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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ok - this is incredibly terrifying...but we all have to start somewhere, right....

Here are my before photos:

Ok...the really funny thing about these pictures is about 2 hours before I took these, I was walking to the waterfront in our downtown area to go for a 60 minute walk with a friend when a potentially homeless, potentially drug-addicted young man approached med and said: "Damn girl! You lookin' fine! Ain't no need to exercise. You look good just as you are! Don't even worry about it!"

The universe sent me a wonderfully sweet and loving message in this young man. He didn't know I was going to take "before" photos that day, and he didn't know me from Adam. But, his message keeps playing over and over again in my head. And I'm going to keep playing it - even though I do NOT like the way I look in these photos. Even though my older brother called me "chunky". Even though I sometimes don't feel that I should leave the house and burden society with my appearance. Even though I don't feel worthy of sunshine. I will play this message and I will repeat it - until it becomes truth for me.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HAPPYKITTYNZ 10/1/2012 5:53PM

    Your before photos would be my after photos hahahah
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Do what makes you happy honey :D

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ALNEAGLE 9/26/2012 8:57AM

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KAREN_NY 9/21/2012 12:25PM

    Cruising and catching up on blogs, I saw your brother's remark (and totally related - my mom rejoices in my weight gain or bad hair or whatever) -- So glad that the week has gotten better for you! Perspective is everything!

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/21/2012 6:12AM

    great story,keep up the attitude emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWHEARTSTART 9/19/2012 10:26AM

    Be kind to yourself and give yourself the same love and respect you would give any of your friends.

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FUTUREHOPE49 9/19/2012 5:49AM

    You look absolutely beautiful and very fit! I think you are doing all the right things. emoticon putting yourself down.
You are a beautiful woman. Just keep exercising and the new you will slowly take shape. It takes time, don't rush it! It happens naturally!
Hugs Ellen emoticon

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RUFFIT 9/18/2012 5:33PM

    Go in front of your mirror and say "I am a beautiful woman and I love myself". Post that on the mirror and say it daily. In time you will LOVE yourself!! Hugs, Moni emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 9/18/2012 5:20PM

    We all start where we are, right? It's where we are going that matters!

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KOFFEENUT 9/18/2012 3:09PM

    The stranger at the waterfront is right - you DO look fine! The woman you are shines right out of you! I understand you want to make some improvements to the "package" that will make you healthier and help you be around longer. That's a worthy goal. But regardless of what the package looks like, it will still hold an extraordinary woman!

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FUSCHIA6 9/18/2012 1:32AM

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You are beautiful! Be the best you can be & enjoy the journey!
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JUSTRY2 9/18/2012 12:39AM

    Well, let me just add, "D@m! Girl, way to post those photos!" I was pretty proud of myself for actually taking some before photos last week...They don't seem to have made it to print just yet :D Way to go! You do look great, and I wish you well on your journey, both to your "After" pics, and to feeling deeply beautiful in "whatever skin you're in"


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