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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weight loss photos! And a snow day!

Okay, I promised I would tell you about my weight loss. I started a low carb, low fat diet in September when I found out I was diabetic. I also started walking, first at the local track, then on the treadmill at the YMCA when it got cold. As of earlier this month when I was weighed, I have lost a total of....drumroll please!!! 42 pounds!

People are finally starting to notice.

Here is a picture of me from several years ago. I was at my top weight then, which was about 20 pounds over what I was before I started dieting. I had originally lost 30 pounds, but 10 came back. So I am now over 60 pounds less than I am in this first pic!


Look at me now!


A few months ago for a Fashion Friday post, I had my son take some pics of me. This first is in a black jacket.


Here I am in the same jacket. Not sure if you can tell I am smaller in this pic or not. At least I don't have the goofy hair any more. People have told me that you can really tell my face is slimmer.


Here I am a few months ago in my date outfit.


And again, today in the same outfit. I'm still not sure this pic shows a big difference.


Looking back, I think I looked awfully big in this cream dress. The hair is just cracking me up. No more poofy Bozo hair for me any more!


I didn't put the dress back on, but instead wanted to show you my new tan pants. All my old pants are bagging on me so bad that I can't wear them any longer! These tan pants are a size 18! I wore a 24 before! Granted, they might run a tad large, but all of the size 20s I tried on at CJ Banks were too big for me! Even my skinny jeans are getting baggy on me. (Got the slacks on sale for $20 and the sweater set for the same!)

My son caught this lovely pic of me with my mouth open.

Anyhow, I have been carefully counting carbs. I avoid red meats, fried foods, and anything fatty. I wasn't big on those in the first place. I have cut way down on bread and added more fruit and veggies. I watch portion control too and have my dinner on a smaller plate. It really does help! I don't go back for seconds even if I am hungry. I tell myself that if I am still hungry an hour later, then I can eat more, but I'm no longer hungry by then. I have mostly cut out snacking. I allow myself one day a week where I am allowed to cheat moderately, but I find that I don't overdo it.

I haven't been exercising since I got sick. Until last week, I really don't think I would have been well enough to go to the Y, but I really need to get back there! Just so hard to get out in the snow and cold. Some people thought that I lost weight because of my illness and the surgery, but actually, the continued weight loss was consistent with what I was losing before it all happened.

Today was a snow day! My son's school was cancelled due to 7" of new snow. It was a pretty messy storm. I sure had a mess to clean off of my van. Maybe I should clear out the boxes in my garage so I can park there again! Anyhow, when I got to work, I found out that we were closed for the day due to the weather! Well, five other people also didn't know we closed. We ended up all walking to a nearby restaurant where we had breakfast and shot the breeze. I filed a few notes into client files, then went home. Nice to get paid for a lazy day!

Anyhow, here was what I woke up to this morning. Mind you, we already had several inches of snow on the ground from a week ago. I like when its fresh and unmarred though before the neighborhood kitties leave little footprint trails through it.


Here is my deck from my previous post.


And now look at it! Even more snow!


Here is my table on my deck from a week ago.


And now look at it! I estimate that there is about 15 inches of snow on it. I love the rounded top. It reminds me of a Hostess SnoBall!


See what I mean? lol


Thought I would leave you with one last pic of my patio. I really really should have at least taken the chair cushions in for the winter!


Hope you are all staying warm and safe wherever you are. And if you live where you don't get snow, enjoy these pics! For those of us who live in the northern states though, we are getting very tired of winter! I can't wait for spring!

22 comments:

BittersweetPunkin said...

Well look at you!! How wonderful!

You know, before I had to get my GB out..I lost about 25 pounds..the surgeon told me that a large weight loss can start the onset of gallstones so maybe thats what happened.....no more fatty foods for me either...once you have your GB removed..your body can't process all that fat and end up making more trips to the potty...LOL.

You look great and I'm sure you feel great too...so sweet of your son to take the pics for you!!

HUGS,
Robin

Anonymous said...

Hi!! You look great!!! wow.. so glad to see you're feeling better. I've been keeping tabs through Sean. We chat online sometimes late at night.. he's a good boy. YOu should be proud.
You are really looking great in all the pics, love the new hairdo and outfits. You're a beautiful woman Kay. God Bless!!
Bonnie

Justine said...

Holy SHIT, Kady!!!!!!! You look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! 42 pounds! Woweeeee! You go girl. You should be sooooooooooo proud of yourself. Not just for the weight loss, but for the life changes you've made for your health. Oh my goodness, I am so damn proud of you, I'm just beaming over here!

And yep, your hair is changing. Now, no more perms! Tiney says so! LOL

Oh, the snow is soooooooooo pretty. Send some my way! It's 67 and raining here this morning.

Justine :o )

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Kady!

I am in total awe girl!! You look so gorgeous! What a difference! You have done such an incredible job losing all that weight and you are such an inspiration to me. I can do it, I can do it, Kady did it, I can do it! That will be my new montra or whatever that's called. I'm so proud of you girl!

Hugs, Sherry

Edie Marie's Attic said...

PS It's me again! Go over to Joanne Kennedy's My Little Cottage In The Making, she's having a $25 gift cert giveaway to TJ Maxx, Marshall's or Michaels. If you would win you could buy another pair of pants that fit now that you are skinnier!!
Just an FYI

Hugs, Sherry

Smilingsal said...

You can keep that snow; I couldn't take it. Now, that snowball...that's a different story. I love those!

I certainly can see a difference, and I know that when you fully recover from your surgery, you'll FEEL better too. Thanks for sharing.

Bridget said...

Kady, I'm so tickled pink for you. You look great and like Tiney said, no more perms! Your new softer look is much prettier and the straighter hair will look great with your new sleek bod!
Doing a happy dance for Kady Whooopie!

nikkicrumpet said...

Well YAY YOU!!! I am so impressed. I'm hoping I can use your success as a way to get myself in gear. I can really see the difference and you look great!

Steve said...

Looking great!

Helen said...

You look beautiful ... and happy. And healthy! Keep up the good work, I support you!

Neabear said...

Awesome! You have done wonderful losing your weight! Keep it up. The snow looks so pretty. We don't get it here, so it is pretty to look at your pictures. Then you can look at mine and wish it was like that at your place. Deal?

Chris said...

Kady, I'm so proud of you. That's not easy to do, I think I'll never get my mind set where you are. I come up with every excuse in the world to keep from walking. You look awesome, keep up your attitude and determination,it shows.

Hugs,
Chris

Andy said...

wow! you look great in all the photos... really am very much impressed.... keep it up :)
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Lori said...

kady, I,m happy your happy! But what mean is having been a up weight down weight person , I have gotten to feel uncomfortable when people say to me, "Gosh you look so good!" My interpretation of that is," So I guess I really looked like heck before huh?" Well that maybe me, but I no longer say the regular heard comment! But my feelings are if your happy, I am! I haven't gained anymore since I was sick for 8 weeks this summer, what a way to lose! But haven't lost anything since. Especially when you can't get outdoors cause of ice or snow, you maintain till Spring! Anywho, stay toasty, and P.S. C.J. Banks is MY favortie place to shop!!!! Love ya,Lori

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Kady of course I see the difference!! You not only look smaller but younger and soo much healthier! You are glowing! Well done, I am so proud of you!

As for the snow pics you know I love seeing them!

NurseChessie said...

first, I want to say how sorry I am that you lost your job. Times are tought and you have to hang in there. on the bright side part of the bill obama is passing will extend unemployement benefits. good luck. New to your blog.
love ya
chessie

NurseChessie said...

I just started a new "diet" 3 weeks ago and I am having a hard time with some things, but its very encouraging to see your progress. and wow, I started using smaller plates as part of my new "diet" and it really works. crazy how you can trick your brain!
You look great! You go girl!
love ya
chessie

NurseChessie said...

I just started a new "diet" 3 weeks ago and I am having a hard time with some things, but its very encouraging to see your progress. and wow, I started using smaller plates as part of my new "diet" and it really works. crazy how you can trick your brain!
You look great! You go girl!
love ya
chessie

Jill said...

WOW!!!!!!!! What a difference you look great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love your hair the way it is now! Keep the poof away so we can see your pretty face! I used to have a poof too back in the day! I wish I could lose weight!

Jill said...

WOW!!!!!!!! What a difference you look great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love your hair the way it is now! Keep the poof away so we can see your pretty face! I used to have a poof too back in the day! I wish I could lose weight!

judicreations said...

You have done so well and great to have before and after pictures to show off and remind yourself...says she who should start walking and exercising herself.
Congratulations to you!
I bet you just feel much better too.
have a lovely day
and come by and visit when you have some time.
Judi

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Oh Kady, I'm so sorry about your job! I can't believe they'd do that to those in need as well!! I'm sure that adds to your stress, it's not just losing income. Total bummer about your dream house too. My heart goes out to you!
Something will come up tho, and it will all work out.

But.... you look amazing! I can totally tell in each photo. You go girl! I think it makes you look younger, I know I sure felt younger after my loss.

The snow is beautiful. Too funny about the snowball! (yuM!)

Hugs,
Nikki