Appreciate Yourself

Hi everybody or as Ashley would say, “Hey y’all!”  I’m Ashley’s younger sister Alison.

While I have helped my sister in other ways on her blog, I have never done a guest post so I’m really excited to be doing so today.

At the beginning of August, I had my mom take photos of me in a dressing room.  When they were taken I was discouraged and just couldn’t believe the point I had gotten to.  Last summer was a difficult one for me so going back to school was a big step forward and with that step forward I wanted to take care of myself.

I had my gallbladder removed at the end of September, so my focus was to eat healthy and to just take care of myself.  I didn’t quite have the energy this semester to work out like I was last school year but before I knew it, I had lost 41 pounds.

What was it about this time?  The fact that I had surgery?  Eating healthy?  Eating less?

Honestly, I feel that it was the confidence in myself to treat my body right.  After having a very difficult summer, I realized just how important it is to love yourself no matter what weight you are at.


I still have a long way to go before I’m at my goal weight but I’m focused on loving myself and feeling good.  It’s great to take care of your body but you must take care of your mind and soul as well!

I decided the other day to take some new photos of myself just to compare and it’s mind-blowing for me to see the changes in myself.  I think through weight loss we all get caught up in how far we have to go instead of celebrating what we’ve accomplished.  You see your body every single day so change might not always be apparent.


Be proud of what you are doing to make yourself feel good and take the time to appreciate yourself for all that you have accomplished in your life!


  1. Tara says

    Great outlook, keep that positive attitude & Confidence! I also beleive if you have a positive attitude its so much easier to start/focus on goals.
    Wonderful job on the weightloss!

  2. says

    I love this post!! I know I’m guilty of being my worst critic. Your positive mentality and reminder to celebrate how far you’ve come is inspiring… Keep it up Alison! :)

  3. says

    Love the positive outlook! Honestly, I firmly believe that everything related to weight loss and “healthy living” is just as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Because the mental aspect is so connected to everything we eat, every time we workout, and even how we sleep. That positive attitude is going to take you far. Also, as a fellow gallbladder-less person, it definitely does help you remember to eat healthy! Haha.

  4. Jen M says

    Allison, I can totally relate! My weight loss journey was kick started when I had my gallbladder removed. I spent two months in the hospital and lost over 40 pounds while there. While it hasn’t been easy since, I’ve committed myself to living healthy and vowed never to return. I wish I could say that was my only big hurdle, but life has thrown several challenges at me since my surgery. The fact that I haven’t left my commitment is a huge confidence booster. I KNOW I will get to my goal weight. I and it’s been awesome to look back and see how far I’ve come. However, the biggest changes I’ve made have been mental. Keep up the good work!

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