Sunday, May 25, 2014

Finally, Before and After

The concept of  "Before and After" shots when losing weight is very strange to me. I have troubles defining when the "before" actually occurred and even more problems figuring out when the goal of "after" is actually complete.

My before picture is a definitive starting point, even in my mind. In May 2010, we took this photo at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens. I was at or near my largest weight of 250 lbs. When I put the photo on my computer, it was kind of shocking - like I never realized how big I had gotten over the years. This picture, in a negative way, became my motivation for everything that came afterward.

It's been exactly 4 years since that picture, and I still hesitate releasing an 'after' shot. I've hit so many goals but I still feel like there's more to be done. Sadly, I'm not sure that I'll ever have a healthy body image ever again. But as 185 lbs was the absolute lowest I could possibly fathom, it's time. I'm now at 182.5 (67.5 lbs down!), and I'm giving you my after picture. We went back to the Lan Su Gardens just to take this shot. This is the new me: