Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Then and now photos

Over the weekend I went to a couple stores to play dress up. I can tell the pants I bought in December are beginning to get too big. With the change in season fast approaching and lack of funds, I wasn't ready to buy more clothes just yet. However, I was curious as to what size I could actually fit into. So I went to go find out.

I was able to button and zip a pair of size 18 dress pants!

This is huge to me! I started this blog in a size 28 - the biggest size you could find in most "plus size" stores. I don't even remember the last time there was a "1" in the first digit of my pant size. Honestly, I was probably in middle school - age 13 or 14.

Today, I started thinking about where I started. I started this journey well before I started writing about it on the internet. My highest weight was 355 in February 2008. It was a about a year after I graduated college during which I was in a toxic work environment causing me to sometimes eat fast food 3 times a day. After being unemployed for 6+ months, I lost about 15-20 lbs when I went back to work. And then I lost another 30 lbs in late 2008 after enrolling in a weight management class. I hovered around 320 most of 2009 before gaining 10 lbs back and starting this blog in early 2010 at 330.

For visual effect, I wanted to share a photo history of myself from the last few years.

Me in 2005 - no recollection of my weight.

May 2007
Probably around the 340-350 mark. The whole family was on vacation in Destin.
I remember feeling uncomfortable in everything I wore on that trip.
This photo makes me say, "wow" out loud.

September 2008 @ 325ish. My first "real" weight loss attempt in progress.

April 2009 - around 320. My first half marathon attempt.
Don't mind the hideous hat. I just don't look good in them!

May 2009

July 2009

August 2009 at my sister's wedding.

April 2010 - mere hours after I got the Biggest Loser rejection.

August 2010 @ 322. This was shortly after beginning the blog,
before I started to have much success.

So that was then. But now. This is now. This is where I am at today.

And Sunday, when I put on the only pair of shorts I have from last summer, this is what I was greeted with. Can't say I'm sad about it.


KG said...

I'm just gonna say WOW!

Brittany said...

yay Em! Sooooo proud of you! You look fabuuulous! <3

Diana P. said...

WOW girl!!!!!! You look awesome!!

Erin Adams said...

This is amazing, Emily. Congrats on all the hard work and great choices you're making to accomplish this!

Unknown said...

Emily! CONGRATS and still so inspiring! You look great girl! <3

Anonymous said...

That is amazing Emily! Keep up the amazing work :)

Emmie said...

WOW!!! Awesome progress, rockstar!

Mess In A Dress said...

You look so beautiful. I would be crying if I wasn't in class right now, attempting to help students write essays. I wish I could see you in person. You look SO GREAT! I just can't get over it. I know how hard this was, and you should feel constant happiness at what you've achieved!

Traci said...

Those are amazing photos and really show your accomplishment!!! You are doing amazing!!!! You can see it!!!!

Marlene Glaser said...

Anything with a 1 in front of it made me crazy happy. Congrats, woman... you are kicking ass.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Emily you look gorgeous! I'm so proud of you. What a leap you've taken towards your future! We need to catch up asap!

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