Yay! Today is my maintenance anniversary! That means- I have maintained my weight loss for one year! Whew- that was tough! Maintenance has been the hardest part of this process- BY FAR!! I am learning something new everyday. I have never posted my actual "before" picture on my blog. Well, here it is. In all it's glory. I've also posted a few from throughout my journey. I'll give you a little rundown...
April 1, 2007- I am 6 weeks postpartum in this picture and a size 18. I feel just as bad as I look- trust me. I've had to doctor the pic a little bit b/c I was wearing black against the black carpet at the Jenny Craig Center. I loved that velour maternity sweatsuit from Mimi. Thanks Mom.
May 25, 2007- My sister Ria's wedding. I had lost 13 pounds here and I remember thinking "Good thing I lost weight for the wedding." Dress was an 18, but had to be taken in a little... probably in a 16 here.
November 7, 2007- I am about half way to my goal here. This is where people started telling me I looked fine and didn't need to lose anymore weight. I know they meant well but it got annoying b/c my BMI was still unhealthy and I knew it. Size 12.
January 26, 2008- I am feeling really good here. (This pic is after a run.) I was a size 10 and I was soooo happy. I went shopping for new clothes for the first time just before this w/ my sister Grace. She kept bringing me size 10 jeans and the kept fitting!!! I was in shock. I can remember I was really starting to gain confidence in myself around this time. For the first time, I KNEW I would reach my goal- it was just a matter of when.
February 29, 2008- I LOVED these Levi's jeans!! I got them at Plato's Closet (where I bought most of my clothes while I was losing weight) and I wore them for days on end. I would even sleep in them. Anyway, they were a size 7. Ha! Odd sizes are juniors clothes... haven't worn them since before I had children! I was so happy to be in these.
April 26, 2008- GOAL!!! 70 pounds gone!!! My goal weigh-in was so awesome. It was early in the morning... like 7:15 am or something. My consultant and all the girls at the center were so excited for me. I texted everyone- in all time zones even though it was early. I was so over the moon this day. I hadn't wore a size 4 since freshman year of college!
I am so thankful to my friends, family, and everyone who has supported me during this process. If I had to name names of the people I am forever thankful to it would be: Jack, Mom, Dad, Anna, Tara, Ria, Grace, Holly, Tonya, and my amazing consultant Melissa! W/o all of these people I seriously could not have done this. You are so far above me- I'm like ropes on the Good Year Blimp.