During our conversation, she said that she showed a 1st and 5th grade picture of me to her fiance, just so he could understand my progress. My first thought was "how the heck did she get pictures from back then?" I know how dumb that sounds... Of course she has pics from our childhood. We were pretty much inseparable for many years. I had to see what pictures she was talking about and I asked her to send them to me. The evidence is below.
I sat in my living room the rest of the evening and thought back to that time... The young girl in the second picture above doesn't look happy to me. Yes, she's smiling, she just doesn't look happy. In 5th/6th grade is when it all changed. I started gaining weight; I was losing my childhood happiness; I was heading on a destructive path that few would know about.
Now, I look back on that time of pain, sadness, and missed opportunities with a sense of encouragement and joy. Things haven't been easy - they never will be. However, I would not be where I am today without having made it through the past. Because of this reminder from a dear friend last night, I can look back at the pictures below and realize I am who I am today because of them...
I've come a long way and I'm not gonna stop now.
November 2009 - My heaviest was about
40# more than this pic
March 2009 - I am second from the left
August 2002 - Bridal shower for Charity!
(I am on the back right)
May 2006 - Gotta love the double-fisting!
September 2010 - My first 5K! On the right track...
February 2012 - 3rd half marathon since starting
to run in July 2010