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Old Photos: How Do You Feel When You See Yourself As An Obese Woman? (VIDEO)

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Anna describes how it feels to see old pictures when she was obese.

Up until now I have lost 100 pounds since my gastric bypass, and those old pictures crop up. And when I look back and I see pictures of what I call the old Anna, pre-surgery photos, for me, right now it’s been a year out. Maybe down the road my perspective will change but when I see the photos now I get sad and I kind of cry for that person.

And all the photos that I look at I have that smile plastered on and/or I have my kids strategically placed to kind of do in-home Photoshop, you know, but I know when I look at those photos the pain and just maybe even, what’s the word I am looking for, emotions and feelings that I probably wasn’t even aware of at that point, lot of denial. I am not really that overweight. I am not that big, you know.

But a year later out and I look at myself in the mirror today and I look at those photos from a year ago yesterday, it saddens me and I just know that it reaffirms my choice in doing this for me, for my health, for my family, for my kids, that this was the right choice for me. And to maintain what I need to keep myself healthy and fit and not to, that’s a good reminder for me of where I was and where I have grown from.

Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese

Location: West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Oceanside, Torrance, Lakewood, Long Beach, Orange County, Irvine, California, Hawaiian Gardens, 90716

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I have known Anna for several years and although she has always been a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit she has blossemed since her surgery. Her level of self confidence is amazing and growing with each passing day. I am so very proud of my friend for sharing her story and showing the world what a brave and beautiful woman looks like.

March 13, 2010 - 3:51pm
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