Before and Middle-ish

On this day, in 2013, I weighed 480 pounds. I hated a lot of things about myself. First and foremost was obviously how I looked. Thankfully I have put in a lot of effort and I am much happier with how I look, although I still have a long way to go. I’m getting closer and closer to my goals, and while I am not there yet, I am finally beginning to realize just how different I look, 215 pounds lighter.

As you can see, a lot has changed and I am determined that it will continue as well. I don’t have very many photos of myself from back then, as I obviously hated seeing myself on camera. I would do anything to hide my body behind other people or things. Now, I don’t particularly care. Please people, take all the photos you want! I know that I have a long way to go, but at this point I think I look absolutely phenomenal compared to who I used to be! I love having my photo taken now, and I love finding snug clothes that show off my body, because why the heck not? I used to hate myself and now I just want to celebrate my success and be happy.

Nothing like a couple of super cheesy bathroom selfies to compare! Good grief I look so ridiculously young in my before picture. I don’t even recognize that person. Fun fact! This is actually the very first time that I have ever looked at myself in a before and middle-ish photo. I say middle-ish because I’m not done yet so it can’t really be called an after photo. This comparison doesn’t even seem real. I can’t wait to add another photo on the right when I hit my goal. Even then, I don’t know if I will be ready to call it an after photo.

I love being excited about my body, and I love being excited about new smaller clothes. Sometimes when I get asked about it, I worry that I’m talking about this topic too much. Lately however, I have realized that this is not something I should ever apologize for or worry about. I have worked damn hard for this, and it’s the most exciting thing for my life and my health.

Seeing these photos makes me so happy that it’s almost impossible to describe. I feel like I am a completely different person inside and out. I have done exactly what this blog describes. I have grown on the inside more than I could have ever imagined, and I have shrunk on the outside in a way that makes me look like a completely different person.

Most people think their looks decline as they age, but at this rate, I am going to be a super sexy old man. Maybe I’ll still be writing a blog then and I can update with the best old man photo the world has ever seen.

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