Friday, January 18, 2008

5 more to Halfway

Several of you have been bugging me for a photo of the progress - something I'm NOT very excited to do - but I thought it might be encouraging to those of you that are also on this quest to lose a "few" pounds and improve your health.

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)


  1. Sara,
    I think you are doing a great job. You look great and not only that, you are much healthier now. That in itself is a good thing! Keep it up missy! Counting down til Boston!

  2. look awesome. I totally understand what you are talking about. I've only been doing this for not even a month yet and I am already struggling, but I know that in the long run, I will be healthier and I want to be able to as active with Miss K as possible. And, I don't want her to be embarassed of me. And yeah for you on posting the photos. I can't bring myself to do it. Heck, I can't even bring myself to post my starting weight!

  3. Sara, you look absolutely wonderful! Your attitude and determination is awesome and inspiring. Love ya, Maria

  4. You look fabulous! I am so excited by your progress. You are loosing weight the good way! I am impressed that you are sticking with it1

  5. You look great!!!! I am so proud of you!! Can't wait to see you on Sunday!!

  6. You look great Sara!

    I'm afraid I'm not doing anywhere near as well as you -- I have a drawer full of jeans that I fit into a year ago - but can't get back into. I need to hop on that elliptical!

    Love ya!

  7. Quite a difference..and I'm posting (even though I tell you all the time),your dedication to this is showing!

    A picture's worth thousand words, WTG! I'm very happy for your accomplishment!

    Dawn :0)

  8. Quite a difference..and I'm posting (even though I tell you all the time),your dedication to this is showing!

    A picture's worth thousand words, WTG! I'm very happy for your accomplishment!

    Dawn :0)

  9. Remarkable change. Nothing will stop you now from going all the way. Very strong! We're proud of you.

  10. I think you look great. I bet if you put aside the weight loss portion of this process you can also say you feel better at the halfway mark than you did when you started. I am working on this weight thing myself and it sure is hard!!!!

  11. Sara you look fantastic! You are an inspiration to us all!!

  12. Do you SEE the difference in your pictures? Wow, Sara! Congrats on all your hard work! And, TY for're an inspiration!

  13. Wow Sara. You can really see the difference in the photos. You should really proud of yourself.

    And yes, I can attest to the fact that "the elliptical machine can be overcome". :)

  14. Wow I knew you were loosing weight but not how much. I just saw my DR and I have put back on the 80# I had lost 2 years ago. He told me I absolutely must lose 100 in the next year. Are you just doing the gym? I am already a vegetarian so this is hard. I can't believe I am putting this on the web but you inspire me girl.


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