Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Before & After Weight Loss pics

I made it!!! I figured it was time to post my before & after pics. My original goal was to get down to 140, which I did in December. Then I thought I would try for 10 more lbs. and get to 130 but to be honest, I'm happy with where I'm at (134). I still weigh less than I did when Jake and I got married, and still weigh a couple lbs. less than I did in high school. My stomach has been stretched to the max not just once or twice, but THREE times, so I don't think I'll ever have a "normal" stomach again, but that's okay. Maybe Jake will give me a surprise tummy tuck someday. ;) I'm posting three sets of pics: 1) June 26th at 169.8 2) Halfway there at 151 and 3) nearly 8 months after I started at 134.

I've had a couple people ask me for weight loss tips and advice and it's hard to know where to start. I guess it all comes down to motivation and how badly you want this. It's easy to say "Yes, I want to lose weight." It's a lot harder to actually get up every day and exercise and watch what you eat. So, no excuses. Yes, there will be crappy workouts where you wished you had never got out of bed, but there will also be amazing workouts that will inspire you and help you realize your potential. One of my favorite realizations during this process was the day we went sledding with Jake's family on Christmas Eve. Most were huffing and puffing up the hill and I felt great. I could actually keep up with my kids... something I couldn't do a few months before. I ran a 10K just 2 1/2 months after I started working out (something I would have never dreamed of doing 2 months before!) I'm running a half marathon in 2 months, again, something I never thought I could ever do. I'm wearing size 6 jeans (and even a few of those pair are a little loose.) I'm confident. I feel beautiful. All this is worth the buckets of sweat and lack of treats. I know because I'm taking care of me, that makes me a much better individual, wife, and mom. It truly is worth it.











43 comments:

Iliana said...

Holy cow Jamie I just about pooped my pants. You are awesome!! You look GOOD! Awesome.

Melanie said...

Congrats Jamie! You look wonderful and totally deserve to feel good about yourself again. Even though you looked beautiful before as well.

Mamaappah said...

You are a teeny tiny little thing. Good job on all the hard work, and I'm sure you'll do great on the half marathon. You are truly inspiring.

The Thornocks said...

oh my freaking heck! That's all I can say. OH my crap!

Zach 'n' Jack said...

HO-LY CRAP. You should tell Jake he needs to sing you that country song "one hot mama" YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE. WOW. I don't know what else to say. WOW!

Adrienne said...

good job Jamie!

Valerie: said...

wow! wow! wow! Congrats to you. That is so great. it is amazing how much a person can change my loosing weight. I still have 41 lbs to loose and i need to get more strict with my diet cause i know that is the problem. You are good inspiration! Keep up the good work.

The Duckworth Family said...

It really is great and your so right about reaching the right level of motiation. I have had many times where I have lost 25-30 pounds but usually after a few months the motivation wears off. Lately I have hit a point where nothing gets me down. NOt that I don't have a bad day, or a day I don't feel like working out, but my motivation has stayed sky high! Too bad I'm pregnant, although I'm not taking a break! I have still managed to lost nearly 10 pounds since getting prego and my motivation to keep my weight gain low is still high. It's amazing the difference when my attitude is so different. I also love that i have people like you to look too and remember how great it feels to be small again! Congratulations! I actually was going to tell you I'm 15 weeks, due Aug 4th and super praying it's a girl! I find out in 2 1/2 weeks when my sister is here visiting. It would really be fun to get together sometime. I'll be ther ein April, maybe we could get allison to go with us to Gardner village or something. Talk to you later!
love
Camille

Loree said...

what a transformation jamie! you are such a tiny lady! you look great! I am so proud of you! i need to get back on to my strict wagon and cut out my treats. i have some more weight i want to lose. you are inspiring! hooray for you! PS thanks for the nice compliments :) PPS- your sis Whitney is so cute! i can;t believe i use to teach her in primary. i feel old! tell her hello from sister zito. see if she remembers me. i have her in my scrapbook.

Woodruff Family said...

You look anorexic! I wish I could do what you did. I just don't know where to pull the strength from. I have the desire but it's not enough to muster motivation. I have no self control when it comes to food and don't get me started on working out. Congratulations! You deserve it!

Megan said...

You look sooooooooooooo good. I am so proud of you. Since our workout days at Lion's Gate you have managed to have a kid and lose the baby weight (and then some). I have yet to just lose the weight. I'm hoping this post will help me to get off to a good start in the morning. :) Way to go Jamie!

Abbie Anna and Megan said...

SERIOUSLY you are amazing!!!! What a skinny skinny lady you are!!!!!!!!!!

sportyrls said...

Congratulations Jamie! You have always been beautiful, but it looks like you really know it and own it in those final pics! You are amazing and are such a great inspiration at reaching for your potential and bettering yourself in anything you want to! Way to go : )!
PS- our dog didn't get to stay... Drew published a post on it : (.

LINDSEY said...

Holy freaky! You look awesome. It makes me feel okay about being so big, like perhaps I can lose it someday. Seriouslym that is so great for you! 9 months! Wow!
My pregnancy is going great, I have great pregnancies. We're having another little girl and naming her Lydia. As far as the hair goes I can't take credit. There are two hair blogs I follow. shedoeshair.blogspot.com and also http://babesinhairland.blogspot.com seriously life savers! It brings the fun back into girlyness. Let me know how those work out for you!

peter said...

Great job, Jamie, you look amazing. That's my goal for this summer (well, not 140) but to loose my baby weight. May I do half as well as you! Kristy

Kim said...

Jamie! You seriously look amazing!!! I'm so happy for you!

Molly said...

You might not remember me but we sang together for that women's night thing at church. You look awesome and you are a motivating force for everyone who wonders if it can really be done. Good for you! Hope all is well!

Ashley said...

Way to go Jamie! You look awesome.

Brian and Carly said...

YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE! Thanks for being such an awesome inspiration to us all!

McLane said...

You look AMAZING!!!! I wish I had the strong will that you have. You should be VERY proud of yourself!!

Verenice said...

I know this wasn't easy, so I am really proud of you for that. You look awesome. I think you should post some of these on the biggest loser website :)

Ang said...

Wow Jamie! You look fantastic!! And you are my hero!! :) Great job girl! :)

newsinaminute said...

Dear Jamie (I'm nancy's mom) I am so proud of you --you've always been pretty inside and out to me.
I want to congratulate you on your dedication to your goals and the hard work and discipline behind it
It inspires me. and I just want to add my compliment on how truly gorgeous you look. I Still maintain my opening statement--beautiful on the inside and out.
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

newsinaminute said...

Dear Jamie (I'm nancy's mom) I am so proud of you --you've always been pretty inside and out to me.
I want to congratulate you on your dedication to your goals and the hard work and discipline behind it
It inspires me. and I just want to add my compliment on how truly gorgeous you look. I Still maintain my opening statement--beautiful on the inside and out.
WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie Jane said...

JAMIE! You look soooo good! I am currently in the process of trying to loose a little/maintain weight as I was starting to climb the weight ladder. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I agree with all that you said!

Darren and Traci said...

WOW! The whole process has been amazing to watch and the before and after pictures are just crazy! I can't believe how someone can change so much in just 9 months. Not just weight wise but also in your endurance and how much better you feel about yourself as well. It's awesome that you have been willing to share your story and pictures with everyone to help inspire and motivate other people as well.

Ksenia said...

You look amazing! Beautiful. Way to be a great example of losing weight for the right reasons and in the right way. In this day and age there are so many false and unhealthy (but tempting) ways to do it. You are so admirable! You can achieve whatever you put your mind to.

Emily said...

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. But I will say I am crying because I am so proud of you. You have always been such a great example to everyone around you and here you go again!

Chelsea said...

HOLY MOLY!! I've been waiting months for these pictures!! WOW! You don't even look like the same person as the first pictures. Your face even looks different. My sister was looking at them with me and we both agree that you look 7 years younger. Congratulations again, and you've been a great motivation for many people.

Angie said...

You are such an inspiration to so many people! I am a fan of watching The Biggest Loser...and you are a testament that people can do it from home!...you don't have to go on the show to loose the weight! Way to go and way to be strong! Love ya girl!

Angie said...

Oh ya, ps...you have always been beautiful! But, now it looks like YOU feel beautiful...which makes you even more beautiful...if that makes sense! :)

Cheri said...

You look totally awesome! I am so amazed and you are so brave to post the pics, but I love seeing them. You really do look georgeous. Your hair looks fab too. You rock!

armywiferocks said...

Oh my goodness! What a transformation. You were beautiful before but now you just have an extra glow! Good job on all your hard work.

Meighan said...

Whooooo sexy mama!!!! You look fantastic. Jamie you inspire me, seriously. You look beautiful, and your confidence is the most beautiful thing of all.

Naomi said...

I'm adding to the huge list of comments - WOW!! The pics show it all! Great job and what a huge accomplishment! You are beautiful! love you!

Julie G. said...

I love that you posted these pics! Congrats on all your hard work. You look GREAT!

Annie said...

Way to go Jamie! You are hard core! :) I am running my brains out-I'm also running a half this spring....but I can't say that I've dropped much weight! (Dang!) Keep up the good work! :)

Rachel Call said...

Jamie, words aren't enough to let you know just how proud I am of you and the courage it has taken you to be so open and dedicated to this journey. Wonderful to see the brightness in your eyes and know you are full of health and energy. My hat is off to you!!

Andrew and Melissa said...

Wow Jamie! What have you been doing?

By the way sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, but we are good and we like it in Cali. You really can't beat the weather :)
We hope to go back to Utah someday though.

Crystal said...

Way to go! Your transformation is just amazing. Good for you for sticking to it. Staying positive. And working hard. I am a big believer that weight loss is a lot more mental than it is physical. If you can't get your brain in gear than your body won't follow. Good Job and keep up the work. Now it is all about a life style change.

M-GemBlaisdell said...

Holy freakin' moly!!! Dang...DANG! Look at you, Jamie!!! Greg went, "WOW!, that's like skinnier than high school Jamie." You are She-Ra!

Mindurs said...

You are amazing, girl! I so want to do what you have done, but, but, but, I have way to many excuses not to. Where does one begin? Seriously you are looking so good!

mckay said...

Wow! These pictures truly inspire me. You look FANTASTIC! I am at where you started and want to get where you are. I wish we were neighbors so you could coach me through it. =)

Mckayh from BBC