First for Women photo shoot

Today I looked in the full length mirror, dressed to the nines in a hot pink tight wrap dress, hiiiigh heels and hose, my hair and makeup done by professionals and I had to smile because I thought to myself "I've got my figure back!".  If I do say so myself, I looked damn good! : )

After 110+ pounds lost, First for Women Magazine contacted me to interview me about my weightloss and how I did it... how I overcame my bad habits and replaced them with healthy ones.  I pretty much answered, "Vtrim!".  I am so thankful to the folks at Vtrim for teaching me new behavior techniques that have led me to the fun day I had today: a photo shoot for the First for Women January or February issue!

The photographer took nearly 1000 photos today... and I only have a few iPhone photos to share, but here they are... one from 7:30am this morning in my kitchen with the hair & makeup gal, Laura, starting my "makeover" and then one of the outfits I wore for the photo session.  The stylist, Alicia, is pinning the pant legs tighter as... get this!... the size 12 slacks she brought with her were too big!  Woohooo!

I dreamed of a day like today... when I would feel like myself again... feel comfortable in my own skin and happy.  Today was a great, fun day.  I'm proud of myself.  Proud of who I am again.  Thank you for sharing this journey with me, friends.  If I can do this - change my life by dreaming, believing, and achieving my goals - you can, too!

Here's to our health!
Jan / Healthy Loser Gal


WEIGHT LESS NOT MORE December 6, 2010 at 10:57 PM  

What a fantastic dream day you must have had. Way to go and congrats on all your hard work!

Erin December 6, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

How wonderful! What a great day to recognize and feel good about all you've accomplished. Total fairy tale moment.

I hope you remember today on days that aren't so great and look in the mirror, continuing to tell yourself how great you look (and are)!

Alicia December 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

Congrats to you, Jan!

KCLAnderson (Karen) December 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

Ah yes...BTDT. I rarely say something like this, but please, learn a lesson from me. After I was on the cover of a similar magazine, things kinda fell apart and I regained half the weight I had lost. No, it's not because I was on the cover a magazine, but I hadn't fully accepted myself...I wasn't ready. I am not saying this to project my stuff on you...or to say that it will happen to you. Just to be aware and to realize that your "after" photo is just one brief moment in's not the end. You are strong and aware and I am so proud of you!!

Anonymous December 20, 2010 at 2:22 AM  

I'm so glad you had fun. You can be proud of yourself!

Bring Pretty Back December 29, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

Jan, I am so very happy for you. This is amazing. All of your hard work has paid off!!!!!!!! Congratulations!
Have a pretty day!!!!

Kelly Biggers February 26, 2011 at 9:11 PM  

I have to tell my friend Jill. How exciting for you!! She was also featured in this magazine last summer. Boy do they do a wonderful job at telling real stories of real woman. That is an amazing amount of weight loss. Congratulations. I have 25 to go and you sure have inspired me.

here is my friend Jill's web address

Kelly Biggers February 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

sorry i just gave you her e-mail LOL.
her web address is

congratulations again.