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I wish I would have taken more "before" pics

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Can I just offer some advice to those of you just starting out on your weightloss journey? Take a lot of "before" pictures. Don't be embarrassed like I was. I had my son take this one of me today:

My backside looks so small to me! I wish I would have had the guts to have had him take one of my backside when I was 209 lbs. I would have loved to have put them side by side and compared them. I know I would have seen a huge difference.

I am comfortably in a size 16 jeans now. I have tried on a few different brands and 16 is my size! 14 is just around the corner!

I may be going a bit overboard now on the pictures, but oh well! It is so hard for me to see the day to day difference on my body... I mean I still have a big belly and lots of jiggle on the thighs, but when I see my pictures of when I was over 200 and where I am now I can really tell how far I have come. It has been such a motivational tool! Whenever I am feeling down about my weightloss (or lack of, lol) I come on to Spark People and browse my weightloss photos and it really picks me up.

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GEMGODDESS 11/30/2009 9:33PM

    I have turned into a picture freak too! =) I think we NEED those pictures; the psychology of going from very heavy to more 'normal' is really tough. It takes a long time for the brain to catch up with the body (my brain is still lagging behind...)

I had friends from my old office send a recently found picture of me RIGHT before I lost my first pound January 2007 - I. am. stunned. You wouldn't even recognize me. I still have to scan it for spark.

Keep up the good work!

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TANITHSTILES 11/30/2009 4:19PM

  I never got around to taking before pictures. I had pictures from the summer time that my mom brought down and that was just what i needed to see the difference. I don't know if i'm going to either, i'm just not a big picture person when it comes to myself, I'd much rather have the camera on nature or other people.

Keep up the good work~ You still motivate me to get to that gym!

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NATTIEGAL82 11/30/2009 8:08AM

    Hi - have just joined SP - and thx for ur v embarassed abt taking my pics...however i think i will but keep them hidden until i loose weight...

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KIKICANADIAN 11/30/2009 7:14AM

    I'm like you...was soooooo embarrassed by my before pics. But decided to post one anyway.
I need to take more pics now.
Keep up the good work, your looking AWESOME!!!

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CHARLIESANGEL10 11/29/2009 9:38PM

    It is true that none of us seem to pose for that initial before photo.....wish I had more too....oh well, I gotta say, I'm glad I'm past it.

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AKELAZ 11/29/2009 6:23PM


You look great - you're obviously doing good. As you say shame you can't compare pics. Great tip - am taking some NOW. Thanks for the advice. emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 11/29/2009 6:22PM

    You are looking maahvelous!!!! Way to go!!

And definitely... pics are so motivating!! In fact, it was shocking vacation photos that snapped me into reality of where I was! I still go back & look at them for motivation and to see how far I've come!

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YAFENELRA 11/29/2009 3:56PM

    You look great!! Way to go!!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/29/2009 2:48PM

    You look so good and happy too. I wonder if the weight loss helped to make you happier.

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VVKIMBO07 11/29/2009 2:33PM

  I agree! It's so motivational to see the difference in pictures! I didn't get my before pictures taken until a month into this, but it was outstanding to see the change in my body a few months later, when I didn't think there had been a change at all! Sometimes it takes a picture to help you really see that this is working! :D
(Of course I also took mine in my they're definitely for my eyes only! lol)

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THEMANSLAYER 11/29/2009 2:31PM

  Keep it up!

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