Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I saw a few family members the other day for the first time in a long while and they didn't recognize me. I was chatting with my neighbour about when I showed up on his doorstep a few months back and he just admitted to the same. He hadn't known who I was. Even showing people the video I created has elicited a similar response: an only half-joking, "who is that?"

It's very odd to look at photographs and essentially see a stranger. And I mean that in both ways. I see pictures from a year ago and I can't believe I ever looked like that. And I see shots from much more recent weeks and it's surreal to think that the girl smiling in those images is me.

It's not a bad thing obviously. Not at all. But such big physical changes sure can take a lot of getting used to. It takes the brain a long time to catch up...

As a side note, for anyone interested, I am running another little contest for the publishing company where I write my column.

- 10 glasses of water
- 1 banana
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with deli ham, cheese, dried cranberries, garden lettuce, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 2 cups mint chocolate bar ice cream blend
- 3/4 cup fat free strawberry vanilla yogurt with 1 cup honey nut granola cereal
- 2 hazelnut chocolates
- 9 whole wheat crackers with 1 herb and garlic Laughing Cow cheese wedge and homemade red pepper jelly
- 3 slices French toast with margarine and maple syrup
- 1/2 cup fat free peach vanilla yogurt with 1/2 cup honey nut granola cereal
- 1 cup heavenly hash ice cream with butterscotch chips

- 15 minute walk


  1. Well, I'm a little late to the party, but I just watched your video and my heart simply swelled up with pride for you. What an awesome accomplishment!

    You identified your goal, set out and worked hard with plenty of sweat and sacrifice, and you changed your life. This is absolutely what it's all about...

    Thanks for putting it all together in such a powrful package, too. You rock!

  2. Unrecognizable, wow! That is quite an accomplishment!! Be proud of yourself!!

  3. That is so cool. I can't wait for that to happen to me!! Hugs!

  4. I'm in the opposite place right now...I see my picture now (fat) and say...who is that???!!! Oh, my. You have inspired me. I'm giving myself 6 months. If you can lose 100 in a year, I can do 50 in 6 months...don't you think?

  5. I referenced you in my post. Hope you don't mind. Probably should have asked first, but at least it was a good reference. :)

  6. You are an inspiration. I started my journey yesterday. I look forward to the day when I don't recognize myself in old pictures.
    Best wishes! : )

  7. Awesome! I'm with Jill! I can't wait till that happens to me. I also referenced you in a post of mine. Do you mind?

  8. I loved your video post. I do the same thing. I can't believe the fat one is me and I can't believe the thin one is me...I don't know what I think 'me' is supposed to look like. lol.
    Great job.

  9. Of course, I don't mind being referenced, but thank you so much for letting me know! :)

    It's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this!

  10. Just starting out on the same journey ... except I hope to end at 266 or there abouts:)

    I needed a story like this to gear me up. I am going in for my first consultation for gastric bypass tomorrow.

    If you want, take a peek at my weight loss blog: www.startingat500pounds.com