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Before and After

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It was time for a new before/after pic!! So last night, I got my sister to take a picture of me, and we compared that picture with one I took at the very beginning of my health journey (and the peak of my weight). This is what we both saw:



WOW!! Just...WOW!! I live with my body every day, so I should be intimately aware of what I look like, right? Well, sorta. (Even my sister, who sees me externally nearly every day was shocked at the drastic change.) Honestly, it's pictures like these that drive home how FAR I've come and how MUCH I've changed and how PROUD I am of where I am today.

I am proud that I stuck with this program, even during the challenging holidays.

I am proud that I continued to stick with my program even when I traveled.

I am proud that I plunged ahead, even when it took me weeks to see changes in my clothes.

I am SO BLESSED to have such amazing family and friends (and, duh, SparkFriends) who encourage me and keep me going at every opportunity!

I see this picture and I want to cry tears of joy. I never thought I could look this good or be this happy with my body or lose all the weight I've been holding on to for years.

I still have about 30 pounds to lose before hitting my goal, but this pictures just hammers home how much I've changed and how glad I am about that change and how I NEVER want to go back to that old place.
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SOOVERMYSELF 7/1/2013 9:44PM

    Thank YOU Carolyn for helping and inspiring all of us with your blogs! So proud of your tenacity and hard work! emoticon emoticon

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SUPERKHAN 6/28/2013 6:16PM

    You are amazing and you'll be able to reach your goal in no time!

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LUCKY8GAL 6/28/2013 3:35PM

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CELEST 6/28/2013 2:07PM

    Oh my word I just "met" you and I'm so darn proud of you also. Absolutely amazing.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/28/2013 11:05AM

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VLINDER2014 6/27/2013 9:02PM

    truly inspiring.. truly ... Wow is right.. without a doubt..

cry tears of joy over your determination and dedication to make it work.. you have done incredible things my friend.. incredible.

Dawn :)

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SHERLYN-WILL 6/27/2013 7:15PM

    WOW.. .DOUBLE WOW.. JUST . ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. YOUR. BLOGS!.. I can relate SO MUCH... keep 'em coming!


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SPURFUL 6/27/2013 5:29PM

  I sure wish I could accomplish what you have done...amazing!!!

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COLOR-BLUE 6/27/2013 3:27PM

    Oh my gosh!!! You remind me of me!!! I understand everything that you said, and I know it to be true, because I'm living it right now!!! You've done an amazing thing with God's temple, and I'm so happy for you. That's why I'm loosing this weight, as this is God's temple, and I want to put it in order. If you look at my sparkpage, you'll see a picture of me at 388, which is where I started from. I'm smiling in the picture, but I'm one very unhappy lady!!! Thanks to MFP and Sparkpeople, I'm now weighing 233 lbs. I've got 33 lbs. to go to reach my goal!!! You and I can do this together with God right there in the midst!!! emoticon emoticon

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 6/27/2013 11:53AM

    Girl - those pictures are amazing. They truly hit home about how much you have truly accomplished. CONGRATULATIONS!

I think I may have to get my camera out (even though I hate pictures). But, I'd love to see how far I've come at some point.

Sumay

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PESKIGIRL 6/27/2013 11:48AM

  WOW!!!!! And I mean WOW!!!! Congratulations and keep it up!! You look great and are an inspiration!
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ASTRA58 6/27/2013 11:47AM

    You look amazing! Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

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BUNNYKICKS 6/27/2013 11:12AM

    Wow, well done!!

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ICEDEMETER 6/27/2013 11:03AM

    No kidding, WOW!

I love that expression of joyous wonder on your face in the current pic - it's exactly the attitude that you express in your blogs. THAT joy and wonder is more of a reward than anything else could be, and you earned it!

Kudos!

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MRSMALLEY 6/27/2013 10:35AM

    You look fantastic! Very motivating. Way to go! emoticon

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SMILES_CAN_DO 6/27/2013 9:43AM

  Just AWESOME!!

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MARVELOUSELIXIR 6/27/2013 9:28AM

  WOW! This is so cool. You should feel so proud and accomplished!
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STRONGDJ 6/27/2013 8:54AM

    You look so different and so much healthier now. I am happy for you and I am glad that you are proud of your hard work and your success!
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ADARKARA 6/27/2013 8:41AM

    emoticon you are awesome!

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TORIAMAE 6/27/2013 7:28AM

    Wow! What a difference!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/27/2013 6:45AM

    Big congratulations on your success. Are you wearing the same top? It is so big on you now. Good for you!
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ELLENIRENE 6/27/2013 6:41AM

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JENKEN14 6/27/2013 6:35AM

    Thank you for your pictures and honesty. It helps me keep going! :)

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BRADMILL2922 6/27/2013 1:25AM

    You look like a different person! Good for you for sticking with it! You should be very proud of yourself for all of your progress! Congrats!

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JACKIE542 6/26/2013 11:55PM

    Congratulations you look great!! emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 6/26/2013 11:51PM

    You are so much smaller, so much lighter, and so much healthier! Thanks for sharing this with us and showing us that it can be done. You are doing it right now! You look great!

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MSNICHOLS39 6/26/2013 11:36PM

    Congratulations! This is so inspiring. You are a fabulous inspiration to all. Simply Amazing.

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SNOWYOGA 6/26/2013 10:53PM

    I had gotten off for the night and then got your blog and had to right. You look amazing and you have done and are doing a great job. And doing the 2 pictures in the same shirt helps you to really see your change. But what you said, is like a mom, our kids are getting older but others see things at that time that we don't see as much. But thank you for sharing this And emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIVERCITYTOM 6/26/2013 10:41PM

    Awesome...great posting.

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OKIE30 6/26/2013 10:37PM

    Wowza, you sparkle!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/26/2013 10:34PM

    You are truly an inspiration!! Amazing progress, you can really see it in your face. So happy for you!!

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