100 lb. Club - How much do you wonder what you'll look like?

10-12-2009, 04:44 PM
I've lost 31 so far from my highest weight and have 103 pounds or so to go. I find myself fascinated with wondering what I will look like. I look at the goal and mini goal pictures, studying people who have lost a similar amount (or even points along the way).

I guess I just have no clue since I've never been a "normal" weight. I just keep wondering and wondering if I'll even look like me anymore.

Do you?

10-12-2009, 04:55 PM
It might not be as long as you think... the face really thins out a lot usually before the rest of the body so you'll start seeing your face sooner then you think.

I think once I got below 220 or so the changes started happening fast an furious. I also wonder what I'll look like I haven't seen my goal weight in 20 years and I was just a young teen back then.

10-12-2009, 05:11 PM
I have pics from when I was much thinner to look at and I have a feeling that I will resemble them.

My thing is that even when I was thinner, I thought I looked quite big in pictures, and even now when I look at some of the pics of me from before I think "Man, I only weighed x then, and thought I was pretty thin, but I wasn't", so I'm kind of concerned... but only time will tell how I end up in the next year or so.

10-12-2009, 05:17 PM
I have never been a normal weight (well not since age 4). So I don't know what I'd look like. I have to say so far that I'm disappointed. I hate my face now more than I did when I was morbidly obese. It could be age, it could be other things but I hate looking at my face. Not sure what it'll be like in 50 lbs.

salsa chip
10-12-2009, 05:17 PM
I wonder about this often - I've never been slim, so it's a real journey of discovery.

Friends and colleagues have commented on how my face has changed, though I can hardly see it myself. I guess it's really just a case of wait and see.

10-12-2009, 05:20 PM
I'm only 40 pounds away from my lowest weight as an adult, where I was still considered obese. I'm still at a loss over how I'll look, but it's all good . . . can't wait to find out. :D

10-12-2009, 05:20 PM
I was kinda freaking out about this exact thing last night. My mom and I are both trying to lose weight, but she has pictures to look back on: she was a normal weight until she got married. I have NEVER been a normal weight, always obese. I try to think about what I'll look like and I just end up getting frustrated and a little scared. All I can do, is hope I look okay :/. But right now i can barely imagine being 10 pounds lighter, let alone me being at my goal weight of 160.

10-12-2009, 05:22 PM
I wonder how I will look too. I gained most of my weight in my 20s. I lost a significant amount of weight in the 90's but never got below 200. I am currently at my low weight of that time so from here on out, I am in uncharted territory. I seriously doubt that this 50+year old, formerly morbidly obese face and body will resemble its 20 year old equivalent when I was gaining.

Won't it be fun to find out what we look like under these extra layers!!

10-12-2009, 05:23 PM
I think about it all the time. I have no frame of reference, just a couple of pictures of 16 year old me at 220 pounds (I haven't been under 200 since I was 10 or 11) and I think I looked pretty fantastic then. But I can't even begin to imagine what I'll look like.

10-12-2009, 05:33 PM
I hope and pray I will at least resemble the pretty young girl I was at 18 before I got fat, because if I lose all this weight and just look like a skinny old lady I am going to be disappointed. I know I won't look 18 but please, at least let me look decent!!

10-12-2009, 05:50 PM
I think about this quite a bit. The lowest I have ever weighed as an adult was 165, so I know what I will look like at that weight, but beyond that is uncharted territory. I'm very excited to find out.

10-12-2009, 05:59 PM
You know, I think that I will be satisfied with looking like a skinny old lady if I can do the things that I dream about.

10-12-2009, 06:02 PM
The lowest weight that I've been as an adult was 134, 9 years ago. At the time I was still not happy with my weight (I had gone from 215 to 134, but it took 5 years) - but looking at the pictures, I really hope that I look like that when I get there again.

10-12-2009, 06:06 PM
I think about it all the time! I can't wait to find out! I was pretty athletic in highschool, so I guess I would go by those pictures... but I was still not at my goal weight, even then. I have a long way to go, and I can't wait to see the results!

10-12-2009, 06:10 PM
All the time. It's dreams of a normal weight body that keep me going.

10-12-2009, 06:14 PM
I knew (remembered) what I'd look like -- and right now, close to goal, I pretty much look like I expected.

Despite this, some things are still a little bit of a shock.

Like -- the other day I was at the dmv for a new license, and they had to do a new picture, too (good thing, as it shows me at least 109 lbs higher). The woman who did my paperwork and snapped the picture exclaimed over my apparent weight loss (she was very sweet) and motioned me over to see what she called my "before and afters." I then saw the old license photo of my face alongside the new one. To me, neither photo looked like me! One looked overfat to me, and the other looked sunken. I think of myself as somewhere in the middle? I told this to my husband, who assured me that my face looks normal.

10-12-2009, 06:14 PM
:) I literally think about this ALL THE TIME! I have no idea what to expect, so it's hard to say what I'll look like, but I am constantly pondering (and maybe hoping and wishing a bit too?)

Arctic Mama
10-12-2009, 06:33 PM
I have a decent frame of reference from about 7 years ago when I was a normal teen (overweight, but still very healthy and attractive) and I just imagine myself like that. I figure I will have saggy skin and my body will be different thanks to having children, but I still think I'll look great. I see so many changes already, from my highest weight, that I know whatever I look like will just be a bigger improvement on where I am now.

It is thinking about those changes that I find really exciting and motivating. I lose weight regardless, but being young and hot is a definite upside in my mind :lol:

Alana in Canada
10-12-2009, 07:04 PM
I have some pictures from when I was in the 140's range: but I was much younger, then. I've no idea what this body will look like.

But I bet it will FEEL FANTASTIC!

I was lying in bed this morning thinking how great it will be to wake up on a day when I have a lot of housework to do (a day like today) and not even give it a thought--instead of dreading it (as I did today).

10-12-2009, 07:15 PM
oh gosh i always wonder and part of why i am losing weight is to put away my curiousity so i can find out for myself by shedding weight this journey will take forever but i am trying to take steps each day to create a new me so i can see how i will look like in the next year

10-12-2009, 08:09 PM
I really don't know, the least I've weighed since I was 18 was maybe 180. Body-wise I will look much better at 180 now than I did when I was a teenager, because I have much bigger boobs and a much smaller waist. Face-wise I think I will also look better because in my teens I still had some babyfat on my face which with age has gone. One of the GREAT things about this weightloss journey is when my dimples re-appeared, around 275 or so. They are very apparent now. I had them until I was about 7-8 then they disappeared into all the fat and never really came back until 2003 when I lost over 100 lbs, and then again recently.

I don't know, it's a fun journey and I can't wait to see. Two new things that showed up recently were prominent hip bones and RIBS. Wow, and at this weight. Weird. Nice, but weird.

10-12-2009, 09:07 PM
It is amazing how fat distorts ones face. Amazing. Even the eyes change. I have had numerous people that I know walk right past me, that's how unrecognizable I was to them, having lost the weight.

I think I do look similar to how I was when I was younger. Only "more mature". And I'm perfectly fine with it. I actually love how I turned out. I feel like I was hidden under the fat for so long and I finally emerged - and there I was. ME. I still do a double take sometimes when I catch a glance of me, because I can't believe that I look like I do. Yup, despite those very common "commas" on the sides of my mouth, and some pretty deep wrinkles on my forehead that most likely wouldn't have been there had I never been super morbidly obese, , I'm quite pleased with the results. Quite. :D

10-12-2009, 09:20 PM
Funny, but I don't have very high expectations...

I was normal weight in my teens and slim in my mid-twenties, but I've been at my present weight or higher since my first pregnancy (my oldest is eighteen)...

I imagine myself looking just like I look now, with all the bulges and rolls, only smaller. I guess it's kind of irrational...

I had an unbelievably horrible self-image when I was young, and I thought I was hideously fat and ugly even though I wasn't...

Objectively speaking, I'm not unattractive, but I don't have a terrific image of my own looks.

Although, I just remembered something... the other day I went out with a belt and my shirt tucked in, with a blazer over it-- the first time I've tucked in a shirt in YEARS!!!! My daughter told me that it wasn't a terrific look for me (she's thirteen, and not always tactful...) but she also happened to take a picture of me wearing the outfit.

When I saw it, I was SO SURPRISED. There I was looking very AVERAGE... I mean, I looked heavyset, but nothing like the images I'm carrying around in my head. I had a waist, my clothes fit... I looked like a middle-aged lady carrying a little extra weight. I did not look like the great white whale.

10-12-2009, 09:24 PM
Ooooh dimples. I know I have some there, and they flash through sometimes. Can't wait to see them much more.

I guess in high school...I didn't weigh myself, but I was around... 175 or so? I do look at the picture and think I'm pretty cute. Just imagine 50 more pounds past that....I need to find it again and post it up in my room.

Glad to see Im not the only one :) It's constantly on my thoughts now. It does keep me going...even if it utterly scares me too. Guess I'm used to the "me" I am now, even if I don't like the way I look.

I did have a little bit of a surprise recently. I was out hiking with a friend. While he was off taking pictures of water striders, I decided to take self portraits. I ended up taking like 50 of them...and some of them didn't look like me. I hit the right angle where the chin, etc, didn't show the pudge and I looked...skinnier. It was fun :)

Now I just need my ticker - just 4 more days or so...anxious :)

10-12-2009, 09:29 PM
I really wonder what I will look like, too. It's kind of like being this sculptor, you have a vague idea of the result, but none of the specifics. Plus, I'm sure no matter what I look like I'll feel like a work of art:p (with the emphasis on WORK ;))

KaCee J
10-12-2009, 10:14 PM
i wonder about this all the time!!!

10-12-2009, 10:25 PM
LOL - sign my name to Robin's post! (again)

I LOVE the fact that I have found an hourglass figure - one that is fit and strong and ready to carry me into the next 50 years of my life.

And, I chose to wear my new-found wrinkles and saggy-baggy skin with pride -as a badge of honor. People keep telling me how much younger I look now, but I still see ALL of the wrinkles that I never had when they were filled with fat. Gotta tell ya though - I wouldn't go back for anything - I'm loving the new "me".

10-12-2009, 10:40 PM
LOL - sign my name to Robin's post! (again)

I LOVE the fact that I have found an hourglass figure - one that is fit and strong and ready to carry me into the next 50 years of my life.

And, I chose to wear my new-found wrinkles and saggy-baggy skin with pride -as a badge of honor. People keep telling me how much younger I look now, but I still see ALL of the wrinkles that I never had when they were filled with fat. Gotta tell ya though - I wouldn't go back for anything - I'm loving the new "me".

This is great! I love the concept of a badge of honor... it's like when people embrace their stretch marks from pregnancies as symbols of strength.

Being, er, ahem, not such a spring chicken anymore, I did look at a new picture of my face today and notice both how much thinner it was and how many new wrinkles I seem to have... sigh... I'm going to definitely embrace the badge of honor concept.

By the way, you look TERRIFIC.

10-12-2009, 10:48 PM
ubergirl -
Thanks! Seriously - being thin is sooo much better. I can't wait to see your progress pics!

Congrats on your 50 lbs mark - that is AWESOME!

10-12-2009, 10:53 PM
I also wouldn't go back, I think the saying is that if you don't like yourself when you lose weight, you could always gain the weight back.

For me though, looking at my face is just depressing. My husband thinks I'm crazy when I tell him I'm ugly. I think he is blind.

Nothing I can do though, I am me.

10-12-2009, 10:58 PM
I guess I'm fortunate in the respect that I've always had my sister as my barometer. We have the same body type, so I've always figured that if I lost the weight, I'd look like her, shapewise. Now that we're only a size apart, that's definitely turned out to be true.

People have always said we looked alike, but I never saw it until recently. Now I can see clearly that we have a lot of the same features, though (especially our eyes). Here's a picture of us that was taken Sunday. (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2504/4007194722_f8fc92e483.jpg) (I'm the one with the dark hair.)

10-12-2009, 11:05 PM
For me though, looking at my face is just depressing. My husband thinks I'm crazy when I tell him I'm ugly. I think he is blind.

Nothing I can do though, I am me.

I think we are our own worst critics. Seriously - we see every flaw and blemish with a critical eye. Others see the whole package and don't pick apart the pieces.

One of my friends bought me a Mary Kay "renewal" product for my birthday last year. Now SHE sees the same things I do. It was downright depressing - but I gotta love her - it did help ;)

I have noticed that, as time goes on, SOME body parts are looking better - maybe my face will too :?:

In any case - my smile is so big these days - it blinds everyone to the wrinkles surrounding it :lol:

10-12-2009, 11:05 PM
I too wonder what I will look like at the end of this phase of my life. The last time I weighed what I am now was around 21 yrs ago when I got married.

Funny story on myself. DD#1 takes lots of pictures and she was showing me ones she took when we were at the local Dairy Queen. I'm looking at a picture and wondering why she took one of a stranger. The next picture was of dh standing next to the stranger. Then it dawned on me....DUH! That stranger was actually me. I didn't even recognize myself.

10-12-2009, 11:12 PM
MrsClaus - now THAT is a wonderful NSV

Sometimes pictures pierce our image of ourselves in a way that nothing else can. Wow - just WOW!

10-12-2009, 11:32 PM
I have never been In a size smaller than a 13/14 Until now. and that when I was in the 6th grade.
I am near your height I am 5 ft 5 in. I started out at 259.9
And I am now at 175.4~Clic below on my signature to see my before and after pics~I honestly think I look Like a new me already~I still have several more pounds to lose But I am already amazed at the difference....Belive me~You change with every pound....TAKE LOST OF PICS!!! You will notice the changes every week.

Congradulations on 31 pounds loss.

10-13-2009, 12:04 AM
I wonder... I already don't look ANYTHING like what I did 155 lbs ago... NOTHING. I can't even recognize the old me in pictures any more. AND I still have 70 lbs to go! What the heck am I going to look like then???? I have no idea. lol!

10-13-2009, 07:21 AM
Lori, you DO look like a completely different person! Amazing. Congratulations!

10-13-2009, 08:48 AM
I too wondered what I would look like. I haven't been this weight since I was in my early 20s--26 years ago. I pretty much look like my younger version, with some added wrinkles (not too bad--I'm blessed with good genes) and a slight gobbler under my chin. But it's no worse than a good friend of mine that has always been thin. My stomach is not beautiful, but I do have beautiful children.

2 things have happened recently:

1. I applied for a passport and had to produce my drivers license. Now I think that I look good in my drivers license pic despite being 60+ lbs heavier (it's an awesome pic). The lady who took my passport pic could not get over it. She said I looked so great, congratulations, etc. I, like others, feel like I look rather deflated, but that's ok. I am 46 and no spring chicken any longer.

2. This one really grates on me. I get this comment at least 2x a week. People, both friends, family and complete strangers will say to me: "You know who you look like? You look just like that Kate Gosselin!" Ugh! I don't find her very appealing as a person, although I do think she is attractive. We do have somewhat similar hair, although mine does NOT stick up in the crown like hers, nor is it as blonde. When I see younger photos of her, we do look alike. I even briefly toyed with the idea of becoming an impersonator!? So, Kate Gosselin, check me out! Here's your future!

10-13-2009, 01:50 PM
I still wonder what I'll look like -- and I'm close to goal! I don't think my mental image has caught up with what I see in the mirror. As a result, when I look in the mirror, I have a hard time seeing the whole picture. It's like I look in the mirror and know I must be smaller because I can see my jaw line, collar bones, etc. and I'm fitting in smaller clothing, but at the same time I don't see myself any differently. That probably doesn't make much sense, lol.

I think I need to change the pictures in my room because all the ones I have up are of me at my biggest. Maybe if I surrounded myself with more pictures of myself now I'd be able to equate that image with the image I see in the mirror.

I was heavy my whole life, so whenever I try and get a mental picture of my body, I picture myself heavy rather than thin. I'm wondering when that'll change...

10-13-2009, 03:09 PM
I always wonder how I'll look at my goal weight! I have pix of me at that weight but I was around 10 so I'm pretty sure I'll look diffrent at 26 lol

10-13-2009, 03:53 PM
I have never been In a size smaller than a 13/14 Until now. and that when I was in the 6th grade.
I am near your height I am 5 ft 5 in. I started out at 259.9
And I am now at 175.4~Clic below on my signature to see my before and after pics~I honestly think I look Like a new me already~I still have several more pounds to lose But I am already amazed at the difference....Belive me~You change with every pound....TAKE LOST OF PICS!!! You will notice the changes every week.

Congradulations on 31 pounds loss.

Oh thanks :) Im stuck at the 31 or so for the moment, but it will go at some point.

It;s a good indicator since you are close and you look great :) Good job.

10-13-2009, 04:43 PM
I think about it all the time and actually that is one of my biggest motivators. I havent been in onderland since 1999 and I cant wait to see those numbers on the scale.

10-13-2009, 06:32 PM
I am soooo curious. I have never been little or normal weight, not since I was maybe 2 or 3. I don't even have any recollection of when I weighed my goal weight. Right now I am at a weight that I clearly remember and other than a few fine lines added I look like what I remember - the lines were there before the weight loss though. In just a few pounds I will be getting into territory that is not quite so clear. I clearly remember being 190 and I was there for years, from somewhere in middle school/early high school until a bit after college. Below 190 I have no clue about unless I look at pictures and those are of a me that is too young to use as a gauge for now. Today I am 196.8, so it is about to get very interesting around here. I am curious about my face, will I know me? Will my husband like what I look like? What the heck size bra will I wear? I was a C cup at 10 years old and a DD before leaving high school, my highest ever was a 38-probably could have used a 40-FF, right now I am a size that doesn't exist - about a 37 D+. Since starting I have gone from having to get my sports bra in a 40 with an extra large cup area to a normal 36 that is starting to be too loose. Where do tiny girls find sports bras? Will my feet shrink so much that I need to replace my shoes? I love my shoes and it is frequently hard to find them since I am a 6-6 1/2 wide

10-16-2009, 12:37 AM

yep 31 pounds will soon be 41 then 51 and so on & so On!!!!

10-16-2009, 01:58 AM
I think about this every day! I've been obese most of my life, the last time I was at my goal weight (150), I was 9 years old. Sooooo, I don't know how I'll look now that I'm 23. I do know that I have an hourglass figure. My mama has one, so did her mother, her sister, my little sister, and my cousin. I hope I don't lose my boobs or my booty. :( As for my face....all I know for sure is that it will become more heartshaped and not just round. The rest is up in the air. :?:

10-16-2009, 02:04 AM
I wonder everyday! I have been overweight since I have been in the 4-5th Grade. I have NEVER experienced myself skinny since. I have no IDEA what I'll look like. I'm excited for it tho!

10-16-2009, 02:16 AM
I kinda have an idea what I'll look like around my goal weight, though it'll be about 10 to 15lbs lighter than my lowest adult weight.... and I really liked that back then for the brief year or two that I was that so.... eh. But anything after that is definitely uncharted territory.

Thing is that I really really liked my face at that weight... but looking back at pictures of my body back then tell me that my goal weight just isn't enough to have that non-rolly, sleek look. *sigh* Oh well..... baby steps Amanda, baby steps. :)

10-16-2009, 02:53 AM
i think about every time i want to eat something bad. Ive been overweight my whole life and cannot wait to see what i may look like ;)

10-16-2009, 09:00 AM
I'm actually starting to look more like my mom, which, honestly - I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not!

10-16-2009, 11:25 AM
I have been worrying about what I will look like when I lose the weight. I even went so far as to ask my boyfriend if he would still like me if I managed to lose the weight! (His reponse was a laugh and "of course! That is a silly question.") I think that the fear of not knowing what I will look like sometimes sabotages me on a subliminal level.

10-16-2009, 12:02 PM
I just started, but I have been imagining my thin self for years. I haven't been thin/healthy weight for 13 years. Picturing it has been helping me these last couple of days with my food choices. When I am feeling like I want to binge I remind myself that nothing tastes as good as being fit feels and then I picture myself in my skinny jeans hanging in my closet! I can't wait!!

10-17-2009, 04:20 AM
I haven't been small-ish since I was about 16/17, maybe even 18 years of age. I have a decent idea of what my face will look like (my dimples and slight cleft chin will re-emerge). I CANNOT WAIT for my cheekbones to come through.

My body is a different story. Sometimes I put my hands on the narrowest part of my waist and I am amazed at how small I truly am in that area. I cannot wait to see how that whittles down. I also have a long torso and shorts legs so I'm curious to see what my true shape is....I think I'll have a pretty banging hourglass. I THINK.

10-17-2009, 12:19 PM
I've been overweight for 20 years...I think about it a lot...what will I look like? Will my NO wrinkles suddenly appear when there isn't fat to fill them out? How hourglass will I remain?

Will I look younger or older?

Will I recognize myself in the mirror if I don't look 9 months pregnant? LOL

10-17-2009, 12:42 PM
I think about how I'll look at goal weight a lot. I've been fantasizing about it for 16 years! Sometimes I'm scared that it won't live up to my expectations, but I have no doubt that I'll be much happier with my look at goal weight then how I look now. Although recently I've been spending a lot more time thinking about how great it's going to feel, and not just about how I look. I've developed an interest in running and I can't wait to be light.

10-17-2009, 01:09 PM
Well, about 11 years ago, I made it down to 140. I was muy caliente, even by my hypercritial standards. I'm 10 years older and not taking the climb to 40 very well, so I hope my face isn't littered with lines by the time I get back down there.