Goal Photo Album - Amanda's Before and After




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mandalinn82
01-11-2008, 08:09 PM
Realized I'd never posted in here - took some photos today to celebrate.

Let us start with BEFORES:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/before4.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/000_0081.jpg

Drunken Halloween before...
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/000_0106.jpg

And the scariest (note the stomach hanging out...)
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/before2.jpg

OK, enough of that. Onto...some DURINGs:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/amandapics010.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/amandapics009-1.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/amandapics024.jpg

A trial shot for the WW article...
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/IMG_0500.jpg

And...to show off the new haircut, some as-of-today AFTERs:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/IMG_0764.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/IMG_0771.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/IMG_0779.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y124/mandalinn82/Self%20Portraits%20Before%20and%20After/IMG_0744.jpg


NightengaleShane
01-11-2008, 08:25 PM
You look so beautiful now and I would NEVER have guessed by looking at your after pictures that you were once obese.

You've come so far and have always been an inspiration to.. well.. all of us. :)

And your haircut is cute.

fitbyforty
01-11-2008, 08:34 PM
Wow!!!!


SavingServo
01-11-2008, 09:49 PM
Wow! You look like a different person! Your face shape really changed, and I think the new haircut really suits you.

And for one thing that has nothing to do with weight loss, your kitchen is also amazing! Or at least the part of it in that picture. :lol: My parents recently got theirs redone and it looks a lot like yours but they have dark counter tops, but I like yours better. :sssh:

rockinrobin
01-11-2008, 10:32 PM
Amanda, you are SENSATIONAL!!!! Simply sensational. You are the picture of good health and fitness. You have much to be proud of.

And the best part of it, I know these pictures are going to inspire and motivate so many people to do something about their weight and become success stories like yourself. You have really shown people that YES - it CAN be done!

:bravo::bravo::cp::cp::cp::bravo::bravo:

jtammy
01-11-2008, 10:39 PM
Wowza, I don't think I had realized that you had gotten that SMALL! You haven't posted any full body shots in a while! You look fantastic! Very inspiring.

And yeah, you need some photos in the goal section. This is where many of the new folks (and the not so new too) like to come for inspiration. They'll get plenty of it on this thread.

MangoKitty
01-12-2008, 02:44 AM
You look amazing! Like a totally new person, and that haircut is great! Congratulations!

mandalinn82
01-12-2008, 03:54 AM
Shane - it's funny, I'm actually carrying an extra 2-3 lbs from Christmas. Granted, I don't like them, but they did something strange to my face...took away that gaunt "I just lost weight" look. We'll see.

FitbyForty - thank you!

Colleen - I wish I could take credit for the kitchen! The whole Women's World thing went down while I was housesitting for friends of mine...I LOVE to housesit for them because they have such a gorgeous place.

Robin - that's why I like posting them (well, that and showing off the hair. I really dig the hair)...I hope that people realize it IS possible!

Tammy - I'm a size smaller than the most recent pics I posted (though the weight is about the same). Muscle rocks!

Mango - thank you! I (and I've seen this many places, so I know you hear it a lot) love your signature quote.

xJox
01-15-2008, 11:34 AM
Wow. You look great!

mandalinn82
01-15-2008, 03:04 PM
Thanks Baileysmomma!!!

KT75
01-16-2008, 11:01 AM
You don't know me (yet), but I just had to reply to this. You are so beautiful! I love your new look and your new haircut. Great job!!! :hug:

lyterae
01-16-2008, 11:13 AM
You look fantastic! Thank you for sharing your pictures, I know that I personally would like to hide most of my high weight ones...

Your haircut is awesome, and lovely collarbones :) I'm looking forward to finding mine again.

mandalinn82
01-16-2008, 01:54 PM
KT - thank you! :wel3fc:

Lyterae - once you get to goal, something shifts...you love those befores, because they show just how far you've come! And thank you for the haircut compliment!

junebug41
01-16-2008, 02:04 PM
I know what you mean about the gaunt look, but I don't see it- you just look beautiful and healthy!

skinnyvanilly2b
01-16-2008, 02:08 PM
mandallinn, You look so grreat! You look so happy with your success too!! Great job and thankyou for all the support you give us!!:dancer:

mandalinn82
01-16-2008, 02:10 PM
Junebug - that's what I'm saying...the above pics were taken AFTER the 3 lb Christmas gain, and I'm not sure I mind them given what they did to my face...made it look a little less...pulled. Or maybe it's just time adjusting my skin. Who knows? Thank you!

mandalinn82
01-16-2008, 02:12 PM
SkinnyVanilly - thanks!

ChunkyDunker
01-16-2008, 04:24 PM
You are such an inspiration to me, thank you for sharing! :hug:

mandalinn82
01-16-2008, 05:33 PM
ChunkyDipper - thank you! Congrats on the 6lbs so far! :cheer:

Nevaeh
01-17-2008, 09:56 AM
Wow, you look amazing! Such an inspiration. :) You must feel so great about yourself!

mandalinn82
01-17-2008, 01:27 PM
Nevaeh - aw, thanks! Its weird. Often my brain doesn't recognize what my eyes see, so pictures can be somewhat of a shock still.

michellenew
01-19-2008, 01:37 PM
amanda
you are my hero!

LizzieW
01-19-2008, 08:59 PM
Awesome! You look so beautiful and healthy! You've inspired me -- true, I only started a little over a week ago, but I forgot to take a "before" picture (and DH says my face already looks thinner) -- so I rooted through recent pics friends had sent me and found a "good" one (well, good for the "before" status), and now it's waiting on my PC desktop for that fabulous day I get to post my "after!" It's also a good current reminder of why I am staying OP each day -- I don't want to go back to looking as I do in that pic! :D

Ija
01-19-2008, 10:08 PM
I have to say you look a good 10 years younger now than in your before pictures. Go you!

jelynn
01-19-2008, 11:30 PM
You look amazing and I love your haircut! Thanks for the inspiration :)

mandalinn82
01-20-2008, 11:27 PM
Michelle - thank you! That's incredibly sweet.

Lizzie - I wish I had taken even MORE pictures along the way. It is so nice to be able to look back on the journey, especially if you need an extra boost at some point along the way.

Drina - thank you! I look HEALTHIER, for sure.

Jelynn - thanks! I am still really liking the haircut. I always wanted short hair but it brought out the doublechin factor a bit too much before.

JenR
01-21-2008, 01:00 PM
your pics and goal story are another source of inspiration for me. thanks for sharing!

amanda1885
01-21-2008, 01:07 PM
your pics are truly amazing. May I ask what all worked for you. I just started taking leptopril again. I took it in 2006 for 12 weeks and lost 51 pounds but then my husband decided I should go off of it because we wanted another baby. Well I had a baby on november 12th and now I am fighting the weight. I am trying to lose about 65 to 70 pounds somewhere around there to get back to my ideal weight. Any advice you can give me would sure help

mandalinn82
01-21-2008, 01:20 PM
JenR - Thank you! It still blows me away that I can be inspiring to people...this place was so inspiring to me that it is the LEAST I can do!

Amanda - have you seen my goal story (see signature link). I counted calories and exercised, consistently, over many months.. you can get more info in that (very long) post. :wel3fc:

Cardfan1
01-21-2008, 01:23 PM
Wow! Amanda, you look great!

vixjean
01-21-2008, 10:07 PM
you look so tiny now, great job, you really lost a lot of weight... and you were lucky enough to keep your beautiful smile too!

mandalinn82
01-21-2008, 10:17 PM
Cardfan - thank you! WTG on your 12 lb loss so far!

VixJean - thank you as well. I love your User Title...so true!

angeline
01-22-2008, 11:47 AM
it's always amazing to see the transformations with my own two eyes!! your transformation is wonderful!! congratulations!

more proof it can be done!

on a different note: can i ask what karaokee system you're using and if you like it? also is that DDR in one of the "before" pictures? did you use this for workouts? i keep thinking i'd love to have a DDR but have never tried it.

mandalinn82
01-22-2008, 12:08 PM
Angeline - thanks!

The karaoke system is actually Karaoke Revolution for PS2...it measures your pitch based on microphone frequency and gives you a score. Neat stuff.

And yes, that same Christmas we got DDR...it was a lot of fun!

SAnativegirl
01-22-2008, 01:41 PM
You look FABulous!!!!!!!!!

bringingsexyback08
01-22-2008, 01:44 PM
You look amazing! Hope for the best in your life long plan. :dizzy:

mandalinn82
01-22-2008, 03:52 PM
SANativegirl and Bringingsexyback - you're both so sweet! Thank you!

angeline
01-23-2008, 10:26 AM
Amanda,
Thanks for the info on your "toys"!!

a.

K-boogie
01-28-2008, 04:30 PM
You look great congrats!

Gwen77
02-23-2008, 07:47 PM
You were the 1st person to welcome me here and I just wanted to say that you are an inspiriation to me and I just hope that I have what you have in me to do this.
Everyday is a challenge but I just want this so bad.
Congrats, you look wonderful, but best of all, you are HEALTHY!

mandalinn82
02-23-2008, 08:48 PM
Kboogie - thanks!

Gwen - you absolutely, positively, 100% can do this. Sure, it can be a challenge at times...but come on, is anything REALLY worth having not? You're gonna do just fine...stick here and keep posting.

noodlebean
02-23-2008, 11:52 PM
WOW! You look awesome. It's so cool to see the change via the "during" photos. Many congrats and thank you for sharing your pics!

mandalinn82
02-24-2008, 03:50 AM
Noodlebean - aw, thanks! I love the consistent shirt during the process...really helped me to see things clearly.

Love your avatar!

Jmarie119
03-10-2008, 03:33 AM
Wow U Look Great, I bet you feel Like your on top of the world!

blackbeltchica19
03-10-2008, 06:49 AM
you look wonderful! Congrats!

mandalinn82
03-10-2008, 12:55 PM
Blackbelt - thank you!

JMarie - before I lost weight, I thought doing so would fix all of my problems...well, it doesn't (too bad!). It does feel good to be smaller, though...I just think that "top of the world" feeling has to come from within, and you can have it at any size.

fabulousonadiet
03-18-2008, 12:05 PM
Beautiful! I read your Goal thread as well and I am just taken aback! You should be so proud!

mandalinn82
03-18-2008, 12:49 PM
Fabulous - awww, thank you! If I can do it, ANYONE can!

OnlyMeantWell
03-18-2008, 07:25 PM
You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing these pictures, they really give me hope!

mandalinn82
03-18-2008, 07:33 PM
OnlyMeantWell - I got that same hope from others on here when I first joined...and the support of those fabulous maintainers and all of the other wonderful folks here carried me through. Have hope, and hold onto that! You can absolutely, positively do this.

JenJen76
05-07-2008, 05:34 AM
wow, how are u doing now, are u still on the forums, i sure hope so, J

mandalinn82
05-07-2008, 11:41 AM
J - oh yes, still here all the time! I use the Maintainers section of 3FC now to keep me on track toward my goals.

:wel3fc: Glad you've joined us!

Just Deb
05-07-2008, 12:01 PM
Wow!! You look fabulous! And so inspiring!

mandalinn82
05-07-2008, 05:35 PM
Deb - that's sweet -thanks!

Ladybug2680
06-08-2008, 11:21 AM
All I can say is WOW. You look absolutely awesome.

mandalinn82
06-08-2008, 01:16 PM
Ladybug - awww, thank you! It takes work but it can be done!

lessthanthreeme
07-16-2008, 12:32 AM
Wow you look great! You are an inspiration :]

Fat Chick B Gone
07-16-2008, 07:04 AM
Wow these are amazing! Good for you and for keeping it off!

mjhenderson
07-16-2008, 09:11 AM
holy cow... You look AMAZING! I hope I can stick to it and do as you did... WOW just WOW... Do you think you can write me and tell me how you did it... that way I can see if I can take something that you have done and apply it to what I am doing! Thankyou so much...

mandalinn82
07-21-2008, 02:01 AM
HereIGoAgain...thank you! I'm glad you're here for this time around!

FatChick and MJHenderson - thank you so much. With a commitment to make it happen, you can DEFINITELY do this. Stick around!

jendiet
07-10-2009, 12:33 PM
wow! the transformation is stunning! congrats!

fra
09-12-2009, 11:59 AM
I adore your haircut!! I think in the first "after" pic you look like Carrie Ann Moss btw :)

helpmelose
10-02-2009, 12:19 AM
Amazing!!!

Thanks for sharing your journey!

mandalinn82
10-02-2009, 12:28 AM
Jendiet - thank you!

Fra - thank you! What a compliment...I've never been told I looked like anyone before!

Helpmelose - thanks! You're on your way!

Aussie Nikki
10-07-2009, 07:12 AM
Amazing! Such an inspiration! Thanks for posting your pics!

kuhrisuh
10-08-2009, 06:27 PM
Wow wow wow! You look amazing!
Thanks for the inspiration, keep it up girl!
:carrot:

srr728
10-09-2009, 04:03 AM
You look beautiful! It's amazing how your confidence shows through your pics. Congratulations.... you are inspiring ;)

fra
11-24-2009, 03:16 PM
I have said this before, but you look like Carrie Ann Moss now! ♥

Ashbee
11-25-2009, 03:07 PM
Yahoo! :congrat: You look great! Your haircut looks awesome too ... :)

Tammy43vn
11-27-2009, 01:46 AM
You look awesome!! Way to go! I needed some inspiration. Thank you.

ashakari
11-28-2009, 09:24 PM
Wow! I'm starting Dr. Ian's Extreme Fat Smash Diet Monday! I just went grocery shopping and I've read part of the book already. I'm geared up and excited once again! Wish me luck and/or keep me in prayer that I am successful with this one! It seems easy enough, I just have to get up off my rump an exercise on a regulary basis!

ashakari
11-28-2009, 09:26 PM
I hit the reply button too soon, LOL! You look gggrrreeeeaaaat! I'd never have thought it was the same person in that before picture! You should be VERY proud of yourself! How long did it take you to lose it?

mandalinn82
11-29-2009, 12:29 AM
Wow, how did I miss all of these wonderful, supportive messages? I must have missed them when I got back from vacation!

Aussie Nikki, Kuhrisah, Srr, and Tammy - I'll say it again...it's so weird to be considered an inspiration, but if I can help anyone with their journey, I'm so happy to do so!

Ashbee - it took a lot of time to find me a hairstylist I loved, but she's worth her weight in gold.

Ashakari - good luck! I can hardly believe that I'm the same person as my before picture. You can ready my goal story (in the signature) for more details.

AliceInFatland
11-29-2009, 02:37 AM
Oh, wow!!! Look at your face, you look like a completely different person!! To clarify, I mean that in a "you're gorgeous!" way! And you look so much happier. Plus, everyone's right, that haircut is ADORABLE on you.

encelia
12-02-2009, 03:54 AM
I love reading the success stories. It reminds me that it CAN be done! I lost the weight once, and I can do it again.

mandalinn82
12-02-2009, 01:39 PM
Alice - I know...it's amazing how many times people just flat out don't recognize me. I definitely prefer this face!

Encelia - yes, it is possible, and you can do it! :wel3fc:

meandmyself
01-06-2010, 01:35 PM
I always find these pictures so amazing. I have been heavy all my life and even in all my weight loss attempts I have never broken 200 so I have no idea what I look like thin. It is a concept I can't even grasp.

Seeing your pictures made me realize that the transformation is possible, attainable and magical. You can tell from your pics that it transforms so much more than the image on the outside. The expression on your face in your after pics is priceless! And frankly more than the skinny jeans...I want that look of victory!

Great job! You look amazing and I hope to share my b/a pics in 2010!

mizmizzy
01-21-2010, 07:43 PM
***applauds***

lucky8
01-21-2010, 07:46 PM
WoW congrats u look amazing you give hope to all ov us with the (hang over bellys ) thank you x

Starify
02-20-2010, 09:33 PM
That's awesome! Wonderful job!

Nit2loseit
02-21-2010, 12:53 PM
You look so great! Congrats! :carrot:

leitnerfarmlabs
03-08-2010, 12:06 PM
Wow you look fantastic! Congrats on all the hard work!!

mandalinn82
03-08-2010, 01:20 PM
Katie and Leitnerfarmlabs - thank you both!

no pain no gain
03-09-2010, 10:55 AM
wow! You look amazing!! I think you're an insparation, thanks for posting the before and after pics. It makes me realize that loosing weight IS possible!

nomoredreamin
03-09-2010, 11:24 AM
Those are GReat pics!!!! Thanks for posting those.....it is a reminder for those of us starting out that it can be done. I have always heard that you will not ever be "skinny" if your "obese". I know from looking around on here that there is NOOOO truth to that.I just hope and pray that I will be posting some pics like that this year!!!

mandalinn82
03-09-2010, 12:05 PM
No pain no gain - thank you!

Nomoredreamin - it's funny, because I *look* smaller at a weight that most people consider pretty high for my height...mostly because, I think, I have a lot of muscle from carrying around 300 lbs of myself for so long. But I wear a size 8, so I'm good!

SlimBy2011
03-19-2010, 11:54 PM
You look great!

Janai
03-21-2010, 06:36 AM
You look great!!! Keep up the good work!!

Chunkyhoney
03-31-2010, 10:54 AM
You look Great!!!!

melNco
04-02-2010, 03:40 PM
you look great!! way to go :)

mandalinn82
04-02-2010, 04:12 PM
Slim, Janai, ChunkyHoney, and Mel - thank you all so much!

renstwin
04-04-2010, 12:44 PM
You look fabulous! Congratulations on acheiving your goal.

mandalinn82
04-04-2010, 04:54 PM
Renstwin - thanks! :wel3fc:

gypsychic
04-05-2010, 05:08 AM
bravo:congrat: .. you r such an inspiration. and beautiful ..

mandalinn82
04-05-2010, 01:16 PM
Nemaa - thank you!

GreenTeaYum
09-12-2010, 06:46 PM
Wow - you look stunning. (Love those glasses btw! ;) )

It's incredible. Whenever I feel discouraged or lazy, I just skim through the forums for photos like these. They are so motivational. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

zeffryn
09-12-2010, 11:05 PM
Wow, Amanda. I just saw this thread and I must say...HOLY COW! You don't even look like the same person. Looking beautiful, girl.

Findmyself
09-14-2010, 07:19 PM
Wow! Just... Wow!!

leeshalulu
09-20-2010, 11:41 AM
Amazing transformation! Cut hair cut too! Congrats.

RollsCouture
10-07-2010, 01:20 AM
WOW! You look wonderful! You're such an inspiration!!

mandalinn82
10-07-2010, 01:33 AM
Thank you all so much. :o

RevampingSoul
10-07-2010, 04:18 AM
absolutely beautiful. You really look great.

Onederchic
10-29-2010, 09:27 PM
You are incredible. Thanks for being an inspiration :hug:

freakumdress
11-08-2010, 12:25 AM
absolutely great pics you are beautifu....plz dont take this wrong....but get some tighter pants....youve worked so hard and deserve to show every inch of your beautiful new figure.

leahbiaxo
11-08-2010, 01:41 AM
wow, you look incredible! how much weight did you lose all together? and how did you stay so motivated?

freeatlast73
11-09-2010, 10:03 PM
Wow!!! What an inspiration!

mom4life
11-10-2010, 10:02 AM
You do look amazing!

fat chick 123
11-18-2010, 01:25 AM
Lookin goood. I bet your feeling good to :D :D :D

mandalinn82
11-18-2010, 01:33 AM
Wow, so many responses! Thank you all so much!

You can read details in my Goal story (linked below my post)

Freakumdress - it took some time to adjust to tighter clothing, but I definitely wear some now! Those pics were taken right at goal, when the wardrobe had not yet quite been updated to match my new figure.

Again, thank you all so much for your kind words :hug:

PastriestoPushups
11-20-2010, 12:35 AM
You look great! I have just joined this forum and started my journey and your pictures make me so excited to start taking after pictures!

mandalinn82
11-20-2010, 01:50 AM
Thank you! :wel3fc: and you'll be taking those After photos before you know it!

Nicki6
12-09-2010, 09:55 PM
Smokin!

coffeebarchick
12-10-2010, 02:49 PM
But then again as is apparent in all three sets of pics - you've always been very pretty.
Waving at you from New York

AKim
12-10-2010, 07:18 PM
congrats on such a huge accomplishment. You must be so proud of yourself and happy.

SoniaCarrillo
11-28-2011, 12:00 AM
Amazing Transformation !!!
So Happy for you.
:)

mandalinn82
11-28-2011, 12:32 AM
Thank you! :wel3fc: to all of the newbies!