Hellooooo! I don’t know why lately I’m burning the midnight oil for my blog posts, but here it is at 12:11 AM and I was inspired to work on my progress pics! This week I don’t have an exciting weigh in -I’ve stayed exactly the same. I kinda expected this as I had such giant losses over the past two weeks (6 pounds!), so I’ll take it. It’s definitely better than a gain. I’ve also given myself a couple “breaks” this week and allowed myself a cheat meal or two – including some awesome pepper fries when out to lunch with a girlfriend. Delicious! So I know water retention isn’t doing me any favors.
The very first weight loss blog I ever read was Pasta Queen, and I remember loving her progress pictures and thinking “Hey! One day I wanna do this!”. It’s taken me a long time to reach this point of comfort with my blog and my struggle; two or three years ago I could never imagine doing something like posting awful, unposed, unedited photos of me at my most unattractive form on the internet for the world to see. However, my world has changed, and it’s one of honesty and determination. One day when I reach my goal, I want to look back at these pictures and remember how I truly was, not that I used photoshop to tuck in my chin, or nipped my arm a bit. This is the 100% real, unedited truth.
Somebody who reads my blog recently e-mailed me and asked me to re-consider posting all of the most intimate details of my life on here. They argued that as a social media and web professional, it might be “TMI” if people are considering me for a job. My reply to that was that who I am online is 150% the REAL ME, my authentic self (plus, I’m not job hunting!). I’m not ashamed of anything I write on here, and I refuse to hide stories and events that shape the journey of who I am. It might make some people uncomfortable, but as Popeye said, I am who I am, I be who I be. Besides, the most influential stories and images seen online are real, uncut, unpretty, from the truth. I try to think of my blog as almost photojournalistic in self, because I’m not going to edit out things that are unpretty or uncomfortable just to make someone feel at ease. Anyways, enough of that, I just needed to get it off my chest! On to lighter topics – like 70 pounds to go and CATS! As I was making these progress pix, I felt like they were boring. Hence, I have added every cat I have ever owned to the three pix – featuring Lucia, Oliver and my beloved Leo. I hope you enjoy.
I think I’ll check in with progress pictures every 6 weeks or so. That will be enough to see some progress, but not too often that my “melting” goes unnoticed. I’m so excited. I really feel like I’m on the brink of this, of finally mastering this goal. Maybe it’s my diagnosis, and reading all the PCOS diet books has me geared up (my favorite one so far is: The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Change is possible now that I finally know what’s happening in my body. Knowledge is power, folks!
Anyways, that’s enough of that. On to the pictures. I’m kind of embarrassed, but as I said above, it is what it is. My arms make me spazzy, but whatevz. I have a double chin, but hey, it’s the namesake of this blog which I have grown to love so much. In the next few months, my arms and my chin will shrink and these photos will be an amazing reminder of how far I have come. Even though I see a young woman much heavier than I ever thought I could be, I see beauty, bravery, strength, persistence, positivity, and above all, hope.