Comparison Photos

I am still pretty shocked and excited about surpassing my Weight Watchers goal yesterday.  It was one of the biggest losses I have had in this whole journey, so it kind of caught me off guard.  I lost 4.4 lbs in one week…. that put me under my WW goal of 140….
Officially weighing in at 137.2 lbs!
I will admit that I am very happy about everything… but seeing these pictures just really puts it into perspective as to how far I have come.  When my husband and different family members and friends saw these “before” pictures… they all said the SAME thing!!!!  “I don’t even remember you looking like this!”
How is that possible?  How is it that I was so miserable for so many years and no one even remembers me looking that way?  I guess it made me realize a few things….  Friends and Family love you for YOU!  They are attracted to your personality, your spirit, what’s on the inside, for lack of a better word…. the REAL YOU!
I believe that figuring out a way to bring your life from a state of chaos and disorder…  to a place of organization and order really does have a positive effect on your mood, behavior, eating habits, and weight loss.  I feel my absolute BEST when I am tracking what I eat, working out daily, and keeping up with my never ending To Do list.
I have always loved to work out.  That was never my problem.
Food was my problem… I never liked being in or cooking in the kitchen.  My food choices were all about whatever was easy or convenient.  I definitely consider myself to be an emotional eater.  I had to start recognizing when I was eating because I was angry, bored, lonely, depressed, pms-ing, apathetic, comparing myself to others, feeling like I could never change, etc.
Weight Watchers is what ultimately works for me.  It gives me boundaries and flexibility at the same time.  I have read many many blogs to get ideas and tips.  I love finding new and fun blogs that offer motivation and hope.
I’m going to end this post with some very REAL thoughts I have on this whole subject…  This is taken from an email I sent that was offering encouragement to a close friend…
It’s not always easy for me either… I don’t want you to think for a moment that it’s easy for me.    IT HAS GOTTEN EASIER…… but I think because I started way back in 2005 and I have been playing with the whole concept of WW, keeping a food journal, etc for several years.  Even though it’s easier… it’s NOT EASY!!  I mean look back to how I was eating through the holidays.  I was miserable and didn’t feel good at all.  Now that I’ve pretty much gotten back on track, I feel great!  I love the freedom to be able to eat whatever I am craving!  
Following WW is the one thing I have complete control over!  I’m the boss of it.  I decide what food I’m putting in my mouth.  I decide if I’m gonna work out.  It has become a kind of “game” that I love to play.
You have to give yourself some credit.  And don’t roll your eyes or act like it’s not important.  You are doing a great job!  Keep journaling… keep thinking about it…. keep trying to figure it out.  Don’t give up.  You will have success.  You are also in a different phase of life right now than I am.  Please don’t be so hard on yourself!  You are gorgeous!!!  Smile…. I love you and you are great!!!!!”
I REALLY wish that we could all find peace and happiness within us.

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About Lexy

40 years old, "stay at home mom" to 2 boys (ages 16 and 14), wife to a chiropractic kinesiologist! I love blogging and learning new ideas. I follow the Weight Watchers Points Plus program and enjoy working out. I have run 2 full 26.2 mile marathons and 3 half marathons... and many 10k and 5k's. I love taking BodyPump classes and lifting weights. Working out has always been fun for me, but I struggle with eating healthy. Blogging has introduced me to a world of healthy eaters... When I first started WW... I just wanted someone to tell me what to eat! I didn't like cooking and I am not the kind of person that can just throw things together. There are tons of ideas out there and I love finding new and fun ones that I feel like I am capable of making myself!

5 thoughts on “Comparison Photos

  1. Carman

    I am so happy and excited for you!!!!!! And I am sooo happy to have been a part of this journey with you and be a cheerleader 😉 throughout all these years!!!!! I know its been a long hard journey but like you does get easier as we make heatlhy habits and lifestyle changes….and especially when we surround ourselves with like-minded people. We are all wearing the same jersey and on the same team!! You are such an inspiration to me and will be to others as you share your story! So so proud of you!!!!

  2. lexy

    Thanks so much Carman and Cyndi! Both of your comments mean the most to me because we have all been doing this together!! :)

  3. cmhayden

    I cannot tell you what an inspiration you are to me! You are the most beautiful person and I'm not just saying that because you're my daughter. I am humbled in your presence for many reasons, but most importantly because you made a goal and accomplished it! (Not to mention the two wonderful grandsons you gave me!!) A person can learn so much from their child, and you have been very patient with me and my weight loss/gain struggles. I know you know what I'm going through and I appreciate your willingness to help me and your insights and your wisdom beyond your years. Thank you for everything. I love you so much! Congratulations on all of your many accomplishments!!!-mom


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