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I Lost Weight: Pam Holmes Tracked Her Calorie Intake And Lost More Than 175 Pounds

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Name: Pam Holmes
Age: 61
Height: 5’4″
Before Weight: 328 pounds
After Weight: 150 pounds

How I Gained It: I love food and am definitely a food addict. It is the only thing I am addicted to, but I can certainly sympathize with those who are addicted to cigarettes, gambling or drugs. I know I will be an addict forever, I can’t be cured, but hopefully I can learn to handle my compulsions. For 30 years, from the time I was 30, I ate anything and everything I wanted in vast quantities. I especially love carbs, like potatoes (and potato chips are still probably the hardest thing for me to resist), and sweets (cookies, cake and candy).

I have actually fought my weight for most of my life. I remember cinching the belt tighter on a beautiful hand sewn dress my mother made me to wear to school, when I was only 8 years old, in an attempt to look slimmer. But I didn’t become morbidly obese until several years after I got married. I had a few successful attempts at weight loss during my 20s, even lost 100 pounds when I was 29, and the year I turned 30 I was at an almost normal weight — for about five minutes. Then I gained it all back, plus more. For the next 30 years I remained morbidly obese, peaking at 328 pounds when I was 58.

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I set no limits on my eating and justified it by saying I was overweight already, why bother watching the calories I was consuming now? I moved very little. I had a kitchen chair that had rollers on it, and as much as possible I would remain seated while I cooked and cleaned up, rolling all over the kitchen. I couldn’t stand very long before my knees and hips started hurting. Simply walking across the room left me winded and my heart would race. My joints were arthritic and the weight on them didn’t help that condition, in fact probably contributed to it.

Breaking Point: In December of 2009, my doctor told me that my EKG seemed to show I had had a heart attack. He administered the test after I complained that my heart would pound and race after the slightest exertion. Of course, since I weighed 328 pounds, that was understandable! I feared I had done irreparable damage, but still started a pursuit to drop just a few pounds and try to get healthier. Subsequent tests with a cardiologist proved my doctor wrong and my heart was still okay. But I knew unless I continued making changes in my lifestyle, that wouldn’t be the case forever.

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How I Lost It: In March of 2010, I found Sparkpeople.com. This online weight loss community has been a real life-saver for me. I blog regularly there and read and comment on other blogs. The site has many great recipes and so many motivational tools to keep you inspired and living right. I religiously tracked my calories and also began a walking routine the same month I discovered this marvelous weight loss tool. I was still weighing in at close to 300 pounds, so walking wasn’t easy, but I persevered. Every day I would go just a little further, after only making it to the end of my fairly-long driveway the first day. I remember the day I made it one whole mile! I felt like Rocky and still call that spot at the end of my country road, my “Rocky Moment.” His theme song plays in my head whenever I reach that spot, even though today I keep going, and routinely walk 5Ks.

I set interim goals for myself. I wanted to be in the 240s for a friend’s wedding in June of 2010 and in the 220s by my 40th wedding anniversary in September of that year. I made both goals. Finally I decided I wanted to weigh less than 200 pounds by my 60th birthday on Jan. 1, 2011. I made it with a couple months to spare, reaching 198.6 on Nov. 3, 2010. What a day that was! Reaching “Onederland” felt like I had finally entered the world of normalcy, after 30 years of morbid obesity.

On April 15, 2011, I hit my goal weight of 160. I officially weighed less than half my starting weight. Since that time I have lost an additional 10 pounds, and weigh in around 150 most days. If I see the scale inching upwards, I cut back on my food, and increase my walking.

I am vigilant about everything that goes in my mouth. I will have to remain vigilant for the rest of my life in order to keep the weight off and that is a constant struggle, sometimes moment to moment. I eat a lot of fruit, which I love. I have also upped my consumption of vegetables, with lots of salads, always with low-fat dressing. We recently bought a grill basket and I have discovered if I cut up assorted veggies and marinate them in some balsamic vinegar and grill them, they are delicious. We cooked some shrimp, mushrooms and broccoli that way and it tasted like steak! I eat lean red meat and a lot of fish and chicken. I have started cooking more healthy things for my family, like homemade pizza, with very thin crust, lots of veggies and limited cheese on top.

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I never eat anything fried, or coated with breading. I don’t eat my beloved potato chips, and I very rarely eat anything like cake, cookies or donuts. I have found some delicious low-fat dark chocolate candy, but try to keep my consumption of that to a minimum. Dark chocolate can be good for you in limited quantities. The limited part is what is hard with me and chocolate!

With severe arthritis in almost every one of my joints (probably partly caused by my obesity all those years), I can’t do much else than walking, although I have done some biking, which I love, and also some water aerobics. Most of my weight loss is attributable to watching my calorie intake, however. I have maintained my new weight for almost 15 months. I won’t say it’s not a struggle and a challenge every day of my life, because I will always be a food addict, but when I consider all I have gained back in my life, it is well worth the effort. I have so much more energy now, and the freedom to do whatever I want. I have even begun doing some substitute teaching, a job I trained for when I graduated from college in 1974, but was always afraid to try, fearing the ridicule from students because of my obesity.

It is never too late to make a change in your life. I started out, just wanting to get healthier, but along the way, discovered so many wonderful things in this world that I had shut myself off from because I was too fat to attempt them.

Source: Huffington Post

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134 Comments

  1. Pam Chase Holmes

    August 31, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks Terry. I fight every day to keep the weight off and am not always successful. But I keep trying….

  2. pat

    August 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    You are such an inspiration. Spark people has been a life saver for a lot of people. I know you are enjoying your new life so much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.

  3. Susie Paquette

    August 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Awesome job!!

  4. Crystal Paige

    August 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Love this

  5. Marna Gething

    August 30, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Congratulations! 🙂

  6. Sherrill Isham Jordan

    August 30, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I want me to be you. Lol after I read your story, I know I can do it too. I am going to do this for me. You are such an inspiration for me. Thank you.

  7. Miki Clark

    August 30, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I love these stories of older women and their successes, it’s SO much harder after 40!

  8. Michaelina Coan

    August 30, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Amazing story! Thank you!

  9. Patty Marcotte

    August 30, 2017 at 3:18 am

    You go girl!!

  10. O. Caballero

    August 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Dear Pam,thank you so much for your inspiring story. It sounds a lot like my life. You give me hope.

  11. Aris Drayton-Vaughan

    August 30, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Wish I had your will power… incredible!!

  12. Karla Froschheiser Laidley

    August 30, 2017 at 2:17 am

    You are amazing !!

  13. Pam Chase Holmes

    August 30, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Thanks!!

  14. Leslee Ferguson

    August 30, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Soooo fricken inspirational to me!!!

  15. Michelle Reames

    August 30, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Pam Holmes, your story is so inspirational! Congrats on your success! <3 WOW!!!!

  16. Erin Dentinger

    February 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    That is amazing!!! Good for her!!!

  17. Joan Ellis

    February 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Congratulations Pam wow.

  18. Heather Williams-Benson

    February 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    This is amazing and very inspiring. I truly wish so much that I could meet this lady.

  19. Margaret Sharpe

    February 25, 2017 at 9:35 am

    You are such an inspiration to me!

  20. Tami Doty

    February 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

    I wish.

  21. Debbie Beattie

    February 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Amazing

  22. Monique Mullin

    February 25, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for sharing! Congrats!

  23. Sugar P Ratliff

    February 25, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Awesome!!

  24. Martha Jane Barfield

    February 25, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was beginning to feel like it is hopeless. Pam Holmes, if you can share your user name for Spark, I would love to connect to learn more about your weight loss journey

  25. Elaine Sexton

    February 25, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Wonderful. You are an inspiration.

  26. Amy Mazanetz

    February 25, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Very inspiring!

  27. Joanne Howard Ireton

    February 25, 2017 at 1:48 am

    So inspiring! You are amazing.

  28. Carol L Pitts Wood

    February 25, 2017 at 12:31 am

    How do you know how many calories you can have you look amazing

  29. Norma Larrazolo

    February 25, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Wow congratulations

  30. Lisa Mona

    February 24, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    congratz !!

  31. Linda Rotenbury Gehm

    February 24, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Awesome job !!!

  32. Lesley Bramley

    February 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    What happened to all the excess skin???

  33. Leekita Omondi

    February 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Great job!

  34. Irene Kahuthu Roskuski

    February 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Great job Pam. Keep it up.

  35. Susan McDowell

    February 24, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    You inspire me! Congrats!

  36. Jimmy-Linda Aymond

    February 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Wow! Wow!! WOW!!!

  37. Lori Brainard

    February 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Awesome job!!! You should be so proud!

  38. Anna Hernandez

    February 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    awesome job!!!!

  39. Phyllis Blottenberger

    February 24, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Amazing great job

  40. Liz Summers Ellis

    February 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Never to late. Good job

  41. Janet Davies Siegel

    February 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    This is what I needed!! Someone MY age that succeeded!!

  42. Jan

    November 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

    You my dear are an inspiration to this nearly 64 year old morbidly obese (247 at 5’7″ tall) woman. I am printing out your story and pictures of the transformation you accomplished to refer to as often as I need to be reminded that change can happen at any age!! Thank you for sharing!! Your new friend in Oregon, Jan. I would love to hear from you and others in their senior years too!

  43. Tammylee Ball

    November 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Great job

  44. Carol Valenzuela

    November 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Wow amazing

  45. Wendy Zimmerman Simmons

    November 3, 2014 at 2:51 am

    this made me cry! wonderfully inspiring! thank you for being brave and sharing this story. sadly I can relate only to well but stories like this keeping me at working towards my goal.

  46. Laura Henley

    November 3, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I am so inspired by Pam. I totally can relate to your story.

  47. Patty Hillert

    November 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Good job Pam!

  48. Kenedie Kreutzer

    November 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Awesome!!! Bless you!!

  49. Kathy Boone Wallace

    November 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Amazing!

  50. Marie Suire

    November 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Please keep weightloss stories coming…so motivating!!!

  51. Craig Foster

    November 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations

  52. Daniel Marc

    November 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    amazing,what a. transformation.congratulation for those great results k ts

  53. Hella Archambault

    November 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Wow what a feat ! Congrats !

  54. Janice Nix

    November 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Wow just wow. Good for you.

  55. Ruth Connolly

    November 2, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Congrats!!!

  56. Linda Sue

    November 2, 2014 at 1:38 am

    HELL YEA!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!

  57. Amanda Michelle Peterson

    November 2, 2014 at 1:07 am

    i want to so bad but dont know where to start im the only one in this house who needs to loose and want to eat healthier but its so hard when the bake every day or do fried food all thetime and with two children trying to find a job its just so easy to say alright ill eat the nasty food! plus walking i live in a bad neiborhood i really do and walking at night by myself not a good idea!

  58. Marianne Pinkston Abdulbaki

    November 2, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Really proud of you and happy for you. I hope I can be successful too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  59. Diana Cushman

    November 2, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Thank you for being so real and sharing. You are an inspiration! <3

  60. Sabrina Van Der Stelt

    November 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Wow

  61. Candice Johnson

    November 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Wow!!!! Congrats to you

  62. Linda Pettigrew

    November 1, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Terrific!!!!

  63. Laura Kretzmer-Bartow

    November 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Wow Pam…your story is amazing!! I’ve struggled with weight all my life mainly due to having pcos…now I’m diabetic & have hbp & I feel completely alone in this battle…

  64. Stacy Bernard

    November 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    WOW! I absolutely love seeing people make these awesome transformations to a healthier lifestyle!

  65. Carol Peterson

    November 1, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    A very inspiring story, Pam! Congratulations!

  66. Millie Orr

    November 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Nicole Marynik

    November 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You look great!

  68. DebRocka LoveZumbatoo Williams-Hangen

    November 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Congratulations!!!

  69. Mae Jo Gannon

    November 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    How great for you.

  70. Christina Vairin

    November 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    You look beautiful! Congratulations!

  71. Amy Mazanetz

    November 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    What an inspiration!

  72. Julie Wachter White

    November 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, congratulations Pam! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us. I love reading real weightloss stories from real people, it’s so motivating. God bless you on your road to a healthier lifestyle 🙂

  73. Billie Sanders

    November 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Awesome

  74. Jackie Wofford

    November 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Bravo !!!

  75. Diane Dick

    November 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    WOW!!

  76. Miki Clark

    November 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    FINALLY! A success story from someone older than 35!

  77. Jeannie Villa

    November 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. .

  78. Gisela Farrar

    November 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Stories like these are so helpful. I am struggling so much but knowing that it can be done keeps me trying

  79. Dee Dee Layden Norcia

    November 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Nice to see a story about someone my age being successful! Inspiring

  80. Cindy Wrenn

    November 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Awesome!

  81. Charlaine Adams

    November 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Truly an inspiration!!!

  82. Michelle Lockhart

    November 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey! I literally cried as I read your story. My ‘long term goal’ is just to lose just shy of 100 lbs, but I may stretch it just to say I did it! I’m down 24 lbs thus far. I CAN….and I WILL!!!! I love reading the ‘real’ stories from ‘real people’. Such an inspiration!!

  83. Christal Ann

    November 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    good job …no easy task im living proof..ive lost 150 lbs so far still going

  84. Kimberly Slaughter-cunningham

    November 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    What an inspiring story! Congrats.

  85. Ny Be

    November 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Amazing . I so need to lose weight and get me back.

  86. Dawn Tighe Grant

    November 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Way to go! this is awesome. Love to hear great stories.

  87. Carole Mostella Ertel

    November 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Awesome

  88. Sharon Mendes

    November 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Amazing…..great job!

  89. Janice Dukeman

    November 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I’m starting my own journey and sometimes feel overwhelmed and under motivated but I really do want to make changes

  90. Jill Bomer DeTavernier

    November 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Day by day, minute by minute and being accountable to yourself!! Awesome work!!!!

  91. Jennifer Dawn

    November 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Great job!!

  92. Vanessa Cruz Torluemke

    November 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Wooowooo!

  93. Jeannie Thurnall

    November 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    What a motivating story!! Thanks so much!!

  94. Jeannie Thurnall

    November 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    A great motivtor!!

  95. Rachel Riggs

    November 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    What do I need to do.

  96. Jackie Jones

    November 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Just keepiing reading every day and you will always be motivated. This is so inspirational!

  97. Joy Bennett Rhoden

    November 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Exactly Roe….I see all of these awesome posts and say I can do it…for about two days 🙁

  98. Lisa

    November 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love your story. I too am a food addict and sometimes make that my excuse not to stay on track, but I know I have to do it for myself no matter how bad my addiction is.

  99. Alina Dumitru

    November 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    This seems so faaaaaar away! How do you deal with sweet cravings?

  100. Keisha Ray

    November 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Great inspiration!

  101. Irene Pirker Jensen

    November 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I’m very impressed

  102. Mollie Karner

    November 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome!

  103. Roe Romain

    November 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    How…. I can’t do this…

  104. Cheryl

    March 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I feel proud of you and I don’t even know you! Thanks for inspiring me to make a change! Best of luck to you and may your success in this area just lead to more success in other areas of life!

  105. Lori Stelter-Buege

    March 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, that’s a dramatic difference. Good job!

  106. Sandy Spierings

    March 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    So happy for you!

  107. Ethel Marie Warren

    March 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Amazing…

  108. Kimberly Stedham

    March 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Fabulous

  109. Patty Abrams Snader

    March 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Very inspirational!!

  110. Carol

    March 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! You are amazing!!

  111. Gentry Fitness

    March 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    congrats

  112. Leslie Davidson

    March 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for this story. I’m going to the doctor today and am really struggling with anxiety about getting weighed. Thanks for showing me that weight loss is possible. 🙂 You look great.

  113. Colleen Jokiel

    March 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful!

  114. Charles Martin

    March 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful picture

  115. Natasha Otero

    March 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    congrats! great story!

  116. Gladys Lebron

    March 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Happy that you met your goals. Keep up the fantastic job. Stay strong!!

  117. monique

    March 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Most motivational and moving testimony I have read thus far..Thank you for sharing.

  118. Wallulukia Burrough

    March 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    she looks amazing!!

  119. Tamara Clevenger

    March 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

    amazing!JOB WELL DONE 🙂

  120. Jodie Reno

    March 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Amazing! I know and understand what you mean about the onerland feeling-just reached that myself!

  121. Cathy Beaird Connell

    March 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations, you look great!!!

  122. Ultimate Results Fitness of NE

    March 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

    amazing 🙂

  123. JessieandNichole Sohm

    March 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Such an inspiration!!

  124. Lillie Locklear

    March 10, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for your amazing success story!

  125. Debra Taylor

    March 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I need motivation to help loose weight

  126. Tamylia Kathryn Whitworth

    March 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Great story. I am just starting my journey and hope I can do the same

  127. LB

    March 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

    thank you so much for sharing! I am in the same age group and weight group! This gave me the kick I needed for one more day to keep moving ahead

  128. Andrea Guinness

    March 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Amazing story!! Congrats on your amazing success!

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