Friday, April 13, 2012

Before & After Pictures {3 weeks}!

I've promised updates and before and afters so here ya go!


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 can will put you into crappy moods and feelings.  When you feel like you look good, you feel good overall.


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.

13 comments:

  1. I'm can't remember how I found your blog, but I'm glad I did. This post is EXACTLY what I needed. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. :)

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    1. Thank you :)! That's exactly why I put myself out there and even though it can be embarrassing discussing weight gain and posting pictures, I do it to hopefully help!

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  2. I found your blog via pinterest, and I'm way impressed! I've been trying to get remotivated to loose some weight, and after reading about your success I'm ready to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Diedre! That's the whole reason I put myself out there even though the photos and weight can be embarrassing- to help and inspire others! It's not easy but if I can do it, anybody can! Best of look and stay inspired! :)

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  3. It is fear that keeps me from trying. How did you overcome that?

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    1. Honestly, since I'm getting married in a little over 4 months the fear of looking overweight at my wedding scared me more than the fear of working out and still not getting results, which boosted my motivation to start trying. As bad as it sounds, if I wasn't getting married so soon I would have never started working out, ever. It is hard to get started but once you step on a scale and see a few pounds have been shed or try on a shirt that fits more comfortably it boosts your motivation level more than anything else! Like everything in life, if you never try, you'll never know! I hope you find the motivation to get over your fear.. I promise it will be worth it!

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    2. Amanda, I did it! I got out of bed this am & went to a fitness class! It was so awesome. It is for the very out of shape, health issues, etc. Thats me! Anyway, im very excited about it. Im also getting my hair cut & colored tomorrow to be a hsir model next week! Thanks to you & the hair stylist i had the courage to go.

      Thank you.

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    3. I am SO SO happy to hear that! Keep me updated with your progress and stay inspired! I promise it will all be worth it!

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  4. How is everything going? I found this through pinterest. I'm just wondering if you are getting closer or even at your goal weight. You look amazing and I'm sure you look even better now. Are you planning on doing an updated post in the near future? I'd love to see where you are now.

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    1. Hi! Everything is going great! I've been so busy moving and wedding planning that I haven't kept up with blogging but have still kept track of my weight loss & inches lost! Hopefully soon I'll have a moment to myself for a posted update!
      Thanks so much!!

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  5. Okay, I seriously just love your blog! You are so hilarious as well! I feel like everything you are posting is so my life! I hated taking pictures and was also in denial about heavy I actually was, I kept thinking "Am I really this fat? I Don't feel like it"...but scales and pictures don't lie! I am down to 210 right now and reading your blog just keeps me motivated to get to my goal weight of 125! You rock! Congrats on your weight loss! (I understand how hard it is!)

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  6. This is awesome! I am getting married in a little under 6 months we leave for Mexico on our honeymoon exactly 6 months from today. I also bought a bikini to motivate me. It hasn't worked but reading your blog and seeing your before and after pictures have really motivated me. I think the 6 month mark also helps! :)

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  7. I'm like exactly where u were when u started height weight everything. I just started working towards my goal last week & this post just made me tear up bc i can't wait for that feeling. Thank u

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