Vulnerable #transformationtuesday post. The top photos were taken July 1, 2014 after having been diagnosed with #PCOS. I THOUGHT I could battle this disease alone with diet and exercise, which is why I took these photos. I've had some ups and downs along the way. I have tried every diet, shake, meal plan, veganism, and even medication for help to balance out my hormones and nothing has helped. I hated myself. I hated the way I looked, I hated the way I felt. I killed myself in the gym for 2-4 hours a day Monday-Saturday and NOTHING worked. Sure I got some nice arms, legs, and butt and fluxuated in my core, but nothing ever stood. Flash forward 3.5 years. Bottom two I just took after enjoying a sandwich with my kids. I still workout and lift weight 5 days a week, and I eat great, but I'm also in a better mental space than I have ever been. I don't LOVE the way I look, but I understand now that it is more than I can control on my own. I am not ashamed of needing #wls to move beyond my own powers. I am proud that I can acknowledge where I am at and my own physical capabilities. This is not the easy way out, it is not a shortcut, and it sure as hell won't easy, but I know I'm worth it. Next month I will be joining the #sleeved team and I am so excited!