The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Before and After"

"Before" my weight loss...these photos were taken in Aug/Sept. when I was 40 lbs. heavier. I was feeling good when these were taken as I got some new pants that fit well. I took the time to have them altered so they were a perfect fit.
There's nothing like a pair of crisp white pants! A fine pair of white pants have been my favorite article of clothing to own since I was in college. Then I lost 40 lbs. and discovered it was time for new white pants!
"After!" Now I have lost 40 lbs. and feel really good! I didn't realize how much energy it drained in me carrying around the equivalent of four 10lb. sacks of potatoes!

Those are the Rocky Mountains behind me and the snow capped peak is one of our "fourteeners" called "Longs Peak."

For 4 months I walked/jogged/ran(shuffled) on this 3 mile loop around McIntosh Lake with these pretty views.
It was always inspirational and I spent a lot of time thinking about my parents and my goals in life.
My friend Lorri is a wonderful photographer and she graciously offered to take these 'after' photos for me! She is so talented making even a 43 year old gal like me look youthful! (And these are originals before "Photoshop!" Can't wait to see what magic she can work next on my many wrinkles!)

So remember my love of white pants?

Well, I may need to rethink how I feel about them. After Tom carefully looked over the photos and complimented my weight loss and Lorri's fine skills, he said, "You know what these photos on the swing remind me of?" A commercial for Tampax!" Gee, if only I'd have known that with a little planning all these years of wearing white pants could have lead to a fruitful tampon career! :-)

26 comments:

petrii said...

Debbie,
You look fantastic!!! I am also 43 and have recently lost about 40 lbs as well.

I love your yellow ~~ I just bought a yellow shirt the other day and white capris yesterday. WOW we have a lot in common huh?

Have a Blessed weekend,
Dawn

Lorri said...

Love it - I'll send my readers over - they all wanted to see the "Before!"

Beth said...

Oh Denise you look so beautiful...you did before...but the inner beauty has escaped! Congrats! and about Tom's comment...bahahahahaha What a guy!

Melissa Jo - mjp photography said...

Wow! Congrats, you look great! You look so happy and healthy! God Bless!

Tamara said...

Lorri sent me over to look at your before pictures. Lorri was right, you look great! Good work. Having lost a lot of weight myself I know what determination it takes.

You are also right, Lorri is a fabulous photographer!

Tammie

Amanda said...

You look AMAZING!!! I can't believe how much younger you look in the after pictures...wowee!!!

You have inspired me. Been doing weight watchers for a month and I am down 8.6. Hoping for a total of 15, but those last few are so hard to lose!!

Congrats on your success!!!

Anita said...

I've thought all along I wasn't sure how you would look 40 lb lighter, when I saw you last spring you were beautiful. Now, you look so happy, so full of life, how, I don't know.
Tom's comment is a hoot!
Enjoy that new body!!

Melissa said...

You look beautiful! Your hubby is funny...leave it to a man to see things from a different point of view! :)

Kim said...

You are beautiful my friend, inside and out! Always have been always will! I love seeing all the pretty pics of you though. So lovely you are!

LYLAS-Kim

It's Always Something Around Here said...

You look fabulous!!!

I am working on losing weight myself but didn't take any before pics unfortunately.

It's Always Something Around Here said...

You look fabulous!!!

I am working on losing weight myself but didn't take any before pics unfortunately.

ShutUpandRun said...

Tom is SO hilarious. His comment made me laugh out loud. I know you look amazing b/c I saw you in person last week!! Job well done, my friend.

Faith said...

Denise, you look amazing!! Wow, so fabulous. I'm so proud of your hard work and determination. These photos are so great. Way to go girl!!

Traci said...

said in my best hoity twoity voice... you look faaabulous dah-ling! ok, back to my southern drawl... i'm gettin' inspired!

Gift registry said...

You look gorgeous. Those photos are very well taken. Beautiful!

Lucy Marie said...

H-O-T M-A-M-A!! Girl, you look so fabulous!

glitzen said...

How GORGEOUS are you??? Those are fabulous pictures too, your friend is a wonderful photographer. And such scenery in the background, well, I'm a total scenery nut so of course I love them. You sure look great! You are inspiring to so many of us "40 somethings" I am sure. :)

stefanie said...

You look maaahvelous! Inspiring, you.

Pamela said...

You are just too funny and I am soo jealous! You look fabulous! Not that you did not look great before but geez what a difference! Truly an inspiration! I always fall off the wagon. I will have to go back and see if I can find how you did it.

Bonnie said...

I just found your blog through the mom blogs, I love it! I also live in Colorado and am a photographer. I'm having a giveaway over at my photography blog, just spreading the word! www.sadiedaysphotographyblog.com

Kat said...

Wow! I thought you were beautiful before, but now you look amazing!!!! Tom's comment really is hilarious. Congrats on the new you!!!

Emily said...

Sorry I am just now seeing this... you looked amazing before you lost 40lbs.... I didn't think you even needed to lose any weight.... You look WONDERFUL now!

How did you lose the weight!?!?!

emily freeman said...

WOW! You look so fabulous! So beautiful...

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MiMi said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING! I am SO proud of you! I can't think of a more beautiful place to walk or jog...what a gorgeous backdrop! And the pictures are just beautiful!

Faith redesigned both of my blogs and that helped to motivate me to start back blogging! I look forward to catching up with you and your family in 2011!

So great to see you...

Love,
Emilie

MiMi said...

Hey, girl...I posted a very "special" recipe on MiMi's Making Meals JUST for you...that you asked me about a LONG time ago! ( :

Sorry it took me so long!