So far I'm down 45 of the 101 pounds - about 5 pounds away from the halfway mark. I've, by no means, "arrived" but, I'm definitely on the way.
I'll confess - I've been slightly discouraged lately. After 5 months and two days of this different lifestyle I was hoping to at least need to buy some new clothes. I can STILL wear the clothes I started out in - they are most assuredly looser, baggier, roomier, whatever. I can take off my jeans without unbuttoning them - but I can still wear them even if I have to hitch them up now and then.
When I started back at the gym, they asked me to write down my goals - what size I was at the time and what size I'd like to be. I can't believe I'm going to tell you this - but I have to "own it" as Dr. Phil would say, and not saying it doesn't make it "not so". And - it might encourage you somehow. I put down that I started at a size 20 and would like to end up a size 8 or 10. If you're a man - you may not know that women's dress sizes go in even numbers - except for some of the manufacturers that are making up new sizes so that our brains are more comfortable with it. (I once bought a size 12 skirt when I was wearing a size 14 in everything else. Just the fact that it said 12 was enough of reason to buy it to me.) Anyhow - women's sizes are 2, 4, 6, 8, up to 18, 20, 22 and beyond.
Well, that makes it discouraging to still be able to wear the same size after 5 months!
So I was thumbing through a catalog the other day and decided to compare my measurements with the size chart in the catalog - and it pegged me at a size 26 to begin with! So I checked another size chart and found about the same thing - size 24 or 26. How disappointing - I'm where I thought I started!!!
So, anyhow - I got my DH to take a couple of photos and then found an old one to compare with.
The "before" photo was taken at my cousin's wedding rehearsal on September 13th, I had already lost 10 pounds at that point:
- 1 1/2 from my bust
- 3 1/2 from my waist
- 1 1/2 from my low abs
- 3 inches from my hips
In the "after" photo (taken last night before I hit the gym) I'm down 45 pounds:
- 5 1/2 from my bust
- 8 from my waist
- 7 from my low abs
- 5 3/4 from my hips
That's not nuthin' - so I'm encouraged again when I see proof positive.
I've still got a long way to go - but I'm well on my way and actually enjoying the trip!
I hope you realize how difficult it was for me to post such embarrassing information - especially that photo! But - it's good for me :0)