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Me...a size 12?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I went shopping a couple of weekends ago with my mom and I saw these really cute capri pants that I absolutely loved. But, I looked and saw that they were size 12 and I said, "No way am I going to fit into these, but I have to try." So, I tried them on...and to my great astonishment, they fit! I also bought a medium sized shirt. It was absolutely amazing to me that I fit into these clothes, so I had to take a picture with my new outfit.

After that trip, I went to Vegas the next weekend with some friends and for the first time in my life I walked into designer clothing stores and felt like I could actually try things on. It was so much fun! I am LOVING my new size! The downside is that every time I go into a clothing store I want to buy more clothes, and I'm still not quite at my ultimate goal weight, so I keep getting too small for all my new clothes! It will be nice when I reach my ultimate goal and I can buy clothes that I can keep wearing for a long time. emoticon


Vanuatu Vacation

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I thought I'd just put a blog message in here about my recent vacation to Vanuatu. It was a much-needed vacation that was well deserved after all of our hard work. I didn't even feel too self-conscious in a bathing suit on the beautiful white sand beaches! My husband kept commenting on the whole trip that he was so happy we had lost weight so we fit better in the airplane seats and on the bus seats. I can't even imagine what the trip would have been like if we hadn't lost so much weight. We did a lot of walking and hiking also during part of our trip (11 hours one day!) and we never would have been able to do that without being in shape. It was such a wonderful vacation! The people I hadn't seen in 8 years were all impressed and kept commenting on how much I had lost and how much smaller I looked. It was a really good feeling. I'll post a picture or two once we get them downloaded from our camera and I can find room in my album.

I did gain about 5 pounds back (but lost inches) during my 3 week vacation, but I felt like I needed a break after doing this for so long. Now I'm back to my normal routine of eating better and exercising and hoping to reach my ultimate goal by the end of this year. Woohoo!


I beat my long-term goal!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Wow! I can't even begin to express how happy and excited I am to post this blog today. I've been on Sparkpeople now for almost 2 years with some good times and some not so good times. In the past 7 months though I have lost 66 pounds and today when I stood on the scale, to my WONDERFUL surprise, I was at 178.8! My long-term goal that I have had from the start when I began on Sparkpeople has always been 180, so I almost cried when I saw the number come up on the scale this morning. It feels so good to have FINALLY reached and surpassed my original long-term goal.

I won't be ending here as my ultimate goal is 150 and I only have another 28 pounds to go to reach that goal. Once I reach 150, I will officially be considered Healthy on the BMI scale and I will weigh less than the lightest weight I ever remember being (160) which was in my early years of high school and was still considered fat.

Thanks for all the support everyone, and thanks Sparkpeople for the wonderful website!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUDYSPOSITIVE 3/27/2008 4:39PM

    HI Paula,
Look at you, your amazing. I am so proud of you, I remember way back when we both started this journey, we both have struggled but you certainly took off and got this done. Even though your not at your main goal you look awesome. Now, I guess I better get my butt in gear, you have inspired me to get this done. Congratulations.

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MA_DIDDLES 3/21/2008 12:08AM

    Hi Paula

Tears of JOY for you Paula - along with a Happy Dance. You have been such an inspiration for the STOP Team. I am sure we all wish for the desire - willpower and the determination you have had the past few months. I am thrilled to have shared this part of your weight loss journey with you.
Joyce is right - you are looking gorgeous and glowing. You have every right to glow and even gloat a little with the accomplishments and goals you have acquired so far. Stay with your goals. I do hope you continue your journey with the STOP Team cuz we LOVE YA - - MA

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MARYJOYCE2 3/20/2008 6:48AM

    What a wonderful example of determination you are, Paula. I'm soooo happy for you. You look absolutely gorgeous!


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FREEANGEL3 3/18/2008 6:45PM

    Wow!!! Way to go! Congratulations!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I know it sounds funny to be so happy to be Overweight, but when you've been Obese or Morbidly Obese your whole life like me, you'd celebrate too to finally be JUST Overweight. I just breached that gap this morning as I weighed in at 185.4 pounds and my BMI is finally just under 30. I still have another 35 pounds to go before I'll be considered Healthy by BMI standards, but for now I'm just going to rejoice at being Overweight. Woohoo!!

I went clothes shopping yesterday too since some stores were having Holiday sales for Presidents' Day. We recently got a Layne Bryant here in town. I was so excited when it was being built, but I went for the first time yesterday. They have this new style of jeans called "Right Fit" jeans that are awesome. I bought some just before my husband and I started losing weight in the end of August and I was squeezing myself into a size 5. Well, I bought a size 2 yesterday! They are tight, but I know I'm just going to keep going down, so I'll shrink into them. hehe. I also bought a pair of dress pants in a size 14, so I can officially say that I wear size 14!

I also went to Dress Barn yesterday which has 2 sides to it - one for Women's sizes and one for normal sizes. I found out that I can no longer wear any clothes in the Women's sizes because they are all too big. However, I'm not quite small enough to fit into the normal sizes yet. I'm kinda in between a normal XL and a Women's 1XL (which should be the same size). I think the shirt I got at Wal-Mart was a Women's L so maybe that's the missing size here. Anyway, I did find one shirt that I really loved in a normal XL that I bought and I'm wearing today. Even though I'm not skinny yet, these clothes make me feel that I look skinnier, and I have gotten lots of compliments today that I'm shrinking away and looking great. It sure makes me feel good and want to keep going.

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LISA01605 2/26/2008 2:41PM

    Congrats on being overweight!! I can't wait to join you. I have about 20 pounds to go but I'll get there someday.

I know what you mean about being too small for the plus sizes and too big for normal sizes. I have spent a good part of my life in that limbo- between a size 14 and 18. The last time I broke out of limbo I went to the plus side. This time I am determined to go the other way into the normal sizes. I am in a size 16 so I am squarely in limbo right now myself.

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HEATHER53121 2/22/2008 2:01PM

    Congrats on being "overweight." I remember the day I entered the "overweight" bracket last year. I need to work on getting back there since I let the stress of the holidays and family drama get to me and gained a few too many pounds. I'm back in the "obese" bracket, but only by a few pounds. I will be overjoyed to be JUST overweight again.

Congrats again and good luck on the next 35 pounds!

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MISSTAYLOR 2/20/2008 4:40PM

    That is so awesome! Congratulations! I can't wait until I am overweight too. HAHA that does sound funny to say. :) Keep up the amazing work!

BTW, I love the Lane Bryant Real Woman is fun to tell people that I am a size 6 and see the confused look on their faces..LOL. When they switched to that sizing I was a size 8 now I am a 6! Whoo hoo. I was curious to know how they figured out the new sizes compared to their old sizing and I think I figured it out...14=1, 16=2, 18=3...etc (not that you asked how that worked but I thought it was interesting :))


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DIVAMOMMY 2/20/2008 4:14PM

    You rock! I am so proud to call you my team inspire me so much! Can't wait to hear more about your progress!

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2B14EVER 2/20/2008 12:08AM

    Hi Rosepaw!

I had to read your blog! This is so funny that you mentioned that you are finally "overweight" according to the bmi. I just posted the same thing today in my other team "passionate people creating positive thoughts" . I am really excited that I am close to having a bmi of 29. (I am a 34 right now). I like to measure myself more than weighing in because of the fluctuations from the scale or the little joys that happen because of womanhood. The tape measure doesn't lie! LOL.

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JANICEMC 2/19/2008 9:51PM

    Great job Rosepaw. I know what it's like to go from being labeled obese to overweight. It's such a great feeling. Wait until you hit the normal range. That'll be so awesome! Keep doing what you are doing! It's obviously working. Jan

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I'm a Large now!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This is just a quick blog entry because I was so excited. I went to Wal-Mart last Friday and was doing some shopping and saw some really cute shirts. I decided to try some on, so I grabbed XL because that's what I've been buying recently (I started at a size 3XL). I tried on one XL and it was a little bit big, so just for fun I thought I'd try on a Large...AND IT FIT!! I was so excited that I bought the shirt and I'm wearing it at work today! I've gotten lots of comments today on how skinny I look and I think it's mostly because I'm wearing smaller clothes that fit better. My husband told me that he can see my good curves better too. Yay! I have curves in the right places finally, not just fat rolls!

I think my pants are also at a size 16 now (I started at a size 24), but I haven't actually tried on any new pants yet to confirm it. I keep wearing the pair I got from Layne Bryant before I started getting serious about weight loss. It's getting pretty loose though and I have to wear my belt pretty tight to keep them up. Anyway, I'm excited to see that I'm losing inches in good places now and it shows!

I also posted my last picture for losing 65 pounds and I wore the same clothes in that picture that I did in my 20 pounds lost picture. It makes it a lot easier to see my progress because of the same clothes. It's amazing the difference the extra 45 pounds has made! On with the losing and down with the inches! :0)

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DIVAMOMMY 1/30/2008 12:21PM

    Yay for you, Paula! Glad that you bought that new deserve it!

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SHAEMOMMY3 1/29/2008 9:59PM

    Way to go! You look fantastic! Keep up the good must be so very proud of yourself!

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INDYPNDT1 1/29/2008 7:03PM

    That is awesome! Congratulations.

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MSPICKL1979 1/29/2008 7:01PM

    I think the hard work you have done is just amazing. Keep up the good ... no the GREAT work. Seeing your all your hard work pay off must be such a liberating experience. You go!!!!

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AMAZINGAMAZON 1/29/2008 6:57PM

    That is so inspiring!! Congrats on all your hard work and you are seeing the fruit of your labor! Great Job and welcome to size Large, I'm still doing 2X but your story is inspiring to me and I'm sure so many more!

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