Saturday, October 18, 2014

Progress photos: Before, during, trying to get back to after


After my father passed away, we spent a lot of time going through old photos. This photo was taken on a family trip to the Mall of America when I was at my absolute heaviest. I have no idea what I weighed, because I was avoiding the scale and pretending that things weren't really that bad. I know that those shorts were a men's size 36, and they look skintight. I was wearing whatever I could fit into, men's or women's sizes.  Occasionally I would go to Lane Bryant if I needed something that looked decent.  After I saw the photos from this trip, I made my first attempts to lose weight.



The photo I have been using up until now as a "before," above, was taken many years later, after I had lost weight but rebounded. This was right around the time that I had a "Come to Jesus" moment with my doctor, because on his scale I weighed 197 pounds.  I think in the first photo I look much heavier, so I might have been as high as 225-250.

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Triste Blurred Lines Shift Dress
Here's a more recent photo of me, taken for a Gwynnie Bee (affiliate link) fit-testing project for the updates to the Triste sizing. I'm around 180 pounds in this photo.



Finally, the photo above is me at or near my Weight Watchers goal weight of 155 (with my husband, who was also at what is probably his ideal weight). We were dressed up for my 15-year high school reunion, which was in 2003.  I loved that dress and still have it in my closet.

It's hard sometimes when I struggle to lose, or make some progress only to regain. Looking at these photos helps me to remember that even though I'm not quite where I want to be, I have made progress. The fact that I have maintained the initial loss of whatever amount of weight is between the initial picture and the one above is no small feat.

6 comments:

  1. Keep going! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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  2. You're making progress and looking great! Keep up the good work and I'm confident you will reach your goal weight. :-)

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    1. I feel like I have been stuck for years. But it is a better place to be stuck than I started.

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  3. I tried three times yesterday to leave you a comment and they would not "take". I have no idea what was going on, no other troubles.

    I said -
    Loved the pix.

    I think your fit-testing sounds very fun. Write more if you are allowed please.

    How tall is your hubby?!?!

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    1. My husband and I are almost exactly the same height. He is standing on a step in that photo. I will write about the fit testing now that it's done -- I think it would be a fun post for sometime next week.

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