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Two Years, Two Months, Nine Days

Yesterday morning started out a little on the rough side, but now I know it was meant to be that way.

I woke up to run before work – my first morning workout all week, despite it being the fourth day in a row that I tried to get up for one. I think when I transitioned myself into a mostly morning person, what I mostly did there was make myself hate working out at night… but that’s a topic for another day.

I laid out all my clothes the night before to make it as easy as possible to get out the door, and off I went. My plan was to do an outside run since the weather was going to be perfect (55º, sunny, clear) and wasn’t sure whether I’d do 4 or 5 miles.

Immediately, 5 miles went off the list of possibilities and 4 it was. Despite the perfect conditions, from the start, my body was just not feeling it and my legs felt like lead. Each step took so much effort and determination and I had to reach deep inside myself to finish the 4 miles. It had been ages since I felt like that during a run and there were several times I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it.

I tried to think about everything besides the fact that I was running, which worked for a little bit, but I literally had to force myself to put one foot in front of the other for almost every step of the run. I kept repeating my favorite running mantra, “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever” (thank you Caitlin) over and over for almost the entire second half of the run. Since I wasn’t wearing my Garmin, I don’t know how fast I was going, but I do know it was a lot slower than normal and I was earning every single step of the run.

When I finally got to the finish and caught my breath, I felt SO PROUD of myself for finishing the four miles, for not walking, and mostly, for not quitting. I laid in the grass for a bit while stretching, enjoying the gorgeous weather and treating myself to a little bit of leisure. It’s runs like those that really define you – you can let them break you, or you can push through.

Little did I know how symbolic this run would turn out to be.

Later in the day during my lunch break from work, I headed to Weight Watchers to weigh in. It’s ironic because I’ve been jumping around meetings lately in search of one that is the perfect fit, but the Thursday lunch meeting was the one I attended for over a year when I first joined back in March 2009.

I stepped up on the scale, eagerly awaiting my results, and then almost fell over when she said the words.

“You’re at 162.6! You’ve reached your goal weight!”

Emotions flooded my mind and though I successfully held back tears while standing on the scale, I could barely speak. I was not expecting to feel as emotional as I did at that moment at all, or as I do now writing this.

Two years, two months ago, and nine days ago, I stepped on that same scale, weighing in at 220 pounds. This was not even my highest weight of 250 pounds back in 2005.


Two years, two months, nine days of hard work and dedication, all so that I could reach the moment I finally got to experience yesterday.


Two years, two months, nine days of fighting for this, and the day is finally here.

There were many, many bumps in the road on this journey.

It was not easy.

It was not fast.

It was not perfect.

It is not over.

But for now, I’d like to bask in the glory for a little bit, just like I did after yesterday morning’s run.


122 Responses

  1. CONGRATS BETH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What an amazing achievement. You should be so proud of yourself. Definitely enjoy basking in the victory!

  2. Congratulations!!!!!

  3. Awesome! Oh, and, I wish I had your hair! 🙂

  4. Ohh, congratulations!! What a fabulous accomplishment, Beth!

  5. Congratulations!!! How wonderful!

  6. Oh my – this is monumental. Congratulations 1000 times over! You became a lot of people’s heroine yesterday.

    Your change is phenomenal and inspiring. It just makes me want to bust it at the gym and be even healthier. Excellent job!

    Almost 3 years of straight up dedication is no small task. You have MORE than arrived.

  7. Way to go!!! Congratulations!

  8. Congratulations! I am so so so proud and excited for you!

  9. Congratulations Beth!! Your readers and followers are so proud of you 🙂 Keep up the great work!!

  10. Beth, you are amazing. Plain & simple. I am so proud of you! Bask girl, BASK!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS BETH!!!! I’m so proud of you!! We will be toasting you at brunch on Sunday! 🙂


  13. Congratulations!!! That is an awesome accomplishment!!

  14. Congratulations!! I am so incredibly happy for you!!!!

  15. This is so awesome and inspiring. You must be pumped! You are absolutely glowing in your pic from yesterday.

    (I may or may not be biased because I basically have the same haircut. Nice choice)

  16. Congratulations!! This is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Congratulations!!

  18. Amazing, Beth! Absolutely AMAZING!

  19. CONGRATS!!! That is awesome news Beth! You look amazing! Fro yo to celebrate sometime soon???

  20. Congrats again Beth!!! What a wonderful accomplishment. I can’t wait to get there someday, too. I look forward to reading all about maintenance and I know you’ll come up with some great advice for that part of the program.

  21. Goosebumps. Love this post, what an amazing amazing accomplishment! You definitely should bask in it 🙂

  22. Too funny I got goosebumps reading this too! That’s so exciting!!! Congratulations times a million!!!!

  23. Congrats Beth! I’m so happy for you!

  24. Congrats! That’s an amazing accomplishment. You’re such an inspiration, and you look beautiful!

  25. Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment!

  26. Congrats!!!!! You look amazing.

  27. Congratulations 🙂 This is so inspiring. I have been 10-12 pounds above my goal weight for weeks now, after a 65 pound weight loss, and this is totally inspiring me to push ahead (my initial goal weight was actually where I am now, which is why I have not been terribly motivated to push further).

  28. You are amazing!! What an inspiration! I love how you said it’s not over – it’s never over because it’s a new way of life! Congratulations!

  29. This is AMAZING! Congrats!! You should be very very proud of yourself!! 🙂

  30. you go girl!!! that’s awesome. so proud of you 🙂

  31. So incredibly happy for you Beth.. and long.. but well worth it journey. The best part of this post.. is how you ended it..
    It’s not over!
    You are such an inspiration!

  32. you are so very gorgeous my dear – inside and out! what an inspiration to all and a reminder that hard work + treating yourself right does pay off!

  33. CONGRATS!!!!! I hope you are celebrating this awesome accomplishment! You look stunning and definitely motivated my behind today!

  34. Beth, Congratulations! I am sincerely happy for you, especially knowing the hard work you’ve put in, and the dedication you have had to get to this moment. You look amazing, but the physical changes are only a reflection of the inner changes (the ones that matter the most). I hope you enjoy your achievement and get to celebrate with your loved ones!

  35. Congrats! Your hair looks so cute, btw!

  36. I am so proud of you my amazing beautiful daughter!!



  37. WOO-HOO!!! Congrats Beth!! So proud of you, and you are such an inspiration!

  38. Amazing!! Congratulations on all your hard work and effort. You are an inspiration 🙂

  39. OMG Beth you are such an inspiration!!!! I absolutely love reading your blog, and maybe I’ll bump into you in DC sometime!!!

  40. Congratulations, Beth, I am so happy for you!!! You look amazing. You are such an inspiration to me because you have faced challenges along the way, but rather than let them deter you, you find a way to work through them. I am so impressed with your perseverance!

  41. WAY TO GO!!!!!!! Congratulations on hitting your goal!!!

  42. Congratulations Beth!

    Thank you for being an inspiration to me and others. I have lost about 80 lbs and I keep losing and gaining the last twenty. I want to lose those last final pounds and keep it off. It’s been hard but knowing that you can do it…I should have no excuses myself! Congrats again 🙂

  43. Congratulations, Beth!!! You are so inspiringto the rest of us who are on the same journey.

  44. CONGRATS!!!!! What a special day. You look fabulous and are such an inspiration!

  45. Hi Beth! I have been reading your blog for several months – usually through Google Reader. I HAD to pop out of it to congratulate you on reaching your goal weight. That is SO AMAZING, and I can’t wait for the moment when I reach my goal weight! You are so inspiring, and look amazing!

  46. I can’t wait to give you a big congrats hug next week!!!!!

  47. I’m consistently inspired by your in so many ways. Recipes, Weight Loss, Budgets, Shopping etc. I could go on and on. Congratulations again.

  48. AMAZING! Great job and so inspiring. CELEBRATE! You deserve it 🙂

  49. Congratulations!! You work so hard and you definitely deserve this!!!

  50. You should be so proud of yourself and your amazing accomplishment. It’s funny how things happen when you least expect it! I have found your blog to be so inspirational and enlightening. I appreciate how you share so much of yourself with us. It takes a lot of courage and strength.

  51. I’ve been a lurker for a month or two as I just started my journey (I’m down 20 pounds!). I just wanted to congratulate you and all that you’ve accompolished so far. CONGRATULATIONS! Go treat yourself to an awesome dress.

  52. You look AMAZING!!! Congratulations! I am so proud of you!

  53. Congrats!!!! You look great!

  54. Congratulations! This post just gave me chills. I’m so happy for you. Enjoy every moment. You deserve it:)

  55. Hi Beth, just came across your blog for the first time but wanted to say congratulations!! Very inspiring story! 🙂

  56. Congrats to such a strong, inspiring woman.

  57. woohoo!! that’s so awesome! congratulations. 🙂

  58. Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  59. Beth, you are so awesome! Congratualations!!!!!!

  60. Oh Beth I am SO excited for you! We will have to celebrate with a cocktail the next time one of us is in the other’s city!

  61. That is a great story, and congrats!

  62. Great job. Congratulations!

  63. Congratulations. Hitting goal weight does feel weird. There’s this feeling, “did I really just do that?” even if it took several months or a couple of years. Now for maintenance and then lifetime!

  64. GAH!!! CONGRATS!!!!!


  66. Congratulations Beth! – Lifetime here you come, you’ve got this!

  67. I don’t think you can hear this enough today — CONGRATULATIONS! GREAT JOB! BRAVO! I’ve followed your blog for a while now — and your posts are always right on the money, poignant, and real. I love your honesty.
    And thanks for keeping this girl focused on the big picture when she wanted to throw in the towel. I’m going back to my WW meetings tomorrow. 🙂

  68. You did it!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Beth!!! What a fantastic accomplishment–it’s amazing you did it all on your own…determination, commitment, and courage. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  69. Hats off to you lady-congrats and you look GREAT!

  70. one more thing………….your hair looks great! Enjoy the weekend.

  71. You’re an inspiration! Congratulations!

  72. Sooooo happy for you! Congratulations. You’re amazing.

  73. Congratulations! You look great! Your hard work has really paid off! 🙂

  74. I almost teared up myself reading this post. CONGRATS!!!! You earned it and should be so proud. I’m so happy for you.

  75. Congratulations on reaching goal weight! I still have a long way to go before I reach mine, but reading your blog really gives me the inspiration to feel like I can 🙂

  76. Congratulations girl! You are beautiful (but your pics from before are beautiful too!) You look so happy now…that is the best thing!

  77. Standing ovation! Way to go!!!

  78. Congrats!!!!! Simply amazing and you look it too!

    • Oh and I almost gave up on running outside today because it was misting and I thought “Yuck!”

      Then I remembered this post and put a hat on and went out for my run.

      You are inspiring Beth – thanks for helping me get my sweat on!!!

  79. Congrats Beth!!!! You are such an inspiration – thanks for sharing your journey through your blog. 🙂 I can’t wait to keep reading.

  80. I got a little emotional reading this post this morning at the coffee shop. Congratulations Beth. You’ve achieved something amazing. And I’m sure you’ve inspired many along the way.

  81. I just got teary eyed reading this. I’m so happy for you. Congratulations and thanks for being an inspiration for the rest of us.

  82. OMG!!!! congrats Beth!!! Thats so awesome!

    I’m so happy for you, it was a long journey but worth it!

    Can’t wait to say the same for me. Congrats again

  83. This is so awesome! It feels great doesn’t it?

  84. congratulations! that is amazing!!

  85. Wow!! Congrats! I love that it totally came out of the blue and surprised you, too! What an awesome surprise!! You have worked so hard for this and deserve to feel such pride today!
    Btw…you look STUNNING in your pic!! Keep rockin’ girl!

  86. Serisouly…You ROCK! I am so proud of you! You lost it slow…BUt HEALTHY! You look stunning! Keep up the good work and healthy eating! Your an inspiration!

  87. Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment!

  88. Congrats! That is such an awesome accomplishment! You inspire me everyday to live healthier. 🙂

  89. Congrats Beth! What an amazing accomplishment! You go girl! 😀

  90. BIG BIG congratulations Beth!!!! I’m so excited and happy for you!!!! And you are an inspiration to the rest of us still plugging away on the same journey. Have a wonderful weekend!

  91. That is so amazing!!!!! I am so happy for you, I know you have been waiting for this moment!!! Enjoy that feeling and keep it with you for hose hard days!!!

  92. Congratulations! You look so genuinely happy in your picture. What a great feeling!

  93. Great job for reaching goal! What an inspiration!

  94. SOOOO ridiculously happy for you. You deserve to bask in it for awhile 🙂 Well deserved.

  95. Congrats on making your goal weight! That has to be an amazing feeling.

  96. How inspiring! Congratulations!

  97. You are and will continue to be an inspiration Beth! Congrats!

  98. got goosebumps reading this!!!


    you are AMAZING and i ❤ you!

  99. […] Two Years, Two Months, Nine Days […]

  100. Congratulations!! That is so wonderful!

  101. Wow congratulations Beth!! You look so beautiful

  102. I realize I’m late but Congrats on making goal weight!! I can’t wait for that day to come. And seeing that it took you 2 yrs, 2 months, and 9 days keeps me motivated to keep going. I’ve been at WW for about 15 months and have about 15-20 more pounds to lose but I see that its doable thanks to you.

  103. CONGRATS!!!!!
    You are such an inspiration to me!!

  104. You look gorgeous and healthy! Congrats. Love your hair too!

  105. I think I’m going to love your blog! and Congratulations on your success! You have had an amazing journey! I need to loose about 25 to 30 lbs. and I have been loosing the same 5 to 7 lbs. flor a long long time. And welcome to our Weight Watchers Support/Discussion Group in Facebook

  106. Im VERY late in reading this post but CONGRATULATIONS! I am so inspired by you. Especially the part about it being a long road with lots of bumps. But you did it. So inspiring. Thank you, and congratulations again. 🙂

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  108. So unbelievably proud of you.. This is your life now, no turning back. Love you!

  109. This is truly inspiring! 🙂

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