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I did not realize how hard it was going to be for me to post my “before” pictures. I have been trying to do it since Monday but every time I was about to hit the ‘post’ button, I would lose my nerve and hit the ‘draft’ button instead. I thought I was doing pretty good just to take the pictures, in the first place. And even better when I uploaded the pictures onto my computer and saved them in their very own “Before Pics” folder. But I knew that those pictures were doing me no good if I was able to forget about them. So I did something I have never done before, I sent them thru the Walgreens website to be printed and picked up at the store. If I had the ink in my printer I would’ve totally opted to go that route…especially if I could foresee the embarrassment that waited for me at Walgreens, lol. My pictures were accidentally put into someone elses envelope and theirs in mine. When I got to the counter to pick them up, I saw that the pictures were of some beautiful couple expecting their first baby. I almost didn’t want to tell the clerk that these were the wrong pictures because I knew he was going to have to search for mine in all the envelopes from that morning. I just didn’t want him to see them but I knew I had to tell him. I was standing off to the side, while the dilemma was being resolved when a guy came up to the counter asking for his pictures. As my horrible luck would have it, MY pictures were inside HIS envelope! I could have died, lol! “Are those your ‘before’ pictures,”he asked me. I guess the traditional front/side/back poses gave them away. I could feel my ears turning bright red as I answered him. “Well, I could only imagine how great the ‘after’ pictures are going to be,” the stranger said as he walked away. Oh, Thank you, Awesome Stranger at Walgreens!!

Needless to say, even though I was flirting with the edge of my comfort zone, I had not officially stepped outside of it. The final hurdle still awaited me when I got home. I needed to post my pictures and measurements here. So here I am 4 days later, struggling with myself. At first, I thought it was because I didn’t want other people to see me; I was afraid of the judgment or shame others may feel toward me.  But earlier today it dawned on me; That wasn’t it at all. I don’t mind how others see me. Its all about how I see myself…and I am very disappointed. Unfortunately, I am my own worst enemy. So with that “ah-ha” moment, I decided that I just needed to quit whining and toughen up. Plain & simple.


Here are my “Before” Pictures as of June 15th, 2012



  • Neck- 13.25
  • Shoulders- 46.25
  • Chest- 38.5
  • Upper Arm- 15.5
  • Waist- 38
  • Hips- 46
  • Butt- 48.25
  • Thigh- 29
  • Calf- 17
  • *Waist to Hip Ratio- .83
  • *Body Fat %- 39.36
  • *BMI (Body Mass Index)- 36.27: Obese Class 2

*These figures are estimates based on weight, height and other body measurements. To get accurate measurements I recommend asking your doctor for them when you go in for a physical or if you are a member of a gym, they usually do these for free for you. Or you can do what I did and go to http://www.bmi-calculator.net to get estimates.


  • Push ups (military)- 3
  • Crunches-17
  • One Mile (walking)- Still needs to be determined

So, there, you have it! I am very proud of myself for over-coming one of the limitations I had for myself. Today I post pictures of myself on the internet; Tomorrow I will take over the world, lol!! The possibilities are endless!

Helpful Tip: I have always heard that visualizing the results you want, will help you achieve those results. To help make those desires a reality, you should draw the changes you want directly onto your pictures. So I ordered double prints and did this on one set. I have to say, I highly recommend that EVERYONE does this with a set of your ‘before’ pictures!!  It really hits home that everything I desire is tangible, as long as I work hard for them.



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