I made this animated gif to show myself my progress since last Spring (I had just woken up in both pics.. no hair, no makeup, yikes)
Somewhat unexpectedly, this project has led me some real revelations of how far I really have come since last year, both emotionally and physically. I am feeling incredibly grateful and accomplished. I know that it will only get better from here :D
391 isn't my highest weight... this pic was taken 4 months before I joined my gym and started getting serious with strength training (Last Aug-Sept). I actually gained weight since the first pic, then lost it all, plus 12 more lbs, by the second pic.
See me shrink in an animation: oi44.tinypic.com/
Last Winter/Spring I was on medical leave from work and school.. I barely got out of bed and my anxiety and depression were so bad I was afraid to leave the apartment. I had delivery or takeout nearly every single day, and my boyfriend did most of the chores.
Now I am doing running intervals and full-body strength training 2-3 times per week, dance and cardio videos, incline walking, elliptical and exercise bike on my days off.
I am back in school, getting good grades in all of my classes, keeping up with chores and cooking each and every day.
In these pics, I have gone from over 50% body fat in pic 1
to approx 43.4% body fat in pic 2...
so I have LOST approx 31 lbs of fat, despite the scale only dropping 12 lbs
If you are struggling on the scale and are tempted to give up: DON'T! Lean body mass can be a large % of your total weight and you can lose tons of fat without the scale even budging.
Measure your progress in your clothes, in the mirror, with the tape measure, in fitness accomplishments, in how you feel, and in the quality of your life, not just on that stupid scale!!