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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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    Wow, you even look happier! Does feel good. I still get comments on the loss and maintenance. Most people can't believe that I've kept the weight off. Keep it up! You look fantastic!
    1797 days ago
    Wow, what a difference!
    1797 days ago
    You've come a long way already. The rest will come!
    1797 days ago
    You're doing so great. You've become much healthier, and that's so important. Here's to the great journey yet to come.
    1797 days ago
    You have come a long way! And you should be so PROUD of yourself.

    1797 days ago
    I keep a before picture hanging on my refrigerator. Talk about UGHHH!!
    And I agree, sometimes it's easy to focus on the "left to go" rather than the "how far I've come". Good to stop and do that now and then. emoticon
    1797 days ago
    Sometimes we have to look back and see just where we started and how unhealthy we were. It makes us realize that we don't want to go back and become that other
    person. You might have a ways to go but your still pushing. You look terrific! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1797 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    You came a Long Way. Keeping Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. WAY TO GO!!! God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Lovely Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1797 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I'm with you...I have a hard time "seeing" myself no matter large or have come a long way!
    1797 days ago
    Pictures don't lie. I think I should take one of myself every 6 months or so just to have a reality check!
    1797 days ago
    Wow. What a tranformation you have made. Good for you. I can't bear to see my before pics. As a matter of fact, I was sitting in a dressing room (my daughter was trying things on) the other day and was horrified with the way I looked in the mirror. It was a huge push to move my tush. Keep up the good work. You are awesome.
    1797 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    My DH and I were both shocked when we went to a friend's house the other day and they showed us pictures from a visit they made to us when we lived in Chicago. I could not believe how fat I looked (and I weighed less then than I do now) and he could not believe how skinny he was (about 30 pounds lighter). As shocking as it was, it was a real incentive for me. I don't want to appear that way in the next set of pictures. A dormant sliver of vanity is making itself felt in a big way in my life today. Sometimes a negative incentive works!
    1797 days ago
    I can totally relate to the sugar and grain brain ... doesn't it feel so good to be able to think clearly again and enjoy life? I love your pictures ... so inspirational! Keep up the awesome attitude. emoticon
    1797 days ago
    You've come a long way!!! Keep it up, you can do it!
    1797 days ago
    Keep on keeping on!! Pictures are the GREAT reality check.... I used to HIDE from the camera...but realize I was really hiding from MY reality!

    Great blog!
    1797 days ago
    Wow looks like you have come a long way! Good for you! It's amazing how pictures we have of ourselves make us think more about our weight loss etc...

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    Take care,

    Paula emoticon
    1797 days ago
  • S-N-I-P
    Yes it is truely an eye opener. I can only say WOW.. It take a lot for somebody that big to get moving. The way you describe it that you do not even feel that you know that girl is just another reason for patting yourself on the shoulder. You come a long way.. You can be so proud of yourself..
    Well Done !!! emoticon
    1797 days ago
    Pictures certainly are a reality check!

    Don't focus on how much more weight you want to lose; instead, focus on just how far you have already come!

    Take it one day at a step at a time...

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    1797 days ago
    Isn't it amazing --- we also miss the internal changes we go through on the journey, the light bulb moments when we discover what is really under our 'padding'. We are forced to face why we were like that and make changes to keep up with the new us.

    One of mine was to get this weight thing over with quickly and the frustration as it turned out to be soooo slowww... I had to look into myself for the why...and found really i just wanted it over to get back to eating a block of chocolate and 6 packs of chips a night.

    It was a light bulb moment to discover I really wanted the real me to shine and be that wonderful happy person that was in there under the 'safe' padding.

    My daughter keeps reminding me ' that is not who you are any more.'

    Great blog thanks for sharing it with me.

    Country Living Team
    1797 days ago
    Great pictures from what I could see. Keep up the good work and move forward. I feel the same way like it is taking for ever to lose the weight. But then it took me over 20 years to gain it. Exercising and eating healthy is the way to go.

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    1797 days ago
    You are doing really well. I also look at old pictures
    but see the opposite. How much thinner I was and
    I shake my head and think of how I got to this weight
    now. So I am still about 15 kilos off my goal and I have
    started to slowly realize that I have to change my whole
    lifestyle and way of eating. I was too sedentary and ate
    sugar and white carbs as though it was the norm.
    Since October I have lost 4 kilos and it is a slow process
    but I know I am changing my lifestyle and I am happy that
    the weight is coming off slowly but surely.
    We can do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1797 days ago
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