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Before & After photos with a surprise twist!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Something so surprising happened to me recently that I thought it was worth sharing. My hope is that it will encourage some of you.

While I haven’t reached my goal weight yet, I have lost a significant amount of weight. Like many of you, I have been reluctant to buy anything new to wear during the process of losing. I have not wanted to spend money on clothes that I will only wear for a short time. So for the past 10 months I have 'made do' with what I had in the closet. I work from home so nobody sees me anyway on most days.

Lately, with my clothes feeling baggier than ever, I have been struggling to find anything to wear when I have to go out. I know my clothes aren’t fitting well and that has made me feel extra frumpy. Also, very few people have seemed to notice my weight loss, which has had me feeling discouraged and down on myself. After all, I have lost almost 50 pounds. I admit, I am still very overweight, but surely I must look better than I did before! Right?

At any rate, I have some events coming up and finally broke down and went shopping for a couple decent fitting tops to get me through the summer. I have some smaller everyday tops, but nothing nice. I haven’t been able to find what I want at the thrift stores. So I went to a local department store and found myself in the dressing room trying on several items 2 sizes down from where I began this journey and everything was fitting! Needless to say, I was pleased. I was finally seeing some changes. I decided to buy a couple of the tops and a new pair of jeans, all on sale, and then put my old clothes back on.

And that is when the surprise happened. I had gotten dressed and saw myself in the mirror. With the memory of properly fitting clothes fresh in my mind, the sight of myself in my old, baggy clothes actually caused me to gasp. I found myself saying aloud, "I look at least 20 pounds heavier!" It was a real eye-opener.

Now, I know why nobody has noticed my weight loss. My old, baggy clothes have been hiding the new improved me. As much as I want to save money, I realize that there is value in spending some money on clothes that actually fit. I feel (dare I say) proud of the progress I have made and wearing the proper size makes me feel like all my months of hard work and discipline are paying off. I think that others will be surprised too at the changes that they will now be able to see in me. At least I hope so! What do you think?

So, if you have dropped sizes and are debating about spending money on clothes that you will not be wearing long, I encourage you to reward yourself with proper fitting clothes along the way. It has been the best thing I have done for my self-esteem since starting this journey.

Oh, and the surprise twist with the before & after photos? Both of these photos were taken on the same day last week, just a few minutes apart. Yep, that’s how much difference the right size clothes can make.

I have not reached my goal…yet, but I am well on my way. And I will not quit, because…quitting is not an option.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEYITSAPOSSUM 5/28/2013 7:45PM

    You look great! Keep it up!!!!

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KNEWMETODAY 5/1/2013 8:23AM

    What a magnificent lesson for all of us. Thank you so much for sharing a touch of uncommon "common" sense. I had trouble believing the photos were taken on the same day--you maven.

Lovin' you--

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ARTZWOMAN 5/1/2013 4:04AM

    You look MAH-VE-LOUS dah-ling!! Congrats on your success! You are amazing!!!

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CECELW 4/30/2013 7:17PM

    That's amazing Carol. You look like a completely different person! Your looking real good! Just in time for the wedding!

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/30/2013 10:26AM

    Thanks for sharing , i need to get some smaller and better fiting clother. YOU LOOK SMALLER !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KBELANGER1 4/30/2013 7:52AM

    Oh my gosh Carol.....what a look absolutely happy....keep up the super work!!!!


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KEEP_GOING247 4/30/2013 6:51AM

    You're right. the new clothes do make a big difference. 50lbs!? emoticon emoticon

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2JUSTME 4/29/2013 9:45PM

    You look wonderful. You should be so proud of yourself! Keep up the good work!!

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SHAMROCKY2K 4/29/2013 8:25PM

    Lookin great! I just went shopping myself.. getting away from baggy clothes and jeans the right length and tighter made me feel better in my skin. emoticon

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The clothes look great on you!

Congratulations on almost 50 pounds. That's great!

Wishing you continued success!

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JAVAJENN 4/29/2013 7:14PM

  Properly fitting clothes do make a lot of difference. Wow, you look amazing!
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SUTERSPACE 4/29/2013 6:05PM

    Woo hoo!!! Look at you girl. That looks just wonderful!! Keep it up. I can hardly wait for the NEXT picture, lol.

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JUST2SWEET 4/29/2013 5:56PM

    You look GREAT!!! emoticon

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LEANIE64 4/29/2013 5:48PM

    OH you look so nice in your new clothes..and Yes!! much smaller..Good for you sharing..Thanks !

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TXTOAD9970 4/29/2013 5:47PM

    You look great! Keep up the super effort - it's paying off!!
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