2.12.2013

Good and Bad Side Effects of Weight Loss

There are good and bad side effects to getting healthy and losing weight.

Let's start with the good. ENERGY. I get asked all the time where do I get all my energy from? 
From living healthy, from exercising REGULARLY, from eating right.


Eating right is the biggest part of keeping your energy up. Don't skip breakfast!!


Lots of little meals throughout the day no only keeps your blood sugar level but your energy too. I do enjoy an cup of coffee every morning and I love my Advocare Spark around noon.
I don't take any supplements {even though I should!} I don't drink Red Bull, I just live healthy. 

Now for the bad: Not everyone is going to be happy for you. It's hard to imagine that getting healthy might cause you to lose friends, but its true. Some people may become jealous. Some may not like the 'new' you.
I was asked if my personality had changed over the course of my weight loss so of course I didn't think so, but I asked my friend Amber if she thought so.
She said no, that I was still the same crazy Megan, maybe just a little MORE so now :)

{OK, she MAY kill me for posting this pic!}


Amber is on the left and that's my fat arm holding baby M. We both have pushed each other to lose weight, we have been nothing but happy for each other's success. I've been VERY blessed with people around me who are supportive and happy for me. 

We are probably such good friends BECAUSE we went through the same journey and strive to live healthy, but not everyone is ready to make the change.
When you go on this journey you WILL find out who your real friends are! Sad, but true.

Now for a good: Looking good in clothes. 
I'm not going to lie, I have a shopping addiction. I just went for SO MANY YEARS not really caring about my clothes because I could really only shop at like 2 stores, Lane Bryant and the Plus Sized section at Target. My only concern when shopping was if something would fit.


Now, I shop to flatter my shape. Now, I shop for fashion. Now, I shop for fun.


I've even worn chevron leggings, just because I could.


Bad: YOU WILL HAVE TO BUY MORE CLOTHES. 
I've gone though my closet probably 4 or 5 times and cleaned out the sizes I no longer fit into. I started at a size 24 and now I'm a 6/8 so you can imagine the cost of buying every size in between!


Yes, I've taken it to consignment, but they never buy most of it, I've seen some of the crap they have in their stores and I'm wondering why they are passing on all my Lane Bryant stuff, it wasn't cheap! Anyways, be prepared to shell out some money to keep your skinny ass clothed :)
I REALLY need new bras, but I need a fitting so that will have to be a whole other post on boobs. Y'all are REAL curious where mine all went!

Good: Catching a reflection of some hot girl in a mirror. 
Then you realize that hot girl is YOU. 
Your brain will be the last thing to get on the skinny train. I'm not going to lie, I still buy things that are too big for me. 

I just bought these 3 weeks ago in a size 10. I hate trying things on {this is a symptom of a prior fat girl, we hate dressing rooms} so I just picked the one that looked like it fit me. My self image doesn't know I can fit in a 6.
Sure is nice to have things be too big now :) 

Bad: Food is no longer a source of comfort. 
OK, this may sound cray, but I miss being able to have a food fest day. You know, where you sit around and watch TV and order something good to eat. I used to LOVE to get The Chicken Ranch Sandwich from Chili's with LOTS of honey mustard on the side to dip my fries in and come home and eat and watch a movie. Pretty sure I also took a nap after eating it.


Now I order off the 'light' menu.
I could still eat my crap food if I wanted to, but the way I feel when I do is not worth the calories.
I don't feel satisfied, I feel like shit.

What are some of the side effects y'all have gone through?
If you knew me 'before' would you say my personality has changed?


 Happy Tuesday!

68 comments :

  1. I totally feel you on my brain being the last one on board! I always point out people to my sister and say "I would love to be her size!" and she's always telling me that I'm already smaller than whoever I point out. I have the same issue picking out clothes that are too big as well! C'mon brain - get it together! :)

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  2. I am so happy to have found you!!! I just love getting your posts on the daily. I recently lost 30 pounds YIPPEE and I can relate to a few things you have just written about, thanks so much for inspiring me and yes I also miss my Saturday night foodie-paloozas...but I'm lovin my new and improved self.

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  3. That was such a good post! I recently got to my WW goal and now I am looking to eat more clean versus just counting points and lift more weights instead of just running. I definitely am mourning my food eating fun times. I have a teen age daughter and it was fun to order hot wings with a movie and stuff like that but I realize those aren't healthy habits for her to get into either. We'll find something else to bond over. Thanks for your transparency Meg! Keep em coming!

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  4. Feeling the pain of the clothes transition. I REALLY need some new clothes but I am fighting to get 20lbs off before spending $$$. I hate the thought of a disposable wardrobe.

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  5. I have the same issue with not wanting to try on anything. In the end I am still always buying clothes that are too big. When I look in the mirror (full-bodied)I check out myself like I'm still learning who the new me is.

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  6. What about loose skin. That is my side effect from weight loss, and the losing friends thing I can relate. Maybe you've just become more positive. Or maybe they were friends with you just because you were bigger and now that there skinnier they feel bad about themselves. I encountered this many times. Friends that I thought were so close ended up trying to hinder my weight loss and would actually put me down. Whatever it is keep being you. You inspire others everyday!

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  7. That was a great post! I agree with the brain not catching up to your body, when people tell you that you look great, I think...are they really talking about me? Also, it's definitely difficult to keep your closet stocked, but it's a great excuse to go shopping!!! Have you tried twice.com? You could try and sell some of your Lane Bryant stuff on there? And I got a check within the week :) Have a great week Meg!

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  8. I agree about the brain thing too. Although I'm still losing weight I'll point to someone at the gym or on TV and say I'd kill to look like her and my husband always says that I am skinnier that her! It's so weird how I have the self-image of being the 245 pound girl!

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  9. I can totally relate about shopping for what fits and not style. It sucks. I will only shop Online at Target, Old Navy, and Kohls because their clothes will actually fit my big behind. I'm still at the fat end but cannot wait to be able to shop for style!

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  10. I know about the losing friends part, I have only lost almost half of what my goal is and I already see it. I had some very close friends at church, they are bigger ladies and now that I've started this journey they hardly speak. Also, my boss is bigger and she acts like she gets mad if I don't go out to eat luch with her everyday and she makes snide comments about me having lapband surgery. It makes me sad but I have to get healthy and lose this weight for myself and to heck with everybody else. Thank you som much for the inspiration that your are!

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  11. I have an even different question for you...do you think your attitude has changed since trying for a baby and not getting pregnant yet? I just started Clomid and it's almost like I have to remind myself every day not to be grumpy about not having a bun in my oven yet.

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  12. Thanks,Skinny Meg!! You are so motivating :)

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  13. It's interesting that the brain is the last thing to "get it." I totally get the finding out who your real friends are. I think any life journey that's life changing will weed out friends vs. acquaintances. There are people that I thought were friends and would walk beside me through my cancer and they never even called. It was really hurtful to realize that I cared more for them than they did for me.

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  14. I agree with some people won't be happy for you bc they are plain jealous. I moved over a year ago and now I have the most support I have ever had. I love it that people are happy for me!
    I've been reading your blog for a long long time... I wouldn't say you have changed! You definitely post more about working out and eating healthy than you used to - so is like to see more of the everyday life that you used to write about!

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  15. You nailed it on the head with losing friends. Mine all think the gym is an excuse not to hang out and that i've already changed and sad as it is...i've lost them. They weren't true friends if they couldn't stick by me through this. I still have a long way to go and it would've been nice to have their support...But What can you do right?
    And you are SO right about spending a shit load opf money on clothes...when I got out of my 30/28/26 I gave them all to Goodwill and guess what my closet was empty! So every week I buy new clothes....just a few peices to get me by and that works...I need to go through and clean it out again though! But hey shopping is FUN...I hate trying it on but I love new clothes...hence I shop online alot!!!
    Awesome post girl!!! Thank you so much for doing this!!!
    XOXO Rachel
    www.onewaytickettoonederland.blogspot.com

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  16. I hope I get to have that brain problem at some point! I think even if your personality has changed, that is part of life and part of growing as a woman. I wish I had the money to shop as much as you! ;) I wear my too big clothes until it is obnoxious and then I buy 1 thing to replace like 5 - until I hit my goal weight. Then momma is going to pretend she won the damn lottery!!! Oh - what about wrinkles? Do you have more now that you are skinny? I think that is one big bad of losing weight. You always look older! (Not directed at you. I swear.)

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  17. you are so cute!!! where do you get your headbands at? Screw the people who aren't happy for ya..Life is short and you seem to have a great group of family and friends and supporters so it was probably a blessing in disguise to rid yourself of the negativity :)

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  18. Last weekend a friend of mine went through my closet and asked if I knew all of my clothes were too big. The inner fat girl in me always just grabbed the medium or size 10 which are not my sizes anymore!

    I notice a lot more wrinkles in my face

    I look better in workout pants.

    I have perfect blood pressure and low cholesterol

    I could go on and on!

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  19. Well said, my friend (well imaginary anyway), well said. You look great and if you need anyone to pawn off your too big clothes I will gladly take anything in a size 12! Hoping to be in a size 8! PS I can't believe you bought a size 10! At the very least snag an 8! Keep it up!

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  20. I totally understand all of that. Some people told me my personality changed, but I think i just felt more confident in saying what I thought I should when I lost weight. And shopping for new clothes is fun, but so pricey. The in between clothes are the worst! They fit me about 10 - 20 lbs ago, but now I can't keep them up. This post is great, its real and anyone who has gone through a transformation can relate, and those who haven't can see the ups and downs. :)

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  21. For sure my brain is the last on board too. And I have lost a few friends, but I also try to see that if I lost them because of my decision, then I never should have had them. I still hate shopping to an extent. (i went from a size 20 to a size 8 now)

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  22. Love this post!! I am a couple of pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight (almost 60 pound lost) and sometimes I still think I need to wear XL or a maternity outfit! I can't wait until I can shove my sausage legs in to some chevron leggings. Those are adorbs!!!!

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  23. All of the above. My bad right now is the excess skin (thanks for the reply!;) ). I know that my muscles are there, but the skin doesn't reflect it and that's hard. I believe that my relationship with my husband is STRONGER because we went through weight loss together. He knows it all. Best advice ever is to find a partner to do it with.

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  24. Oh chillis! Yum, what do you order there now? I need ideas, my hubs loves going there!

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  25. YES!!!! Spot in! I can relate to every one of these side effects! Sometimes I wish I could also go back to the day of eating for pleasure just to enjoy a piece of cheesecake! But those days are over! I'd gladly take that over the cheesecake on my thigh!!!! Happy Tuesday!!!! XOXOXO

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  26. Great post!! So true! I look forward to new clothes

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  27. Yes! I HATE trying on clothes, so I make it home with stuff that looks terrible because it is so ill fitting.

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  28. The buying new clothes I love that part. Smaller clothes are usually less expensive than plus size. My BIGGEST issue is loose skin. I have been heavy my whole life thats almost 26yrs of being fat then through my 9months of ever expanding belly and gestational diabetes.... I have a friend who had to have surgery so I am sure I will be headed that way when I am done.

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  29. I can't WAIT to be able to clear out my closet and buy new skinny clothes. I'm a shopaholic too, and I seriously feel like I've lost part of myself now that I'm big. I just can't bring myself to invest money in clothes at my current size. I get pieces here and there, but I'm not working so I have to REALLY be able to justify it. I have a closet full of like, 3 sizes of clothes. Hoping to put a stop to this. Thanks for being such a great role model!

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  30. I identify with this post in so many ways. I have people in my life that I'm no longer friends with because I'm no longer the girl that goes out for a 5 course meal at the Cheesecake Factory. I have had to buy MANY clothes, and like you, consignment never bought half of them. (I agree - why do they take the other crap in there?) Last - I was away all weekend & couldn't even bring myself to overindulge - simply because I knew I'd pay the price later. Sometimes self awareness is annoying!

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  31. Great post. As far as buying the clothes while losing weight. I have two wonderful thrift stores in my area. I refuse to buy brand new things only to find I am wearing them for such a short time. Once they are too big I don't feel so bad since I spent very little on the item. I donate them back to the store and move on to a smaller size!

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  32. My weight has gone up and down since age 15 (I'm 24 now) so I have seen both sides of the story - losing a boat load of weight and then gaining it back. I am now down 25 pounds on my third weight loss journey and it is beyond HARD!! My side affect is the stress of keeping it off, not wanting to gain it back again.

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  33. Wow you have come a LONG way! Congrats! I am currently a size 6/8/10 depending but not in "good" shape by any means. I am trying to get going again after having achilles tendon surgery and am still in rehab for that, but am hoping to start getting back into weight loss and getting in to good shape! You are definitely an inspiration!

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  34. I think it all starts in the brain. Sure we can be 'too much of a good thing' but us skinny chicks, we are never satisfied. lol
    I love what you did with your life - it's absolutely inspiring and I actually told a friend of mine struggling with weight loss about your blog. Thank you for doing and documenting your journey


    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  35. Girl, I've known you now since 2007 and you have not changed a bit! I know I don't live in TX anymore but you always had THE MOST out-going personality, loud and in charge!! Even if at the time you didn't feel super confident you always came across as a confident, strong woman. I think the only difference is now you truly ARE that person! You're an inspiration, keep it up :) Haters gonna hate!

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  36. I can totally relate!! I still try and buy things that are too big, and I have to stop myself!! I also find myself buying more clothes, which my husband is freaking about, but I feel and look better and want to flaunt it now!! Kudos girl!! Keep rocking it!!

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  37. A great bra makes all the difference with how you look in your clothes!! I recommend Nordstrom -- they have certified fitters and amazing bras!!

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  38. I love this post. Being so real with everything is so enlightening! Sad that "friends" go by the wayside when you have your successes, but they aren't true friends if they do, so I guess it's a good thing to find out who are your REAL friends.

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  39. I noticed that when I gained weight I really struggled with buying clothing and trying on the clothing because my brain still thought I was skinny. I would cry in the dressing room. Now when I'm in a store and the double X is TOO BIG I pretty much squeal in delight. Yay!

    You're amazing, and I'm glad you have blogged about your journey. It keeps gals like me on the right track!

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  40. Hi! I just found you through Brandi's blog! Can you please do a post on where you get your cute workout stuff? For example, I love your headband at the top of this post. And also that cute grey shirt you had on in the vlog :) You're too cute to not share your secrets with us! ;) Thanks Meg!!!

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  41. I would say confidence is a big side effect, I was 214 with no confidence, now I'm about 174 and will go up to people I don't know to talk to them because I feel better about myself. Yes I still have a way to go but I know I can do it now. You and Mama have been huge inspirations to me. Thank you.

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  42. I would say confidence is a big side effect, I was 214 with no confidence, now I'm about 174 and will go up to people I don't know to talk to them because I feel better about myself. Yes I still have a way to go but I know I can do it now. You and Mama have been huge inspirations to me. Thank you.

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  43. I have realized as I have lost weight that the wrinkles around my eyes show more. BIG BAD side effect. My husband says that it doesn't matter, but I do have a botox fund!:)

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  44. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE. The clothes thing is such a pain in the butt. It's fun to be able to buy new clothes, but not when you don't get to wear it for very long because it gets too big.

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  45. I'm back. The brain catching up with everything else is my biggest battle too!

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  46. This post is what I needed today! There are people in my life who I swear are trying to sabotage my weight loss. I guess it's scary to them that I'm changing the way I live.... I wish they would realize that I'm still me! The pros definitely outweigh the cons. I want to go shopping and not feel like crap about myself again!

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  47. Def sell your plus size clothes on eBay!! There is a high demand for them and it will sell!! Try to recoup some of the fortune that you spent!!!

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  48. New follower here although I have followed you on Instagram for a while now. You are a doll! Love the way you dress and how motivating you are! Glad I stopped by here :)

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  49. Hair loss!!!!! I lost SO much hair, I had to cut 8 inches off! Definitely worth it though:)

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  50. I can relate to this post (just like all your other posts) so much! I still shop like a bigger girl and go for XL's and L's without trying them on, then have to return them for Mediums. It's annoying but hell, atleast I'm not returning them for XXL's or something. I also agree with the BS of them not buying our nice clothes back! I see faded, stretched, tacky clothes hanging in those stores and wonder why the f they don't buy back my New York and Company dress pants..lame!

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  51. The good: feeling WAY better about myself, sleeping better, breathing better, having a better complexion, being way happier and just more positive in general. The bad: Not being able to eat what people around you are eating. I love health food, I love eating healthy and I love knowing that I am being healthy, but sometimes when my husband comes home with pizza or fries and a burger or chicken strips I want to beat him up! Today I nearly slugged a guy at work who was eating In n Out ;) I just got back to working out last week (after taking 6 months off and gaining 8 lbs) and I need to keep reminding myself to STAY WITH IT!! Sometimes it's hard, espppp because I have no friends in the area and have to do everything alone but I need to just get over that : / You and your positivity is an inspiration!

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  52. I know people say you should lose weight for YOU. to feel better. to be healthy.

    But my motivation right now is FASHION :)

    I'm sick of walking into a closet full of hoodies and shirts I've had for years b/c I hate shopping for clothes.

    I see you and Mama Laughlin STYLIN' and I want that! I want to fit into those stylish clothes!

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  53. I totally have the brain that hasn't caught up with the body thing going on! I was a 16, now I'm a solid 8 (10s are too big, 6s too small). I still feel like a fatty! And when you just said you're a 6/8 I about cried, you're so tiny and I had no idea I was so close to your size! I thought I was way way way bigger than you! So thanks! :)

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  54. I don't know about you but I have "goal" clothes that fit me at some point of my life that I want terribly to squeeze back into. This weekend, I tried on my goal pants from my freshman year of college and am about 3 pounds from comfortably wearing them. Dang that feels good :)

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  55. You're right. I still reach for larger sizes sometimes thinking that is what I need and there will always be haters. Sad but true. I sold most of mine on eBay and Poshmark except for some more expensive items that had seams up the side by hose I took to the tailor and had taken in 4 sizes. My tailor loves/hates me lol! Keep up the awesome work!

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  56. I totally understand the not wanting to eat crap when your out!! I've gone through that recently. It's a fun switch to see your brain make. Knowing that if you eat this, you will feel weighted down or tired and actually having that STOP you from eating it! So awesome....not to mention there's nothing worse than trying to go for a run when you have a food brick sitting in your stomach!

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  57. I really enjoyed this post and appreciate you sharing. I'm really looking forward to the perks, but I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

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  58. I referenced this story & your blog in my blog today (http://sototallylife.blogspot.com/) hope that was ok!!! :)

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  59. Really great post! My weight gain/loss hasn't been that big BUT my attitude and health have changed tremendously. I've learned a lot about good and bad foods over the last 2-3 years and as I have changed I have noticed the attitudes. At work I get the comments like I need to have a cheeseburger when I'm eating my salad. Newsflash, I REALLY love my salads! It gets annoying when people assume you are trying to lose weight by eating healthy. I will always eat this way now because I want to maintain and eat food that is good for me. I never really noticed the picking up the bigger size thing until you mentioned it. I always grab sizes too big because I feel like I'm still in those bigger sizes.

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  60. I just came home from a 3 week vacation to Hawaii and I want you to know, your blog is the ONE I am making sure I read back on. Nothing but pure motivation for me. It's funny, I was just thinking this yesterday morning after a killer workout. I wondered if when I get skinny it would make me a different person. I hope that I would mostly be the same, but I know it will change things about me. I know that I will be happier and that's a good thing. I know that I will be a funner mom to my kids and that will be a good thing. I feel as if the day will never come when I am skinny (as I've been working my A** off for 1.5 years) but I hope it will! Thanks for the motivation you give out! It's so great knowing someone has done it the way I want to do it and not with shakes and stuff. I get offered quick fixes all the time but want to do it the right way because if I can't do it the right way, it wont stay off! This is making it a much longer process, but I know I can do it!

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  61. Hey there!

    Where did you get that mustard yellow head band in the first photo? So, so cute!

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