I've got quite a few new readers that have come from Katie's blog (hi guys!) so I thought I would put together a little timeline of pictures. In case you haven't already read about my weight loss journey, you should go and read that first :)
I went through my Facebook albums and found older picture of myself, and them some newer ones. The "before pictures" were all taken in 2009 and 2010. I officially started my weight loss journey at the end of 2010.
Ok- GROSS! I'm embarassed to even put all those pictures up there for the entire world to see. But its part of my journey and even though I'm not proud of letting myself go- it happened. I gained weight...but more importantly- I made the decision to lose weight. Here are some more recent pictures, taken in 2011 and 2012. They aren't in any particular order, thanks to Blogger! I am not done with my weight loss journey so I'm not calling these my "after" pictures. I'd consider them my "during" pictures or "in the process".
January 2011- my first 6 mile race (3rd race overall, I had done 2 5k's in the months before). I was down about 50 pounds here.
November 2010- my first 5k (down about 30 pounds here)
And more recent...
January 2012, same 6 mile race as above- just 1 year later.
(down 75+ in the following pictures)
(most recent, taken last weekend)
As of today, I've lost 76 pounds. My weight loss is going much, much slower these days. Where I used to be able to lose 2 pounds a week without a problem, now I only lose about .05 lb a week. I've used running and counting calories from the beginning because those things work for me.
Well thats about it- just a little walk down memory lane. I've been kind of frustrated that I haven't been losing consistently while training for this half marathon, but looking at these pictures has helped me realized just how far I've come. My journey is not over- but my life has changed so much and I love the new me. I love that I'm healthy, athletic and more fit than I've been in my entire life.
I've said it before and I'll say it again- its not easy....but its worth it!