The pictures below and to the right were taken on October 22, 2005 and today. Thank you very much, Jenn, for harping on me, er, I mean asking me, to take and post these pictures! I am _shocked_ at the difference! Yes, I knew I'd lost more weight since the first pictures were taken, but did I think I'd changed _this_ much? No way!! I mean, check out my shoulders and abdomen! Now, the girls _really_ are where they should be! Mind you, I'm still not thrilled with my abdominal area, and while I definitely think my legs look longer (but that's probably just because today's pic has all of my legs in it), I don't think they look that much smaller. But, now I can understand why some people have reacted with incredulousness when I've told them that I want to lose more weight. There's really not much more on my upper body (other than skin!) that I could lose, and unless my lower half were really scrutinized, I can now understand what they've been thinking.
The below pictures (which I can't believe I'm sharing) were taken in October of 2003 and July of 2004. But, they help to show how far I've come, right? The top one was a few hours before my mother-in-law's wedding and the bottom one is of me and my husband with a friend from college. I just can't believe I lived this way for so long. While I do care about what others think of me, I'm ashamed for myself that I lived like this for so long. When I think of the things that I couldn't (or didn't want to) do, it almost makes me cry. I'll never be that way again, though. That I know for sure.