|The "before" pants! The photo is not the best,|
it was taken with my cell phone, but you get
the idea. It's amazing how far I've come!
If I could travel back and time and tell my heavier self back in June what I would accomplish by December, I think I would have laughed hysterically at myself. I was so fat for so long that I had resigned myself to always being the biggest girl in the room. Today I am such a different person - alive with the knowledge what I am able to accomplish!
Yesterday at weigh in, Caroline (my Ideal Protein coach) asked me to give a brief testimony at that evening's orientation seminar. I told her I would think about it .... and then went home, telling myself that I'd only get up there and talk if I found some old "before" photos to take with me.
I found some photos that were captured on my husband's game camera while I was watering the garden. They're pretty horrifying. Then my husband reminded me of the Capri pants I kept. The pants were too tight to wear in public when I started the diet and when I got too small for them I hung them in the back of my closet after my friend Michelle suggested I keep an article of clothing as a reminder of how far I've come.
|YIKES!! I've come a long way, baby!!|
Seeing my friend gave me the confidence I needed to get up in front of a room of strangers, tell my story and show some really HORRIBLE before pictures... like the one I posted here at the right.
I really enjoyed talking to the group. I like giving others hope - to show them what is possible. I remember the doubts I had when I started this program and the spark of hope that another woman gave me when she spoke to my orientation group.
What a wonderful opportunity to pay it forward! I hope I get the chance to do it again!