August 4, 2011


I had great intentions for a post today, but my internet has been spotty at home and I can get online for ten minutes at best. So instead, I have been cleaning my apartment to get ready for a roommate. I also worked on a craft project last night! It felt good to disconnect a little and create something tangible.

So for today, I just wanted to share this picture:

This is my shadow while waiting for the train home yesterday. I had gone to the university to sign my contract, and I stayed to get some work done on the computers in the library. While at the school, I ran into two people I knew who hadn't seen me since school got out, and they both commented on how terrific I look these days. My progress this summer has felt incredibly slow, but looking at my weigh-in data, I'm reminded that when school ended, I was well over 200 pounds still - there are a good twenty pounds between yesterday and the last time either of these people saw me. As I get smaller, the physical difference between weight decades becomes more and more apparent - and even I can recognize the changes in my body over the past twenty pounds.

I had felt very comfortable and happy even before I ran into those two, but once I saw them, I was absolutely floating with confidence. And then, as I waited for the train home, I caught a glimpse of my shadow. My hands confidently on my hips, per usual lately, and my skirt blowing around a little with the glorious evening breeze we had, a fantastic reprieve from the heat the day earlier.

It's a lousy cell phone picture, but it captured the moment pretty well for me, I think. I felt really lovely and confident, and my little shadow with its healthy curves made me smile incredibly. I have struggled a lot this summer, and I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm so grateful for days like yesterday, when I can look at myself and appreciate how far I've come.

What about you? What's your favorite recent NSV? What compliments have you received lately?


Bonnie said...

I love the picture personally.

My most recent NSV would be I am now able to paint my toe nails with

My most recent compliment would be yesterday when I was walking by one of neighbours house and they opened the front door and yelled out "You are looking great, keep up the good work"
That made me smile for the rest of the was amazing!!!

Karla said...

Its these small moments that make you smile and think, yeah this is all worth it :)

Have a nice day

Shawn said...

great photo! NSV are often much better motivators than anything else. Its an indication that all of the hard work is paying off when others can see a change. The last NSV I got was from a friend who I see nearly everyday she said: "You look great, it seems that your body is changing before my eyes." I thought that was an awesome NSV because at the time I felt there were no visible results and she came with that statement-it just boosted my confidence.

Your progress is amazing...keep it up. Slow and steady wins the race!

Fat in Suburbia said...

Your shadow looks great!!!!

Jessica said...

Love the shadow pic :) I noticed mine yesterday, too. :)

Carbie Girl said...

Awww what a great pic! I'm noticing little differences. My wrists are smaller, I have a hint of a waist and though I forgot to mention it in yesterdays post, someone mentioned my weightloss yesterday for the first time. Yay for accomplishments!!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog, what an inspiration! You have made some incredible progress! I'm looking to following you as you continue your journey.

Maia said...

I love looking at my shadow! It's still a shock for me to see how small my waist is in it. Makes me feel sassy. :)

Gertie said...

I thought the picture is so artistic. If I were to interpret that photo, it would be as how someone who stepped out of her own shadow and is now looking at it, with new confident eyes. I should quit my job and become an art museum tour guide! jk.. :)

Truly inspiring post and keep up the good work!

marisol said...

I wish there was a way to bottle up that feeling and carry it around with you when you are having a less than stellar day.

My favorite recent NSV is that because of my progress on WW, 4 of my family members and two of my friends are now on WW. And they told me that it was because of me. Pretty rad!

Anonymous said...

Great picture, I really like the colors. Just beginning, but a recent NSV would be that it was easier to bend over and tie my walking shoes.

Jennie Palluzzi said...

You look lovely Mary! xo.

Tim said...

great pic - just a random question but what's Polk? is that the area you live or does that mean something else? Such a weird word!

A favourite recent NSV was at work a few weeks back. A person, who I hardly know, randomly came up to me and said how brilliant I have done in losing weight. I've told a handful of people that I am losing weight so it was amazing that someone else said something so nice and positive.

It's funny because hardly any of my actual friends have noticed yet strangers have.