Thursday, June 6, 2013

An Annual Picture

For the third year in a row, I snapped a picture of myself on the first day of summer break. 

It was 2011 when I left school determined to start making small changes toward health.
(Ignore the mess)

By 2012, I was down 40 pounds and feeling stronger and healthier! Not long after this picture, I ran my first ever nonstop outdoor mile. 

Today, in 2013, I'm now 80 pounds lighter. I've run a half marathon, 2 10k races, and several 5k races. 

I don't care what the scale says when I look at these pictures. The pictures tell me more than any number on a scale will. Not even just the size and shape of my body, but the size of my smile...the look of pride and peace in my eyes. I am happier, stronger, and more confident. 

The last 2 years haven't been easy. I am not hurrying the process or taking any short cuts. I'm thanking God for the slow and steady journey I am on because I'm learning so much each day, about Him, myself, and my health.

I can't wait to see the 2014 shot!


  1. You're right, Jess...your smile says it all! You look fantastic and are such a positive role model for others. You inspire me!

  2. So awesome!!! - Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio

  3. You look AWESOME! Love that smile.