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Freakouts and Phantom Fat

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I had a mini-meltdown in Target today. I was shopping with my friend Jill and I saw this adorable black skirt. I needed a new black skirt as A) my old ones are too big and B) under the Draconian new dress codes at work they were too short. This skirt both A) fit and B) was long enough without looking like something my grandmother would have worn. So I'm standing in line staring at my skirt and suddenly I felt a rush or worry take hold. I've recently lost a little bit of weight and the skirt I was purchasing was a size 4, the smallest size I have ever worn. I've bought a few pairs of pants in this size as well and they all seem to fit fantastically. The problem is that I don;t quite believe that I actually wear a size 4 or that I'll stay there. I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that I'm not fat anymore. When shopping I find myself instinctively grabbing the larger sizes and avoiding clothes that I think will cling to the fat that isn't there anymore.

I recently found this article online and I think it describes me to a T.
It basically says that even after people lose weight they have a hard time adjusting their body image to to fit the new shape. Often people assume that by losing several pounds their bodies will automatically adjust and they'll be rocking bikinis in no time. Sadly, this just isn't the case. It's hard to realize that even after dropping over 90 pounds I still don't look like Brooklyn Decker and never will. You start to wonder if you've done enough, should you try to lose more weight? In some ways I feel like I've failed. I start to wonder if I need to try harder, do more. Then reality steps in and I realize that I'm at a point now where I look good, feel good and most importantly can maintain my weight without hours in the gym or missing out on the occasional treat. I'm not perfect, but of course nobody is. It's time to put as much effort into loving the body I have now as I did achieving it.
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    Excellently put!! And I definitely agree!! emoticon
    1767 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/17/2013 2:20:29 PM

    First.. Congrats on losing 90 pounds!!!! That's amazing!

    I just started having this issue. I wore my first 14 in many many years.. I wore them three days in a row, because I was afraid I'd wake up and they wouldn't fit anymore. Of course it didn't make a lot of logical sense. I have another pair also.. but every morning for the first few, I got the urge to wear them to make sure they fit still.

    It is scary. Sometimes it seems like I'll wake up and that 40 pounds will be back on (which could never ever happen over night!). These are fragile things.. and in our heads we know that if we give up control again and don't care, exactly where that IS going to lead.

    2451 days ago
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