The before picture was taken March 21- (I had started my diet and working out on March 1 so the before picture was actually taken after I had already lost 15 pounds!)
I didn't think to take any pics on March 1 :(
The 'after picture' was taken April 13!
It may not look like a significant before & after but considering the photos are only 3 weeks apart I'm pretty damn proud of myself :)
If you haven't already, you can read how I've been losing weight here.
I also wanted to list a few things I've found to be much easier with a few pounds shed:
Tanning. (yes, I already know the dangers of tanning) but Oh My Lanta! Laying in a tanning bed is so much easier with you have less weight and more room! I don't feel as squished as I used to.
My engagement ring is comfortable! Before my fingers looked like cocktail weenies and now I've even noticed my fingers slimming down & my ring is so much more comfortable. It was so tight before I thought I might literally have to have it cut off, now with just a little pushing it comes right off and on!
The obvious of feeling comfortable in clothes. When I tried on a medium dress and it fit like a glove I thought I was going to cry tears of excitement! I've been a borderline size 14 for the past few months so getting into those size 10 jeans and a medium top just sent me over the top! It's really moments like those when your motivation kicks back in and you can really tell results. I've always said- it's not the numbers on the scale that matter, it's how you feel. If you feel great after losing 'only' 10 pounds or so then good for you! Keep rockin' on! There was also this super cute coat I bought in November. I couldn't fit into at the time (nowhere close to fitting in it, actually) but it was so cute I couldn't not have it, so I bought it. Well, I tried that coat on a week ago and it fit perfect. *SQUEAL* It made my month, really. The best motivation is when you see results for yourself.
Now, I may have gotten a little overzealous but I bought a bikini top. Not to wear now, oh hell no, but as a little more motivation. It's hanging outside of my closet so I see it everyday and when I think I'm too tired to work out or don't have enough time, catching a glimpse of that bikini boosts my motivation and drive just enough to make me want to work out.
We had our engagement photos done in October and while the photographer was AMAZING I was so unhappy with how fat and bloated I looked. I was still in so much denial at how much I had gained I hated the photos and only noticed my double chin, thick legs, fat arms, etc. Since I'm feeling so much more confident about the way I looked we had another session of photos done and I am so anxious to see how those turned out, but I felt great while taking them so I'm sure they're noting but great.
I'm about half way to my goal weight so I am so excited for in a few months when I'm REALLY getting into shape. After I lose the amount of weight I want I'll start focusing on really getting 'toned' so we'll have to see how that goes ;)
If you feel like you need or want to lose weight, just start. Start somewhere. Start taking small walks and build up to long ones, go for a bike ride, go paddle-boating, rollerblading. SOMETHING. I can admit the only reason I didn't start working out before March 1 was because I was afraid. I was afraid if I did start working out I wouldn't lose any weight, that it would be a waste of time and I would just be more upset. Well, I started and I couldn't be more happier. I know I have a ways to go before I reach my goal weight but even the weight I've lost has boosted my confidence, self esteem, and just overall happiness. It sucks that weight gain can have such a hold on a person's emotions and esteem but the fact is that it does. If you're not happy with how you look, it
As always, I hope this post has helped motivate some of you, get some of you started and has helped you see that your work WILL PAY OFF.