Before and After

These photos were taken exactly three years and -70 pounds apart.

Finally, with some help from my daughter (who insists she’s the “good child”) I was finally able to get a picture on here. Look out now! There will be a lot more to come, lol!

There was a lot of hard work that went into the after. Not just to lose the weight, but to become comfortable with the “new me”. Sometimes it’s hard to “see” the new you during the process. That’s why it’s important to take pictures. Like I said once before mirrors lie, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

It’s very hard to see the changes looking in the mirror. There are days I still see the “old” me.

Often we think shedding the pounds and working out will give us that “perfect” body. That’s not likely to happen. For some it can, but we really have to learn to embrace what we were given. In the picture on the right you can see some of my “lumps and bumps and loose skin”. I could still lose more weight, but they would remain. They, along with many stretch marks, are there from carrying three incredibly wonderful children. They will remain, no matter how much I work out. The only way to remove that is with surgical intervention. That’s not something I’m planning to seek out.

I saw this a few days ago and posted it to the Facebook page. It is so true! But, you need to love yourself before, during, and after.

One of my favorite parts of losing the weight was/is buying new clothes. I had neglected my appearance for a long time. I didn’t want to but “fat” clothes. I hardly ever dressed up. I didn’t really go anywhere so I didn’t need nice clothes and when I did try to shop it’s was horrible. Now I sometimes go overboard with buying new things, but I’m also redeveloping my “style”.

To do that I started following some style blogs of women over fifty, Fifty not (now Susan after chic over, and 50 is not are my favorites. I have taken something from each one to help me redefine and redevelop myself. I absolutely refuse to be frumpy anymore!

This is also why I have decided to delve into a couple of business ventures. I am teaming up to sell Plunder Design Jewelry and leggings with Legging Army.

I love jewelry and when I discovered plunder I knew it was for me. Being a southern girl, there’s not a day that goes by I don’t use the word plunder multiple times. And well one of my grand littles, Miss Quinn, has always carried a plunder bag where ever she goes! It was a no brainer for me!

And who doesn’t love leggings? For years I wore them because they  stretched and black can hide a multitude of stuff (or so we think)…now I have discovered some really cute patterns. I’m not always bold and flashy and they aren’t all “my thing” but these are the softest, cutest things ever!

Soon I’ll be posting my websites for both companies so you can go and check them out!

I’m the meantime, I would love for you to share the blog and Facebook site. The more readers and followers the better!

Until the next time


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3 thoughts on “Before and After”

  1. Good read, we on the journey, struggle with changing our self awareness. I hope to look in the mirror one day and see what others see. Thanks for reminding us that as the scale changes, we need to change our minds as well.

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