Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ask and you shall receive!

Several of you sweet girls ask me to post before & after pictures of my weight loss journey! I can't believe I am about to do this, but why not. Now, it won't be a bikini picture as I would NEVER have that much confidence to show my belly :) (and plus there obviously are some creeps that look at our blog-remember the creepy email)?? I have worked hard and I should actually look at the "before" picture often actually to remind me what I don't want to be! Now I want to put a, sort of, disclaimer on here... I never really thought I was "fat." I was just imply unhappy with the way I looked. We all see ourselves differently than others see us. No one ever really called me "fat," it was just that my clothes were getting snug and way uncomfortable and I just was miserable in my own body. So I took control of myself and worked really hard and made MANY sacrifices to get where I WANTED TO BE! This loss and change was for ME and my health, not for anyone else, not to impress anyone (my husband always has told me everyday how beautiful he thinks I am), not to be the way the tabloids tell us we "should" be... I did this for me! I don't want you all thinking I did this to be a particular size... I did this because I was unhappy, ME! No other reason!

And what I have learned from getting healthy is that I really would LOVE to turn this into a career. I am very passionate about working out and eating right and helping others achieve their goals. So who knows, maybe I somehow can turn this into a career. I would love to!

That being said... here are my before and after pictures!!

That first pictures is the day of my birthday (Sept. 20). We were at a wedding in Houston! That was probably me at my biggest ever (I will guess around 165/size 10). The one on the right is from a wedding we went to Nov. 22. Almost 20 pounds dropped and weighing in at 146/size 6/8.
Until today I haven't looked at a "before" picture. And wow I really can tell a difference. My face, my arms... wow!


The 1st is taken on my birthday at the wedding in Houston. The second was this past weekend at my friend J's reception. I can' t get over my face. I look so swollen in the 1st picture.

Anywho, thank you to all of my bloggy friends for your sweet and kind words. You all have been very encouraging and I REALLY do appreciate that! I am lucky to have met some wonderful girls here on Blogger that I am proud to call my friends! :)

58 comments:

d.a.r. said...

Holy COW!!! You look amazing. You can really tell in your face! I don't think you look "sunken" or whatever, I think you look gorgeous! Heeeelllloooo cheekbones! I am so jealous!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

you are so beautiful! your face, your arms, your tiny waist! you look amazing! congratulations!!!

Mojito Maven said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!!! I'm so proud of you. You know what I think you should write your next post about? What you were eating to actually lose the weight...almost like a "day in the life of...". I think it will really help others out there find some direction and motivation because you ahve always said that you hate veggies, etc so if you can look that AMAZING with a distatse for veggies anyone can do this!!! You are seriously an inspiration!

KISSES

MM

Jennifer said...

You look great! And as long as you feel good, then nothing else matters. I've gained about 15 lbs in the 3 years I've been married. I say that I want to lose those lbs, but people roll their eyes. But it is not about them, it is about what weight makes me feel healthy and active and beautiful.

Good for you!

Leslie said...

Lookin' good, girl! (And did I already know that we have the same birthday??? Fun!)

Bama Belle... said...

You look so AMAZING! I just started back at the gym and it is so inspiring to see other people that have worked their butts off (literally!) to get to the way they want to look. I'm just like you - I'm not "fat" and I know that but I'm not happy with ME which is why I am going on this whole WW/gym kick. PLEASE PLEASE write a post like MM mentioned about what you ate, etc. Would LOVE to know. I'm emailing you for WW info as soon as I can focus on it. SO SO proud of you!

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

You look great! Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off!

SouthernAccent said...

Wow - that's awesome! You look great. It really inspires me to try harder!

jessica lynn said...

i can SO tell the difference! WOW! you look great!

Mrs. Forever said...

Wow! What an incredible transformation! You look incredible! Congratulations. I'd like to say that you motivated me to get back on track and keep trying to lose - and hopefully it will!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures!! When I was in college I gained (and then lost) about 40 pounds, so I can totally relate to the before and afters. And, what I love so much about getting in better shape is the face. Yours really does look thiner and more defined. Screw whoever said you look "sunken in". I think you look fabulous!!

The Pink Chick said...

You look amazing! Thank you so much for posting pictures. I needed some inspiration today! This week at WW I only lost .2 pound. I was so disappointed!

Brown Eyed Girl said...

You look great! You're so PRETTY!! But you were beautiful before too! Your arms look awesome and your face really slimmed down. That has to feel so motivating to look back at old pictures and see how far you've come :)

Lynsey and Brian said...

You look amazing! You have motivated me and it is now time for me to kick my butt into gear! Congrats on all your hard work.

Tracy's Porch said...

Wow - look at those buff arms! You are beautiful (before and after) but congrats on getting to your personal best.

I agree - I don't think your face looks sunken.

Holly said...

Girl, you look AMAZING! Thanks for posting them! It really is an inspiration!

The Ballard's said...

You look amazing! Do share some tips!

SassyEngineer said...

You look fabulous! You did before, but I totally understand your desire to be healthy. I am struggling with that right now. I'm not overweight or "fat" or anything, but I'm not healthy and not in shape. My clothes have also been getting snug, and I just want to feel good in my own skin. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jeannine said...

You know I think you are beautiful no matter what, but most important is that you feel good about you! When you do, you feel more in control of your life, more disciplined, and it affects all areas of your life!

Congratulations!

Yo Momma

Jenny.Lee said...

Thank you so much for sharing! You look amazing!

kara battel said...

congrats! you look great- isn't it amazing what you can do when you really commit!

Lindsey said...

You look fabulous!!!! BIG congrats on the 20lbs! I could totally see you doing this as a career, just from reading your blog I have been inspired and encouraged. Love the recipes, love hearing about how you eat and how you workout.

So proud of you!

P.S. I second Mrs. Mojito on a "Day in the Life" post!

morewineplease said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! You look amazing in all the pictures... but you can tell how chisseled you are looking in the afters... way to go!

Jennifer said...

You look great! Congratulations!

The Heckathorns said...

WOW!!!! You look goregous either way...but i'm proud of you and your weight loss accomplishment! I'm so slacking...but looking at your pictures give me hope! If you can do it, I can too!
Keep up the good work girl! ♥

kb said...

you look fantastic!!
congratulations, your an inspiration!

Broke-ass Bride said...

You're a total beauty and inspiration.

PS: Check out the Fit After Thirty blog - its chock fun of great resources and advice, and its hilarious... no matter what your age. fitafterthirty.com

P said...

You look beautiful in both pictures.

Chic Runner said...

You do look great! hard work pays off and great job! Glad you posted the pics. :) You smile looks so much bigger.

GIRL FROM THE LAND of 10KL said...

You look fantastic! See, hard work really does pay off. Congrats =)

Not Your Average Belle said...

What a difference! Congratulations! I'm working really hard to lose weight, and you have inspired me!

La Pixie said...

you look awesome. you look younger, too. good for you. be proud, Babe!!

With Love from New Orleans said...

Gorgeous!! Simply g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s!

Cali Girl said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! How inspiring.... thank you for sharing! You are so pretty in all the pics though!

Elizabeth said...

You look amazing!! I want your arms!! I just started doing Body Pump at the gym & am looking for a fun cardio workout that I won't get bored with. I keep looking at your blog for inspiration.

Gwen said...

You are such a HOT chick!!! I have really got to start pushing myself to lose weight!!! You should be super proud of how amazing you look. :) Congratulations!!!

*Kimmie* said...

Either way, you are beautiful! But so rewarding to really see your work pay off! Congrats!!

New Girl on Post said...

You are one gorgeous lady! I'd kill for hair and cheekbones like yours. :)

Whitney said...

That is AMAZING! Congratulations!

The Mrs said...

Great job! You look amazing. I know how you feel about not fitting in your clothes anymore, it is exciting but sad at the same time.

Emily said...

you look absolutely amazing! congrats!!! u look soo happy and healthy and amazing!

luckeelady said...

You were beautiful before... but you can definitely tell you have lost a lot of weight. Your face looks great!

Are you just eating great or also doing a TON of exercise?

Mrs. Cup said...

OH MY GOSH!!! You look fantastic!!!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

You look fabulous...congratulations

M and G said...

You look Gorgeous!!!!!

NewlywedCentral said...

INCREDIBLE! Told ya you were beautiful ;0) I love how your smile is so much more confident in your 'after' pics, too!

CONGRATS! You deserve it after all that hard work :)

Jordan said...

I think you're beautiful! And I really enjoy your upbeat, fun blog. Keep up the good work!

The Pink Owl said...

You look AMAZING!!

Kitty Cat said...

I agree with everyone, you don't look sunken, you look gorgeous! But you were gorgeous to begin with. I actually don't think (like you said) you were that chubby before, you obviously just felt like you needed to be comfy in your clothes.

Kate said...

You look absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!!!!!

peachofatl said...

Wow! Great job! You looked beautiful before, but now you are YOWZA! Good for you!

Krystyn said...

You look amazing in both pictures!

Your arms are definitely more toned in the second sets!

Congrats on the progress and sticking to it.

M&K said...

You look fabulous! Congratulations on all your hard work and for being willing to share the journey with us.

Mrs H said...

Good job! You look wonderful!

Mandy said...

Congrats! You look stunning!

Lulu said...

You are beautiful!!! THat you for sharing---sooo motivating!!!

xo, Lulu

Sarah said...

YOu look so great. I really don't see the sunken inn olg thing, I think you look Hott!!!! YOur husband better watch out hes got a pretty lady on his hands. I loved reading your success story I hope one day I can pout my story up that is after I achieve it! It's so hard during the holidays and with all of the cookies every place I go. Since you have been looking ito all of the healty meals what do you think about lean cusine meals?

THE Stephanie said...

WOW! You really do look amazing! Congrats on the pregnancy. I know it's hard... I gained A LOT of weight with my first, but try to enjoy it as much as you can. You really do look GREAT!!