As I was putting together this photo journey, I realized I don't have a lot of photos of myself. I HATED having my picture taken. I knew I was fat and I thought if I didn't have the photo evidence, then it wasn't true.
So let us begin:
Christmas 2011. Co worker and I at our holiday party. I had lost a little weight., maybe 10 pounds...then went and got the WORST haircut I have had in a very long time. That's the LAST time i agree to be a hair model. So, That didn't help. At all.
August 2012. Chk and I in Orlando for our nieces wedding. At the rehearsal dinner.
I thought I looked pretty good(The mirror can be deceiving) . I hadn't really gained a lot of weight back, and was kind of holding steady at a size 20 pants and 3x top. Then I saw the pictures and was truly horrified.
|Halloween 2012 at work with my two skinny co workers. Had lost a few pounds again, but still the fat one of the group, always. Hadn't lost any size in clothing.|
March 2013 with my boys. Hadn't gained or lost anything really. Still the same lump.
July 22, 2013. We were in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. At this point I had lost like 12 pounds. I
had just started my diet a few weeks previous. I was thrilled with the jump-start and wasn't going to let it go. I was going to keep it going.
Beginning of October 2013. i had lost about 28 pounds at this point. starting to look and feel a lot better.
Mid October. About 32 pounds gone. Posing with Spock.
I am starting to not mind my picture being taken. I find I don't have to selectively edit anymore, or be the one in the back so everyone can camouflage my bulk.
The week following this picture, I joined the weight loss clinic and started really taking control. I went on their recommended diet, I started logging everything on myfitnesspal, and I really started making myself accountable for my weight and weight loss. No more excuses.
Me and my boys on Halloween 2013. About 40-ish pounds gone.
People had REALLY started to notice the difference.
FINAL Picture taken December 17th.
55 pounds GONE FOREVER!!!
Like I said I still have about 20 more pounds to go (I think. We will see. I want to drop 2 more sizes, and I am almost the next size smaller.).
I have dropped lots of sizes, most of my clothing has been donated to Goodwill and eve my bras, and shoes are too big now!
best part??? My wedding ring fits again. And it fits perfect. It hasnt fit since 1999, and then it was TIGHT. (Need soap and spit to get it off my finger tight)
I have been seriously motivated. I am so much happier, healthier and feel better about myself.
I have had so many sweet compliments and encouragements. I WANT to keep going. i WANT to be the best I can be, and I am getting there.
So thank you to all who have helped and encouraged me and have stuck by me and made me feel good about myself during this time. I know a huge part of my success is because of the love and support of friends and family and even strangers who drop a note of encouragement in the comments.
THANK YOU for helping me.