June 18, 2007

I’ve been meaning to post some before and after weight loss photos, but when I sat down to dig up some ‘before’ images, I had a surprisingly hard time finding anything that captured more than my face. Out of thousands and thousands of pictures, I’m only in a few, and I’ve long since deleted the ones I deemed unflattering. Eight million photos of JB with Riley, and about five of me.

Well, anyway, here’s a few that managed to escape my itchy Move-To-Trash trigger finger:

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Some are kind of old, but those are all a fairly accurate portrayal of my shape and weight since Riley’s birth.

I think I’ve lost maybe 15-18 pounds in the last four months, which isn’t a particularly dramatic change on the scale. The real difference is in how I look in the mirror and the way my clothes fit, and I’m here to tell you that is so much more important than what the scale tells you. Fuck the scale, actually, because I never would have guessed that 15 pounds would equate to two dress sizes, but there it is. I was crammed into a size 10 when I started, and I wear a comfortable size 6 now. The scale tells me I weigh about 132.

To recap the process to date:

• I did Weight Watchers at first and that was immensely helpful in terms of understanding portion size and learning some good eating habits. After a month or two I stopped counting points and just focused on eating lots of lean protein, vegetables, fruit, and cutting out the high calorie junk altogether.

• I started exercising to a Turbo Jam DVD, which helped me kick start a routine without having to commit to a gym schedule. These days I alternate between jogging a few days a week, doing weight resistance, exercise DVDs, and yoga. I try and exercise every single day, because I feel so much better when I do so.

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I have actual triceps for the first time in years.

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My shoulders are no longer slumpy and untoned.

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I don’t hate my belly any more.

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My clothes fit completely differently, which is to say I had to replace some things.

I would say it took about three months to change my habits. To stop eating crap food and actually prefer the healthier alternatives. To want to work out because it feels good, not because I will feel guilty if I don’t.

I’m healthier today than I’ve ever been before, and I am so much happier for it. This is the me—strong, fit, and motivated to stay that way—I want to be for the rest of my life, hopefully through another pregnancy and whatever life dishes out.

I already have more photos of myself with Riley, because I’m not ducking from the camera or deleting things out of iPhoto.

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Three months. That’s all it took. After years of excuses and botched attempts to get myself in gear, it took three months to establish new habits. I want to remember that. In three months you can completely change your life.

Comments

167 Responses to “Three months”

  1. zoot on June 18th, 2007 12:17 pm

    Way to go, girl. I’m very proud of you.

    (Yes. I’m now your mother, evidently. Jeezus.)

  2. warcrygirl on June 18th, 2007 12:17 pm

    And here I sit slowly sliding off the WW bandwagon. My (favorite) excuse? “It’s shark week, I’ll do better once I start”. Yeah, right.

    Can you send me some of that “I exercise because I like it” cuz I sure could use some. You look great, btw.

  3. Serror on June 18th, 2007 12:20 pm

    Awesome! You look fantastic! How inspiring!

  4. Pete on June 18th, 2007 12:22 pm

    Good work. Good results.

  5. angela on June 18th, 2007 12:22 pm

    I have about two pictures of my mother and one of them is blurry.

    Stop deleting. Even if you think you look “fat” or “weird” or have a bad hair day or whatever.

  6. hello insomnia on June 18th, 2007 12:23 pm

    Hawt!

  7. natalie on June 18th, 2007 12:25 pm

    AWESOME. You look fantastic.

  8. Liz on June 18th, 2007 12:26 pm

    WOW. I’ll read this every day until I get off my fat ass.

  9. Sarah on June 18th, 2007 12:26 pm

    Diz-zamn.

    So, because you mentioned it a few weeks back, I totally eBay-ed a Turbo Jam DVD. It is still in the wrapper. But this was awe-inspiring.

    You look awesome. How does it feel to be a MILF? ;)

  10. Robyn on June 18th, 2007 12:30 pm

    I did it 7 years ago with Tae Bo. It took exactly as long as you said. Three months. I couldn’t believe it, as I had never been “thin” my whole life. I was in a size THREE at that time. Then…I stopped. And in 7 years I have slowly, but surely gained 20 pounds. I read your tae bo entry, and then this one, and now I know what I have to do.

    GET BACK AT IT!!! You look amazing…not that you didn’t before, but damn, you’re healthy AND hot!

    Good for you!

  11. Claire on June 18th, 2007 12:36 pm

    Good job! My husband and I took roughly 8 months to both lose 40+ pounds and indeed, in the first 3 months, we saw significant changes, especially in the way we viewed food altogether. You give me hope that after my baby pops out in September, I can go back to being my original weight.

  12. Operation Pink Herring on June 18th, 2007 12:37 pm

    You look AWESOME. Way to go!

  13. whoorl on June 18th, 2007 12:42 pm

    Linda, you look amazing! I’m inspired to get these last few baby pounds OFF for good!

  14. Colleen on June 18th, 2007 12:44 pm

    Wow! You look fantastic!!!

  15. Jennifer on June 18th, 2007 12:46 pm

    You look fabulous! Great job…you may have motivated me to get off my ass and away from the computer.

  16. Heather on June 18th, 2007 12:47 pm

    you look fanfuckingtastic. damn, girl.

  17. Emily on June 18th, 2007 12:55 pm

    Dude, you are now slimmer than I am, and I have never had a kid. Your arms look AWESOME. Skinny bitch.

  18. Kait on June 18th, 2007 1:04 pm

    Wow, you look great! Your hard work seems to have paid off!

  19. AP+1 on June 18th, 2007 1:04 pm

    Awesome post…so inspiring!!! I lost 30lbs before pregnancy & was as amped as you, felt the best ever..so strong & healthy. Like a few folks mentioned already about themselves, I had never been a very slim person or anywhere near “fit” and would have laughed at anyone saying they enjoyed a workout….but in 3 months I was like you, craving my workouts like crazy, loving the healthy food and feeling amazing about my body for the first time since age 12. Took a break with recent first pregnancy (ate lots of donuts :-) but was so happy & lucky to be in such good shape going into the 9 months. It has been 5 weeks since I birthed my beautiful baby boy & I am itching to lose the baby weight, feel the high of working out and being a fit (mom) woman who enjoys her body once again. Thank you, I am now more ready than ever!

    Gracias….you look amazing & strong!

  20. Yams on June 18th, 2007 1:07 pm

    I’m gonna re-read this post after I have kid#2 this Fall. Thanks for the motivation which I so desperately need.

    You look real good!!

  21. nonsoccermom on June 18th, 2007 1:22 pm

    You look terrific! Congratulations!

  22. Jennifer on June 18th, 2007 1:24 pm

    That tricep photo (in the olive-green shirt) looks SCARY. I bet you can do dips and push-ups now!

    Your attitude is right-on; to sustain the great looks and good feeling, you don’t “go on a diet for a while.” You change your lifestyle. You’ll be teaching Riley to grow up with the healthy choices too. Maybe he’ll become a marathon runner after spending his life trying to keep up with his mom.

    Hey, I’m riding my bike up Mount St. Helens this Saturday! C’mon down and join me (and kick my butt!) http://www.tourdeblast.com Or, consider the Danskin triathlon on August 19: http://www.danskin.com/seattlemain.html. But, you know, even if you don’t do these or other events, now you know that YOU CAN if you want!

  23. wealhtheow on June 18th, 2007 1:37 pm

    You look GORGEOUS! You are a real inpsiration to me. I’m due with my first in the beginning of November–as a new(ish) mom yourself, when did you feel was a reasonable time to start making these changes after Riley came on the scene? Is it difficult to balance working out with all the additional work you have with Riley, and what are your tips for ensuring that you get in a workout even when you feel like you don’t have time/energy to do so?

  24. BethanyWD on June 18th, 2007 1:42 pm

    You look great – what an inspiration! The 2 dress sizes and only 15-18 loss probably is due to the amount of muscle that you have built.

    While I am a 6-8, I’m still not the shape I want to be in (mostly the gut). I got off my ass and hired a trainer, and now working out is like a DRUG. I’d forgotten what all those endorphins felt like…

  25. sooboo on June 18th, 2007 1:42 pm

    You look awesome! Nice arms! You have inspired my husband and I to cross train, which seems to really help drop pounds. Also, I know what you mean about the scale. It doesn’t mean that much when you are strength training too.

  26. Sarah on June 18th, 2007 1:50 pm

    Jesus crap! You look completely fantastic, Linda. And feeling that way is even better! Congratulations on the hard work!

  27. sundry on June 18th, 2007 1:51 pm

    wealhtheow: I don’t have a good answer to the first question, I think it must vary quite a bit by someone’s individual situation. I really do believe that exercise makes a huge difference in my overall energy level and emotional well-being (I NEVER thought I’d be saying that) so to that point there’s really no *bad time* to start, if you’re physically capable. With a kid, you have to be willing to get in a workout whenever you can — during naps, when they go to bed, etc. I usually exercise in the evening after Riley goes to sleep, and on the weekends JB takes Riley for an hour or so while I go jogging or whatever. Sometimes it’s not ideal timing (”Okay, he’s napping! Time to put in Turbo Jam!”) but it’s always so worthwhile. What do you sacrifice, you know? An hour of doing laundry? Laundry doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks, that’s for damn sure.

  28. Schnozz on June 18th, 2007 1:59 pm

    YOU. LOOK. AMAZING.

    Also, I forgot to say it in the post, but you were actually my inspiration for wanting to get in shape. It always seems so daunting, but if a woman who had a baby and had a jam-packed schedule could do it, I figured I could too.

    You’re a rollergirl-maker, is what I’m telling you. It’s quite the distinction.

  29. Dawn on June 18th, 2007 2:09 pm

    Damn, yo. You look AWESOME.

  30. Becky on June 18th, 2007 2:10 pm

    Ok, I love your arms!!!!!!! Notin a crazy internet stalker way or anything..but in a ok once I pop out this baby I will work to get arms like that!

  31. dorrie on June 18th, 2007 2:12 pm

    RAWR! Listen to you, girl!

  32. Junni on June 18th, 2007 2:14 pm

    Congrats, woman.

    Note to self: go on a damn walk tonight, please.

  33. Kirsten on June 18th, 2007 2:19 pm

    You look amazing. You should feel so proud!! I am inspired by you because after having 2 kids in 20 months and not being able to Put Down The DORITOS already, 3 months to change my habits doesn’t sound so bad. Thank you.

  34. Jamie :) on June 18th, 2007 2:22 pm

    Congrats!! You look beautiful!!

  35. Josh on June 18th, 2007 2:22 pm

    You da man Linda. (you know what I mean) Way to represent for all the foxy moms out there. You don’t have to let your self go.

    And damn, I’d hate to tell you what I’ve done with my life in the last three months. I sure as hell won’t be showing off any belly pics anytime soon, that’s fo sho.

  36. Meg on June 18th, 2007 2:28 pm

    That is really inspiring! Thank you! I was feeling sad this past week, because changing my habits has been so hard. But it’s only been a month of trying. So hey, maybe in two more months I’ll be a lot closer! I’m definitely going to keep working at it. You’re awesome, Linda. Way to go!

  37. April on June 18th, 2007 2:35 pm

    You really look great!

    Yet another reason that I am starting to feel REALLY ready to move past the drinking and eating like crap of my 20’s and into some healthy habits. I just wish that my friends would get the memo that we’re no longer 22 year olds as well. :cp

  38. robin on June 18th, 2007 2:36 pm

    Whoa…look how TINY you are! You look fantastic!

  39. Lawyerish on June 18th, 2007 2:48 pm

    Oh…oh my. DAMN, WOMAN.

    I am a little fearful of your arms, to be honest. But in a really good way.

    And, you know, I am thinking about all the damn running I do and I’m looking at my arms and my belly and noting that they are arguably thin, but that they are notably lacking discernible triceps and a six pack (UNLIKE YOUR ROCKIN’ BOD, GODDESS THAT YOU ARE), so I am thinking I need to add some Turbo Jam into my life. Or weights. Or something. You have thus inspired me, on this and many other points.

    Three! Months! You rule.

  40. Kim on June 18th, 2007 2:53 pm

    Wow! You look fabulous (and I love the tank top with the flowers)! I feel inspired to exercise again and eat healthier. It’s too easy to put it off another day and eat out today again instead.

    Kim…a serial picture deleter.

  41. Mama Ritchie on June 18th, 2007 2:57 pm

    You look fantastic! And you inspired me – three months? I can do that! Congratulations – I hear once you make the turn it’s a no-brainer. It’s getting up to make that first turn that’s the hard part. You look fabulous!

  42. deanna on June 18th, 2007 3:05 pm

    yo go girl. you look awe-some. and i swear your boobs TOTALLY got perkier…

  43. SJ on June 18th, 2007 3:22 pm

    I started Weight Watchers today and imagine that, you go and post this awesome tribute to your weight loss success.

    Totally inspiring.

    You look absolutely fantasitc. I really must get off my butt and start the exercising – cause really, those arms? I want them. Your stomach? I want that too.

    And for good measure, can I have Riley as well?

    Just kidding…

  44. rebecca on June 18th, 2007 3:27 pm

    Wow – you look fabulous! Thanks for sharing these photos. You’re an inspiration.

  45. rakel on June 18th, 2007 3:42 pm

    I used to covet angeline lilly’s arms, well not anymore, you look fanfuckingtastic. Gives me great hope for my newly c-sectioned belly!

  46. eileen on June 18th, 2007 4:09 pm

    Although I’m not on the weight loss band wagon (have just the opposite issues in that regard) I am on the “change your life in 3 months” band wagon. Your stories inspire me to continue on knowing that it’s all for the good – and everything is going to be alright, despite the challenges and “complications”.

    I’m so happy to have been introduced to your journal – and look upon you as a role model and “never introduced” friend.

  47. Alex on June 18th, 2007 4:10 pm

    I love you and your motivational ways. You, m’dear, are a cyber-inspiration. And also, the bomb diggity.

  48. jonniker on June 18th, 2007 4:27 pm

    Like Lawyerish, I’m looking at my runner’s body, and thinking, really? What about weight training?

    You look wonderful. I’m so happy for you.

    Can you talk to me about the resistance training? Not that I love it, but I find running and cardio relatively undaunting, but weight training, oh, weight training! I’ve never done it. I’m too scared, but I’d like some non-spaghetti arms, please.

  49. April on June 18th, 2007 4:29 pm

    Thank you. I needed a reminder about how it CAN be done. I am at my highest weight ever and I am so tired of thinking every day, “if I lost 10, 15, 20 lbs I would look and feel better.” What a waste of mental energy. You make it look so easy!

  50. Cara on June 18th, 2007 4:30 pm

    I really needed to read this today. Thank you. And congratulations. You look amazing!

  51. Katie (The Yap) on June 18th, 2007 4:38 pm

    I was just sitting here contemplating eating (another) hot dog, but I’m thinking maybe I won’t. That was VERY inspirational. You look wonderful both before and after, but the after shots DEFINITELY look like you might kick some ASS!

  52. victoria on June 18th, 2007 5:03 pm

    AWESOME! You look and *sound* totally freaking AWESOME and you inspire me. Way to go! Those photos — and the self-respect that comes through in this entry — are totally inspiring. Way to go, Linda!!

  53. laura on June 18th, 2007 5:18 pm

    WOOT!
    You’re totally my inspiration chick.
    Your tat rocks the house with your newly ripped arms!

  54. Amy on June 18th, 2007 5:18 pm

    You look 100% incredible, and I’m so grateful that you’re sharing your success! I guess I’m about halfway through a similar journey, and you’re really helping me avoid the plateau that always seems to be waiting around the corner. Thanks!

  55. AndreAnna on June 18th, 2007 5:24 pm

    One of many comments saying the same thing, but good job! And for what it’s worth, I think you looked beautiful before.

  56. Ellie's Mommie on June 18th, 2007 5:33 pm

    DANG!!! That is so AWESOME!! I’m absolutely jealous of you! I’m dying to have my pre-prego figure back, but it will never be the same with the fabulous starburst my daughter decided to leave on my stomach *sobs* No more bikinis or mid-drifts for me! (yes, wallowing in self-pity)
    Super happy for you!! (mumbles obsinities about the unfairness)
    Just kidding! That really is AWESOME!
    CONGRATS!!

  57. Deanna on June 18th, 2007 5:42 pm

    I’m still amazed that I only know you through a link from a coworkers blog, yet I feel like we’ve been friends forever. I’m so freakin’ happy for you for your success…not just in your healthier lifestyle, but also for what you went through with your drinking and with your father. Your honesty is so, hell, I can’t think of a word…

    But congratulations to you Sundry! You are an inspiration to lazy-ass folk like myself (again, not just with the excercise, but with facing the other crap life dumps on you). You are like Oprah without the annoying bullshit.

    Give yourself a big pat on the back. And I said this before, but please don’t stop posting, or I’ll be forced to really life my own life. :)

  58. LLL on June 18th, 2007 5:50 pm

    So what is it that works your arms and belly so well???? You look amazing!!!

  59. Joanne on June 18th, 2007 6:19 pm

    You are like freaking Oprah or something with the life changing posts here lately! And I mean that in the highest compliment of ways. You look fantastic and it is really, really motivational.

  60. lisa on June 18th, 2007 6:46 pm

    Sundry, you’re a bad ass! You look amazing! I actually did a very similar thing with WW back in 2002 – it took three months and 20 pounds and I wore a 6 for the first time in my life. I didn’t even realize how in shape I’d really gotten until I saw pictures of myself at the beach that spring…..I worked out at the gym every day before work until I was 8 months pregnant – and I never thought that would be me. After having my son, I never got back into the game for all the typical reasons and now we’re thinking about #2 and I’m not in the shape I want to be in. You’re an inspiration, and a great reminder of how really not hard it is, once you make the decision to change things. I’ve been using the subconscious excuse of “but we’re thinking of getting pregnant soon” to not get with it right now. NO MORE. Tomorrow, I’ll be at spinning at 10am, like I used to be back in the day.

    WHY oh why is it so easy to make excuses???!?!?

  61. nstig8r on June 18th, 2007 6:51 pm

    you look really awesome! i was wondering how the jogging/running was going? what distance/time have you made it up to? i have decided to use that “couch to 5k” thing as a way to start back into running/jogging, this time hopefully w/o fucking up my knees or causing myself excess undue stress to the spinal column. my real goal is to just get moving again. i have become lazy about my health and it’s starting to show.

    anyway, again, you look great, congratulations on your hard work!

  62. Danielle on June 18th, 2007 6:59 pm

    Ok, so I don’t even know if you will read all 60 of these comments, but I have to say you are such an inspriation for me! I just had baby #2 four months ago and just started back at the gym – it is so hard to imagine that my body will ever be “normal” again, but I am sure as hell going to try. Keep up the good work! You look hot, mama!

  63. Lesley on June 18th, 2007 7:15 pm

    You look seriously impeccably fabulous, Sundry! An inspiration to be sure. It really does boil down to eating healthy and exercising regularly doesn’t it? Btw, your before pics aren’t bad at all. You may have packed on the extra 15 pounds but they were firm looking pounds.

    P.S. I stumbled on the Yoga Basics for Dummies and the Beyond Yoga Basics for Dummies DVDs and fell in love with Sara Ivanhoe (the instructor). I’ve never sweated more in my life doing her yoga and she teaches in such a way as to make doing the postures correctly, easy. She also includes meditation instruction and now I’m trying to build in a daily meditation practice which I find helps keep me more self-aware. (Jack Kornfield’s Meditation for Beginners is also highly recommended.)

  64. victoria on June 18th, 2007 7:18 pm

    I just love love love your blog more and more every year. To think that when I first started reading you I just came by for the chuckles . . .

  65. awittykitty on June 18th, 2007 7:59 pm

    You should never delete the fat pics. Ever. I’ve been up and down on my weight my whole life. Its good to keep them as inspiration as to what NOT to do. But for now…GREAT JOB. The tattoos must have been partially responsible. Note to self: get tats, lose weight.

  66. laughing mommy on June 18th, 2007 8:03 pm

    Inspiring! You look great and should be proud of yourself!

  67. Jem on June 18th, 2007 8:24 pm

    You look super hot Sundry. You looked hot before but you look super hot now. Congratulations.

  68. Ashley on June 18th, 2007 8:55 pm

    Yeesh what am I doing sitting on my ass? You are a total inspiration Linda. You look absolutely fantastic!

  69. Melanie on June 18th, 2007 9:02 pm

    DAMN, girl, you look freaking AMAZING!! Those arms are just awesome. I need to remind myself of that – 3 months, 3 months and you’re in a routine and your ass starts to really look hot again. 3 months isn’t all that long in the grand scheme of things.

  70. KT on June 18th, 2007 10:52 pm

    I need to do this. Tomorrow I’ll start eating salad and working out. Thanks for the motivation!!!

  71. Jen on June 18th, 2007 10:53 pm

    You look incredible and are totally inspiring.

  72. JAB on June 18th, 2007 11:38 pm

    Way to go! You are definitely inspiring! Keep up the great new lifestyle. I’m three weeks into my new habits and you’ve definitely given me the motivation to keep at it!

  73. Rayne on June 19th, 2007 12:04 am

    Congrats – you are a rock star!

  74. Emma on June 19th, 2007 3:29 am

    Jeez Louise, honey! That’s impressive! The ‘jeans’ pic at the end showing the difference between your itty bitty waist and the clothes is incredible, especially for only three months!

    Plus, I’m liking the ‘triceps’ shot – very cool :) Pity I have chicken arms… I’d look a bit ridiculous if I ever tried to do that!

  75. Gentry on June 19th, 2007 4:04 am

    You put the “mother” in Bad Ass Smokin’ Hot Motherfucker

  76. Eric's Mommy on June 19th, 2007 4:55 am

    Wow look at you! You look great!

    It’s been 5 years since I had my son and I still can’t lose the belly. I’ve always had a pudgy belly even when I weighed 100 pounds and looked like a toothpick.

    I also try not to pay attention to the scale I just pay attention to how I feel and how my clothes are fitting on me.

  77. kendra! on June 19th, 2007 6:04 am

    I’ve never seen triceps on my person, but I would like to meet them. You’ve truly inspired me to try to excavate them. Only. I just got knocked up and my joints have gone all Gumby on me. Annnyway. I’m so glad you have no reason to hide from the camera, anymore. I cannot bear to see “family photo archives” where Mom doesn’t appear for 5-10 years because she’s behind the camera the whole time.

  78. katie on June 19th, 2007 6:46 am

    wow. you look hot! you always looked hot, but damn! look at those arms! those are angela bassett quality! :) congratulations!

  79. alfredsmom on June 19th, 2007 6:59 am

    wow wow wow! That is really something to be proud of. Thanks for sharing the before and after pictures. Those are inspiring. I could loose a good 15 lbs myself, but more importantly, I need to get in shape! I think the toughest part will be resisting the tempation of delicious crap food. Especially when it is free!

  80. Dawn on June 19th, 2007 7:21 am

    You are my new idol! You look figging awesome!
    Before hubby and child I weighed 105 and wore a size 2 and since I am only 5′1″ that is a good place to be. Now I am a good 150 and squeezing into a size 12 not so good on my little frame. I have been working out and eatting right (small portions, good choices , no crap) for a month now and so far I have lost 5 pounds but I think I need to step up the working out because I am not seeing a whole lot of difference. My new mantra will be “3 months only 3 months to make the change.” Thank you for this Linda, now when I feel like giing up I will just come back and read this post and look at these pictures. You rock!

  81. LYNN on June 19th, 2007 7:49 am

    I’m not sure if I missed it or what, but which Turbo Jam do you use. I went to their website and there are a zillion!!
    You look fantastic! And you sound like you are in a good place right now. :)

  82. Bethany on June 19th, 2007 8:01 am

    You look fantastic!!

  83. Kristin on June 19th, 2007 8:42 am

    HELLA! You look so good…I am starting down this road as well..and this post has really motivated me. “3 Months” is my new mantra!

  84. fellowmom on June 19th, 2007 9:00 am

    Check you out! Now you can always fallback on a career as a fitness model. Amazing results–especially the mental/emotional ones! I have been getting smaller, but you have inspired me to work more on my strength and fitness. Your transformation is remarkable. (I always liked your tribal tattoo, but it looks really kick ass on your bicep now.)

  85. kalisah on June 19th, 2007 9:11 am

    wow. You look fantastic!

  86. bad penguin on June 19th, 2007 9:55 am

    You look wonderful! Congratulations on making so much progress in such a short time.

    Three months is a great mantra to have. Think about how many situations in life will seem that much more surmountable if you just think of them in three month bites.

  87. Amy / Girl's Life on June 19th, 2007 10:27 am

    Thank you for this. Seriously. After a lifetime of being athletic and active, and then having a kid and feeling super nasty about my body for the past 21 months, I am finally motivated to get my ass back in shape. (Believe me, I know those delete moments with my photos, too.)

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

  88. Leah on June 19th, 2007 10:32 am

    HOLY MOLY!

  89. Gena on June 19th, 2007 11:26 am

    Wow, you look hot! I’m so inspired, since I never, EVER see normal moms who have done normal stuff to look great. You look great and you make it sound like it is actually something I could achieve. Thank you.

    I guess this means I have to stop eating an entire box of Cheezits while I blog?

  90. Brooke on June 19th, 2007 11:35 am

    You look great, Linda! Good for you!

  91. Alice on June 19th, 2007 11:44 am

    i am way jealous of your arms. so toned and beautiful!

  92. Shannon on June 19th, 2007 11:57 am

    Sundry Power Activate! I have my 20th high school reunion in three months. I just bought an elliptical trainer & free weights for the home and quit the gym. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to get in shape in time & all on my own, but if you can do it, there’s no reason why I can’t! Say goodbye to those extra 15 lbs starting now! Thanks for the inspiration, Linda, as always.

  93. DDM(Sonia) on June 19th, 2007 12:18 pm

    Congratulations Linda! You look absolutely wonderful, and to hear that your energy is better too is very inspiring. Way to go!

  94. K on June 19th, 2007 12:22 pm

    What an incredible testament to your will power and determination to change your life! The pictures prove that you’ve been working so hard for these 12 weeks.

    I keep looking back over the photos, reading your words, and it just hit me. I don’t have many pictures of myself with my child. And it’s not entirely because I’m the one generally working the camera. I don’t like to see myself in pictures. I’ve been thinking I’m thin enough, healthy enough, I eat well enough, and so on. Yet the only one I’m feeding these lies to is myself! Enough!

    I’m not sure where I’ll start, but doggone it, I sure as hell am going to start somewhere today. I want to be proud of how I look, and I want to look good in family photos!

  95. Alex on June 19th, 2007 12:45 pm

    I have a question: how tall are you?

  96. Sundry on June 19th, 2007 12:56 pm

    I am so amazed by your wonderful comments, people. Damn.

    Alex: I’m about 5′5″.

  97. joanneb on June 19th, 2007 1:08 pm

    I’ve never had triceps. That is awesome. I also weigh about 132, but I’m 5 feet even, so needless to say, it don’t look so good on me.

  98. Amy on June 19th, 2007 1:16 pm

    WOW – you look hottttt!
    seriously, good for you for sticking to it, the results speak for themselves.

    question – you mentioned starting with WW and learning about healthy portions. My portions are huge because I am hungry, and don’t really seem to get full. Did you find that at first (with the small portions) that you were still hungry? did you feel full? when did that change, or did it? do you still feel hungry after eating a healthy portion?

    thanks, you truly are inspiring.

  99. Sundry on June 19th, 2007 1:18 pm

    Amy: if the portion size of my actual meal seems too small, I mix it with unlimited vegetables and greens. Seriously, I eat salads the size of Shetland ponies. I’ve never been a small-portion nibbler.

  100. Adrien on June 19th, 2007 1:59 pm

    You look amazing!

  101. lisa on June 19th, 2007 2:01 pm

    Sundy – that was my thing too – HUGE salads with every meal.

    God, I need to get back to it. I did go to spinning today, that’s a start. :)

  102. Lisa V on June 19th, 2007 2:38 pm

    Holy shit! You go girl!

    No, seriously you look great. More importantly glad you are in such a good place mentally and physically.

  103. lesley on June 19th, 2007 2:46 pm

    Sundry, you mentioned something the other day about finding your purpose in life or fulfillment beyond what you currently do…something like that. I think you just did: Inspiration Inc. Seriously.

  104. Emblita on June 19th, 2007 2:49 pm

    I just put down my bag of chips and put it away. I’ve already started working out but I need to start cutting down on the junk. 3 months… totally doable!
    Oh, and did you stop drinking diet coke as well? I’ve heard that it can be a cause of weightgain… and I’m a little weary of giving up on this particular beverage.

  105. Sundry on June 19th, 2007 2:53 pm

    Hell no I didn’t give up Diet Coke. HELL NO.

  106. Donna on June 19th, 2007 2:54 pm

    You look terrific. . . but I’d still kill to look like you did in the picture where you’re sitting on the rocks!

  107. Belle on June 19th, 2007 3:06 pm

    Damn. 132 and a size 6? Vanity sizing certainly has taken over these past years. When I was 30 and weighed 128 pounds, it was a size 9-10. I had no idea that sizing went like this now.

    Just to say I could get into a size 6 almost makes me want to lose weight.
    Congrats on the weight loss.

  108. victoria on June 19th, 2007 5:40 pm

    Yeah, vis a vis the whole “what should Linda do with her life?” post, I think you are the new Oprah. You are truly, truly inspiring, just as Oprah is. Maybe it’s hard to get a talk-show gig, but could write a memoir about the changes you’ve been through in the last few years . . . ? Also I think you would be a relly great columnist.

  109. patty on June 19th, 2007 7:02 pm

    Comment by Sundry | 2007/06/19 at 14:53:58
    Hell no I didn’t give up Diet Coke. HELL NO.

    Ha! And Thank you! I have occasionally puzzled over this delectable beverage of mine, all mine, and wondered if it’s true what they say. Now I know it is not.

    Great posts, all of them.

    Good to sort of meet you,
    Patty, see Ashley for references

  110. Amber on June 20th, 2007 12:55 am

    I’d just like to say, you look incredible! Wow! You’ve inspired me, because although I’m not heavy, I’m lazy as far as working out and healthy eating habits are concerned. So thanks. Screw Jessica Alba, when I’m huffing away on the eliptical, I’m bringing your image to mind!

  111. Eric's Mommy on June 20th, 2007 4:09 am

    You have inspired me!
    I do excercise, I have an eliptical machine, but last night a actually took one of my dogs on a long walk. I think he was about to drop dead by the time we got back but I felt great!

    Like Amber said I think I am going to use you as my motivation rather than some celebrity who has a million personal trainers and a chef.

  112. justmouse on June 20th, 2007 9:06 am

    it’s sort of ironic that on the exact same day you decide to post pictures of your total HOTNESS, my friend decides to post pictures of a birthday party i attended, featuring a particular picture of me where i look like Gigantor! The Blob that Ate the WORLD! i mean…i know i’m big, right? but it wasn’t until i saw that picture that i realized just how fucking FAT i really am. and the scary thing is, when i left the house that night, i thought i looked pretty good! after begging and pleading and possibly threatening suicide, she removed the picture.

    i just have to say between your pics, and that one…it was a HUGE fucking wake up call for me. i have been following your progress with equal parts of pride and jealousy. you are amazing. you have done soooo well. you look so gorgeous! granted, i have about 4 time the amount of weight to lose as you ever did, but surely, if you can make such positive changes in your life…i can too, right??

  113. M.A. on June 20th, 2007 12:02 pm

    You look fantastic! You are an inspiration, and, in case someone hasn’t said this already, the poster child for Why Weight Shouldn’t Matter and Stupid DJs Should Stop Assuming ALL Women Should Weigh 105 Because Otherwise They “Could Peal Off 20″. (I hate these guys.) Seriously — the weight to actual size scale is so off kilter it drives me insane. I don’t know if it’s because we have done a disfavor to ourselves by not being honest about our weight (over hundreds of years) or if it’s because Men, especially DJs, are Just Plain Ignorant about it. People magazine (so I’m told, because I would NEVER read such drivel — ahem) has started a series of women who have lost 100 lbs on their own, which I truly appreciate because (for the most part) they are “true” about their new weight and size — we need to spread the words, ladies — 132 is H-O-T — just look at Linda! (P.S. I love Billy Banks, and yes, there is a reason his name rhymes with “Spanks” — I think I had to take 2 days off work the first time I did his “long” video.)

  114. TB on June 20th, 2007 2:06 pm

    Man, 18 pounds may not seem like much on a scale, but you can really, really see it. You look great.

  115. Tina on June 20th, 2007 7:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing. In 3 months I’ll be 33. You’ve inspired me to, once again, get off my (large) butt and get working. Even though I haven’t seen changes so far this summer from what I was doing earlier. But I’m making changes and hoping to eventually see changes. Like you, not as worried about a number but how I feel and how things fit.

  116. Kerri on June 21st, 2007 8:08 am

    OMG, you just got me so inspired. I remember so well the entry from three months ago when you very cautiously announced your plans to lose weight, and Linda, you look amazing. 15-18 pounds is right on target for the amount of time it has taken, and you’re absolutely right that the scale is nonsense anyway. Dude, I am totally picking up TurboJam tonight!!!

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    You look amazing. Great accomplishment in just 3 months… especially the change it has made to your self-esteem. It is just so wonderful to feel good about yourself. I believe that helps you in keeping up the “good work”.

    Stop deleting those pictures!!! Later on you (and Riley) will just wish you had pictures. I have to say… I would be thrilled to look like your before pictures!

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  121. kate on June 18th, 2008 9:50 am

    Ok, you’ve motivated me; I have exactly three months to my wedding day and if I could transform my body like you did in that time, well, I think I’d just wear a bikini everywhere (and I haven’t worn one in, oh, 20 years.) YOU ARE ONE HOT MAMA. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story. I can do it!! :)

    PS. Came here from whoorl.

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  123. Karla on July 24th, 2008 6:51 am

    Good for you! It’s so great to hear a success story amidst the many stories of failed attempts. You look amazing. Good for you for sticking with it.

  124. kate on July 24th, 2008 6:58 am

    oh, such a complicated response here.

    Firstly, cheers on your success.

    Secondly, I’m sitting here fighting the tears because despite over three months (damn, try three years now) of strictly watching portion sizes and exercizing regularly and often and intensely and varied, I am not much smaller than when I started. I had an initial success wherein I lost 60-ish lbs, and then gained 20 back. I have been fighting that 20 lbs for 2.5 years now with absolutely no success.

    I recently decided to train for a medium distance run, and it has now been, as you say, three months of dedicated, hardcore focus on becoming even stronger, even more diligent, more focused on keeping good care of myself.

    And before I start sobbing, let me please say- it does NOT just take three months and some dedication. The perpetuation of the myth that “if you would just TRY, you could do it, too!” is so hurtful.

    I can tell by the tone of this piece that your intent is NOT to hurt anyone’s feelings, but damn if it didn’t smart anyway. I think I can tell that your intent here was to share your success and to perhaps inspire others to give it a try, too. And that’s great. But to be perfectly honest, it perpetuates the myth that those that are overweight simply haven’t tried hard enough yet (it only takes three months, right?). And that is patently not true.

  125. Sundry on July 24th, 2008 10:59 am

    Kate: oh no! I feel TERRIBLE that this entry made you sad. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that anyone could lose all the weight they wanted to in three months, I only meant to encourage my own self by stating that for *me*, it took 3 months to make some pretty major eating/exercise changes, establish new habits, and see some results. This entry was written about a year ago, and I went through a very similar process this year (after my 2nd son was born) — I didn’t lose all the baby weight in 3 months, it just took about that long to give up old habits and make a commitment to new ones.

  126. Erin on July 24th, 2008 9:15 pm

    First, hello, I’m new here…just found your blog. I am looking forward to reading it from the beginning.

    Secondly, what an adorable little boy! Such a charmer.

    And last, you look great and are an inspiration. No, not everyone can look like you after three months. Some people’s bodies respond better to exercise than others. You look like you were an athlete in school.

    I’ve been struggling with the “loose arm” issue for years. Is there a particular workout that seemed to work for you in that area?

    Thanks again for sharing your pictures!

  127. V on July 28th, 2008 4:34 am

    Well done! You look amazing. Just came over from Flotsam. I have been trying to lose weight for the last 3 plus years and only when I committed myself to it 100% and made those lifestyle changes did the weight start coming off. My goal was my 40th birthday. I did not get to the weight I wanted to be and I must say I have been stuck since then, blaming it mostly on the cold, but strangely enough today started finding the motivation to get stuck in and commit myself again. Then I find your post. Very timely. I started a ‘getting rid of weight’ blog (if you lose something you usually try and find it again) and it has helped to put it out there so everyone can see. Though I have not been so good about it lately.

    Good job!

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