“Pictures are worth a thousand words…”

Before: 14 years old and 190 lbs

After: 17 years old and approx. 115 lbs

At 4, I was definitely a chunky little girl...

Chubby and not a good sharer, clearly..

At about 8 or 9...with waterballons in my suit

At 8 or 9 -- with water ballons in my swim suit...

At 12, I was not only over-weight, but going through the "uglies and awkwards"

At 13 - Graduating Jr. High (pictured with my brother)

At 13 -- Graduating Jr. High (pictured with my brother)

At 15 -- just as I started losing weight for the first time

At 15 -- just as I had started losing weight the first time

At 15 -- starting to lose weight, and clearly not comfortable in my body or a swimsuit

At 15 -- starting to lose weight, and clearly not comfortable in my body or a swimsuit

My WW group in a Crop Walk in Chicago

Homecoming my junior year -- approx. 145 lbs.

Made goal at WW (130lbs) - pictured with JoAnn, my leader

Reached "Lifetime" status with WW -- 130lbs -- pictured with JoAnn

Reached "Lifetime" with WW -- 130 lbs -- pictured with JoAnn

17 years olf -- Chicago 1/2 Marathon #1

Chicago 1/4 Marathon (2nd place female!) -- approx. 120 lbs

Chicago Marathon PR - 4:07:09

HS graduating party -- approx. 120 lbs

HS graduation -- approx. 120 lbs

My first day at college -- with carrots and low-fat ice cream for the dorm fridge

My “happy” weight…140lbs

140 lbs -- the weight where I feel most energized and happy

140 lbs -- my "happy" weight!

I included weights with my pictures because I do feel it helps tell my story. At 140 lbs my weight feels “right” on my 5’3 frame, and my BMI is within the healthy range. My lowest weight was not my “happy” weight as it was not maintainable for me. My “take home message” is to always listen to your body — it knows what’s best.

After: 17 years old and approx. 115 lbs

39 responses to “Pictures

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    • Trini Murray

      Before I read the comment on your last picture I thought that you looked great and then I saw that this was at your happy weight. I feel wonderful when I do not focus on the scale but on how I feel and look.

  2. Thanks for sharing this 🙂 I am also the same height as you and when I was at 133 it did not feel like a good weight for me. Now 155 is too much I need to find an in between!

  3. Loved the pictures!! OMG, I am glad that wrote about the balloons in the bathing suit! 😀

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this! I had the same awkward/large stages as you did!
    You truly are an inspiration! I’m so glad I found you in the blogger world!

  5. You are so pretty!!

    We could have been sisters in all those younger pictures – I swear I have some of the same pictures!

    140 looks good on you! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Nicole, I am so happy you posted this. You are a beautiful girl and have a healthy, happy outlook and body. You are beautiful just the way you are. And if you gained weight or whatever – you’d still be beautfiul. It’s about how you feel. I love that you did post your weight and that your not this whole “5 lbs over every inch of 5 ft)…I hate that!! :(…Seriously! I am tired of seeing 5’10 models at 110 lbs on magazines – ugh. NOT that I should judge them though – I know, everybody’s different…but gosh society is messed up isn’t it?! You are an inspiration girl 🙂

  8. Thank you SO much for posting this. I love seeing people’s lives in pictures….they just speak so much more than words sometimes!

    You were/are a beautiful person – at all weights, and ages! I couldn’t agree more about weight. I remember being shocked at my BFF’s weight in high school – she was super skinny, yet weighed more than I thought. From that moment on, I realized that different weights look COMPLETELY different on everyone. We just have to roll with it, and let our bodies happily determine what that number should be. And my number (like a lot of women!) fluctuates oh so often, anyway!

  9. You look fabulous now! I love you tips. It is so true we have to do what is best for our bodies!

  10. awesome pics! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing journey. And congrats on your success in finding your happy weight!

  11. You’re right about your body knowing it’s weight. I stayed at 126 for years and then after hitting thirty leveled at 134 for years. Now, at 46, I’m at 145. Even at 134, I looked a bit too thin, but now I’ve gotten pudgy through the middle, but am having a hard time losing any. I know my metabloism has changed, but I wonder if the body picks new weights as it makes adjustments with age.

  12. Thanks for sharing. I like how you termed your current weight your “happy weight.” Your right-listening to your body and going with what feels healthy is the best! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Thank you for sharing! I think that any woman can relate to changing weight over the years. Congratulations on finding your happy weight! That shows you’ve come full circle and have really found yourself. Keep up the great work 🙂

  14. What a fantabulous story! Thank you for sharing – I’m so glad I found your blog!!!! 😀

  15. kate

    These pics take me back! So many fun times! Bertha and Martha!

  16. Amanda

    You are gorgeous! Thank you so much for posting this! I am 5’5 and so sick of feeling like I “should” weigh 115 lbs.

  17. PJ


    Your blog is the first one I’ve ever subscribed to for email updates. I’m in the public health field (obesity prevention), and now striving to make my health match up with my lifelong passion. I like that you seem happy, healthy, human, and real. Its rare to find an RD like you. Thanks for creating this blog! I look forward to learning from you.

    • Aw, thank you! I really do appreciate it 🙂 It’s always wonderful to “meet” someone in the health and nutrition field. Please feel to chime in anytime…I would love to learn from you, too!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing that you “happy weight” is not your lowest weight. It is so inspiring, and you look wonderful =)

  19. Thank you for sharing these pictures to tell your story – you wouldn’t believe how much of myself I see in these! (Basically I looked and weighed the same up until age 15, only with a different hair color!) I really admire and am so impressed that you lost all that weight and ran your first half marathon as a teenager – for me it wasn’t until I was around 21 or so that I was able to really learn about proper nutrition and work on fitness goals. Fortunately I’ve stayed on track ever since. It is certainly bittersweet to think back on those “fat” times, but I love hearing about others with a similar story to mine. Thanks again!

  20. I am so happy i found your blog, these pictures remind me of myself growing up. I was able to lose my weight my junior year of high school and maintained until I had my first child. I have kept 10 pounds on with my first pregnancy and I recently had my second baby and I am dealing with these last 10 pounds. So just like you I am dealing with being 20lbs over my happy as weight as well. It’s so nice to see someone with a similar story. Keep up the great work, I look forward to reading more!

  21. I LOVE your take-home message! Thanks for demonstrating that charts and ideals do not equal what’s best for any one individual! FEELING healthy in your own skin and finding a weight that’s right for YOU is a much better indicator than any other!

  22. Wow! What a big transformation! I admire your discipline and hard work. Way to go!

    Love the blog. Keep up the great work! You’re an inspiration to many!

  23. WOW! I LOVE THIS! 🙂 So true that your ‘happy weight’ is not always ‘being super skinny’ If you check out my post on my weight ups and downs you will see that I totally lost my ’round face’ at one point and that is what makes me~ me! 🙂 I have hips/and a chest, (i’m not a stick like I have been in the past) but i’m healthy and strong like this…More girls need to know this! 🙂 I look forward to reading on! 🙂 I’m adding you to my blogroll!

  24. You truly are an inspiration… thanks for posting this – i hope many young girls will read your story and have the same healthy attitude toward health, weight, and body image as you do

  25. dmcgirl37

    I love how you have your happy weight and the bottom! Its good to remember that your happy weight is easy to maintain. Good to keep in mind 🙂

  26. I love seeing the pictures. It makes your journey very real and relatable! I’m 5’1 and used to bounce up and down 25 lbs. I’m so glad I’ve found a balance now! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  27. wow this is great! I loved seeing all of your photos and you are right the weights with the pictures help. Way to go on reaching your happy/healthy weight. When did you decided to become and RD? And what was your motivation to lose the weight?

    • Thank you! I decided in HS to become an RD after losing 75 pounds. I think my motivation was shopping, clothes, and boys! While my motivation has changed, my love for nutrition has not! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  28. You look great. I’m working on my weight loss now. Trying to eat better and get more exercise.

  29. What a journey you’ve had! Beautiful blog.

  30. Gina

    I just found your blog through the Nest. My journey is so parallel to yours. I am working diligently on my body issues, and have been for years, so I don’t pass them along to my children.
    Currently I am training for a half marathon and had some pretty rough runs lately, and I think it’s due to nutrition. Looking forward to using some of your recipes to fuel my runs!

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