Well, my friends, I have been looking forward to this post, and dreading it at the same time. Looking forward to it because all this time I have been blogging, and claiming I have lost all this weight (100 pounds) and none of you have ever seen my before picture. Really, I could just be some weirdo who gets their kicks pretending to have been fat (that would REALLY be a very weird weirdo.) So, I have wanted to share a before picture with you for a long time. But the longer it went on, and the more I got to know some of you, I started to realize that I was not so anxious to share my ‘before’ picture. After all, you are a whole group of friends who only know me at my current, semi-normal weight. I kinda liked that. But it wouldn’t be a weightloss blog without before and after pictures. So after having a few problems downloading pictures, I finally got it done. And then I decided that New Year’s Day would be the perfect time to do this.
First it was hard to find any decent ‘before’ pictures–really, you’re not a big fan of any pictures that are taken of you when you weigh that much. Second, they were all taken before I or anyone I knew had a digital camera. So all the ones I could find were just 3X5 glossy photos. I ended up taking a picture of the picture. This picture of me is pretty old–by the ages of my nieces, I would guess it is about 15 years ago. But I managed to maintain the same weight for a very long time–usually 257 pounds.
Most of you have seen a few after pictures of me here and there in the blog. I looked through all my pictures, looking for one full length, and couldn’t find one I liked. I like this one, even though there is a disembodied arm draped around my neck–just a friend at a quilt show.
I think this picture was taken at my lowest weight, 155 pounds. Something I am continuing to work back towards. You wouldn’t think 6-8 pounds would be that hard to lose. Anyways, I plan to continue to ‘clean up’ my eating in 2009, and to continue to challenge myself with new exercises and activities. I really hope to be more consistent in my exercise. I am really enjoying blogging, and I might be able to add a video or two in the new year(!)–I got that flip camcorder, and it is pretty cool. In non-weight related areas, I hope to improve my art quilting, and to work consistently on it, and I want to read more, and study God’s word more, and be willing to go where He leads me.
Best wishes for a wonderful, health-filled New Year, my friends!