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Ugggghhh Pictures - But Just what I needed to see.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sometimes after awhile, we tend to sort of forget from where we started. At least I did.

Weight loss is happily plugging along, until one day it isn't. And I know this is normal - the ups and downs, and plateauing for a bit before another drop, etc. But yet sometimes I still wonder, if I have really made any noticeable progress at all. I mean I know I have, but while your body is healing and plateauing for a long time - could be months & months to heal and adjust before you lose again - during this time you sort of lose sight of where you started from. All you can think about are the fat poodges still left. Again... at least I did.

But then.... some Old pictures turn up..... uggghhhhhh Stark reminders of where you started from.

I say uggghhhhhh. Uggghhh because I can't believe that was me. I mean really, who is that fat chick? She is as wide as she is tall.

As I sit here now, I know I am not close to goal and can't help but think of how much weight I still need to lose, but yet I feel so disconnected from the woman in these pictures. I barely even remember the events. I was so deficient in nutrition and vitamins from the crap foods I was eating. I was in such a sugar & grain brain funk. I am not even sure how I made it through my days.

So yes, these are uuggghhh pictures that I downloaded from a friend last night, but really, they are exactly what I needed to see. A reminder of where I started and how far I have come. It is not so much about how far I have left to go, but baby look how far I have come!



April 2011

And I know (now) turn the flash off emoticon - my first attempt at mirror pictures and I haven't tried again since - but here is a quick comparison


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LBP1961 4/16/2013 3:12PM

    takes lots of courage to post pictures but it always helps in recognizing the hard work that was already done. And keep you going. Good luck.

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SHANSHE 4/3/2013 10:42AM

    You have come so far! You are awesome and inspirational!
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CAROL_31649731 4/2/2013 12:31PM

    You story is very inspirational! Thanks for sharing. I'm just beginning my journey and I can't imagine having the courage the post pictures. I hope to gather that kind of strength along my path.

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LISBETHSALANDER 3/30/2013 7:47PM

    You're doing fantastic and I know you have a big pile of non-scale benefits, too. I needed to read this today. I seem to be "stuck" again and I don't want to lose the perspective of how far I've come. I hope you don't mind being my inspiratioin for today!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 3/30/2013 1:28AM

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68ANNE 3/24/2013 9:23PM

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JUMPINJULIE 3/23/2013 3:48PM

    Awesome progress your doing great.

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ORCHIDLADY56 3/23/2013 10:23AM

    Good progress! Keep it up!

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PRETTYPITHY 3/22/2013 4:43PM

    Incredible progress. You are the same woman, just happier, lighter and freer! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 3/22/2013 3:18PM

    Yes, you are a totally different person (on the outside!) from the person in those old photos! I'm glad they make you realize that you really have been successful! Yes, you want more - don't we all! You will get there. Don't be discouraged.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 3/22/2013 11:10AM

    Both pictures are great. But you sure have accomplished quite a bit.

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FROMNDTOGA 3/22/2013 9:43AM

    I have some of those horrible pictures too! One day I will be brave enough to post them somewhere; right now I don't even want to look at them! Congrats on the weight loss - and your ingredible journey.
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TKOVACH1 3/22/2013 8:16AM

    You are doing an amazing job!
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BECCAZEN7 3/22/2013 5:47AM

    I can't wait to meet you in May. I think you look fabulous! I look at pictures of me and I ALWAYS look the same. It will be nice to finally change that. Thanks for the glimpse at the "old" you. I think you are doing great and are certainly motivating me to get a move on! LOL.
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AMALIA8 3/22/2013 12:17AM

    I think you definitely need to focus on how far you've come. You look fantastic! Keep up the amazing work and eventually you'll be where you are meant to be!

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HEALTHY4UNI 3/22/2013 12:00AM

    Great job! You are doing awesome! Those flashes are you sparkling in the mirror because you look so good!
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FEMISLIM 3/21/2013 11:51PM

    Those pictures keep us moving. Good job.

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NEWME0519 3/21/2013 11:33PM

    Great job on your progress!

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LUCYLIN101 3/21/2013 11:06PM

    So great to see how far we've come. It makes the setbacks stop in their tracks when you realize you never want to go back there.
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CHRISKENANDKIDS 3/21/2013 10:29PM

    That is a great idea, actually. A reminder of where we came from always gives us perspective. I hear you - for almost two years I was at the same weight and people keep telling me now I shouldn't lose more but I DEFINITELY have a few more pounds to lose. I finally broke my plateau about 6 weeks ago when I radically changed the way I eat and I love the changes. I FINALLY see myself as a lot thinner but it took a long time. You can do it! Keep it up! This journey is a long one but it's worth it. YOU'RE worth it! :)

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SILVERWITCH59 3/21/2013 9:55PM

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/21/2013 9:47PM

    Looking good!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/21/2013 9:38PM

    It certainly is a dramatic difference. I would not have recognized the former picture as you.

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UNIQUEYGIRL 3/21/2013 9:16PM

    Wow! You have made wonderful progress! I think we all look at where we need to go and we forget the road we have traveled! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/21/2013 8:06PM

    WOW . . . now this is motivation. You're beautiful even when at your heaviest, but to be in a program that develops healthy habits, is what it's all about. Here’s my sometimes secret confession, I don’t recognize myself as either of the before and after people that have become my personal testimony. All too often, I still consider myself fat at every level. After nearly a year at maintenance with the 100 pounds I lost, I went about 16 pounds over a healthy BMI after getting into the post Halloween candy sales. After about ten weeks of diligent work, I am today only 5.5 lbs over a healthy BMI. I still feel fat – and I am a bit -- and now want to get to a 22-23 BMI.

I continually need to change this mind set. I’m trying to internalize a healthy love for self in that I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I have the most awesome Lord who loves me beyond measure. As such, I actively participating in the Spark Challenges and stay in touch with my SparkFriends for perspective. And now that you don't recognize yourself in the old pictures, there is so much joy, peace, and happiness in the journey you are making. You’ve been my inspiration today! Thanks!


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AJDOVER1 3/21/2013 7:59PM

    Wow. I had a similar "aha" moment today. I looked found out that SparkPeople has reports to show things like our "weight over time."

We've come a long way, Baby!

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NORWOODGIRL 3/21/2013 7:13PM

    We do need reminders - and pictures can say it all. Yours say that you are making progress. emoticon

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 3/21/2013 5:46PM

    Keep going! You got this!!!

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NGCHILD 3/21/2013 4:27PM

    Everyone starts somewhere. You have made noteable progress!

Keep it up!!

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DALID414 3/21/2013 2:57PM

    emoticon Oh my goodness! You look SO different!!

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/21/2013 2:33PM

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I keep my before picture on my SparkPage, as much as I hate it, as a reminder not to let myself get to that point again.

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ANGELA76H 3/21/2013 1:16PM

    Great job!

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SUNNYBUNNY37 3/21/2013 1:02PM

    You just gave me what I needed….to see it can be done!!!

Wow you look wonderful, I am so happy for you. I’m still the girl in your old pictures, and I’m thinking can I really do this; do I want to try again? Thank you for your Blog, because it showed me I can do this and yes I do want to try again.
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AMY-MIMI77 3/21/2013 12:34PM

    WOW!! you are looking emoticon !
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Glad that we can use those UGHHH pictures in positive way.
I know seeing what/where I used to be is just the motivation I need from time to time

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COOP9002 3/21/2013 12:14PM

    It's always good to remember for where we've come. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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ANDYINBC 3/21/2013 11:19AM

    You are right, those reminders are sometimes just what we need to keep us moving forward. I don't want to go back to where I was and my old pictures remind me to stay away. Each day forward I know I am getting healthier and more fit. That is where I want to be. I wish you only the greatest success.

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CLUMSYPHOENIX 3/21/2013 10:41AM

    You know what I see? Confidence. A sly smile. Someone who is glowing from the inside out. More than weight loss, look at the change in the way that you are carrying yourself. THAT'S what I see :-)
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VALYNN26 3/21/2013 10:28AM

    You're doing great. Keep it up!

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You look great - you are doing a great job in losing the weight

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STELLASMYBEBE 3/21/2013 10:03AM

    Good job!! You look amazing :)

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TRACYCD 3/21/2013 10:00AM

    Congratulations for the weight loss and I know what you mean, though. I see pictures of myself when I was heavier and I'm not happy with the fact that I ever got that 'thick' but just like everything else.. it's in the past and isn't it a relief that it's in the past? We have taken the control to make sure the present and the future are different and we shall do just that.

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BRENDA_G50 3/21/2013 9:59AM

    Thanks for the reminder of where we've been compared to where we are now. You're doing great and should be proud of how much you've already accomplished. emoticon
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ALICIALYNNE 3/21/2013 9:48AM

    It is so darn hard to remember what we have already accomplished, when we are so focused on what we have left to do. Plateaus simply suck.

Good job on the progress you have made thus far; I am sure you are a far more energetic and healthy person than we you were before!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/21/2013 9:48AM

    emoticon and you are right love sometimes it does us good to see how far we have actually come.i always say look back to look forward and it is true. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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