the results are in!

I cannot believe it’s been 10 weeks.  In many ways it seems both longer and shorter.  I mean, I’ve really been working on this for 10 whole weeks?  You’ve got to be kidding me.

Today was our final weigh-in day and I’m both pleased and a little miffed about the results (see results at the end of the post).  We also took pictures, again, and so I donned my ugly black bathing suit for yet another humiliating photo op.  Yes, I weigh less now but I don’t weigh 120 pounds, so it will still be a hideous picture.  We also took “after pictures” in our street clothes and I wore a pair of jeans that I couldn’t get on 10 weeks ago.  Pretty dang cool.  I don’t know if you remember my “before photo”?  The one with no arms and the super attractive hair?  What a joy that picture is.  I don’t yet know if this photo is any better but I did make a concerted effort to let the world know that I do, in fact, sport two arms complete with hands.  As for the hair… I seriously doubt that it looks much better.  The picture was taken at 6 a.m. people and my cognitive skills are not at their best that early, not to mention my ability to see clearly in the mirror.  However, as soon as I have the photo in my hot little hands I’ll be sure to post it.

As for my feelings about this journey… it’s a bit overwhelming.  I feel like I accomplished something huge–haha.  Never in my life did I believe that I could lose a substantial amount of weight without the help of drugs or surgery.  I’ve proved to myself that I can do this without those things and that I can feel better mentally and physically in the process.  I can, in fact, lose weight the hard way and be successful.  Where does this leave me now?  Well, in order to keep my momentum going I plan to purchase an additional year on the bodybugg system.  It works for me and that is a big deal.  I have another 10% goal (27 pounds) to accomplish by the end of March and I plan to enter a 5K run with my friend Teresa and possibly some other purple team member/friends this spring.  I think that with these small, short term goals it’s completely within the realm of possibility for me to get to my goal weight of 155 pounds by the end of ’08.  And I’m so very excited about that.  I also have long term goals.  The 155 pound me, to participate in the Top of Utah marathon someday and I’d like to not only travel to Antarctica & Salvbard (a long time dream/goal) but also really explore the terrain which is something I couldn’t do at my current weight.   However, most of all, I’d really like to feel good about myself inside and out.

My 10 week “ultimate loser” journey has ended but I have a lifetime of work to do.  It’s time for me to take care of myself and start really living.   Thanks to all my supporters.  It has been invaluable to have people cheering me on, especially on those days when the last thing I wanted to do was wake up at 5:30 and go to the gym.  So thank you from the bottom of my, hopefully stronger, heart!

Starting weight:  301
Current weight: 271.8 — yup, I’m .8 lbs away from my goal.  Suck!!!! 😉
Total weight lost: 29.2 — I may not have quite reached  my 30 lb goal but this is still pretty freakin’ great! Wahoo!!!


Pictures of Thursdays workout with Ethan.  Margaret had her camera phone.

We have 81 lbs + Ethan in that basket and were pulling it around the track


Wow, I look really bad in this pic!
They tried to get me in the basket… that wasn’t happening!!!!!


  1. Sarah Said:

    Your are AMAZING!

  2. Teresa Said:

    WAHOOO! I’m very proud of you Karen!

  3. Nancy Said:

    Awesome Karen! I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished these last 10 weeks. I think the most substantial thing being that you now BELIEVE that you can do this! You are amazing and I look forward to watching you reach all of your amazing goals! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  4. Cricket Said:

    Karen YOU DID IT!

  5. Bridge Said:

    Woo Hoo!

    I am sooooo proud of you!

    I need to talk to you before you leave for Christmas… um are you leaving?


    If you ARE… give me a call first. Ok?

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