This was from the other night after I was working on the recent posts for my website. I normally seek out good lighting for a selfie, but liked the way this one turned out. There is no filter (usually don’t use them thanks to a good camera on my phone), just a low light shot right before I got ready for bed.
What transitioning has done both to and for me in 2015
Family – my marriage is ending and at least one family member won’t speak to me, although my kids still love me unconditionally
Friendships – have not lost any yet (the few I had are still around), and gained some new ones
Weight – down about 35 lbs from the time of the “before” photos above (overall weight loss over 50 lbs since early 2014)
Cholesterol – from high and needing medication to perfect scores with no medication needed
Confidence in self – way.. way up
Being out in public as my true self – from never to nearly full time
Self Confidence – also way up!
Happiness – from the most painful year of my life to unending hope for the future
Breasts – from falsies to “Oh baby I have actual B cups!”
Strength – lost a lot of muscle, but I have NEVER been STRONGER!
Overall body shape – curves in many new places 😉
Age – I started HRT at age 40 on Halloween of 2014, I am now 41
It is never too late to figure out how to be your authentic self!!
Happy 2016 Everyone! I love my tumblr followers. Thank you so much for your messages of support. They have always come when needed most. This has been the most painful, most difficult, most stressful, happiest, and perhaps healthiest year of my life. I have made it through a lot but there are still many challenges ahead. Buckle Up for the Year of Ari 😉
EDIT 01/20/16: The last photo had some weird lighting so I posted a more recent pic