Weight Loss Support - Came across a rare "before" pic today...

12-09-2011, 12:05 PM
and thought I would share. I used to avoid getting my picture taken like the plague at my heaviest, but now I'm glad to have a couple to look back on. I can't call this a before and after because I'm not where I want to be yet, but the difference in how I look is kinda amazing to me!

One factor of course is that I didn't bother with things like taking much time on hair, makeup or jewelry. That has happened gradually, and I'm having fun with it now! The best part is how I feel - not just how I feel after climbing a flight of steps, etc, but how I feel that I actually belong amongst the other people in the world, how I feel desirable to my husband, how I feel like I have a right to be any dang place I want to be and can do just about any dang thing I want to do!

I definitely think you can feel all of those things at a higher weight, but I constantly struggled with self esteem. I'm discovering that it's got a lot less to do with how I look than how PROUD I am of myself for living my life in line with my goals, hopes, dreams for my family.

Don't mind the quality of the pictures - the before one is a pic of a pic, and I think taking a picture of yourself in the mirror is harder than it looks! :D



12-09-2011, 12:07 PM
Oh man, I can't see the pic at work. I am in awe of your weight loss success though!!!

12-09-2011, 12:16 PM
WOW!! Your photos really bring 'life" to the expression - "a picture is worth a 1000 words"!! Really inspiring -thanks so much for sharing - and Congratulations-L.

12-09-2011, 01:02 PM
Incredible! You look amazing, what a transformation!! Keep it up.

Beach Patrol
12-09-2011, 01:45 PM
WOW! - awesome success!!! You are such a LOSER!!!! :D

12-09-2011, 01:56 PM
oh my freaking gosh!! SHANNON, you are AMAZING! Your pictures made me a little teary eyed!

I'm so proud of you, and glad that you're proud of yourself! Your story is amazing, and I love how much brighter your eyes look, and how your outlook on life has transformed!! Keep up the good work! I'll be rooting for ya!

12-09-2011, 02:09 PM
Amazing! Great job. That is really inspiring.

12-09-2011, 02:41 PM
WOW! I am at a loss for words.... That is just.... FAN FREAKING TASTIC! You look so amazing!

12-09-2011, 02:55 PM
Amazing! There is so much difference, and you're beautiful in both pictures but in the recent one you are GLOWING! Your skin, your hair, everything looks so much different.

I'm jealous, I can't find a before pic. Like you, I avoided cameras like crazy.

Chubby Momma
12-09-2011, 03:30 PM
Congrats :D You look great and I'm sure you feel great too. It's wonderful to see the reward of all your hard work.:)

12-09-2011, 03:35 PM
wow!!! absolutely amazing progress

12-09-2011, 05:46 PM
Great job! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

12-09-2011, 06:07 PM
Shannon, you look just wonderful; congratulations!!

12-09-2011, 06:09 PM
WOW, you look great!...keep up the awesome job, you will be there in no time :)

12-09-2011, 06:22 PM
your amazing!

12-09-2011, 08:11 PM
Congrats on your success so far! You're looking great!

12-09-2011, 08:47 PM
Your eyes are beautiful now. I know they were then too, but when our faces are bigger, it makes our eyes look smaller I think.

Congratulations on this incredible tranformation of mind, body and spirit - and thanks for the motivation... I was needing some tonight! ;)

12-09-2011, 09:46 PM
Wow. you were cute before but you are downright gorgeous now! That is an amazing difference! Bravo!

12-10-2011, 01:12 PM
wow, what a cutie, major congrats!

12-10-2011, 07:29 PM
WOW You are inspiring me. I am curious how you lost it? Calories or a different plan? You give me hope!

12-10-2011, 09:22 PM
My goodness, you look like a different person, literally! Isn't it amazing how much losing some weight transforms us? You look fabulous!!! :D

12-11-2011, 06:13 PM

Keep it up girl! :)

12-11-2011, 06:59 PM
Can I just say WOW!!!!!

12-11-2011, 07:00 PM
You look so great!

12-11-2011, 07:34 PM
You are a beautiful woman and we are able to see more and more of it as you continue on this journey! Good for you! And thanks for sharing!

12-11-2011, 10:55 PM
You look great!! :D

12-14-2011, 09:16 AM
Thank you all so much for the positive reinforcement!!!! I remember so well looking at some of the goal and mini goal stories and thinking, oh my gosh, that person is amazing, I can't believe what they have done. At first I was full of doubt and fear, pretty sure that after all the times I tried and failed that real, sustainable change was close to impossible for me. Now, after months and months of just not giving up, keeping my nose to the grindstone, working hard on getting new habits ingrained, learning other coping skills for stress, sadness, boredom, etc, treating myself with kindness and taking good care of me, I feel like there's not a lot I CAN'T do. :)

I'm really looking forward to next summer, because my sister and I have always said that if we get under 200 lbs someday that we are going to ride a horse. No doubt I'll be there by then, bouncing up and down without a clue but having the time of my life!

Madame Souza
12-14-2011, 10:45 AM
You look great! How exciting for you. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all.