Before Music Travel


I found some photos recently that I didn’t remember taking, and I want to share one of them.  I was at Bonnaroo (an amazing music festival in the middle of Tennessee) with friends to see my favorite band ever, Pearl Jam.  I also saw Ben Folds (in front of the front row of people) and Metallica, Kanye West, BB King and tons of other amazing artists that weekend.

We were in a giant RV in the VIP section closest to the stages, but they still seemed far away at 400 pounds.  Yes, I’m quite sure I was at least 400 pounds in this photo though I’ll never know for sure.

Summer of 2008

Walking back from the stages after different concerts, I had a couple of embarrassing moments.  One was stepping up into the RV…another was watching my friends and their friends climb the ladder on the back to sit on the roof.  At that point, I pretended I was tired and ready to leave so I drove back to my hotel for the evening.

Life was different then.  In some ways, it was amazing in spite of the fact that I was winded after walking 100 feet.  For the most part, I was an unhealthy and insecure girl who longed to be different.  It just seemed so impossible!

Squinty-eyed, post workout pic..but balance is better. 😉

Thankfully, I know it’s possible to change now, and I’m doing it.  I’ve gone from being a girl who lost her balance taking a step onto an RV to a girl who is ready to train for a triathlon. More on that later this week.  😉  It’s a long road to good health, but I’m so happy to be on it.

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    January 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    You look amazing!!!!!!! You should be so PROUD of yourself!

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    KCLAnderson (Karen)
    January 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I love the transformation…both inside and out!

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    January 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Congratulations on your achievements. I'm glad you're focusing on getting healthy, not thinner. When you look at it as fixing the insides rather than the outside, you have a much better chance at success. God bless you and happy triathlon!

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    January 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    You look AMAZING!! Keep up the great work!!

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    January 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    great job…you've done a lot of hard work!

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    Chubby McGee
    January 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    You're amazing. You know how amazing it is to see your progress? It's just…incredible. You're a true inspiration!!!

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    Heather B.
    January 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    AMAZING!!!!! The difference in you is awesome! It shows just how hard you have worked and how long you have come!!!!! CONGRATS!

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    Shannon B.
    January 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Amazing photo transformation! You are doing a kick ass job! Good work! Very motivating!

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    January 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Those before pictures really put things in perspective and drive you to keep pushing on! You are doing and looking amazing!! Truely an inspiration. 🙂

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    January 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Fabulous…I hope to have lots of 'before' pictures to look at next year myself!

    I'm excited to hear more about the triathlon!

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    January 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    You look truly amazing! Thank you so much for sharing – your a total inspiration!

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    Girly Girl: Losing the Gut
    January 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Good for you! You look amazing!! For some reason I have been looking at pictures of me lately that are me at my thinnest and longing for that, but it is important to look at you at your heaviest and see how far you have come too! Thanks for always being an inspiration!

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    January 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Great job and glad you can look back at that time as inspiration to keep going. I look back at my old photos and see a thin me and keep trying to get back there, but at 43 it isn't as easy as it used to me. You are an inspiration!

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    Alissa (A Journey to Thin)
    January 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Very inspiring!!

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    January 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I can see a major difference!

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    January 26, 2011 at 1:48 am

    You look a-ma-zing! I love how you write and tell your story!

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    Genie @ Diet of 51
    January 26, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Hey Kenz!

    These pictures are definitely worth more than 1,000 words! Stay the course; your progress is truly inspirational.

    The one-footed stance says a lot!


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    January 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

    You look so much happier and healthier – you've definitely come a long way and are inspiring so many people with your journey. Thank you!

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    Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia
    January 26, 2011 at 6:20 am

    You are my inspiration…really.

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    Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit
    January 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I think many of us have been there, not living life to the fullest and sitting out the big events. Kudos to you for making big changes in your life and your mindset. I foresee big things on your horizon…

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