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Old 12-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #1
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Before (gulp!) and during - I'm shocked :)

It's funny how your eyes deceive you. I've been having trouble seeing my weight loss - in the mirror, anyway. I still just look like 'me' to me. I was fiddling with a new profile pic this evening (for Facebook) and happened to turn it black and white, which reminded me of a horrible picture of me in Summer 2011 - and side by side, I can see the difference now

Bit shy about this, but anyway...



My profile pic over <--------there is several years out of date, btw!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Oh my, that is a very dramatic change! You look at least 15 years younger, your lovely facial bone structure has emerged, and your beautiful eyes show up now. Well done, you! Just brilliant!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:08 PM   #3
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Whoa Mama! You can see a Huge differance!! You look Awesome!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:11 PM   #4
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Oh my! You should thank yourself over and over and over for deciding to do this for you. You look beautiful and much more importantly, HEALTHY! Awesome! Inspiring!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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Wow..You don't even look like the same person..The person on the right looks 20 years younger..Yeah for you..
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:22 PM   #6
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Don't be shy! You look beautiful! and so much younger. Truly inspiring
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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DarkGinger, I honestly think the "old you" looks like the mother of the "new you"! Way to go! I bet your friends and family can certainly see a difference, too.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #8
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Absolutely! The whole shape of your face is changed and slimmer! You're doing wonderfully!

On a side note: Has your dad left for Florida yet? If so, have you heard from him.. how he's doing?
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #9
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BIG difference. WTG!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:43 PM   #10
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #11
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huge difference ! WTG !
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:29 PM   #12
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Wow. You look great. (Must be those duck eggs!)
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:54 PM   #13
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The difference is amazing!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:00 PM   #14
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THAT is an amazing change, Darkginger. Congratulations on the great results.

From one Irish woman to another - I can easily see the Irish in you. I believe my ancestors actually came from your County. Always wanted to see it!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #15
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You look years and years younger! Great idea to compare photos - it's so hard for the brain to catch up! You are GORGEOUS!! WTG!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:17 PM   #16
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Amazing change! Thanks for posting, I love the before and after pics.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #17
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big difference. I know you look great.

nice cheekbones!!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:46 PM   #18
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What a remarkable transformation! You look wonderful!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by abby! View Post
Oh my! You should thank yourself over and over and over for deciding to do this for you. You look beautiful and much more importantly, HEALTHY! Awesome! Inspiring!
I agree with this!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #20
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I love posts like this-great job
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:12 PM   #21
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Wow..You don't even look like the same person..The person on the right looks 20 years younger..Yeah for you..
^^^This!! Way to go Ginger!
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #22
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You look like your own prettier cousin!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:32 PM   #23
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You have a neck! And only one chin! I had the exact same sort of "Whoa!" moment when I realized I looked older as a 19 year old bride than a 26 year old mom, because of how much my fat aged my face. And I hated almost every angle of those pictures because it made me look like I had NO facial contours. Pictures don't lie, you look lovely and YOUNGER in your newer photos. Bravo!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:38 PM   #24
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Wowza! You look fantastic! The change is so dramatic - good for you! You have much to be proud of!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:46 PM   #25
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:15 AM   #26
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Wow! It's like a poster for low carbing. You look beautiful in both pictures, but of course people are right and the difference is dramatic. I love your eyes. They are so expressive.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #27
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Holy moly! Fantastic woman! Beautiful before and during!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:15 AM   #28
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Blushing here - you're all so nice As I mentioned in another thread, I'm not sure I want people in 'real life' to comment on the weight loss, because I don't want to get carried away with the compliments, and start judging my value by my appearance again - but here online, it feels safer I was just so surprised by the difference, because I still have trouble seeing it in the mirror - and to some extent in colour photographs. I think the slightly abstract nature of B&W pics makes it easier to be objective, as opposed to subjective. It's a bit like catching an unexpected view of yourself in a shop window reflection - takes a moment to realise it's actually YOU.

Anyway - thanks so much, all of you. Still have 20 lbs or so to go, but happy to just carry on doing what I'm doing, because I'm really enjoying it. Not entirely sure how I'm going to stop, but I imagine that weight loss will slow down once I'm close to goal (it's only 124 days since I started!), and I'll reach whatever the natural weight is for me (am thinking around 9 and a half stone, which is 133 lbs, I think?). No desire to eat carbiferous stuff again - ever!

We went for a long walk on a huge beach today - husband started complaining that his back was killing him (he bears his weight on his tummy, same as I do, so it tends to strain the back) - which was when I realised that I was totally without any back pain at all - something that's been getting worse over the past few years. Another happy moment - looking forward to more of them - and must stealthily start weaning him off carbs, too!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:21 AM   #29
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Great job! You look fabulous
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #30
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