Thursday, September 16, 2010

What a difference 10 years makes!

I can't believe I'm going to post this picture. This is one of the worst pictures I have of myself.

It was taken almost exactly 10 years ago in July of 2000. I'm surprised I don't have a cigarette in my hand too. I wish that I could say seeing this picture helped to turn my life around, but sadly no it didn't. As much as I disliked this picture I did nothing at the time to change it. I've been thinking about this alot since I did the post below for the Cherry on top Award The truth is I didn't change until after my divorce in 2001. I lost a lot of weight when I was going through that time and shortly after started walking and doing DVD's. I gained some of the weight back when I quit smoking but continued to exercise. The rest didn't come until around 2007, when I started the Couch to 5k. My weight has been a struggle always. Sometimes up and sometimes down. I seem to get about where I am now and just kind of stall. I would love to lose more. In fact I feel that I'm not sure I want to take that next step to a 70.3 until I can lighten the load some. :)

This photo is from Tri for the Cure August 2010 I'll be 46 in a coulple of months and I feel and look better then when I was 36.

I have many struggles ahead of me I'm sure. But I'm feeling confident and strong right now. I believe that I can and that I will get where I want both with my weight and my athletic abilities.


Diana said...

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally!
It's great to have those pictures, they are a part of our lives whether we like it or not. You looked happy in that picture. You may have been. You look happy in your current pictures too! It's just life. What ever the reason we change, ie: divorce, death, stress, or whatever, we are always evolving one way or another!
Congrats on your awesome transformation! You should be very proud. Interesting to see what a couple of years from now what we all will be doing....races with walkers!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I have to say, you look younger today than in the first picture.

Whatever the reasons, WTG on making a change!

Christi said...

Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! You have done great and I can't wait to read all about your future successes!

Tea said...

Julie! I lost your blog url. I'm so sorry I haven't been by because of that. I love this post. You're beautiful! What an accomplishment. I have two links for you.

first, do you know my friend Duane? He just hit the 100lb weight loss about a week ago. He's going to IMAZ with me to hopefully sign up for next year. If you haven't read his blog, you've got to read it. (Besides, he's right here in CO).

If you stop by his blog, tell him I sent you there. :)

Also, this video was sent over to me. For some reason, I really thought you'd like it.

Now, I have to go get caught up on your blog!

Kathleen said...

If you believe you can, then you will! You have come a long way. You should be very proud of yourself.

Mom & Dad said...

That was the best post yet! I was reading your post and the comments to your Dad & the whole thing brought a tear (actually he said tears) to his eye.
We are both very proud of you.

Mom said...

Don't ask me where the &amp came from I don't know

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

Your first 70.3 will be right after my first 70.3 in FL. Best of luck!!