Monday, November 16, 2009

Motivational Mondays (Nov. 16)

I never used to be much of a risk taker when it came to clothes and fashion.

Before, I used to dress as anonymously as possible. When I went out of the house, I simply wanted to be unassuming and tried to blend into the background as much as possible. However, it was hard to do because of my size.

That was a fun trip to the Hearst Castle in Cambria. I like looking at the pictures from that trip, just not the ones of me because, well, because I look like hell.

I ruined a lot of good pictures, such as this one with Yvie when she was a year old.

Yikes. Both of those were pretty bad. Sorry to have subjected you to that.

But that was me (shudder). And that's what I used to dress like. Most of my attire consisted of solid, preferably dark, clothing.

Things have since changed.

I'm not dressing in anything too bizarre but I am wearing a lot of things that I normally wouldn't dream of wearing. When I was big, the last thing I wanted to do was to call even more attention to myself, and some things just don't look good on bigger guys, let alone really big guys.

Since I've had to buy a whole new wardrobe over the last two years, I am constantly open to trying new things. This is my latest new purchase.

You never would have caught me wearing something like this before, and even though I'm not entirely sold on such an outfit, I feel fine in it and will feel fine wearing it out. I'm not sure though if the bottom of the white long-sleeve shirt should be folded underneath or left out like that...

I don't think I look like a runway model or anything but I feel confident in myself, in my new clothes.

So if people wonder why I run, that's why. I'm running away from the top guy and running towards the bottom one.


Lisa said...

Amazing transformation and I like the new outfit... very hip!

Lisa said...

p.s. new follower btw!

5thsister said...

Wow. 1st pink, now a sweater vest combo! You're on a roll! (looks very nice on you, by the way)

Raoulysgirl said...

I like it! And the shirt if fine the way you have it...don't fold it or anything...just "sticking out."

Wow. You don't even look like the same person...AT ALL!!!

Jephy's Mom said...

You are being way too hard on the old version of yourself. You certainly did not ruin that picture of you and Yvie. I think the pictures must look worse to you because you know what you felt like back then. I don't see what you see. I do agree though, that the new you is much healthier and in a much better place than before. One day, maybe when you are a lot older, you will be able look at those old pictures of yourself and remember some of the good things.

Angie Eats Peace said...

Awesome! I love shopping alot more now, since losing weight.

5thsister said...

I have something for you. Please stop by to pick it up!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

It's amazing what some self-confidence will produce! You look so much happier and comfortable now.

Ange said...

Well done!
I started running because of stress.
Trying to see if I can start up again without stress as the motivator. Things are good, but I miss the energy and ...okay, I miss walking into a clothing store, knowing I could put most anything on and like it...even under the horrid lights.

I wish everyone would walk/jog/run. Getting started is tough, but three months later, a lot of old baggage gets shed, one form or the other, and it's so worth the effort.
But. It's hard convincing folks without sharing a post like this one.

Once again, well done! I know the commitment it takes. You've really earned that sweater vest.

(Jephy's Mom also makes a good point.)