100 lb. Club - Here's me - before and nearly there pics

06-28-2006, 03:31 AM
Hi all!

I was going through old pictures tonight and found a really scary one ( a rarity since not many "before" pics exist). Then, a friend sent me a picture from a party this weekend. Looking at them side by side, I nearly fell over. It's crazy how much difference a year can make!

Anyway, I wanted to share, since y'all are such a huge inspiration to me every day! Thanks for helping me on my journey!! I don't post often, but I read all the time. :D

Cheers! :hat:

06-28-2006, 05:06 AM
Hi Paula,
There sure is a difference in the pictures. You look really good!!!! Did you follow a special diet or your own?How did you keep from getting discouraged? I'm trying but not real hard, staying pretty much away from sweets.When I see before and after pictures it really helps. Keep up the good work and sorry for all the questions. I see you live in the bay area,I'm in Fremont

06-28-2006, 06:12 AM
Wow! Awesome! So rewarding! Thanks for sharing, my biggest boost and inspiration is always the before and afters!


06-28-2006, 06:50 AM
You look Fan-Tab-U-Lous!! It must feel amazing :) :)! You go girl!! Almost there!

06-28-2006, 07:20 AM
Sizzlin'! You are smokin' hot!! Way to go, everyone here is so proud of you!!

06-28-2006, 07:37 AM
Uau !!! you look amazing !! thanks for sharing the pictures with us !:)

06-28-2006, 09:30 AM
WOW!! Your hard work has paid off so much!! Congrats!!

06-28-2006, 09:32 AM
amazing! you look like you've lost more then you have. if you don't mind me asking.. do you have much loose skin?

tell us just one thing has made you successful! please!!

06-28-2006, 09:33 AM
Wow Paula you look amazing.
Thanks for sharing the pics. It is always very motivating for me when I see others before and after.
Keep up the good work

06-28-2006, 10:03 AM
Hi there,

I always feel very inspired by the before and afters too, but I also agree with the person above who pointed out that you also looked very pretty in your before picture. I can't remember who you are, but I am glad you said that!

I don't have very many current photos of myself. Interestingly, I succumbed to the camera this past weekend for this very reason, so that I could also have at least one "before".

Great work in your success. You look fantastic.

Start: June 20, 2006

06-28-2006, 10:06 AM
Wow, what a difference! You do look beautiful in both pics!:hug:

06-28-2006, 11:22 AM
Wow! You look great! Altho you looked great before too ... but you've done so well with your weight loss. CONGRATS!

06-28-2006, 11:22 AM
Wow Paula you look like 2 totally different people. Great job:) It's amazing how different everyone looks when they lose weight their face changes so much .

06-28-2006, 11:52 AM
You look great CONGRATS :cheer: What an inspiration.

06-28-2006, 12:07 PM
Great job Paula! :carrot: You look lovely in both the before and the after picture. :)

06-28-2006, 12:57 PM
I agree, you look great in both pics. Wow, what a weight loss job! Congratulations, you must feel wonderful (I was born in San Leandro and grew up in the East Bay)

06-28-2006, 01:18 PM
Wow, you guys! Thanks for the amazing response. :o Just for the record, I don't think the "before" picture is terribly ugly. "Scary" was in reference to the very high ratio of chins (4?) to people (1) in the picture. :D

To answer your questions:

DemoDiva - Hi! I'm just across the bay from you in Mountain View. Small world! I didn't have any special plan that I followed. I just made gradual changes that I knew I could live with for the long haul. For me, that meant exercising every day, eating more fruit and vegetables, and giving up dessert entirely (I didn't eat any at all for over a year). It wasn't the fast track, but it's working. Bottom line: You've gotta find out what works for you and stick with it, no matter what. I haven't been discouraged much. When I got stuck along the way, I figured that where I was was way better than where I'd been. Good luck to you!!

Charbar - Luckily, I don't have a ton of loose skin... a little on my upper arms, my tummy, and the tops of my thighs. I had a good amount of it on my neck for a while, but thankfully it's tightened up. Phew! One thing that's made me successful? Hmm... I guess it's persistence. Once I decided to do this, I refused to be derailed, regardless of plateaus, pms or anything else. It's the keeping-going bit that matters most, I think.

Thanks again to everyone for the sweet compliments! I'm so glad we're all doing this together! :grouphug:

cheers! :hat:

06-28-2006, 01:29 PM
"Scary" was in reference to the very high ratio of chins (4?) to people (1) in the picture. :D


Excellent job. I've recently become concerned about the skin thing. It's good to know some of it tightens up.

06-28-2006, 02:32 PM
What a great before/almost there set!! :) I love seeing people's changes in their photos. It's always awesome to see it in your own pictures too! You've done a fantastic job so far :)

06-28-2006, 04:00 PM
Thanks for sharing your photos. They're great! Congratulations on your success. :)

06-28-2006, 04:48 PM
You look smoking, keep up the great work and thanks for sharing. WTG!

06-28-2006, 06:11 PM
You look fabulous, Paula!!!

06-28-2006, 07:32 PM
You are beautiful both before and now. You can tell a difference in the lost chins. :LOL: Thanks for sharing them with us.

06-28-2006, 07:42 PM
Wow Paula you look like 2 totally different people. Great job:) It's amazing how different everyone looks when they lose weight their face changes so much .

I was thinking the exact same thing! I wonder if we lost that much weight and confronted our best friend from childhood that we haven't seen in a few years if they would know who we are!

Goddess Jessica
06-28-2006, 08:18 PM
Wow Wow WOW!

You look absolutely fabulous! I am amazed! You look fantastic!

06-28-2006, 09:15 PM
Lookin' good and clearly feelin' great! :) Good for you!!!

06-28-2006, 09:19 PM
Great job! I love your comments on persistence. You're lovely.

06-28-2006, 09:59 PM
You look fantastic!!! Congratulations on your success!

06-29-2006, 12:36 AM
You are beautiful in both pictures, like so many others said. You've done a wonderful job and it is a huge difference!! Thanks for sharing!!

10-27-2006, 02:05 PM
Fabulous Paula!!!

10-27-2006, 08:03 PM
WTG -- Love the "lost chins!" :carrot:

10-27-2006, 10:41 PM
Congratulations ~ you have done a wonderful job. I am happy for you.

10-28-2006, 01:17 PM
:congrat: :yes: PAULA...WOW, what a difference, you look so good!!!:woohoo:

10-30-2006, 02:17 PM
I love before and after pictures! Nothing inspires more. You look fanatastic!

10-31-2006, 02:13 AM
Carol - Totally agree - The before/after pictures are one of my biggest motivators - its proof that YES it can be done! ;) And... we're gonna do it!