I seriously don't remember looking like that on December 28, 2011.
This weekend we went to Louisiana State University to see two baseball games for the boy's 16th birthday. I brought my new skinny jeans (still so exciting to me), boots, and the new clothes I bought (two sizes smaller than what I was wearing in the 2011 picture above)! I felt really good in my new outfits. Although I still fought some insecurity, I found some confidence I'd lost over the past few years.
On the last day, my husband suggested we take some pictures. I jumped in with the boy and my nephew... and the picture he took made my jaw drop. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! I noticed my weight loss more than ever! It's the best full-length picture I've taken in years... and I still can't believe the difference.
I've been on this journey for just over 14 months. It's been difficult at times. It's been full of ups and downs. After stumbling, I've had to pick myself up over and over again. I've wanted to quit. I've wanted to be lazy. I've been tempted to go back to my old, bad ways. At times, it all just seemed too hard to keep trying.
But I haven't quit... and this picture makes me understand how important that really is. It makes me feel incredible! It makes me want to keep going! It helps me see that my dreams are coming true before my eyes... and that's worth the lessons learned, the adversity I've faced, and the things I've overcome!