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Monday, August 1, 2011

A New Me!

Hi Everyone~

Since I have been blogging, I am always amazed at the “behind the scenes” things that are going on in people’s lives--You know, the stuff we email each other about!

Well, I have had more than my share of “behind the scenes” happenings going on.

Here is a picture taken on May 2010. My daughter Jenny and I were together for Mother’s Day in Atlanta. After this picture was taken, I gained 20 pounds...(I don’t have any pictures of that--okay, consider yourself lucky! lol)

On August 1, 2010 I started a diet. Some changes started happening...

Christmas 2010 in my entry hall~
(After I'd lost 25 pounds.)
I know, I look as big as a house!

March 2011

But, I kept dieting...

Spring 2011~in my kitchen

(By this point, I was hoping I had
reached "condominium"-size status.)

I just stuck to my diet...

and finally, here's how I looked this weekend
after losing 50 pounds.

July 30, 2011

Well, I still have more to go...and I hope it’s all off soon. I will keep you posted!

And stay tuned because as you know, I write professionally and I am

writing a book about it and how to stay motivated on a diet.



Linking this to White Wednesday.

Linking this to Rednesday.

Linking this to Alphabet Thursday.

Linking this to Time Travel Thursday.

Linking this to Show and Tell Friday.

Linking this to Pink Saturday.

As I participate in Alphabet Thursday,
"P" is for pounds!


The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow - well done you!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Oh my goodness you look amazing. You committed yourself and challenged yourself and it is no surprise that you achieved your goal. You look so fabulous and I am sure you have more energy and feeling more amazing.
Bravo to you. I have no doubt that sharing these photographs will inspire others who have been either planning on changing their eating habits or any who have faultered finding it so difficult.

Barbara F. said...

Congratulations! You look fabulous! Now I want diet tips, hints, motivational words, yeah!!!! Good for you, Cindy. xo,

Marydon said...

Gorgeous before, Cindy ... STUNNING now! You go my friend! Congrats, what an achievement. Enjoy the prid ein yourself for such an accomplishment.

Have a great week ~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You look fabulous, Cindy! Brava to you for sticking with it!

Screaming Sardine said...

As Marydon said, you were gorgeous before, and now you're stunning! Well done. I know it's so hard to keep that willpower going, but look at the results! And they're natural results, as opposed to the quick weight loss, which most people gain back anyway.

I'm slowly losing weight, too, though not by sheer willpower, but to avoid the pain of another gallbladder attack - lol!

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and photos. :)

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Donna said...

Hi cindy,
You look awesome! Wow, that is something to be really proud of! you look beautiful, and I think you are already "there"! i only wish that I had your willpower! Congrats,that is a huge accomplishement!!!!!

Mariel, en Funes said...

Oh Cindy! I am a follower to your blog from Funes, Argentina. I just have to stop everything and send you a CONGRATULATIONS!!! you go girl!!!
You should be so proud!!!!
thanks for sharing with us!

craftattack said...

Cindy, this is wonderful what you have achieved. I know I should do the same., but I don't feel strong enough yet. Very well done on losing all those pounds! Hugs, Valerie

Daniella said...

AMAZING!!! That is so inspiring!! You stuck to it, and you made it happen! I am proud of you!! You should be proud of yourself!!!
And you are pretty in each picture, you just are!! But the smiles keep getting bigger and bigger with each one.
YOU are one hot tamale my friend!!!
xxDaniella said...

Oh Cindy, you look amazing!!!!!!Good for you sticking with it and going all the way:)Not only do you look fabulous but I'll bet you feel great too:) A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!!!
~Debra XXX
Capers of the vintage vixens
P.S. Are you going to tell us your secret?

Teresa said...

Congratulations! how pretty you look!
A hug!

Fliss said...

A very well done to you Cindy as it's definitely not easy to shed so many pounds and takes great dedication.
Hoping you achieve your final target although I'm sure you will having got off to such a wonderful start.
Fliss x

sissie said...

Oh girl, you are lookin hot!!! Good for you. I've lost 40 to date and I know how difficult it is. It seemed as though when I hit 50plus the pounds started packing on. I ballooned up 75 pounds over the years and decided it was time to do somethin about it, that and the fact my doctor told me I was pre diabetic.
This last 30 pounds has become harder to lose and it can be frustrating but I'm still working on it.

hugs to you my pretty friend.


❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Hi Cindy!

You look amazing and beautiful!!!


Terry said...

Ok, I see one hot lady! You must be so proud of yourself for accomplishing such a health goal! Congratulations on a job so well done. I know you will continue to have success and reach your desired goal! BTW, I love the pink/peach blouse! You rock, Cindy!

Debby said...

You look great. Congratulations....that's hard work.

Dorthe said...

Cindy, Bravo, and congratulations, dear friend,--that is fantastic- and must have been -and is a very hard job- you are a strong woman, sweet. 50 pounds are really a lot, and I am sure you have suffered to reach where you are now--you looks fabolous, fantastic done- - congratulations again.
Big hug-Dorthe

Ginger said...

OMG what a great achievment, you must be so proud. G x

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Cindy,

Congrats! You go girl!


Anonymous said...

Cindy!!!! I am so proud of you. I wish I had your discipline. You look AMAZING!!! WOO-HOO!!! By the way, I love your hair wavy and light. You look great, and Jenny is beautiful as usual.

Okay, so now you have to give me all your diet details behind the scenes. ;)


gail said...

Oh Cindy I am so proud of you. I know how tough this is and you DID IT! You look amazing and I know you have to be so happy and proud of yourslf too! CONGRATULATIONS and WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!


Zoechaos said...

Having only known the Slim you am amazed congratulations you look fabulous and are an inspiration again! XOXO Zoe

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Cindy You look fabulous ! Well done . When I first started crafting in December I was 59 Kilos and by the end of may I was 65 !!! I had stopped my excercise routine and spent all my day in front of the `PC blogging made me fat !!! The last two months `i have been dieting and swimming and got those 6 kilos off and am determined to keep it that way. Keep up the good work but you look stunning anyway and whatever size you are.


Anonymous said...

Oh Wow Cindy, this is amazing. well done you !!!!!
Congrats my friend. I am only just beginning a diet and I hope i can show some of your stamina and determination. You are indeed an inspiration. Your achievement of 50lbs is incredible and you look fantastic !!
Hugs June x

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun good for you,as you look amazing and as someone said your smile is even bigger oh so proud of you hun hugs cherylxxxx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You really do look fabulous, Cindy! And I know how hard it is to lose...and to keep losing! I have a post ready for's my one year 'anniversary' of losing 26 pounds! YAY! Now I am making an effort to KEEP it OFF! That's not as hard...but it's a challenge! KUDOS to you, my friend! My post is about 'how I did it'! I would love to hear more of your story! HUGS! ♥♥♥

NanaDiana said...

Oh Cindy- What an inspiration. I am on a similar journey! God bless you for this post today- I needed it! xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Oh Cindy- What an inspiration. I am on a similar journey! God bless you for this post today- I needed it! xo Diana

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

OH girl you had me giddy looking at this transformation of yourself. HOW AWESOME IS THAT! Congrats, you look fantastic. Keep up the good work!

Tiffany said...

Hi Aunt

You have always shown true dedication to whatever you put your mind too. I am so proud of you for sharing this with all your deserve to be praised by all. Regardless of your weight, you will always have a BIG heart & that's why we love you.

Love, Tiff

Hope Filled Living said...

Dear Cindy,
I love these kind of stories. It's such hard work, but you did it! Congratulations!!! You are beautiful, inside and out.

sonya said...

Dear Cindy,
I'm so, so proud of you! You look amazing and it makes me want to lose weight more than ever now! You are one determined girl!
Congratulations, my friend!
Hugs and loves,

Victorian1885 said...

So lovely Cindy! Such a great job! I am always struggling with weight loss and I am going to use you as my example! So proud of you...

Rebecca said...

Dear Cin...

Girly...YOU LOOK AMAZING! I know we chatted about this in the past about this weight loss thing when I lost 40 pounds this year. It was HARD! But NOTHING TASTES as GOOD as THIN feels. NOTHING! I haven't gained even 1 pound back and I'm counting on you to do the same!

I'm soo happy for you. YOU LOOK JUST GREAT and I know you're feeling fab, too!


ornamentsbypink said...

WOW Cindy! Great Job!
You look terrific!

alveen said...

Well done Cindy! I am sure you are feeling so much better for having shed all those extra pounds and you look great. No matter the size it is whats on the inside that counts and you are a beautiful person.
Hugs Alveen

Createology said...

Congratulations Cindy. You look maaahvelous darling! This is quite an achievement and you really kept true to yourself. Now you will feel healthier and have more energy. Great job my dear!

Just me said...

Way to go girl! Thanks for the inspiration! I am hoping to lose 50lbs myself, no luck so far, but sure is great to see someone else winning the battle.
You're looking good!

Devonay said...

Fabulous inspiration! And just what I needed! I've begun a diet myself and I'm down 16 lbs with about 80 to go. This is just the push I needed. Good for you Cindy!!! You look fabulous!!!

Kim B said...

Great job! You look great! Hugs, Kim

Lovey said...

Absolutely fantastic!!! You look wonderful Cindy! Wowie!!!

Nancy said...

Congratulations Cindy! You look GORGEOUS!! Love those shoes!
Nancy xx

Gerri Herbst said...

dear dear Cindy,
What a journey...You look fantastic! You should be incredibly proud of your are amazing.Keep up the great work!!! gerri

Red Rose Alley said...

What an accomplishment! I'm so happy for you because I know it's never an easy thing to lost weight. You look wonderful. Way to go, my friend. Oh, and I just love your new HEADER.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Cindy,

Well done! you must be feeling so happy and proud of yourself.
You look great and thanks for sharing your inspiring story and lovely photos.

Happy week

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

You look fantastic!

Barbara said...

You look terrific Cindy! But most of all you look healthy! You don't know how depressing it's been since I gained 30 pounds after taking Lyrica. I quit taking it but am having an almost impossible time of getting it back off. I lost 50 pounds and kept it off for two years until I ruptured a disk and couldn't get any exercise and then when the doc gave me Lyrica and I packed on 30 pounds in two months time, I've just been fighting to not gain anymore. I was told that the steroid shots (4 of them) I got last month would make me gain weight but so far they haven't. I'm just so proud of you cause I know it takes a tremendous amount of willpower not to give up. Trust God.

Hugs XX

Cinner said...

Cindy, you look awesome you hot mamma you. I am so proud of you for just keep sticking it out. you have inspired me. Thanks for showing your progress pictures because it sure makes me want to smarten up. I feel sometimes I will never get off that roller coaster ride. does that mean I don't want it bad enough. you do look healthy too. obviously you have lots of energy too. Congratulations, all your hard work is paying off for you big time. big huga.

Heather Jacob said...

OMG !!! you look fantabulous !!!!!! wow wow wow !!!!!! well done, good on you ..... so inspiring ... I have just begun eating more natural food.. salads, vegetables, chicken and fruit instead of lots of processed food.. eg chocolate. biscuits etc. and have melted away 3 kgs in the past 6 weeks .. that is 6 pounds approx... keeping on going until I have shaved off another 20 kgs .. woohoo you look amazing Cindy ... well done .. big, big hugz x

peggy aplSEEDS said...

congratulations, Cindy! you look wonderful!

marda said...

Congratulations....good job. You should be very proud.

Junibears said...

You look absolutely wonderful. I so wish I had your determination. Many Congratulations.
Big Hugs
June xx

Fabric Art said...

Congratulations dear Cindy well done you look fantastic, be proud of your self.
Big hug

Ann Nichols said...

You look terrific, Cindy! congratulations! That is a major accomplishment. Just think of all those bags of sugar/flour/whatever(!) that you aren't carrying around on your body now!So much healthier for the bones!
PS love your sandals in the last photo too!

bichonpawz said...

Good for you Cindy! Congratulations! I am really awful about matter how hard I try...

What's your secret?

Georgie Horn said...

You go girl!

Gisèle said...

Woot Woot sexy mama....

Vicki said...

Cindy you look amazing! Congrats on your milestone. What type of diet did you follow?

Roselle said...

Dear Cindy:
Kudos to you for being brave and posting the "befores". You look healthy, happy, pretty and fresh!!! Oh and you look like your daughter's sister now!!! Really really impressed. It's so hard to diet and you've committed yourself and kept going and going.

I am very proud of you my friend.

You should be proud of yourself!!!!


Linda said...

Hi Cindy!!

Congrats! You look awesome!!!

Keep up the good work!!!



Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Congrats to look great!!!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Cindy,

WOW, you look fantastic. Congratulations. More to go? Well, if you say so.....but I think you look perfect.

Blessings & hugs (o:

Ira said...

You really rock girl! Way to go! I admire your perseverance and love your new you!!! I'm proud of you Cindy!! Hugs, Ira

Jingle said...

Congratulations, Cindy! You look great! And good for you for sticking to it! I am curious to know how you changed your eating/activity habits to do this so quickly! Awesome job!

peggy gatto said...

Lookin great!!!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

BIG hugs and congrats to you, Cindy!!!! What an amazing achievement!!!! You look fantastic - and you have every right to be proud. :) Thank you for sharing your personal journey - you are an inspiration!

Burlap Luxe said...

A beautiful old Cindy, and a more beautiful you Now!!

An amazing transformation girl! stay as beautiful as you are inside and out! your hubby must feel like he is married to a new women!!

You are amazing!!

ANGIE said...

Cindy, I admire you so much for your determination and follow through. You look wonderful...and I might add, Younger! I know you feel so much better too. One of the hardest thing to do is lose weight when you live in the New Orleans area. So many delicious things to eat!

Congratulations and a big hug from your Parish friend.......Angie

Petite Michelle Louise said...

wow...amaaaaazing! you GO GIRL! you look awesome!!

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Cindy,
You look fabulous!! What an accomplishment. I am so happy for you to have achieved such a hard journey. I know you must feel wonderful.
Best wishes to you for continued success. You are beautiful!
XO Celestina Marie

La said...


I admire your hard work, perseverance, and dedication. It's not easy!

I need to find your motivation. I lost 40 pounds but have since fallen off the wagon and gained more than half of it back. I know I need to get back at it but can't seem to get my backside in gear.

Keep up the great work, my friend! Hugs, La

Suz said...

Congratulations. As a lifetime yo-yo dieter, I know that this is a really BIG DEAL! You look just beautiful. I still owe you an e-mail. We were on vacation and then were sucked into the cancer thing again. I was so moved by what you said that I have found it hard to put into words. I am not forgetting you, ok?
Big hugs for shrinking you!!!

Faded Charm said...

Good for you Cindy! You look amazing. I've been trying to lose even ten pounds for a while now and it isn't easy.

Good luck to you:-)


Darla said...

Great job! Losing weight is NOT look wonderful.

Terry said...

You go girl! Congrats for all the gumption it took to take your life back!

SueLovesCherries said...

Cindy, I am so proud of you! I'm sure you've had your ups and downs, but you stuck to it and, look at you - 50 pounds lighter! WOW!!!

jacirascrap said...

Cindy querida!! Parabéns pela determinação!! Voce está linda!! Engraçado, sempre te imaginei como voce é agora, linda!! Mas sabe o que é mais legal ainda de ver em voce, teu sorriso! Sempre tem um imenso e generoso sorriso em seu rosto! obrigada por mostrar mais fotos suas! adorei te conhecer um pouco mais...

jacirascrap said...

Ah, sua filha também parece ter o mesmo sorriso seu, generoso!

LV said...

What you have done is awesome. It takes a lot of will power, determination and dedication to do this. You are to be commended.

~~Carol~~ said...

Congrats Cindy! I really admire how you stuck with it. You look really fantastic, and you're an inspiration to me. I need to lose weight and take a load off of my poor feet and knees!
Happy REDnesday,

Angela said...

Congrats on your weight release Cindy..AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know so I could come and visit!!

Linda said...

Cindy! How awesome and inspiring is this!? You look great!


Cindy, you look stunnung! What a terrific will power, so much congrats to you! What diet did you follow, you've lost amazingly! Keep it up and God bless. Hugs, FABBY

Patricia's Paper Crafts said...

Congratulations you look fabulous! thanks for sharing this give many of us the courage to keep on our weight plans. May God continue to bless you. Thanks for stopping by.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow Cindy! First off, you certainly sparked interest with this post. And secondly, CONGRATULATIONS! That's quite an accomplishment over a year. You look so different. No doubt you feel so much better. Before I turned 40, I decided I wanted to be fit and forty, not fat and forty. I started working out with two friends, totally changed my eating habits and within 6 months, lost 25 lbs and have kept it off. So happy that I did! Maintaining is so easy when you make the right food choices. I love food! But I love REAL food, not all the crap that is out there today. Wishing you all the best as you reach your goal. Hugs, Tammy

vikki said...

Way to go, that is awesome. I lost 30 lbs so I know how fun it is. Especially fun when you run into someone who hasn't seen you in awhile. My daughters-in-law hadn't seen me in a long time and they both almost fainted. So fun, keep up the good work, you look great!

Andy said...

WoW! Congratulations! You look like a dynamite, younger you!
Losing weight is not easy, you should give yourself a pat on the back.

Just goes to show, with a little determination, anything's possible. Continued success & keep up the good work!

Thanks for the visit too. Much appreciated.

Annesphamily said...

Cindy you look perfectly amazing! My congrats to you for sticking with this and taking care of yourself. I know how tough that extra weight it and I am always trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. It is good for us and great for our hearts! Hugs Anne

JDaniel4's Mom said...

You truly look amazing!

Town and Country Gals said...

Congratulations, what an acomplishment! You look wonderful! Losing weight is one of the hardest things we do and you did amazing! Thanks so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Congratulations ! Looking Good !

Queenie said...

Congratulations look great girl!
Big hugs,

bj said...

{{{{HUGS }}}}
Congratulations, Cindy.
I'm bj, over from Time Travel, and I just wanted to say...GOOD JOB.
You look fantastic.
What a woman!!
xo bj

Creative Grammie said...

Wowser! You look fantabulous Cindy! Congratulations and keep up the good work as you continue to reach your goal.
You're amazing girlfriend!
When you come to Hawaii, besides crafting, we can go to the beach. You'll be in a swimsuit, I'll be in shorts and a tee shirt. Hah! I too need to drop some pounds.
Warm hugs to you my healthier friend.

Screaming Sardine said...

Hope you don't mind, but I just tagged you with a blog award. :)


Heaven's Walk said...

CONGRATULATIONS, CINDY! Way to go, girl!!!! Keep up the great work and determination!!!! I need to ask....what diet plan are you following? I desperately need to lose 20 and just fail each time I start out on one.... :( I need your help!

xoxo laurie

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Way to go, Cindy! You kept trudging along with your diet and look what it got you - a new bod!!! ;) You're bound to feel so much better and have much more energy now. Congrats girl!

Thanks for linking to the party.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

FABULOUS!!! I admire anyone who can stick to a change in eating habits that have rewards of lost pounds and inches :-) YOU GO GIRL!!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

You look great and I'm so proud for you. I am constantly struggling to lose weight and realize how truly difficult it is. Good for you!! Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday. Come visit me whenever you can.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Congratulations on all of that hard work! You look fantastic!

Kathy said...

You are SUCH an inspiration for me...I need to do this as well. I used to think it was 20 pounds, but it really is 30. I have lost about 10, and I am just coasting...I have stepped up the workouts to almost every day. I also have cut back, but I am not 100% on board... I need to be.
Congrats to you, the transformation is incredible. Good for you... xo

Chris @ my arty attempts said...

CONGRATULATIONS Cindy! I know it isn't easy to make lifestyle changes but you did it! Keep up the good work
Hugs, Chris
I can see where your daughter gets her good looks from.

Suzann said...

Hello Cindy,
Wow you are doing great!!! I wish I would or could keep myself motivated!!!
Enjoy the new you my friend!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Tanya Anurag said...

OMG... you look great. Do you intend to continue with you dieting? I don't think you need to any more.. you look perfect!!

I am hosting my first Link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays. Would be glad to see some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see ya at the party :)

Holly said...

Wow, Cindy! You look amazing and are such a source of encouragement! What did you do?

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, congrats on loosing so many pounds, great job :)

Jenny said...

Cindy! Oh...what a happy and uplifting post!

I love a success story and there is nothing more inspiring than one like this!

Hooray for you!

You look beautiful. And I know for a fact you are beautiful inside as well as out!


Thanks for sharing this.


Inspire Others said...

Hi Cindy,
Congratulations on your recent goals, you look great!. Very inspiring and motivating post. Your daughter is beautiful too! Keep it up girl you can do it☺☺☺ Keep us update with your outcomes. Have a wonderful day!☺♥☺♥
Big Hugs

Love of the Sea said...

What a big accomplishment this is! Great for you. That is such a tremendous thing to do. You must feel great. You look awesome.

Birgit said...

You know what, Cindy? You look beautiful in every single one of those photos. :)


Trish - Sweetology101 said... from Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home...I HAD to comment here...YOU LOOK GREAT in ALL the photos but WOW what you have done for your health is amazing and HARD WORK and SACRIFICE!! You go hot mama!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP ~ Trish

Cindy said...

Congratulations, Cindy!! You look great!! From "the other Cindy!"

Cindy said...

Cindy - I just tried to email you, but having problems for some reason, so will post more here. Just wanted to say this is uncanny - not only do we share the same name and are both writers - I'm also an artist - though not nearly as talented as you, but have always been interested in art since a child. ALSO, I just started a diet, only I'm not brave enough to post "before" photos - not yet anyway! lol Have a good week! Cindy

Cameron said...

OMG, Cindy! Congrats, Darling!! You look amazing!
Gives me encouragement to start up again....I wore holes in my fat jeans over vacation from all the inner thigh friction....
I'm not joking!

Time to get busy. Thank you for being an usual! :)

My Captivating Images said...

Kudos to you!!! You look fabulous!

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness - how great do you look!!! Congratulations on the weight loss, I bet you feel great! Ohh, you are an inspiration!
jen xo

1CardCreator said...

Your true beauty is within in all the sweet and kind things you say and do right here in blogland. I am so inspired by your weight loss, congratulations, you should be proud. You look gorgeous in all of your photo's, but your eyes gleam more in the latter. hugs, ~Diane

Judi said...

Congratulations on achieving your goals in feeling better and you look amazing with your weight loss. Great that you took pics along the way.
What kind of diet did you follow? What kind of food plan did you use?

You are inspiring. Lovely.
have a great day

d e l i g h t said...

Congratulatins on your weight loss! You look stunning! Thanks for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. Love your creativity.