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95 Pounds Lost: Biggest Loser Reject

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NAME : Laura
BEFORE WEIGHT : 230
AFTER WEIGHT : 135
POUNDS LOST : 95

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I was the most adorable kid ever, (if I do say so myself) …until 3rd grade (8 years old) or so. I’m not sure what happened but I began to obsess over food. I was ALWAYS hungry but I was scared to eat in front of my classmates and my family. I would go hungry all day and then sneak food and binge when I thought no one was looking. I developed a really unhealthy relationship with food. I packed on the pounds pretty fast and yo-yo dieting would be something that I struggled with until I was 26.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
My weight affected every aspect of my life in a negative way: I couldn’t walk from point A to point B without getting out of breath or breaking a sweat; I’d drive 40 minutes out of town to shop at Lane Bryant because we didn’t have one in my hometown. Whenever someone would compliment me on my clothes and ask where I got them, I would lie and say, “I don’t know. It was a gift…” because I was ashamed; I was super, super shy (and completely inept) with boys (men, when I got older); On gym days at school I’d fake being sick so I wouldn’t have to do the fitness challenges; I’d turn down invitations to parties with friends; I always wore a T-shirt over my bathing suit, even when I went IN to the water; I never once ate lunch in the cafeteria in high school, I’d wait ’til I got home and I’d pig out because I was so hungry by 3:00; Then, there’s the internal agony of feeling like you’re a disappointment to all your loved ones… I could go on and on and on. Every single action/re-action that I had (or didn’t have) to ANYthing was motivated by my weight and how self-conscious I was of it.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
In 2006, I made it to screen test callbacks with producers of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” …only to not be chosen as a contestant for Season 3. I was absolutely devastated. Ironically, I gained weight in my depression over that. And, it wasn’t until 2008 when I FINALLY got smacked in the face. I call it my “ah ha!” moment. I was watching a home video of myself and it was seriously like an out of body experience because I did not believe that the person I was watching was myself! It was kinda scary, actually… to not even recognize yourself. In that moment I had finally decided enough was enough.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
The very NEXT day, I changed. I know that sounds crazy, but I did. It was Thanksgiving week but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I decided that I was going to weigh myself every Monday morning to track my progress. I made a conscious effort to eat healthy. In the beginning it was pretty simple: Grilled chicken v fried chicken; side salad v french fries; water v coke. It’s not exactly rocket science. And, I NEVER told myself I “couldn’t” have something. If I wanted a cookie, I’d eat it and just be careful for the rest of the day… I very slowly began to add exercise into my routine. I didn’t want to get burned out like I had in the past. I started walking at a local park twice a week… then I progressed to 4 & 5 times a week… then I invested in Jillian Micheals’s 30-day shred DVD and so on and so forth. Most importantly… I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. I know “they” say you need a support system but I was too ashamed to talk about it. I’d been dieting & failing and talking about it for 20 years. I was done talking! If I did fail… well, nothing would change and I could save face. If I succeeded… that would just be awesome 🙂

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
It was about 4 months before anyone started to notice. Even though I was losing weight every week at a steady pace and kinda sorta seeing my own results, no one else seemed to. When they did it seemed to be all at once, “Oh my gosh! You’re getting skinny.”

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I have to say I was pretty freakin’ motivated 🙂 I was SO SICK of myself that THAT was motivating me to keep going. I can’t explain it but it was like someone else was doing all the work for me. I know that God certainly had a hand in it. Nearly 5 years later I’m still awe-struck that I did it with such determination and fervor. I was on a mission and nothing was going to stop me.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
One week, a few months in to it, I gained 3lbs. It crushed me! I had my pity party and pouted for a day… I did NOT binge eat like the “old” Laura would have but I did go a little lax on my diet that day. Again, some other force was doing all the work for me and I just kept thinking about all the misery I went through up until this point… The next day I got back to it and on the next Monday I had a 5lb loss.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
In 2010 I met a 95lb loss… I was determined to keep going. I wanted to make it to that 100 pound mark. I ended up meeting my husband right around that time 🙂 I got a little distracted, shall we say and I ended up gaining a few pounds and plateauing at 145lbs. Thank God, that’s all I managed to gain/maintain. Recently, I decided to finally conquer that plateau and push through to my final goal of 130lbs. I’m happy to say I’m 5lbs away. Who knows… maybe I’ll go further. “120lbs” always had a nice ring to me 🙂

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
From the time I started in 2008, until that magical moment in 2010 was 14 months. It sounds crazy but it actually went by pretty fast. Looking back now, I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since I started that journey. Everything happens for a reason but I can’t help wonder what my life would’ve been like had I had my “ah ha!” moment earlier…

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Non-Scale victories are just as exciting, if not more, sometimes! I remember when I first started to notice my collar bones. That’s crazy but I could never see them before! Or, the bones in my chest or my hips… it’s like, “Hello! Where did YOU come from?” Any time my pants felt looser it was so amazing. Even my shoes and my rings began to fit differently. Indentations of muscles would appear in my arm or leg and eventually they were completely noticeable. My body literally changed before my very eyes. I also treated myself to to a tummy tuck. I had so much loose skin that it was completely necessary and I’m so glad I did it. I have one stomach now (not 2!) and it’s flat. Life is good 🙂

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was heavy I ate anything and everything. If it tasted good, it was going in my mouth to Heck with the consequences! I still struggle with this addictive/gregarious kind of trait but I manage to keep it under control… Now, I pay attention to what I eat. The principle is the exact same as it was when I started: Eat healthy, drink lots of water, treat yourself without freaking out, and just be smart.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I went from couch potato to gym rat 🙂 I don’t actually GO to the gym but I work out in my home 6 days a week. It didn’t happen over night. Just like losing weight, my fitness level gradually progressed. It’s an awesome feeling to know that I can do anything with my body, physically. An injury has recently made me modify the intensity of my workouts but I do what I can: Pilates, yoga, cycling, etc. Being active is as much a part of my routine as getting dressed. It’s second nature now.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Set SMALL goals. Losing 3lbs, for example, will seem much more doable than losing 100lbs.
  2. Reward yourself when you meet those goals… NOT with food 🙂
  3. NEVER say that you “can’t” have something to eat. You are in control of your body. Eat that cookie, love it, and be mindful of everything else you put in your mouth the rest of the day. It’s all about balance.
  4. Weigh yourself EVERY week. Even after you meet your weight loss goal, you want to maintain it! Weighing yourself once a week will keep you accountable.*Do NOT weigh yourself every day… at least while you’re losing. Weight fluctuates (mine, 7lbs in a week) and you’ll go crazy!
  5. Don’t burn yourself out with exercise. Start slowly and build your way up.

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 | 95 Pounds Lost:  Biggest Loser Reject

Originally posted 2014-10-28 17:22:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

70 Comments

  1. Sissy Woods

    July 29, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Wow great job

  2. Elizabeth Tabaka

    July 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Awesome such an inspiration

  3. Theresa Padovano

    July 29, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Congratulations

  4. Leekita Omondi

    July 29, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Way to go!

  5. Janine Hein

    July 29, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Congrats gf…I am 228 pounds and have to lose at least 100 or more….

  6. Barbie Jean Holowell

    July 29, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Epic

  7. Michelle Reames

    July 29, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Congratulations, Laura! You did it the right way! Pat yourself on the back. You look great!

  8. Tammy Berry

    July 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  9. Fiona Mackenzie

    May 25, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Quote: ‘I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. I know “they” say you need a support system but I was too ashamed to talk about it. I’d been dieting & failing and talking about it for 20 years. I was done talking! If I did fail… well, nothing would change and I could save face. If I succeeded… that would just be awesome’ – THIS! it’s where I’m at right now, hoping I can surprise everyone 😀 xx

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      May 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, either, when I was losing my 90 pounds. When I flew home for Christmas, my dad walked right past me in the airport – he didn’t even recognize me!

  10. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    May 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Wow! You look great!

  11. Tonnae Percoco Seals Eismon

    May 25, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Very inspirational! 🙂

  12. Debra Wilson

    May 24, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Laura, I enjoyed reading your story. I never would have guessed you went through that battle . You look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Jeeta Dhami

    May 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    How I connect with weight loss program

  14. Karen Brennan

    May 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I would love to start a movement called, “THE BIGGEST WINNER ” where weight loss without shaming and realistic life long goals are made!

  15. Rochelle Swisher

    May 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Wow!!! Great story!!!! And you look beautiful!!

  16. Cari Wagner

    May 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I loved reading your interview things for sharing! You look amazing!

  17. Wanda Fennell

    May 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Girl you did it !

  18. Laura Hargrove

    May 24, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for all the sweet compliments, everyone! I appreciate it 🙂 6 years later and I’ve kept the weight off <3

  19. Chana Marie WynneSwan

    May 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Congratulations!

  20. Elizabeth Donnelly Banks

    May 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Lisa Thomas Schnider

  21. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    May 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    With all the bad stuff coming out about the Biggest Loser, she’s lucky she didn’t make it or she would have gained her weight back. (read the articles in the New York Post). Congratulations!!!

  22. Maureen Shannon

    May 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Congrats to you !!

  23. Kelsey Rae Bell

    May 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Vicki Bell Moser

  24. Paula Casey Pallaria

    May 24, 2016 at 11:53 am

    You are a great inspiration..

  25. Lashonda Battle

    May 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Congrats u look great

  26. Bonnie White

    May 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

    She will likely keep it off because she’s done it on her own.

  27. Carmen Maria Guerke

    May 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I bet she won’t regain the weight. Congratulations

  28. Anita Hodge Flynn

    May 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Great job!!

  29. Sandra Casias

    May 24, 2016 at 8:20 am

    You look fabulous. BTW, I wish every story would put how tall a person is.

    • Bonnie White

      May 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I agree. If a person is 5′ 10″ and weighs 250 it is quite different than being 5′ 2″ and weighing the same.

    • Sandra Casias

      May 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you! Height is a great reference.

    • The Weigh We Were.com

      May 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Bonnie White But it takes great effort and discipline to lose 95 pounds no matter your height! 🙂 ~kat

  30. Janet Davies Siegel

    May 24, 2016 at 5:30 am

    WOW!! What a beauty!!

  31. Dianne Suzuki

    May 24, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Congratulations on all of your hard work!!

  32. Anita Yulianti Rinaldi

    September 8, 2015 at 5:40 am

    You look amazing

  33. Shannon Aldrich

    September 7, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    This story is my favorite one of all!

  34. Mary Ann Manalo Maturgo

    September 7, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Kai Habal & Michelle Estandian inspiring 🙂

  35. Bonnie Sue Robison

    September 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    A real inspiration thank you it was much needed

  36. Audrey Wheeler

    September 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    <3

  37. Stacey Barbeau

    September 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Love this read.

  38. Cheryl Morales Mack

    September 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Great!! Congrats!!

  39. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    September 7, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Great story! You did things the sensible way.

  40. Rob Laskowski

    September 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Not emotional damage for the Biggest Looser…… Good for you! You have your poop in your group!

  41. Mary Hake Christman

    September 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    You look amazing!

  42. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    September 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Congrats

  43. Cheryl Dillon Lehman

    September 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Just what I needed to read this morning… Thank You…

  44. Linda Pettigrew

    November 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    You did it honey!!!!

  45. Civita LaMonica

    October 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I tried out twice and didnt get in but still lost 115lbs on my own.

  46. Lorna Betsinda Reina Gonzalez

    October 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Just clicked like on the page and your story is the first one I read. Love how strong you began and love how strong you are now!! Congrats on your weight lost. You look amazing!!

  47. Smidge Laro

    October 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Great Job! 🙂

  48. Vicky Faulhaber

    October 30, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Way to go Laura!!!!

  49. Christine Strzepek

    October 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    so inspiring! Awesome job

  50. Debbie Freitag

    October 29, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Good for her. The biggest loser doesn’t seem to teach healthy habits anyway.

  51. Jackie Henderson Wilson

    October 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    That’s absolutely phenomenal! Good for you!!

  52. Joanna Lima

    October 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    AWESOME ★

  53. WendySue Freedman Steinberg

    October 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    This is me.

  54. Irene Pirker Jensen

    October 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    That is awesome, and so healthy…you’ve motivating me!

  55. Lisa Markiewicz Douglas

    October 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I so need help I am 309 pounds I submitted for biggest loser not heard anything yet how long before u will find out others and need help with losing Any suggestions

  56. Kristel Carlile-Schroeder

    October 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Same here!! I was 270 and didn’t weight enough. I’m now 189

  57. Shane 'Charlie-B' Henry

    October 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for the details. Still trying to figure out how to get started. Something has gotta give soon.

  58. Freda Stevenson

    October 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Fantastic!

  59. Sara Robins

    October 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    You go girl! Awesome job! 🙂

  60. Sheila Tashiro

    October 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Great job I have been there myself too I get the struggle 🙂

  61. Wendy Waid Allman

    October 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I tried too lol

  62. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    October 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Cutie!

  63. Adriane Gilder

    October 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Good for you. I’m in the same boat. I tried and got turned away. You’ve done great.

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