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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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    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!
    3028 days ago
    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!
    3028 days ago
    Hi - have just joined SP - and thx for ur advice...am v embarassed abt taking my pics...however i think i will but keep them hidden until i loose weight...
    3028 days ago
    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!!!
    3028 days ago
    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.
    3029 days ago

    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
    3029 days ago
    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!
    3029 days ago
    You look great!! Way to go!!
    3029 days ago
    You look so good and happy too. I wonder if the weight loss helped to make you happier.
    3029 days ago
    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 underwear...so they're definitely for my eyes only! lol)
    3029 days ago
    Keep it up!
    3029 days ago
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