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As humans, we often think about what we’re doing wrong, what’s not working, and why we aren’t doing as well as we used to. Lately, I’ve been comparing myself to what I looked like last year (20 pounds lighter) and hating that I let myself lose that. Then I look at myself 7 years ago… Wow. This immediately put things into perspective for me. Being healthy is never going to be a straight linear path of losing weight and watching the scale drop. It’s going to go up, it’s going to go down, there’s going to be highs, and there’s going to be lows. What matters is why you’re doing it. Be healthy for you, whatever form healthy takes at any given moment in your life. I can now take where I was last year, and know that I’m capable of getting back there again. And I can also celebrate where I am right now, and be grateful for the passion that I’ve found in getting myself and others healthy. All you can do is take it one day at a time.

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.

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THERE’S HOPE!

I was wondering how much my face changed since gooseindian took my first facial “before” picture, so I put it next to a picture I took recently, and wow. I must admit, I was shocked.

I no longer look like a sad boy with a really bad haircut. Thank the lawwwwd.

I was 246 pounds in the picture on the top and 164 in the photo on the bottom.

Work hard and be persistent.
You’ll become who you want to be.

Oh, and hey, kids who made high school a nightmare for me, fuck you. 😉

My boyfriend just sent me this. On the left is a photo he took of me in March after the gym. On the right is a selfie from a few days ago. Progress, man. Sometimes it’s good to look back and see how far you’ve come.

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A before and after compilation…I’ve come so far and could not have done it without you lovely people! Your journeys and blogs and support have been amazing!

I’m 5’ 11”, I’ve lost 70 pounds. It took me two years to go from 220 to 150 but I could not be happier. I am absolutely ecstatic today.

It’s worth the work. It’s worth the effort.