Another year, another set of humbling photos

What is it about April that does this to me?

Last year, I exposed myself, quite literally, to the world as I embarked on the 30-Day Shred, with the crazies known as The Shredheads. During my journey, I lost ten pounds, started running again, and felt great.

So, what did I do?

And while I think my lifelong habit of “starting to exercise and then stopping” is going to be a hard one to break, I’m going to try.

Otherwise I’m going to be posting these awful photos every April. And, yes, I’m cheating by covering up all the stuff in the middle. Use our imagination.



Start: 140 lbs
Waist: 33″
Hips: 38 1/2″
Thighs: 22″

Goal: Run 5k with my two girls in June and get into my pants without having to push flesh out of the way. And maybe get past Level 3 in Ripped in 30, though I’m not promising anything.

Note: I know 140 pounds for someone 5’9″ is totally acceptable, but on me—34A, small boned (my wedding ring is a size 4 1/2)—it feels too fleshy. My college weight of 125 pounds looks way too angular on me now, so I’m only looking to shed about five pounds. I really just want to tone up and fit into my clothes and my –ack–bathing suit.


  1. Goddess in Progress says

    I just took my "before" photos, too. They're… well… not yet ready for public consumption, but quite motivating. OMG.

    Let's do this, girl! You and me and the Shredheads, Ripped in 30, and I'm getting back on Couch-to-5K, too. My long-term goal? The Tufts 10K for Women in October. Twice as far as I've EVER run. You want in? 🙂

  2. Fairly Odd Mother says

    Liz, I've ALWAYS wanted to do a 10K, especially Tufts, but I've NEVER run that far. But, I'm going to hold this as a carrot out over my head because I'd love to do it.

  3. Ditch the black socks, sexy.

  4. Sign up for a 10K…that's the only thing that will really motivate you! I'm in with you if you do it!

  5. Good for you!

    And I won't tell you that I think that you look fantastic already. *But you do*

  6. you look terrific and always have….do it for the challenge!

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