You're very welcome, Shelby, and it won't be long until your photos are here too.
It's really is so fun to look at all the befores and afters!
You made two really perceptive comments, the first being how emotional it is to look at old pictures. You're so right and funny, it happened to me again this week because I was sorting through old photos to be scanned. I get tears in my eyes when I look at the old me and all those awful feelings of sadness and despair sweep over me like it was yesterday. I was so miserable being trapped in my body but just didn't see any way out. I had tried and failed at weight loss SO many times and it just didn't seem possible. And the old pictures put me right back in those emotions.
However, if ever there's a reason to hang on and try one last time, I'm it!!
Your second comment about clothes and self-confidence is right on the money too.
A lot of us just try to be invisible when we're bigger and it's so liberating to leave all the weight and baggage and be free to be yourself. Instead of worrying about being noticed because I was the biggest one in a room or a group, wow, now I don't mind being noticed because it's for the right reasons! And the clothes ... all I can say is that it's absolutely embarrassing how many clothes I have now.
Can't wait for your photos, Shelby! You too, Twynn, you're really close!!