Chicago, Illinois, USA
December 29
Chicago Public Schools
I'm a high school English teacher who teaches on the South Side of Chicago. I'm from Arkansas. I'm a white lady whose last name is Japanese (thanks to my Japanese Yankee husband). My brother in law says I'm a sitcom waiting to happen. I'm married and have a little girl who is three and a half, and a baby boy who is nineteen months old. I have lost 76 pounds in the last year and a half, and barefoot running is my new obsession. So much to share!


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 The new me! With Emiko and Hideo, who aren't impressed.

 Here's the new me, with Emiko and Hideo

I made my Weight Watchers goal almost a month ago. I have been waiting to blog about it until Todd took a good pic of me. He still hasn't done that, so this pic will have to do. I love this  pic; you just can't see all of me. I don't guess that really matters.

The old me. Granted, I'd just had a baby, but I was big before the babies.Here's the old me. Granted, I had just had a baby. But I was big before the babies. I can't blame them.  I mean, I did. But that was just an excuse!

I've lost 74 pounds since the beginning of March. When I started this new lifestyle, I weighed 230 pounds! That is a lot. Now I weigh 156 pounds. I went from wearing a size 18 or 20 to a size 8. I really like being a size 8. More than I ever realized, actually.

My cholesterol is low, my blood sugar level is low. My blood pressure is low, although it wasn't high to start with. I have a ton of energy and I feel great (except for always being tired, but that's thanks to my precious children!).

Now, I want to remind people, that this is not to suggest that everyone should do what I did. Or that this means now that I like myself. I liked myself a lot before. This hasn't made me happier -- although I do think it's made me a bit more vain. Which is not necessarily a good thing. I did this so I could try to be as healthy as I can be, so I can take care of my kids for as long as possible. That whole trying-to-avoid-cancer thing. Stupid cancer.

I was a healthy big girl, but now I'm a healthier "average" girl. I hate those qualitative words. Wii Fit now says I'm "normal," which simultaneously makes me happy and pisses me off. I was "normal" before, and the body mass index (BMI) is total bunk science. But that's what Wii Fit and Weight Watchers use to determine weight loss success, so I will stick with it. I had a BMI of 35 when I started, and now I have a BMI of 23.7.

OK, so I just wanted to update everyone on my success. I achieved my goal, and now I have to maintain this healthy lifestyle from now on. That's the hard part. But I've bought some really cute clothes, so that helps keep me motivated! I've been weaning myself from tracking points on Weight Watchers, since I don't really want to do that for the rest of my life. The largely vegetarian/ low fat diet is making that much easier. And I really like eating this way -- I don't feel deprived and it seems very sustainable for the long haul.

Thank you to everyone for your support and compliments -- it means a great deal. If you want to talk about how I lost the weight, I'm happy to do that, but otherwise I won't bug you about it. I've considered posting about products and tips that were helpful, but I don't know if people are interested. If you are, let me know. I don't want to be annoying or patronizing or just plain boring.  

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Congrats on the weight loss...and the proper way of saying it is

GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!! LOL (sorry, avid soccer fan here)
Congratulations is a weird thing to say for weight loss, so I'll just say this:

OMG, you look beautiful! (I hope that doesn't make "size-ist".)
Awesome! Your new look and your ongoing attitude.
Amy - how wonderful for you and yours. As a fellow struggler now coping with a lifetime's accumulation of physical and emotional outcomes from being obese - I congratulate you and wish you continued success with your life and food plan.

I, too, hate the gratuitous remarks some people feel they are entitled to make. Once I was walking down the street, and a complete stranger just passing by the other way yelled out "lose some weight, fatso"! When I used to jog, others would make nasty comments about how I should just give it up.

I try not to judge, but really, I'm almost as intolerant as anyone else, our society condones weight discrimination. It really pisses me off when every ill and ache and pain I suffer gets blamed on my weight. Skinny people have osteoporosis too. Skinny people have bursitis too.

Well, I just am so happy for you – thanks for sharing your accomplishment.
You look sexy! Congrats. I know that it's hard work to lose that weight. I'm proud of you and I'm really happy for you.
You look wonderful, congrats.! Thank you for sharing a happy post.r
Congrats! I'm glad you feel so much better, physically. And I know all about all the rest (the compulsion to say it's not for everyone; the compulsion to assure that you didn't Not like yourself before - frankly, for many reasons, I've been pretty angrily apathetic). We got a Wii Fit a month and a half ago and have been sporadic the last couple of weeks. We've got to get back to it. The thing was, I saw/felt results within a week. It was pretty cool.

Thanks for the news! Your kids are gorgeous; as are you!
Congratulations on achieving you goal! Very inspiring piece. Good for you.
You GO, girl! That's an incredible accomplishment.
Aren't you awesome!!!
Way to go, Amy! You look great!
I would be very interested in hearing what you did to achieve such a great success! Last year I got really motivated--really had my head on straight. I've detoured and maintained but ready to get back on track. You should be really proud of yourself--and while you were beautiful before, you shine now! Thanks for your inspiration and again, I'd love to hear some tips! I'll share if you will! Thanks and WOW!
There are tons - *TONS* - of people here who would love to hear your weight-loss wisdom! I could certainly use some motivation myself!

I lost around 60lbs on WW when I was 22-23. I came home from college, settled into a normal routine, living at home with mom and dad (with her cooking healthy dinners), working a 9-5 job which left plenty of time for exercise. Now, 8 years later, the weight is back, plus some. Now I'm married, in a doctoral program, fixing up a new house, and responsible for all aspects of food procurement and preparation, and I just. cannot. get. it. together.

In the last few years I've tried starting WW again (on the core program), and about 3 or 4 weeks into it, I would feel wildly insanely deprived, binge, and not be able to get back into the swing of it.

Might you have any words of wisdom, encouragement or advice?
Congratulations, woman! I've just started with WW--have about 30 lbs to lose. You're an inspiration!
How wonderful for you, Amy! But I kept my eyes closed for the pictures because you know how I feel about seeing any representation of you other than your little-kid avatar. It's one of my faves. Seriously, though, congrats on the hard work. I'm jealous!
PS: Are you telling me it's not acceptable to tell people that I still need to lose my baby weight when my baby just turned 13? Well, that's news.
that takes a lot of commitment - great job!
Congratulations! Impressive work.

And really, darling kids. mmmmmmmmmmmm, I love those dang babies!
You look beautiful! (But you did before too--especially with that darling baby in the sling). Congrats--it seems like you worked really hard and achieved your goal.
Huge accomplishment for you and your family!
Wonderful! You and the children are so beautiful.
I believe that this post is my first introduction to you so I can't claim to be one of those that offered support or compliments.
Until now.
I won't go into any details but I do know about the kind of strength and determination it takes to shed this much weight
I know how much you must have struggled - Daily and often hourly
So, sincere congratulations and keep fighting the good fight
Congratulations. It is a big accomplishment. and while BMI calculations might be a bit skewed, the simple truth is this: weighing less IS healthier. I appreciated you saying "Now, I want to remind people, that this is not to suggest that everyone should do what I did." That is, of course, the politically-correct thing to do... but really, I would say that 98 % of overweight people, even the ones who claim they're the "healthy overweight" type would be even healthier and happier if they lowered their weight and BMI... it is simple common sense. ...and I'm not some dumb skinny dude, saying "just put down the donuts" ... I battle, BATTLE my weight constantly. I'm currently 40 pounds lighter than I was a year ago, and by EVERY MEASURE at my doctor's office, I am a healthier human being. I'm also happier, sleep better and have a better outlook on life and my future... facts are facts.

keep up the good work.
Keep up the good work! It can be a hard slog to lose weight and keep it off. You are rightly proud of this great accomplishment!
Awesome! I have been doing WW since May and am now just a couple of pounds away from goal. I know what you mean about all the mixed feelings--yay, I'm thin!--but wait, dammit, I was cute before! I don't know if this has been your experience, but for me losing some of my "padding" has made me feel more present in the world, which is quite a gift. I hope to type my own "goal" post soon. Congrats.
Lookin' good, lovely chilluns...I'm originally from Chicago and taught high school English for a good stretch, so I'm loving on the school stories!