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Monday, April 15, 2013

Other benefits to losing weight and eating clean...

This weekend I was going through old pics, pics of when I was about 15-20 pounds heavier.  Besides noticing that my arms are HUGE and not in a good way, I noticed my skin and how tired I looked, in all the pics.  I look older too.  NOT GOOD!  It reminded me of the time I was asked if the pics on my desk, were of my grandchildren.  WTF?!?!??!  I about died, the day that happened.  It was our normal mailman at work, that asked it.  It was about 4 years ago, so that would have made me 37.  I was mortified.  I never spoke to him again, after that.  I was just too embarrassed. Here is a pic from about that time:
I guess I can see why he thought that.  I look old and tired...
It's also kind of funny that I chose to post about this.  I got a fb msg just last night, from an amazing IG and FB buddy, asking what my skin regime was.  She was so sweet and told me I looked great.  The timing of that was just so dead on!  And you know, it felt great to have someone compliment me on my skin.  That never ever used to happen.  I have never had good skin.  So thank you sweet friend!! ;)
In recent pics, I have noticed my skin kind of glows.  I swear this is coming from eating clean.  It's like a natural moisturizer.  I also don't look so run down.  The funny thing about that, I am sleeping less!  I just don't need as much sleep anymore.  I have also noticed a change in my hair.  It shines more and isn't as brittle.  I don't wear any foundation on my skin, just moisturizer and I use my lipstick for blush.  I am cheap when it comes to make up.  I also use good ole 99 cent Vaseline on my face as a little highlighter on the cheekbones.  So you see, you can get a decent look going on your face, for little to no money!  I don't get facials and I exfoliate with a generic, I found at  Target.  The best thing I have done for my skin is eat cleaner.  I am certainly not eating 100% clean.  Just not ready for that. I need to be bad and indulge.  Just who I am.  But if I can get results, so can you!

 This is me and my big sis at a party 2 summer's ago.  I was at least 15 pound heavier.  The arms say it all...

 This is 3 summers ago.  I just look tired and a bit hard.  The lines on my forehead are much more noticeable...

This pic is summer of 2011, again, I look tired and I was on VACATION!!

I look so old here. :( This was 3 years ago...

This is from my photo shoot for our local paper.  They did a 10 year anniversary of 9/11 article about me. 
This one just makes me cringe.  UGH!!  And I thought I was looking good.  NOT!! I am happy to tell you, that back fat is gone. Thank you kickboxing!!


Now this one is just gross.  I had awful skin here.  JUST icky!!!  Deep set lines and all!  Oh and my arms which you cant really see, were huge.  No definition and I had big ole grooves in my shoulders, from my bra.
This pic of me and Liv (from last night) is a true #nofilter.  I am going on less sleep than normal, but still have a little glow going on. As you can see,  All I have on in this pic is mascara.  I apparently sweat my brows off, doing yard  See....I am a natural blonde, damn it!  I  have to color them in daily.  And then, I sweat and BOOM, gone!!  NO way would I have showed a pic like this even 6 months ago! So ladies, if you want to glow a little more, I swear, eating clean will get you there!
This pic is from about 3 weeks ago.  It is also a #nofilter.  Just a pic of me, before I IG'd it and did a little enhancing.  And when I say enhancing, I just try and make the color sharper.  I don't want to be false advertising to you guys.  But as you can see, I still have the forehead lines, but my face is "smoother".  And I don't look so tired and run down.  It HAS to be from the cleaner eating, I am doing.  Because when you lose weight, usually the face skin sags. 
My goal is to turn back the clock as much as I can.  I never eve thought I would look better at 41, than I did at say 35!  Give clean eating a try, just baby steps at first, I guarantee, you will like the results!  It helps lean you out, makes your skin glow, your hair shine and makes you feel energized! 
Hope you all had a great weekend!  I am starting another round of 30-day shred today!!  I am joining this amazing chic Mel  in her challenge!  Go check it out and join in!  Bikini season is just around the corner!!


  1. Eating clean really does make a difference! You look so happy:)

  2. It's amazing what food does for our entire body! Thanks for sharing. I just turned 36 and I often get told that I look about 10 years younger than I am. I hope to keep it that way! :)
    You're an inspiration!

  3. You are looking amazing! Just gorgeous. And I agree with you, I can totally tell a difference in the way my skin looks plus in the way I feel. Eat like crap, feel like crap. (We won't talk about the pizza I had for dinner last night).

  4. You do look younger. You actually look amazing! Who would have thought food choices would affect the way you look?

  5. a clean diet and weight loss makes a HUGE difference with your skin and how you look. weight always makes you look older. i have a friend who was close to 300lbs and has dropped about 100lbs and i swear, he looks 19 now (he's 35) and is aging backwards!

    you look great!

  6. You are on the $$ with the clean eating! It has made slight changes to my face (along with my faithful Shakeology) and I have tried to stick with the purchasing things that have between 3-5 ingredients. My kids are probably going to kill me while I sleep but oh well....

  7. I really gotta try this clean eating - I try for so long and then give up. Ugh... thanks for the shot out girlee - you are gorgeous!!! Advocare cleanse here I come:)

  8. do you have a post on clean eating? I am really curious about it.

  9. They say that if you can't follow your diet strictly, then burn those fats through exercise. I guess this is where your case lies. Even without being too strict on your diet, you still get to lose weight, which is truly amazing. I know that you're happy with the results too. And though this is the case for you, it's still good that you stay away from processed foods since those could really put all your efforts in vain. Two thumbs up for you!
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