Bust Shots: There was a time when I would look at pics of myself and be sick about how fat my face was. Now I can critique myself on a whole new level. For instance, after living with my hair for a week or so I've come to the conclusion that I'm not digging it, so much. It'll grow. We're just not going that short again. However I AM admiring the lovely arch in my brow that is enhanced by my last Botox treatment. Boy, that Dr. Hempel does an amazing job with the injectables. (shameless plug for Aspen Family Medicine & Aesthetics)
Okay... full front shots. I see 1) less boobs. Not a bad thing but let me tell you that once I've lost all of the weight I want to, Mrs. Hempel is going to get those guys jacked UP. I'm through with the "38-longs." 2) legs are looking a LOT better. 3) nice that I can put my arms back down to my sides. 4) What a long, pretty neck!
Side view: Wow. I've lost a LOT of stomach. I still have work to do in this area & I'm hoping my skin will continue to retract. Whenever I meet someone who has lost weight, I want to ask them "do you have a lot of extra skin??" But then I stop myself because every body is different so, regardless, their experience will be different from mine. I will say I have been surprised at how much the skin below my belly button has retracted. I hope to see it continue to shrink but when this is all said & done, I'll pay someone to take the rest away. The back: a LOT less wide. My arms are smaller and I continue to be pleased with the size of my legs. I have always had "veiny" looking legs & I feel like that has gotten better since losing weight. I also have lost a lot of the cellulite from the backs of my thighs since working out.
When I started losing weight I was a size 22. Today I went shopping for a new pair of pants and I easily fit into a 14. My beginning weight was 244 - I weighed in 4 days ago at 190. I have been working out with Nikki Crawford since December 8th, 2008. Here are my measurements from 12/8/08 to 1/29/09 (hope you can follow the way I've listed the numbers- the one on the left is the original number & the one after the "/" is the current measurement) :
Neck 14.5 / 14.5 (I've already lost 3" since August so that's cool), Shoulders 45. / 44.5, Chest 43.75 / 42.0, Abdominal 39. / 38.5, waist (50" when I started losing weight...) 37. / 36.1, hips 45.5 / 44.9, biceps (L) 13.25 / 12.5 (R) 13.5 / 12.7, forearms (L) 9.8 / 9.7 (R) 9.2 / 9.5, thighs (L) 25 / 23.9 (R) 24.8 / 23, calves (L) 15.5 / 15.75 (R) 15.75 / 16.0
I have given you all so much personal information that if I had a psychopath Internet stalker, they could make an "Amy doll" to complete perfection. At least, at this point, they'd use less materials. I'm ALWAYS thinking about the environment.