Lifetime!!!!!

Yesterday was a BIG day for me in my weight loss journey – no pun intended. As many of you know, last month I hit my goal weight after two years, two months, and nine days of following Weight Watchers, and yesterday marked six weeks of maintaining that goal. That means I achieved Lifetime status  – the ultimate goal of any Weight Watcher and something I never imagined myself being able to say! Outside of completing my first half marathon which was a big moment for me in feeling like I really had changed my life, hitting goal and achieving Lifetime have been two of the most monumental days in my life.

It’s hard to believe that seven years ago, this was me:

And now, I looked like this:

I found a big stack of photos in my apartment the other day when I was cleaning a drawer out, and I hadn’t seen them in years and years. I was glad to have found them because at my meeting yesterday after weighing in, I was asked to give a speech about hitting Lifetime, what it means for me, and what I’ve learned along the way.

I remembered to bring some of these photos with me in anticipation of that speech, because a lot of people who aren’t aware of how much I have struggled with my weight have no idea how far I’ve come.

They don’t know how much I hid behind my obesity and stood on the sidelines of my own life. They don’t know how hard it was for me to be the fat sister, daughter, friend, girlfriend, or coworker and how much I was hurting inside.

I am just not that girl anymore. Sure, that’s ME in those photos somehow, but I am so different now that I can barely remember how I lived my life back then.

One question I get asked a lot is if I’m scared about gaining it back. And the truth is – no, I’m not. Sure, I may struggle with five or ten pounds here or there, in fact I’d be more surprised if I don’t struggle with maintaining my goal weight within a few pounds. That said, I am SUCH a different person now than I was, and there is no way I’m going back there. Though the changes on the outside are easy to see, it’s the changes on the inside that are the most important.

I feel like I’ve finally become an active player in my life instead of just letting life happen to me. I’ve created my own opportunities, I’ve challenged myself in ways I never had before, and I’ve learned to expect nothing but the best from myself. Developing that confidence in myself and my ability to do ANYTHING (Hell, I’m running a marathon this year!) is one of the biggest ways I’ve changed on the inside.

In case you’re curious about logistics, here’s what I got at my meeting yesterday:

A Lifetime Pocket Guide, a Lifetime Membership card, and a key charm symbolizing my status as a Lifetime member.

To treat myself, I went and got a manicure afterwards with shellac, which is supposed to last 2 weeks with no chipping!

I’m planning on doing a few other things for myself to celebrate, but for now I’m just trying to enjoy the moment and let it all soak in.

I’m Lifetime!!!!

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80 Comments on Lifetime!!!!!

  1. Katie Photiadis
    June 24, 2011 at 8:38 am (6 years ago)

    CONGRATS BETH!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing accomplishment!!! You should definitely celebrate over the weekend =)

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  2. Mb
    June 24, 2011 at 8:43 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats Beth! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog since it was shared with me by a friend. You’ve come a long way and you are so inspiring! I really like what you said in this post about being, “more surprised if I don’t struggle with maintaining my goal weight within a few pounds.” You’ve found your healthy zone and it’s clear you’ll work to stay within it. Congrats on being Lifetime!

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  3. experiencelifewithme
    June 24, 2011 at 8:46 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations!!! I can’t wait until the day I can say those words!

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  4. Beyond Bananas
    June 24, 2011 at 8:47 am (6 years ago)

    So SO happy for you Beth. It is awesome that you are no longer on the sidelines of life.. because that is no way to live! You have truly changed your life.. and added years to your life. Celebrate your success…you have done something truly amazing!
    (And.. let us know if the shallac really lasts 2 weeks 🙂 )

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  5. Linda
    June 24, 2011 at 8:48 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations, I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to reading about your journey as you maintain your weight and healthy lifestyle.

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  6. Sarah
    June 24, 2011 at 8:51 am (6 years ago)

    Beth, This is HUGE!!! SO amazing. This actually is the first time I have ever commented, but I really am proud of you (without ever even having met you except your writing.) It’s a huge deal, a huge accomplishment, and the symbol of a lot of hard work. Give yourself lots of treats like that manicure this weekend… you deserve it!

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  7. Sue
    June 24, 2011 at 8:53 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations! I just recently subscribed to your blog but have read past posts of yours, it’s been quite moving. What a ride it’s been for you. You’re a great inspiration to everyone! Thanks for sharing your journey.

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  8. Ashleigh
    June 24, 2011 at 8:57 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats! You look fabulous and have worked so hard. Such an inspiration!

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  9. Marci
    June 24, 2011 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment that you’ll always have. Love your story.

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  10. Amanda
    June 24, 2011 at 9:05 am (6 years ago)

    You look fantastic! you should be so proud of yourself! Congratulations!

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  11. Bridget
    June 24, 2011 at 9:11 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats!!!

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  12. Liz
    June 24, 2011 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    CONGRATS BETH!!! I’m so proud of you 🙂

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  13. Christine (Merf)
    June 24, 2011 at 9:17 am (6 years ago)

    You look so beautiful, but I especially love reading about the changes on the inside, about how you are a happier and healthier person not only physically but also mentally. Congratulations!

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  14. Stephanie
    June 24, 2011 at 9:19 am (6 years ago)

    I’m so happy for you!!!! Congrats!

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  15. Summah
    June 24, 2011 at 9:33 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth! You are an incredible inspiration 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. Karen
    June 24, 2011 at 9:36 am (6 years ago)

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    I am going to go back and read this a few times. I need to remember what it really is that I am changing with this journey. Not just the pant size, but everything inside too.

    Congrats again!

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  17. Jill
    June 24, 2011 at 9:41 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations! You must feel so amazingly good about yourself!!! Nothing feels better than being proud of yourself!!! I look forward to sharing maintenance with you!!!!!!!

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  18. learningwithliz
    June 24, 2011 at 9:52 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats! I hit lifetime in October and so struggle with 5 to 10 pounds, but reaching lifetime is more than just the weight loss. enjoy every moment.

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  19. Elisabeth
    June 24, 2011 at 9:54 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats!! Such an achievement to have reached your goal and truly be living now.

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  20. Kate Walsh
    June 24, 2011 at 10:15 am (6 years ago)

    I loved seeing all those before photos, you look so amazing now. But, I love even more hearing the confidence in your words. Congratulations on just totally changing your life and making such wonderful choices. You are an inspiration to me – and I’m sure MANY others. Thank you for sharing your tips and the story of your journey!

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  21. Melissa
    June 24, 2011 at 10:15 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats again on reaching Lifetime! You’ve worked so hard and shared your journey with all your readers. It’s so great to see you finally reach your goal. Enjoy all your celebrations!!!

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  22. Happy When Not Hungry
    June 24, 2011 at 10:33 am (6 years ago)

    CONGRATS BETH!!!! That is wonderful! Your before and after pictures are amazing. You’ve worked so hard… definitely treat yourself this weekend 🙂

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  23. TaterTot
    June 24, 2011 at 10:38 am (6 years ago)

    I am, of course, proud of you for all that you have achieved.

    But I’m especially thankful that you are sharing your struggle — because in the pictures, it would be easy to think that you were happy, and so many of us put on a brave face when we’re feeling anything but confident inside.

    You are an amazing role model and I know that you will just keep on inspiring people now that you have hit such a big goal!

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  24. katie
    June 24, 2011 at 10:45 am (6 years ago)

    congratulations!!

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  25. Doran
    June 24, 2011 at 10:53 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats! You are an inspiration!

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  26. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
    June 24, 2011 at 10:59 am (6 years ago)

    Beth, you are an inspiration! Congratulations on reaching such an enormous goal. That’s really something to be proud of!

    Btw, I got a shellac manicure 2 weeks ago today, and mine still looks perfect, so they really do work! 😉

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  27. Dana
    June 24, 2011 at 11:05 am (6 years ago)

    You look absolutely fantastic and it’s so exciting that you made lifetime 🙂 love your blog, keep up the good work!!!

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  28. Latina Barbi
    June 24, 2011 at 11:07 am (6 years ago)

    YOU ROCK!! I can’t wait to be able to say those same words. MUAH!

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  29. Amy @ Conquering Self
    June 24, 2011 at 11:08 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats on reaching lifetime status!!! That is truly such an amazing accomplishment. You continue to inspire so many who reach out to read your blog to see another example of someone who’s “been there”.
    I wanted you to know that I was inspired by your tuna burgers you posted about yesterday and so last night I created my own variation using salmon. Again something I would have never thought to do with fish until I saw your post. Stop over and check out the recipe if you get a chance!!
    Congrats again!

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  30. Anita Richardson
    June 24, 2011 at 11:13 am (6 years ago)

    Way to go Beth! This is my first visit to your blog and what a great day to find it. I am a “serial” WW and this go ’round I’m at 56 pounds lost (appr. 60 to go). This time feels different to me and I too am gaining the self-confidence and shedding not only the visible fat, but the invisible issues that have kept me in a prison of self-defeat. I am so happy that you conquered this at a young age. I am almost 48 years old – but feeling younger every day. Thanks for the inspiration, your post brought tears to my eyes – tears of happiness for you!

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  31. dani
    June 24, 2011 at 11:20 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations!!! I can’t say it enough, you’re amazing!!

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  32. Joanna
    June 24, 2011 at 11:39 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats Beth!!!!!!! How amazing for you, you should be SO proud of yourself. You’ve become an inspiration to me in my own weight loss journey, and I shed a tear reading your post today. Thank you again for your honesty every single day! You have no idea how much your blog helps its readers.

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  33. Lisa
    June 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth!!! That is so cool that you are lifetime. I wish I had some sort of “Yay I made it” thing like WW does with the Lifetime honor…but since I did it on my own I just have to say “go me”. 🙂

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  34. kerrycooks
    June 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Well done Beth! You look amazing!

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  35. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    June 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth! I’m so happy for you! You are seriously an inspiration 🙂

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  36. braverealworld
    June 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations!! I have been reading your blog for a long time, so it’s very exciting to see you reach this goal that you have been working towards for so long!

    You are an inspiration to me, and I thank you for being so honest about your journey. I hope you enjoy celebrating this milestone!

    I also love the shellac manicures – they really do last longer.

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  37. Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic
    June 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh wow! Congratulations! I’ve dreamed so many times about what it would be like to achieve lifetime. You deserve it, and you definitely deserve to celebrate.

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  38. Chase
    June 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment!! Ps love the nail color!

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  39. Karen
    June 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm (6 years ago)

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you Beth!!!!!! What an amazing accomplishment. 🙂

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  40. Melinda
    June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations! That is a great achievement!

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  41. Julie
    June 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats Beth!

    Thanks for the inspiring post 🙂

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  42. Jacqueline Lewis-Lyons
    June 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations! Your work and determination really paid off and you are quite an inspiration!

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  43. Gwen
    June 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm (6 years ago)

    You are amazing. You are inspiring. You are lifetime! Way to go girl! I think it is so hard for people to know where we come from after losing such a significant amount of weight and learning so much about ourselves. You’ve really hit my feelings on the head for sure. I can’t wait to join you there someday! HUGS

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  44. Jenny
    June 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Beth, congratulations! I love the blog and it’s such an inspiration to me as I continue on my journey.

    And because it’s worth repeating: Congratulations!!!!

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  45. Katie
    June 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm (6 years ago)

    From the bottom of my heart, I am truly so happy for you. You look amazing, but I think we both know that the changes made come from deep inside. Congratulations!

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  46. Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)
    June 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm (6 years ago)

    CONGRATS Beth!! I am so proud of you. It has been amazing watching you work so hard for this. No one deserves it more!! xoxo

    Ps.. bummed we didn’t see eachother again at FitBloggin!! Are you going to HLS?

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  47. Ang
    June 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations! It is so awesome to see your hard work pay off!

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  48. cindylu
    June 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats. Last year, I remember feeling a little shy about going up to speak when I got my Lifetime key and stuff. I switched meetings about two thirds of the way through my WW process (about 16 months) and none of the people at the second meeting had known me when I first walked in 60 lbs heavier. I didn’t bring photos, but that seems like a great idea to show people how far you’ve come.

    I’m with you. Maintaining isn’t easy. I easily gained back some and have been +5-10 for the last year. However, I can’t see myself gaining it all back as long as I remain active and stick to the habits I’ve already learned.

    I didn’t get a special Lifetime Pocket Guide, just the card and key 🙁

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  49. caitlingrams
    June 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats Beth! Such a huge accomplishment. It is so hard to see you in those older photos – you look so much happier now.
    I totally relate to your feelings on fear of gaining it back – while I may struggle with 5 or 10 pounds here or there, I will never go back to the 45+ pounds I have lost since my life is so drastically different, and it’s not just about food and exercise.
    You are such an inspiration! I have about 5 pounds to lifetime and you are one of the main reasons I know I can do it! 🙂

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  50. linzlikewhoa
    June 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Amazing! Congratulations, Beth, celebrate it up!

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  51. SlimKatie @ Runs for Cookies
    June 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm (6 years ago)

    That is SOOO exciting!! A huge congrats to you! You’ve accomplished something that most people only dream of.

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  52. Kathy @ newlywedindc
    June 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations! I love what you said about the changes on the inside being more important than the changes on the outside. You really are an inspiration.

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  53. Amanda
    June 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Congrats on your accomplishment! That is so inspiring/amazing!

    PS – Enjoy the manicure! They last forEVER and are so worth the extra $$! If I could, I would get these done alllllll the time!

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  54. Kelly Kokoska
    June 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm (6 years ago)

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!! that is so awesome. You are such an great role model for so many. Stay motivated and others will follow you.

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  55. Kelli
    June 24, 2011 at 10:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth!! I hope to be posting this same post some day. You should be very proud!

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  56. Melissa (@MelGetsFit)
    June 25, 2011 at 12:33 am (6 years ago)

    WTG Beth!!!! I’m so proud of you and glad we got to meet in person at FitBloggin’! You are such an inspiration!!

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  57. sarahsscrumptioussamplings
    June 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

    CONGRATULATIONS! You look beautiful no matter what you weigh but there’s an extra glow of health now that you’ve made lifetime. Congrats girl 🙂

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  58. Angie
    June 26, 2011 at 7:52 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats Beth! I just started reading your blog when you hit goal and am so excited to see you achieve lifetime. I have been doing WW for some time now but I am determined not to give up. The new Points+ program restarted my motivation and my weight loss. I can’t wait till I hit lifetime too! Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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  59. Jennifer
    June 27, 2011 at 11:09 am (6 years ago)

    Congratulations, Beth!!! You have done an amazing job, and I’ve loved reading about it.

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  60. OliePants
    June 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations!! I’m so proud of you and you look nothing less than AMAZING!! I heard of that 2 week nail polish. Tell me how it goes – my friend is doing it for her wedding.

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    • Beth
      June 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you!! Day five on the nail polish and still going strong! =)

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  61. Jetty
    June 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Amazing! Congratulations! It’s so inspiring. 🙂

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  62. Weighting For 50
    June 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth!!!! You are an inspiration!

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  63. Kristin D
    June 29, 2011 at 10:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

    I have about 30 lbs. to go until goal (30 gone already!) and reading your blog keeps me inspired! Thanks!

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  64. Cate
    June 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth! That is awesome! I love reading about other’s weight loss success – it is great motivation for me to keep going. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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