This is Nikole and I. We are in an old pair of PJ pants featuring Sponge Bob. These particular pajamas were my favourite when I weighed 350 pounds. They were tight. In fact, at one point, I had to retire them because they were too uncomfortable to sport during my slumber.
Today, I can fit one of me and one of her in each leg with a lot of room to spare.
A year and a half ago– I never would have believed this was possible. I never thought I’d have lost 150 pounds. I never thought I’d have gained confidence. I never thought I’d be happy. I never thought I’d be proud of anything I had done.
And, now, I’m proud of everything I’ve done and I know that at the end of my weight loss journey I’ll be able to say the same.
It’s been a few months since I did an updated face comparison, so here we are!
I weighed 246 pounds in the photo on the top and right now, I’m at 157 happy little pounds.
These photos were taken 3 years apart, and a lot has happened between them. I lost over 100 pounds between 2012 and 2013, gained more than half of it back during my pregnancy (and lost it, again), and did a whole lot of soul searching.
Now, I can finally say that I’m not letting depression win anymore, and that I’m putting myself and my well being above just about everything.
You are destined for greatness.
You just gotta make it happen.
1. Back progress! (With some serious bed head) No more rolls for this girl!
2. I remember taking the first picture and feeling sooo small! But I definitely see a difference from then and my now picture. The scale may not be reflecting my weight loss, but the inches and clothes and pictures sure do.
Progress pic — 120+ lbs lost edition! I started losing weight and getting stronger in October 2011, and it’s definitely been a struggle but it’s worth it. I feel better in my own (albeit loose) skin now.
Reminding yourself of how far you’ve come despite setbacks keeps the motivation going! (2013 has been really tough so far!)
If you’ve been following my crazy journey this week, then I think you and I both know it’s high time I remind myself how far I’ve come and the progress I’ve made so far.
In the left picture, I had already lost 20 lbs. I was in a state of disbelief and giddy happiness. I couldn’t believe I’d been able to do it. 20 lbs! I felt body positive and beautiful in that photo. Shocked at what I could accomplish.
Left is me 42 lbs down later. I’ve been struggling the past few months - not able to see my progress, feeling stuck. The scale not where I want it. Things have felt especially frustrating since the holiday season and I find I’ve been picking on myself way more than usual when I look in the mirror.
I’m especially hard on my poor tummy, who definitely doesn’t deserve it because she can hold a plank for 1:10 mins now, do 100 Russian twists, and can do 60 sit-ups all in succession. She can even crunch 85 lbs on the abdominal weight machine at the gym, which is 50 more than she could a year ago. She’s even been working on getting me into a headstand in yoga via tripod pose, which she couldn’t even do a year ago either!
So ya know what? Screw the discouraged feelings and worry! Because I’ve come a damn long way. And it’s only Jan 22nd for goodness’ sake.
The photo on the left is the worst of me but one of the only ones in my swimsuit. Feels good to remind myself that there actually is progress even if I don’t notice it. 12 months and 20 pounds difference.
I had a healthy childhood, but when I left home for university I let go and put on almost a stone and a half. One of my best friends, on the other hand, went to uni and started running, and lost nearly a stone and looked fantastic. I’ve always dreamt of being able to run and wanted to get my figure back so I started on my fitness journey!
Here are the main things that have helped me lose weight, gain back my fitness, and embrace my body for all the amazing things it can do.
These are the things that I’ve learned that have helped me, but everyone is different and they might not apply to you. Try different things and don’t worry if it takes a while to find what’s right for you. Don’t give up and remember, lifestyle not diet, long term persistence and patience, not short-term short-lived results.
Here’s a new Before and During. 240lbs wasn’t my official highest weight, but it’s when I started to take personal photos to track my progress. I’m 50lbs down from the first photos and I can see such a difference in my body, my confidence, and my life. Unfortunately my breasts have shrunk a bit and will continue to do so, but I guess that’s a small price to pay to have the body I’ve always dreamed of. My goal weight is settled somewhere between 180 and 150lbs, so once I feel comfortable with how I look, I will stop trying to lose and start trying to maintain. I am sure I will have a body I’m proud of by the time I graduate college in June!