Thursday, August 9, 2012

Before and After

At my Weight Watchers meeting this past Tuesday a woman that comes week after week hit her one hundred pound weight loss mark. It was a very exciting meeting! We all knew that it has taken her months to lose those last few pounds to reach that goal. As she told her story, I was impressed by her determination and I took note in the parallel between our journeys. Like me, it has taken her a while to lose that weight, one pound at a time. She has had ups and downs along the way and overall it has taken her three years to lose the one hundred pounds.



While she was telling her story, she pulled out a photograph of her former self 100 pounds heavier. She has carried this photo around with her during her weight loss journey these past three years. She agreed to pass it around so that the rest of us may gain inspiration from her amazing journey. The difference was shocking. She did not even look like the same person.



It made me realize that as I am going through my own weight loss and health improvement journey that I do not often stop and take the time to appreciate how far I have come and to notice the difference in my body; especially the changes that have occurred in the muscles and shape of my body from exercise. So I have begun the hunt for my own previous photos. I called my mom to see what she had lying around and I started checking out my old digital photo disks. My goal is to find my own inspiration photograph, especially since I realized this morning when I got on the scale that today, August 9, 2012, I am sixty pounds lighter than my heaviest weight approximately three-four years ago.


Amazing.


I know I still have such a long way to go but taking the time to stop and see that I CAN do it is such an important part of the process and I encourage anyone else who is on this difficult journey to do the same! Have a great day!!




Emily's christening 2007. No, I did not give birth to her although you would think I did. About 50 lbs. heavier than today.



My brother Dennis and I with Emily (my god daughter) in 2008. About 60 lbs. heavier.



My buddy Jake and I. At least 50 lbs. heavier.

My dad and I June 2012. About 50 lbs. lighter. Yay!


At the New England Air Show last week. 59 lbs. lighter!







10 comments:

  1. I second that! AWESOME and inspiring to so many people. SO proud of you and all that you have overcome. xoxo

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    1. Thanks! I have decided that I am only overcoming the weight thing one time for good. I have tried before and lost 10 lbs here, 20 lbs there but never finished the journey. It is WAY too hard to go all the way and then have to ever do it again! Plus, I don't think I could ever eat like I used to. Yuck.

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  2. Amazing Christine, great job! I so wish I went to the earlier meeting on Tuesday, I would have liked to have seen that. Hope that you're feeling better today. Bonnie

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    1. I am doing a little better today thank you. Let me know if you decide to go to the meeting next week. I would love to do that with you!

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  3. I am so happy for you! 60 lbs. is an incredible milestone. Anyone who knows you knows you will achieve any goal you set your mind to. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Funny you should mention the word "goal". Because I reached my 10% milestone at my meeting this week, I got to set my official WW goal weight with my leader. I set it higher than I planned because well, once I hit my goal weight (there is a big range to choose from) and become a lifetime member, I stop paying to be a member and that is quite a bit of money to save every month! But in the end, I will aim for a 100 lb loss which is a safe and healthy weight for me.

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  4. Oh Congrats on the weight loss. I too am aiming for 100 lb weight loss. Actually, I'm aiming for more than that but first things first. Right now I'm down by 75 lbs. 25 lbs to go!

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