Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So last night I decided to go through all of my clothes and get rid of a lot of them. My dresser and closet have been full of old clothes to the point where I was pretty much living out of laundry baskets for my "current" clothes. I decided I wanted the space back so I could actually put my laundry AWAY after washing it. Novel concept, I know!
So I went through my dresser first. I had a few pairs of HUGE pants that I want to save so I can do those cool "standing in one leg of my old pants" photos when I get to my goal weight. I also saved some old jeans that are too big, but would be good for wearing if I have to do any messy projects like painting or something. I also found this sexy pair of urban camo fatigues I bought for paint ball like 1000 years ago that I can actually squeeze into now, but will look awesome when I lose about 20 more pounds.
Then I went through my shirt drawer and mostly just threw out holey old t-shirts. I held onto a couple for sentimental purposes. Then it was the underwear drawer where I got rid of anything with holes or frayed. Then bras, of which I can now fit back into many of my old ones. I got rid of everything that was falling apart or with underwire sticking out and then tried the rest on to see how they fit. Unfortunately, losing weight has meant a reduction in my cup size, but at least I have a bunch of B cups from before I put on all this weight.
Going through my closet was the best. I discovered several pairs of pants hanging in there. Some I had "grown out" of and forgot I had and would have been handy on my way back down, but now they are too big. So those are going to Goodwill. I also found a pair of khakis that fits me just right, so yay for new pants! There was also a pair of khakis that I bought a few years ago and never wore once, because they were too small. They are still a bit too small, but I figure that by the time I "shrink out" of the pair that do fit, I'll be able to fit into the smaller pair.
All in all, I had two tall kitchen garbage bags full of trash and one for Goodwill. Now I just have to actually get around to putting away my laundry.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Well, I officially reached my 60 pound loss mark at this morning's weigh-in. I was close last week, so I ended up beating it by 1.6 pounds. That means I'm now down to 208.4 and only 8.5 pounds away from Onederland!
Back when I first started this journey, I was watching season 8 of the Biggest Loser and I remember seeing how emotional some of the women would get after getting below 200 pounds for the first time in years. I would cry with them and imagine what it would feel like when I made it to that point. Back then it seemed impossibly far away, but now it's so close I can taste it!
I honestly can't remember when I crossed that 200 pound threshold on my way up. I know I was dangerously close to it when my ex-fiance and I started trying the Atkins diet for a month or two back in spring 2003. Once I gave up on that diet, I don't think I weighed myself for a long time and must have crossed the 200 mark sometime back then, so in the summer of 2003 most likely.
I think there will still be a big difference in my 200 pounds now versus 200 pounds 7 years ago. Now I am much more fit and strong. I have actual muscles that surprise me all the time. I'm already in size 16 jeans now, whereas I know I was in 18's even before I got up to 200 pounds back then. Back then I was ashamed of my nearly 200-pound body, but now I am so proud! Every day I notice and appreciate little things about my new body: how slender my wrists look while I'm typing, how narrow my thighs are while I'm sitting on the couch, how big my biceps and triceps are while I'm wearing my new short-sleeve shirts, how powerful my thighs look when I'm shaving my legs, how small my neck looks when I'm fixing my hair, and so many others.
I remember having my ex-fiance take my "before" photos for that Atkins diet (don't have the photos anywhere anymore) and thinking how horrible and frumpy and flabby I looked. And, while I would love to be back down to that weight, I definitely don't want to go back to that attitude! I love my new body and I'm loving it more every day and I am proud of my progress. I'll be in Onederland in a few more weeks and it will feel better than ever!
Monday, July 12, 2010
I didn't manage to make my goal of hitting my 60 pound mark today. I came up 0.4 pounds short. But the good news is, I should easily reach that goal next week, plus have a nice head start towards my next goal: Onederland! I'm trying to stay positive and focus on the fact that I am only 10.5 pounds away from being out of the 200's. I honestly can't believe it. When I started this journey I was much closer to 300 than I was to 200 and now the 100's are in sight!
I am still confident that I can reach my goal of 199.9 by the end of August. 10.5 pounds in 7 weeks should be a piece of cake! (Mmmmm... cake....)
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