No, you’re not on Wheel of Fortune and about to win a lot of money. I’m talking about before and after pictures. Except, mine are a little different…
I haven’t always been fat. Growing up I played lots of different sports, most of which I was good at: I played softball, basketball, I was in track, I was on the volleyball team. I was extremely active. Yeah, I was always the big girl in my mind because I wasn’t the size of a stick figure. But I wasn’t fat. Looking back now, what I wouldn’t give to be at that very size I was when I thought I was fat back in high school.
In high school, I was probably around 165-180 pounds. I was a typical girl that loved looking nice most days, wanted a little bit of attention from the opposite sex, and even though there were days when I thought I was fat, I still thought of myself as cute and attractive. Here is a picture of me at 17 at my Junior prom. I’m the one on the left.
A year later, right after graduation, my mom took me on a senior trip to Cancun. It was one of my favorite times with my mom! I have a lot of great memories from that trip including getting to drive this mini boat really fast and scaring my mom, getting my hair braided, going to Señor Frogs and drinking alcohol….legally, visiting some ruins, getting up at 7am every morning and tanning for 5 hours, I could go on it was THAT great!
But one memory that burns in my mind is what I looked like back then. I can still remember the bathing suit I wore in Cancun. It was 2-piece, showed my stomach, and I actually looked great in it. I’m not sure exactly when I stopped caring about my weight and looks, but it makes me sad to think of what I have missed out on. Being overweight, I stopped caring about clothes, and makeup, and my body. I want to get back to that place of being confident, of being…dare I say sexy, and making new great memories instead of letting my weight hold me back.
So since this IS before and after, below is the after I put on the weight picture. That’s me on the left.
The weight has slowly crept up and up, so I know it’s not going to fall off quickly. It’s a process and a journey I’m taking everyday to lose it. My goal is to show progress pictures of the weight going down instead of up. Therefore, I’ll set a small goal. When I get down to 300 pounds, I’ll post a new updated picture. This time, my before and after will be going from big to small! 🙂