You're a beautiful woman, then and now!!!
Thanks so much for sharing the old photo. You're doing a great job and have made great progress; I have no doubt you'll reach your goal!!!
Blush!! Thank you for the compliment. I have honestly never thought of myself as beautiful at the moment ... but when I look back at the photos of me in earlier years I see someone who was actually, admittedly, pretty.
Thank you also for the encouraging words. I am having a somewhat hard time getting back into the SDB program after being away in Florida and Georgia for the month of November, including a wedding, a large family reunion, and a large Thanksgiving dinner with the family.
Then, sadly, there was the very unfortunate and awful night before Thanksgiving Day when we decided to be brave and eat somewhere else besides one of our favorites, Applebys.
We ate at a Brazilian Steak House called Sal Grosso, in Atlanta ... oh my gosh!! was that ever a disaster. After filling up on the best salad bar that I have ever visited, we were continually served a huge amount of meats on very large skewers (filet mignon, leg of lamb, beef ribs, chicken wings, lamb chops, prime rib, sausage, and so on), even when we indicated that we had more than enough and had a plate totally full of meat after we had stuffed ourselves. The waiters, all decked out in costumes, seemed to be insisting that we have another slice of whatever meat they served ("house specialty, you must have some of this!") We did notice that there were some seriously big time eaters dining with us (ourselves included??)
And, to top it off, they brought out the dessert cascade and we, silly ones, ordered desserts. As we left the restaurant we vowed to never eat anywhere that had Grosso in its name, no matter what type of restaurant it was. And I don't mean that in a bad way.
That dinner at $100.00 cost us more than the hotel suite that we had for the night!! And we had to add to that price the cost of the Mylanta Total for half a dozen symptoms, all of which we had. In fact, we had to take the minty flavored chalky tasting stuff every half hour or so into the night. Live long enough and you learn? Or is it live long enough and you die??
Gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins ... and now I know why.
Take care, Amanda/Mercedes. Let's be very kind to and compassionate and patient towards ourselves ... we richly deserve it. Thanks again!
BTW: I like your Christmas ticker very much ... it's so cute. And you have been having great success on your SBD program, too. Congratulations!
You too will reach and maintain your goal weight ... just have faith and know that you do not walk alone in spirit.