Thursday, February 13, 2014

#tbt Throwback Thursday

In the very beginning of my journey, I would motivate myself by looking at photos at my highest weight. I would picture myself at that point and how I felt about myself. It would always give me the jolt I needed to go the extra mile, be extra good about portions and celebrate my current progress.

I can't tell you the last time I looked at some of those photos which shows you how much my source of motivation has changed. It does help from time to time reminisce like I'm doing today.

Even though I've only been around this weight for less than two years, I can honestly say that it's hard to imagine going back to being that person.

Throwback photo....

So much bubbling under the surface ...(Spring 2008)

Here's another throwback photo.

This journey hasn't been immediate but I'd like to say some habits I've adopted have stuck throughout the last few years. Even when I regain pounds it's always manageable and I've been able to stop the gain in its track. I did stop for a year only to find myself about 12 lbs higher than my lowest weight but I quickly reversed it within three months.

When I started on this journey, my ultimate goal was to find a sustainable way to live. I wanted healthy life - physically and emotionally.

I was asked yesterday night by a friend, "Are you still on your health kick?"

I replied honestly, "I've never been off of it." Sure, I indulge but that's how I stay healthy - by living in moderation.

Most days I'm stricter than others but a few days I allow myself to indulge where I'm willing to deal with the consequences.

I posted a new photo from our engagement shoot a few years ago online today. I chose the red dress because it's Valentine's Day tomorrow! Here's the photo without being retouched or photoshopped. I have a retouched version but I chose to show the undoctored version. 

I have to admit I was quick to look at this photo and critique my "problem areas" only to stop myself. We're so used to seeing perfect (unrealistic and doctored) photos of celebrities that sometimes it's hard not to have a skewed vision of what beauty is.

Ultimately, I know that the smiles in those photos are genuine and heart-felt. 

Tomorrow's Valentine's day and I have an idea of what I'm making but I need to make a quick grocery trip to pick up a few key ingredients.

I'm trying not to go overboard this year because Jason is trying to be mindful of his weight so I'm being supportive by not tempting him. I do want to make at least one dessert though with a side of chocolate covered strawberries. (Last year's V-Day post)

Last year's Valentine's Day Menu
Candied Walnut, Cranberry, Spinach and Romaine Lettuce Salad
Grilled Sirloin Steak with Steamed Green Beans
Seared Salmon over Creamed Spinach
Roasted Potatoes with Parmesan and Parsley

Dessert Menu
Tiramisu Parfait Cups
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Cheesecake Bars

What are your Valentine's Day Plans?


  1. I have to say you look wonderful in the red dress, I can really see no problem areas..but I get we are usually the most critical about ourselves..
    Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day :)

  2. you look stunning, and have such a great attitude to your health, it's really inspiring!

  3. We are definitely our own worst critics, but you look great!!

  4. No redoctoring of that photo is needed. You look wonderful. And so does Jason!

  5. Love that red dress. Hope you had a wonderful Valentines day!

  6. I can't imagine what you would have retouched on that photo - you look gorgeous!

  7. I think you look phenomenal in that picture and so does Jason. Finding what works for you for life, that balances health and sanity, is crucial. And it looks different for everyone. That you have persisted and figured out your limits and how to manage regain is huge to keeping it off long term. It doesn't get easier with babies and time, I must say, so the more good habits you've locked in as a permanent fixture the better off you'll be :)

  8. I see nothing but radiance and happiness in the shot of you and your fiance!!! Love it Grace, be proud of the gorgeous woman you are - inside and out!! hug


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