When you're 43, and you just kinda say...fuck it.
This is me. Pretty much stripped down. No filter. No makeup. No hiding. Nothing. Just me in the best lighting I can pretty much get in my room.
There's obviously a reason I am posting this photo. I am actually a very, VERY modest person and have always been very proper. I was raised the "Southern Way" by my grandmother and taught to be "a lady", which I actually quite am.
Anyway, I would have never posted this picture anytime before right now, and i will likely change my mind later and take it down for feeling embarrassed from it. But, I should be proud of myself and what I have achieved.
I have bore 3 children (now adults) and there was only a little more than a year between each pregnancy for my body to recover, which it didn't. I kept the weight.
I got pregnant with my first on my wedding night (yes, it's true). I was 18 and a size 5. The marriage lasted 10 years, and so did the extra weight. I was a size 18/20 at my heaviest, though I'd always fluctuated between big and bigger.
After my separation/divorce, I lost some of the weight when my next relationship began and then was down to a size 5. But, once again, I gained.
At my heaviest, I weighed 220 lbs and was facing a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder. I was sick. I am only 5'3" and carrying that weight was taking its toll on my body and I felt ill all the time. My (now ex) wife and I were shopping for wheelchairs for me because of the doctor's prognosis. I was in tears. I was in my mid 30's.
Needless to say, my body has been through hell!
So, this is me now. 43 years old. Vegan. 110 lbs. No weight loss surgery. No plastic surgery. No gym membership. No personal trainer. JUST. ME. I DID THIS.
So, the next time you see me post a selfie, you are goddam right I am feeling pretty damn good about myself. Not to mention, I'm an AMAZING human being. And, yes! THAT is something I would rather boast about and I'm okay with it.
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