Friday, February 25, 2011

A Pictorial Journey

I've been meaning to do this post for quite awhile - so now without further adieu, I'd like to take you on a journey.

We're not going to a magical place filled with sweeping vistas, ancient castles, and beautiful unicorns (though that might be a nice change of pace, eh?). Instead, we're taking a trip back in time...back through my life and my weight loss journey.

You need to understand something, before we begin. Do you see the girl in this first photo? Yes, that's me - circa 2006. But what you can't see is the unhappiness, the void inside. I didn't care about myself. I cared about my boyfriend (now husband), my dog & cats, and my family. That's it.

I ate whatever I wanted, when I wanted. I ate bags of chips, tubs of ice cream, boxes of candy. There was NO limit. There was nothing stopping me! A few people did voice their concern, but that's like trying to tell a rock that it needs to be paper. I heard what they were saying, but I felt like it didn't apply to me. This picture was taken when I was at my highest weight ever. I remember stepping on the scale and seeing 275. That was honestly VERY frightening, but I didn't do anything about it right away. Instead, I turned back to the food that had always been there for me, on my darkest of days.

To know that my family and wonderful, sweet husband have never given up on me means so much. I had given up on myself, but they were always there (and still are) with words of encouragement.
Our first anniversary - 2006
Christmas 2008 (Such beautiful sister in laws!!!)
Engagement picture
With our first foster animals!
On a road trip - 2009
Wedding shower at work - 2009
Rehearsal dinner
Wedding day - 2009
Christmas 2009
Friend's baby shower - late spring 2010
Summer 2010
July 4th 2010
Spring 2010
Brad Paisley concert - fall 2010
August 2010
February 2011
(Let's just say that these pants haven't fit since I bought them around 2004)
February 2011
I remember all of the compliments that I received on my wedding day...thank you again for all of them. I wish that I would have BELIEVED them at the time! As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm working on myself from the inside out. It's been an arduous process, but it's worth it. :o)

My weight loss journey is not over - I'm down 82 pounds and have about 50 more to go. Thank you for cheering me on thus far!


Sharon said...

Wow Emily you are my HERO!!! I am so proud of you for never giving up and for pushing onward toward your goals. You look so good, not just because of the weight loss, but also because of the confidence you have. It has been such a blessing watching you mature and develop in to the woman you are now!

I love you!

Tiffany said...

Emily, this post is amazing. You are amazing & such an inspiration to me. I love you so much!

Tykie said...

You look GREAT and I'm so proud of you....I'm trying really hard - I need to get back where I was a year ago..One can do it if you put your mind into it. So girlfriend, seeing you every day, I can make it. Good for you and each day to come will be a winner.

Tykie said...

You sure do look GREAT...I've watached you every day, walking and notice every week you've changed. WOW...I need to loose and seeing you each day will help me stay with it. THANKS.

Keisha said...

Congratulations! That is really good. :)