October 4th, 2012

TWI - Then and Now

I’m loving the downward trend, even if it’s not as much as I had hoped…

Week: -.4

Total: -41.2

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.

50 comments to TWI – Then and Now

  • Thanks for the little shout out! I am so stinking proud of you, and these comparison pictures are incredible! I knew you were shrinking, but seeing it like this is so fun! You’ve done such a great job so far, and I’ve loved getting to watch your progress. And you’re so right – A loss is a loss regardless of the number, and you’re continually moving in the right direction! Soo inspiring!

  • Wow you really really see it in those pictures! and your face is definitely where i see it the most!! you are almost there, you can do this!!

  • Dang girl, lookit you!!! You’re doing a GREAT job!!!

  • kaity

    those pictures are amazing! you are doing a fantastic job!!

    you’re making me consider giving C25K another shot too…

  • You are so awesome and you look amazing!

  • Holy pugs! A pictures worth 1000 words, or in this case, 40lbs. What a change. Good for you, and thanks for the inspiration to attack my own 28 “frenemies”


  • Wow!! Congratulations and don’t give up!! As for the C25K, I am actually doing it now and I know what you mean about thinking you won’t be able to do the next goal. But you will be able to do! That’s the wonders of this plan. I am on week 5 and I can run for 8 minutes straight. 8 Minutes!!! You can do it!!

  • Andrea

    You are amazing! I am still struggling with motivation but seeing your progress is inspiring. I was just talking to my hubby last night about you + your husbands success losing weight! I think you should get the red dress altered to fit the new you! Keep up the great work!!

  • Gina

    OMG this is incredible! Oh I so need to do this! Good for you!! You look fab!

  • WOW you are so amazing, woman!!! It’s crazy to see the side by sides because that 40 lbs shows! Keep it up, girly. You’re such an inspiration!

  • You look fantastic!!! Love these before and after photos – they’re so inspiring! Good luck with the C25K! Sometimes starting a new fitness regime causes weight loss to temporarily stall as your body readjusts. I haven’t lost a pound from my running but my body looks very different. Keep it up and good luck with the running!

  • you look amazing, absolutely gorgeous! and i’m so happy for you!! such an inspiration! you’ll have to let me know the continutation of c25k and i’ll join you in a few months post baby!! :D YAYYYYY

  • You seriously look amazing! Good for you for keeping up with your weight loss and getting into the C25K. I think it’s fantastic! I’d love to see some comparison shots of B too!

  • Layla

    Yes!! This was a great idea – it really shows how far you’ve come and you’re right – your face shows it SO much! You look great, Kelly. You know, you always did, but I know that someone else’s view of you doesn’t impact your self esteem as much as YOUR view of you. And I’m proud of you for doing all you’ve done and sticking with it (and Big Daddy!). You look awesome, and I’m excited to keep following this journey of yours.

  • Twinner

    This is just incredible. You are SUCH a motivation to me!

  • girl, you look fantastic! i love these progress shots SO MUCH. congrats, your hard work is paying off- even though i totally understand about the lack of movement in something like sizes.

  • You look AMAZING! And yes, your face has lost so much weight. Don’t ever get discouraged with your loss or a plateau. Think of how far you’ve come and how hard you’ve worked! You are an inspiration!

  • You are beautiful and you look just absolutely stunning! I’m so happy for you and all of the success you’ve had over the past year! I hope this can be a motivator for me because I have to start now if I ever want to start my baby making! lol Love you K$!!!! <3

  • Sunny

    You look amazing and yes you can really see it in your face. I also love this statement, ” I know a size 12 could be one person’s goal weight and another’s rock bottom for their weight gain.” I was going to comment on twitter yesterday but 140 wasn’t enough space. ;)

    I have really been thinking a lot about this lately. I bought some clothes off of Laura that are too big for her and they fit me great. That got me thinking that I probably could stand to lose some weight myself which I could but I know that I could never lose as much weight as she did. If I could lose 15-20 pounds, I’d be as small as I was freshman year of high school, I just do not think my body is made to be any smaller than that. I have an ass and a gut but even at my smallest I had those, its just how my body works.

    You are really encouraging me to get back on the band wagon and knock out this last little bit of weight. Go you!

    Sorry to hijack your comments :)

    • Everyone is SO different, so don’t feel like it’s not worth it if you don’t lose as much weight as me (or anyone else for that matter!) I don’t think anyone thought I weighed as much as I did when I started, but I was at a really unhealthy weight. It’s whatever works for you and makes you feel healthy and fit, which for you is probably a lot less than 49 lbs!

  • Dang girl! I’m am so very proud of you! You look freakin’ fantastic! You’re encouraging me to also get back on the weight loss wagon… or at least get off my butt and start exercising again. Thank you :)

  • OHMYGODDDDD you look amazing! You are *so* motivating me to get my bum in shape as soon as this baby shows. Aren’t before and after pics the most gratifying thing ever?!

  • Stephanie O

    High five… WTG! I am starting on this journey (again). Will be looking back to you for motivation. Great job!

  • Little

    Kelly you look SO FABULOUS!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You have worked so hard and it has SO paid off!!!!!

  • Liss

    Love these pictures!

    You can really tell how much you have lost. Especially in the one with the blue top and jeans.

    Looking great, keep up the amazing job you are doing x

  • Wow wow wow!!!! Awesome motivation for me to join you and Laura. You guys are super stars!!!!! Can I post a link to this on my blog one day as a shout out? You cool with that?!

  • Congratulations!! You really look amazing. I’ll have to remember the wearing the same clothes for before and after pictures thing! Keep rocking lady!

  • You look so fabulous!! I am so proud of you! The difference with you in the dress is amazing!! You are doing fabulous. Don’t worry about what size you are wearing. As much as I would love to be a size 0, I am just trying to be as healthy as I can and not worry (as much) about what size I am. Just wait until you CRAVE running! Its addictive… Keep it up friend!

  • I’m totally late to this party, but I still have to say how unbelievably proud I am of you! I can’t lie, though; it’s been really, really hard watching, reading, and seeing how flipping amazing my friends are doing with their weight losses while I’m literally getting bigger. I had great plans during this deployment to lose my weight (hired a personal trainer and everything!) and then a week before the deployment is when we found out I was pregnant. I just hope you guys will all be there for me when you’re skinny and help me lose the baby+ weight!

    Anyway, (seriously, shame on me for hijacking this comment with stuff about me!) you look FANTASTIC! I love that you had pictures from before, I’ve managed to just have photos of my face and not my body, so I don’t know if I could do a comparison like that. Keep up the awesome work, Kelly!

  • you look seriously amazing. good for you!

  • WOW. You can tell a huge difference in these pictures! You look fantastic. Big high five to you and your motivator B! Any chance he’d let you do a before/after post on his loss? I’d love to see! Power couple for sure ;)

  • Kelly

    Hey girl! Saw this on my FB NewsFeed and decided to check it out — You’re as beautiful as ever! I am so proud of you; it takes A LOT of hard work and willpower to lose weight…especially 40+ pounds! Great job, and keep up the hard work — But don’t forget to reward yourself every now and then for your efforts.

    <3 x <3 o

  • You are such a rockstar! Before and after photos are a great way to see progress…especially when you are stuck in a place that you feel hasn’t shown any progress in awhile.

    I feel like we have gone on this journey together and I’m so excited for both of us losing and feeling great. :)

  • Rosie

    that’s crazy!!! awesome job so proud xoxo

  • I saw this on Facebook! WOW, great job. You look amazing. Keep up the great work. :) :)

  • You look absolutely beautiful! Personally, I think how your clothes fit is probably the best way to determine a weight loss. Scales often disappoint us by not moving at the speed we want them too. I have to say that judging by the new pictures, I would have thought you were at biggest, maybe stretching it, a 10. Congrats on having all your hard work pay off and keep up the good work!

  • Sara

    Go Kelly! You sound and look like you are doing a fantastic job! Keep it up!!!!

  • Terri

    You look great!!! WTG Kelly!!!

  • these are incredible. you should be so proud of yourself for taking your health into your own hands. keep up the great work girl! we’re all here for you :)

  • Hey pretty girl!! Outfit pics are genius!! It is so hard when you don’t see it- but you look absolutely amazing chickadee! Gorgeous. Weightloss is tough! You have come such a long way. Remember, if it was easy, we’d all be size 4’s! My hat is off to you girl! Once some things in my life iron out, I’ll be joining you! ;)

  • You are so inspiring me with these pictures!

  • mommers

    Kelly – you are inspirational! I’m very proud of all your hard work, I know it’s not easy for you. Especially the running part! Love and miss you – mummers

  • YOU are an inspiration! These before and afters are wonderful, be proud!

  • These photos are so inspiring! Unfortunately I’m at the hair tie around the button hole stage right now. I packed on some weight but working to get my jeans fitting normally again.

  • 1. You look AMAZING! You should be so proud of yourself!
    2. It stinks because of the effort you’re putting in, but adding a new exercise (especially one that’s intense for you) can take a couple of weeks to show on the scale. Your muscles retain water to repair. Do you take measurements? I bet you’ll see a result there faster with running.
    3. Losing weight/inches is like unrolling paper towels. The first couple sheets don’t make the roll look smaller – you have to take off a lot to see a difference, but the closer you get to the bottom, the bigger impact each sheet makes. Same with pounds on your body!

    Keep it up! You’re super inspiring!

  • This is amazing! I’m so impressed at your will power and ability to stick to it! You look fabulous!

  • Amy

    LOVE THESE PHOTOS. You seriously look SO SMOKIN’. You are definitely making great progress! Keep it up, girl! :)

  • min

    so CONGRATS!! you look so so amazing but i think brian is stealing some of your thunder, the dress picture before, Brian’s face behind you just made me cry laughing..

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