Goal Photo Album - My Story, My Pictures (37 pounds lost)

02-16-2008, 02:33 PM
Well I posted a little something in the Goal forum, but nothing in here yet for my before and after pictures.

I started this journey right before Thanksgiving of last year, 2007. I had moved to Kentucky from Massachusetts and found myself turning to food to replace my lonely homesick feeling. Do you really want to know how depressed I was? I even wrote a letter to "Annie's Mailbox", the Dear Annie column featured in newspapers nationwide. And even worse? My question was published!


My name was "Heartbroken" and I look back now and realize that my depression had nothing to do with anything about moving. I was lonely those first few months after moving, but I ate those feelings away. I did stop feeling homesick, but still ate my feelings away. I was left with a body I was disgusted with and fell deep into depression. I continued to believe my depression was from moving and blamed it on being so far from my family and friends. I became a bit of a recluse and only found comfort in food.

This was a huge bounce from where I had come from in my younger years; dealing with bouts of anorexia and always being underweight. So it was a huge deal for me when I topped my scale at 167 pounds. I told myself I'd never let myself see that number again, and that's when I started to diet.

I was told by many that starting a diet right before the holidays was crazy; but I'm proud of myself that I did this. I proved to myself that I could make it through the holidays LOSING weight for once, not gaining. And I did! 37 pounds lost! It wasn't easy; passing up holiday cookies and leaning in for a cheese stick instead. But looking back it gave me a sense of having self control and I left the holidays behind feeling proud of myself.

Enough of my story, on to my pictures and results. I went from 167 pounds to 130 pounds. I went from a size 10, to a size 2.

That's me on the far left. Not the most flattering face picture, the wind was in my face. This is me and my friends at Churchill Downs.

This is me on my anniversary, Feb. 4th. I technically wasn't quite at goal yet, I was about 134, but this is the most current clothed picture I have.

Before Front View

After Front View (that's my kitty Gizmo that I cropped over my face!)

Before Side View

After Side View

I'm still struggling with accepting my body, and I still may try and lose some more weight. Maybe to about 125 pounds. But for now, I'm just satisfied that I set a goal for myself and achieved that goal. Yay for me!!!

02-16-2008, 02:56 PM
You look awesome - it's obvious you've worked really hard to get to goal!! It must feel great to look and feel so healthy!

02-16-2008, 03:33 PM
Wow, you have lost so much weight in the newest pictures!!! I can so tell. I laughed where you put your cat's head over your head, that was great. =D But wow!!! I can't believe you lost all that much weight. You can especially tell on the before and after side shots. You look perfect right now, you definitely do not need to lose to get to 127, but hey, go for it if you want it!

I read your heartbroken letter and I can't believe Annie told you to put your husband first! What bunk. Yes, you have to make certain sacrifices, but it made her sound like one of those agony aunts from the 1800's... "make a proper home for your husband, and do not complain when he comes home tired after work because he will not talk to you and just wants his dinner." Augh, that drives me nuts. You should do what is best for you, but it sounds like you settled in since then and things are more or less okay, so that's good!

I can't believe how much weight you lost. I am sooooo happy for you! You are doing awesome! :hug:

02-16-2008, 06:24 PM
You look good, and I agree with Mizu's comments about the advice columnist. I'm glad that you're feeling better about where you are, but in case you're not, discuss it (don't just do what's best for him). In the end what's best for him is you being happy and well settled no matter where you live.

And starting before a holiday - why not? The day you decide to start is the day you should start. Too many times I've said to myself things like "I'll start Monday" or the first day of the month, or whatever. This last journey began on a Friday (with a dinner out planned on the Monday). I didn't want to wait just in case I found another reason not to start.

Once again, congrats on reaching your goal!

02-16-2008, 06:51 PM
Wow, great job!! And you did that quickly, too!

As for the advice column, she must have missed my boyfriend's favorite phrase when it comes to these (or any) sorts of things: "Happy wife, happy life!"
Of course, I told him this when I'd overheard it...


02-16-2008, 07:28 PM
You look fabulous! And you sound like you're in a much better place. Moving far away can do all sorts of crazy things to your head, and it's an adjustment for anyone. The advice she gave you pissed me off but I won't go there because that would cloud the main point of posting a response... you look phenomenal. Kudos!

02-16-2008, 07:35 PM
you look so awesome! nice job :)

02-16-2008, 07:58 PM
You look wonderful! Way to go!

02-22-2008, 12:29 AM
Wow. You look great. Congrats!

03-18-2008, 04:47 PM
You look fantastic! Congrats...

04-01-2008, 03:09 PM
You really look great! Congratulations on your loss and determination.

04-01-2008, 05:14 PM
Wow, you look fantastic! Congrats!!! :)

04-01-2008, 09:52 PM
Congratulations! You look amazing! Great job!

04-01-2008, 10:23 PM
Congratulations, you look awesome...and how brave you were to take nude photo's of yourself! I'm envious of your abs...you should be very proud of yourself...I don't know what to tell you about image...you're beautiful...I know it's a serious issue with young girls especially...body image...but you look great. My step sister had issues like that and went to counseling...the counselor suggested that she go to the mall and look at regular people...my guess is that you have too many magazines...the models in the magazines are air brushed, they've dieted to look like that for the time it takes to do the photo shoot...and many of them have body image issues as well...it did help my step-sister to look at herself in a more realistic way too...she's also very pretty. I pray for you to feel comfortable in your skin and appreciate how God has made you....He did a good job!

04-02-2008, 12:02 AM
Awesome job! I'm in the boat you were when you started...almost.. I was up to 190 got down to 150 (at the time that was my goal...)
I got married.. I gained back to 162ish..
So now, I'm on the south beach diet. I'm at 155 last time I weighed myself (yesterday) I'm trying the self control of only weighing once a week.
And my goal is 130-135..
Congrats!!! And you look awesome at 130...no need to loose more!

04-07-2008, 12:04 PM
You are an inspiration...because looking at your pictures is like looking at me right now...more or less....whenever I'll feel like bingeing on crackers and cheese (the reason why I'm fat!) I'll make sure to log on to the site and look at your pictures!!! Thanks for posting them and sharing them with the rest of us.

04-08-2008, 06:36 PM
You are gorgeous! You remind me a lot of Ellen Page (the actress) in the second photo. Congrats on the weight loss, you did it fairly quickly too!

I also agree with the bunch..I didn't like what that columnist said.

04-08-2008, 08:03 PM
You look terrific leanmoomercows. I have a lot of weight to lose compared to you but you inspired me with your pics. and story.

ilana k
07-25-2008, 12:38 PM
you look amazing. how did you do it?

07-25-2008, 09:26 PM
Congrats! :)

09-09-2008, 04:33 PM
your post was so encouraging! congratulations for meeting your goal.

your story sounds very similar to mine...i started at 168, and my goal is 135. right now i'm close to halfway! reading your post and seeing your photos helped encourage me to keep it up!

thanks again,

09-09-2008, 06:18 PM
Aw, I know all about emotional eating! I had a broken heart for another reason, but it lead to weight gain. But I'm back on track now -- Thank God! I finally let it go and put it in God's hands, have been back on track for 7 weeks now, and have lost 20 of the pounds I gained back!

09-09-2008, 09:27 PM

09-10-2008, 04:00 PM
You look great!!

02-10-2009, 06:58 PM
You look great!! It's such an inspiration because 130 is my goal too, now I know what to look forward to!

02-15-2009, 01:56 PM
You look hot! :devil:

02-15-2009, 06:41 PM
You are definately my inspiration right now! I always start and stop diets, but I really think I can do it now. If I can even some close to looking like you I'll be happy! :carrot:

02-15-2009, 09:30 PM
Hooray, Leanmoomercows!!! :cheer2: :cheer3: :cheer2: :cheer3:

You have done a wonderful thing for yourself! :congrat:

I didn't like the columnist's reply, either. :p

I hope you're feeling better these days!

Awesome work!


02-15-2009, 10:19 PM
you look soooo good! congrats!

02-16-2009, 10:41 AM
Amazing work!! I am looking to lose the same amount of weight.... About 30 pounds. You're definitely an inspiration.

02-28-2009, 08:21 PM
Amazing job. I'm trying to lose about the same amount of weight as you

Thighs Be Gone
02-28-2009, 08:27 PM
You look so great. You have every right to feel proud of your accomplishment. Congratulations.

03-01-2009, 01:02 AM
I'm just getting started I'm all ready- went and got a treadmill and my day starts in the AM at 6:30 today is Sunday March 1

03-01-2009, 02:36 PM
I think Your one of my inspirations now lol
I am now 167 ish (163-165) but still.
I wanna be 130 again!

03-10-2009, 03:36 AM
it is so great to see your photos...i started at 169 and i'm at 158 for now but i'm working on it :) seeing your progress is so motivating...congratulations on meeting your goal!

03-15-2009, 02:42 PM
Wonderful job! And KUDOS for having the guts to do the nude photos!

04-05-2009, 07:17 AM
Brave, beautiful girl you are !

katie m a r i e
05-16-2009, 10:27 AM
Oh my god. I am almost the exact size you were at the start. And my goal is the same as what you are now. This is a whole lot of inspiration for me. You look SOOOO amazing. I really hope I can get to look as good as you.

05-17-2009, 04:29 AM
Wow! You look in wonderful shape in the skinnier pictures. Congratulations on your loss.

05-17-2009, 10:20 AM
Thanks for posting! You look great. Inspirational.

05-20-2009, 03:43 PM

06-13-2009, 10:08 AM
Way to go and you look fabulous!! I to started around the same weight 174 got down stayed at about 130 for over 1 1/2 years .Got ill this Jan. and gained weight and am now at 137. Am working really hard now at taking it offlost 4lbs so far now I am well.YOU ARE A TOTAL INSPIRATION
I never have a good way of seeing my own body even when I was at 130. You and I are same height I am a d cup but I would say similar build but I am 57. I work out at least 1 1/2 hrs a day THANK YOU YOU HELPED ME

06-14-2009, 10:28 PM
You look so awesome! Great job! :)

06-19-2009, 01:36 AM

06-19-2009, 08:16 AM
well done

how did you do it?

better life
06-19-2009, 10:30 AM
Wow you look amazing.


06-19-2009, 10:32 AM
What a huge difference. You look great! congratulations girl!

06-22-2009, 08:39 AM
I'm impressed!!! Not only do you look great but you were brave enough to do naked pics....I am going to have to do that too....you have inspired me!!!

09-12-2009, 01:16 PM
lol, i should be in the after phase, and I look EXACTLY like your before pic!!!! xD I guess there is still room for my self-improvement...

09-12-2009, 05:50 PM
congrats that is awesome and so motivating =)

09-12-2009, 05:54 PM
wow you look amazing!!! icongratulations!! you look super cute in that blue sweatshirt!

09-14-2009, 08:41 AM
I read your letter and the answer. Fortunately it looks like you didn't take as much from it as you could have taken. It is true that your future husband is important and that your life was changing, but she put it so cut and dry and it is not that simple. We all have feelings and need to take care of ourselves too. It took me some time to realize this myself. As someone stated on here earlier, happy wife equals happy life, that's for the both of you. My house is definitely a more pleasant place to live for all when I'm happy and just because you want to be happy does not mean that your SO is not important to you. Well I'm no expert on anything, but if I had been you and gotten the answer she gave and I was 21 years old, I might not have been as strong as you. Be proud of yourself for being so strong and obtaining your goal. I would have most likely ate more after reading that response to your letter.

10-19-2009, 12:04 AM
Great pics! Love the cat!

01-27-2010, 03:31 AM
How did you do it?? I used to weigh 190, quickly got down to 140 and now I am up to 180 because of college and stress.. which is no excuse. The way I lost weight before was because of an eating disorder but I am over that and am just trying to find a good plan that is healthy and that I an stick to. Any suggestions?

01-27-2010, 05:10 AM
congrats!! you look amazing!!

01-27-2010, 08:57 AM
great work...you look fabulous!

02-02-2010, 03:22 PM
Congrats . You look great!!!

02-04-2010, 05:37 PM
am i crazy or is anyone else not able to see any pics? :S

02-04-2010, 05:44 PM
You look amazing and may have inspired me to take naked before pics as well. I'm not sure if I'll have the guts to post them though. You're one brave girl and looking fabulous.

02-04-2010, 06:38 PM
Your pictures have me almost at tears. I am currently at the same weight you were when you started, and your goal weight is my goal weight. Thanks for sharing these photos....I will be referring to them often. Congrats on your success!!

02-06-2010, 10:26 PM
OMG you look incredible!!! well done!

02-06-2010, 11:34 PM
You look amazing! I am inspired

02-14-2010, 09:54 PM
you look really good! WOW!

02-16-2010, 01:10 PM
You look amazing! Congrats!

no pain no gain
02-16-2010, 06:47 PM
Wow! You look absolutely amazing!! I can't wait to be thin again....you're an insparation!

02-20-2010, 10:28 PM
Wow, congratulations you look great! :)

03-08-2010, 01:23 PM
You have done wonderful, and you look great!!!

04-08-2010, 04:33 AM
You look awesome! Congratulations!

04-09-2010, 05:49 PM
congrats u look great.. i am trying to lose 30 lbs as well after having a baby recently.. cud u tell me what plan u used?

04-14-2010, 08:40 PM
great job

04-14-2010, 08:49 PM
You look incredible! I can somewhat relate to your story on the whole moving from home thing I moved from NH to TN.. but it was the opposite effect for me.. my home depressed me. But like I said, you look incredible and have really inspired me! :)

06-05-2011, 11:41 PM
you look amazing
Super jealous of your

:flame: ness

07-18-2011, 03:42 PM
You look amazing, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

03-17-2012, 03:47 AM
you look great!!! congrats!!

03-17-2012, 08:13 PM
Awesome job!!! you are a true inspiration!!

03-19-2012, 01:58 PM
very nice your pictures show alot and you look amzaing congrats!!!

04-10-2012, 07:42 AM
thats amazing well done!