Three Months In!

I never saw myself as someone who would take progress pictures often, let alone be sharing them with people on the internet.  But there is a lot to be said for embracing new things that might be out of your character when you are trying to make a BIG change.  Hiding myself in the middle of nowhere without letting anyone see me just reinforced the negative patterns I started with my first pregnancy:  overeating and under moving.  Putting my words out there is one thing, I’ve done it for years in one form or another.  But attaching my face and my -gulp- body to them?  That was scary.  What would my old friends think?  What about family?  Would this embarrass my husband?  What would the people in his life think?  There was a lot of reasons to hold me back from doing it, most of them coming down to my ego.  It was going to hurt my ego to admit to everyone, especially myself, that I was so overweight.  And for someone who spent most of my free waking minutes hating the way I looked, I was unsure my fragile self-esteem could take any more criticism.

The first photo I posted was in an entry called Be Gentle, the title betraying the fact that the fragility was still fresh. I felt sick when I published it, filled with disbelief that I actually did it and fear of what people would think and say.  And then the comments with unbelievable kindness and support from my friends and strangers alike started coming in, and I started to feel a little better.  My second big photo update was in an entry called Gratitude, that title hinting at the change that was going on internally by that point.  Rather than being scared and insecure about sharing, I was starting to feel incredibly grateful for this opportunity and program as it brought new people and experiences into my life.

As of tomorrow, I am 12 weeks into my journey. I took my measurements today and am SHOCKED!  I am down 18 inches total between my waist, hips, arms, and thighs.  12 of those inches have come from my abdomen alone: 5.5 from my waist, 6.5 from my hips.  So even though I have days (at least once a week) where I am frustrated with my progress, it is impossible to deny that I am making it every single week.  I am no longer an obese person.  I am well on my way to becoming a very fit person!  This past month I have made the “moving more” portion of my journey a much bigger focus and I am LOVING it.  I love lifting weights.  I love getting stronger.  I even love the DOMS.  I knew I would!

So, without any further ado, here goes.  This is a comparison of me the first day I started, and today:

And this is a comparison of me from the 6th of July (when I started getting serious about exercise) and today, July 29th:
As you can see, my hips are trimming right up, along with my arms.  Weight lifting for the win!


  • Melissa Frost

    September 16, 2013

    YAY! Awesome!!! So when you say you are moving, what are you doing?

  • Laura London

    July 30, 2013

    Way to Go Amber!

  • Angela Heidt

    July 30, 2013

    You are doing an amazing job – way to go!!

  • Julia Perez

    July 29, 2013

    Awesome job!