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Friday, May 17, 2013

This blog was intended for yesterday but because of technical difficulties, the blog was lost and/or just didn't post. So although today I don't feel as victorious as I did yesterday, mostly because I didn't work out yesterday, I still had a few victories over the past few days that really made me feel good about where I am at in my journey.

The other day I went to the mall in dire need of more work clothes. Mine were much too big. I wasn't convinced that I was in a regular size 14 yet but I knew my current clothes, which are a 16 were much too baggy. I went to Ny & Company and honestly their clothes run a bit small. I wasn't impressed with their selection this season but I managed to pick some things that I thought were good enough to try on. I found a black fitted blazer, a coral sheath dress, and a pair of light colored slacks all in a size 16. I then courageously grabbed a pair of size 14 cropped slacks. Knowing how Ny & Co sizes run, I knew it would be a stretch but I always tell myself that if I can fit it there, I can fit that size anywhere. The first victory that happened was that for the first time, I did not feel disappointment while in the dressing room. In the past, even when clothes fit, I was disappointed with either the size, the way I looked, or even if I looked good in it, I felt I could look better. Or I would get immediately disgusted seeing the cellulite on my thighs and gut while getting in and out of the clothes. This time, I felt comfortable and confident and was not bothered by what I seen. And as I tried on items, they were fitting great. Then the moment of truth came: it was time to try on the size 14 slacks. One leg in and it wasn't feeling too promising but I figured it would be a good measuring stick anyway, so I continued to pull them on. I got them up and began to button. TAA DAA!! They fit! Now I must add, that they weren't a PERFECT fit. They buttoned, zipped and didn't split when I bent over, but it would be uncomfortable to wear them all day at this point. I figure a loss of 2-3 lbs will make them perfect. But I bought them knowing that I will be wearing these pants within the next week or two.

After leaving NY & CO, I stopped at Old Navy and saw the cutest denim jackets. Instinctively, I grabbed an XL. It did not look good; it ws bulky and baggy. I grabbed the Large and it was fitted but cute. I asked the sales girl and she said it looked great. I also got a Large cardigan which fit perfectly. Victory: I am a Womens Large!!! No more XL for me!

All these victories inspired me to pull out a pair of old slacks that I wore at the beginning of my journey. I wanted to burn them but instincts told me to hold on to them and I am glad I did. The last time I wore these white slacks they were so tight that I had to extend the waist with two rubberbands because they wouldn't button. Here is a comparison shot of how far I have come using my slacks as a visual:


Seeing that really made me feel good about my progress. Victory! I got another taste of victory when I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and seen 216.0. YIPPEE! I have lost the 5 lbs I had gained plus 2 more pounds! Considering the past few months I have had this is a HUGE win for me. My Spark Anniversary is in 4 days and I would have loved to have been 212 so I could say I have lost 60 lbs in a year but that won't happen and I am fine with that. I am still hopeful that I will be in Onederland by my wedding day on Sept 7th. And speaking of wedding, today I tried my hand at a potential hairstyl for my wedding. Of course, I am not a hairdresser so it would look a lot better on the wedding day but I think this is generally how I will have my hair.




please pay no attention to the bags under my eyes!



I really liked the back but I obviously need help with the overall look. The front could use attention and the top could use more volume. My hairdresser will make my dreams a reality.

Well that is all folks. Have a great day and wish me luck as I have a big race in the morning!
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ZOEEEHANNAH 6/26/2013 5:04PM

    Congratulations!

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RENATA144 6/22/2013 2:05PM

  Congratulations !!! You are an emoticon inspiration !!! You are so beautiful !!!
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MANILUS 6/21/2013 9:15PM

    Great work, always nice to have victories with clothes and the scale! Hope the race went well and all the best at your wedding!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/19/2013 9:38PM

    Yay on the pants! Awesome job!
The hairstyle is cute.

Keep up the good work.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 6/19/2013 12:50PM

  Your hair looks so cute! Congrats on the size drop! Woo hoo!

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FITWITHIN 6/19/2013 10:47AM

    I'm very happy for you. Keep up the wonderful progress on your journey. September will be here before you know it. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/29/2013 7:56AM

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You wedding hairstyle is amazing.

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JIBBIE49 5/20/2013 8:28AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail which Spark Guy says is read by one and one half million people. You are an inspiration today. KEEP GOING. emoticon

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CORNERKICK 5/19/2013 10:53PM

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PENOWOK 5/19/2013 7:30PM

    Beautiful!!!

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KAYYAK1 5/19/2013 6:29PM

  Absolutely love the picture of the old and new pants! Your hair will be beautiful for your wedding.
Hugs to you.

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BLUEJEAN99 5/19/2013 4:05PM

    emoticon u look beautiful !!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 5/19/2013 6:53AM

    Congratulations on your clothes buying spree. It is a great feeling to fit into smaller sizes and you really do not mind looking into the mirror. Keep up the good work.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/19/2013 1:17AM

    Congrats and your halrstyle looks lovely!

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JOANNHUNT 5/18/2013 11:25PM

    GOOD LUCK.

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JAMER123 5/18/2013 11:22PM

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You will get to your goal. It may just take a little bit longer. Fantastic for where you are today!!!

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NEWTINK 5/18/2013 7:12PM

    You are doing wonderful and congrats on the victories emoticon

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RESTORED_ME 5/18/2013 6:52PM

    LOVE IT!!! Love the hair, the progress, and the fact that you WILL DEFINITELY be comfortably chilling in ONDERLAND well before September. You've got this!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/18/2013 6:19PM

  emoticon on all of your victories and I think that you did a wonderful job on your hair. It looks beautiful!!! emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 5/18/2013 4:37PM

    Excellent! emoticon emoticon

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IDICEM 5/18/2013 3:23PM

  emoticon It's the BEST feeling when you make it into regular women's sizes. Congrats! And I really like your hair.
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CICELY360 5/18/2013 1:40PM

  Way to go.

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/18/2013 12:56PM

  Oh boy, you are doing so well !!!!

I like your hair too.

Your going look gorgeous for your wedding.He's going to get the new and emoticon improved model. emoticon

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JUSGETTENBY42 5/18/2013 12:38PM

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/18/2013 12:31PM

    Gorgeous hair! Awesome pants victory! Yay YOU!

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CARPROTH 5/18/2013 10:06AM

    A hard won victory!! Looking forward to those gorgeous wedding pix!

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SHANNONY84 5/18/2013 10:05AM

    You look great! Way to go on your weight loss! Your hair is amazing!

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NEWMOM20121 5/18/2013 10:02AM

    great job. Keep it up.

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DNRAE1 5/18/2013 9:22AM

    Pretty!!!! Congratulations on your weight loss! The hair is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

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DELLMEL 5/18/2013 9:14AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . I LOVE your hair. Can't wait to see you when you get married. You will make a beautiful bride.

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ASCHU2 5/18/2013 8:38AM

    Congratulations! The one item I kept is my size 18 black work pants for perspective, but when I started losing my weight, I threw away my 20s because I didn't have faith I would be able to keep going! Forget jeans-work pants don't lie because they don't stretch! When I feel unmotivated, I put on the old pants, and when my current black work pants start feeling loose by the end of the day, I go buy the next size down so I know where I'm going. I'm a teacher, so I'll keep the size 6s I just bought and try them on occasionally over the summer to keep myself in check! Good for you!!! Great hair!!!

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DIANNEMT 5/18/2013 8:29AM

    Wonderful!! You are doing super and I foresee Onederland in your future!

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MOMMY445 5/18/2013 8:16AM

    woo hoo! you are doing great! keep it up! you look amazing!

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WATERDIAMONDS 5/18/2013 8:00AM

    You are such a lovely person, inside and out.

The blog is a GREAT testimonial to your progress and to staying constantly aware of the small changes that, when accumulated daily, lead to big changes that encourage us to keep going.

And your hair looks perfect.

Best of success to you as you work your way back to the best possible health.
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CHERYLHURT 5/18/2013 6:50AM

  Good job!

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BESSHAILE 5/18/2013 6:19AM

    sounds like a HUGE victory to me. so glad you kept those white pants so you could make that visual.

Can't wait to see wedding pictures.

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NCSUE0514 5/18/2013 5:13AM

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MERRY_XMAS 5/18/2013 3:38AM

    Yay for the new clothes!!!
Your hair looks amazing!!! I loved it! Even without the adjustments you proposed, it's perfect! You are so talented! I can't do a thing with my hair except from the basics......

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SPARKLE1908 5/17/2013 9:52PM

    You look great....congratulations on the NSV's...those matter more than people realize....when the scale doesn't budge having that visual motivation keeps you going!!!

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REGILIEH 5/17/2013 9:36PM

    You look darling no matter what!

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NOMOEXCUSES13 5/17/2013 6:59PM

    Your hair would look so pretty like that for your wedding! I love love love it! Congrats on your success thus far! You are rocking it out the park girlie!

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