Friday, March 16, 2012

Visible progress

I've been feeling a little down today, because while I'm making tons of great progress, my "I'm not pregnant, just fat" belly still persists. It's frustrating because I'm doing everything right; I know that I can't spot-reduce trouble zones, and I eat well. I'm steadily losing weight, even if the last couple of weeks has been tougher and I probably gained a couple of pounds with all the stress eating.

It's just that this gut is what people see when they see me. THey don't see the toned calves, the growing biceps, the strong forearms and narrower hips and shoulders.

They see the massive gut. They think "fat and lazy."

It's not true, but my patience is running thin. So today, I decided to finally share my before pictures, and my current (as of an hour ago) progress photos. Taking my progress photos has made me feel better, because *I* can see it!

This is me on September 8, 2011:

And this is me today, March 16, 2012.

I have muscle definition, especially in my calves and arms. My back looks so much better. I feel better. I just have to keep reminding myself that my faux-preggo gut WILL go away. It's not permanent, and it's also very susceptible to me eating. It swells when I eat. :)

Most importantly, I can see my feet.

I'd say I look a whole lot better.

I just. have to keep my eye on the prize. I CAN do this. I know I will. I'm doing it already. Little setbacks like the last week are still that; even after a week of eating out and not counting ANYTHING, I still look better than I did 6 months ago!

Although that laundry pile hasn't improved one bit... sigh.


  1. You've made soooo much progress!! Congrats!
    Random compliments from random google plus user. You're an inspiration.

  2. Grr.. Firefox ate my comment. Anyway... Woohoo!! You've made tremendous progress. Don't forget that your '"I'm not pregnant, just fat" belly" carried and birthed two beautiful girls. Also, the changes that you have been making are the key to long-term health. Another thing I discovered last year, when I was exercising and eating right, is that losing belly fat is harder than losing fat from other places. I also discovered that my clothing didn't show my progress as much as photos like this did. So, even though the world didn't really see me as a fit person, I felt good looking in the mirror and seeing the changes. I'm excited about getting back on the fitness bandwagon. Seeing your progress photos is very motivational. :-) Keep up the great work!!!

  3. Your belly is totally way smaller now! :) Good for you!

  4. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your picture. I also have the same issue and today I found myself all sad and depro because 1.: I haven't been to gym in a month due to a back injury (pinched nerve) and 2.: even though I have been eating properly I still feel bleh and fat. I caught a glimpse of my stomach and I am having a pity party.

    Thank you for reminding me that I just need to keep doing what I am doing