Progress: The pictures

August 2009 Weight = Approx 265

Yes that is Penn Jillette from Penn & Teller.

September 2009 weight = approx 270

UGH! This is the picture that started this whole journey. I hate this picture. But I love it too. Its a good reminder of where I don’t want to be anymore.

Dec 09 - weight 265

December 29th - The first day of my LCJ. Official weigh in = 263.5

Look how sad I am in this picture. You can see it in my eyes. My face is swollen. I look uncomfortable. It’s a sad state of affairs. I had just joined Calorie King and this was my userpic.

First Belly Shot - Jan 2010 Weight = 255 Total Weight loss = -15 pounds


Feb '10. Starting to see some changes here. Weight = 248 Total Loss = 22lbs

February Belly shot


March 2010 Weight = 235 Total Weight Loss = 35lbs

March belly shot

March belly shot

This is a 3 month comparison.

April Belly Shot

April Belly shot


April 2010 Weight = 226 Total weight loss = 44lbs

May Belly shot

May belly shot

My first 1/2 marathon walk (May 16th 2010)

Whoa, who is that happy girl?


June Belly shot

June Belly Shot.

My second 5k June 12th (total weight loss here is 58lbs)

July Belly Shot

July Belly Shot

First 10k (July 17th, 2010)

2003 (L) 2010 (R) Total loss here is 70 pounds!

August Body Shot

August Body Shot

September body shot (down 90 pounds)


My first Sprint Triathlon Sept 19th, 2010


January 2010

October 2010 Total weight loss = 95 pounds


November to November Total loss = 103lbs

Nov 28th 2010 First Half Marathon (2:23:04)

Dec 2010. My 41st Birthday! Total loss 104lbs. I gave myself the gift of living. The best birthday gift a girl could ask for.


Size 24 -----> 10

Think you cant?....Think Again!


December 2009 (L) February 2011 (R) 110 pounds lighter

270 (L) 160 (R). Believe it because you deserve it!

March Body Shot

a 15 month comparison


Just to prove my head is attached to this awesome body!


43 responses

21 04 2010

Tara, I really enjoy your blog. You look amazing- Keep up the great work, its paying off πŸ™‚

21 04 2010

Thanks Molly!

30 04 2010

Love these progress photos – you are definitely looking much healthier and happier in that last one!

30 04 2010


8 05 2010

Not to be a creeper or anything but I was just wondering how many tattoos you have and what they mean. They look really cool and interesting. I have stars on my wrist and I love it. Im looking to get another one real soon.

10 05 2010

I have a total of 36…some of them are Egyptian symbols in honor of my mother who was a self proclaimed egyptologist. Some of them are memory related (I have a tattoo for anyone that I’ve been in a long term relationship with – no names, symbols). Some are family related for my niece and grandmother…

Then some just are there because I had the space (Bettie Page, devil dogs, monkey and stars)

26 05 2010
Kristi Cruz

Wow, your May 16 pic is so great! You look great and I love the body language in this pic. So powerful!

2 06 2010

Wow, Tara you are an inspiration. I have started on this journey to lose upto 60 pounds and these weight loss blogs are an inspiration that truly motivate. This is probably the first time I have stuck to this new lifestyle (notice I use the word lifestyle and not diet) for more than a month.

We can do it. πŸ™‚ Sara

4 06 2010

36 tattoos! Damn- that’s awesome.

1 07 2010

Congrats on your weightloss.. Keep up the great work. Your pics are such an inspiration…


1 07 2010

Thanks Shawn that’s super nice of you to say!

8 08 2010
Mary (A Merry Life)

Love the progress photos! You are rocking it!

8 08 2010

Totally Inspiring! You’re looking fab!

8 08 2010
Jules - Big Girl Bombshell

Simply Awesome……..

8 08 2010
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10 08 2010

Tara, Your progress is amazing!

17 08 2010
Foodie McBody

Just wanted to echo all the “awesome” comments. You look fantastic. Are you coming to Vegas??

24 08 2010

Tara!!! Four freakin’ hours!!… I am truly honored. I love you. oh and totally inspiring pics πŸ™‚

10 09 2010

very inspiring.
You look amazing!

11 09 2010

So honest and inspiring! Glad I found your blog.

14 09 2010
Rob Dyess

You are doing great!!!


26 09 2010
Amy @ life's journey with a smile

wow the differences between August and September are truly amazing! You’re such an inspiration!

28 10 2010

Sincere congrats on your efforts and progress!

21 11 2010

Wow! I am sooo inspired by you!

14 12 2010
Kirsten (results not typical girl)

Way to make a fat girl cry. Thanks! πŸ˜‰

10 01 2011

Hey, we share a birthday! πŸ™‚ You look great!!

17 01 2011
One Is The Magic Number

your journey is so freaking inspiring.

17 01 2011
You are my hope

I found your site through tylers. I have lingered on his site for well over 2 weeks. Browsing his post. Tonight I came home from the gym and needed some hard motivation. I have read almost all his post. on page 29ish your name was mentioned. Being a female, its encouraging to see other.
As I scrolled down your page BAM I see the authenticator. I eyes teared up. I have played the same game for over 3 years now. After spending about an hour on your site, I pulled my authenticator out, and didnt log in, instead I logged into my online account and cancelled my renewal. I will be following your blog as well as tylers. While his sucess if phenominal, your blog has given me that boost, I have been ‘lingering’ to find the past two weeks.

19 01 2011

I don’t know if you’re going to see this reply to your comment but I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I broke down in tears after I read it because even though it’s been over a year since I’ve logged into my WoW account I remember how I thought it was making me happy but it only was making me more and more depressed.

I’m so effin proud of you!!!! Keep coming back and let me know how things are going!

20 01 2011
You are my hope

I subscibed to it πŸ™‚ I most def. Will keep in touch!

10 02 2011

Tara – you rock! The progress is amazing. I am at 40 lbs of my 50 lb journey – thinking of upping it to 75. Your posts are incredible and make me want to keep going more than ever. Way to go. Keep up the amazing job. LCJ here we are!

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5 03 2011

i’ve seen some of these before, but seeing all of them in succession is amazing! the picture of all your pants is pretty cool. ok, i wish this comment were a little more original, but wanted to say THANKS for the visual inspiration. I know you’ve been having your good and bad days lately, but please know you are such an inspiration to me each day! πŸ™‚


6 03 2011

what a truly amazing journey…thank you for sharing!

13 03 2011

ur the sh*t!

15 03 2011

Duuuude. I can’t believe these pictures. You look freaking awesome.

16 03 2011

TARA! Looking STRONG and HOT! I’m playing catch up and just loving the latest pics (hair looks great by the way! I’m all about hair these days as I grow out my once shaved head!!) Love that you’re still showing us all the way toward a healthier body and mindset!! WOOHOO!!

24 03 2011

Tara, I love you! And I do mean it! I hope someday I actually get to meet you! You continue to be such an inspiration to me. You can just see such a shift in you in the photos, you gained so much more in shedding the weight.
I am just under your starting point now, at about 260, and that is after I shed 169 pounds. Whenever I feel stuck I look at you, and know, this is not my stopping point. I can push through and get to where I want to be.
Thank you so much, you are truly a warrior!
You look freakin awesome! (read as OMG SOO HAWT!!!!!)
Keep it up! I’m cheering for you!

25 03 2011

You are so absolutely amazing! Your pictures are unbelievable. They are very inspiring. I love the pants picture & love the last few. You are looking great!

26 03 2011
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28 03 2011

Just stumbled upon your site today and you are truly amazing and inspirational.

8 04 2011

Oh my… those are some inspirational photos. You look amazing! I love seeing transformations like this as I know how much hard work and dedication happens between the shots. So much awesome! Betty xxx

15 04 2011

Tears are rolling down my face right now.

Thank you for sharing this journey with the world.

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