds.

With finally feeling better and a weight loss like that, I decided to not make any adjustments, so I continued on with the elimination diet. Six months later I had lost 75 pounds! I maintained the weight loss for the next six months while beginning regular exercise.

The elimination diet for me revealed sensitivities to dairy, grains, corn products, some nuts and tomatoes (the sensitivity to corn products means I am unable to eat most processed foods).

It had always been a childhood dream of mine to attend a boot camp. In early 2011 I read about a new boot camp on Minnesota’s north shore. The timing couldn’t have been better because I was mentally and physically ready to challenge myself and before the end of the week I had booked my week long reservation. My childhood dream would become a reality! The boot camp was where I also learned more about exercise, a different approach to eating, as well as how determined I was to achieve a lifetime goal.

I left the boot camp confident that I had the right tools at my disposal and had met an amazing group of people to motivate and inspire each other. Shortly thereafter I found an online nutritional consultation service that I signed on with.

Week by week, the pounds and inches just seemed to melt away. It was truly amazing how easy things were once I had a nutrition and exercise plan to follow that actually worked with my body. My husband and son, along with my boot camp friends, were vital to my success as they encouraged me along every step of my journey!

As I began to approach my goal weight I discovered things were suddenly happening for me – my emotional attachment to food was waning, and after digging out from the shame and embarrassment I had been hiding behind, I could finally begin to accept the new me that was waiting for me in the mirror. On April 21, 2012 I celebrated reaching goal and my lifelong objective finally being achieved: losing OVER 150 POUNDS!

Now I’m forging ahead with a new perspective and adventure to my life. I continue to remain dedicated to my nutrition by honoring a Paleolithic diet and eating organically. Daily exercise is my top priority which means I am up before 5:00 a.m. to ensure my workouts are not missed. I joined a women’s hockey team as well as joined my employers running club, running my first 10K in April 2012. In August 2012 I ran my first half marathon with a group of women who I met at the boot camp.

Countless times each week people tell me how my transformation has motivated and inspired them to either alter their eating habits, increase their exercise, or begin their own transformation. I no longer worry about embarrassing my son with my size; instead I make him smile when I play hockey, or help out at soccer or football practice. My husband who has always loved me for me sees how much happier and more confident the new me has become!

Source: iReports

Originally posted 2014-08-21 20:00:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

111 Comments

  1. AnitaJo Thackston

    February 21, 2017 at 11:53 am

    What is the name of the camp in Minnesota that you attended?

  2. Martha Vranesevic

    February 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

  3. Janet Davies Siegel

    February 21, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Very inspiring!

  4. Theresa Padovano

    February 21, 2017 at 3:58 am

  5. Jackie Altuna

    February 21, 2017 at 1:10 am

    You look great!! So happy for you.

  6. Debi Hartman

    February 21, 2017 at 1:04 am

    WTG you inspired me. I am 55 and need to loose 100 pounds for knee replacement.

    • Cheryl Kish

      February 21, 2017 at 2:46 am

      Debi, I lost 80 pounds and by doing so (and in addition to using tumeric) I have been able to postpone a knee replacement. Good luck, you’ve got this!

  7. Amy Mazanetz

    February 21, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I am 50 and in a similar situation–hope I can get some motivation from this!

  8. Beth Lees

    February 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    50 and fabulous..

  9. Donna Garber Stewart

    February 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm

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  10. Mary Evans

    February 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Congratulations on learning how to eat in a deficit consistently.

  11. Zetta Nganga

    February 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Great Job! I am about to lose 80 lbs. at age 55. I consider it done. Amen. Three pounds down and counting. Whoooot!

    • Janet Davies Siegel

      February 21, 2017 at 5:01 am

      I have to as well. Age 61

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  12. Yulianna De León

    February 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Wow it’s never too late! very inspiring

  13. Elaine Daniels

    February 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Good for you.

  14. Joanne Enciso

    February 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Amazing you look great! Strong women!

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    October 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm

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  16. Michael Smalley

    October 15, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Fantastic achievement, but perhaps more attributed to the fact she now does not eat processed, high calorie food due to a ‘sensitivity’

  17. Jillian Beanski

    October 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    “Sensitive”

  18. Ricki Saunders Martin

    October 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Paleo, huh? Interesting. Would love to know what books she recommends.

  19. Chantal Bonneau

    October 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Wonderful.. Paleo is one of many diet thar are successful because it keeps the insulin low! And that is THE KEY! Exercise builds the muscle.. Its not calories in or out is the fact that this brave woman started to eat the right way…and no more food that is processed are full of sugar…bravo! Bravo!!

  20. Ginette Deslisle

    October 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    OMG Big shout out for you, that is amazing and you look fantastic

  21. Sheri L. Westover

    October 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations! I have the same problem n gained 100lbs n then lost it. I can’t eat gluten. So many ppl r holding onto weight bc of food allergies

  22. Vicki Walter

    October 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome!

  23. Marie Scott

    October 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Wow! Very inspiring! Congrats

  24. Paula McKeegan Rider Fife

    October 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Amazing

  25. Erica Ramos

    October 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Wow! Great job.

  26. Darlene Luster Lewis

    October 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Amazing and very inspirational!!!

  27. Maria Beers

    October 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Well done

  28. Joan Little

    October 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Well done. Such an inspiration.

  29. Tenshar Tee Farmer

    October 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

    AWESOME!!!!!

  30. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    October 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

    You are not only beautiful, but a real inspiration!!!

  31. Voxyz Hardee

    October 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations! Awesome! Inspirational! Exceptional! Amazing! Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you!

  32. Wendy Pickett Hawkinson

    October 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

    You look amazing! Way to get it done. 🙂

  33. Donna Bateman

    October 14, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Looking good.

  34. Kristy Cameron

    October 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Cheryl Cameron

  35. Meghan Cleary O'Reilly

    August 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Wow so inspiring!!

  36. Kim Clay

    August 2, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I love all of the inspirational stories. So wonderful.

  37. Jackie Wofford

    August 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

    You look awesome !!!

  38. Jackie Altuna

    August 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Congratulations on your weight loss, I’m so glad you are feeling great!

  39. Denise Zephyr

    August 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I also have chronic sinus problems and a lot of weight to lose at the age of 53. Definitely looking into this.

  40. Tom Hilgers

    August 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Outstanding! It’s always great to hear about someone regaining control over one part of her life.

  41. Sandra Sinclair Chittum

    August 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Amazing story!!

  42. Tadina Polanco

    August 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Nice job !!!

  43. Kristy Stevens

    August 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Awesome.

  44. Becky Ralph Hines

    August 1, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Awesome!

  45. Amy Mazanetz

    August 1, 2015 at 9:50 am

    What a great story! I am almost 49, 5’7, same weight, also have lifelong issues with emotional eating and sinus issues with surgery and allergy issues, but have never been suggested the elimination diet. I’m going to look into it and discuss it with my doctor! Thank you!

  46. Crystal Naka

    August 1, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Wonderful!

  47. Karen Brewer Green

    August 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Cathy Fitzgerald, you can do this after 50! 50, is just a number. I am 55, and doing pretty much the same. Have loss over 100 lbs, still have 45 to go. I don’t have the cravings, or the desires for non processed food anymore. You can do this!

  48. Andrea Colella

    August 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I have an emotional attachment to food

  49. Dawn Tighe Grant

    August 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Great job. You look amazing!!

  50. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    August 1, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Well you look fantastic!!!

  51. Barbara J Fields

    August 1, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Inspiring good job.

  52. Cathy Beaird Connell

    August 1, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations!!!! You look great!!!!!

  53. Shelley Harrison-Coursey

    August 1, 2015 at 7:11 am

    It’s never too late to make a change for the better! As a health coach I help folks from 21 to 81. Never too late ♡♡

  54. Peggy Johnson

    August 1, 2015 at 6:59 am

    You look Awesome! I’m 52, I won’t allow it to be too late. Praying that I can break the chains of boredom and emotional eatting! I have 50 lbs to lose!! This page is extremely inspirational! <3

  55. Cathy Fitzgerald

    August 1, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Inspiring! Maybe I can do this too, in my 50’s ….maybe it is not too late….

  56. Teresa Skowronski

    August 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Love this!!! Very motivational for those of us who think it’s too late, the weight will never come off me now!

  57. Sharon Herman

    August 1, 2015 at 3:02 am

    So inspiring.

  58. Teresa Nichols

    August 1, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Omgosh!! That is just awesome!!

  59. Toni Stephens

    August 1, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Awesome job!

  60. Su'Rita Lanae

    August 1, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Amazing!

  61. Patricia Harris

    August 1, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Wow great job

  62. Kathy Ferrarini

    August 1, 2015 at 12:25 am

    It feels so good!

  63. Kathy Ferrarini

    August 1, 2015 at 12:25 am

    It feels so good!

  64. Gentry Fitness

    September 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Congrats!!

  65. Jeannette Johnson

    September 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Susan Hall, I read this story yesterday and thought about you a few minutes ago, possible allergies due to the meds you’re taking.

  66. Noomie Velen

    September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Awesome . Congratulations !

  67. Noomie Velen

    September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Awesome . Congratulations !

  68. Amy

    September 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Wow! I am 47, 5’7” and nearly 300#. I have always had a weight problem, lost and gained back a couple times. I thought that I could never achieve it again, but you give me hope. I also have chronic sinus and allergy issues. Next appointment with my doc I’m discussing that elimination diet! Thank you for the inspiration!

  69. Robin McGovern

    September 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve tried every diet there is and the scale hasn”t budged in 2 years, even was going to gym 4 days a week doing bodypump classes and walking 30 miles a week.

  70. Lillie Locklear

    September 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Excellent job!

  71. Dale Weiss Young

    September 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Wow, looking good. I don’t know you but I am proud of you for accomplishing this.

  72. Cathy Waters

    September 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Me too. I am 55 and down 50 lbs with 35 left to go

  73. Millie Orr

    September 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    WOW, you lokk fabulous!!!!!!!

  74. Tracy Tobin

    September 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Gives hold to the rest of us over 50!

  75. Carmen Neitz

    September 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I’m just over 50 yrs old, so this is really inspiring to me.

  76. Sheila Tashiro

    September 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Great job

  77. Sandra McDonnell Harris

    September 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for sharing this, Sandy. Keep going!

  78. Sandra Wampfler Quinn-Allwein

    September 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I am 53, and I am on my way there too! 75 pounds down, approximately 125 more to go.

  79. Brenda Lynn Davis

    September 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Look great

  80. Smidge Laro

    September 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Great job!!

  81. Angie

    September 15, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I loved your story. I have been wanting to try this way of eating but just never gave it a chance. Now thanks to you and your story I will. Thank you for everything you’ve shared with us and if there’s more (sites you used for food or exercise things like that) that you could share I know I would really appreciate all the information I can get.

  82. Morin Edy

    September 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Awesome, so inspirational 🙂

  83. Donna Gray

    September 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    You look amazing…please help.

  84. Sharon Mendes

    September 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Awesome

  85. Bridget O'Donnell

    September 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

    you are awesome

  86. Samantha Jones

    September 15, 2014 at 6:20 am

    This gives me so much excitement and confirmation that eating less processed foods is the way to a healthy life after 45.

  87. Cheryl Comeau

    September 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I have to loose 100 pounds to look like her… no kidding.

  88. Vickie Pfenning

    September 15, 2014 at 3:53 am

    thanks for sharing. inspiring.

  89. Christine Faith

    September 15, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I am so moved by this!! I have been so discouraged because I felt because of my age I could never lose like everyone younger then me. Thank you for your inspiration.

  90. Roberta Germain

    September 15, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Awesome could really use some help..your story is fantastic I’m so happy for your success…

  91. Amanda Ann Brooks

    September 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Omg you are amazing

  92. Linda Thompson

    September 15, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Awesome! This lady is amazing! Congrats….

  93. Liza Williams

    September 15, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Congrats for taking control of your life rather than weight taking control of you!! Continued and endless success!!!!

  94. Judy Villont

    September 15, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Congratulations

  95. Juanita Bowen

    September 15, 2014 at 12:00 am

    YES I NEED HELP

  96. Faithful Fae

    September 14, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    OMG The Weigh We Were.com i need that light bulb moment bc i am so tired of strggling

  97. Jaimee Torres

    September 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Let’s team up!

  98. Darci

    September 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    So happy for you!! I hope I’m able to dig out of this extra weight with the right foods for me. Congratulations!

  99. Shannon Aldrich

    September 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    What an amazing story:)I got excited just reading it.Your an inspiration!

  100. Christine Rush

    September 14, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    U look amazing

  101. Jaimee Torres

    September 14, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I need some ways to eat healthier!

  102. Jaimee Torres

    September 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Please help me?

  103. Cathleen Manogue Cockrum

    September 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Wow

  104. Xenia Crow

    September 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Fantastic!!

  105. Cheryl Williams

    September 14, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Bless your soul

  106. Peggy Bodin

    September 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Amazing!!! So inspirational!

  107. Marie Thebeauty Victim

    September 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Amazing, if she can do it anyone can Larie Fleming

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