Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Was that really me?!

So I found some pictures of myself at my heaviest weight which was right around 480 lbs. I cant believe that was me! I find myself mad for letting myself go like that, even though I am heading in the opposite direction I am still pissed at myself for all that lost time. I usually avoided taking pictures in the past, but I am glad that I somehow aloud these to be taken. They just add more fuel to my fire, and confirm that I will never go back to my old lifestyle. Actually you cant even call "THAT" a lifestyle because there was no actual LIFE involved.



I have decided to share these pictures with everyone. This is a huge step for me, I am letting go and not holding anything back or inside. I want my mistakes to help others if possible. Here goes nothing!







Lets see how I look today compared to then.






I would love some feedback on these pictures, I know I have lost weight but sometimes my mind doesn't believe it. That's something I will defiantly have to work on.

Thanks for your support!

32 comments:

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Al said...

I workout 5 days a week, thank you.

River said...

=) No that wasn't you! That was a fat suit! A cover-up. Not you!

I don't remember if you ever talked about Biggest Loser but there are some episodes where they make the contestants wear fat suits to make them weigh the same as the day they entered the show. It always pains me to see that. The amount of torture we put our bodies go through then expect to not be depressed. That is not possible unless the person has some kinda hormone inbalance or something like that. I am trying to say you must feel so much lighter?? and you certainly look so much better :)

I don't find large people unattractive at all but certainly when people lose weight they also look healtier and that always makes a difference!

You have good reasons to be proud!

Maggie said...

You're doing great... absolutely great.I'm struggling with the not feeling like I've look different problem too. I feel different, I think different, but I can't see the difference until I make myself see it. I think my mind is just stuck... stuck in being the "big girl".

You're doing so great and you're so inspiring! Keep up the great work!!

~Maggie

Megan said...

You should be so proud of yourself. You are really looking great and you took a huge step that most people just can't find the energy or motivation to take, or rely on surgery to fix their problems. Way to go! From a complete stranger, I'm proud of you. What an inspiration!

Cassie said...

Wow you are doing great work! And it's true it's sometimes hard to see those before pictures without getting mad at yourself for letting go. But it's also a way to see the big overall changes. For me, it's tougher to see the smaller day to day changes. So I do like looking at my before pictures - it also re-affirms my desire to be and lead a healthy life and NEVER get back to that lifestyle again.

David H. said...

You're doing awesome! Keep up the great work and keep posting those photos. It's an inspiration to me.

Cathy Cox said...

Be so proud of you, and embrace all the changes, you've come a LONG way and it is super evident in your photos - an incredible transformation so far and so much more goodness to come. Goodness in every aspect.

I've been "at goal" for a long time now and STILL struggle desperately with my mind not matching my body. Start working this process now, those feelings and that disconnect..I think I'm learning (now, too late!) that that may take even longer than the physical transformation.

You're a pillar of strength and inspiration, putting it out there, sharing the work, the struggles AND the victories...it's awesomeness all around :)

Thank you! Press on!

Lesia said...

BIG difference dude! What a great transformation. I think you are way smaller and if you are going to lose more you will even look better. Keep going Al you are doing fabulous!

spunkysuzi said...

I see a big difference! Keep up the great work.

{ALL} for a Better Life said...

Okay, this is going to sound hypocritical but I am going to say it anyways - and I know I need to take my own advice but you are SOOOOO doing this! There has a been a great formation so far and more to come! So proud of you for conquering your fears and knocking those walls down. That my friend is what is going to help you with the mental aspect of all of this!

You got this!

Danielle said...

doing GREAT!!!!!!! apparently we had the same post. great minds and all. keep it up friend.

daretobecome said...

I see a big difference. I enjoy our twitter chats and let me tell you what I like so much about you. You are one determined man. You never make excuses and you are out there working it every day. So many people just constantly whine about wanting to lose weight but never put the action behind it. You will succeed in this and you are doing it the RIGHT way buy changing how you look at food and by working out - it is a lifestyle change and not just a diet for you. I'm sorry for rambling on but I wanted you to know that you DO inspire people. I see it all the time on Twitter.

~LORI~ said...

thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. you are doing amazing things for yourself, i LOVE the pics, i reallllly hope you can see all the wonderful progress that you have made, that all of us can see. keep up the great work :)

Tiffany said...

You are doing so great! Thank you for having the courage to post these. I can definately tell a big difference from your before pictures, and you ARE inspiring others and you can add me to that list! Keep on doin' what you're doin'! :)

Patrick Rodgers said...

I know how you feel, I hated hated hated having my picture taken when I was 400+ pounds. I didn't like mirrors or large doors where I could see my image. I used to hold my head down when entering a building with large reflective windows because I didn't want to see my image. Now I love having my picture taken, I want more and more pictures taken of me with my son, its a great feeling that I weigh so much less now than I can and want to have pictures taken of me and my baby boy.

LOL I should drag some old fat photos out and do a before and after like you have done. I am down %39.03 of my total body weight in just under a year and half.

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A. Lli said...

Unbelievable that you has reduced so much weight. That is greatly appreciating. And remain doing exercise so as to make your body more fit.

Patrick Rodgers said...

Soon you get to box up your fat clothes, I am going to do that today in fact. I have an entire new/old wardrobe stuff that hasn't fit in 5+ years or clothes people bought me that never fit and that kept saying hey someday I might lose the weight and I can wear that. I wore a t-shirt my day bought me 3 years ago for the first time today, I had to even cut the tags off it, a 2x shirt yeaaaa. I have the problem of buying clothes too big because when your 400+ pounds nothing fits and you always buy the biggest thing you can find and its hard to say hey no a 2x or an xl will fit. I bought a t-shirt in February and I got the 3x and its huge now.

So into storage go all my 4x-6x clothes and out of storage comes all my xl and 2x clothes yeaaaaaaaa.

Extremely Average said...

That is fantastic progress. You have done very well. Congrats, and I am sure you will continue to do well. We are rooting for you.

ernise said...

You are doing great! I'm new to your blog, saw your intro on Dare to Become and I clicked through. Pictures are a great way to see the difference. Keep at it! (and keep taking photos!)

Anonymous said...

So proud of you!! Amazing progress already! You've come a long way & the journey forward will make you an even stronger person.Love that you're determined & now wont let anything get in your way! I wish you the best in reaching all your goals =)

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