Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Day I Reached Goal Weight

Yesterday was an unforgettable day in my life - As most of you likely know by now, after decades of losing and gaining weight and giving up on myself repeatedly, I reached my goal weight at Weight Watchers. It's something that for a very long time I didn't even believe I was capable of. But somewhere into my journey I realized this time was different. This time I actually changed my life - from the way I think about food, to why I eat, to the foods I eat and most significantly my new found love of activity! This is how my day went:

Despite my promising weigh in on Monday night, I ignored my daily weigh-in ritual on Tuesday morning. I figured no matter what the number was (up or down from the night before), it would mess with my head all day, so I didn't do it.

I always try to wear something light on weigh in days. I also wanted to wear something cute for photos. You know, just in case...

Tuesday morning in my apartment

I commuted as I usually do and took my daily photo in the Grand Central bathroom-

Tuesday morning in Grand Central

When I took that shot, I remember looking in the mirror and thinking "Is today the day? Is this really happening?" And at that moment I felt confident it would.

I tried to go about my day at work like it was any other, but who was I kidding?! This was not just any other day! I was filled with a nervous anticipation. My meeting and weigh in were not far from my mind.

I did my usual Tuesday workout - 120 flights of stairs. I used my two pound weights and actually had my best time with them yet (39 minutes even). Here I am before:

Before 120 flights of stairs

And after ("glowing, not sweating" - thanks, Nina!):

39 minutes later, after 120 flights of stairs

39 minutes later, after 120 flights of stairs

I didn't want to do anything to *try* to make goal. I just wanted it to happen naturally. I ate normally all day, drank my water and even TWIETed as I always do on Tuesdays. But in the afternoon I started to wonder if tonight was "the night". It just seemed so... sudden, if that makes any sense. Let me explain-

After being on program for nearly 4 years including a 2.5 year plateau, I only started to refocus and get recommitted at the beginning of the year. And right after breaking that plateau, I had a huge set back - my worst binge ever, which lasted over a month. I put on a lot of weight (8 pounds), but I slowly came out of that and refocused again.

Then, in the last 3 weeks, I lost nearly 6 pounds (that's a lot to lose very quickly at this late stage and with so little to lose), so I wondered if my body could really drop another 2 pounds this week (which is what I needed to get to goal). And that's when I began to doubt it would happen.

But regardless of the weigh in, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. If it didn't happen this night, it would happen soon - and I was ok with that. Afterall, I've never been in a rush to get to goal.

I left work, headed for Manhattan and started getting really nervous. I shouldn't even show you this, but I will :) I brought my favorite new chocolate bar with me. Because if I reached goal, I was going to eat a small portion of it. And if I did not, I would not eat it. Here I am on the train -

I brought this with me to eat in the event I reached goal

I stopped to take another photo at my 'morning mirror' in Grand Central because, well because I'm a little crazy-
Tuesday Evening in Grand Central

I was also afraid of being the first one in the meeting room so I stalled for time by popping into Banana Republic when I arrived in Grand Central (they had a 30% off sale yesterday. How could I resist!). I bought a few things, including this outfit, which I wore today:

In the fitting room @ Banana Republic on East 42nd St

My ass looks fantastic!!!

In the fitting room @ Banana Republic on East 42nd St

Realizing I was now late, I took the 6 Train to get to my meeting as quickly as possible. That was the longest 3 minute train ride ever. I was a sweating, thirsty, nervous wreck. The whole time thinking "I can't believe I am about to get weighed in and might actually reach goal!" The thought alone was so surreal because as I've mentioned here before, I've never been this size (or in my 130's at all) as an adult until just a week or so ago. It was still all so new to me. I never had an idea what I would look like or feel like at this size or at goal, and I still felt like I was adjusting to my new, smaller, fitter body.

My heart raced as I entered the meeting room and I couldn't wait to just weigh in and get it over with. I finally got on the scale and waited for what seemed like forever. The receptionist, Charmaine, looked at me and said "You lost... a LOT!"

And I waited for it... I waited for the confirmation that I lost at least two pounds or that I had hit goal.

She looked at me and said: "You did it".

I immediately started crying and she came out from behind the desk to hug me. I was so embarrassed but I really couldn't hide it even if I wanted to (this is why I will never play poker, by the way). Ellen (the fill in leader, who knew how close I was) stopped the meeting to ask if it happened and I confirmed through my tears that yes, it did. It happened. I made goal. I MADE GOAL!!!!

(But It turns out I didn't just lose the 2 pounds I need to get to goal, I somehow lost FOUR POUNDS, which put my weight at 135 and my *total* weight loss at 73.2! Holy crap, I have no idea how I lost 4 pounds this week!!!!!)

The whole room clapped for me and I couldn't even look at anyone. I was just so overcome with emotion. I sat down, still crying, and texted and tweeted my status. I had no idea what the meeting was even about, I was so distracted by my own thoughts and the tons of replies I was receiving on my phone (sorry Ellen! I know that's rude!)

Half way through the meeting, my regular leader, Melanie arrived and I was so happy to see her and share my moment with her and give her a hug. She presented me with my "Weight Watchers jewelry" - a silver star charm to add to my Weight Watchers keychain, which I promptly did:

My weigh in booklet, keychain and charms

Then they made me sit in front of the meeting and talk a little about my journey. I can't even remember what I said but I know I touched on a lot of the things I've mentioned here:
  • My lifelong battle with my weight, since age 8.
  • That I've been on and off WW since 1989.
  • Lost 50 (or more) pounds three times previously but always gained it back because I hadn't changed my life. I lost weight only by cutting down on the amount of crap I was eating. But I still ate crap and still being a lazy-pants, so the weight came back every time.
  • My decades of food abuse, body neglect and gluttonous, slothful lifestyle.
  • And how turning 35 made me suddenly aware of my own mortality and that I won't be here forever. I felt I had lost enough of my youth already and time was running out on my life. I finally wanted to live and enjoy whatever I had left, instead of feeling like I was waiting to die and just watching other people live.
At the end of the meeting, a member I had never seen before came up to me to congratulate me for reaching goal, which was very sweet. But she said something so awesome - she said to me: "When you walked in, I thought 'What is she doing here? She looks like a model'" Shortly after that first impression though, she heard my tale of spending my life overweight, being a depressed and miserable 208 pound young woman just 6 years ago. I think that answered her question about "what was I doing there" and I loved that comment from her so much! I'm glad she took the time to tell me that.

Before leaving, I asked all the regulars if I could get a photo with them for the blog. They were nice enough to oblige. (l to r: Ellen, Charmaine, Nina, Melanie, Corinna, Me, Carin, Tamra) I'm just sorry Malaika left before I could ask her to join us! (And thanks, Cindy, for sacrificing yourself to get the photo for us)

Showing off my "goal" charm with my Weight Watchers leader and members

I left that meeting elated. I couldn't stop smiling and was still crying a little. I ate the small piece of celebratory chocolate like I knew I would (I forgot to TWIET it, but it was 3 points) and was satisfied with that small amount. Stopping wasn't an issue anymore. I didn't even want more and *that* is such a victory!!!

On my way home, I got a dozen pink roses  -

A dozen pink roses

I barely remember the commute home from that point. I was experiencing such a huge range of emotions - happiness, giddiness, disbelief, shock, pride, amazement, confidence - so many things. The weird thing is I don't know what was projecting on my face, but so many strangers (I counted ten) called me "beautiful" on my way home. Now, I get a lot of comments/compliments from strangers every day, but even this was more than usual. And the fact they all used the same word made me feel I must have really been exuding something pretty special.

When I got home, I found a note taped to my door from my neighbor, Jaci, who wanted to celebrate with me and had a wheat beer with my name on it. I told her sure!, but after a bike ride. I changed -

My "I reached goal tonight" bike riding outfit

and rode over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan -

the Brooklyn Bridge

the Brooklyn Bridge

the Brooklyn Bridge

the Brooklyn Bridge

the Brooklyn Bridge
the Brooklyn Bridge

the Brooklyn Bridge

I saw a woman and her daughter watching me take photographs in the middle of the span, so I asked them to get one of me. Just look at my smile! That's the look of a woman who did something pretty significant and exciting!

Look at that smile!

I didn't have anywhere specific to go when I reached Manhattan, so I just rode from City Hall through Chinatown and headed over to the Manhattan Bridge to get back to Brooklyn.

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At the corner of Bowery & Canal St

I had never been on the Manhattan Bridge at night (I don't like riding anywhere in the dark!)

Biking is for Lovers

I've never been on the Manhattan Bridge at night

Back in Brooklyn, I rode home -

Riding home on Kent

Jaci greeted me with congrats, beer and hugs. And we hung out for a while and talked in my apartment. I got no photos of us last night, but you might remember her from a previous blog (where we met Neil Patrick Harris!)

I love this shot of me & Jaci!

OMFG! Srsly. That's Neil Patrick Harris at Coney Island!!!

And I went to bed way too late and way too drunk (thanks, Jaci!) but I really enjoyed my post-goal celebrations! It was an unforgettable night and it was made even more special by the people I was lucky enough to share it with - on Park Ave, in my apartment, on my phone and everyone online. Thank you all so much - not just for yesterday but for all of your ongoing support via your friendships, comments, emails, tweets, and texts. Sometimes I don't know how I got so lucky to have so many people rooting for me. It really overwhelms me when I think about it.

I would also like to thank the following people:
  • My ex husband: Since he moved from Brooklyn over a year ago, I haven't been in touch with him at all and I doubt he follows me online. But if it weren't for meeting, marrying and divorcing him, I don't think I would have ended up in Brooklyn (something I am so thankful for) and if not for that, I don't know if I would have rejoined Weight Watchers and I'm certain I would not have joined a gym. He also was responsible for finding and obtaining my sidekick, my Hello Kitty beach cruiser. I am so thankful for him coming into my life, even though he is no longer a part of it.
  • My Dad (if I don't thank him, I'll never hear the end of it): Thank you Dad for supporting my choice to be a vegetarian at the age of 12 despite the fact that you cut meat for a living. And thank you for continuing to believe in me and be proud of me as I've made dramatic changes in my life these last 4 years. (He left me this voice mail yesterday, before my weigh in.)
  • Tim Haft, from Punk Rope: Tim approached me very early on in my journey. I was probably 180 pounds. And he convinced me to give Punk Rope a try. After a great deal of hesitation, I did. And over 3 years later, I still go to class. But his friendship, encouragement and support have also been so generous.
  • Jordana (aka 'my friend who ran the marathon'): She inspired me to not only start running but to try a new class at the gym last summer, Interval Training, which I loved (cardio & weights). But that only lasted a few months because the schedule changed and that time slot went to Total Body Conditioning. This class was all weights and nearly killed me the first time I did it (closest I ever came to tears in that gym). But I stuck it out. That brings me to...
  • Aynsley: She works at the Y and remembers me from when I first joined the gym in 2006. After seeing me lose 50 pounds in a year, she asked to include me in their brochure. But more importantly, it's Aynsley who instructs both of the classes I mentioned above. If it weren't for working out with her and the free weights weekly, my arms would not look the way they do today. I give her all the credit for making my arms and legs stronger and better looking than I ever could have imagined.
  • William: He knew me at my heaviest, now, and every weight in between so he's been in my life for a long time. Even though he occasionally tempts me with food, he has been so supportive of me and it was actually his idea to join the gym by our job. He even motivated me to go the few times when I considered not going.
  • Tamra (one of my friends in my Tuesday night meeting): Tamra is an inspiration all on her own having taken off about 75 pounds already and changing her life with her food and activity choices. But it was her "pre-tracking" suggestion that really started the ball rolling for my journaling 4 weeks ago, and ultimately led to me reaching goal last night. I had heard other people mention pre-tracking before and even used it myself a few times but for some reason it just really clicked for me and worked this time. I know for a fact if I didn't track these last 4 weeks, I would not have reached goal last night. So thank you, Tamra!
  • My Hello Kitty Cruiser: She might not be a person but I do rely on her and am not kidding when I refer to her as my BFF. I have seen more of this amazing city and accomplished so much while on that bike. Riding has become one of my greatest sources of pleasure and is the most pure, simple joy I've ever known. I can't tell you how often I am on that bike and just suddenly become really aware. Aware of everything: where I am, who I am, what I'm doing, how I'm breathing, what's around me; and I feel SO ALIVE. It's so magical when that happens.
  • Melanie: Oh, Melanie! My adorable, marathon running, energetic, funny, beer loving, talented, athletic, super inspirational meeting leader, Melanie. I am so glad I got to goal with you as my leader. I have had some serious ups and downs (emotionally and on plan) in the short time we've been together (since December 2009) and you always knew what to do - hugs, postcards, genuine words of concern - you even read my blog! I know you really cared and believed in me. And that felt more amazing than I can tell you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Finally, since so many of you inquired about it, I'll address it here: I have no intention of stopping this blog just because I am at goal. "Goal" is just a number on the scale, but like I say all the time: It's not just about the scale. As I've tried to remind you often, there is no 'end'. This is for life. Literally - for my quality of life and for the duration of time I spend on this planet. I will still need to eat. I will still need to be active. I will still learn new things. I will still have challenges. And I am confident I will also have triumphs to share. So don't worry, I'm not going anywhere. And you can continue to enjoy the ride with me. :)

221 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!!!!!

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  2. Well after having a good cry I can only say, thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are an inspiration.

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  3. All I can say is CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look fabulous and you must be so proud of yourself! I can't wait until I can say thatI too am at goal. Again. congrats you are a star!

    Melissa

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  4. I pretty much cried through that whole post because I am so happy for you. I come here for inspiration and often times find so much more. To date I have lost 181 pounds on WW and want to lose 27 more. I too will be an emotion wreck when my day comes and will celebrate with a ride and a beer. Much love.

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  5. Congratulations! I am SO happy for you. You look absolutely amazing. Glad you are going to continue the blog, too! Good work!

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  6. Congratulations on meeting your goal. Way to go! Jo

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  7. Congratulations, Sheryl on meeting goal! I found your blog only last week and I can't tell you how much you've already helped me with my own WW journey. It is truly a process full of subtle, nuanced issues and solutions. You, my friend, are a genius at expressing them; sometimes I feel like you're reading my mind.

    You have experienced quite a metamorphosis, and are well justified in the pride and exhilaration you are feeling. I can't wait to see what challenge you decide to take on next!

    You go, girl! And you keep on going! You're AWESOME!

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  8. Wow! Congratulations!!!!! This is such an amazing journey post and time for you. I hope that smile stays with you. You really are an inspiration

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  9. Congratulations! You've worked so hard for this and you deserve it. You are such and inspiration and I look forward to reading about how you maintain your weightloss! You are such an amazing person!

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  10. Wow! Congratulations!!! :D

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  11. You are stunning. And such an inspiration.
    Congratulations.

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  12. I was so excited for you when I saw your tweet last night. Fabulously huge congratulations to you girlie!

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  13. This was a wonderful post-- so full of emotion. I really am overcome with my own tears as I read about your journey.

    So proud and happy for you!!

    You are an inspiration my dear and thank you for taking us along for the ride!

    xoxo-Shel

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  14. I had to read this from my iPhone because i didn't want to wait till morning! I am so happy for you and proud if you for making this your life and sharing it with us. It makes the hiccups we face seem a little more possible to overcome. You are a star Sheryl! You deserve that keychain!!!

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  15. that is so awesome!!! I have been following you for so long!! I love you girl!!

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  16. Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and cannot wait to continue reading about your journey!!

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  17. You deserve all the joy from your tremendous accomplishment...and I'm thrilled to continue to watch you get better and better.

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  18. You deserve all the joy from your wonderful accomplishment and I'm honored to continue to see you getting better and better.

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  19. Congratulations! I knew you would do it. I am so incredibly happy for you (and inspired by you too).
    Big hug!

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  20. What a journey... Congratulations! I came in at 4 lbs below my lifetime weight this week too... it's an amazing feeling.
    Hugs, Kimberly

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  21. I am so happy for you. You have worked so hard and kept going even when things were tough. And you're at goal! You are totally amazing!


    (PS. I stayed up a couple hours after my normal bedtime bc I was so excited to read your goal post.)

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  22. Congratulations, Sheryl! You did it!!! I can only imagine that you were radiating so much pure joy that the people around you could not help but be mesmerized. Thank you so much for providing us the hope and inspiration we need to get to our goal one day.

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  23. I can't see the keys on my key board real well because I am crying! Haha! So happy for you Sheryl! Amazing journey! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! :)

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  24. Congratulations! Now I really do need to try that yummy salad you posted the other day--it worked for you!

    You look amazing--you radiate happiness in all of your photos from last night. You can't fake that. That's your inner beauty and strength shining through.

    And I love that you bought yourself roses to celebrate!

    =)

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  25. Alison, for what it's worth, this took so long to put together, I'm also up hours past my bedtime! But I didn't mean to keep you up too. Sorry. Now go to sleep, young lady (I am too) zzzzz

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  26. Congratulations! I thought about you today and hoped that you had reached your goal last night. You have accomplished so much (you look so amazing and absolutely glowing in your photos - no wonder you received so many compliments yesterday) and in sharing your story, have inspired me to be my best self. Thank you for sharing the fabulous news as well as all the ups and downs throughout your journey. I am so happy for you and applaud your tremendous accomplishment. :)

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  27. As you know, I'm so proud and excited for you. You're such an inspiration, and I will think of you every time my inner brat says "I don't wanna exercise." I have to make it FUN like you do!

    Welcome to maintenance. It's no picnic but I know you can do it!

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  28. Sheryl--congratulations. I'm so happy for you. I really am. You deserve every ounce of satisfaction that you're feeling.

    I know you worked your asss off for every pound and you stayed with it.... Proud of you girl

    paula

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  29. I was anticipating this post after your last one: CONGRATS!!!! Words can't describe how your joy of reaching goal has inspired me. I am determined to work hard so that I, too, can celebrate the sheer joy that you have :) You seriously ROCK!!

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  30. What else can I say that hasn't already been said? Congrats to you!! You are beautiful, strong, and inspirational and I just adore your blog! When I'm going through a tough time with weight loss, I'll re-read this post over and over. I just finished working out, but this post makes me want to get another one in (and it's 1:10 a.m.)! Great job, amazing blog, and you really do look like a model! Just gorgeous.

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  31. I am SO excited and happy for you!! You are such an incredible inspiration!

    Congratulations! :)

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  32. Oh Sheryl. Congratulations!!! I cried my little heart out as I read through this. You are one amazing woman, you are glowing and I am so proud of you!!!

    I am so inspired by you!! You did it!!!

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  33. You gave me tears! I'm so happy for you, and HOLY DO YOU EVER LOOK FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. I just want to say I think you are totally awesome, and congratulations from all my heart. I have only been following your blog for a couple of months (and have read all your archives) but like many others I have been inspired by you and was nearly crying when I read this post. I only held back the tears because my 3 year old wouldn't have understood why mummy was crying and would have been upset. It is Wednesday afternoon here in Australia and I have been thinking about you all day and checking your blog. Congrats again!

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  35. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!! So happy I found your blog to be able to now share this moment with you. Congratulations. Hard work sure does pay off. You are absolutely gorgeous. Something I truly strive to be. WTG girl.... You rock!

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  36. Congratulations! And you do look like a model!

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  37. I'm so unbelievably happy for you Sheryl, I actually cried tears of joy as I read this. You are such an inspiration. Well done xx

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  38. I have checked and re-checked and re-checked so many times between last night and now to see if you had made it! My non-internet mother asked me why I was so jumpy tonight at dinner, and I had to tell her all about you. It may be almost 2AM here, but I just sent her a text so she'll know, too! CONGRATULATIONS from a small-town Kansas WW member and her WW mom! :D

    PS: What really caught my eye in your pics tonight were your incredibly strong legs! SWEET!

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  39. Congratulations!!! You have been so inspiring along this journey :)

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  40. Congratulations!

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  41. I know so many people say this but this really does come from my heart you ARE an inspiration, I've only been reading your blog for the past couple of months, but you have inspired me to finally change my life, I'll let you know how I get on!

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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  42. Fuckin' RAD!!!!! So happy for you. You deserve all the kudos, support, and cheers for what you've done for yourself.

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  43. Huge congratulations Sheryl, I've been trying to get on this blog since last night, but the world was conspiring against me, so now i'm sitting in my office in Soho, London, looking like a complete idiot (mascara all down my face) cos that had me in floods of tears. You look absolutely stunning - like a 40's movie star!

    I'm so very pleased for you, and even though i only know you through your blog, I'm so proud of you (i know i have no right to) i think you are bloody amazing young lady. I've still got about 6 stone to lose and it feels like such a massive amount, but you are living proof it can be done. Thank god you aren't stopping this blog, it's the only thing that brightens up my commute and I sincerely hope they make you a WW leader, you more than deserve to be one, (if only the commute to your future meetings was feasible from London!)

    Thanks for sharing your journey, maybe one day i'll be able to share mine with you. Caz.xxxx

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  44. Congratulations Sheryl on reaching Goal!
    THank you also for all the inspiration you hav given me along your journey.
    Thanks
    Lisa in NZ

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  45. Hey! I just found your blog and it's so inspiring :) such big congratulations on reaching goal, that is such an impressive achievement!

    I'm from Ireland and have been doing weight watchers for 2.5yrs. I was 250.5lbs when I started and I am currently 165lbs. My goal is to get to 140lbs. Since the beginning of this year I had really plateau'd until recently. Over the last 6 weeks or so I've gotten back on track and am en route to getting to my goal. I'm travelling to New York for a long weekend to do some retail therapy and to enjoy the social scene in mid-November and I'm determined to be at goal for then!

    Your blog is really motivational, enjoyable and I'm really looking forward to keeping up with it!

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  46. Wooohooo congrats - you are amazing!

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  47. I am de-lurking from across the pond in the UK to say a huge congratulations!! I have been reading your blog for a while now and you are soooo inspiring! I want a cruiser too!

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  48. Fantastic! You are such an inspiration. I'm now inspired to get my ass back into gear. Congratulations xx

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  49. You look absolutely radiant - a svelte, beautiful and sexy woman (with brains to boot!).
    And oh my god your hips look tiny in those before and after step-climbing photos. It looks like you've leaped over into the skinny circle of the venn diagram of weight. [I had to put that in coz of your obsession with maths].

    One last thing... I only discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and I recently read your post where you reflected on why you think you had that binge earlier on in the year... you said you were concerned that part of your identity was linked to your curves and that you were afraid of losing them. Well, let me tell you something... your boob-waist-hip ratio of 36-25-38 is outta sight!! I was always told that the ideal hour-glass figure was roughly similar chest and hip size, with the waist, 10 inches smaller. Hello!!! Your waist is 11 inches smaller than your bust and 13 inches smaller than your hips. My loooord are you curvy! Marilyn Monroe had a very similar ratio to you.

    I'm curious to see if you're gonna maintain or keep losing... can't wait to hear more.

    Lots of love to you from Australia. XXX

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  50. I've only just discovered your blog but CONGRATULATIONS! I got to goal in 2005 on WW and nothing feels as good as that sense of personal achievement.

    I am envious of your bike arounds around such a beautiful city, I cannot wait to come back there to visit.

    Well done, gorgeous girl!

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  51. Woohooooooooooooo! Had to delurk to say congratulations. Congratulations on all that hard work, persistence and gorgeousness :)

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  52. This post made me cry. I love all your blogs and your amazing zest for life.

    Well done Sheryl and keep blogging :-)

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  53. I could not be happier for you!!! Congratulations on achieving so much not just goal but in life really. I was talking to Suzistorm the other day (she is my email buddy) and we were talking about how you motivate us. So thank you!!!

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  54. Congratulations you inspire me to start my journey of weight loss ( I have started and stopped many times). Well done you do indeed look beautiful. I love your style!

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  55. I'm also delurking to say congratulations!!
    I've been following your blogs for a while now, and have browsed through your archives.

    You are an amazing inspiration, and even though it might sound silly to say this about someone I don't know, I'm so very proud of you!!! The way you've changed your life is an unbelievable achievement and I'm so happy for you.

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  56. Sheryl, WOW! Congratulations!!!! What a huge accomplishment, not just to lose weight, but to change your life!

    Your perseverance and honesty are so hugely inspiring. Whenever I "slip up" on my personal health journey, I think of you and I remember to "never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up".

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  57. Congratulations Sheryl. You totally deserve it! Awesome work! Welcome to WW Members @ Goal! Keep blogging. Love ya from Down Under!

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  58. I got goose bumps reading your post. I am so thrilled for you! You do look fabulous and I am not surprised so many people stopped you to tell you so.
    Congratulations!

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  59. Congratulations on reaching goal! You have worked so hard to get to this point and deserve every moment of this celebratory time! You are an inspiration to all of us that are trying to reach that magical moment when we can say that we have reached our weightloss goals.

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  60. WOW! CONGRATULATIONS! You are amazing. I mean it, just amazing. You are such an inspiration to me.

    I have technically reached my Weight Watchers goal and maintained it, celebrating a year of Lifetime this week. However, I am still not where I want to be. I'd like to get out of the 140's as well. Since reading your post last night, I feel more inspired than ever to GET THERE!

    And I agree with the comments of others. It's no wonder that people stop you to tell you how beautiful you are, how great you look. YOU ARE!

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  61. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment! I read your blog regularly but have never left a comment before...but this definitely deserves one!

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  62. What a great way to celebrate and to share your journey. I'm sure all those people that saw you as beautiful, because you were RADIATING joy, were affected by that in a positive way. And those that saw you but didn't say anything too. You can always remember these feelings and be proud.

    Now , what are you measurements? Are your meetings free now that your at goal?

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  63. Thank you for this wonderful post, Sheryl. I actually had some tears of happiness for you, after all you've struggled through you've made it to goal! I know this doesn't mean the journey stops here, and I look forward to reading more about how you continue on! xo

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  64. You are amazing!!!!!
    Congratulations!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!!
    Love you!

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  65. The new pictures of you are GREAT! You're so tiny!

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  66. Congrats! I just found your blog last week. You are an inspiration, I look forward to watching you maintain your loss.

    I am working on returning to pre-baby weight and your blog inspires me to keep moving.

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  67. Congratulations. I'm so happy for you.

    Reading this post bought tears to my eyes. I have been putting off eating right and exercising because I just didn't believe it would change anything, but the effect that reaching your goal had on you has inspired me to get started.

    Thanks for writing your blog and congratulations again!

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  68. Sheryl, I am SO HAPPY for you, and I love how confident you are and have been of yourself. I love reading your blog, it makes me excited for when I finally have my baby and can get back into the gym!!

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  69. I thought about you all of yesterday evening. I am thrilled that you smashed thru your goal. Congratulations!! You deserve it!

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  70. Smiling from ear to ear for you...congratulations!! xoxoxoxoox

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  71. Sheryl,

    Congratulations! I am thrilled for you!

    I have been reading your blog for just a short time now (just since January) when I started Weight Watchers for the 2nd time. I'm also vegan and so much of what you say is so inspirational, especially when you write about plateaus and eating whole nutritious foods. I also like hearing about your struggles because I feel more "normal" when I know someone else has been there too. So THANK YOU so much for sharing your personal life with all of us strangers and know that you made a big difference in this vegan Weight Watcher's life!

    BTW, I'm 4 pounds from goal (total loss so far = 37)!

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  72. Congrats! Thanks for giving the rest of us hope!

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  73. Félicitations, ma chère! You're such an inspiration. You'll be in my "thank you" notes when I'll be on goal since discovering and reading your blog (still haven't read all of it) makes me want to be a better person. Thanks again. And biggest congratulations again!!!

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  74. Well done Sheryl!
    So glad you will continue blogging, you are so inspirational.
    xxx

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  75. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    I too have lost a lot of weight in the past year (55+ pounds). I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. I also had that light bulb moment when I turned 38! I have two kids, one of them a special needs child. They need me to be healthy and strong. That is what got me off the couch and running and eating better. WW also helped me, it taught me to eat smarter and to move.
    You are an inspiration, gorgeous and strong! and you look about 25! Congratulations - I know how hard it is.
    Kristen

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  76. Sheryl,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I am so happy for you. I welled up reading this, knowing how long and hard you have worked to make these changes in your life.

    You are a never ending source of motivation and inspiration. :) Thank you for sharing all of it with us. :)

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  77. I am so proud of you!!! I have been a long time reader of your blog but have always been silent. I too struggle with a lifetime of weight problems and you are such an inspiration. Whenever I go to NYC I secretly hope I'll spot you! Good luck and continued success in your journey!

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  78. Congrats!! You are such an inspiration!!

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  79. I am so happy for you. I know that sounds so ordinary, but it's true. You inspire me to keep going. I've gotten really down lately about the fact that his journey will never be over. I will always be a person dealing with food issues and staying on track. It's exhausting to think about, but I know I can do it if you can. I think you're great.

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  80. congratulations! love your blog...i think of you every time "i'm awesome" comes up on my running playlist and it gives me a boost no matter how tired :). i just reached goal a couple of months ago- it's scary, a little, but exhilarating, too! best wishes...

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  81. CONGRATS TO YOUUUUU!!!!!!

    (I'm totally sitting here crying at work as I read through this post. Blubbering like a baby. I just feel so emotional on your behalf!)

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  82. Congrats! I am so proud of you! I cannot wait to be in your awesome high heel shoes ;) HUGS!

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  83. Congratulations! You look spectacular.

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  84. HOLY MOLY RAVIOLI!!! I am so thrilled for you. And extremely jealous;)

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  85. Congratulations Sheryl! I am so proud of you, even though we've never met. I wanted to share that the week I made my WW goal, I lost 3+ pounds, much more than I had lost in previous weeks. I think the excitement of being so close ramps up your metabolism.

    This is an accomplishment that will live with you forever- I reached goal almost 10 years ago and still can't believe *I* did it! (And I've kept 90% of the weight off! =) )

    Enjoy enjoy enjoy the experience and I look forward to continuing to read your journey. You're probably heard this before- reaching goal is the start of a whole new adventure. And exercise is the key to maintaining weight loss (IMHO) so I know you're going to do great!

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  86. How wonderful and inspiring! I am happy dancing for you. Thanks for letting us share your journey.

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  87. I already posted above, but ... I walked by the T.V. yesterday and there was a beautiful, thin, raven-haired woman being interviewed. At first, I thought it was you. The best part is that it was actually Catherine Zeta-Jones! I wanted to share because I would definitely want to be told if someone mistook Catherine Zeta-Jones for *me*! :)

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  88. I've been reading your blog for quite a while and i'm so happy that you've made goal!! All that hard work was so worth it. And that smile in the picture on the bridge is priceless :)
    Once again congratulations and thank you for letting us follow your journey.

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  89. So proud of you, lady! You are truly an inspiration! My Polar Heart rate monitor arrived in the mail last night. It's an amazing little toy and I'm excited about using it for all of my workouts. Thank you for your wealth of information on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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  90. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    Congratulations! How exciting.

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  91. Congrats, Sheryl! We are all so amazed, inspired, and proud of all that you've accomplished!

    I'm so glad to hear that you won't be stopping your blog- I wasn't really worried that you would though, because I believe you when you say you've committed yourself to this lifelong journey- and this blog is part of it!

    I dont' care if you lose, gain, or what ... please continue to be yourself and enjoying your body and your life because you help me do the same thing for myself everyday (I'm not kidding!)

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  92. Congratulations! I cried through this entire blog. I am 1.2lbs away from goal weight (I've lost 95.6 on WW, 114 since my heaviest), and though I'd love for it to happen next Wednesday (exactly 18 months from starting WW) I know that it will happen when the time is right. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing with the confidence that the weight will come off. Congrats again on your amazing weight loss and for reaching goal weight. I look forward to following your journey as you continue with your new healthy lifestyle!

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  93. I "met" your blog only recently but I'm as excited as if I had done it myself. It is a long journey, a marathon... and you did it! I'm inspired and encouraged... and I love your perspective of NYC!

    *hugs*
    Heather

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  94. Congratulations! I love reading you blog and seeing your photos. You look amazing!!!

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  95. Oh, Sheryl, I'm crying, at work! Congratulations! You've waged a good fight. Keep up the battle! Thank you for not stopping your blog. I, for one, have come to rely on you for good, sound, and honest advice.

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  96. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    Congratulations, love!

    Your fans in Finland

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  97. I have been following your blog for over a year now. When I first started reading it I was at my highest weight ever. At Easter I felt like I had enough of being overweight so I rejoined WW. Since then I have lost 22 pounds and am 3 pounds from goal. I want to thank you for your blog from the bottom of my heart because your blog was always there for me when I needed it and it helped me realize that I really needed to do something about my weight problem now before I gained any more weight.

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  98. Woo-hoo! Congrats! Your post made me cry -- so happy that you are so happy!

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  99. Congratulations Sheryl! I am so very happy for you! You are a beautiful person inside and out and I am so glad to be able to see you reach your goal weight. I tell you everytime I comment, you are an inspiration and I am so glad I found your blog. I really hope to follow in your weight loss footsteps. xoxo!

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  100. Congrats Sheryl!!! You are a beautiful woman and should be so proud of yourself! You've now inspired me to go out and take a walk!

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  101. "Congratulations" doesn't seem enough to say after reading such a wonderful and inspiring post. :) So happy for your success!!!

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  102. When I grow up I want to be you. (By the by I'm 56 ) Congrats Sheryl, you deserve every wonderful thing that has happened to you. You have worked so hard, it gives me such inspiration to keep on trying.

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  103. Awesome job, Superfox. :)

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  104. i'm so incredibly happy for you! and i know that your positive (and realistic) attitude will help you maintain for the rest of your life! congrats, congrats, congrats!

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  105. Congrats sweetheart! I am sooo happy for you.

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  106. Congratulations!!!!!!

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  107. I am so happy for you! I have never been interested in WW... it didn't seem like something for me. But after following your blog for a few months, and I decided to try it. I've only been doing it for two days, but I have a feeling it's gonna work. Thanks for sharing this journey with us!

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  108. Congratulations! I'm so so so happy for you. Thank you for being such an awesome inspiration for all of us on our own weight loss journeys.

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  109. Congrats for reaching goal! That is a huge accomplishment and even though I don't know you except through your blog, I am proud and so happy for you!

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  110. With a klenix in hand, and blotting my eyes throughout...I must have said "good for her" at least 10 times. Your journey is a true testament to a lover a affair with yourself. So happy for you!!

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  111. I'm so happy for you!!!!!! You deserve it!

    Congrats.

    Your blog has inspired me and motivated me as I have been stuck for months over my goal (Lifetime member). Reading this made me realize I can do it. Thank you and congrats again.

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  112. I cried. You are such an inspiration! Congratulations!

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  113. Congratulations!!! Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. I too am fighting my way to a healthier me & am so, so happy that you achieved your goal.

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  114. Well Sheryl, all I can say is thanks for making me tear up at my desk 2 days in a row! This post was amazing, I missed your tweet from the meeting so went back to read it and that made me tear up too! You are so amazing, and a complete inspiration. I will be thinking of you when I weigh in tonight. I am so so glad you won't be finishing with this blog as well. I love your blogs and look forward to your posts!

    Congrats gal, you deserve it!! xoxoxo

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  115. Congratulations! Followed the link here from a blog on WW. So inspiring!

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  116. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    CONGRATS!! Just love your blog- you are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing yourself and your journey.

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  117. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    I am so incredibly proud of you! I feel like we are friends, although I don't believe I have ever even commented. I have been following your blog for 2 yrs now, but went back to read from the beginning when I found you. I am mentioned your blog/goals/inspirations to so many people who have joined WW & some have recently met their goal weights too! Keep your pretty chin up, your kick ass body kickin' and your wisdom flowing. Enjoy what you deserve!

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  118. Congratulations! Your post today seriously made me cry! I have been on weight watcher's since November 09 and have lost 50 lbs to date, but have been in a mental plateau for the past few weeks. You reaching goal has seriously remotivated me! your an inspiration to all!! XOXO

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  119. I had chills from this posting... and nearly cried. Congratulations and hold on to that feeling forever.

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  120. Congrats! I've only been reading your blog for a week or so, but you are such an inspiration. I'm currently on my own weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey, and you've helped light the way. Way to go.

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  121. Congratulations!!! You've worked very hard for this & you are such an inspiration to so many people. Thank you for sharing your journey and I look forward to more of your posts!

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  122. COngrats I am so happy for you, I am sat here grinning ear to ear xxx

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  123. Hi. You don't know me, but I recently found your blog, and I love it. I'm impressed that you reached goal, and I'm sure you'll keep it all off.

    And yes, your ass is pretty great.

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  124. I dont know how many more ways I can tell you just how proud I am for you. I am so excited for you and your well deserved success. You are simply amazing my dear Sheryl. xoxo- your little suzikins :)

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  125. Im simultaneously crying and grinning reading this, and my dad just looked at me like I'm crazy.
    But this is basically the best blog post I've ever read.

    And this is just going to cement in my mind what tends to go trhough my mind in hard workouts and eating weeks

    "If bitchcakes can do this, SO CAN I"

    and thats true inspiration.

    Thank you
    x

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  126. I cried reading this because I am just so happy for you! You have overcome so much and have reached your goal by working really hard. I truly appreciate that you share so much with us, and you make me feel like one day, I might be successful too.

    Congratulations!!!!!

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  127. As a closet blog reader (one who has never commented but been reading for quite some time) it is with great pride that my first comment to you is to CONGRATULATE you on your success! You look absolutely AMAZING!

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  128. I'm soooo proud of you!! You've worked so hard over the years and have built yourself an amazing, happy life!

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  129. I don't know if I have ever commented before but Congratulations!!! You kick ass and are a serious inspiration. I got teary reading your post and I just have to tell you that you are awesome. Great job and you look phenomenal. :)

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  130. Congratulations and thank you for your honesty, your problem solving skills and your don't quit attitude. :)

    You are proof positive that if you can change the way you think, you can change your entire life!

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  131. Oh Girl, I am crying uncontrollably, almost as if it were me reaching goal. What an incredible achievement. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey so openly. ((HUGS))

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  132. I know I'm late to the party, but I'll add another great big CONGRATULATIONS!
    Your blog is an inspiration to me.
    thanks
    Amy

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  133. You are awesome! Model indeed.

    You are going to be the best WW leader. I'd give a lot to have you as my WW leader. I've been on a plateau for the past 6 months, and only have 5lbs until goal. You provide me with more inspiration and information than my own WW leader.

    Your Hello Kitty cruiser brings the biggest smile to my face. My 6 year old daughter loves your blog too- we look at all our pictures of your bike.

    Thank you for all you do! And Congratulations!

    A supporter from Hawaii

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  134. Just reading the title to this posting caused tears to overflow from my eyes - that is incredible to have reached goal! You nailed it on the head about goal - it's a number but what's more important is the goal of living healthy and not condemning oneself for the occasional indulgence.

    I really want a bike more than ever! I live out in CA near the coast line and I've been wanting one for awhile now. I feel the same way about legs as you do, but I rarely even attempt skirts. Anyway, you're my true inspiration right now and I'm 27 going on 28 feeling that life is flying by and I'm not even sure where I fit in (literally).

    So thank you Sheryl for being a straight shooter! Keep on feeling incredible, inside and out :)

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  135. Congratulations!!! I am soo happy for you!Reading your blog and following your journey inspires me! I have lost 59 pounds so far! : )

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  136. You have me in tears! And greatly due to you and your blog, I am joining WW in the morning!

    Sherry

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  137. You look awesome girl! Congratulations !!!

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  138. I applaud you and give you a proud standing ovation!
    Of course I am in tears of happiness that you are finding the person you were meant to be. Keep enjoying the adventure.

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  139. Congratulations doesn't seem like it is enough of a word to offer you - this post glows with confidence and pride, and I teared up a little when it came to your thank you's. This moment is so deserved - relish it!

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  140. Hey! You know Ellen! She used to work at my company when I was in our Manhattan office years ago. Anyway, SO THRILLED FOR YOU! I'm so glad you pulled out of that mindset you were in and reached goal! Can't wait to welcome you to Lifetime Land!

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  141. Complete and utter AWESOMENESS!You are truly an inspiration!

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  142. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    I've followed your blog for a long time, but this is my first comment. Congratulations!! What a great accomplishment you've done for YOU! I'm a WW Lifetimer and as we say over on the maintenance board, "It's not how low you can go, it's how long you maintain". Welcome to the journey of Maintenance. You've earned it and deserve it :-) Learn to embrace the fluctuations as you stabilize your goal weight. I wish you all good things. Carol

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  143. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    This entry is amazingly touching and delightful. You are an incredible woman. Thank you for taking me along for the ride...I look forward to the next leg of the journey!

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  144. I'm pretty new to your blog. I found you by accident a few weeks ago, and have spent hours devouring your old posts trying to "catch up." You're beautiful, you're inspiring, and I'm so glad to have found you in time to see this incredible milestone.

    Congrats to you.

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  145. Hello! I am a new reader. I just wanted to let you know that you are an amazing woman! I am very happy for you! I went through some of your older posts, I'm glad you didn't give up after the first couple of tries. I love how you changed your hair style. So brave! You look amazing in whatever size! Congrats on meeting your goal weight.

    Justine
    www.justbettertogether.blogspot.com

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  146. AnonymousJuly 29, 2010

    You look drop dead gorgeous!!!!

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  147. I've been following you since Jan 2009, but this is my first comment to say: congratulations! You are one of the most positive and honest bloggers I have come across, and its wonderful to see the confidence, determination, and serenity that you have cultivated throughout your journey.

    While I congratulate you on reaching goal, I also want to point out that you also share the successes of everyone you have helped to inspire (including myself who, through a series of internet mishaps and serendipity, found your blog, got inspired, and lost 30 lbs!)

    Congratulations, and thank you :)

    Sita

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  148. Congratulations, you look AMAZING! <3

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  149. WOW congrats Sheryl!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for writing this blog, it is really helping me to continue on my own path to a healthy life! It seems so easy to slip back into life long old habits but just like you, I know I want to change for good, and I KNOW that this time is the time!!! (I’m in the plateau stage at the moment!) I’m only at 2008 in your posts because there is soo much to read. Haha! I admire so much your honesty, down-to-earthness , persistence and recipes!
    I would love to send you a gift if that’s ok? (don’t worry, nothing creepy!!!! ;-) Do you have a PO box or something?

    All the best, your reader and student, Anna.

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  150. 151 Comments - holly crap! You're a popular one.
    Anyway, I don't know where you would find the time to read all the comments left for you.. but I just had to leave you a comment... I love your style, you're writing style I mean as well as your personal dress style - it's super hawt.

    Your post was very inspirational. I feel a little more motivated after reading your posts - I guess it's time I stop fooling myself and get back into a proper exercise routine if I ever plan on reaching my goals.

    Thanks for the post.

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  151. Congratulations!
    I can totally believe you lost four pounds .. you look absolutely amazing in your excercise(and other) pictures this week.
    Well done Sheryl, you have worked long and hard and deserve every good thing that you are feeling right now.

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  152. Hey first off let me say (as I know you have heard it a million times but does it ever really get old?) CONGRATULATIONS! <3

    Second, do you work out at work? and if so, how do you manage to not look terrible and like you've just worked out afterwards?

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  153. I am having the same experience this week! My scale at home usually runs 1-2 pounds more than the WW scale.....and this week my home scale is showing my goal weight. Here's hoping and wishing that SAturday morning is my day! I've been waiting YEARS for this.......Congratulations to you! I've been foloowing your blog for a long time and it's so great to share this with you!

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  154. First of all, congratulations!!! I can't imagine how amazing you must be feeling. I got chills reading your posting. I was so excited for you. I happened to randomly find your blog this morning and am so glad. I hope to be in your position one day, but am at your starting point. I am just over 200 pounds at 27 and literally just yesterday started my own blog. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your story. Congrats again!

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  155. YOU are amazing, truly inspirational!!! I have been following your blog for only about a month or two now but I feel like I know you. I have lost 72lbs myself in the last 15 months, with a few more to go, I can relate to so much of what you talk about, your just so real and I love that! I want to add a link to your blog on my own blog if that's ok, so my friends can benefit from reading your blog also! Congratulation to you!!! :)

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  156. Congrats on reaching your goal weight. I'm new to your blog but always enjoy reading what you are up to and what you are eating. Such an inspiration!

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  157. What an Amazing post. Thanks for the cry and the push I needed to keep going. Someday I want to reach my goal weight so I can feel as good as you.

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  158. Wow, you are amazing.

    I can't wait to someday find myself experiencing that same kind of elation.

    You honestly inspire me, do you know that? :)

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  159. Congrats! I hope someday it can be me!

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  160. Seriously, I am crying reading this fabulous news! I would give you a big hug if I could. Congrats & enjoy this wonderful life! *Smiles*

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  161. I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award, go to my blog for the details...You are an inspiration....I ♥ reading your blog....Keep blogging away!!!!

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  162. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award, go to my blog to get the details! Thanks for being such an inspiration!!! ♥ your blog!!!

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  163. Thanks for the post. It is truly inspiring! Congratulations on reaching the goal weight! *claps*

    Quick questions, how did your tattoos respond to losing weight? I have a few -- going to get another tomorrow. They are in places that won't change too much, but I'm still curious.

    BTW, sportin' some awesome style, pretty lady!! I can't wait until I can fit into those pin up/rockabilly clothes ^_~

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  164. Congrats! I found your blog through Reen at Losing it for Life http://journey2succeed.blogspot.com/

    I too just reached goal after 3 years on weight watchers and just reached lifetime last weekend. It really is an amazing feeling after struggling with it for so long!

    And can I just say, you are too cute!!

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  165. I laughed. I cried. I don't even know you but I am so happy for you!

    Most of all, I really want to live in NYC and ride my bike all over just like you.

    You're an inspiration in more ways than one. Thank you!

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  166. I seriously think your my new favorite person! Your amazing, your strong, your beautiful, your inspiring and after all of this your still so humble with all your fans!

    I just came across your blog today and thank goodness I did - I dont know how my life functioned prior to your little blog - and I have only been following it going on 20 minute now :) *teehee*

    I will be following you daily and spending many many hours catching up on your blog life missy - Im so intrigued. So fabulous you are!

    I am giving some serious thought to posting a blog about my little life and its daily adventure. You have truly inspired me - Your brilliant.

    XOXO
    Yours Truly

    www.lahteadah.blogspot.com

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  167. Hi Sheryl...I've only recently found your blog, but I have to say that I have been incredibly inspired by your journey. As I read this post, I cried...for you and for myself. Thank you for allowing me to come along and experience all the anticipation, and doubts, and joys of your special day. I felt as if I was there with you. It also gave me a glimpse into what it would feel like for me to reach my goal weight with Weight Watchers. I have a long way to go, but I'm not at all worried about that. I'm just doing the next right thing and enjoying my own journey. Congratulations!!!

    Blessings,
    Kimberlynn

    http://mindingmyweigh.blogspot.com/

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  168. congratulations! i'm am very proud of you! awesome job and you look great in your outfits.

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  169. yay! good job! and your ass DOES look great!

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  170. Hello,

    Just a quick Congratulations!!!

    John

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  171. Hey, skinny interesting girl with style,
    That was EPIC! I've only just the one post after stumbing on it (by being nosy about other people's usernames)and ya made me cry too!

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  172. Amazing, awesome, wonderful, original, inspiring, beautiful, sassy... I don't have enough words to describe you! Congratulations on an amazing journey!

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  173. A big hug and congratulations to you. Way to go girl !!!!!

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  174. Well done, Sheryl! I knew you would do it! :)

    Yes, please do not stop the blog - sadly, losing weight is the easy part. Keeping it off...year after year...that is the hard part. It's been 3 years for me and I still find it a struggle. But I still go to my WW meetings, to inspire and be inspired. And you are such an inspiration, you need to keep going.

    This is only the start of the journey! And what an adventure it will be. :)

    So proud of you!

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  175. congratulations!

    i've been reading your blog for a while and i know it sounds daft i rarely comment as you get so many comments! (daft i know!)

    but i had to comment in your target post! well done and i found that peanut butter you posted about in my local tescos, i was almost drooling when i read that post and next expected to find it in the UK. So far i have been too scared to buy it as i don't think i could only limit myself to 1 spoonful and i'm not sure how bad it will be on my diet (Slimming World) but i suspect it will be truely horrendus.

    sorry i'm rambling - just wanted to say a big well done and i <3 your blog and hello kitty cruiser x

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  176. Congrats on making it to your goal :)

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  177. Huge congrats to you! What an inspiring read! I am a Lifetime member, although not at goal. After nearly 3 years I've spent in despair over my weight, I feel inspired I can once again get back to goal. Well done!

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  178. I already knew that you got to goal, but I'm finally just reading this post now. It brought me to tears. I'm so incredibly proud of you!!

    You're right, it doesn't end here... but I think you've made some pretty incredible changes and have the passion and determination to stay here! xo

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  179. You look fantastic! Congratulations...you should be proud and happy and feel wonderful! You look beautiful.
    I am looking forward to seeing my goal weight soon.

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  180. WOW! Holy Crap thats is awesome. Congratulations! I coughed out my nuts I was eating when I opened your blog. I wasnt expecting such awesome news. Keep up the great work! I cant wait to get there myself.
    Cheers
    Ang

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  181. I just got back from vacation and one of the first things I did was check your blog... YOU MADE IT!!!! Congratulations, Sheryl -- you ROCK!!!!!!

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  182. Okay, I need a Kleenex! I'm so happy for you!! Reaching goal is a huge, huge achievement! I was feeling down about my weight loss stalling, but reading your post was just the kick in the ass I needed to know that I can reach my goal, no matter how long it takes!

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  183. Your blog is a triumph and your story triumphant and inspiring. I've been following your story only for a few months but so happy to read your latest post. Well done, enjoy the glow and keep going for the burn! Congratulations, Scottish Nature Boy

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  184. I just found your blog...
    1. You don't look 35
    2. Congrats on getting goal
    3. I just blogged about how impatient I am with weight loss and how it sets me up for failure every time. It takes time. You started in 1989, which has to make getting to goal ever sweeter.

    I also did WW and I'd see these skinny ladies in there and think "why the fuck is she here." If I saw you in my meeting, I'd think the same thing not knowing your journey. This serves as a reminder not to judge a book by it's cover -- even it's a really fabulous one!

    Congrats, lady!

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  185. Obviously I can't respond to all your comments but I do read them all and THANK YOU so much!

    Crys- I just have to tell you - I'm not 35. I was 35 when I started. In a few days, I'll be 39. (so thanks!)

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  186. Can I just say..... WOW!!!!

    You truly look amazing and your journey is such an inspiration to me. Thank you for your honesty and all the hard work you have put into yourself. Your determination has shown me that I am capable of reaching my life's goal, including losing weight.

    Congratulations!!!

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  187. WOW LOOK AT YOU! You look so amazing! Congratulations on making goal and really sticking it out for quite a few years... something I didn't do but kinda "bowed out" and got the Dr's note after plateauing for almost 6 months. After reading about your motivation to finally get to goal it has re-stoked my fires to get my weight back down to my "Dr's note" goal then hopefully lower! I am on my way back down and determined to fight tooth and nail!

    I'm amazed that you have lost roughly 10lbs in 4-5 weeks at this stage of the game that is almost unheard of! Like I said, you area amazing.

    Thank you for being an inspiraton and continuing to be one!

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  188. Hey Sheryl,
    I read your goal post on my cell phone while on holiday.. Couldn't respond, but girl, I've been so happy for you and been thinking of you!
    Congrats, congrats. You are an inspiration, I am determined too shed those last 8 kgs myself. Wanted to get rid of them before my half marathon on October 10th, but I no better "you" changed my point of view: change habit and way of living and the rest will follow!
    Thanks foxy lady, for everything!

    Hugs from the country of beers Belgium,
    Kath aka Renée

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  189. You are an inspiration! Congratulations on that milestone... You look great! :)

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  190. Oh you definitely made me cry tears of joy right along with you. I'm so proud of you. Wow, it's been a great journey to this point, and I'm sure the best is yet to come. Thanks for having this blog. I've relied on it so much over the years. Your words even helped me get through some rough points after my divorce.

    Utterly, totally, fantastically proud of you.

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  191. I read your blog all the time, I'm a 31-year-old skinny guy who's never had a weight issue but for some reason I find your life and your drive and your "happy warrior" mentality so inspiring. Because of your blog I started bicycling again, which I hadn't done in years. Tonight I rode over the Brooklyn Bridge and thought of you. You rock!! Please keep blogging!

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  192. I've been lurking and reading your blog for sometime now. You are very inspiring! I just wanted to say "Congratulations!" I'm so happy for you! Good luck & I will still continue to read your blog!

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  193. I love your blog and I haven't read it for a couple of weeks, I'm so pleased I looked at it today!

    You are incredible and so inspirational to me on my own Weight Watchers journey.

    Thank you. x

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  194. Congratulations!!
    I follow your blog from Germany.
    Girl you look amazing!

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  195. I have been following your blog for a couple of months and truely you are a inspiration. I love catching up on your life and what is going on in your world. Congrats on making a great achievement. A reader from the South.
    Tracy

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  196. Sheryl,
    I saw this painting and it reminds me of you and your bike:
    http://janethillstudio.com/portfolio.html

    Karenne Saylor

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  197. OMG!!! YAY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so exciting. I was actually crying while reading this post. I'm so happy for you. Enjoy those feelings of happiness, giddiness, disbelief, shock, pride, amazement, confidence and everything else that must be surging through your veins. You have always been beautiful but I think now you can see what everyone else already saw. I'm looking forward to seeing where this journey takes you now. CONGRATS!!!

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