Cindylee Lost 112 Lbs in 7 Months!

kimkins cindylee successStart: 312 Lbs
Final: 200 Lbs
Total Loss: 112 Lbs
How Long: 100 pounds in 7 months
Start Pants Size: 32
Current Pants Size: 16
Start Top Size: 28
Current Top Size: 14
BMI: 50 to 31
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My journey started as kind of a stroke of fate on June 3, 2007 feeling like most people who are classified as Morbidly Obese. I’d been on a steady climb to my highest weight ever and depressed from seeing pictures of myself from my Panama Canal cruise in April. I remembered all those usual problems that plague the MO [morbidly obese], like fitting into the airline seat, asking the flight attendant for an extender, not being able to do some of the activities because there was a weight limit. Humiliating.
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I was feeling very lonely and sorry for myself. I had just turned 50 years old in May and had planned to walk the Portland Marathon for my big to-dah, and came down with an injury preventing me from doing so. My thought was the big ta-dah could also help me get 30 or 40 pounds off.
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I had been telling myself that I would be happy with that for years. I never let myself dream about losing 100 pounds. You see, I had totally convinced myself that I was too old to try to lose anymore then that. I would never be able to keep it off. And I told myself “I am happy with my self just the way I am, and if no body else agrees, well “screw them.”
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I was definitely at my lowest point ever, positive I would never lose the weight. I was now at my highest weight, 312 pounds, just turned the big 5-0, never been married, no children, and just plain sick of people always starring at me like I was physically deformed or something.
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I digress. On June 3, 2007 I was in the checkout line buying my 5th pound of M&M’s in 3 days and noticed the cover of Woman’s World magazine and it says lose “100 pound in 5 months”, “no bypass surgery” etc. (I had already ruled out bypass surgery because I know so many who even though they lost right away, they gained it back and were in the same boat again). So I purchased the magazine and went straight home and began reading, while eating the M&M’s, of course.
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My interest was piqued since it was a low carb plan, and I kind of wanted to prove it wrong, too. But the [Kimkins] plan really made sense about going low fat. Every time I went on the usual low carb diets I always lost 20-25 pounds and then would stall out. So then I checked out the website, joined either on the 3rd or 4th and started my new way of eating on June 5, 2007 and as they say… “The rest is history.”
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Somewhere along the line, I assume because I saw the weight melting off and 112 pounds actually looked possible, I took on a whole new attitude and started talking to my self about never going back to the way I ate before.
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I recognized that sugar and starchy carbs are an addiction for me — my Heroin. And I knew that if I did not decide to do things differently from now on that I would gain the weight back. So I started to tell myself that I will not die not knowing what chocolate and all the other goodies I use to medicate myself with taste like. I will not die from deprivation.
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My head finally got in the game this time. And especially if I keep the weight off I will get to experience something I have never experienced before … “Thin-dom.”
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After reaching 103 pounds off I began to eat more traditional low carb and have become very comfortable. I do not feel deprived. Food does not call to me or haunt me anymore. I know that I can do this just as long as I do not touch sugar again. I have stayed cheat free from Day 1.
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I made a charm bracelet as I lost the weight to mark my progress in my journey. It turned out so beautiful that whenever I wear it strangers ask me about it and I get to tell my story. My nephew thought it was so beautiful and meaningful he used a picture of it as my logo for my jewelry business. It has 52 crystals to represent the first year cheat free and 11 gold heart charms the represent 10 pounds lost each.
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It took me 7 months to get 100 pounds off and I maintained in that general area just by eating more Atkins like and whenever I felt “puffy” went back on Kimkins for a few days. I have done lots of traveling and dining out with friends and holidays and I find I can move around in the world just fine this way. I look at sugar and starchy carbs as something I am allergic to and just stay away from.
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The world is very low carb friendly and can bend around my needs easily. It has actually been quite empowering. Food owned me until I found Kimkins. And now I can enjoy food, but it doesn’t control me. I have not gone out of my way to imitate old food choice in a low carb way. I have just found new low carb options that I get enjoyment out of, but do not use to “medicate” any emotional needs. I finally take responsibility for my emotional needs.
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There is one really unfair thing about losing this much weight though, and that is you liked yourself naked better fat then thin. One of my [Kimkins] forum buddies called it “looking like a shar pei puppy”. So I started saving money and planning for plastic surgery to repair the damage the higher weight had done to my body. It was finally time this last June to get my first surgery scheduled for September. So my sprint to the finish began. Wanting to reach my original goal before the first surgery I went back on strict Kimkins heading towards my surgery date.
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So, the final phase of my recovery began. I had a tummy tuck on September 29, 2009. The next surgery will be in January and the last next summer. The morning of my surgery I had 105 pounds off and I told my surgeon the last 7 pounds was up to her. She made sure they told me in recovery that she had removed 7 pounds 3 ounces. I had met my goal of 112 pounds off.
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I have lost 35% of my original body weight and went from a BMI of 50 to 31. My original pant size was 32. I now wear a 16. My original top size was 28 and I am now a 14.
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It is now only 4 weeks since the surgery, I still have a lot of swelling and I still look great. I cannot totally rely on the scale for maintaining for up to a year because of the swelling and it takes that long for the body to finish the job. So I will only get better and better over the next year. With the swelling I weighed 201 this morning, so I may have had one last whoosh since my surgery date and the very light eating that first week after.
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It is a little strange to think that I do not have to diet anymore, I have never been on a maintenance plan before … but it is a nice new place to be.
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Losing the weight is phenomenal all in itself, but what I have gained is a whole [Kimkins] community of friends who are so supportive. We all know what each other is feeling and have felt. We all know what it is like for food to “own” us, call to us and control us! Whether we have 15 pounds or 150 pounds to lose, we understand and are each others life preserver.
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My new friends are a great variety of truly lovely, smart and beautiful women. And I do mean beautiful. Some of us may have been hiding from the world for years, but are now sharing our pictures of before and after showing how beautiful we are on the outside as well as the inside. Most of all, finally accepting we are beautiful on the outside.
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I look forward to the future in a way I never have before. Instead of brooding about what I have missed out on, I am now always excited to see what is around the corner for me. I plan to not look this gift horse in the mouth and make the last half of my life more wonderful and exciting then I ever thought would be possible.
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I was always beautiful, but now I am healthy, too. And loving every minute!

UPDATE 2012:

“Hi Kimmer,

Just wanted to say hello. My 5 year anniversary of hitting 100 pounds lost is coming up this January (2013). My total loss with diet and surgeries is 120 pounds. I will send pics then and maybe an update to my story. People tell me all the time that they see testimonial on the site.  As always, thank you so much for providing the knowledge and the”forum”that helped me grab control of my life back.”

Cindylee aka Cosmogal

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