Weight Loss, Before and After! A new me! Self Portraits!

Happy 2014 to you all! I thought I'd start the year out with experimenting with some self portraits. Over the past 14 months I lost 40 pounds through plant-based eating and exercise. I feel so much better and wanted to celebrate this accomplishment of losing weight with some portraits. I finally feel like myself again and didn't realize how much the extra weight had an impact on all areas of my life. I feel alive and happy again. When I see people that I haven't seen since I lost weight they always ask  - what did you do? The very short answer. The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder (both books) and Thrive by Brendan Brazier, Walking/Biking half hour average 4 days week, using this app on my phone mynetdiary.com to track calories and weight loss, etc. I started the whole get healthy program because I felt real yucky. So I removed things from my diet that I thought could be causing problems and went from there. When I stick with it and feel my best I stick with pretty much a vegan plan/plant-based diet and I haven't had any alcohol in almost 10 months. But be sure there are days/weeks over the past year when I ate lots of cake, dairy, pans of cookies and then I'd feel not so great again and the weight loss would stop so I'd get back on the vegan/plant-based plan and what felt best to me. I have even more goals this year to continue with this healthy lifestyle and am looking forward to sharing parts of the journey.

Love and health to you!

So here's my self portrait of a 40 pound lighter me and I also chopped my hair and got glasses for the first time...so lots of changes

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I debated putting this before and after up because it's hard for me to admit how heavy I became - not fun for me to look at either because I can see how sad I felt in addition to being overweight. I was an athlete in high school - track, basketball, dance team - and always in shape from all the daily exercising and healthy food my parents would prepare. I'm excited to be getting back to that way of life and be a healthy-eating-athlete once again! Signing up for a 5K in Feb/March and can't wait! All I can say is just start. Start today if you need a change and want to feel better. Eating healthy foods and exercising has completely changed my life...every single area from personal to business is getting better. I wish the same for you. Now having been on both sides - going from athlete to overweight/poor diet and working my way back to a healthy lifestyle - I can personally say that food and exercise are the answer.

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Resources I love:

BOOKS:  Jeff Galloway’s Book On Running,  The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder (all books),  Thrive by Brendan Brazier (all books),  Clean Eating by Tosca Reno,  The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

FILM:  Forks Over Knives

WEBSITES:  Jeff Galloway’s Website,  Kimberly Snyder’s Blog and The Kind Life Blog

And super helpful…using this app on my phone mynetdiary.com to track calories and weight loss, etc.

And I must mention I believe everyone can benefit from showing and seeing their beauty in some professional portraits…I’d love love love to work with you (click for recent portrait session).

Happiness and Health,

Jenn