We live just 500 feet from a pool and we pay for the seasonal membership, last year at this time I had lost 40 lbs and I weighed in at 257, when we went to the pool I wore jeans, a tank top and one of these asymmetrical jacket things over it, I had to sit in the shade and I was miserable.
I live in Texas and it is hot... I was hot. I was still very uncomfortable in my body and I was recovering from back surgery and from having been bedridden for months and it left me in terrible shape physically and mentally... So even though we lived a stones throw from the pool I would drive the 500 ft instead of walking it and if I thought someone was paying attention to me I would take the long route home so they wouldn't see how close we actually lived.
Now 1 year later I am down another 82 lbs. for a total of 121 lbs. lost so far. I am 175 lbs, I've been working out since September 2015 and not only have I gained my functional strength back but I'm even starting to feel athletic.
Today when I walked (didn't drive!) with my daughter to the pool I didn't compare myself to the other women that were there, I got down to my swimsuit, jumped in and played with her - I had a blast and she got tired before I did!
I like my body for the first time in a long time - I still have weight to lose but my body is strong and powerful, and I feel good in it. Whereas last year I was trapped in it: it was hot, covered in clothes, and unable to get me from point A to point B. Now I can lift weights for 2 hours, take the dogs for a long walk at high noon (it's hot), and then go swim for over an hour with my kid.