100 lb. Club - Progress: pictures and the emotional variety

06-01-2009, 05:11 PM
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 (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173007), 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. :)

06-01-2009, 05:22 PM
Caroline, you look amazing. You have come so far. You are beautiful inside and out.

06-01-2009, 05:35 PM
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.

06-01-2009, 05:41 PM
"sorta pretty"...Downright beautiful!!!

Congrats on all your success!!!

06-01-2009, 05:42 PM
Wow! Such an inspiration! :) Thanks for posting those.

06-01-2009, 07:41 PM
Your pictures look great! Congratulations!

06-01-2009, 09:04 PM
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 ;)

06-01-2009, 10:51 PM
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!!

06-02-2009, 01:14 AM
OMG. You're tiny. You're PETITE! And you're beautiful. Congratulations!!! You look really really GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No more negative talk! You did it!!!!!!!!

06-02-2009, 09:06 AM
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. :D

06-02-2009, 10:15 AM
you're so cute! yay for you :) put the emergency sweater A W A Y !!!!

06-02-2009, 10:43 AM
Love the pictures! What an amazing transformation!

06-02-2009, 11:06 AM
You're beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing pictures of your journey. They are a total inspiration for a newbie like me!

06-02-2009, 11:29 AM
You look fabulous!!

06-02-2009, 11:59 AM
I think you look great!

06-02-2009, 12:58 PM
Yes I agree put the emergency sweater away!! You look fabulous!!! I got tears in my eyes reading your post. You are an inspiration. Thank you for you pics.

06-02-2009, 01:12 PM
Wow! You are an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us... and definitely put the sweater away. Yoga is amazing, isn't it!?

06-04-2009, 12:13 AM
What a wonderful post! You look great and are an inspiration!