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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!
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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/18/2012 5:35PM

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EZRIN101 11/18/2012 4:52PM

    Woo Hoo!!! WTG!!!!! and nice knickers :)

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/18/2012 4:37PM

    I love reading your blogs! Thanks for sharing!

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ELDORADO2 11/18/2012 4:35PM

    Way To Go Girlfriend, I am proud of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eldora

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MOMWATTY 11/18/2012 4:29PM

    Thanks for sharing with us! Job well done and good luck to the new year! You can do this and you will!
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KKLENNERT809 11/18/2012 3:38PM

    Congrats on an awesome job!! Enjoy your new clothes.

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JLAEGS 11/18/2012 3:16PM

    I enjoyed reading this! I like your sense of humor when it comes to your goals and your weight loss adventure. Staying positive and light about this really helps me, so it was nice to read this! And congrats! :)

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BUSMOM27 11/18/2012 2:58PM

    Great job on the weight loss!

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KATIWONT 11/18/2012 2:21PM

    You continue to inspire and make us laugh---you go, girl!!

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MANILUS 11/18/2012 1:21PM

    Excellent reward, happy you are enjoying the benefits of getting of healthy!!

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COOPQUILTLADY 11/18/2012 1:05PM

    Loved your blog! Please don't jump up and down yet, I may die laughing!! Keep up the good work!

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FIRECOM 11/18/2012 12:15PM

    Very will written and has a great message as well. thanks

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INGMARIE 11/18/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon well done my friend.

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AJB121299 11/18/2012 11:15AM

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DEBBYNATION 11/18/2012 10:36AM

    YEAH! U did it! Happy 4 u and glad u splurged on new pretties just for u! U deserve it! :)

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SHERLYN-WILL 11/18/2012 8:44AM

    I have been reading your blogs the last week and thoroughly enjoying your style of writing.. I have laughed... and smiled a lot reading them.. as I just did again... the ferret comment and the comment about going hiking in the cami..a fter you lose 20 more lbs.. HA HA... that is funny! Good stuff as one of my close friends would say.. Good Stuff!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/18/2012 8:19AM

    Congrats


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FATHINSN 11/18/2012 7:48AM

    Ferret in rubber bag and sport bra, hehe. And now i'm mix of thrill and excited to get my own new clothes after reading your blog!

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LEANMEAN2 11/18/2012 6:37AM

    Congratulations and keep up the good work.



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LOGOULD 11/18/2012 6:33AM

    You are doing SO well - thanks for sharing your success and inspiring us all to keep moving forward step by step! You are an engaging write and your blog made me smile this morning. THANKS AGAIN!

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BESSHAILE 11/18/2012 6:31AM

    woo woo

silk undies

yum



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RAND0M 11/18/2012 6:26AM

    emoticon Fantastic! These are not just trousers and undies......

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KELLYPAQ 11/18/2012 5:40AM

    Good for you! I'm glad you have a plan and are rewarding yourself as you go along.

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MAISIE31 11/18/2012 4:17AM

    Oooh can 'so' identify with this....... From a size 26 I also bought M&S size18 trousers last month..... 2 pairs to see me through ....... Till I am a 14? ......Or they fall off me, whichever is first!!! It was a thrill for the first time in 20+ years to buy trousers in a 'non + size shop' .......I also strayed to the great M&S underwear section for pants so am delighted t be wearing size 16 pants and not losing them falling down in the trousers..... I bought some delightful bras also which I would never have previously bought. The strap that goes over your shoulder is of normal size and not an inch thick..... I am around 26 kg from goal and perhaps if we get there we will meet in a UK M&S buying size 10/12s emoticon .....keep it up!!!!! Ooh Forgot to say I also bought my first sports bra last week also....finally they fit .......

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TRYTRYAGAIN10 11/18/2012 2:38AM

    You're doing a great job! You literally had me laughing to the point of tears with this, " If I jump up and down a bit it all looks like ferrets fighting in a rubber sack."

So funny, such a great attitude, you're awesome!

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LYNCHD05 11/18/2012 12:19AM

    Victories. come in all shapes and sizes.

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WOMANATWORK1 11/17/2012 11:59PM

    Ab Fab!!!!! Work it sister!

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SJKENT1 11/17/2012 11:35PM

    What a feeling to see the victory!!!

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CHERYLSBUTT 11/17/2012 10:44PM

    Party in the intimates!!!
It is a great way to celbrate your success!

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ROCKYCPA 11/17/2012 10:19PM

    Good for you!!

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PORTIAWILLIS 11/17/2012 10:13PM

    You go girl

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PORTIAWILLIS 11/17/2012 10:11PM

    You go girl

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PEGGYO 11/17/2012 9:36PM

    way to go

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ILOVEROSES 11/17/2012 9:29PM

    Thanks for the laughs! You're really doing great! Congrats on getting into size 18 emoticon emoticon
BTW UK size 18 = USA size 14.

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JAMER123 11/17/2012 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticon Cute. I haven't seen a zip sport bra but would guess the application of it needs to be in the reclining position:):) Thanks for a fun blog!
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PATRICIAANN46 11/17/2012 8:13PM

  Your blogs assure me of at least one very good laugh each day. Have you thought of Stand Up Comedy??????
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CARPROTH 11/17/2012 7:57PM

    Great attitude!!

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KARENGMT 11/17/2012 7:52PM

    That is so AWESOME! Good going!

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GUITARWOMAN 11/17/2012 7:36PM

    I loved this!

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BELDONDOG1 11/17/2012 6:28PM

    Great, funny and very visual blog! I enjoyed reading it and I wish you well. You have done so much already--congrats!

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