One Year Challenge

A year ago we did family portraits on the beach for Thanksgiving; I HATED the way I looked! Even though I’ve lost a lot of weight, I still don’t like to have many pics of myself, but I am getting better about it. I had set a goal of this weekend to post some pics of myself to compare to last year. Sadly, I don’t have many, but I’m gonna post last year’s, plus a few recent pics, as promised.

FIRST, HERE ARE PICS FROM ONE YEAR AGO TODAY:

This is me a year ago, about 40+ lbs heavier. All boobs, gut, and ginormous bootay.
This is me a year ago, 11/28.2012, about 40+ lbs heavier. All boobs, gut, and ginormous bootay.
I do not like this pic at all. First, my skin was a nightmare! Second, chins for days.
11/28/2012: I did not like this pic at all. First, my skin was a nightmare! Second, chins for days.
ALWAYS hiding behind everyone in pics.
11/28/2012: ALWAYS hiding behind everyone in pics.
Next to this beautiful girl (my daughter) I just felt ugly, fat, and miserable. I was not happy this day AT ALL to be taking pics.
11/28/2012: Next to this beautiful girl (my daughter) I just felt ugly, fat, and miserable. I was not happy this day AT ALL to be taking pics.

AND NOW FOR SOME RECENT PICS:

This was taken today, one year later. First, can we talk about how clear my skin is? FINALLY clear skin and I'm two months away from turning 40! Who knew the answer was in my diet?
This was taken today, 11/28/2013, one year later. First, can we talk about how clear my skin is? I barely even wear makeup now, I use no cleansers, and the only thing I use besides minimal makeup, is refined coconut oil. FINALLY clear skin and I’m two months away from turning 40! Who knew the answer was in my diet?
This is me a week ago, posing for photos for the local newspaper, where one of my recipes was being featured for Thanksgiving. A year ago, there is NO WAY I would have agreed to this.
This is me a week ago, 11/18/2013, posing for photos for the local newspaper, where one of my recipes was being featured for Thanksgiving. A year ago, there is NO WAY I would have agreed to this.
And here I was, in the newspaper a few days later, on Wednesday 11/20/13. Looking all confident and stuff.
And here I was, in the newspaper a few days later, on Wednesday 11/20/13. Looking all confident and stuff.
And ALSO on Wednesday 11/20/13, I cooked LIVE on TV and never once even flinched at how I was gonna look (even though I know the camera adds lbs!)
And ALSO on Wednesday 11/20/13, I cooked LIVE on TV and never once even flinched at how I was gonna look (even though I know the camera adds lbs!)

Wait, let me say that again. The girl, who a year previously HATED having her picture taken, went LIVE on camera and cooked a Paleo meal…

Date night in September. New haircut, and I fit into a pair of pants I had not worn in a VERY long time. I was feeling it.
Date night in September. New haircut, and I fit into a pair of pants I had not worn in a VERY long time. I was feeling it.

And the other night when I was editing photos and organizing my photo files, I noticed something I had not seen in a while…I had been taking pics of myself AND posting them online, VOLUNTARILY! Here’s more of what I found…

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Halloween, I dressed like a sassy tiger, complete with face makeup, ears, and tail, and went around town all day like that!
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Halloween
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Taking weird pics of myself kicking back.
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Taking fun pics with Ashton on a night out.
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NO idea.
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Dog and selfie!
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Cooking breakfast with Ashton!
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At the zoo today!
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Taking weird pics again!.
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This is the beginning of when I was starting to feel better, after a lot of exercising. End of July, beginning of the transformation.
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Day I brought my son home from the hospital. It was a happy day.

So, here’s what I know: pics don’t lie. I’m not at my goal yet, and I have some more work to do, but I feel better on the inside and I feel better about the outside. I actually haven’t weighed myself in a while because I’ve slowly learned that those numbers actually mean very little, especially when you compare that to something as telling as smiles in pics, that used to not be there.

 

4 comments

  1. You’re a beautiful person inside and out regardless of size. Your heart is sweet and caring. As long a you feel good in your skin, that is what counts and you have found what works for you (and doing great with it).

  2. You are glowing on these photos! Congratulations on your success, you wear it well! Did you take that year to change your diet to Paleo? How did you get your kids on board? My stepdaughter is a sugar junkie and sadly gets most of it at her after school program.

    • Its been two years now, this post is exactly one year old. I dont even remember bring that other girl. At all.

      My family got on board because they had no choice. I control the food here. There is zero junk in my house. If theres no junk, they cant eat it.

      I pack all my kids lunches, too. No choices there. School has explicit instructions NOT to feed my kids at all. I send in my own snacks for them, too.

      We do eat out, and they can eat whatever they want, when we are out, but you have to choose:
      1) you pick your meal, i pick your drink, or
      2) you pick your drink, i pick the meal, that way you cant eat all junk.

      We drink almost only water all day. No soda, rarely juice. No other options.

      Their pediatrician was right “no kid in a house full of healthy food will ever starve.” Meaning your kids may resist, but if you dont cave, eventuslly theyll eat.

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