My portable hard drive with pictures is messed up! MESSED UP and I can't retrieve my real before pictures that I've never wanted to post here. I hoped to find something I could use but the darned hard drive is toast.
A before photo taken at least 1 year before I started SP and before I reached my heaviest
Then 8/11/11 (pounds lost = 31)
Now - trying on what I was wearing when I started - these were tight and it was time to go up a size which was part of my turning point. (Sizes = Pants 22; Shirt 2XL)
Not a lot of visual change in this perspective since my 1 year SparkVersary in May (pounds lost = 82)
... vs. now
Now 10/14/12 (pounds lost = 100)
Now to the fun part...my rewards
I haven't been good about rewarding myself. I've been so happy with the progress and the milestones and the experiences that I haven't felt like rewarding myself. This time I rewarded myself and my hubby rewarded me with perfect rewards. I think I'm formally going to come up with some more rewards to help inspire me to stick to my goals when other motivations fail.
My reward to myself was simply to get my ears re-pierced. Along with not taking care of myself like I should that also landed me 100 pounds heavier than today, I let my ear-piercings close. As I approached the 100 pounds-lost mark, I started thinking 100 pounds would be the perfect time to do it.
I also toyed with the idea of adding another piercing to my ear for a permanent and tangible reminder of my 100 pounds lost and the work it has taken to get here. I don't ever want to forget for a minute how much work it has been and the constant vigilance I will need to keep it off forever. So along with getting my ears re-pierced, I got a helix piercing and I love it!
My husband also surprised me with a trip to buy some new trail running shoes. And I love them. They are sort of a cross between pavement and trail. So far, they are very comfortable and they help take care of some of my foot issues and needs. Happy trails ahead!
Now I'm going to stop talking about losing 100 pounds. It's time to focus on the next 20-plus which may be as much of a challenge as the first 100.
(Many of you know that I'm very private due to some of my experiences in the past and because I have a few co-workers and a boss on SP. I cannot have them find me when many of my challenges relate to my job career frustrations. My SparkPeople needs to be a safe place for me to be useful.)