Progress Pictures

Ok I need to remember, while I will NEVER look like this again, I can get as close as my natural aging will let me.

Here is the goal:

Outside of the long hair and obvious youth, this is my perfect weight.  I have been less( and painfully more)  but this is where my body is happiest.  At the time I was training for the Chicago Marathon ( August 2001), only to find out my reconstructed knee ( ACL reconstruction my senior year in high school) could only manage running 10-11 miles max.   So one of a what seems like a million failures of staying on track is also part of my motivation.  Besides I HATE running, but walking and hiking I love!

This me in March 2012, one week after the “revelation”

Man, seeing this just hurts and like all of us that get this way, I avoid mirrors, cameras and any self inspection.  I was awesome at skirting pictures, but how long could I really avoid what I am doing to myself.  It was too easy to say tomorrow will be the day to change…

This was 2 months later, not a big change but I see it ….a little

2 months(ish) later on a trail I will likely never blog about it ( it might be the one trail I don’t like in Colorado)

About 6 -8 weeks later 9/1/12


This is at 52lbs lost-5/11/13- don’t judge the socks and they are socks NOT leg warmers.


39 Responses to “Progress Pictures”

  1. AndrewGills 11/13/2012 at 7:48 pm #

    That brings tears to my eyes because I can see my partner’s journey in yours. She’s short and currently about 200lbs. Her doctor has told her she needs to lose about 45lbs in the next 12 months if she wants any chance at a healthy future (she’s 46years old).

    My partner isn’t an outdoorsy woman and I think the idea of bushwalking (hiking) scares her a bit. So she goes to the gym to do some weights 3-5 days a week and walks 2-3 miiles around our neighbourhood 4-5 days a week. She’s been doing that for about 3 months (well, she started out the first 2 months walking about 1-1.5 miles) and I can see the difference. In the past few weeks she’s started seeing a nutritionist to help her incorporate healthy eating habits into our lifestyle (not a diet but slowly changing to eat more healthy foods rather than fatty ones).

    Seeing someone else on a similar journey as my partner is heart warming because it shows we are not alone in our journey.

    Also, your hiking adventures will no doubt inspire me.

    • hikingtohealthy 11/14/2012 at 6:19 pm #

      I know how hard it must be for your partner to face this lifestyle change but at least she has you to lean on during this journey! Keep on encouraging, loving & supporting her! I know having my husband there for me every step of the way has been a huge help…..but so has this blog, it keeps me honest!

    • lotsafreshair 12/17/2012 at 4:16 am #

      Hey Andrew, by calling it Bushwalking, you’re giving away a hint at your geography! Are you an Aussie? I’m an unexpected outdoors chick who like Hiking To Healthy, found release from the pounds/kilos in the great Aussie bush. Maybe your partner might find something useful in my blog which encourages and gives practical tips about getting into the great outdoors??

      • AndrewGills 12/17/2012 at 5:09 am #

        Yeah, I’m an Aussie. Will come check out your blog

  2. treelinebackpacker 12/09/2012 at 7:36 pm #

    You’re doing an amazing job on your weight loss! Don’t mind the little set backs. It happens! It’s quite impressive how far you’ve came, and I have no doubt you’ll reach your goal. Keep it up!

    • hikingtohealthy 12/10/2012 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you so much Michael! I have to remember not to let the setbacks kill my motivation, you are so right!! I can’t wait to see what backpacking route you decide on!!!!!

  3. gleaningthenuggets 01/13/2013 at 2:43 pm #

    There’s no better way to get in shape than outdoors in Colorado 🙂 I ran the trails in Fort Collins to do the same. Keep up the great work! Thanks for your Likes on my photos 🙂

  4. xcountrypearl 01/15/2013 at 8:49 am #

    You go girl! Can’t see your photos but I LOVE your mission statement… Hiking to Healthy. What a great way to do it. Linda

    • hikingtohealthy 01/15/2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Thank you Linda! I love your blog too, I am so glad you checked out mine!!!!

  5. girlycamping 01/24/2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Good for you! I wish you the best in your road to healthy living and enjoying the outdoors! 🙂

    • hikingtohealthy 01/26/2013 at 10:54 pm #

      Thank you!!! Hope you find great camping fun and lots of gold!!! Thanks again for checking out my blog!!

  6. alwayshungry4 01/28/2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Great progression pics, and what awesome and motivating scenery to accomplish your goal in! Keep it going, you’re doing fantastic!

    • hikingtohealthy 01/29/2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thank you!!! The scenery absolutely is driving me and seeing one of the 14ers I would like to do every day as I drive to work really helps too! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. transplantjoy 02/07/2013 at 3:54 am #

    Way to go!

  8. photobycraig 03/09/2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Best of luck! In my opinion there is nothing that beats walking! 🙂 You are doing great so far!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Much appreciated!

  9. blade3colorado 03/16/2013 at 4:53 am #

    Awesome post! Don’t ever give up, nor let anyone define how you perceive yourself. I believe that all things are possible and we control 2 important things that NO ONE can interfere with or take from us, everything else is out of our control (people, places, and things). So I don’t waste time allowing that which I can’t control to rent my brain. So you are wondering what are the 2 things??????

    1. My positive attitude; and,
    2. My relationship with God or whomever you deem greater than yourself, e.g., Buddha, Shiva, etc.

    In short, if you concentrate on the “internal,” you are empowered. Anywho, that’s my take. Again, great post!

    Good luck!

    • hikingtohealthy 03/16/2013 at 10:03 pm #

      Thank you so much Steve! I LOVE your take, it is a great way to take on life! Thanks for stopping by and I am looking forward to reading more about your journeys!

  10. beautyforashes11 03/19/2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Keep it up girl! You are awesome!!

    • hikingtohealthy 03/20/2013 at 10:15 am #

      Thank you! Good luck on your backpacking trip to Aspen, I can’t wait to read about it!

  11. cindybruchman 04/28/2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I admire you. Hang in there! Went hiking to day in Sedona with my dog and sweated for 90 minutes. It was great. I’m plump and think hiking is a spiritually wonderful way to tone up and actively life.

    • hikingtohealthy 05/08/2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Wow! Thank you I totally agree on hiking being very spiritual and overall wonderful!

  12. Krissy 05/24/2013 at 9:32 pm #

    What’s the one trail you don’t like? That way I know to avoid it, as I am also a Colorado hiker.

    • hikingtohealthy 05/25/2013 at 7:05 pm #

      It is Mt. Galibraith in Golden. It is great hike, but it is single track and half the hike all you see is the business park off of 93. The single track is small and when you are being passed or trying to pass it is TIGHT. The west and southwest views are amazing but not worth all the hassle because it is also a busy trail so you will be sucking mountainside a lot from all the passing…. Thanks for checking out my blog!

      • Krissy 05/26/2013 at 4:58 pm #

        Yes. I actually have hiked it and I agree with you 100%. Not my fave.

  13. Lakshmi Loves To Shop 06/05/2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Namaste…go girl! What a fab blog 🙂 I look forward to following you ~ Lakshmi x

  14. coastingnz 06/08/2013 at 11:42 pm #

    Well done you! You are doing amazing and an inspiration! Keep up the good work. Look forward to following with interest.

  15. Deanne 06/19/2013 at 4:30 am #

    I just did my first hike this past weekend. I pushed body harder than I ever have. I have to admit, I did not know the difficulty of the trail before I hit it. LOL. But man I am hooked, I am in north Alabama, so my mountains are nothing compared to CO, but we do have them. I am already planning my next hike. Finally! I found something to get me moving that doesn’t feel like work. It was beautiful and at the end I felt empowered. The only thing is… I gained 5 pounds! I did the hike Saturday and this is Wednesday morning. I read that it could be fluid, due to your muscles repairing themselves. Did you go through this? i havent had a chance to read all of your post. I’m so discouraged I want to cry.

    • hikingtohealthy 06/20/2013 at 3:17 pm #

      Don’t be discouraged Deanne! The body does some crazy things when you are changing up your routine. You need to focus on what works for you. In my case I am just using a simple Lose IT ! App on iphone and a fitbit pedometer to track activity. It helps me expend more calories then I take in. After years of dieting, I don’t diet anymore. This is a life style change, what I am doing today I plan on doing for the rest of my life and I don’t beat myself up for special days, holidays or parties. I try to exercise extra so I can eat a little more. Good Luck! Making a change is hard and I agree that hiking is a GREAT motivator! Thank you for checking out my blog!!!

  16. joshbakerwriter 07/02/2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Your photos are a great honest way to look at where you have been. I see huge change in you, and now you conquered a 14’er. Awesome! Keep up the good work.

  17. Janet 04/12/2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I miss hearing about your progress. I am struggling with my weight right now, up the highest I’ve ever been (aside from pregnancy….or maybe the same as pregnancy). 😦 You are always an inspiration to me. I hope all is well with you. –Janet

    • hikingtohealthy 04/27/2015 at 7:44 pm #

      I am trying to get back to a place where I can blog regularly again! Actually seeing your message kinda jump started me to get out at least the new hikes I have done and not put out yet. Thank you for dropping a note. I am struggle all the time with my weight and know that I will forever. You will find your groove and get that extra weight off!

  18. sharon 08/22/2015 at 5:20 pm #

    I lost 140 lbs starting April 2013. I have kept it off a year. I have started hiking and playing pickleball. I lost more pounds than I now weigh! No surgery; people always ask.

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