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My new trousers

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Friday, November 16, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new pair of black trousers in a UK size 18 (US size 16). This was my Christmas ambition: to get into a size 18.

Today I wore them to work.

Pause for wild applause.

It is stretching a point (and several seams, a waistband and the zip at the front) to say that they fit, but I have worn them all day, nothing has gone 'pop' and I have not had to take them off the minute I got home because they were causing me agony.

It's very noticeable that I have lost a lot of weight from my glutes (thank you, elliptical cross-trainer) and not much from my gut. Viewed sideway in my long mirror, I am an odd sort of multiple-bulge shape. If I jump up and down a bit it all looks like ferrets fighting in a rubber sack.

But anyway. I am wearing a size 18 in Marks and Spencer's trousers.

And now, as far as I am concerned, let the true battle commence. This is the end of the beginning, in Spark terms. We now move on to the middle phase, during which I have to lose about another 70 or 80 pounds. That's the job between now and Christmas 2013 when I want to be a UK size 14. After that, we get to the last 15 pounds or so, the hard-to-shift final countdown, which I expect to take all of six months. My deadline is 30 June 2014, two years after I joined SP. I'd like to be a size 10 by then. When I make it, I expect to be about 120 pounds. I'm not bothered so much about my final weight as my final size because it's easier for me to guess what size I should be than what weight I should be.

As a reward to myself, I went looking in M&S for snazzy real silk underwear, and found what you see below. I'd already eyed these up quite a few times but the clincher was today they'd been reduced in price by almost 40 per cent. There was a slight issue in that the biggest size was a UK 16, but then again . . . I grabbed.

I do not usually display my underwear on the internet but this is a special occasion.

I am enough of a realist not to buy the size 8, but only just. I can (with some difficulty) get the cami on. I need to lose 20 pounds or so to wear it comfortably. Once I'm small enough, I'll wear it incessantly and will probably go hiking in it.

I bought a sports bra too. This is not gorgeous or glamorous and although it zips up the front, putting it on is reminiscent of being swallowed by a boa constrictor. The zip has a little lapel under it, which I discovered (the hard way) needs to lie flat when you do the zip up as it is designed to stop you getting bits of your chest caught in the teeth of the zip. Ow.

This is probably all routine for the jocks and jockesses on here. For me, whole new vistas are opening up. It's like a journey of discovery and every day there's something new.

So what's next? I can't wait to find out!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NESSA11485 1/5/2013 2:35PM

    Thanks for making me laugh. I just read this.

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NASFKAB 1/1/2013 10:40AM


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AMARILYNH 12/18/2012 11:48AM


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NLYR20 12/12/2012 1:47PM

  Great Going, Congrats on that. emoticon

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YULLABELLE 12/7/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon for sharing. I love you blogs. They make me laugh and give me inspiration.

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MAIDAMONTREAL 11/30/2012 1:46PM

    Congratulations! You are off to a great start! WTG with the trousers. I know you will reach your goals for both 2013 and 2014! Keep up the great work.

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FRABBIT 11/28/2012 2:29PM

  Great blog and great choices!

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IOWADEB 11/27/2012 4:40PM


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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 11/27/2012 8:53AM

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! Way to go! You are very realistic about your goals, I want to love 70 pounds by THIS Christmas, opps, that's not happening!!!
Have a GREAT day, and again, way to go!

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TERRIJ7 11/26/2012 4:56PM


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TWO-TOO-MUCH 11/21/2012 3:51PM

    You're awesome! What an inspiration -- I love the way you think. :) Carry on!

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DRAGONFLYGALS 11/20/2012 6:37PM

    That is awesome. It is always nice to know you can zip up the next size down even if it is snug.

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SERASARA 11/20/2012 1:21PM

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AMANDEES76 11/20/2012 11:23AM

    Again such inspiration from you for all of us to use as motivation to keep pushing on our own journeys. You are gaining ground and reaching your mini goals at a healthy pace. Keep up the great work and writing for all of us. Congrats on wearing your new trousers and I can't wait until you post about wearing your new pretties.

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DEBLYNN323 11/20/2012 10:34AM

    emoticon ...keep pushing yourself!

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CYNTSATIONAL 11/20/2012 8:58AM

    You are emoticon
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emoticon and keep on SPARKing!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/20/2012 1:14AM

    FAN BLOODY TASTIC!!! And I don't normally swear on the net;)

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ANDREAG89 11/19/2012 10:17PM

    I absolutely love the way you write.

1. I can relate to the front-zip sports bra and have first, not bought another in the same style, and second, have learned to lie down to zip it up. 'nuff said.

2. I, too, have some clothes that I purchased in a smaller size because I was so in love with it that it had to be my goal to fit into it. I'm hoping to wear the gorgeous dark purple silky blouse in the Spring; would be thrilled to wear at Christmas the velvet jacket purchased years ago at 90% off ($6 and will fit beautifully...) that may be ~10 lbs away, not sure I can make it by then.

Thanks for sharing such sacred stuff about the changes you're going through. We are right there with you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/19/2012 9:26PM

  How cute. I mean it was kinda like tagging along with you. I'm so glad more and more is fitting you, and the hopes for more cute clothes is around the corner.

Your so entertaining! emoticon

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CHIGGERCANE 11/19/2012 8:43PM

    Wild Applause. Thanks for the chuckles. And sometimes you just need to display your underwear...

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STARSUB99 11/19/2012 6:27PM

    Way to go! I so understand where you are coming from - I just bought tops and pants at Old Navy last week - first time shopping in a store that is not the plus place in years.
Hold your head up high! It is wonderful to hear you are getting to your goals - one day at a time....

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GALINAZ 11/19/2012 12:09PM

    You always have the best stories! Love the ferret comment, it does seem like our bodies shift around in strange ways on this weight loss journey.

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NEEDBU66 11/19/2012 10:37AM

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!

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HYATTI1 11/19/2012 10:05AM

    My my you made me smile the first thing this morning. First let me say I have been there done that in those so call over stretched pants and the cami. With that said...these days at my age I would like to think I am or should be waiting until I look like I can breath before I go out in public with anything on no matter what the gain or in our case loss is.

They have a site called PEOPLE of WALMART...where if you are not careful you can end up on this site. Believe me it is not a pretty site. I have looked and some of the people out in public getting caught on camera and posted to the web. Well let me say I am not planning on being one of them in any case.

You are doing great...keep up the good work.


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BANDMOM2012 11/19/2012 9:58AM

    Non food rewards are awesome! Way to go!

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GAIIAGIIRL 11/19/2012 9:30AM

    I have also had some interesting adventures with sports bras.... I feel ya!

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MACMOM57 11/19/2012 8:04AM

    Awesome blog. Way to go on you loss. Keep working hard you will make it.

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VICKY5231 11/19/2012 8:01AM

    You should be very proud of yourself. In my opinion, the best feeling is not when your scale numbers are going down, but when you go to buy clothes and you realise that you fit in a smaller size. Keep it like that!

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DMEYER4 11/19/2012 7:37AM

  great blog and great job. keep up the good work

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BELLABLUE10 11/19/2012 6:35AM

    Awsome!! You should be so proud!! I smiled and laughed well reading as well! mostly because I can soooo relate to those comments! Keep up the hard work, its paying off! emoticon

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SKJCHAPMAN 11/19/2012 1:56AM


Love the ferret statement. Can so relate.

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JIBBIE49 11/19/2012 12:01AM

    emoticon great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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GRAMMAP1 11/18/2012 11:19PM

    You deserve to be proud of yourself. Keep up the great job! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 11/18/2012 10:56PM

    Fabilous, you are on your way. I know how great it feels to get into a smaller size. I have been on sparks for at least 2 years, and I am losing slow and healthy. I know that I will never have the shape that I had at 18 but my bode will settle into a comfortable and healthy place. I love it when Hubby is walking behind me and informs me that it is time for some new jeans as it looks like a family of squiarrels moved out of my rear. I am feeling a little extra room in my current size so I think by Feb or so I will be into a smaller size. Keep up the good work

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HKARLSSON 11/18/2012 10:43PM

    Hooray for new trousers!

Ferrets!!! You're killing me!!! emoticon I laughed so hard, it scared my cat!

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TRAILWALKERJO54 11/18/2012 10:37PM

    emoticon soon

keep on moving forward

loved reading your blog

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HARRIET2 11/18/2012 10:08PM

    a great milestone. congrats. You are inspiring me with your realism and determination. Thanks

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A_SPARKLING 11/18/2012 8:23PM

    Congratulations on all your success'.

Thanks for the fun blog to are a funny. funny writer...that sees the humor in us all!

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KAYYAK1 11/18/2012 7:34PM

  Wow! Great job!! You will make your goals too!
Hope the ferrets don't bite.

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DMSGLASS 11/18/2012 7:31PM

    The ferrets image had me LOL!! emoticon

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KHALIA2 11/18/2012 6:17PM

  emoticon on your progress!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/18/2012 6:13PM

    You are awesome!! I just came across your blog today...I love it! :-) You are so...could I say, cheeky?...and I love your attitude!! :-) WTG on getting to 18's!! That is awesome!

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LANEYTHEGIRL 11/18/2012 6:10PM

    Awesome. Can't wait to read about future progress.

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NOMORENOMORE 11/18/2012 6:05PM

    I look forward to your blogs sooooo, soooo much! THank you for brightening my days with your writing.


CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss!!! emoticon

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FARIS71 11/18/2012 5:41PM

    Ferrets fighting in a rubber sack! Oh my gracious that is PRICELESS.

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