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Old 06-01-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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I had a really hard time with the weight loss this past week; it was just one of those weeks where despite perfect diet and exercise, I didn't lose much. So to remind myself that I have made some progress, I posted progress pictures in the mini-goal photo album.

They're here, if you are curious. Sometimes it really does take a photograph to remind ourselves that we're making real changes, despite how we might feel about ourselves on a particular day. I am harder on myself than most people would ever be, so I need that reminder a lot!

Today's a better day, though. I am really self-conscious about my arms because they're disproportionately large, but this morning I dared myself to wear a super-cute (size medium!) top that is perfect -- except for the tiny, barely-there cap sleeves. I'm still really self-conscious about my arms, but three people have commented on how nice I look today, so I guess I should stop worrying about it so much. Easier said than done, but I'm working on it.

You'd think after three years of slooooow weight loss I would be over most of my insecurities, but I'm just now starting to feel 'normal'. I looked in the mirror last week while in the middle of changing, so I was down to a bra and underwear, and I thought, "Huh, I actually look normal." A week before that I glanced in the mirror while in the bathroom at work and thought, "Wow, I am sort of pretty." That's the first time I've ever thought that about myself, I'm sad to say.

So I guess I'm making more progress than I realized. It's...nice. Strange, but nice. (And I haven't even put on my emergency arm-covering sweater yet today, even when I knew I was going to run into the guy at work I have a crush on.)

I'm not really sure I have a point, but thanks for listening anyway.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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Caroline, you look amazing. You have come so far. You are beautiful inside and out.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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You are looking great! I'm a 'slow and steady' loser too but for some of us, it's simply what works. Good for you for continuing DOWN the scale even if it does feel like it is by inches at times.
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:41 PM   #4
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"sorta pretty"...Downright beautiful!!!

Congrats on all your success!!!
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:42 PM   #5
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Wow! Such an inspiration! Thanks for posting those.
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:41 PM   #6
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Your pictures look great! Congratulations!
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:04 PM   #7
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You are beautiful. Inside AND out. You look fabulous and one day you WILL realize that... even if we have to beat the knowledge into you
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:51 PM   #8
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Caroline, you look great! Really, truly, great! Although I am with ya about being self-conscious of my arms. But, like you, I'm daring myself to wear shirts that expose them! So, if you keep doing it, I'll keep doing it!!
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:14 AM   #9
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OMG. You're tiny. You're PETITE! And you're beautiful. Congratulations!!! You look really really GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more negative talk! You did it!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:06 AM   #10
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Thanks, guys! I really am trying to quit with the negative self-talk, which is my favorite thing about hanging around here. Being in an environment (virtual or otherwise) where people talk positively about themselves and celebrate their accomplishments helps keep me in mind of my own. So thanks for that!

Emily, it's a deal! I will keep daring myself out of my clothing comfort zone if you will.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:15 AM   #11
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you're so cute! yay for you put the emergency sweater A W A Y !!!!
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:43 AM   #12
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Love the pictures! What an amazing transformation!
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You're beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing pictures of your journey. They are a total inspiration for a newbie like me!
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:29 AM   #14
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You look fabulous!!
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:59 AM   #15
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I think you look great!
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