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NSV at the DMV (Photos)

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

I can't tell you how much I dreaded showing my license - ever - to anyone. The checkout lady at Trader Joes, to verify employment, to prove residency, every time I had to take that thin piece of plastic out of my wallet I cringed. 8 years of this hatred for my Driver's License picture. We all can take bad pictures, but this one was bad with a capital "B"! First, I didn't realize I was getting my photo taken, the person ahead of me just got a reprint of their last photo, which is what I was secretly hoping for, as I had gained over 100 lbs. since my last DL picture. But no, that camera silently snapped just as I realized (too late) what was happening. I had a bit of a hair mishap, too (it was a windy day) and I was generally not a happy person, living larger than I should be and showing it on the outside.

And as I lost weight, it would cause confusion. The guy carding me to get into a bar would do a double-take, was that really me? The cashier at Trader Joe's once gave me a side glance and said "You go, girl." See, I wasn't the person in that photo. Not anymore.

Since I'm a good driver, I usually renew over the phone, so I have lived with this bad picture for 8 long years. But since I needed to take the vision exam again (they only give you so many free passes), I had to physically go in and get my new license, and get a new photo.

I was so excited for this change to "redo" my terrible license picture. Not only because this time I would be prepared and smile at that tiny blue light, but because I was thinner by 105 lbs., too. BONUS!

Here is my comparison of the old to new. I feel 10 years YOUNGER, not older, and I feel like I've been given a new chance, at the DMV...and in life.

I also updated my weight on my license to be my goal weight - 178. I'm not there yet, but I will be. (And the weight on my old DL I never updated with my weight gain, so it always read 180. A white lie at the time that is slowly coming true.)

EDITED: I want to add and make it clear that I EMBRACE who I was. I truly do. You can read my blog "Pictures on the Shelf" below if you would like to read more about that.

But this is a HUGE NSV for me and I am going to celebrate it. Embracing a terrible picture of yourself on your Driver's License (how many of us dislike these photos) is not the same as embracing who you WERE. Now I have a little slice of this new life in my wallet and I like it, and I AM going to celebrate it. I deserve to. Too much of my life has been spent looking backwards at my past, and not living in the CURRENT. Now my Driver's License has caught up to who I AM and I will not just let that go by without tooting my own horn. Sometimes we need to be our own cheerleaders - that's my secret to getting through the hard times.

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And it is nice not to erase, but to re-write history.

(To see a larger image I also uploaded this picture to my Spark page).

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JOANNHUNT 12/10/2012 3:02PM

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LOWFATFOODIE 8/13/2012 4:45PM

    Great post! Love the NSVs!

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PRESBESS 8/6/2012 1:56PM

    So awesome! I really like your new DMV photo. You look confident!

I kind of did the same thing a few years back but not neccessarily because of weight, but because I was so tired of having horrible drivers licenses' photos. When the time came around for me to get my picture taken (4 years ago) I made absolute sure it was going to be a good one. I purposely did my hair all up, had on a nice top, lipstick and all. I must say, I really love my pic on my DL. I happily show it and have even gotten a few compliments on it. When I took it I was on WW and had reached a somewhat comfortable weight, however, now I'm about 25 pounds less than I was at that time. Woo-Hoo!

Glad you are super happy with your DMV photo. Rock it girl!

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ROEANDGO 8/4/2012 3:14PM

    Amazing NSV!!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 8/4/2012 3:04AM

  What an amazing and inspiring transformation!! emoticon

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    You are so cute!! You look amazing and I love the pixie cut!

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KIN59VARA 8/3/2012 2:25PM

    WOW, That is amazing. I love your background!

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INTOTHESOUTH 8/3/2012 2:20PM

    Congratulations!! I'm actually looking forward to taking a new me picture myself here in a few weeks!

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MANILUS 8/2/2012 12:34PM

    Big difference between photos, congrats on your success and keep up the great work!!!!

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CATDUG19 8/2/2012 10:18AM

    A fantastic blog. You definately look 10 to 15 years younger. I think these little pick me ups are very important to our egos. I am due this year for a new drivers license and health card pictures on my birthday which is also my goal weight date so I am looking at booking a hair appointment and getting all dolled up

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FATBASTICH 8/2/2012 9:06AM

    Sometimes the seemingly little things can really give us a boost. Congratulations!

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LYNNIERN 8/1/2012 8:53PM

    Congratulations on your success! I'm going to borrow your excellent philosophy of updating the weight on the license to be my goal weight. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/1/2012 11:46AM

    Wow. That really shows how hard you've worked!


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ADARKARA 8/1/2012 10:17AM

    So many people have mentioned that their driver's license has their weight on it, that I had to check mine. Thank you New Jersey for not asking me for that!

Love your new photo!

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JULBEL 8/1/2012 10:02AM

    105lbs and how many years -it looks like at least 10

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LOOZINITNOW 8/1/2012 9:52AM

    Awesome NSV!!! emoticon

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LUCKYONE60 8/1/2012 12:30AM

    Love it!

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LESSISMORE2010 8/1/2012 12:12AM

    You look absolutely amazing! Congrats!!

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IAMLOVEDBYYOU 7/31/2012 2:13PM

    You look amazing!

On a related note, I am also from Illinois and didn't know that you could renew your drivers license over the phone!

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SHERRY28269 7/31/2012 11:12AM

    Now, you must want to show the DL to everyone! Great job! It is the little things that count. emoticon

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YORKIE_GIRL 7/30/2012 10:57PM

    You look marvelous!!!!

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STACYJANE77 7/30/2012 3:20PM

    That is awesome!

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WILDBEANERZ 7/30/2012 3:18PM

    Congrats! I get my new one next May. I can't wait!!

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CYNTSATIONAL 7/30/2012 3:18PM

    You go! Keep SPARKing!
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AMBER281 7/30/2012 1:46PM

    That is amazing!!
I am so happy for you.

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BMCKEOW1 7/30/2012 1:01PM

    That is so awesome. You look great. I would be doing a happy dance. I hate pulling out my DL. One cause I hate the picture I think they purposely take it when you are least ready for it. Also I'm bigger then I want to be in it. I also lied about my weight, but I'm almost at that weight. When I renew my license which is still a little ways off I can't wait to see that picture.

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JENJESS48 7/30/2012 10:29AM

    Just incredible, Kathy! I'm so proud of you!

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/30/2012 7:08AM

    God bless you Kathy .For listening to the Lords word. For reaching for support when you knew you needed it.I'm so proud of your journey.It has been hard fought with failures and struggles.With victories and life changers.Through it all I loved you and I always will.
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(Written by my husband Jim, who hijacked my Spark account as he doesn't have one of his own, LOL "))

Comment edited on: 7/30/2012 7:12:07 AM

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IM_POSSIBLE 7/29/2012 9:45PM

    That's AWESOME! emoticon emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/29/2012 9:34PM

    Congrats! I can't wait for a new DL pic! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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Thanks for the reminder!!! Have to keep that in mind when my day comes! And I better be thinking about my bank cards too, while I'm at it!! emoticon

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    What a great new picture, although your old one really isn't so bad. I always listed myself as 280 lbs. (when I finally realized nobody was buying the 135 lbs. I put down as my weight for a few years!). I'm definitely not renewing my license on-line this year either, as I'm excited to get a new picture taken. The old picture is from 328 lbs., and now I'm at 150. I only ever had one person notice the difference however. I don't have to give out my DL for ID very often, but when I was applying at our Public Schools to be a substitute teacher last Fall, the lady noticed. Not only did she notice....she asked me all about my weight loss. She had gained some weight and was wanting to take it off. A familiar predicament!

I love the commercial (I think it's for Weight Loss Center...or one of those?) where the gal is checking in at the airport security counter and the clerk just keeps looking at the license and then up at her suspiciously. She has obviously lose weight. She just smiled shyly, then he finally says, "Welcome home." And she says "Thanks." I LOVE that commercial.

I still have the remnants of my double chin (I call it my "wattle") and I'm OLD, but still looking forward to my new "skinny" DL picture, which I will get in December since my birthday is Jan. 1. It's funny what we find can excite us when we lose weight~!

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LOSINGITNOW11 7/29/2012 2:27PM

    Great Job!! You look so much younger!!

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THETROUT 7/29/2012 2:14PM

    Good job!

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RANDOM00B 7/29/2012 12:53PM

    Oh, that is AMAZING! emoticon

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LEALOWE 7/29/2012 10:58AM

    You look amazing. Like a completely different person. However, the old pic wasn't as bad as you thought : ) I think we all do that, including myself. Congratulations on your achievement and your new license : )

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DONNACFIT 7/29/2012 10:06AM

    Great blog! Congrats on the weight loss!! I love your background picture..did you just take a photo of your motivational collage? What a great idea and it turned out great!

Keep on Sparkin'

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MILMOM2000NEW 7/29/2012 9:07AM

    Wahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You rock and what an inspiration to see how something as simple as a Driver's License picture can make a huge smile on someone's face! I too remember getting that GOOD picture and the feeling it gave me! Blessings to you always! You look amazing!

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ANNARUTH2 7/29/2012 7:39AM

    Good for you!

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NANCYHOME247 7/29/2012 6:43AM

    I like the idea that a driver's license can tell such a happy story! Your license photos are amazing. I recently enjoyed the flip side to your story:

You see, this summer I had my license redone because in the past 15 years, my age caught up with my face. The last straw was going through an airport security check and seeing the doubt in the attendant's eyes--and having my identity questioned.

So, after slapping renewal stickers on the back for 18 years down here in Florida, my photo reflects my age again. It looks like the "me" other people see again. Considering they told me I no longer have to wear glasses to drive, I can live with that after the 40-year restriction!

Best part ever: Florida no longer requires you to state your weight!

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MAYLEE425 7/29/2012 3:23AM

  You go, girl!

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GEMINIGEM6 7/29/2012 1:17AM

    I can SO relate! OMG my drivers license pic is HORRIBLE!!!! I have the hugest double chin and a dorky look on my face b/c I wasn't prepared either so I feel you on this. I must say though that I don't think your before DL pic was bad. You look great in the after too! The main thing is you look happy now. Congrats on all of your success!

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JEZEBELSK 7/29/2012 12:58AM

    What an amazing transformation! emoticon

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WILDFLOWERMA 7/28/2012 11:16PM

    You are radiant! And, please keep on celebrating yourself as often as possible.

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CAROL494 7/28/2012 8:53PM

  Wow! What a positive change in your photos! emoticon emoticon

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LMULLINS4LIFE 7/28/2012 4:51PM

    Great job, girl! You make me believe that I can get there too! :)

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LIVEDAILY 7/28/2012 4:24PM

    Absolutely wonderful!!


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