This is What 185 Pounds Felt Like

Josie back in 2006

I know some people strive for the 185-pound mark, and I give major kudos to the people who blasted the fat down to the 185 range with starting numbers in the high 200’s and into the 300’s.

But me? I started my weight loss journey at 185 pounds. And it was my weight gain threshold. It was the trigger point where something clicked and I decided I would NOT allow myself to gain another pound. I was sick and tired of myself. Namely, the unhealthy habits that were making me fat.

I already showed you the trigger picture that convinced me I had to do something with my body. That post also shows you what I look like right now.

But Look! I found the official “before” pictures that I snapped to kick off my fitness journey.


Back here in 2006 I didn’t quite qualify as the poster child for classic obesity, but I was well on my way. What you can’t see in this picture is the excessive amount of back fat and inner thigh flab I was sporting. Yet this is more about how I FELT.

I was miserable. My 185 pounds (and climbing) felt tired, sluggish, out of breath, uncontrollably greedy, and unhappy. I had to do something.

After I took these pictures I kicked it down to a low of 145 pounds, but I got knocked up again with a fourth child (thank you, dear husband, for our Greedy Baby) and had to start all over with weight loss.

I have no idea how much I weigh right now. Last year I gave my scale a battery lobotomy because I was tired of being it’s slave. I still have some minor fat slab remnants on my stomach (birthing 4 kids will do that to you), and so the fat battle continues. But my newest pants are a size 4. That’s a better indicator of my weight loss than some stupid scale.

A lot of people talk “healthy at any size”, but I say it’s a bunch of crap. My former 185-pounds made me feel like marinated seagull sludge smathered on toasted wombat chips. What’s so healthy about that?


  1. Lance says:

    the new site looks awesome!!! You are awesome!

    Awesome Awesome!!!!!

  2. Erin says:

    Girl you rock! This is freaking awesome! I’m with Lance! I’m joining in the awesomeness that is Josie!!!!!! He he he.

  3. Miz says:


    I need me some blogbotox.

  4. Miz says:

    before I only saw the site.

    ignore my moronic comment above and all me to cheer on the happier WHATEVERYERSIZE YumYuck :)

  5. cher says:

    love the layout! gonna take a few and go through your past posts! i’m a bad blog buddy! hahaha *hugs*

  6. Patty says:

    Congratulations on losing the weight! A size 4 is just right! Keep it up!

  7. Cindy says:

    Congrats. I’d love to see an after pic.

  8. Susan says:

    Do you have an after pic you can post?! Great job.. I know the feeling of 200 pounds

  9. Gina says:

    I look almost the same. I walk 3-5 miles every day. We must have solid muscles, because the only thing I can see that really needs weight loss is your abdomen. You know how it is: last fat on, first fat off. Hang in there.

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