Laura recalls her peak weight and describes how it feels to see old pictures of herself when she was overweight.
At my peak weight, I was 230 pounds and I look back at photos of that now and don’t remember. I mean, I didn’t realize how big I was. I knew the weight on the scale was a big number and I felt heavy, but I didn’t realize how bad I really looked when I look back at pictures now.
When I was heavy, I would avoid photos all the time. I would be the one in the back. I would stand behind somebody and just let my head stick out. I would be the cameraperson, and in fact, my husband even said that to me the other day is that he would notice when it was time to take a picture, I would always avoid the camera and hide behind whoever else was in the picture.
My photos–no, I haven’t torn them up yet. I really want them to be a constant reminder so that I don’t go backwards. I want to continue to always be on a forward march with this. I don’t want to put anything back on, so I need those photos to remind me.