It's the little things, like a good driver's license photo...

Monday, July 1, 2013

As my 33rd birthday approaches (tomorrow), it's not the normal pomp and circumstance of years past and I'm okay with this.

You see, there's a lot going on in my life. My house is for sale, I'm trying to find a new house to buy, my social calendar is ridiculous and I'm trying to plan (and save money for) a wedding.

I'm also trying to lose 20 lbs before I even think about trying on a wedding dress....

My whole life my weight has been an issue for me. I laugh when my trainer at Fitness Edge Cleveland tells me to think about a time when I was thin in order to visualize "getting my body back" and I'm like.... ummmm..... hmmmm..... yeah, never.

I've been working out a lot the past year and a half and while I'm definitely stronger (and thinner to an extent) I know that my eating (and drinking) is sabotaging any real weight loss.

I'm working on that.

But you see something happened at the BMV last week that quickly put it all in perspective, because even though I look in the mirror and stare at everything that needs improvement, I now realize how far I've come.

Left: my 29th birthday driver's license renewal photo. Right: my 33rd birthday driver's license renewal photo.


Like a fine wine?

I know it's just a silly driver's license picture, but when I consider how my face looked in 2009 verse 2013 I realize that while I still may have a long way to go fitness wise, I AM making improvements.

This is a good thing.

(Blogger note: Here's my 29th birthday weekend recap post that includes my bloated face and LOTS of blast from the past friend photos.)

Now, let's just hope that four years from now when it's time to renew my license again my 37th birthday license photo is even better!

Happy Monday, kids.


20 comments:

  1. You are beautiful! Not only do you look thinner but you just look more alive. So proud of you! You may say you want to lose 20 lbs but I think you look awesome.

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    1. thanks, love! I think this fiance of mine had a lot to do with that whole "alive" part ;)

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  2. Happy soon to be Birthday!!! You will look great no matter what. I don't know what it is about wedding dresses but they make everyone look good.

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  3. You look beautiful! And although I don't know you super well, your vibrant personality only makes you more so. Whatever your goals are, you can do it. Get it girl!

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  4. I remember THAT birthday party for you. Happy almost birthday (I'll be sure to use multiple means of tomorrow) for it!

    P.S. you take an amazing license photo.

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    1. and you were with the dude we no long name!!!

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  5. WOW! You look great!! And Allison is right-- you do take AMAZING license photos!!

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  6. There's a sparkle in your eyes in the 2013 version of your license ... life is good, isn't it? Please promise yourself, though, that you won't imagine yourself X pounds thinner when you do start trying on wedding dresses. It will really do you a disservice - you ARE beautiful and WILL BE a beautiful bride, no matter what happens between now and your special day.

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  7. Um, that's one of the best license pictures I've ever seen!! You look amazing. I didn't actually know you IRL when you were heavier but that photo is impressive. All that hard work is really paying off! And you're doing it the right way. But I totally feel your pain about being heavier than you want to be - I'm in the same boat and my wedding is only 89 days away!

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  8. You look great Alexa. Congrats to you and your man.

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  9. Good for you! Definitely a big noticeable difference :)

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  10. this is so awesome! keep going!!!

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  11. oh yea, def a milestone! my fave thing about losing weight was giving my real weight, which wasn't suprisingly that different than my fake weight, yet i had lost 60 lbs...hmmm....keep up the great work, and it will all pay off! not only do you look thin in your new pic, who ever has such a nice picture taken? I think you hit the jackpot!

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  12. I love this post so much. You look beautiful!!!!! And go try on those wedding dresses - you look great the way you are!

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  13. This is amazing! Great job!

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  14. You look gorgeous! I have a feeling that despite people's 20's being so glorified, 30's are a better decade for most anyway :).

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  15. Happy belated birthday! And that picture comparison should tell you a lot and make you feel even more comfortable in your skin. You look wonderful and I hope this year brings you lots of great things!

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