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Then and now (comparison pictures)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I finally got around to downloading my Christmas vacation pictures off my camera. We spent the holidays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As I was filing them away on my computer, I came across my Christmas holiday pictures from 2010 (also in Mexico - Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido). The 2010 pictures aren't even my highest weight, either. I did not fit those clothes in 2011 or 2012. But they make for a very dramatic before and after....

December 2010


December 2013


December 2010


December 2013


December 2010


December 2013


December 2010


December 2013

  
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ANDREAG89 4/2/2014 10:31PM

    WOW! Big difference! You even look happier in the more recent photos!

Great work - I saw on your homepage how much you've lost. Amazing!

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PRETTYPITHY 3/5/2014 4:29PM

    Looking good! Hope you enjoyed your vacation!

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123ELAINE456 2/23/2014 9:47PM

  Great Pictures. WTG!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 2/23/2014 9:38PM

    Bunny,

Thank you so much, for sharing your vacation with me! You're looking FANTASTIC!!! Just
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Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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LADYSTARWIND 2/23/2014 7:05PM

    Delightful to see your photos, and all your changes! You have worked hard at this, and come a long way!! (Oh and wouldn't it be nice to be down in the sunshine this week again?!)


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AZULVIOLETA6 2/23/2014 5:49PM

    Wow! Way to go!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 2/23/2014 4:11PM

    great pictures that show progress

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JANET552 2/23/2014 2:50PM

    You look amazing -- and happy!! emoticon

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Weekly Weight Countdown (for reference)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Since January 5, 2013, I've been updating my weekly weigh-ins on my Sparkpage "Goals" sidebar. The list got too long to really fit there properly, but I don't want to lose the information. Also, I'm going to switch to a monthly weigh-in for 2014. But, I don't want to lose this information, as I find it interesting to look back on from time to time.

WEEKLY WEIGHT COUNTDOWN 2013
(Date : Weight : # lost : Total lost)

13/01/05 - 245
13/01/12 - 243 (-2) 2
13/01/19 - 241 (-2) 4
13/01/26 - 238 (-3) 7
13/02/02 - 233 (-5) 12
13/02/09 - 232 (-1) 13
13/02/16 - 229 (-3) 16
13/02/23 - 226 (-3) 19
13/03/02 - 225.5 (-.5) 19.5
13/03/09 - 223 (-2.5) 22 *** FIRST 20 GONE VERY FAST! ***
13/03/16 - 221 (-2) 24
13/03/23 - 219 (-2) 26
13/03/30 - 216.5 (-2.5) 28.5
13/04/06 - 215 (-1.5) 30 *** PEOPLE FINALLY START TO NOTICE ***
13/04/13 - 213 (-2) 32
13/04/20 - 211 (-2) 34
13/04/27 - 210 (-1) 35
13/05/04 - 209 (-1) 36
13/05/11 - 207 (-2) 38
13/05/18 - 207 (-0) 38 *** WEARS BATHING SUIT IN PUBLIC ***
13/05/25 - 204 (-3) 41
13/06/01 - 202 (-2) 43
13/06/08 - 199 (-3) 46 *** UNDER 200 POUNDS ***
13/06/15 - 198 (-1) 47
13/06/22 - 196 (-2) 49
13/06/29 - 195 (-1) 50! *** FIFTY POUNDS DOWN ***
13/07/06 - 197 (+2) 48
13/07/13 - 195 (-2) 50
13/07/20 - 194.5 (-0.5) 50.5 *** DISCOVERED I CAN HIKE UP HILLS AND STAIRS ***
13/07/27 - 193 (-1.5) 52
13/08/03 - 192 (-1) 53
13/08/10 - 192 (-0) 53
13/08/17 - 189 (-3) 56
13/08/24 - 187.5 (-1.5) 57.5 *** 26th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (YESTERDAY) ***
13/08/31 - 185 (-2.5) 60
13/09/07 - 185 (-0) 60
13/09/14 - 184 (-1) 61 *** NO LONGER OBESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ***
13/09/21 - 183 (-1) 62
13/09/28 - 182.5 (-0.5) 62.5
13/10/05 - 181 (-1.5) 64
13/10/12 - 180 (-1) 65
13/10/19 - 182 (+2) 63
13/10/26 - 181 (-1) 64
13/11/02 - 180 (-1) 65
13/11/09 - 177.5 (-2.5) 67.5
13/11/16 - 177 (-0.5) 68
13/11/23 - 176 (-1) 69
13/11/30 - 176 (-0) 69
13/12/07 - 174 (-2) 71 *** LAST WEIGH IN FOR 2013 ***

One year, 71 pounds. I ended the year in Mexico over Christmas and have basically been maintaining my weight ever since. It is now time to start my 2014 monthly countdown, get back in the groove, and drop that last 20. Which - I can see is going to be even more challenging than the first 70.

  
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123ELAINE456 2/19/2014 7:43PM

  Awesome Blog. Love it. A very good Testomony too Thank You.

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COLOR-BLUE 2/19/2014 3:31PM

    Bunny,

You have one heck of a testimony, in this blog! emoticon and emoticon on all the lbs. lost and the NSV that you've had! Just emoticon and before you know it, the Last 20 will be gone!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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LYNDA522 2/19/2014 7:58AM

    Fantastic. Seriously. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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No, I didn't have any pizza - and that's ok!

Monday, January 27, 2014

I work in an office where there's a lot of food. Candy in the work area, donuts in the lunch room, and occasionally pizza-wherever-you-look, on "pizza day." For one entire year now, I have been declining pizza. That's about a dozen pizza-eating opportunities, give or take. I have been consistent with this - I ALWAYS ignore the pizza. Every. Single. Time.

And every single time, this act of apparent willpower and sacrifice seems to draw the awe and astonishment of people more than almost anything else I ever have done or could do. "YOU TURNED DOWN PIZZA?? HOW COULD YOU TURN DOWN P I Z Z A?!!!!"

Yeahhhh it's not as hard as you think.

"Don't you like pizza?!?"
Well yeah - who doesn't like pizza! Of course I like pizza.

"Are you lactose-intolerant, or going gluten free?"
Nope, no allergy or intolerance stands in my way.

"Wow, that's some incredible willpower!"
Well, actually........... not so much.

In the early days of My New Lifestyle, yes, there was willpower involved. The first time pizza was proffered, there was much gnashing of teeth, in fact, as I grimly turned my back on the pizza box and pouted in my cubicle, with the scent of melted cheese and pepperoni wafting through the entire building. I'd say I grinned and bore it, but I really doubt I was grinning at the time. However, after an hour, the air was clear of mozzarella fumes, my tasty packed lunch was consumed, and the gnawing Need To Have Pizza was all but forgotten. Lesson learned, there IS life after pizza! Passing up on a "free slice" really doesn't have any lasting negative impact on one's day.

The second time, the third time, the fourth time that pizza came calling, it got progressively easier to smell it, acknowledge that it existed, shrug my shoulders and walk on by. The confrontations by well meaning food-sharers still felt awkward though - "are you sure you don't want..? not even one piece?" Nah, really not hungry, thanks all the same!

Then one day pizza came, and... wow. Yuk. YUK. Ok, look at that stuff. It's the cheap take out from the 2-4-1 place, it's mostly thick bland crust, gone cold and soggy in the box, with some greasy cheese product on top.... I remember how it tastes... I remember it as being "kinda good" but wow, not THAT good. Not as good as the hummus-and-baby-spinach pita in my lunch bag! Not as good as the chicken dinner I'm saving up to enjoy tonight! It's just... not good enough. And when I perceive the food as "not good" or "not good enough" - it becomes REALLY easy to say no.

People find this amazing. *I* find it amazing that this is all I have to do to impress. Pass on a slice of mediocre cold-and-soggy 2-4-1 pizza, and I Am Legend.

"So, do you just not eat pizza anymore?" I was asked, during the most recent office pizza-go-round. Oh, no, I DO eat pizza. I just don't eat THAT pizza. Thanks all the same, but I just don't like THAT kind anymore!

That's the thing about having a small calorie budget to spend coupled with an unadulterated love of food. The smallish amount of food I eat - BETTER DARN WELL BE GOOD. It better be the BEST pizza. It better be twice as amazing as whatever's in my lunch bag. If it's not - WHY would I eat it? Because it's technically pizza, and pizza in any form cannot be denied? Because it's free?

I no longer remember exactly, all the reasons I had for eating it. I must have had a lot of "good reasons" because I know that I was a champion pizza-consumer in the not-too-distant past. I'm... pretty glad I have managed to replace them with reasons to give myself something better. That's the key - have something BETTER. Sacrifice and denial are not good long-term motivators. Reward, on the other hand, is. Soggy cold greasy pizza - is no reward. I deserve something more.

  
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ANDREAG89 2/14/2014 11:29AM

    Thanks for posting your lesson. I oftentimes don't get far enough past that "one time" rejection of whatever-food-I-like to move on to that 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on times where it gets easier to pass it up. I have to remember that it starts with that first right-direction step!!!

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SASHAMIDKNIGHT 2/7/2014 8:41PM

    Way to go! You are so right. I will try to remember this. The free food always around is NOT better than whatever I packed for lunch. :)

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WENDYSPARKS 2/2/2014 10:31AM

    Good for you!!!! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 2/2/2014 10:25AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Congratulations on turning pizza down 12 times. WTG!!! Keep It Up. You Can Do It!!! WTG!!! God Blessings Always!!! Keep Sparking!!!

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LADYSTARWIND 2/1/2014 11:24PM

    ..and Your Perspective does get to the heart of the matter!!
All the Best,
patti

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CLARK971 1/30/2014 3:08PM

    Great post! I love your perspective on not eating the pizza.

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ICEDEMETER 1/29/2014 5:27PM

    Isn't it funny how folks assume that just because they like something, that everyone else automatically has to, too? Or that it is impossible for someone to have their tastes in food change?

I haven't had the same issues (although it's getting more challenging to find restaurants that make foods as good as I do at home), but the Man has run in to this on a weekly basis, too. He's not on calorie restriction at all (he needs to eat roughly double what I do to maintain, and has a hard time getting there), but he's finding that the usual pizza / chicken / deli sandwiches / cookies / muffins that are part of at least 2 lunch meetings each week are just "Not Good Enough" anymore. He has become even more of a food snob than I am!

So nice to see a blog from you, especially where you share your Secret Magical Powers to avoid the *P I Z Z A* emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 1/28/2014 7:32PM

    emoticon Good for you!!! I've been there and done that, and I grew stronger because of it. Now, even when I go grocery shopping, I can go anywhere in the store and it no longer bothers me, and I'm not hesitant either. It feels so good to walk by what I use to call the forbidden foods, where I would avoid the isle, and not have any reaction! God blessed you and me, both!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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SANDRALEET 1/28/2014 8:37AM

    The more we turn down the stronger we get

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TROY88 1/28/2014 2:10AM

    "There IS life after pizza!" I love it! Great insight and empowering truth. I enjoyed this blog very much as I have been realizing over the past couple of days that I've gone about a month without and don't feel I miss it, whereas before I couldn't go for a couple of days without a slice!
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~ Troy

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LYNDA522 1/28/2014 12:51AM

    Delightful and insightful read. Thanks.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/27/2014 10:33PM

    YEA! Great attitude! :) I'm proud of you!

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LILBITOBLING 1/27/2014 10:30PM

    Great post. Thanks. I too work in an environment where food is a constant. A grocery store to be exact. In my office I work with the owners, three of them and the managers. The owner makes it very clear that every time I turn down the chocolate from Italy, the cheeses from Ireland or the fresh made breads I am deranged in some way.
It is good to know I'm not the only one being challenged. Though all the foods I am offered are worthy, they have also helped get my wasteland to an embarrassing circumference.
Stay strong and be well.

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EMMACORY 1/27/2014 10:24PM

    emoticon emoticon Do you ever make your own pizza? emoticon

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See you in 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

I'm leaving town for a sun and sand sort of Christmas holiday, starting in about 12 hours.

I'll be back for New Year's... for which I resolve to pick up the blogging again. I haven't blogged since July?!!!!? Ah well, whether I write about it or not, I have just been out here doing my thing, whittling the weight away, more slowly these days than it used to be and that's OK. I'll be ending 2013 over 70 pounds lighter than I was in January. Can't say I'm not impressed with myself... I DID know when I started, that I *would* do it, but it's still great to sit here at the end of the year and say yep, I really did! My goodness a year doesn't even take all that long. I can hardly believe that much time has gone by since I first scoped out the Spark pages.

Best of the season to everyone, see you in the New Year.

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/14/2013 1:33AM

    Congrats on that! And have a great vacation!

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123ELAINE456 12/14/2013 12:41AM

  Congratulations on your 70 pound Weight Loss. God Blessings to You and Family Always. Have a Wonderful Vacation and see You in the New Year. Merry Christmas Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Have a Happy New Year 2014. See you when you get back.

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COLOR-BLUE 12/13/2013 9:46PM

    Bunny,

Enjoy, your wonderful rejuvenation, which you'll be, when you go on Christmas holiday! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it when you return!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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ICEDEMETER 12/13/2013 2:12PM

    Kudos on such a successful year - definitely worthy of the reward of a vacation in the sun!

Hope you and yours have a wonderful time, and all of the best to you all for the season and the coming year!

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SANDRALEET 12/13/2013 7:54AM

    God be with you and have a good holiday

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    Congratulations on the weight loss. Have a wonderful trip.
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This is NOT going to get me down! (Body image adjustment, with pics)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ok. So. Down 50#. In one-derland. Feeling good, confident... walking tall, smiling often. Can this be undone with one click of a digital camera?

Well, yes... almost.

Yesterday I attended a staff barbeque. Wearing my polka-dot dress that I first wore in May 2013 (at 213#). That I thought I looked soooooo good in. I feel great when I wear it. My Spark profile pic of choice displays this dress, as do several photos in my gallery. I wore it to my son's high school graduation banquet. I wore it to dinner in a fancy restaurant. I wore it to a family function. Every time I put it on, I get compliments. I am intellectually aware that it is a regular size 18, which has become somewhat loose on me in the weeks since I first bought it... so, really, the numbers say, "I must look OK."

And then I saw these pictures of me at the barbeque.



Initial reaction: "OH MY GOD LOOK HOW HUGE I AM."
Second reaction: "HOW CAN I STILL BE SO BIG AFTER LOSING 50#!"
Third reaction: "I LOOK TERRIBLE HOW EMBARRASSING THAT EVERYONE WILL SEE THIS."
ad infinitum.

Basically, my internal dialogue could be visualized like so:



WHY is the first reaction, so critical, so cruel? WHY does looking at these pictures make me want to scream "I look terrible, how could I ever have let myself believe I looked nice?! I look just as large as I did when I was 245#!!"

It really bothered me.

To try and reassure myself that it wasn't *that* bad, I hauled out some "before" pictures. Some really "true" before pictures, that I haven't had the guts to look at in a long time, that I've never had the nerve to publish here.

And, yeah. Ok, maybe I'm not at "goal weight" yet (whatever weight that may be). But I feel better once I recognize and reflect on just how far I've really come. I DO look a lot different now. And it isn't ONLY "the difference in weight"...




I think that the "difference in weight" is actually the least important thing to note, when I compare these before-vs-now pictures side by side. Look at my posture - leaning in, TOWARDS the camera, vs shrinking back, arms clasped in front of me like a shield. Look at my expression - a big smile-for-the-camera, vs a panic how-can-I-escape look of fear in my eyes.

Yeah, Ok, I'm still a "big girl" but DAMMIT I LOOK ALRIGHT.

If I say this often enough... my mind may slowly come around to agree.

To help it out, I've made one more picture, for myself. To remind me... it isn't all about "size" anyways. It is about living, laughing, smiling, accepting who and what I am with confidence and pride.

Yes, I'm doing just fine. I will turn my head around. These pictures will LIFT ME UP, *not* bring me down. I post this last one for me, to remind me always of what I just said.






  
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KDYLOSE 12/5/2013 7:50PM

    I had something similar happen, where I was wearing an outfit I felt very attractive in and then I saw a photo of myself in it and was so crestfallen, because it didn't look at all how I was picturing it. And I never wore that oufit again. But you know, the camera can be so cruel, freezing us at one angle and not necessarily our best one. That's not how people see us in life. People see us in motion, they see how we're carrying ourselves and what we're projecting. And we look lovely!

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NEECOLE09 12/5/2013 11:05AM

    I loved reading this! You're so inspirational! And honey, you are rocking that polka dot dress! emoticon

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DRADDIE 9/11/2013 9:53AM

    LOVED the new comments on the photos!!! What a great thing to do- replace those old thoughts with the true and fabulous ones! Well done!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/11/2013 7:37AM

    Love the negative thought replacements.
You are beautiful! Revel in your accomplishments.


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MARVICBORG 9/10/2013 3:15AM

    Your blog is very good! You inspired me completely! You have come a long way well done! emoticon

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RUNNING-LIFE 9/9/2013 4:55PM

    emoticon You've come a long way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEET_CAROLYN 9/9/2013 4:21PM

    You look freakin' amazing! Sexy, fun-loving - I LOVE IT! You are totally enjoying life and rocking that dress, girl!!

I have had the same thing - I take pictures of myself and am like, "OMG, I look like a whale! I have no waist, my arms are solid flab, and there are rolls of fat in all those yucky places!" That is just society talking - we are sexy just as we are!!

You rock girl - keep on rockin'!!

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KONRAD695 9/9/2013 4:28AM

    Absolutely wonderful. emoticon

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ANDREAG89 9/6/2013 1:41PM

    This is FAN-TAS-TIC!!!!

I love the labels on the pictures - if you were blonde, I would swear it's me (without that really cute dress!!! Where in the world did you get it?)

Thanks so much for sharing and reminding us that we are coming a long way in changing how we feel and live even though we might not look like we expect to.

You are AWESOME!!!
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GONECLIMBN 8/24/2013 5:10PM

  I struggle with the same issues but you have really come along way. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/19/2013 12:32PM

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TARAINCOGNITA 8/11/2013 7:10PM

    You nailed it with the difference in the pictures - attitude! You are doing much better than I am, I won't even allow my picture to be taken.

P.S. You do look great in that dress.

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HAPPYCHANGES85 8/10/2013 3:37PM

    What a wonderful post. I can relate to your pictures addressing what each negative part of the picture says in your head. Others look at you as a whole, but I know myself, I pull and shred myself apart. I loved your after pictures. You really are a beautiful woman.

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ANGYLIA 8/9/2013 1:59PM

    I love this blog post. You look great BTW!

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GRACEANNE46 8/1/2013 8:18AM

    Great post. I haven't had any pictures taken of me since I lost the 90 lbs. I might have someone snap a picture this weekend but I am a little afraid of what it will look like. I FEEL great but I don't really know what I look like anymore.


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STEFIGURL 7/26/2013 10:47AM

    YOU are ADORABLE, no matter what a picture says, Deb!!! And I thought you looked BEAUTIFUL in that polka dot dress! You exude JOY!!! :-)
That's the only accessory you need and it's 'one size fits all', Baby!!! :-)

love you,
stephi

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KG4PVOWIFE 7/25/2013 8:36PM

    Great blog. Just great. Do not fear the dress. It is very flattering. You look FUN!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/25/2013 8:32PM

    Loved your blog. And you look great!
You smile is contagious. Keep up the fantastic work.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/25/2013 8:25PM

  Truly, you look better now.

Your waist and bust is more defined.

Just because you still want to improve doesn't mean you've accomplished a little. %0 lbs. counts.

If you don't believe me go look at pics of my sis from 50-96 off. 1GodIsMYRock1

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SIXFOOT1 7/25/2013 6:49PM

    Great blog! I love the visuals you created in showing how we are our own worst critics, and how it is possible to turn the hurtful things we say to ourselves around to focus on the positive instead. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

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STACEY1840 7/25/2013 12:21PM

  Great post! Way to curb he negative thinking. You're looking great btw! :D

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BOXER-MOM 7/24/2013 7:31PM

    Although I completely get what your saying....when I saw the pics of you in that poka dot dress I thought you looked amazing!!! It's normal to be critical of ourselves and we are sometimes our worst enemy, you did great reassuring yourself and reminding yourself at how far you have come.....and I STILL Think you look amazing in that dress :)

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ITCANBEDONE2013 7/24/2013 1:43PM

  emoticon Great how you "talked back" to the negative voices and turned this all around. My first reaction to your pics was that you looked great! Not just the smile, the dress is trendy and summery and really suits you. That's what all the people at the party saw, the real you. I am glad you saw it too. We all need to be kinder to ourselves.


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GRANDMA_STATUS 7/24/2013 12:11PM

    Good for you!!!
My first reaction to your first photos was, "Look at that gorgeous smile!"
You looked confident and happy, and I'm very very glad that in the end you saw the same thing I did.

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ALAS56 7/24/2013 11:21AM

  This could have been written by me! That is exactly the things I say to myself! Exactly!
Someone once told me that "the hardest place to lose weight is between the ears". How true! It is so hard to change the audio tape in our head!
I have a pair of size 22 pants I keep to put on when I need to remind myself of how far I have come.
Loved your post!

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PASSANTES 7/24/2013 11:02AM

    You're gorgeous! It's so hard to turn down that negative voice and allow yourself to think positive thoughts about how you look, but you're SO RIGHT. It's clear that you're a more confident, more exuberant, more energetic version of you than in your before pictures. You're making tremendous strides. Don't let the negativity get you down -- just keep at it. :) What a great post. :)

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JODIE1941 7/24/2013 9:14AM

    What a great attitude you have! You just inspire me. Keep writing your blogs cause I am going to subscribe to them. Just made me feel better about myself. I have lost 80 lbs but keep gaining and losing 3 to 5 pounds each week. I have a way to go yet (about 120/130 lbs.

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KOMTRIA 7/24/2013 7:43AM

  You have made amazing progress. Thanks for posting this.

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LIBERTYWALK 7/24/2013 12:08AM

    Wow. Thank you for a very thought-provoking and a very timely post. I had a somewhat similar reaction to a photo I saw of myself finishing a 5K earlier this month...and I'm essentially at goal.

I applaud (loudly) your approach to reprogramming your mind to appreciate your photo.

By the way, my initial impression of the women in the dress was "fun, friendly, and happy". Now I know that she is also very wise. The dress is fabulous, too. It is no wonder that you feel great wearing it.

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LADYSTARWIND 7/23/2013 8:20PM

    Love your perspective on LIFE!! You deserve every happiness....

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COASTERBETH 7/23/2013 5:39PM

    We are our own worst critic. My brain has gone through the same patterns. Congratulations on being in one-derland and thank you for sharing this!

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GOODLANDGAL3 7/23/2013 2:13PM

  Great blog. I really needed to read this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 7/23/2013 2:09PM

    One of the most inspiring blogs I've read.

You nailed that inner critic who tells us that what we are doing is not good enough, that focuses and picks on any imperfections.

Way to go!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/23/2013 1:03PM

    Oh Goodie - you beat me to the punch! When I saw your first photo of you in your pretty dress, with all the negative words, my first instinct was to save it and re-do it with Confidence! Happy Smile! Beautiful dancer's posture! Radiant! etc. and then I see you did finally do that for yourself at the end of the blog! Whew!
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I thought I was gonna have to take you DOWN for being so mean to yourself!
(says the hypocrite who does exactly the same thing to herself - I'm shamed to say!!)
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But just think how cute you will be in a new smaller dress!!
Keep it up!!
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SANDRALOU65 7/23/2013 10:22AM

    Wonderful!! I have this same dialog with myself - every time I look into a mirror. I know I'm over weight. But, for heaven sakes can't my mirror lie to an old friend. I can not weight until I like the person in the mirror. emoticon

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DOXMOM51 7/23/2013 8:46AM

    Thanks for the great message, that we can be our own worst enemy. Great job tossing aside the negative and embracing the positive. Love your camping report and you've given me some ideas to really enjoy our next trip without a wt. gain. Keep doing what you're doing. Karen Atlanta Ga emoticon

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ANYTIMEILIKE 7/23/2013 6:39AM

    Great post!. Those are lovely pictures.

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1DRWOMAN 7/23/2013 12:14AM

    This was awesome! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! Thank you for sharing the slap in the face that most of us need from time to time! LOVED this blog!!!

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BLKLILY 7/22/2013 11:52PM

    emoticon for sharing and posting.

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TALLJOEY56 7/22/2013 11:48PM

    Terrific blog, thanks for showing two versions of you, it really brought home what you were saying. Way to go! emoticon

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TALLJOEY56 7/22/2013 11:47PM

    Terrific blog, thanks for showing two versions of you, it really brought home what you were saying. Way to go! emoticon

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FLOATNRN 7/22/2013 10:57PM

    Great post! Thank you for posting.

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FELINEBETTER 7/22/2013 10:10PM

    This is absolutely one of the best blogs I've ever read! How well you capture that negative voice in all of us and turn it around right before our eyes! You really DO look fabulous! Although my fabulous doesn't exactly match what you have in your mind -- there is absolutely no denying your progress!

You,Girl - are more successful than you may ever give yourself credit for. But there are witnesses! emoticon emoticon

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3CLICKS 7/22/2013 9:27PM

    Love your blog, and really, really love your attitude. It's strange how we are so much more critical of ourselves than we would ever be of other people.

A while back, I vowed I would never again crop myself out of family photos (and I've kept that promise); but I still loathe seeing myself in photos, and my eye is immediately drawn to all of the negatives.

Your blog has inspired me to work at more positive self-talk, and to actively search out the positives instead of only noticing the negatives. Thank you!

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DIANA7790 7/22/2013 9:26PM

    I am so glad you posted this blog. I have lost weight in the past and always thought I still looked "fat". But my perception of myself was always one that others would contradict to me. "Oh my you look good" others would say and I still saw the girl I was at almost 200 lbs. I guess it's just in our minds and we need to get that mental picture changed. You can feel good just by seeing the clothing sizes go down and the knowledge that you have lost 50 lbs. No goal weight doesn't matter at this point…you are a success just by having started and succeeding at losing even a few pounds no matter the amount.

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WHYTEBROWN 7/22/2013 8:31PM

    I understand how you reacted to your pictures. I react to the mirror that way sometimes too but I tell myself that in a couple more weeks those fat arms will be slimmer, those folds at my side and back will have gone down some more, etc.
I love what you did too!! emoticon It takes a lot to motivate yourself and you did it girl, just emoticon and any pics you look at of yourself will only make you smile. emoticon.

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HFITZ1 7/22/2013 8:24PM

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COLBIJEAN 7/22/2013 6:35PM

    Thank you, this really helped me today. I do feel better about myself now that I'm doing something about my weight even though I have only lost 4lbs. It helps the self-esteem just to know that I'm trying. Good point with the pictures!

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