Two Years, Two Months, Nine Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

It was not easy.

It was not fast.

It was not perfect.

It is not over.

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

132 Comments on Two Years, Two Months, Nine Days

  1. Katie Photiadis
    May 13, 2011 at 8:32 am (9 years ago)

    CONGRATS BETH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  2. Grace
    May 13, 2011 at 8:34 am (9 years ago)


  3. Mary
    May 13, 2011 at 8:40 am (9 years ago)

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

  4. Katie
    May 13, 2011 at 8:47 am (9 years ago)

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

  5. Chad @ thebreakupnote
    May 13, 2011 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

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

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

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

  6. Amanda
    May 13, 2011 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    Way to go!!! Congratulations!

  7. EatMoreMeatLess
    May 13, 2011 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

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

  8. Liz
    May 13, 2011 at 9:04 am (9 years ago)

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

  9. Michelle
    May 13, 2011 at 9:04 am (9 years ago)


  10. Beth
    May 13, 2011 at 9:04 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations!!! That is an awesome accomplishment!!

  11. Ashley
    May 13, 2011 at 9:08 am (9 years ago)

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

  12. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    May 13, 2011 at 9:14 am (9 years ago)

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

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

  13. SuzyQ
    May 13, 2011 at 9:20 am (9 years ago)

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

  14. Sydney
    May 13, 2011 at 9:22 am (9 years ago)


  15. zimzimmie1
    May 13, 2011 at 9:26 am (9 years ago)

    Amazing, Beth! Absolutely AMAZING!

  16. Happy When Not Hungry
    May 13, 2011 at 9:31 am (9 years ago)

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

  17. Lisa @ lisalettinggo
    May 13, 2011 at 9:33 am (9 years ago)

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

  18. Amber
    May 13, 2011 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

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

  19. Stephanie
    May 13, 2011 at 9:38 am (9 years ago)

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

  20. sarah
    May 13, 2011 at 9:45 am (9 years ago)

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

  21. Cassie
    May 13, 2011 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment!

  22. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats
    May 13, 2011 at 9:52 am (9 years ago)

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

  23. Morgan @ Becoming Rooks
    May 13, 2011 at 9:54 am (9 years ago)

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

  24. Jessica
    May 13, 2011 at 10:01 am (9 years ago)

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

  25. beyondbananas
    May 13, 2011 at 10:11 am (9 years ago)

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

  26. holly
    May 13, 2011 at 10:13 am (9 years ago)

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

  27. Andrea Ruege
    May 13, 2011 at 10:16 am (9 years ago)

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

  28. Katie
    May 13, 2011 at 10:31 am (9 years ago)

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

  29. Ivie
    May 13, 2011 at 10:35 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats! Your hair looks so cute, btw!

  30. Sue Klein
    May 13, 2011 at 10:39 am (9 years ago)

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



  31. Natasha
    May 13, 2011 at 10:43 am (9 years ago)

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

  32. Sarah
    May 13, 2011 at 10:46 am (9 years ago)

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

  33. Beth
    May 13, 2011 at 10:51 am (9 years ago)

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

  34. Jennifer
    May 13, 2011 at 10:52 am (9 years ago)

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

  35. Katy
    May 13, 2011 at 10:52 am (9 years ago)

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

  36. Katie
    May 13, 2011 at 10:58 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth!

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

  37. cristina
    May 13, 2011 at 11:07 am (9 years ago)

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

  38. Ashleigh
    May 13, 2011 at 11:22 am (9 years ago)

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

  39. Bobbi
    May 13, 2011 at 11:25 am (9 years ago)

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

  40. Theodora
    May 13, 2011 at 11:41 am (9 years ago)

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

  41. Lyn @ Life Lyn Style
    May 13, 2011 at 11:43 am (9 years ago)

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

  42. Kendall (On An Inhale)
    May 13, 2011 at 11:48 am (9 years ago)

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

  43. CC
    May 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm (9 years ago)

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

  44. MB
    May 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm (9 years ago)

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

  45. Lisa
    May 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago)

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

  46. Jamie
    May 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats!!!! You look great!

  47. Karen
    May 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm (9 years ago)

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

  48. Hayley (Oat Couture)
    May 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm (9 years ago)

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

  49. Maura
    May 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats to such a strong, inspiring woman.

  50. Sarah
    May 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm (9 years ago)

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

  51. Linda
    May 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  52. definediana
    May 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm (9 years ago)

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

  53. greensandjeans
    May 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm (9 years ago)

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

  54. Dee
    May 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm (9 years ago)

    That is a great story, and congrats!

  55. cindylu
    May 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm (9 years ago)

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

  56. Kelly
    May 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm (9 years ago)

    GAH!!! CONGRATS!!!!!

  57. Mindy Lipsky
    May 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)


  58. Kathleen
    May 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm (9 years ago)

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

  59. Colleen
    May 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm (9 years ago)

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

  60. Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon
    May 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm (9 years ago)

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

  61. Nina
    May 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm (9 years ago)

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

  62. Nina
    May 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm (9 years ago)

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

  63. Jane
    May 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm (9 years ago)

    You’re an inspiration! Congratulations!

  64. midgetkeeper
    May 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm (9 years ago)

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

  65. Ang
    May 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm (9 years ago)

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

  66. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    May 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm (9 years ago)

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

  67. Emily
    May 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm (9 years ago)

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

  68. Angela
    May 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm (9 years ago)

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

  69. Robin
    May 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm (9 years ago)

    Standing ovation! Way to go!!!

  70. Jenny
    May 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm (9 years ago)

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

    • Jenny
      May 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm (9 years ago)

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

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

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

  71. Ryann
    May 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm (9 years ago)

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

  72. Shannon
    May 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm (9 years ago)

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

  73. Heather
    May 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm (9 years ago)

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

  74. Vanessa
    May 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm (9 years ago)

    OMG!!!! congrats Beth!!! Thats so awesome!

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

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

  75. Harold Tracy
    May 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm (9 years ago)

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

  76. naturalandbalanced
    May 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm (9 years ago)

    congratulations! that is amazing!!

  77. Amy @ Conquering Self
    May 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm (9 years ago)

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

  78. carlee
    May 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm (9 years ago)

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

  79. Sarah
    May 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment!

  80. Brittany
    May 14, 2011 at 1:16 am (9 years ago)

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

  81. The Teenage Taste
    May 14, 2011 at 8:49 am (9 years ago)

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

  82. Weighting For 50
    May 14, 2011 at 8:53 am (9 years ago)

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

  83. Amanda
    May 14, 2011 at 9:19 am (9 years ago)

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

  84. Melissa
    May 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm (9 years ago)

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

  85. Katie
    May 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm (9 years ago)

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

  86. Kristi
    May 15, 2011 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

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

  87. thecookiebattle
    May 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm (9 years ago)

    How inspiring! Congratulations!

  88. Patty
    May 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm (9 years ago)

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

  89. Shannon [Tropical Eats]
    May 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm (9 years ago)

    got goosebumps reading this!!!


    you are AMAZING and i <3 you!

  90. Lori
    May 16, 2011 at 8:44 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations!! That is so wonderful!

  91. kerrycooks
    May 16, 2011 at 9:23 am (9 years ago)

    Wow congratulations Beth!! You look so beautiful

  92. Amanda
    May 16, 2011 at 9:51 am (9 years ago)

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

  93. Jessica
    May 16, 2011 at 11:08 am (9 years ago)

    You are such an inspiration to me!!

  94. Lili
    May 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm (9 years ago)

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

  95. Carmen Whittaker
    May 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm (9 years ago)

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

  96. Kandi
    May 17, 2011 at 9:17 am (9 years ago)

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

  97. Christine
    May 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm (9 years ago)

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

  98. Anonymous
    May 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm (9 years ago)

    This is truly inspiring! 🙂

  99. Michael
    February 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm (9 years ago)

    This is so inspirational. I have been hating the new plan and using it as an excuse to slack off and then be angry with myself for juggling the same 2 pounds since December. After readingsome recipes, and reading your blog I’m finding some self-motivation.

  100. Emily
    March 15, 2012 at 8:33 am (9 years ago)

    Beth, I just have to tell you how your story has really hit home for me. I started weight watchers on January 5th 2012, and I was 227.4 lbs. I have started walking and kept strict to the plan and have lost 23+ pounds so far, and reading your story has really encouraged me to keep going. You are amazing girl and I really appreciate you putting it all out there. I am about to read your “how I started running” post, because it is my goal to run a 5k, and I think you’re just the person to get me started 🙂 Thanks again, I really enjoy reading your posts!


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