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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Befores

So, I thought I'd show the photos that I have are from before I ever started losing weight or running.

Let's recap though. My full running story is here. Before I was a runner, I was a Cathlete (I'm still a Cathlete, which is someone who works out using Cathe Friedrich's exercise videos). Before I was a Cathlete, I was a Firmie (or, someone who works out using The Firm). Before The Firm, I was a Lifetime Weight Watchers member. Before that, I was this person:

These were taken in December 1997, when my ex (the guy that I cropped out, there's no reason to get him involved in this) graduated from college.

Please tell me there is a difference between me now and me then. I know I've still got a double chin, I know I am not the skinniest thing in the world... and these photos don't show the part of me that has truly changed the most (my legs).

I was 200 pounds here. I had never truly tried to lose weight, and didn't know how. I didn't run, ever. I hated running, in fact I mean, a serious hatred. I was fearful of going to a gym. I didn't know how to swim. I had done some aerobics at some point, but that was about it.

Here I am, in a couple of photos taken last July, about a week after I got married.

I'm looking at them, and, well, I don't know if I really, truly can see the dramatic changes that others see when they look at before and after photos. Granted, I'm 31 now and I was 19 in the first set of photos. I definitely feel different. I definitely am different, whether others know it or not, I suppose.

And, since I feel like I need to include a running photo, here is me at the Frederick Half Marathon 2008. Running is, after all, what has really gotten me here and kept me here.



I can see the difference! That running shot is fantastic!

Lacey said...

i like that "cathlete" and "firmie" :)

great running photo, too!!!

it's always good to remember how far we have come and who we are now :) but never forget who we have been since it's always a part of us.

Staci Dombroski said...

I totally see the difference :-) You look great!

marathonmaiden said...

looking great :) it's always fun to reflect and see how much our hard work has paid off!

Laura said...

You look FANTASTIC now! So cool that you can look back and see such a difference :)

Kitzzy said...

I can see a difference and you look fantastic!

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