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“I Lost 227 Pounds”

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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 | I Lost 227 PoundsAt 342 pounds, Jamie Ritchey was practically immobile. Here’s how she lost weight, took control, and got back on her feet.
Name: Jamie Ritchey
Age: 45
Height: 5′
Weight Before: 342 pounds
Weight After: 115 pounds
Pounds Lost: 227
Time at Current Weight: 2 years

Talk about a surreal moment: While speaking at a staff meeting, Jamie Ritchey, 115 pounds, held up a pair of her size 5X jeans. “Everyone gasped,” says the teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma. As she explained, “I can now fit my whole body into one leg of my old jeans.”

Three years ago, Jamie weighed 280 pounds when a car wreck left her bedridden. “I had a torn knee, massive bone bruising, and a broken hand,” she says. Her students brought her burgers, pizza, and Chinese food, and within six months Jamie had packed on 62 pounds. “I was so huge I had to sleep in a recliner,” she says. “I couldn’t breathe when lying down — it was terrifying.” She desperately wanted to lose weight, but was battling a lifetime of compulsive eating. “Food was my comfort — tacos, fried chicken, mashed potatoes.” Crash diets had previously failed, but Jamie knew something had to be done. When she couldn’t fit into a regular MRI tube during a bone scan, Jamie had a clear choice: “I could live or die,” she says.

A friend who was losing weight suggested eating a little bit every few hours. It worked. Jamie started eating fruits and veggies, cut her portions in half, and replaced her daily two liters of sugary soda with water. To ditch her fast-food habit, she began cooking on the weekends. And instead of turning to meals for comfort, she booked manicures and facials. Jamie dropped 80 pounds in six months. Then she started walking — less than a quarter mile to start, then up to three miles a few times a week. Within two years she had lost a staggering 227 pounds. “I feel powerful, energetic, and feisty,” she says. “I’m even dating — how cool is that?”

Jamie’s Weight-Loss Plan

My Diet: “A two-egg omelet and oatmeal for breakfast, chicken for lunch, lean turkey sausage and a baked potato for dinner, and a lot of fruits and veggies for snacks.”

My Guilty Pleasure: “Ice cream with Oreos. Life should be enjoyed, and I know I can treat myself without going back to 342 pounds.”

My Workout: “I walk two or three miles on the treadmill every other day, and weight train on alternate days.”

My #1 Motivator: “The looks of utter amazement from people who haven’t seen me lately — priceless!”

Source: fitnessmagazine

Originally posted 2012-12-16 18:49:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

35 Comments

  1. Lilly Smith

    July 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Well done fair play to you keep up the good work

  2. Sandra Procario

    July 29, 2015 at 2:11 am

    So awesome!!!

  3. Maryanne Mac Mahon Ford

    July 29, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Wow!

  4. Dawn Jackson

    July 28, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, thats awesome! I’ve lost 60 lbs so far but still have 175 to go!

  5. Jackie Wofford

    July 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Looking very good bravo !!!

  6. Frances Lueck

    July 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Sounds easy but we all know it wasn’t seems like I should be able t o lose a lb a wèek. Unfortunately it doesn’t work out that way.

  7. Sharon Bobo

    July 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you for this post! You will never know how much inspiration you are for me

  8. Stefanie Ruiz

    July 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Wow! That’s is all I can say.

  9. Janinne Flores Albertti

    July 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    w0w congratulations , you look awesome. .yayy

  10. Kathy Pozin-Coy

    July 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    That is such motivation! I only have 80-100 to lost and I feel lost!

  11. Tracy Stewart

    July 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    AMAZING!!!

  12. Estela Ambriz-Bojorquez

    July 28, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations Jamie!!! Now that I’m struggling to get those results you are my inspiration 🙂

  13. Tracy L Marsh

    July 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Way to go

  14. April Love

    July 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    You look fantastic,good for you. great job!!!

  15. Janine Hein

    July 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Omg….u look great!

  16. Star Pena

    July 28, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Sara Pena

  17. Jennifer Ragonese

    July 28, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely incredible!!! Hoping I can stay with it and lose 120

  18. Selma Dogan

    July 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Congratulation!!

  19. Wendy Swanepoel

    July 28, 2015 at 10:48 am

    well done you look fantastic

  20. Vanessa Jack

    July 28, 2015 at 10:32 am

    No weigh! Well done.

  21. Jackie Quince

    July 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Fabulous!!!!

  22. Annette Brooks

    July 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Another great story Leigh Davis

  23. Nancy Lynn Hopp

    July 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Oh Jamie so proud for you and so proud of you! I wish i had the willpower to lose weight.

  24. Barbara J Fields

    July 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Good job. Hope I can lose at least 30.

  25. Jamie Parker Green

    July 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Way to go! Such an inspiration!!!!!

  26. Cathy Fitzgerald

    July 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Inspiration!

  27. Jackie Altuna

    July 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Awesome stuff, thank you for sharing your story!!!

  28. Michele Piper-Cassell

    July 28, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Excellent work!

  29. Cindy Lynn Reynolds

    July 28, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Wow – Congratulations! All your hard work paid off – beautiful!!

  30. Farida Mustapha

    July 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Congratulations ! You are so pretty.

  31. Angie Diaz

    July 28, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Great job!!

  32. Mary Capasso-Newman

    July 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Wow great job !!! U look so amazing !!!

  33. Cathy-Marie Johnson

    July 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Your so very Beautiful!!!

  34. Joanne Giannini

    July 28, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Big congrats on turning your life around!

  35. Terri Lynn Doten

    July 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Love this. Congrats Jamie!!

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