Saturday, July 26, 2008

Then and Now: Pictorial Version 2.0

I've written this post several times. This is a difficult one for me because it is so intensely personal. The last one I had posted was REALLY long and drawn out. What y'all really want to see is what I look like having lost 40 pounds in under 12 months without committing to some diet. So I'm going to do that in a second. But first...

Weight is a subject we just aren't honest about, are we? But, bloggerdom, we need to be. There are so many things I'd like to say about this transformation, but I have one simple take-home message for all of you. For me, this transformation was completely mental. I did not get into running to change the way I looked on the outside. I started running - which began as walking - for the renewal of the spirit inside of me that wanted to be at peace again. All the weight I had gained since 2003 (I was pretty average up until then in my teen and young adult years) was the result of a ton of commotion, stress, and upheaval in my life, as many of us have in our twenties. Running has become my solace, my solitude - the place where I am most in touch with my soul. (A little Zen, anyone?)

The bottom line: Transformation is about the mind-body-spirit connection. If you'd like me to talk about that in a post, I'd be happy to do it. Just holla.

Anyway, without further ado, I bring you THE TRANSFORMATION:

Above: This one is making me cry because I know how I felt about my life. Last June. Me, on the left. Fat and happy? Bullshit.

Below: This one is making me cry because I can't believe how far I've come. 450 miles (and a whole reborn soul) later.


My doctor tells me that I have 14 pounds left to kick. At the most.

Will I ever go back? Hell no. I can't.
Questions? Ask anything, even my uber-personal stats. I'll give you whatever you want if it will get you thinking about dealing with your own issues. Someone dear to me was my inspiration. I'd be honored to be yours.
Peace.


8 comments:

Kristen said...

Still say there is no place for you to lose the 14 pounds. And I liked the long drawn out version...
Who looks sexy??? you look sexy!!!

mom of the year said...

Kristen: Sorry about changing. I think women with before/after pix are like guys with porn - JUST GET TO IT ALREADY!

I'll add your previous comment back in later because I'm sure there will be a request for stats.

And - I'm still goddamn beautiful. ;P

Tessie said...

You are a straight HOTTIE! Wow.

These are great posts. You must be so proud of yourself, for this and so many other reasons.

I'm proud of you too.

mom of the year said...

Tessie: Thanks, man. Truly. Let's go out and find some hotties. WAIT! Let's just do wine and crepes instead, per your NO HOTTIE policy...

Swistle said...

This IS inspiring.

LoriD said...

You look mahvellous! What a seriously great accomplishment.

Saly said...

Look at the sexy mama!!!

This is truly amazing. Good for you!

Kari said...

I'm so proud of you!