Before and After

I had someone again ask me the other day, “What’s your secret?” I never know how to respond to these questions. People always assume I’ve been thin my whole life, better yet, they assume everything and anything. That’s where I’ve learned to mind my own business about other people’s bodies over the years – but I know people are inevitably curious and like to ask questions. There is no secret to losing and maintaining weight.

Almost four years ago, I was tired of being inactive, having gut problems, and being asked if I was pregnant by strangers (it messes with your head!!) And I decided to take charge of how I was eating so I could relieve stomach issues. Losing weight was just the side product. By eliminating most bread from my diet, I was able to lose weight. But after a very difficult beginning of the year, I decided 2016 was the year I was going to learn how to run and finally get fit. I run and go to the gym between 3-4 times and week. It’s crazy how at first there seemed to be no changes in my body, the changes actually were in my brain! The feeling of exercising felt like nothing else and it did good for my mental health. And all of a sudden in the last two months, my body has taken a drastic change where I can finally see all the hard work. There is tone and definition. And I’m like, is this really ┬áme??!!

I ran across this old picture of myself from 2012 and I had to do a double take. I loved wearing this dress, but the cut across my midsection ALWAYS made me feel so self conscious. It honestly barely fit and probably shouldn’t have been wearing it. But I did.
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This outfit had been in the back of my mind – I thought to myself, I could still wear it! I still have all these pieces. So I dug them out, and rocked this outfit again. But now I have to wear a belt. In fact, the belt itself is another story – it was given to me by a coworker in a pinch and it never fit. It’s plastic (so no stretch to it) and I could only wear it on the last hole. And through this journey, I’ve been able to belt it smaller and smaller. So much, that I’ve now put three extra holes in it! That’s what shocks me the most sometimes.

I guess this story is about finding comfort in yourself no matter what size!

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I’m happy in my skin no matter what size!

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Remix: Vince Nina flats

I simply love these Vince shoes! They have been my literal go-to shoe for the last few years because you just slip them right on and run out the door! The grey color has also proved itself to be beautifully versatile and necessary for my wardrobe.

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With a little blue dress
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Still loving this cute bright outfit!
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With white denim
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And then holy cow, with white denim previously!
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Remix: weird string dress

After years of touting that I’d “borrowed” this dress, my sister finally caught on that it belonged to her! I’m lucky, cause she let me keep it anyway. I wouldn’t be able to tell you where she got it, what’s it’s called – that’s why I call it the string dress! It’s a shame I really only get to wear it when it’s extra hot!

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I love that I word this dress to Tokyo, but I did feel a bit immodest wearing it! Too much showing in the front and back for how they dress.
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So I totally forgot I’d worn the dress this way, with a chambray top over! I have to remember to do this again.
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On yet another hot LA trip to see my family
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I loved how those flowers bloomed…
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This may be the only occasion I’ve worn this dress during cold times. It was only early March in SF, still chilly.
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I loved wearing this dress over this spandex leotard thingy. I wonder if I still have it…
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This is the first time I remember wearing this dress! 2010! Gosh how time flies…
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Remix: the little black skirt

I have had a lot of fun dressing up and down this little black skirt! It’s like I’m finally discovering the easiest thing to wear (ala florals in Spring moment from Devil Wears Prada.) It’s got a nice stretch to it and hugs my body. I do wish now that the waist was a little more fitted. I’m sort of tempted to sew in the waist a few inches, but them I’m worried I won’t be able to get the damn thing on!

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I loved wearing this oversized look with a fitted skirt
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This skirt saved me in Tokyo
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Chilling at the museum.
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With the shirt I made for myself. I need to dig that top out of the dresser!
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The sexiest I’ve ever felt in this skirt!
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At my heaviest weight a few years ago. I used to feel so self conscious wearing this skirt, I was worried my belly looked giant! I wish I’d worn this in a more flattering way.
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