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02 December 2009 @ 08:13 am
What a Difference a Year Makes  
Me Thanksgiving 2008:

Thanksgiving 2008 Me Dad


Me Thanksgiving 2009, 30 pounds lighter:

Thanksgiving Me Becky Drew
 
 
 
Anniecoffeeeyes on December 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
congrats! you look amazing!
Sarahgem77 on December 2nd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks Annie!
genevabygeeves on December 2nd, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hot Mama!!!

You look so good. I didn't even recognize you in the first picture. It's so easy to gain the weight and so hard to lose it, so I applaud you. 30 lbs is a huge loss. So any tips besides eat less and move more?

p.s. The new haircut suits you very well.
Allisonallilm on December 2nd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
I noticed how thin you looked in the new pics. Great job!!
Sarahgem77 on December 2nd, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks Allison!
Sarahgem77 on December 2nd, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks Geneva! I hate that first pic of me so much. It was hard to even put it up here.

I joined Weight Watchers in April just on a fluke, really. A friend was joining and asked me if I wanted to. After I lost about 15 pounds, I started exercising - treadmill/walking, biking, yoga, zumba, etc. I also started drinking a cup (literally 8 ounces) of coffee in the morning. It sped up my metabolism a bit and gave me more energy for exercise, without interrupting my sleep. I don't think it's been as effective lately, so I'm probably going to wean myself off of it and save it as a tool in my arsenal if I need it later on. Going to try to lose another 20 by next summer!
jill.catherinejillcatherine on December 2nd, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Sarah, you look gorgeous! Looks like you did a fabulous job channeling all the negative stuff of this past year into making yourself healthier! Well done, most people (me included) would just eat and mope around!
Sarahgem77 on December 2nd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I sure did! I have to say I took some pretty sour lemons and made some damn good lemonade this year. I don't know how I did it other than divine intervention, frankly.
jill.catherinejillcatherine on December 3rd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Not to sound cheesy, but I admire you. I hope to take a page out of your book if I ever face those damn sour lemons! Major hugs to you missy!
Ziltopiaziltopia on December 2nd, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
You look great and I am really happy that things are going so well for you.
Sarahgem77 on December 2nd, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks Liz!
Tiffanydarcyzero on December 2nd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
You look fantastic!!
Sarahgem77 on December 2nd, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks Tiffany! I have to say, if you hadn't asked me to join WW with you, this all might have never happened. That really kick started me with an awesome foundation for weight loss.
Tiffanydarcyzero on December 3rd, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
I wish I had just stuck to WW! I'm doing it now though... at least with the working out part, which I feel is most important!
*M*K*C*laney895 on December 3rd, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Wow! You look amazing. And so happy!!!! :-) What was your secret?
Sarahgem77 on December 3rd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks Micah!

My secret is pretty much what I wrote to Geneva above:

"I joined Weight Watchers in April just on a fluke, really. A friend was joining and asked me if I wanted to. After I lost about 15 pounds, I started exercising - treadmill/walking, biking, yoga, zumba, etc. I also started drinking a cup (literally 8 ounces) of coffee in the morning. It sped up my metabolism a bit and gave me more energy for exercise, without interrupting my sleep. I don't think it's been as effective lately, so I'm probably going to wean myself off of it and save it as a tool in my arsenal if I need it later on. Going to try to lose another 20 by next summer!"

glamorous nymph with an arrow and bowwash_it_out on December 3rd, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Wow, good for you, girl! You look beautiful in both, but you look so pixie-ish and happier and lighter in spirit, too, in the second. Congrats :)
Sarahgem77 on December 3rd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks Sarah. "Pixie-ish" - never thought I'd be described that way. That is such a you way to describe someone - I love it!

You, my dear, are one of my inspirations. Seeing your progress makes me want to keep going!