Fat Photos

Everybody loves to see ‘Fat’ pictures … or before/after pictures.  I prefer to call them before and ‘right now’ pictures … because ultimately, aren’t we all just a work in progress anyway?  But nonetheless … here we go … pictures from my former life when I weighed a whopping 325 pounds … and a progression … until now.  As of September, 2016, I have lost over 175 pounds.  That’s like a whole person, yikes!   It took a long time and there was NO magic pill or gimmicks, no tricks, no potions.  Just a whole bunch of hard work, diligent effort, consistent attention to the millions of tiny choices I make every dang day.  And before you ask me, just let me tell you: YES I have saggy skin and YES I have cellulite and YES I have stretch marks.  They are just souvenirs of the many seasons of my body.

First of all:  I was not always morbidly obese – this is me (below) as a teenager

However; by the time I got married at age 23, I was already quite heavy –
probably 250 pounds-ish
{and YES I am still married to that same amazing man 23+ years later}

DebraWeddingFat1993 DebraWeddingTom1993

These pictures below are with co-workers, a year or so after we were married, and I had already started gaining more weight.
I remember hating these photos when they came out.

DebFat1994 DebFatHuntPetro

These pictures below are on vacation in Indiana, wearing a size 5X t-shirt; I remember being humiliated to buy a shirt that was size 5X

DebraFatFaceCornFld

This picture was classic ‘Deb’ as I would hide behind things in photographs.

DebraFatCornField

The shirt I am wearing in this photo is a size 5X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The pictures below were taken in Virginia on a hike – I remember getting winded very easily and was very frustrated by my lack of stamina.

DebFatYellow

DebraTomYellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I Joined a Gym !

DebraAtLTF   DebAtGym

 I started going to the gym – off and on – I was not consistent – but I went when I could – and I made an effort – it definitely helped me start forming habits.

and I started working out with FRIENDS - it makes a big difference

and I started working out with FRIENDS – it makes a big difference

It also helped a lot when I realized I needed buddies and accountability partners.

This is mid-progress I guess

This is mid-progress I guess – I was very nervous to have my daughter take this picture of me in our front yard.  I hated my arms (still don’t love them) and that outfit was way beyond my comfort zone but I was making progress and I knew I should have some pictures.

SO, I got outside a LOT more and learned to love climbing hills and exploring parks and camping…

DebraWindyHair DebraYellowUVAShirt2014

DebInWind

and I got out of my comfort zone – like climbing into a big rubber floating tube and having fun in the river…

DebraTubeRiver DebraTubingRvrTubingDeb2016

…and I seriously had to enhance my kitchen skills – cooking at home is critical

 

d7a96-8407kitchen

I hated this kitchen but I learned to use it

and I learned to cook

and I learned to cook

…and I learned to eat better, and make smoothies, and pay attention to what I put into my body…

BananaHandBlenderUMPProtein

and I learned to use iTunes and headphones to enjoy music while exercising…

and I learned to use iTunes and use headphones to have fun with music while working out

and I started taking selfies – and getting more confident – and talking about the journey online…

DebraPinkShirtCestLaVieDebra2DebCompare3

DebraSheBeastDebraFitNFunkyDebraStripes

and I had to STOP the negative self-talk, and the ‘all or nothing’ mentality …

0f940-debralookup

and I utilized the support of good friends and family – both near and far

DebraJoanne DebraKaylaRedDebraKelly DebraMichelleSC

DebraVictoriaBdayDebraNancyAnne

AlysciaDebraDarlingLisaDebra

…and I got the whole family involved – even the kids – in our new lifestyle…

 

ThomasExercisingJamesApple

JamesExercising

ThomasFruitKebob

WildBerrySmoothieGoldsGymDebraJamesTomDeb3CrazyBoys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60ToeFamilyBday

DebraWeight152

September 2014

Maroon1

Fall 2015

EarthMovingMachine

Spring 2016

WhiteShirtStairsJuly2016

Summer 2016

As of August 2016: 143 pounds ~ 5 Foot 4 Inches Tall ~ Size 8 Jeans ~ 47 Years Old

To GOD be the Glory – because without Him, this would not have been possible.  Phil. 4:13 has been my mantra for quite a while now.

 

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

18 Comments

18 thoughts on “Fat Photos

  1. Amazing story Deb. You have much to be proud of!

    Like

  2. You are an inspiration. Congratulations on your success!

    Like

  3. You are absolutely amazing!!!!
    Such an inspiration my friend.
    Congrats on the healthy new you!

    Like

  4. So very proud of you! Love you lots!

    Like

  5. Kim

    You are amazing!!!! Thanks fur sharing your story!!!

    Like

  6. Dietra

    Thank you for sharing your what a blessing and so encouraging.

    Like

  7. GREAT blog, Deb! I particularly love that you start out with that you aren’t in “after” mode, you aer in “where I am now” mode. Heaven knows you never get done with this journey. And what an honor it is to have you include my photo!

    Like

  8. Judy Neaves

    You are an inspiration to many people. Awesome!

    Like

  9. Meggi

    Awesome journey. Great story and inspiration to those who are now taking up the challenge. Congratulations on your great endeavor.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. susanne

    Thanks for sharing that! God is so good!

    Like

  11. Jessica

    Thank you for sharing! Very inspiring. You wrote you started going to a gym but you didn’t write about what you did with your food and eating… of course I’m curious what changes you made!

    Like

  12. You are an inspiration! You look wonderful. Thank you.

    Like

  13. Karen

    I love this story too. I can feel it more in my bones, that I’m going to get there one day. I really am! Thanks, Deb!!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Cheryl

    Deb, you are an inspiration and your storytelling is remarkable! You have given me the oomph I needed to get out of a slump after losing 90 pounds. I have 35 more pounds to get rid of in the next 4 months! I have to stop making excuses and get moving. Thank you for showing me that despite some setbacks on your journey, you did it! I WILL DO IT!! Seeing your blog has been very timely for me. Thanks, Deb!!

    Like

  15. Pingback: Transformation Tuesday | The Healthy Habit Lady

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: