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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.

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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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NEW_PARADIGM 7/27/2012 10:14AM

    Love it! Thanks for being the inspiration you are, inside and out!

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SLIMLEAF 7/27/2012 10:11AM

    That's most definitely worth celebrating - well done!

You look great!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/27/2012 10:01AM

    How awesome!!!

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HBLACK5 7/27/2012 9:30AM

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LINDAKAY228 7/27/2012 9:28AM

    Such an awesome change! My driver's license is good for 4 years total and it was done in 2010. I had lot some weight and so that didn't look so bad but they made me take my glasses off, they got me when I wansn't smiling, and the picture looks horrible. I look like a 70 year old woman I think. Also my hair wa short blond at the time and now it's longer and I have had it red since about 6 months after it was taken. I hate to show it to anyone. I am counting the time until I can renew in 2014 an get a better picture!

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SJKENT1 7/27/2012 9:27AM

    awesome!!!

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NEWMOM20121 7/27/2012 9:15AM

    You look great. Keep it up.

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MIMIDOT 7/27/2012 9:07AM

    What a difference! You look great! Spark on!

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YULLABELLE 7/27/2012 8:49AM

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STEADFASTNSEE 7/27/2012 8:35AM

  Great Job! HUGS

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FARIS71 7/27/2012 8:34AM

    Oh yes that is marvelous!!!!!!!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/27/2012 7:52AM

    good for you!

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PENOWOK 7/27/2012 7:50AM

    You look amazing!! What a change and how cool the Trader Joe person was so encouraging!

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REGILIEH 7/27/2012 7:15AM

    WTG!!!

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NEWTINK 7/27/2012 6:04AM

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SASSYLJB 7/27/2012 6:01AM

    Congrats! How wonderful for you!

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BD3269PM 7/27/2012 5:49AM

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NCSUE0514 7/27/2012 4:55AM

    That's a wonderful kind of "identity confusion" - you look marvelous!

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MAY1787 7/27/2012 4:35AM

    I'm so excited for you! My goal was to redo my drivers license photo as well, but I was hoping to make it those last 10lbs and in the meantime I got sick and gained it all back. :( BUT! I will do it and you have given me motivation!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/27/2012 2:06AM

    WOOHOOOOOO!!!!

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NASFKAB 7/27/2012 1:52AM

  great

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CHODGES83 7/26/2012 11:15PM

    WOW!

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ANUSCHKA9 7/26/2012 10:49PM

    Congratulations!


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KALANTHA 7/26/2012 9:22PM

    You've worked hard and deserve to bask in the glow of your success! Thanks for the inspiration!

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RUNNER12COM 7/26/2012 8:08PM

    I love this! I was so ready for a new card that I went and renewed my license a year early. I said, "I want to look like me!"

Congrats to you!

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SGTSUNNY 7/26/2012 7:57PM

    Wow, a huge change. I had the same thing happen with my company ID, the picture they took when I was heavy was terrible. I was so glad to get an new and 'improved' picture. I like the idea of embracing the old however.

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ROBYNROSE26 7/26/2012 5:35PM

    Yay Kathy, you look BEAUTIFUL!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/26/2012 5:19PM

    Beauty!!
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LAURIE5658 7/26/2012 4:43PM

    What an incredible transformation! Congrats!

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LADYGSC 7/26/2012 4:36PM

    I really enjoyed your blog! Congratulations are in order!! emoticon You look great. I can't wait to get a new picture on my driver's license too. I haven't made goal, have a ways to go, but when I look at my picture on my license I can already see a big change. Keep on sparking, with God's help we can do this!!!

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SKFEREBEE 7/26/2012 3:43PM

    That is so awesome!!! I am so glad you blogged about this because you made me think about next February when I have to get my DMV pic taken again and I don't want it to be as bad as the last one. I know you are so proud :o)

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CHICAT63 7/26/2012 3:38PM

    Love this blog !! Total awesomeness NSV - doing a happy dance for you. Looking amazing, youthful and sassy, rock on Sista.

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CALLIKIA 7/26/2012 3:33PM

    What a great feeling that must have been! I'm collecting photos of mine as I go and, of course, I always list a new goal weight each time! *lol*

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SARAHJ19 7/26/2012 3:14PM

    Wowzers! You look awesome! Love the new picture! Your hair looks super cute too ;)

Congrats on your success, it is those NSV that keep us going! Way to go, thanks for making my day by this positive blog! Woohoo!



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WERNERETTE 7/26/2012 3:06PM

    You look amazing, and your license picture is a testament to your hard work! Isn't it a great feeling to no longer want to hide your picture, and instead show it off with pride?!! You look healthier and happier. congrats!

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KITHKINCAID 7/26/2012 2:48PM

    GAH! This is the happiest blog ever! I can't wait to do the same thing this year! So many congrats - you definitely do deserve to celebrate.

BIG HUGS! You rock!

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JEANNETTE59 7/26/2012 2:20PM

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NADINEL 7/26/2012 2:17PM

    You go, girl! Awesome! emoticon

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TIMOTHYNOHE 7/26/2012 1:29PM

    I have a pair of those. I went through TSA and the agent looked at me, looked at my license, back and forth several times. "I lost 90 pounds."

"Dude!" said the TSA agent, "How?"

"Weight Watchers."

"Better hit DMV when you get home because that isn't you."

I did not need an airplane to fly home.

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SUPERMOMMYK8E 7/26/2012 1:20PM

    WOO-HOO way to go keep up the good work!!! And your DMV picture looks incredible not many people can say that!!!!!!!! emoticon

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MISSB8604 7/26/2012 1:20PM

    Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TABIKATZZ 7/26/2012 1:13PM

    As Emeril would say "BAM!" you go girl!

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