Finding this picture on Christmas Day was such a great gift. It is a picture almost 10 years ago to the day. It is such a wonderful reminder that I have given myself the true, greatest gift...the gift of health, of freedom, of happiness!
I have met some people who think it is absurd that I would share my before pictures with you. I've even asked some people who have lost weight to share their story. To my surprise they refused. They did not want anyone to see their before photos. They are embarrassed by the photos. I truly don't understand. That before picture is ME! It is a part of who I am, my history. It is a time in my life, I shall never forget and quite honestly, I want to remember! It keeps me grounded. It reminds me of how far I've come and where I will dare NOT to ever tread again. It is HER that found the resolve to make a change! SHE had the strength to say, "Enough is enough! I've got to change my lifestyle." SHE had the strength to begin walking daily, to share HER struggles with the world, to fight for her health and to NEVER GIVE UP! SHE is powerful. SHE is strong. SHE is ME! And I LOVE HER for all that she was, is and will be!