It's Official: I've Lost 25 lbs!

I am so thrilled to post this. It's taken a long time. I wanted to quit. But I didn't. I didn't give up. And I've finally reached my first milestone. 25 pounds. Gone!

Now, thank the Lord, the one-hundreds are really starting to look attainable!

These pictures have been a huge motivator and encouragement. They're the visible proof that what I'm doing is actually changing the way I look. Check out the comparison of the 'before' photos from January 1, 2012, alongside the ones from today:

(Click to enlarge...if you dare)

One thing I need to point out is the makeup and hair change. It's a big reason why today's pictures seem like such an improvement. And that brings up a rather sad observation I've made. Since I've been exercising and eating better and watching the weight come off, I find myself actually wanting to fix my hair and put on makeup. Back in January, I didn't even bother. I didn't care. I didn't feel like I was worth it. Nice hair and makeup wouldn't make me pretty; they wouldn't hide the fat.

On a cheerier note, remember that awful picture my aunt took at our family get-together back in January 2011? The one of me at my all-time heaviest weight? Well, folks, take a look at the side-by-side comparison of that photo and one I took today:

I've still got a long way to go, but wow. What a transformation!

"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
 - Barack Obama

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