As one of my best friends likes to remind me...I owe it to all of the people who love me to try and stay on this Earth for as long as possible. I hate to admit he's right....but in this (one) case he absolutely is. Which is one of the motivations behind working so hard to give myself the best 30th birthday present I could ever give myself. I know many of you have gone through this last leg of the process with me. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words and encouragement. You have fed me in ways that sugary, fattening, and over processed junk could not have. I have lost a total of 140 pounds over the last six years and 60+ over the last seven months. I have been working so hard to not only shed the pounds but also the mentality that got me here in the first place. The truth is the extra pounds made me feel claustrophobic in my own skin. I felt trapped and stretched to the max in the body I deemed cursed. My future sat inside a sealed box just hoping that I would soon discover it and live it to it's fullest. So, here I am. I am promising myself as well as the world that I am going to live my life to the fullest. This will be my last weight loss post but I felt it only seemed appropriate to share the end of the road with all of you amazing people who have walked along side me.
So now comes the fun part...I get to do a little show and tell. The before picture was taken at my heaviest at 304 pounds (I thought 299 was the highest I ever reached and was recently enlightened that the hubs had seen the scale hit 304 at the doctors office and never told me). I used the same shirt in the after picture as a way to prove it was really me, because people always say, "that's not you". As if I would want to lie about that. I cannot tell you at the time how hurtful it felt when I would put on a t-shirt that exclaimed XXL on the front of it for the world to see, but it was the only t-shirt that really fit. I am also saying goodbye to this t-shirt for forever. If I ever see it again that would be too soon.
So there it is. The transformation and turning point of my entire life documented for forever. I am celebrating my achievement today & I hope you will all celebrate with me. I hope, if anything, that I am proof that you should never give up.
I also want to say a HUGE shout out to my mama! She totally rocks for bringing me into the world 30 years ago and for keeping me alive wooo whooo!
Thanks for letting me share with you lovelies today! I'll see you tomorrow, partied out and hopefully cake comma happy.