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Friday, June 12, 2009

What a difference a year makes!

I've been feeling a bit reflective lately. I've come up on the one-year anniversary of the start of my fitness and health quest. The past year has, quite literally, changed my life. Just look at the pictures above. In the first one, taken June 9, 2008, I was clearly overweight. The shorts I was wearing were size 10.

Now look at the second picture, taken on my 9th wedding anniversary in the same tank top. This time, the shorts are size 2, and the remainder of the changes are pretty obvious! (Is it just me, or am I also taller? Hah! Just kidding.)

When I started on this journey, I had no idea how far I would come. In fact, my own husband made a bet with our neighbor that I wouldn't last 3 weeks! Fortunately, my friend and neighbor Carolyn was a great workout buddy, and helped get me going each morning. Now, not only am I completely transformed, but I'm using my experience to help motivate others. You can't get much better than that!

Thinking about this, I think I'm going to go back to some of the earlier workouts I did, so that I can see how my weights and stamina compare to what they were then. I'll be sure to report back what I find out. More to come!


  1. Amazing LIZ!!!! I pray that I will be able to make the same changes after I have these boys... you... inspire me!

  2. I know the answer to this but I bet you feel a whole lot better physically and mentally, right?

  3. Truly amazing! A year goes by so quickly, doesn't it? Don't you feel wonderful you did this for yourself? Here's to many more years of great health.

  4. Great post. Ah the value of before and after shots. BTW I am taller since I got serious about my body a few years ago. I of course have not gained any height but I carry myself more upright. My head and shoulders up and my back straight. So many people walk around bend over and make themselves short. I have spent so much time with my torso in the weight lifting position that I try to keep myself that way as I go through my day.

    Congratulations on your changes. I would be interested in reading the number changes (mass, clothing size, body measurements) that you be prepared to share.

  5. Liz, you look awesome! A huge payoff for your hard work! I wish I can say the same thing a year from now!

  6. Thanks, everyone! It's amazing to think back about where I was a year ago and where I am now.

    Andrew, I'll include a post with some comparisons as far as size and abilities, but I don't have any body measurements from that time period. I will say that my clothing size was an 8, and sometimes even they were pretty tight. Up top, I wore a size Medium, and lots of tops were too small even in a M or a size 8.

    Now, I wear a size S or XS top, and size 2 or 4 pants.

    Weight back then was 135. Now is close to 110-112.

    And yes, Sandy, I feel like a different person, and my life is different too, in a very good way.

  7. Shantay, you can do it!

    Grace, you'll get there too!