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01-23-2013, 04:24 AM
I hate this photo. This was about a month before I hit my breaking point, at my highest weight, and started my journey. I found it buried in my files today and kind of stared at it for a long time - I never even thought I looked that big (who does, right?) and I was feeling very sad. Then I remembered that was several months ago. I went looking for a photo in a similar pose from recently, and I was pretty shocked at the difference! And even this was a few months ago, so I've lost more since then!

I was very unhappy in this before photo. My family was visiting, and of course everyone knows family doesn't care if you don't want your picture taken. Back then having my picture taken was enough to send me into a 2 or 3 day depression if I saw the pictures. That's what this one did to me. We were having a lovely hot day at a woodland garden, and I thought that I'd looked kinda cute, but when I saw photos from that day I was so devastated - I was sweaty, and just huge, and hated myself.

The after picture was at the end of summer, approx. 5-6 months later... and I'm not ashamed of it at all!

I just thought I would get this off my chest... I hated finding that photo and it really rattled me tonight. But I am glad to see the progress I have made.

http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w457/alyj89/bf.jpg http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w457/alyj89/af_zps2961128b.jpg

California Kathy
01-23-2013, 04:35 AM
Aly, your pic at the end of the summer is just stunning. Thank you for sharing this. Honestly, nothing makes the impact on me like the pics. I haven't posted one of myself yet, because I'm new and I want to post one that shows me thinner. so I'll wait. I do understand what you mean about seeing yourself at your heaviest in a photo. I just can't stand it either. In fact, just as you, that's what pushed me over the edge to really call out and out warfare on this thing. Xmas pics. Was just horrible. And now, look at you! You truly look just beautiful.

01-23-2013, 04:42 AM
Thank you Kathy! That's exactly why I felt like I should post - and why I've posted progress pics along the way... because seeing other peoples before / after / durings was so encouraging to me at the start of my journey, and still now. That is the only reason I have the courage to post such photos, because I know it was hard for everyone ELSE to post them, and they helped me so much.

01-23-2013, 06:10 AM
what a difference!! :congrat: You look fabulous

BTW, are you sure you are 198 lbs in your latest pic?? Because you look wayyyyy thinner than that!! My guess would have been around 175 lbs ....really!!

01-23-2013, 06:19 AM
Thank you!
I was actually probably 203-209 in that pic! I am bouncing between 192-198 atm, TOM and i am bloated.. so yes! Unless my scale is way off, which would be fabulous. LOL
(but the scale across the country where I went on vacation said the same thing..)

01-23-2013, 07:39 AM
You've made a LOAD of progress! Awesome job!

Misti in Seattle
01-23-2013, 08:12 AM

01-23-2013, 01:04 PM
You look wonderful! I can't wait for the day I can post before and after photos.

01-24-2013, 12:50 PM
What a difference!! I know how old photos can stir up some bad emotions, you're not alone. Good job on the hard work and getting that weight down :)

02-02-2013, 05:40 AM
I kinda think you look great in both, but there is a dramatic difference.

Btw, I saw in another thread that you said you're type 1 and it's inspiring for me to see how we'll you're losing. I have tried everything and I've finally found something that works but its pretty restrictive and very slow.

02-03-2013, 10:42 PM

02-03-2013, 11:49 PM
Great progress, congrats!!!

02-03-2013, 11:50 PM
you look amazing :hug: