Weight Loss WooHoo! to Jane (lost 220 pounds)

Name: Jane Cartelli (Keeping the Pounds Off!)

Age: 50

Where she lives: Florida

Height: 5’4″

Weight: 165

Pounds Lost: 220

How long it took to lose the weight: It is an on going process. I still want to lose 24 more pounds. I started in 2003 with the first pound I lost. I lost and gained some back over and over between 2003 and 2006. Since November of 2006, the weight has stayed off and the rest came off by 2008. Slow and steady wins the race.

How long she has kept it off: I have kept off the first pound since 2003. I have kept off 220 pounds for about 2-3 years, give or take a couple of pounds.

Obesity, a tumor the size of a honeydew melon, and straight up honesty are what it took to get Jane to lose weight. And wow, wow, WOW – kudos to her for dropping 220 pounds and keeping them off! A much deserved Weight Loss WooHoo! – just FatFighterTV’s fun way of celebrating healthy weight.

Turning point:
It is not as easy as a single turning point. The first 80 pounds came off when I realized my whole family was getting obese. I put us all on a diet. Between the four of us we lost 80, 50, 45, and 30 pounds for a total of 205 pounds. Then I was the only one to continue on with the effort. The next turning point was when my doctor found a tumor the size of a large honeydew melon in my uterus. You couldn’t feel it through all my fat. That was a wake up call and helped me lose another 70 pounds. The next block of weight only came off when I took the step to get honest about my food – honest AND accepting of my food limits.

How Jane shed the pounds:
I changed the way I ate and I starting moving. I took all white flour out of my diet and then no sugar 5 days a week. That worked for the first 100 pounds. After that, I had to weigh and measure my food and keep track of my fat, protein, carbs and calories. That worked for the next 100 pounds. The rest is with even healthier foods, more movement and much less sugar. I do not get two days a week now. I do not get one day a week. I have an occasional specialty item but never on a regular basis. Anything regular would be too much for the part of me that is a food addict to control. 

In exercise, I stated with walking a few blocks in my neighborhood. Then I went to Curves. When all the Curves in my area closed, I bought the equipment and set it up in my garage. I still use the Biggest Loser season 1 and 2 DVDs. I have a treadmill and I watch whole DVDs while on it. I can only watch the DVDs if I am working out. I watched the entire series of West Wing, M*A*S*H, Colombo and Thirtysomething on the treadmill.

Tips from Jane:
1. I write down my food each and every day. Even before I started weighing and measuring my food I started journaling it each day. Even though I was the only one who would ever see it, I found myself lying about what I was actually having. That was the first place I needed to learn honesty was the better policy. Once I could be honest with myself, I was able to track my food and move to the next step.

2. Weighing and measuring my food. I do not estimate with my eyes. My eyes are broken. I need something to tell me what a cup, tablespoon or ounce look like each and every day. The scale is more accurate than any attempt to guesstimate.

3. I read everything and ask questions. I try to never assume I have this licked and I never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up. One wrong bite does not have to equal a bad meal or a bad day but it can if I let it.

Jane’s Weight Loss WooHoo!
On the week I reached my lowest weight to date, I went to a wedding where many of the guests know my husband and I but some had not seen me in a couple of years. One of the guests is a man that has known us both for 20 years but he had moved out of the country three years earlier. At the wedding he went up to another friend of ours and said “Who is Larry with and where is his wife?”  WOOHOO! MOMENT!

The look of shock on people’s faces when the first saw me after the weight loss has always been a WooHoo moment. The looks of surprise when they see me a few years later and they see I am still keeping the pounds off – is just as priceless. WOOHOO!


That wedding WooHoo! moment is hilarious!! So awesome! Read more from Jane on her blog, Keeping the Pounds Off! Her latest post, My Ass in Jeans will make you smile.

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