I never had an issue with my weight. I was content with myself and the boyfriend weight I packed on (or aka freshman 15, which stayed with me throughout my college years). Now, I wasn't fat, but here are some pix to give you a little perspective. I don't have any pix from when we first got together (2001); I'll have to scan some later. Digital cameras were just coming out...can you believe it?!
Fall 2006: Mom and me. She told me I was gaining weight, but I didn't want to hear it.
February2007: my turning point.Fi had started to lose weight because he was training to run a half-marathon, and I...was not losing weight. And I finally noticed in that last picture. So right away, I joined a gym. I started counting calories and watching what I ate...baby steps. I had a small goal of 5 pounds, which I lost fairly quickly while sticking to my diet and workout program. So I continued to stick to my diet and workout program. Here's what my progress looked like:
May 2007: check out my arms. I'm particularly proud of them. They are shrinking!
June 2007: The biggest thing I noticed was how the shape of my face changed.
November 2007: Check me out sidewaysI was pretty happy with my progress at this point. I lost 18 lbs! I couldn't believe it. Hard work does pay off...and I did it the healthy way, which I'm even more proud of.
From this point, I worked out to maintain my weight. Fi and I both work out...together. He was my motivation to get in shape back then, and he's still my motivation to keep it up. But I thank him for loving me at any shape. So here's me maintaining my fitness:
May 2008: Face shape maintenance
Our most recent adventure: YosemiteI'm so happy that I don't have to worry about losing weight while planning the wedding. I don't think my body would be able to handle the stress.
I'll share my workout tips in another post. Until then, make healthy choices! ;-)
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