Over 10 Sizes and 70 pounds lost along the “Weigh”!
A few posts ago I shared my clothing size drop from 28W to 16W along with pictures. What you didn’t see is how, by increasing workout days/intensity, how far I’ve come in just the last 2 months. It’s pretty amazing!
Flash Back: Scary 278.8 Pounds ago
Flash Forward: Christmas 2011 – 68 pounds Lost
Anniversary Date, February 11, 2012: 208, down only 3 more pounds, but Huge Change – This is the special 16W dress!
Major Milestone: First time in Years I’ve been able to Comfortably Cross My Legs In Public! This may sounds like a small win, but I always had too much lower body weight, especially belly and hips. Bye bye Blob!!!
This is Dang Exciting, But Here’s A Few More Additional Real-Life Benefits From the Weight Loss:
- The constant pain in my hips, knees, and feet is GONE!
- I can sit cross legged and even in half lotus comfortably.
- None of my rings fit (except wedding ring) and will have to get engagement ring resized. Fat fingers, bye bye!
- My watches are also too big as wrists are back to pre-weight gain size. I can now wear a great Seiko watch I wore in my 20’s again! Hello skinny wrists!
- Most of my dress up/work shoes don’t fit – just added another 6 Pairs to garage sale pile! Fat feet, bye bye!
But the Biggest Changes Have Been Psychological:
At Christmas 2011, still eating full portions when dining out plus bread, appies, and dessert. Then went to Concierge Lounge after dinner to get a 2nd portion of dessert! Did try to have 1 lower cal meal per day though.
Psych Change Needed: In our minds, celebrations and fun times = FOOD!
2 months later: Although we went out to eat for our 18th Anniversary, we have completely changed the way we approached our meal.
- We ordered Half Size Salads to start.
- We ordered much smaller main portions – a 6 oz petite filet for me w/2 prawns and an 8 oz petite filet for her.
- We ordered 2 sides (it was an al a carte place) but ate only less than half of each one and took the rest home for next day’s dinner.
- I skipped coffee after and both of us skipped dessert there.
- We bought very small portion desserts from a bakery in the hotel and ate at home.
- We discussed that we’re going to do this type of ordering in the future – half portions of salads/starters, skipping appetizers, sharing a main course, and either sharing or skipping dessert. Not only cheaper on budget, but on waistline!
- Biggest: on the way home, La asked about going out to Kobe for my birthday and I could have cared less about going out to eat to celebrate. Instead, I’d rather enjoy time with friends and apply the money for a meal out to home improvements, paying off debts, or other tangible “life gains”. WOW!
So, it’s the huge change in how we look at dining out and deciding to spend our money on healthy foods, vinegars/flavored olive oils to encourage healthy meals, and finding other ways to celebrate that aren’t centered around food.
This includes planning for Christmas this year. Instead of staying at a nice hotel/meals, we’re looking at going to the AKC Eukenuba National Championships held here in Orlando. Talk about a serious Perceptual Flip!
I think we’re finally really “getting it”!