You Capture: You

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Or me. Yeah, I guess it's me. ;o)

To really get a sense of me(and where I'm going with this post), I have to take you back two years. This was me two years ago:


Approximately two months after this picture was taken, I decided to change my life. Somewhere in the middle of fixing my outside, I realized that I needed to fix the inside. I saw that I was merely going through the motions of life. I was barely surviving and was holding onto things that kept the weight of the world on my shoulders. I was not happy.

So, I decided to take a deep look within myself.


And I decided to forgive. I forgave myself. I didn't even realize that I was mad at myself. I didn't realize that I was holding onto to so many old feelings, and they were holding me back from really being me. It didn't happen immediately, but eventually, as my weight came off and as I worked on my inside:

I learned that life could be fun. I learned that life wasn't always going to be perfect, and that is okay.



I learned how much I really enjoyed my friends, and my family (most of the time), and yes, even my crazy animals!



I learned to embrace my inner dork. (Because I totally am a dork. A big one. I'm fine with it.) That it was okay to learn to trust not only people in my life, but myself as well.

While I'm so very close to my goal weight, I know that the journey to work on the inside will never be over. I'm just fine with that, because in the last two years, while I literally worked my ass off, I learned to live. And I realize now how much I really love my life.

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37 comments:

Nell said...

You're so beautiful and you exude joy!

Nell

Shell @ Disappearing Mist said...

Your shots are great! Thanks for sharing your journey! It's really inspiring :)

Bacardi Mama said...

You are amazing and I'm sure you're not a dork. And can I just say that you have beautiful eyes!! Great captures and an inspiring post.

Christy M. said...

I love you girl, inside and out!

Jade said...

Wow these are great! And so powerful. Thank you for sharing this!

Heather D said...

You gorgeous creature! What an inspiration!

Mommy Mo said...

If you're a dork, then I am a dork too. But you're a beuatiful dork...I'm just sayin'.

Prairie Lady said...

WOW look at you now. Your a hotty! Great job on the weight loss I know how hard that is. And especially congrates on the heart issues!

Prairie Lady said...

WOW look at you now. Your a hotty! Great job on the weight loss I know how hard that is. And especially congrates on the heart issues!

♥RocĂ­o♥ said...

You have beautiful amazing eyes!
Great shots of you!!!

Tiaras said...

gorgeous post! love the last shot - you look fun!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Beautiful eyes!

livinginagirlsworld said...

Two years is a long time. I'm so glad that you have forgiven yourself and have embraced your inner dork. Sometimes letting that inner dork loose is just what you need! You look great, btw. Working on the inside has paid off for the outside!

sodarnhappy said...

This was so inspiring! I've been struggling big time with re-inventing myself and forgiving myself. Thank you for the reminder that I'm worth it.

Jessi said...

You are beautiful and I love your post. I feel like standing up and clapping for you :)

Donna said...

I think you are beautiful...Inside and out...Xx

Jessica said...

Hey darlin'! Watching this transformation has just been an amazing thing to observe. You're beautiful - inside and out!!

Brooke said...

you have gorgeous eyes. which make you even more smokin hot. if ever you doubt.

Yelena R. said...

Wow I love your post! It's so inspiring!

CraftGirlAlli said...

great shots! you look like so much fun to hang out with! and I love how you were totally honest with yourself!

MitaKay said...

Hey, hottie, whatchudoinlatertonight? Heheh - j/k but you do look gorgeous! *hugs*

imadramamama said...

You? Are awesome.

Stacie's Madness said...

shut up this post is friggin awesome...go you!

I had a similar experience on WW...it feels good to hit goal, but still trying to work on the inside crap...it's amazing how much I can diss myself STILL even though I'm at goal and finally hit my personal goal...

but enough about me...

you are fantastic...love the pictures and keep plugging along, you will hit your goal soon!

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Just gotta say... Nice to "meet YOU" and you are GORGEOUS!

keli.h said...

Wow. This is such a beautiful post, and you are amazingly beautiful!! You just RADIATE joy and peace.

Heather of the EO said...

Oh how I love this post!

You're so beautiful, April. I just love what you had to say here. You've allowed yourself to grow and learn in ways that most people never do.

You ROCK!

bzmomma said...

You're beautiful and the post is even more beautiful! You go girl!!!

Saj said...

Good for you! What a beautiful post! And what a beautiful face! I love that last one.

DALewis said...

Loved this post! Great job. You're a beautiful dork. And just so you know, being a dork is a prerequisite to being my friend so you're in! ;)

Tiffany said...

Great pictures, you gorgeous girl, you!

*Lissa* said...

You are beautiful, inside and out!

Mendie said...

Your eyes are awesome! So proud of you for almost reaching your goal! Keep it up-you wear success well!

Cathy said...

Very cool and inspiring. I love the eye shot and the upside down shot. They are wonderful.

Cathy

Elaine A. said...

OMG!!! I can't even believe that was you April! WOW, you are amazing!

This is such a wonderful post and made me smile so big. I'm so happy for you that you have made the needed changes in your life to make you a happier person. And you are one, I saw it first hand a couple of weeks ago. Congratulations to you.

And P.S. Your eyes are such a beautiful color!

Scary Mommy said...

That was so inspiring! I bookmarked your site-- I think you may be just what I need to get me on track. Way to go!

Shelley said...

Thank you--I needed to read something like this today!

Amy said...

Simply beautiful...You, and your post. And what gorgeous eyes you have!!

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