Before and now with pictures: The journey to fit and fantastic

I have been thinking it must be time to share some pictures, so you who don’t get to see me offline really can see the results those who see me all the time can see. I am about to celebrate a weight loss of 30 pounds. I am already celebrating my daily walk/jog/hike with my dog in the trails of South Boulder. Every day I celebrate putting on clothes that fit. Every day I’m pretty much surprised that they do (it’s honestly like a dream).

I spent a very long time making excuses. It’s funny how you can say “I eat when I’m depressed” and think that’s a reason to stay the way you are instead of recognising it to be the challenge you’ve got the power to change.

Other reasons are also excuses. I have the wrong shoes to exercise in. I don’t have time. I am ‘scared’ of packaged food/contracts. I don’t want to cook two different meals. My husband doesn’t want me to. I’ve had children, so my body just looks this way naturally. I’m too old for that stuff.

While those excuses might placate others, your doctor, yourself for a little while, they still don’t make you sleep better at night. They don’t prolong your life. They don’t make you feel good about yourself. Those excuses make you out to be ready for a compromised life instead of someone who deserves to live well.

When I was about to start the journey to feeling healthy, I got really good at not being in pictures where I looked bad. Standing slightly side on, chin in the air, camera held slightly above your head. Yep, I know those tricks. So I didn’t have many pictures of what I really looked like before Nutrisystem. I wanted to write this post and share with you the proof that all I’ve been talking about has actually happened.

But sheesh, my friend Elisabeth said she had some pictures of me. So she sent them to me. Stacks of them. Oh my word.

Here’s one where my butt is eating the scenery behind us, taken in September 2009. I particularly like the way that when your bum gets to be a certain size, your pants wrap around it, and pull themselves up so your ankles show. (Yes, I’m cringing.)

Or this one, with me in party mode by the pool taken last year. Crikey is all I have to say about this. I even thought twice about posting it. That’s gotta tell you something:

But thank goodness Nutrisystem came along and said Jo, we can do this. Thank goodness I was ready. Very, very ready.ย 

I was ready to do something about my weight, my lifestyle, and my health.

On my birthday this year (March 24), I held hands with Nutrisystem. My first delivery from the company arrived the first week of April. And I have not looked back since. I have lost 28 pounds so far. But it’s about so much more than the numbers. I know people who are thinner than me, but who can’t keep up with me on the stairs, or hiking. I jog a bit. I love life so much more than ever before. I count so many of my blessings that I couldn’t see before.

This is me this week:


Today I am happy to say things have never been healthier for me. I am fit, my kids no longer make little jokes about my weight or shape, and I can hike with the best of them. I do more than four miles every single day. My friends are proud of me. But you know what is really important? I am proud of me.

And that says everything.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem is supplying my food and dietary support in return for my honest reflections on the program.ย Do you live in the US or Canada, and want to join me and get healthy with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visitingย


  • You look great! So proud of you. I want to get up to Boulder sometime and hike with you. Not sure I could keep up though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jo – I am so proud of you. You look Ah-mazing!! You are an inspiration. I really need to lose about 15 pounds and just can’t find the motivation. I have the excuses. I think that picture of you jogging down the trail is my new motivation to get off my butt and get healthy.

  • Awesome, my darling! Yes, your friends are proud of you. We should hike where that first picture of you and Elisabeth was taken – looks beautiful.

  • Shari, that first pic is one where Elisabeth and I hiked last year. I’d love to go back. It was stunning. We should also do Lake Isabelle, but I think we’re a bit late in the season for it now. Put it on the list for early spring! Melissa, I do my four miles every morning – just hit me up and I’d love you to join me!

  • Excellent effort. Running AND smiling at the same time Jo??!? Either you really have found “the answer” or you are employing the self taught skills of photoshop? either way, I’m on board with you.

  • It was downhill. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I knew Elisabeth was taking a picture. LOL. No Photoshop involved! And what, so now you’re reading my blog? Argh!

  • Jo, you’ve come a long way and should be proud of yourself. You are stunning from the inside out and I’m another friend VERY proud of you!

  • I am proud of you and me as well as today I have on a pair of pants I haven’t been able to wear for at least 9 years. (Holy moly) Following you and @johncabell (who has lost a ton of weight) has been very motivating. That and the high cholesterol I have. You look great!

  • Congratulations, Sara! There is nothing on earth that compares with actually feeling comfortable in clothes you haven’t worn for ages – other than getting your health under control as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ You rock!

  • Congrats Jo! You look wonderful and I’m so proud of your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails sometime!

  • What an inspiration you are to women! Your before and after weight loss pictures are fabulous…kudos to you. I know from my own experience, it’s not an easy feat and takes persistence and focus.
    I’m a big fan of Nutrisystem. I know they encourage a low glycemic diet plan with lower carb content – it’s those refined carbs that keep the fat packed on! I’ve been perusing your site and I think it’s terrific…will certainly be visiting often to see what you’re up to! Thanks for sharing!

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