Today, five years after I started what I hoped would be my last diet, I'm a normal-sized person. I haven't had to shop at Lane Bryant for years (and I finally seem to be off their mailing list, lol). Not only do I exercise regularly, but I don't think twice about doing something as simple as going for a walk or climbing a flight of stairs. Losing over 100 pounds has changed my life in ways I never could have anticipated, because I was overweight for so long that I kind of forgot that it was possible for me - ME - to join in so many fun activities. I'm the same person I've always been, but now I'm also the person I used to only envision.
In previous anniversary posts, I've posted my before-and-after pictures. Here's two befores that I've never posted, and they're pretty awful. But I think it's important to not only celebrate the body that I have today, but to also remember where I was - the saying "Those who cannot remember the past are condemed to repeat it" is very applicable to me. Apologies for the poor quality - these are scans, as they were taken before the digital camera era.
This is me in 1998 - 10 years before I started my diet:
Taken during our trip to Washington D.C. - I thought I was going to die with all the walking we did.
This is me in 2003 - 5 years before I started my diet:
Taken during my trip to Oregon - I thought I was going to die with all the walking we did.
This is me in 2013 - 5 years after I started my diet:
Pretty happy with myself!
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