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Tuesday, September 14, 2010



Have you ever looked at a photo and asked "who is that guy?" only to realize it's you? I always hated having my picture taken and as the pounds piled on I dreaded it even more and would groan and run if someone dared to point a camera in my direction. I was the photographer so I'm usually the one behind the lens but on those rare occasions when I'm forced to stand and say "cheese" all I can think about is how fat I'm going to look in these pictures (and how much I love cheese).

I don't know why I'm always shocked when I see pictures of myself. I look in the mirror at home and I've been feeling better about the image being reflected back at me but as soon as I see a picture I think "that can't possibly be me, can it?" Half the time I don't even recognize myself. Are all the mirrors in my house fun house mirrors that make me look thinner than I am? Does the camera add 50 pounds to everyone or is it just me?

I've lost over 230 pounds so far, fitting into clothes I haven't been able to squeeze into in years and I've been feeling good about the progress I've made. I've still got a long way to go. I wonder if I'll recognize myself in pictures when I get to my goal or will I still be asking "who is that guy?"
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DASEEMAN 9/18/2010 10:52PM

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MOODY9 9/18/2010 10:31PM

    Wow you look amazing! Congrats and thanks for being an inspiration to the SparkPeople community. emoticon

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WEMINICH 9/18/2010 10:09PM

  Wow!!!

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MRSSMITH622 9/18/2010 9:46PM

    You look great!

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LUBAML 9/18/2010 9:34PM

    Great job!!! Keep on going! Enjoy every minute! emoticon Luba

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ANGELBELIEVER 9/18/2010 9:08PM

    All I can say is emoticon , emoticon emoticon emoticon and keep uo the great work. You are looking great! Love your smile too.

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KLOGAN4 9/18/2010 8:38PM

  Awesome!!! I also shy away from camera's and feel embarrassed when I have to look at a picture of myself. You have encouraged me to keep on going!!!

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LOSETONEED 9/18/2010 8:35PM

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Keep up the good work. You look marvelous.

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MEADSBAY 9/18/2010 8:30PM

    I, too, look int he mirror and sorta like what I see- but pics? NO WAY!
Congrats on your amazing accomplishment.You mist feel grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
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SWEETPEA7281 9/18/2010 8:16PM

  You are inspirational. I, too don't recognize myself in pictures. I don't like looking in a mirror either but have been more willing as I take on my challenge to get to a healthy weight!

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L3DESIGNS 9/18/2010 8:06PM

    Great job! Keep on moving you are doing a great job

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VBPARROTHEAD 9/18/2010 8:04PM

  WOW! 230 pounds? WOW! emoticon

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WIMSONFLOWER 9/18/2010 7:00PM

    emoticon What a tremendous inspiration you are to me! I've not lost much compared to you, but I, too, am finding myself delighted to look in mirrors. I used to think there were "fat" mirrors adding pounds on. The first time it happened, we made a pitstop on a long road trip, and I thought, "Wow! That's a NICE mirror!" It took me about 6 stops before I realized, ALL the mirrors are nice now. It's exciting to be finding my thinner self again! emoticon

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SLIMMER58 9/18/2010 6:36PM

  Wow! What a great effort! Inspirational! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BEATIT1 9/18/2010 6:34PM

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Congratulations on the weight loss.
Yes, I can relate to the image from pictures (especially my fatter upper arms. Yuk!
Oh well they are going down.
Thanks for a good blog.

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LARRY081 9/18/2010 5:57PM

  Outstanding! That is basically what I have to loose. I have began one week ago and I am still excited. Thanks for sharing with us.

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COMPUCATHY 9/18/2010 5:42PM

    230 lbs! You're incredible! Way to go! You will be asking..."who is that handsome guy?" ..."Oh, it's me!" You're doing terrific! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 9/18/2010 5:24PM

    Well done, you!
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SFSU-GRAD 9/18/2010 5:12PM

    FANTASTIC!

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SAM910 9/18/2010 4:36PM

    emoticon looking good!

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SPARKLETHYME 9/18/2010 4:34PM

    WOW you are doing fantastic!! Thanks for sharing, your post is thoughtful, fun, and inspiring! emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 9/18/2010 4:30PM

    Personally, I think they build all homes with those mirrors. Not only do I look slimmer at home, but my hair doesn't look so gray!

I'm so proud of you for all you've lost so far. You must feel so much better to NOT have that good-sized man on your back anymore!

Now if I can just get started. I went down 4 pounds my first week, and haven't budged at all in these last 2 weeks. But, on we go!

Just keep counting your blessings,
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JUSTMOLLY13 9/18/2010 4:09PM

    Yep, they are carnival mirrors, same thing happens to me. I look in the mirror and think hey you look pretty good. Then weeks later someone brings pictures to look at and I scream "who is that" I don't look like that! ...I hate cameras...by the way you look great! Keep up the good work..

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/18/2010 4:06PM

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ZANQUETTA 9/18/2010 3:51PM

  Keep up the good work.

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JUSTMOLLY13 9/18/2010 3:38PM

    Yep, they are carnival mirrors, same thing happens to me. I look in the mirror and think hey you look pretty good. Then weeks later someone brings pictures to look at and I scream "who is that" I don't look like that! ...I hate cameras...by the way you look great! Keep up the good work..

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GE3KGIRL 9/18/2010 3:24PM

    Awesome Job. emoticon

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HCARTZ1964 9/18/2010 3:10PM

    Great job on becoming a healthy role model.

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GRAMPIAN 9/18/2010 3:03PM

  You have done so well! emoticon

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KATHRYNM777 9/18/2010 2:55PM

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing your story. Very motivating.

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KAREN8WORCESTER 9/18/2010 2:40PM

  Congratulations. 230 pounds. That's how much I needed to lose at my highest weight. Have maintained a 55-75 pound loss after lapband surgery for 4 years now. Inspiration from people like you are giving me what I need to dig in harder to push past this plateau that I've been at for far too long. Thank-you for sharing. It really does help.

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OMSYMBOL 9/18/2010 1:53PM

    Oh, I so know what you mean!! My husband gets so angry with me because if ANYONE aims a camera at me I either put a hand up, or I demand that they only shoot me from the shoulders up.

You must have the same mirrors in your house that I have in mine! I think I look just fine in my mirror (not thin, but not huge, either) and then I see a picture, or catch a reflection of myself in a window and whoa. WHO IS THAT??

I hope I can do as well as you're doing! You've inspired me and I look forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

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GINGERVISTA 9/18/2010 1:14PM

    Know what you mean about photos. I'm only now starting to not avoid the camera, & I'm less than 15# from goal!
You've done an emoticon job on this journey & know you are proud of yourself. emoticon

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VIRGOLGAL 9/18/2010 1:03PM

    Wow! Great post & amazing progress!

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MCSB406 9/18/2010 12:55PM

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing your journey pictures...it's inspiring to all of us. Keep up the incredible work :)

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HIGHWAY91 9/18/2010 12:47PM

    When I saw your title, "Cheese", I thought it might be about reducing sodium or giving up a vice. What a surprise once I clicked on it! You have changed your life and your family forever! You're an inspiration.

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PANSYLADY2 9/18/2010 11:59AM

    Thanks for sharing your story and your photos! Great job on the weight loss; we all know how difficult it is to drop the pounds,

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JIM1MICHAEL2 9/18/2010 11:54AM

    What an amazing job you've done. You should be very proud of yourself. margi.
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DOTSLADY 9/18/2010 11:35AM

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You're A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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LDAWSON61 9/18/2010 11:32AM

  Way to go - simply amazing!!

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CAPECODJEWEL 9/18/2010 11:31AM

    LOL... you had me at, "cheese".

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KENLEESPICE 9/18/2010 11:24AM

  wonderful work,was u on the biggest loser?

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HELLO-BEAUTIFUL 9/18/2010 11:15AM

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INTOTHESOUTH 9/18/2010 11:13AM

    Keep going you are incredible!!!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 9/18/2010 10:59AM

    Holy Moly! Looks like you've been controlling your cheese intake!! : )

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LINDABENEDICT 9/18/2010 10:55AM

    wow !!! Thanks for sharing your inspirational story !

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JO2TOM 9/18/2010 10:50AM

    Excellent work. I love to see all the photos that document your success. You are an inspiration.

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JOJOSZENT 9/18/2010 10:34AM

    Wow, you look absolutely awesome! Congrats on your incredible weight loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLEMUS1 9/18/2010 10:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon nice shirt!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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JPR-ARTIST 9/18/2010 10:25AM

    keep up the great work, you are looking healthy and happier than ever!

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