Haley’s 150 Lbs & Goal Before and Afters

Here they are, Haley’s amazing 150 lbs gone and goal photos.

HaleyGoalPose2Losing 150 lbs in 14 months is no easy matter. Yes, our diet will help anyone do it, but the truth is, it takes a clear desire, a want, that many just give up on. Haley doubted it many times, she thought: I’m sick of dieting, I’m sick of weighing, I just want to be normal!  There were a few times she just skimmed by on weight loss to continue her free status at camp after winning the 100 lb challenge. There were times she just broke and completely ate off plan.

Oh, no, are you disappointed she wasn’t perfect? Don’t be.

In all of our minds, dieting is temporary. The day to day of dieting for 14 months straight is tough. So how did she do it?

Haley never gave up. Yes, she wanted to, many times, but she never did. She would get back up each and every time, ask for support, talk about how she was feeling, how overwhelmed she felt at times, how sick and tired she was of dieting. Then she would take a deep breath, get back on her plan, and push through. Haley wanted this.

She wanted to be a runner, an active mom, a woman who could be proud of what she had done. It didn’t matter how much her fat brain tried to convince her she didn’t really want this or even that she was incapable of getting it, she knew in her heart what she wanted, so she fought, sometimes tooth and nail, and finished this off.

Everyone at camp who watched this transformation is in awe of her strength, her perseverance, and her dedication to herself.

Here is what she wrote to the ladies at camp after they saw her before and afters:

HaleyGoalPose3Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate all of your lovely comments  Everyone here is so capable of doing this. I am so not special in any way, shape or form. I struggled so many times because it is very hard to change habits and behaviors that you have had for so long. But really, that’s all it is, just working hard to change all those bad habits we’ve had for years and years. Just keep doing the work, every day, and the change will start to happen. Your brain will start to accept that this is the new you, and it will get easier and easier with each passing day, and before you know it, you will be at your goal weight too! I am rooting for every single one of you!

Here is something TinaBee wrote to her in the B&A section at camp. It is basically the theme of all the comments.

I have been waiting with baited breath to see these B&A’s of yours, Haley! Not only have you climbed Mt. Everest, but you put a big flag on top! You have reminded everyone that if we are willing to believe in ourselves and push past our Fat Brain comfort zones….. ALL things are possible! Thank you for sharing your continuing journey with us! You are truly the definition of an inspiration!

Haley has inspired us all to look at our dreams, our goals, and even when things ahead look scary and uncertain, to know that if we don’t give up. If we just keep fighting, we can all do as Haley has done: Be the woman we dreamed of for so many years of our lives.

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When you look at these photos take into account that the perspective in the before and afters are the same, so is the pixel width of each comparison. Note in all of the photos, how much less space our beautiful Haley now occupies.

I asked Haley to write something to share her journey with the rest of the world. Here it is:

HaleyGoalPose5If anyone would have told me a year ago that I would be 150 pounds lighter in one year, I would have laughed in their face!

A year ago I weighed almost 300 pounds, and I was pretty much at rock bottom. I had struggled with my weight my entire life. I had tried countless times to lose weight, but I just couldn’t make the changes I needed to make to be successful, and I just kept getting heavier and heavier. I cried every day. I was very unhappy, and very depressed.  I couldn’t play with my kids the way they wanted me to, it was hard for me to get myself out of bed in the morning. My thyroid was messed up, I had sleep apnea, horrible depression, and I just wanted to give up on life.

I had seen some before and after photos on Pinterest from some women at RFBC about a year and a half earlier, and I was so inspired by them, but I didn’t think I could ever do anything that hard. It seemed so drastic! But I just kept coming back to the website to look at the pictures, wishing that I could be those women who had had such wonderful success.

In June of 2014 I had my fourth child, and eight months later in February of 2015, I was still wearing my plus size maternity clothes and even they were getting too tight. I had had enough, and I was at the point where I didn’t care what I had to do, I was done being fat. So I signed up for RFBC, and one year later I weigh 138 pounds! It wasn’t easy. I struggled a lot because let’s face it, change is hard, and I was battling years and years of bad habits and behaviors with food. But the support that I got from Carlene and the other ladies at camp were exactly what I needed to keep going.  I had to put in a lot of hard work, but it was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I weigh less than I weighed in high school. I have SO much energy.

I used to wonder how it would feel to be a person who could get through the day without a two hour nap. Now I know! I’m hardly ever tired, my thyroid medication has been dramatically reduced, I no longer have sleep apnea, and my depression is totally gone. I am able to play with my kids every day, and we are enjoying being more active together as a family. I have also started to run every day, and am training for a half marathon in June, and am planning to run a marathon next year, which has been a dream of mine for years.  

I didn’t just get weight loss from joining RFBC. By listening to the daily audios from Carlene, and by participating in the discussions and support groups at camp, I have been able to take HUGE steps in changing my habits and my attitudes toward food.  I have no desire to return to the way I ate before joining camp. I am enjoying my healthy lifestyle, and I am enjoying finally being happy and at peace in my life.  And I am enjoying being SKINNY!!!!!

 

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A closing note from Haley after seeing her Goal Page

For some reason this last year just seems so surreal to me, almost as if it didn’t really happen or something, like it wasn’t really me. I think back over the year and I think to myself, “how did I even do that?” And then I saw my goal page and at first it was like I was looking at someone else’s page, at one of those other women that I really wished I could be, but knew I could never be. And then it just finally sunk in that that WAS ME! And I just started crying because I DID IT! This last year was SO HARD. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but now it’s finally hitting me that I finally did the thing I have wanted to do for so many years. SO MANY YEARS! I don’t know why it took some time for that to really sink in. It’s like the goal page was closure or something. ~ Haley

 

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