Three years and closing in on the end of the road. (pics)

The End of my weight loss road is May 18th, 2012.
That is the day maintenance begins for me...
That is the Day I will step on the same scale I stepped on three years ago and I will post the number.
And that is the number I will Hold.

I was looking through old photos last night.
I saw the me of nearly two and a half years ago...
And for the life of me, I don't know that person.
I look at old diary entries.
I remember feeling helpless to change.
I remember wishing and hoping to be healthy and thinner..
But if I am being perfectly honest...
Just thinner.
But what I thought day to day.
I don't remember.
I do remember looking  up, seeing what was facing me in the mirror...
and waking up...mentally.
And saying "no more".
That's it.
It's like I decided to live...
And I have decided to put here tonight, in pictures...
the progression over the last few years.
And I will put one more picture up here On May 18th.
And every year after on May 18th.
It's my commitment to me.
Here goes:
What I saw.

 I didn't take a lot of pictures other than that top one at first....wish I had.


 Size 16 170's

I climbed mental hurdles and attended self defense classes:

Then the picture below...taken by my good friend Amber
When I hit 100 lbs lost:
One of the best days of my life:


I took a trip home to see my mom...who was proud of my accomplishment...
And I took a picture with my girls...It was the first time I wasn't trying to hide in a family photo:

I bought my first 'sexy' dress in a very long time:
Size 10

Then there was the day I Fit in my daughter's size 8's

And Got to 146.5 lbs
Where I stalled:

Now I am ready to finish it:
On May 18th, 2012 I will weigh in and post my final picture.
My mind is set and nothing is going to sway it...
I haven't felt this certain since the very beginning.
I deserve this.
So do you, so get on it.
To the finish.
Chris out.


Julie Lost and Found said...

Chris, you look fantastic and you are truly an inspiration! I'm so happy for you and excited for you for the rest of your journey!

Jennneil said...

Thank you. Your strong commitment gives me hope. I want to be just like you.

Anne H said...

Gorgeous! You are one of the strongest people I know!

Robin said...

I pulled up your blog in what seems like forever and even the song made me smile. Rocky Mountain High. I remember the story you told about it walking down the hall of your school hearing it for the first time and the feeling it gave you. And then The Cave. What an awesome song. And then the photos of you. I like how free you look in each of them. Make that freer. It shows in your expression. Yes, you get slimmer, but you also look happier and more at home in your own body. I find it interesting that you don't really remember who that girl was, what she thought. Yes, she wanted to be thinner, but beyond that... she is a stranger to the you who you are now. It is like you have grown so far beyond her that you don't even recognize her anymore. That is pretty darn awesome. And I think THAT is really what it is all about. That is growth. In order for us to make significant changes we have to really stretch as people and that means challenging ourselves and going places we never thought we'd go and leaving behind everything that is unhealthy. Later, it becomes unrecognizable to us. I admire you so much. Thank you for putting this journey down in written form for others to follow.

Hanlie said...

You did good, my friend. Very good!

Joy said...

You are amazing my Friend. You will reach your goal. You are an inspiration!!

Keep focused!

Helen said...

I'm glad you've picked an end date no matter what that number ends up being. I think you've got proof from the first photo to the last that the Chris of December 2011 has accomplished amazing things and life is there to be lived and enjoyed!

bbubblyb said...

Loved what Robin and Helen said, can't really top theirs :) You are such a beautiful person inside and out Chris. I have always been grateful for coming across your blog and getting to follow along :) I get so much from your words and I just look forward to us continuing to be here together going along where ever we may go :) I know you will accomplish whatever you decide to :) *hugs*

Rettakat said...

Wow, the photo trip says it all!

"My mind is set..."

Very powerful... I look forward to May 18th. :-)

karen@fitnessjourney said...

A picture really is worth a thousand words, isn't it? You're a great role model for your girls-who, BTW, look healthy and fit! Congratulations on your success and for staying the course. It's not always easy, but it's so worth it, right?

BEE said...

you r so inspirational

but i love the last 4 lines
we do deserve this and i will get on it

and so will you

keep up the great work

Cara said...

I feel like I am right there too, soooo ready to finish this. So I will definitely "get on it" :)
Great post! Can't wait to see your final picture :)

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

What an amazing transformation you have done, wow, you look sexy in those dresses, congrats to all your success!

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Anonymous said...

Love seeing your journey in pictures. Just amazing!!!

LisaMHP78 said...

I love it!!! You are such an inspiration. Way to kick some booty and go after that goal!

Trece said...

I have MISSED reading your blog!! It is the one that I am clinging to, because I am heading back into the struggle once again. You make so much sense, and always have. And you are so ready to help others.

Amazing, too - O also am praying for Noah, and I didn't get the link from you!!!