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Pictures: Where I am today

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Okay, time to bite the bullet, and take and show my before pictures. I'm a little mushier than I was last year, although I've only gained an inch in a couple of places.

Why do I take pictures like this?

Because I've found that we simply don't have a realistic view of our own bodies and their progress. We see them every day, and the huge changes we make over months are masked by our adjusting perception of the incremental changes we see each day.

Way back, I was getting really down about my progress. I felt like even though I'd lost some weight, I wasn't showing any real change. I looked down, and still saw the same fat gut I'd had before. So I took some pictures. You can see those progress pictures in my gallery now, and I don't think I have to tell you how much of a difference there really was!

So as I start on my renewed journey, I've retaken all my measurements, and I'm taking new progress pictures. Now, before you giggle at my pants in these, these are my size 14 pants that are now so big on me if I'm not wearing a belt, I have to roll the waist to make them stay on. I can actually pull them off without unbuttoning them. I'd have worn something more flattering, but it's time for laundry, and everything else is dirty. ;)

So, without further ado, and without more procrastinatory jibber-jabber, here they are (I'll also put these in my gallery.)

Profile gut shot

Front view

So let's see where I am in a couple of months. :)

And just for spits and giggles, here's where I was when I first started at Sparkpeople (this was at 208; two down from my all-time high of 211.)

This is a never-before-seen photo. I've been too embarrassed to show it. Now I'm proud, because this is something I will never be again.

And of course, my original front-facing shot.

So no matter how disappointed I am in my lack of progress, and my slight backslide... you can see from these photos just how much change I've made in my body. See why I take these photos? Even if you're embarrassed by them now, you won't be later. I promise.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LRSILVER 7/11/2013 4:47AM

    Keep it up

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VTRICIA 7/10/2013 10:45PM

    I didn't take photos and I am sad I didn't. But that's where I was, I didn't know I would stick with it.

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ARMANISMOMMA 6/15/2013 6:19PM

    Keep it up

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FUNLOVEN 6/4/2013 9:42AM

    You have made GREAT improvements to be proud of.

I must say, also, that I think you are so brave ! Although many people do it and you are correct that our views of ourselves are often askew, I just couldn't bring myself to take pictures as you have. emoticon

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DESCHROMA 5/30/2013 7:23PM

    Way to go!! You have made tremendous progress!

I've actually been meaning to message you. You are so helpful and informative on the boards; you've responded to my posts in a really thoughtful and helpful way. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to people, give advice, and answer their questions.


Peace and hugs to you

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-COURT- 5/30/2013 3:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you're getting there.

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NANCYPAT1 5/27/2013 2:04PM

    Thank you for sharing these pictures - I agree that taking them is worth doing and you DEFINITELY CAN SEE THE CHANGES in you.

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GEORGE815 5/24/2013 9:35PM

    Keep trying!

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123ELAINE456 5/24/2013 5:57PM

  You have made progress. You Can Do It. One Step At A Time. WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/24/2013 5:03PM

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ARUN4ONE 5/24/2013 8:05AM

    I agree without shots, I'm a goner. I'm just so used to seeing myself as very large. You are a very inspiring gal! Keep up the wonderful job :D :D :D

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1STATEOFDENIAL 5/23/2013 8:55PM

    You've made progress - be proud of that. You're right that when we see ourselves every day we miss the changes that are happening. These pictures allow you to compare where you were to where you are now, and see the real difference.

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-CORAL- 5/23/2013 6:49PM

    You have made a ton of progress! Yeah you for posting new starting photos! Starting over feels awesome, doesn't it?

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MERRY_XMAS 5/23/2013 5:22PM

    Amazing difference! I'm sure the next ones are gonna be even more amazing!
You CAN do it! You are strong and brave and you must believe in yourself!
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MI-ELLKAYBEE 5/23/2013 5:06PM

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TORIAMAE 5/23/2013 2:25PM

    Good for you and good luck on your reboot!

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ICEDEMETER 5/23/2013 12:29PM

    My gosh, those photos show a huge difference! You must be really proud of making all of the life changes necessary to make those body changes.

Thank you for sharing your ups and downs, and times of lost and renewed motivation. You inspire me to take life as it comes and to remember that a few meanders on the path don't change the end destination.


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SIMONEKP 5/23/2013 11:46AM

    good progress, keep going

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BUNNYKICKS 5/23/2013 11:41AM

    OH YEAH, big difference! Well done! Glad you have "renewed" - I think it's necessary sometimes just to stop and maintain where we are, before making another push downwards - it's SUCH a long journey and it does get tiring being Vigilant every single second of every single day. In the end, it doesn't matter, you will get where you are going as long as you keep facing in the same direction, and taking steps-forward as you are able.

I have a couple of never-before-seen "before" pictures that I haven't been able to bring myself to show. Someday!!!

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OBIESMOM2 5/23/2013 11:33AM

    and those photos (as much as you probably dislike them) still show progress. Those jeans did fit at one time, didn't they?

Stick with it. Let's make THIS the year we reach that ever illusive goal and go to maintenance!
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BOOKWORM27S 5/23/2013 11:26AM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!
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