I’m loving the downward trend, even if it’s not as much as I had hoped…
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad to see a loss. But with all the running and tracking I did, I had hoped for a bit more. Oh well- I will take what I can get if it’s a loss every week.
Couch to 5K is going well, but is hard. I am alternating 90 second runs and 2 minute walks right now, and cannot fathom running longer than those 90 seconds. We’ll see how week 3 goes on Sunday.
Certified hottie and almost-mom (NEXT MONTH!) Mrs JYW had an awesome chat recently, and she told me I should compare old outfits, then and now. It doesn’t help that Jersey Shore “meatball” Dina was all over the news yesterday saying how she lost 15 lbs and went from a size 8 to a 4. I’ve lost 40+ and have gone from an 18 to a 16! Granted, I might be able to fit into some size 14 items, and a few of you commented on facebook last night how losses are exponential, as in, a 20 to an 18 is a larger jump than a 10 to an 8.
I wanted to “see” my progress. I know that numbers aren’t the best way to judge weight loss, or to even judge weight in general. I know a size 12 could be one person’s goal weight and another’s rock bottom for their weight gain. Same thing with the number on the scale. I’ll never be a 4- I don’t think my hip bones alone could fit into a 4. How your clothes fit is probably the best way to “track” your weight loss. I worry sometimes that clothes stretching or shrinking due to wear or laundering will skew how I see my progress. But I have a tub full of “fat clothes” that no longer fit – and these pictures! – to help convince me that yes, 40 pounds of KJ gone is noticeable.
B’s thoughts about this comparison were 1) he couldn’t believe I was that big back in April 2011 and 2) wearing those clothes now I look “super frumpy.” It’s amazing how you don’t realize how big you once were until you can look back with hindsight! I loved those jeans, and at some points I was even BIGGER and couldn’t fit in them. In fact, in the October picture I am showing off the button which has a hair tie attached to it- the tie was looped through the button hole and had another loop knotted off on the other end, so I could put the button through the hair tie loop instead of the button hole, giving myself an extra inch. Fat person engineering. And still- they were at times too tight. Even with the inch.
UGH, I hate this before picture so, so much. I remember thinking my legs looked skinny when I first saw it. REALLY!?! Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. This was taken as I was leaving NJ in early August. It hurts me so much to see this now. These pants were one of the first to be retired when I started losing.
Great Big Daddy cameo in this one. This was at the very end of August, probably a week before I started my journey to “lose it” on September 1, 2011. I loved this eShakti dress and I hate that it so very much doesn’t fit me now, because I still love it! But looking back… I just look like such a lump in the August picture.
I think my face has lost 95% of the weight. These pictures do show that it has come off in some other places too. Seeing pictures like these are awesomely motivating! I would love to be down 50 pounds or more, but I’ll take progress where I can see it.
I owe this progress to a few different factors. Using both Weight Watchers, and now My Fitness Pal, have kept me accountable. I love that so many of you are on MFP and that we encourage each other on there and twitter. Same goes for my C25K ladies who motivate me. I also couldn’t do this without B’s support. He was supportive for the first nine months of course, but having him do MFP with me since June – and having him lose more than 60 pounds already – has inspired me even more. And of course, all my supporters – bloggers, high school, college, family – that constantly are complimenting and congratulating me on my progress… you guys keep me going!
Hopefully C25K will help me continue this progress. I’m not going to lose my goal of 10 lbs since I posted this. I’m about 2 lbs down from that post, with a week to go. The important thing is just that I’m down. Laura – aka queen of MFP awesomeness and the one who inspired me to use it – taught me that. She’s lost 49 lbs (per your MFP profile, Laura!) and I will often see her weigh in on there with a loss of less than a pound. This probably started after she had lost 30 or so pounds, aka the bulk of her weight to lose. When you’re closer to your goal you don’t usually have those huge 2-3 lb loss weeks anymore! I kept seeing Laura’s small losses but then I realized they had added up big time for her. If I lost half a pound every week for the rest of the year, that would be another six pounds. Nothing to sneeze at!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my “then and now” photos as much as I did. Thank you all for being there for me (and B!) and I raise my morning coffee to you – cheers! – for being wonderful friends and cheerleaders! I couldn’t do it without all this great support.