Saturday, May 16, 2009

Resolution Update: 19 Weeks

It has been 19 weeks now since I first weighed in to see where I was starting in my quest to reach my ideal weight. I stepped on the scale this morning, and I have passed a significant milestone. I now weigh 199 pounds, even. It's the first time in years that I have weighed less than 200 pounds! I have lost a total of 31.4 pounds since I started this journey.

Another big deal for me is being able to shop for clothes in "regular" stores. I have bought a summer dress and a couple of skirts and tops at Old Navy (something I couldn't have done when I started all this), and I've bought some tanks tops for the warmer weather in the regular department in JC Penney. Thursday morning, I went through a couple of boxes of old clothes that I had recently taken out of storage, and I am able to fit back into most of it - cute skirts, a few pairs of jeans, and a variety of tops. And, I've also been able to put lots of stuff into a big, black trash bag to be taken to Goodwill - I think I'm working on bag number 4. It was nice, a few weeks ago, to put on a pair of shorts from last summer and have the waistband fall down to my hips.

Also, I went to David's Bridal Wednesday evening on my way home from work. I needed to get some information about how far in advance I'm going to need to order my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding. I've decided to go with a short dress, and with the color my sister chose, that only gives me four dresses to pick from. I was able to try on a smaller size than the first time we all went to the dress shop with my sister, when she bought her dress. I've narrowed it down to two dresses - my first choice, which is the same dress my other sister chose, and a "runner-up" dress, but it was also good to be able to say "I don't like either of those". Both the dresses I'm considering will take 12 weeks to come in, and then I need to allow 4-6 weeks for them to do any needed alterations. I did explain that I am in the process of losing weight, and that I had lost about 30 pounds since the beginning of the year. They said that - if I will be continuing to lose weight - when I order my dress, I should order one size smaller than what fits at that point, and then they can take it in up to two dress sizes from there. Eighteen weeks from the wedding is July 4th, but I don't want to cut it that close, so I have decided I'll order my dress on/around June 20. That gives me five weeks more...

I will admit, I don't always get the exercise in, but when that happens, I also make adjustments to what it is I consume. I still eat fast food, but I try to be smart about my choices. I love Sonic, but that's about one of the worse choices I could make, so I don't go there. And, I'll often order the kid's meal or order items a la carte to keep portion size under control. I've been able to keep my sweet tooth from getting out of hand. I bought a box of Twinkies several weeks ago because I had a craving for a real one, and I'm happy to say I still have several of them left. I also still have some of my Easter candy left, too. I will have the occasional soda (I pick up some of those 8-ounce cans), if I can spare the calories. Since I've been seeing steady progress (there has still only been that one week when I didn't lose weight), it's been a lot easier to think "do you want that *soda, candy, fast food*, or do you want to keep losing weight?" to keep myself from making poor choices. So far, so good.

13 comments:

Sarah said...

Congrats! That's so much to have lost! Your perseverance is inspiring!

FbL said...

WTG! Congratulations!

TigerHawk said...

Good job. It is tough work, to be sure.

Army Wife said...

CONGRATS indeed!

CJ said...

AWESOME! Now you need to be brave enough to show some before/after pics! We are so happy that you accomplished (ing) this!
emily

Miss Ladybug said...

Emily~
I've wondered about that, but since I blog anonymously, I hesitate to do that...

My best friend asked if I would share my bra-and-panties before & after pics, and I told her "No!". Those aren't being seen by anyone but me.

For those of you who are also my facebook friends, you can see the progression. I need to take a new photo for my profile - the current one is from back in March, many pounds ago...

Toni said...

That is so wonderful. Good job. I've been reading Jillian Michaels book "Master Your Metabolism", there's some really great info in it. You might want to pick it up or see if the library has it. Well worth the read.

Cricket said...

Wow. I cut out sodas over a year ago, and I noticed an immediate difference in how I felt. I haven't lost weight (that comes next), but I have cut out one thing that I know is waaaay bad. You are inspiring me! I have also noticed I don't get as hungry since I quit the sodas. What have you replaced the sweets with? Celery, beef jerky?


I am so proud of you!

Miss Ladybug said...

It's not so much that I am replacing sweets, that I am cutting back. We celebrated my dad's birthday today, and I had a slice of chocolate cake and some chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Just one serving of each, though. I've picked up some of those "100 calorie" packages of various sweets, and I also pay attention to serving size and calories per serving for things like cookies. Take Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies: 1 serving = 3 cookies = 150 calories; when packing a lunch, if I have these cookies, I'll only put 2 cookies in my lunch. It's more of a "do you want to each a bunch of this yummy sweet thing, or do you want to keep losing weight?" So far, I've mostly been able to say "I'd rather keep losing the weight.". Today, even though I had the cake, ice cream, and 2 cans of Pepsi, I still got in a 1 mile walk, and while I didn't hit my 1000 calorie deficit target, I still consumed fewer calories than I burned today. Since today was a special day that won't be happening again for a while (next family member birthday is me, later this summer), so I just need to make sure I eat well and exercise the rest of the week.

Toby Nunn said...

Congrats!!!
It takes a lot to make it happen and I am SOO happy for you.
Toby

kathy said...

GREAT JOB!!!!

I am glad you have made such wonderful progress and I know you can stick with it until you reach your goal!

Congrats!

Lisa in DC said...

Fantastic! You should be SOOOOOO pleased. Hang in there!

One trick for managing those extra twinkies? Ship 'em to Afghansitan. No kidding. I had a craving for a homemade cookie this week so I made some. Since great-grandma's recipe makes a lot, I've eaten a few but the rest are getting boxed up and heading east....

XLiberal said...

Keep it up.I have lost 8 pounds in 8 weeks. Lots of cabbage, which fortunately I like. I need to walk more than I have been doing.