You’ve come a long way baby

You’ve come a long way baby

Since the weather has gotten cold, I have really struggled to find my motivation to get into the gym. Because diet and exercise are so intertwined (when I work out, I eat healthier) the food part has been taking a beating too. Pile on the holidays and a lot of year-end deadlines and you have a recipe for diet disaster. So far we’ve managed to avoid a total backslide but not without major effort.

It’s become kind of a tradition to have my friend Kim take our family pictures each year. This year I was blown away by how good I looked (modest, aren’t I?). I remember last year when I looked at the pictures I thought “gosh I look pretty fat” but it took another six months for me to do something about it. This year it was so wonderful to look at pictures and see something better than I expected.

I think I’m going to print both the 2008 and the 2009 pictures and put them on the treadmill in front of me to remind me how much working out has really paid off.

I can’t wait to see what we’ll look like in the 2010 pictures.

2008

2008
2009

2009-a

2009-b

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    Sharon Briggs
    December 14th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    OMG!!! The difference is AMAZING!!! I so need to get back on the wagon!

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    Marisa
    December 14th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    You look freaking amazing. I’m glad to see you are up and blogging again. I’ve been missing it!

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    Jenny
    December 14th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! I’m seriously loving these pictures! You both look SO HOT! I mean, WOW.

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    Angie
    December 15th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    You guys look so amazing! Wow!

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    Sharon
    December 15th, 2009 at 2:58 am

    You guys both do look amazing…but what I found the most striking was how much better your *smiles* look this year. You should both be really proud of what you’ve accomplished! What a great looking couple (and family) you are 🙂

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    Ronda Rae
    December 15th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    You all look so great …. and your hair! Its fabulous – I love it!!

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    Amber
    December 15th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    You both look AMAZING-seriously. WOW! I bet it’s nice to see your hard work payoff big time

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    Diana Rouncville
    December 15th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Ya look gorgeous!!!

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    Shannon
    December 16th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Holly, you and Toby should really be proud of yourselves! You do look great! And I agree with the smiles….you just look happier! Way to go guys!

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    Kim Sue Ellen
    December 16th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    HAWT I tell you. I agree…you guys are SO happy. Love it. Love you.

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    Kara
    December 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    You both look fantastic!!! Keep it up!

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    Kristina P.
    January 6th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    HOLY CRAP!! You both look like two different people! Seriously, if you were in one of those weight loss ads, I would have thought they hired different models for the Before and After!

    So, this is my first time here, but did you use any sort of specific diet?

    I lost about 70 pounds, 7 years ago, and have put on about 20 again. I just joined Weight Watchers so I’m hoping to take it off plus some.

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      Holly
      January 8th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Kristina,
      Thanks a lot! We don’t really follow any particular diet. We just counted calories and tried to eat lots of veggies and lean protein. We also exercised a lot – about 5-7 hours a week.

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