This week marked a very special anniversary. I’ve officially been on the Jenny Craig program for ONE YEAR.
I can’t really believe it myself. I’ve been on weight-loss programs off and on throughout my adult life, but never have I stuck to something this long.
Before Jenny Craig
|At Pearl Harbor – January 2009 (A Rare Body Pic)|
So much in my life has changed over this past year. It’s hard to believe that that girl above is the same person that I am today. But she is. She was just buried in extra layers… and had a MUCH bigger appetite. She walks much taller now. She walks prouder and FASTER.
|Stanley Hotel – February 2010|
In going back to find pics of the BEFORE period, it’s also interesting how many LESS pictures there are of me. I think that’s a little sad. I’m a HUGE lover of photography and capturing the moment, but I used to spend my time taking pictures of everyone else. Staying behind the camera kept me out of the pics, and kept me from excessive cringing… I still take tons of pics of everyone else, but I like to get in front of the camera now, too.
|The Mother of ALL Before Pics – February 2010 That’s really my butt, seriously??|
I wouldn’t say I like to take TONS of pictures of me, but I don’t mind them when I see them today. And, they’re usually a reminder of how far I’ve come. And, trips down memory lane like this usually make me reflect even more.
|After a Dinner with the Girls in TN – October 2010 – Days before Joining JC|
The other thing I’d say is that the new KG is much BUSIER! I’m no longer busy eating, and now I’m much busier living! 2011 has been a year that I’ve travelled so much! I’ve gone to see friends I haven’t seen in YEARS. I spent time on the West Coast, the East Coast, and just about everywhere in between. I’ve visited girlfriends I haven’t seen since college and ones that I’d seen since but just missed desperately. I’ve LIVED.
After Jenny Craig Entered My Life
|Downtown Denver – September 2011|
I write this post to share with all of you who’ve supported me over the past year (and beyond) how far I’ve come, but I also write it as a reminder to myself. I cannot and WILL NOT allow myself to slip back into old habits. I cannot and WILL NOT allow myself to become a “BEFORE” again.
|Atop of Pike’s Peak – October 2011|
|Manitou Springs with Jaede – October 2011|
I’ve parted with nearly 70 lbs now. 70 lbs of me are gone forever. That’s a big number and I realize it. I used to walk around with that extra 70 lbs on me. I used to walk up the stairs with them. Not any longer; we’ve said our goodbyes. I’ve also said goodbye to many a pants size. When I say many, I mean FIVE.
|Hard at work – September 2011|
I don’t miss them one bit. There’s not a day that goes by that I think… I wish I had that 5 lbs back or wish I was back in a 22W pant. Not one day do I think I’d rather have eaten the Orange Chicken instead of the Steamed Veggies. No regrets whatsoever, but definitely lots of lessens learned.
|Dinner with Co-Workers in Austin – October 2011|
Thank you for being a part of this journey. I don’t think even I believed I could do it, but you did. I was AFRAID, and you gave me more strength than you’ll ever know.
The story’s not over, as this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for Chapter 2. I’ve got a lot of plans on how this is story is going to progress. I promise, you’re in for a treat.
xoxo – Kelly
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