I was inspired by Mama Laughlin's post where she posted pictures of herself and her different weights over time. I thought that was a great idea, because then as I make progress I can tack on new pics of myself as the weight gets lower.
These first two pictures are of me when I was just 18 years old in the summer of 2000. At that time I was taking dance classes and teaching classes and travelling with a dance troupe, so even though I didn't know anything about nutrition and had horrible eating habits you'd never know it. I'd guess I was probably around 140 lbs at this time. This pic is of me and two of my three brothers.
This picture is that same summer in 2000 when I was just 18. Even here, though, you can see that I held what little extra weight I had in my belly. I am an apple to the core...he he he.
This was after I went off to college. This pic was taken in 2001. It was either the end of my freshman year or the beginning of my sophomore year. I probably weighed around 170 lbs. I was very shy, so I overcompensated by drinking a lot of liquid calories. Plus whenever anyone wanted to order pizza or breadsticks at the end of the night I was all in to soak up that alcohol and because I really had no restraint and at the same time just wanted to be included in whatever other people were doing. Also, since I moved away for college the dance troupe was no more for me, so that exercise was no longer a part of my routine.
This was my 20th birthday in August 2002. I'm guessing I weighed around 200 lbs here. Obviously, my bad habits have really caught up with me at this point. And to add insult to injury the girl hugging me was my really close friend and roommate. How do you compete with that?
This was in March 2003 and this is the other roommate I had in college, Katie. Yes, I lived with these two girls. Seriously, what was I thinking, lol. I'm still friends with Katie, though, in fact I'm going to be in her wedding in June. And she'd kill me if she knew about this pic, because she hates how it makes it look like she has fake boobs. Anywho, I probably weighed around 180 lbs here. Katie and I made an effort to cook healthier meals at home I started working out, hence the weight loss. Katie always joked about how she could eat more than me. Gotta hate girls with high metabolisms.
I moved from WI to CA right after I graduated college. I really focused on my weight. I exercised most days and watched what I ate and got down to 165 lbs. This picture was taken in November '05 and it was two months after I met Steve.
This was in July '07. I was turning 25 the next month and weighed about 170 lbs in this pic. I was a bridesmaid in a really great friend's wedding back in WI and brought Steve home with me for the first time.
This pic was taken in April '07. Steve had moved in with me and we had definitely gotten comfortable. I probably weighed around 200 lbs here. This is one of the least flattering pictures I own, but it gives a clear shot showing I carry just about all my weight in my tummy.
This picture was taken in December '07. I probably weighed about 210 lbs here. These are my grandparents on my mom's side. Aren't they cute! I absolutely adore my grandparents.
This pic was taken in September '08. I was 26 years old here. I had lost some weight for my brother's wedding where I was a bridesmaid and got down to 180 lbs. I actually was down to 176.5 lbs about a month and a half before this, but I had some family drama and had started putting some weight back on.
This was June '09 at my little brother's high school graduation. Currently he is 18, my other brother in this pic is 29 and I have a third brother that's 25. I'm in the middle at 27. Anyway, in this pic I had gotten back up to around 210 lbs.
This picture is right around the same weight as the last one, 210 lbs or so. It's in August '09 when I turned 27. It shows my teeny tiny puppies when we first got them and is a decent full body shot of me.
This is right before I started my weight loss journey and my blog. This pic was taken in October '09. I officially started tracking my weight shortly after this and weighed in at 206 lbs.
This was in December '09. I weighed 199 lbs in this pic. That's my little puppy Dot. She thinks she's a lap dog. Lol. My how she has grown! Her brother's even bigger than she is!
The last pic isn't really a good body shot, so here's another one from January '10 where I weighed 198 lbs.
This is the last and most recent pic. This was Steve's 35th birthday party. It was taken in March '10 and I weighed 190 lbs in this pic.
Those are all the photos I have for you. It makes it very clear how much of a roller coaster I've been on in my adult life. I gained a lot of weight when I started college, lost it, met Steve, gained it back, lost some, gained again and now I'm finally losing again. I definitely need to put an end to this ride. I'll post a link on my blog so you can check out these pics any time and I'll add a new photo with every 10 pounds I lose.