I've waffled a bit on posting this. Ok, a lot, not a bit.
I can't even really identify why, only that I don't normally like the term "Before and After" photos. First off, I was never a BEFORE, I was just me. I was still happy, fulfilled, blessed with an amazing family and surrounded by friends. I just knew that there was more for me physically. I wanted to be healthier and comfortable. Also, I don't feel like an After either. I'm just me and I like who I am...just like I did before.
I don't see the "before" as a sad time, but when I look at pictures of myself a year ago, I do like seeing the physical changes I have made and what I see is a difference in health. I FEEL so much better physically and in some ways mentally as well. Running has changed how I see the world (but I have already rambled about that here.)
After all that explaining, I still feel like it's nice to gauge my progress on how my body has changed and I feel proud to have worked so hard and have my outsides matching my insides more. I should be proud of the progress I have made. That's not vain, right? Maybe it's because I have spent so long making sure people know that I am who I am, regardless of my weight...or that you shouldn't focus on your looks so much...but it FEELS GOOD to look at this change in myself. I see not only someone that has lost weight, but a strong, athletic body, and I should be proud of my achievements. AND, I am changing on the inside as well? I am. I don't think it's really the weight though, it's the triumph I feel because of running. I just need to stop rambling and post it. I'm not ashamed to say I'm happy with the changes I have made.
Same shirt, different year.
I'm going to hit publish before I lose my nerve.