Here’s one of the pictures that woke me up to the fact that I was slowly destroying my body and my health, taken in Dec. of 2007. I couldn’t believe how puffy and bloated my face looked:
Here’s a picture taken on March 30, 2008, a little over 2 months into my journey to lose weight:
This one was taken in July:
And September, after losing 40 pounds:
Since I’ve been feeling discouraged by my waistline’s refusal to shrink, comparing all of these pictures really helped me to see that in fact I’ve come a long way. I am NOT the same person I was in that first picture! I will no longer bemoan what hasn’t happened yet but will celebrate what I’ve already achieved. I’m prone to negativity and so it’s easy for me to focus on what I still am waiting to see changed, but I don’t want to be that person. No one loves a negative, critical person, and so I am going to make a concerted effort to stop complaining and whining and finding every flaw. My life is so full of blessings that I have no business complaining! God has been good to me!