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The Dreaded "Before Photo" and Remembering How I felt

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I found it over a month ago and I wanted to share it because it shows how much I've come since I started my weight loss journey.



In this photo (272 pounds), I was at a coffee shop with a friend. She moved out of state and came back for a visit. I knew she wanted me to come back to her family's house. I was actually terrified that I would have to climb stairs. I STILL remember that feeling.

I felt like it was a cruel joke and I wanted to ask "Does it look like I can do it?" I was helpless, but I felt like other people should have accommodated to my obesity. But why? -- This weight was all my fault. I was limiting myself, but I was not taking the blame.

I remember how terrible I felt, every single day. It got harder and harder to move. I knew what I was doing and I knew how bad my diabetes and blood pressure was..but I guess I didn't care enough.

Not until now. Now is the time. I'm down to 207 and THAT, my friends is my LOWEST adult weight. The key is that you have to do this for YOU..not your husband, wife, and not even the kids. It actually takes love for yourself to improve yourself. I'm over the moon and I couldn't do it without all of you and this awesome website!



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    Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts
You are an inspiration one day at a time
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LMGMILLER 7/8/2014 3:10PM

    I Can relate to how you felt in your before shot, I am just starting but am hoping to get to a lighter more healthy point. emoticon

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    Awesome!! Keep up the great work...you are doing amazing! And you are so right - SparkPeople is so incredible, and so life-changing. What a gift to all of us!!!
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KATHARINA01 6/27/2014 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. I just started trying to lose again and am going to do my before pics tomorrow, so I know how you felt.

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KMRJPR 6/26/2014 11:34PM

    Thank you for this. For having the courage to share this photo and your feelings.

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SEATTLEDENMOM 6/23/2014 9:34PM

    Absolutely amazing! I'm so happy for you! Keep up the good work and being an inspiration for yourself and others. =)

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  WAY TO GO YOU CAN DO IT

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    Wow! Way to go! You are a great inspiration to me and I hope all the best for you on your journey!!!! emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing the role of Spark People in your successful journey towards healthy living.

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  You are doing great!

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SNOWBECH 6/19/2014 3:32PM

    Well said. Thank you. That is where I am at right now.

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    This is so true. I have a problem of not taking full responsibility for my own health.
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    Congrats on the weight loss and the positive attitude. You make me want to continue on my journey.

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    Nice job!

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    Absolutely amazing ! What a great job and attitude !!!!

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    First ............ I am SO happy for you!!! .......... YOu did it for YOU ........ most important; loved the blog AND a big emoticon for your Popular Blog which is so well deserved!!! emoticon .......... I just know you are going to have MUCH to share in days to come that will really be a positive stroke!! ........ And last .......... emoticon for the friend add; quite happily, I have added you as well ........... :)

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    Yaaaay! So happy for you!

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    Wow!! You are doing SUPER and I know you'll continue!!

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    Well done, keep up the great work!!

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