My Before and After Weight Loss

Two years ago, I made the decision to alter what I eat. I started on Weight Watchers. Was I fat? Nope. But I wasn’t happy when I looked into the mirror, and no matter what anyone would tell me, I decided to do it for me. What flipped the switch for me was the next two pictures.

This was in Jamaica in June of 2010. I’m a little disgusted with the fact that I thought I looked good enough to post pictures of myself in a bathing suit on Facebook. 

This was taken at the beginning of football season in 2010. The rolls. Please keep in mind that I am showing you some of the worst pictures I could find, that I could bear to be on the Internet. 

I started Weight Watchers in the Fall and lost about 10 lbs before the holidays. I switched to My Fitness Pal app in early 2011, and that is what helped me lose the final weight.

This is around when I hit my original goal weight of 135.

I am one of those people who have a realistic goal and an unrealistic goal.

My original weight loss goal was 135, but I also had that unrealistic goal of 130.

My current weight stays around 128.

With losing the weight, I have a gained confidence in myself. Not based on how I look, but how I feel. I don’t avoid mirrors or the camera. I know that I can do anything that I set my mind to.

Do I look into the mirror and see perfection? No way. I see every flaw and everything that I want to tone or tighten. But I know that I am a work in progress.

Total, I lost about 25-30 lbs.

Does the running help? Of course. But I think making better food decisions and portion control was a game changer for me.

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  1. It makes me very sad to see you post this. While I truly understand the desire to be thinner, to show photos of yourself at a perfectly acceptable, proably very close to healthy weight and then to call it one of the “worst pictures” you could find. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING CURVES. I run, I have curves, and I have learned to accept my body for what it is. Preaching healthy is one thing. Preaching skinny is another. You just lost me as a reader.

    • It wasn’t my intention to preach skinny. I am preaching being happy with yourself. I said that I wasn’t fat in my original pictures, but I wasn’t happy with who I was in the mirror, so I made the appropriate changes.

  2. You look fabulous! Changing habits is never easy but you’ve shown that it CAN be done!

  3. There is NOTHING about this post that “Preaches skinny”! Everyone wants to be happy and comfortably in their own skin. Why can’t you?

    You look great, Rachel! Keep up the great work! :)

  4. Umm. You’re kind of preaching the same thing weight watchers does? How is this a post that should make others sad? Wow. Whatever. You look great! :)

  5. I admire the determination you’ve shown in making those changes the healthy way. I know how hard you’ve worked to get the body you want. Keep it up!

  6. Not only did you achieve your goal, you surpassed it! Don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t do to feel good in your own skin. If you have confidence with yourself, it makes you a more positive and outgoing person and that glow will shine through to your friends, family, and best of all be a positive influence on your girls. Way to go!

  7. You look great! You were definitely one of my inspirations for cutting my weight down. I love your story!

  8. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel your best! Being the ideal weight for your body IS healthy!

  9. You look great, and you are doing it by exercising and right food choices. Keep it up! :)

  10. Reading your blog is what made me buckle down and become the healthiest mom i could be!! Awesome job!!

  11. awww, you looked good before too, but you definitely have that runners body now! don’t get too skinny!!!

  12. I think you’re beautiful whatever weight you are b/c you are one of the most amazing women I know. .. What matters is that YOU are happy with what you see in the mirror.

  13. Congratulations on reaching your goal, and for doing it the healthy way! As a runner, I can attest to the fact that running does not help in weight loss as much as eating well does. You look great!

  14. You look fantastic! Part of being healthy is loving ourselves, and sometimes when we loose weight, the pounds dropping are almost insignificant- making changes that we know are good for us, but are not easy to make it the important part. It is always worth it!! The decision to make a change was about being the best you that you could possibly be- Yay for you! You are an inspiration to many!

  15. Proud of you my sweet friend! You look amazing and as far as I’m concerned someone else can SUCK it!! #yeahifartedjealous?

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