Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Progress Pics....

So... I was able to pull up a few of these bad boys! I'll be honest- most of the pics in the last year I was very particular about (waist up only; taken from a high shot; etc.) so I wouldn't look so big! haha I'm vain that way - and I own it. Anyway - here is what i've got... eeeeek!

Towards the End of my Honeymoon February 2008: 138 Pounds



After my honeymoon I was like that's it - i'm over being this size. I joined a gym in April and went from doing nothing to working out 4-5 days per week with my friend Monica. I did 3 miles cardio/day and strength training 3 days/week. This picture was taken Labor Day weekend - two days before I started the blog.

Labor Day Weekend, August 29, 2008: 136 Pounds



When I decided to start the blog (following this vacation) I took some progress pics so I would have something to compare my 115-pound self to (my goal self). Here are some taken the day before I started the blog.

August 31: 135 Pounds








I started seeing results in September and I saw them QUICK - losing 10 pounds that month (which I credit to the blog and Spark People - calorie tracking!). This photo was taken on September 27, a meer 27 days after the picture above, but 9.5 pounds less on my frame.

September 27: 126.5 Pounds





I kept on working and lost a few more pounds. Here is one on October 11 at 124 pounds (back in Auburn again).

October 11: 124 pounds


Lost a few more the next few weeks...I know it's not the best photo - but the rest are in coats or in large groups! I can mostly tell in my face here...

October 25: 121 Pounds



Now i'm at 117.5 (today - i've been bouncing between this and 118/119 for a week or so). Here are some pics taken this morning, Dec. 24, 2008.





Yes - I am a big old cheeseball. I'm also excited because I just got 4" taken off my hair and i'm loving the shorter length! Here are some 'before and afters' - the 'afters' were taken this morning!

The dress kind of swallowed me now.... Sad, too, because when I bought it I had it altered!


I could really tell here...

These were my FAVORITE Hudson jeans.... mostly because it got to a point when these were the only ones that fit comfortably. Now - they just hang!


The dress from my honeymoon was so loose! I tried tightening the halter but it just hung there stupidly. The first 'after' picture is me showing the excess fabric and the second one is me attempting to show you the extra!


I think my legs are slowly slimming up. I'm pretty straight up and down but a bit of a pear so my legs (and butt!) will be the last to shape up.


So - what do you think?! I know the 'befores' weren't the best... I never thought to to do them until August - and by then i'd been working out regularly for over 4 months! But again, I didn't start Spark People until September 2 and that's when I really started tracking and losing. Anyway, I hope you can tell a difference!

Oh real quick - Austin wasn't too interesting in participating in the before and afters - but here is a couple of afters and a before i snagged!! He's holding steady at 178/179 (he's 6'2") - i'm so proud of him! (if you click on the picture below and it gets larger you can really tell!)

UPDATE February 7, 2009

These are me as of 2/7 at 114.5 (compared to August 2008 at far left and December 2008 in the middle).



I can't tell a HUGE difference, but really - we're talking August, to December to February.

More comparison pics... (August 2008 - 135 pounds, December 2008 - 117.5 pounds, February 2009 - 114.5 pounds)



That's it for now!!

45 comments:

hannah katherine said...

what a good post! my favorite yet! : ) i love the progress pics and look at those abs!! merry christmas!

fittingbackin said...

Aw thanks, HK! It was time to do it... took me a while to get it organized but I wanted to do it right!! Thanks so much - merry Christmas to you!! Post soon - I need an update!!

rianna-k said...

thanks for posting these! I loved this post, and it's so very detailed! congrats on everything you've accomplished:) merry christmas!

Kelly Olexa said...

What an amazing journey and story you have. I'd like to "showcase" you on my blog if you don't mind. LMK if you'd be ok with that!! ;-)
Kelly O

MeltingLisa said...

Awesome!!!!!

*Trying to think straight ..what was I thinking buying drums for my daughter for Christmas!!!??*

Anyway ... you have worked hard and boy, can you see the results! You look absolutely wonderful, of course you did before as well, but wow!

I love seeing the progress in the same clothes .... makes it was more obvious.

Well done, and really thanks for sharing!

Oh and your hubby looks fantastic too, well done to him!

fittingbackin said...

Rianna-k: of course! Thanks for mentioning it!! haha I heart details! :) Merry Christmas to you, too!

Kelly: Thanks so much. :) I don't mind at all - thanks for thinking of me!

Melting Lisa: Thanks! haha I don't know... I couldn't handle it! Me and Austin were in costco last weekend and they had a drumset on display and kids were approaching it and we RAN! haha I'm so glad you can notice the results - sometimes i'm like I FEEL better but can you tell? I really do feel great - and so does Austin! I'll tell him you said so! We saw his family today - some for the first time since easter - and they couldn't get over the weight loss. Austin said he'd never been called "skinny" before. hehe Boys.

Merry Chrstimas Everyone! I'm going to go catch up on blogs soon - and I need to update this thing too - eek - i'm getting behind!!

Big Pissy said...

Great post! :)

You've made amazing progress and should be so proud of yourself and Austin too~of course!

You're both just precious. Reminds me of back when you first met at AU. ;-)

p.s. love the family reaction. hee hee

Sar said...

Really, really like your blog - in fact, it encouraged me to take control of my life and start my own and join Spark People! I hope that in a few months I'll have made as much progress as you have. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy the holidays!

Kristen said...

Yay! I was so happy to see you posted the before and afters! Such a great post. You look great and can totally tell a difference. And your hubby looks great too!

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Your Spark friend,
Kristen

fittingbackin said...

Thanks, Pissy! I’m so proud of all of the progress you have made – you completely inspired me – thanks so much! And don’t worry – you’ll find your way back to it. I know you – I just hope your back gets back to normal soon! (no pun intended)

Sar: Wow – what a nice message! That is so exciting – I hope you like Spark People as much as I do, and I hope it helps you as it has me. Find me on there – fittingbackin – we can be friends! Thanks again – I hope you’re enjoying your holidays, too. :)

Kristin: Yes – I did it!! Thanks so much – I’m glad you can tell! I’m super vain that way! j/k I’ll tell him you said so – thanks so much! :) I hope you did, too – can’t wait for New Year’s!!

chandra said...

Congrats chick!! You look amazing!!! Keep up the great work!

inmytummy said...

I found your blog from a comment on Chandra's.

Your pictures are really motivating. I'm also a fellow Atlantan.

fittingbackin said...

Thanks, Chandra! Your blog has been super helpful throughout this process - thank you for that!!

Inmytummy - that is SUCH a cute name for a blog! Thanks for the comment - i'll have to pop by your blog today. :) Oh fun! I'm about over all of this rain here, right?

loveofoats.com said...

congrats! i found your blog from kelly's aim high and just wanted to say congrats - what a great blog!

Krissa said...

WOW! You are so pretty! YOu look great :) Good job.

Tennist3 said...

What a great achievement! You have just motivated me to get my eating habits in gear. I think I'm going to try the calorie counting website you mentioned in your post. Good Job!

fittingbackin said...

Loveofoats: Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comment. 

Krissa: Aw thank you! I’m definitely trying and am so glad to ring in the new year almost 20 pounds lighter – yay!!

Tennist3: That’s great news! Oh yes, I mean it, I swear by Spark People and it’s free – doesn’t get much better than that. At first it may take a while getting set up, but after that you can make ‘food groupings’ of your favorite meals to track your food in no time – I love it.

Mary said...

ummmm AWESOME!!! I am catching up on your blog and must say that the pics are amazing! I can totally see the difference...and the bathing suit ones look hot - your tum is ripped!! Can't wait to play tonight for NYE!!

fittingbackin said...

Hey Mary! You're so sweet!! I'm glad you can tell - you've been such a wonderful supporter. :)Yes - can't wait to play! We're going to have a blast!!!

heathermarie said...

you look absolutely beatiful! congrats on the loss.

healthy ashley said...

WOW. You really do look gorgeous in each one, but I definitely see your progress. You look amazing. I am so inspired by your progress!

fittingbackin said...

Aww thanks, Heathermarie! I appreciate it!


Healthy Ashley: Thanks so much!! :)

april said...

you look amazing!! What type of workouts do you do? (I just found your blog!)

Lexie said...

I just found your blog and LOVE this post! That is so awesome, both you and your husband!
By the way...I love your blog headliner. It is so cute!

fittingbackin said...

April: Thanks!! I think I may have responded on your blog but just in case I walk! Walk, walk, walk - about 18 - 25 miles/week! And try to do strength training, too. :)

Lexie: Welcome! Thanks for stopping by! You're so sweet - we feel SO much better - I need to post some more pics of him - he's really on a roll, too! :) Thanks! I just redid the blog and am happy that it's more 'me.'

Emily said...

Hi there! My name is Emily and I just found your blog! I love it!! I am currently trying to lose 20 more pounds to get to my goal weight. I loved reading your story and look forward to continuing to keep up with you!!

peanutbutterfingers said...

what an amazing journey - you look beautiful both before AND after. great job dropping weight in a healthy way.

ANNA.UA said...

nice before and after collection!

i'm in the process of losing about 24lb. still. half way done though. and kind of anxious about maintenance. you're doing a great job at it!
how long did it take you to reach your goal? about a year or so, right?

btw, thumbs up for helping your husband lose and maintain. there's def. a difference.

Gelareh @ Orange Truffle said...

I just found your blog. I went through a similar situation.. after my wedding in 2007 I kinda let go and got to 136 lbs.. I finally started taking control and lost 22 lbs. I like your before and after pics... I never thought of doing that.

Staci Dombroski said...

Wow, I would love to have your legs!! You look awesome :-)

fittingbackin said...

Emily: Hi! Thanks so much!! Best of luck with your weight loss – I hope all is going well!

Peanutbutterfingers: Thank you so much for your kind words. You’re too sweet. Honestly, I’m finding the healthy way worth it long-term – so much easier to keep it up!

Anna: Thank you!! I appreciate it! Well I started tracking in September 2008 at 136 pounds and got to my goal weight of 115 during January 2009. So about 4/5 months!

Gelareh: Yes – exactly!! You should definitely add that to your space and celebrate it – good for you!

Staci: Thank you! You’re too sweet. I need to update and take some more progress pics!! (it will show reverse progress in my opinion but hey – it is what it is!

James and Lindsay Cotter said...

GREAT Progress! Keep it up. I love the jeans picture! Proves your working hard and reaping the benefits, haha!

LC

cindykins80 said...

I really like your blog. I had a similar thing happen to me. I was 120lb pre-marriage... then the weight crept up to 135lb. I'm blogging my calories each day (and exercise!) to get back down to 125lb. Its nice to read a blog from someone with a similar experience :)

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

You look great! Keep it up!

Kelly

whataboutsummer said...

wow what a change. you were not at all overweight before the important thing is feeling better! you look happier and being in shape makes such a difference in the rest of what you do!
Best,
Katherine

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

First time here...WOW...you are amazing and gorgeous!! Can't wait to keep reading with you!!

Lea said...

Hi, my name is Lea..new reader to you blog. I've enjoyed reading because I can relate to your experience. People say that being 10-15 lbs over your comfortable weight is not a big deal but it you're 5'2, it's a lot on your frame compare to someone who is tall.

Anyways, I think MY comfortable weight is also 115..the healthy range for my height and age is between 109-125. Thanks for your blog, keep it up.

TheHealthyApron said...

Congrats on your weight-loss!! I can tell you have so much confidence! It shines!

Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect said...

Great job, Girly! I just found your blog and look forward to reading more. I'm right around your "before" weight (although I'm I little heavier at 141ish) and I'm looking to get down to 115-125, depending on my health and looks. You're an inspiration!

peanutbutterfingers said...

what an amazing journey - you look beautiful both before AND after. great job dropping weight in a healthy way.

Lexie said...

I just found your blog and LOVE this post! That is so awesome, both you and your husband!
By the way...I love your blog headliner. It is so cute!

Tennist3 said...

What a great achievement! You have just motivated me to get my eating habits in gear. I think I'm going to try the calorie counting website you mentioned in your post. Good Job!

Krissa said...

WOW! You are so pretty! YOu look great :) Good job.

loveofoats.com said...

congrats! i found your blog from kelly's aim high and just wanted to say congrats - what a great blog!

inmytummy said...

I found your blog from a comment on Chandra's.

Your pictures are really motivating. I'm also a fellow Atlantan.