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8/6/14 2:16 P

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I am not sure if I already answered.

I have already adapted. I love buying a size S/M or a size 4. Sometimes I can even get into a size 2

Made it to my maintenance weight of 125 pounds.

Eat what you like and if someone comments, eat them too

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8/6/14 2:09 P

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I'm still working on it. I have been so huge for so long, got use to buying clothes in the big girls section it is a double check to make sure this is the right size. One more undergarment smaller. I keep filling up the don't fit me boxes, saying good-bye to those comfy clothes. Lots of changes and adjustments for the better. emoticon

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks." -- Jack Penn


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3/19/14 3:27 P

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WITH A BIG SMILE BE PROUD

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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3/19/14 12:10 A

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emoticon With my age am not much smaller but still have trouble when going shopping for clothes tend to go to the larger sizes so guess still adapting one day at a time God Bless



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3/18/14 8:08 P

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i am liking it , It makes me want to continue i am not there at all yet but in the past week I have been back since last August 2013 I have lost a inch off my waist , 3 pounds off my weight,a inch or so off my hips I am keepint track of those certian areas where it is hard for me to get off.







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3/18/14 8:07 P

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Great Board!
Thanks for the tip about balance games to help with the awkward/clumsiness.
And thanks for the link to the TED talk. Worth my time!
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3/18/14 1:22 P

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To me, being smaller and adapting is to know that I can never ever go back to the way I use to eat, because this new me I like very much and I can mess it up just like that with only a few bad food choices.

Today may there be Peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of Faith in Yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received & pass on the Love that has been given to you.


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3/18/14 12:44 P

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THINK YOURSELF FOR WHAT YOU DID

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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3/17/14 7:50 P

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Thanks for the web site on developing self confidence through body language. VERY interesting!! I encourage anyone interested in learning how to feel better and more confident about themselves to watch this video.
www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.htm

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3/17/14 12:13 P

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I was losing weight before I started with Spark and to be truthful I wish everyone would stop talking about my weight loss.I have lost almost 40 and since I am 5 foot 1 that looks quite a bit different. I manage a restaurant and it seems my weight is some of my customers favorite topic. I have been asked by numerous women if I have been sick. Was told it is about time I lost the extra weight since at my age I shouldn't be carrying that around. How much I weight should be no ones business except me and my doctor...I still have about 20 pounds to go and I might end up killing a customer before I am done emoticon

So I guess for me I think I have adjusted fairly well to the weight loss I just can't handle everyone else's comments. Haha! emoticon



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3/17/14 10:38 A

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I just got back at the end of last month from visiting my 94 yrs. old mother who was in need of company for a couple of months during the depressing part of winter after Christmas. I had just joined SP and hadn't had the chance yet to familiarize myself with the program but I had weighed myself in, While I was away I made almost all of our meals and because she had lost weight and I felt nutritionally deprived in her diet I made mostly soups with plenty of greens and beans in them using broth and only enough meat to meet the daily guidelines. She rallied back quickly and even gained a couple of lbs which she needed to gain about 10 but I was happy to see 2 on her. She became more active with the improved diet and the benefit I saw in myself was I lost 20 lbs with two months of soups. I had told her because I was losing so much weight I would need to go shopping when I returned home to get some clothes that fit better. In her closet she had clothes from a decade ago when she was her normal weight and she said they hang too loosely on my now. She then dug out a lot for me to try out and I was sceptical about being able to fit into any of them. I was so surprised when I fit into everything she gave me. Some I rejected as too out of date or not what I could see myself wearing but I came back with 4 gently worn pants and 5 attractive tops and because they came from my stylish mother I appreciated them all the more.

To me HEALTH means Energy. Stamina. Flexibilty. A relatively pain free body. Enjoying healthy food. You are your body, and your weight loss efforts will succeed exactly to the extent that you mange to do the work on behalf of your embodied self. You’ll do much better when you focus on making positive changes to improve your health and well-being, rather than on fighting your bad habits.


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3/16/14 8:06 P

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I will adapt to being a smaller me by looking GREAT in my bathing suit.....

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buy new undies for each 10 pounds



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I have ten pounds to lose and I understand when people say "only", but it is the hardest 10 pounds!! I am what is called "skinny fat". Although I fall within the right BMI category, I carry too much fat on my frame. I have been measured twice professionally and I need to take it seriously before it becomes an issue.

For me, being smaller doesn't solve the problem.

Edited by: MOINSDEMOI at: 3/16/2014 (15:22)
"She believed she could so she did."


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3/15/14 7:30 P

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I think I answered this post before but had something happen today that tells me I still haven't totally adapted. Was shopping and saw some pants on sale but they didn't have my size. The sales woman asked me what size I was looking for....she looked me up and down and I thought, "ok, I'm still not thin enough for this line."
Nope. she said "you're not a 10, you're and 8 or a 6."

I was flabbergasted. Sure enough I'm an 8 in that designer's clothes.

I think - hope - that the longer I maintain this weight loss the more confident I'll be in my smaller size.



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3/15/14 4:45 P

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VERY WELL

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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3/15/14 4:08 P

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I was at a concert last night and in the ladies room, I saw someone in the mirror who looked like me. Then I realized it was me, only thinner than I am. I thought, I like this mirror. Then, as I was walking back to the main hall, I saw myself reflected in a window, and it was the same thinner me. Sitting in my seat, I looked down at myself, and finally had to admit that I really am smaller than I was. When I was at my heaviest, a little over 180, I was standing beside a slim friend one day, and suddenly had a very clear image of just how big I was. I had been ignoring it up until then, and truthfully, continued to ignore it for quite awhile after that. Now I have to learn a very clear image of how I look now, and how I will look when I hit my goal.

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3/15/14 10:35 A

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Hi, Everyone! I lost about 90 pounds from last May through November, going ultra low carb, and even won a "biggest loser" contest at work. Then came the holidays -- oops, back came about 20. My new "skinny jeans" (I know that's a stretch at over 200 lbs., but all things are relative, and compared with where I started, they WERE "skinny jeans") did not fit any longer and I had to go back to my old new skinny jeans (now "fat jeans"). My old fat jeans (the original skinny jeans) had long been donated to our local thrift shop, but I could easily wear the old new skinny jeans. Well, you know how hard it can be to get back onto the healthy eating plan and exercise schedule, but I finally have done that and am now wearing my new skinny jeans again. Am looking forward to them becoming my new fat jeans and getting to buy a new (cheap) pair of skinny jeans! And I will be taking my old new fat jeans to the thrift shop today. Little by little I'm getting there, and I hope the same for all of you! And BTW, I have been experiencing the same kind of clumsiness mentioned by someone else -- It is so good to know why that may be happening -- so some balancing exercises will be added to my routine. emoticon

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3/14/14 11:12 P

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My situation was the opposite. I had gotten so big I waddled when I walked. It wasn't a pretty walk like a lady....I walked more like a duck.
I understand about the sizes....I wore my son's sweater the other day, and my other son's jacket. My coat had gotten so big that the wind was coming up under it and I got cold.

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3/14/14 9:29 P

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Hi , I'm new to this team. I can totally relate here. I lost 35 pounds not long ago, and find my self not having any clothes. I go to my 22 yr daughters closet and find that i can fit most things, its not fit for me who is 42 and a mom of 2. The clothes that i shrunk out of, i have already given to thrift stores. Really don't want to by anymore even from a thrift store if i'm going to lose more weight.

Also, LOL i find that i cant walk straight or the same way i did, i bump into things overcompensating the width i need to move around. No one told me that losing weight would make me clumsy. emoticon




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3/14/14 5:10 P

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Although I only have 20 lbs to lose, 20 lbs still will make a huge difference in the way I look. So in determining my goals when I started, one of them was to "see myself differently." So far, it has helped. I like what I see in the mirror and I see that I look better already. I use my clothes to tell me if I've lost or not, and I am aware that clothes size is relative--size 8's, or 10's, or 12's can all be different from line to line. I am measuring inches, not lbs, because weight is relative to bone structure, etc..

Edited by: SENSORYFOODIE at: 3/15/2014 (22:31)


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3/14/14 11:25 A

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I KEEP MY BIGGER CLOTHES MY WEIGHT GO UP AND DOWN

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I like the idea of donating your bigger clothes - I think I'll adopt that approach going forward. Unfortunately, in the past, I kept a lot of my bigger clothes and, due to my habit of buying the same style of trousers etc. in different sizes, when my weight stated creeping up, I just switched out the sizes! Talk about lying to myself!! Lesson learned - this one anyway :-)



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That's awesome so happy for you emoticon wish we had a good will with half price sales!



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I KEEP MINE

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I gave 6 bags of my "BIG" clothes to relatives that could use them...It was like Chrismas for them and helped to clean out my closet and make room for my goodies I got at the Goodwill.
It's half price on the first Sat. of every month!

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I really needed to read this today! I am NOT alone; what a relief! I, too, find myself wandering around the "not fat side" of stores wondering if anyone is giving me "that look" that I don't belong there... But I do. I still see the old me when I look in the mirror. But tonight, when I get home, I'm going to look a little bit harder and know that my mind is my own worst enemy. I have come so far already, and I have nothing to feel but proud of my accomplishments. Every healthy meal choice and trip to the gym is another hurdle I have conquered. The plateaus really are the worst, but as long as you're healthier than you used to be, you're a success!



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I can relate to this! I bought new clothes as soon as I went down a size- but quickly didn't fit and had to give those away. Now I am still wearing another smaller size, but fit into one smaller - how cool! I went to Walmart and got Lee jeans for a great price so won't feel bad when I have to toss them. The Goodwill store is a great idea- think I'll stop by there today and see what I can find. Thanks for the tip. There is a nice Salvation Army resale shop here that has a 'designer' section with nice/newer clothes- think I'll go there too. Maybe I'll even find a dress for my nephew's wedding without spending too much.


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I love shopping for my inbetween sizes at Goodwill. I get excited putting my BIG clothes into the donation bag I keep in my closet. It keeps me happy knowing I am helping other people!

My new motto: (AS OF 1-23-2014)
"I AM SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING I DO!"
"My religion is kindness; my church is nature; my God is a feeling, lives deep inside; my job is to be conscious; my path is forgivness; my religion is kindness and I practice it everyday"!
Song & lyrics by Karen Drucker


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What a great message board!

I shopped for a couple of new items for spring yesterday and had to send the clerk back for a SMALLER size, which, when I looked at it, I KNEW it wouldn't fit; but it did. I was surprised and checked the size a couple of times to be sure. Today, I bought a couple of shirts, and I bought what I thought was the correct size--based on past purchases--but when I got them home and tried them on, I found them too big. I can't remember ever having that problems.

I, too, like my clothes to fit but not be tight, so I'm still wearing some clothes from 40 lbs. ago, but they are getting too "not-tight." So, I'll be looking into smaller sizes. Yesterday I had to recycle a new catalog because the sizes are too big for me now. And I did some checking to be certain because I didn't believe it.

I started strength training this year because I'm losing weight and developing flab and if I don't address it, I'll have a hard time finding clothes that fit. So, I'm there, too. I'm depressed when I think how long it will take to "take in" that flab, but I never thought I'd lose this much weight, and I did that 1 day at a time, so I'll keep on strength training and hope to see changes there, too.

Thanks for making me aware I'm not the only one "afraid" of losing weight. I appreciate the motivating comments.

Go team! Stay strong!


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ALTHOUGH I HAVE LOST 80 POUNDS, I HAVE ONLY GONE DOWN ONE SIZE. I HAVE SO MUCH HANGING SKIN THAT IT WON'T ALLOW ME TO WEAR ANYTHING SMALLER. I THINK THAT'S WHY THEY INVENTED SHAPEWEAR BUT THAT STUFF IS SUPER HOT.

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I lost a huge amount of weight very rapidly nearly three years ago and had to replace my entire wardrobe. It was a massive expense. I made a lot of fashion mistakes, because (a) I couldn't mentally adjust to being so small, so I bought a size too large and (b) I bought clothes that would have looked great on the shape of the old me, but which were completely unsuitable for the contours of my new body. My brain just didn't 'believe' the new body.

Unfortunately, it works the other way. How I got fat in the first place is because my brain was convinced I was still thin and it didn't adjust to how big I was getting.

This time, though, it's different. I've put some weight on this last year, largely thanks to too many work functions. I really feel every single kilo. I feel incredibly fat, even though I'm still a UK10/US 6, which is my 'right' size, and even though I'm still much, much smaller than I used to be. But it sucks and I'm working hard to reverse it.



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TAKE IT WITH GREATNESS AND THAT WILL BE A GREAT THING FOR ME

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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Still working on this one. I did find an excellent article called:
‘Phantom fat’
can linger after weight loss
By Jacqueline Stenson
Even though Kellylyn Hicks has lost about 85 pounds over the last year and a half, and gone from a size 24 to a tiny size 4, she still worries she won't fit into chairs.

While out shopping, she fears that she’ll bump her hip into a shelf and break something. A few years ago when she was heavier, she accidentally knocked over and broke a wolf figurine and had to pay $60 for it.
And every morning when she looks in the mirror while getting ready for the day, she sees her former, heavier self. “My brain says, ‘Yep, still fat.’”
For complete article go to:
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/31489881/ns/health-womens_health/t/phantom-fat-can-linger-after-weight-loss/

I've lost nearly 40 pounds and no one has meant ironed it. In some ways it's a shock and if other ways it's a relief. My head still sees me before the journey when I look in the mirror but I've need smaller clothes so there must be a drastic change.
I've asked lots of SP and they tell me this can take years to completely resolve. The inner journey takes much more work than the outer journey.



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GOOD

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Oh my gosh, I can totally relate to this....it really is playing with my head.

I am about 150 lbs lighter now than my highest weight ever, and in my head, I'm still the same despite over 2 years of work, consistency and changing my habits and mindset.

Clothes shopping has been full of highs and lows. After close to 30 years shopping in only plus sized stores, the first time the smallest size in that store was too big, I sat in my car in the parking lot and cried like a baby. I've been shopping in "regular" sizes for months now and every time I think someone is going to tell me I'm in the wrong store. When I bought my first size 14 this past week (after a lifetime in 4x or 28) my first thought was that it must be a fluke or labelled wrong. And last weekend I walked into a lingerie store for the first time ever and bought sexy underwear. I kept peeking at the salesperson expecting to see "that look".

I can only speak for myself, but I think my own difficulties are related to the reasons I put on the weight in the first place, which is something I'm having to emotionally work through as I lose. Combine that with serious loose skin issues that make me feel like in some ways I look worse now than I did 150 lbs ago and I know I have a lot of work ahead of me still. I'm looking at the possibility of surgery when I'm done losing, but if that doesn't work out, I'm prepared to see a counselor to help me work through this as it really is bothering me.

Not much help, I know...but I wanted you to know that you're not alone.



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WITH PRIDE

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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Thanks to the person who posted the link to the article on Phantom Fat. I think that really hit home for me today. I know I will never be a super model, but my brain is definitely not registering just how much my body has already changed. I definitely have to force myself to check the smaller sizes when I shop and to keep my "fattest" pants around just to constantly prove to myself that my body is actually smaller. I've stalled a bit this winter but when others see me they've made comments that validate that I am changing.






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Slow and steady weight really helps me to see a difference when I look in the mirror and think about the progress.
I would never recommend keep clothes that become to big. Donate and never let the "just in case" thought of gaining enter your head. I have done this in the past and the "just in case" always happened.

My new motto: Tired of starting over? Stop quitting!


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Awesome, you're have done a fantastic job thus far. Just tweak your exercise or sure up your diet and the plateau will pass. Yet rid of the old clothes, you're not going back.



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A fellow Sparker told me she kept an old parka that she wore whenever she felt too small. I've hidden behind my fat all my adult life so being slim, fit and healthy FEELs like running around naked. Onderland scares me. I was there briefly but couldn't seem to get comfortable at that size. Still looking for more tools to deal with feeling vulnerable.
The one tool I have found so far is awesome. My personal Super Hero, Amy Cuddy, has given me a free 2 minute tool to FEEL Powerful in any situation. She was talking about her life struggle that has NOTHING to do with food. If you ever feel powerless around food, or about your struggles or your inability to change, please watch this free video. It could change YOUR life, too. Here is the link:
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Working on getting use to it. I found a pair of regular jeans which fit, now I catch himself trying to remember the jeans fit but they have a zipper and I was wearing pants with elastic waistbands. It is a bit of potty dance to catch myself dealing with the zipper vs. the elastic waistband. This too will pass when I get my mind programmed over.

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There are so many replies to this topic that I really hope the original poster sees this response! This article helped me a lot after the first 80 lbs that I lost. I eventually lost 97 lbs (and have since gained back about 20 of those, but one day at a time!) and I had a lot of problems with my body image also.

This article really helped me: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/31489881/ns/health-womens_health/t/phantom-fat-can-linger-after-weight-loss/#.UxYt2PRsDr8

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Every month I try to try on a pair of jeans and a top of my old clothes. Like I finally got in to a pair of jeans that 70 pounds ago would just come up to mid thigh. I would try them on and notice how much further they came up and say I would not try them on again until I lost 10 more pounds. I have retired my old stretchy pull up jeans; it was abt time because I had to roll the top down 3 times LOL. Now I will pick out another pair and put them near my bedside table so I can see them every night to remind me. They are only abt an inch smaller than the ones now. I also find myself looking into my one and only mirror more and thinking I am looking better in my clothes too. I have to remind myself when shopping not to look in the 2x stuff now.

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It's not a problem. I'm not even at the half way point to my goal but the drop in the bucket that I do have is wonderful. I do know strength training is everything. I've been clipping tags to clothes that I have had for at least 2 yrs & are now able to wear them. I've been at this size before but I know I'm in better shape now than then. Plateaus are what will bother me the most.

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It is a mixed bag for me. I have had a hard time realizing how small I really am. Even though my clothes size are much smaller I cannot picture it in my mind. I would ask my husband am I as thin as her and he said thinner. Crazy uh!

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I spend some time each day looking at my progress and as of yesterday, have donated over 40 work suits, dresses and separates and several winter coats. I also try to envision myself at my goal weight/size

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Look in the mirror and smile. Repeatedly look at your goal charts...where you started and where you are now. When you feel "fat" go buy yourself something "small" you can fit in or even try on something you wore when you were at your worst. Take pride in yourself, but be true to yourself. Just because your outer self is changing a lot doesn't mean your inner self needs to ( I learned this the hard way after losing 160 pounds.)

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It's not as easy as you may think. It's all a mental mind game. It has run me in a ditch to many times.

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I still have this problem! Despite losing over 100 pounds and its been over 2 years now!



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Wow, you are doing so great!

I think people are right about being fitness oriented and I think the process you are doing by getting rid of the clothing will help you to adjust, but maintenance is what really helps.

I have to say that part of my adjustment has been that in the past, I gained weight and lost weight and gained more weight and lost weight and gained more weight and am losing weight, and I am doing well now, but that process does seem to make it hard to think the "thinner version" is the real one.

Fitness does speak louder than clothing, because there are some clothing itself that masks what has really been accomplished.



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Congratulation! You must feel so much better. Keep up the good work!

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I haven't lost weight fast. It has taken me 2 &1/2 years and I'm only half way there. I have however, as of today lost 104 pounds so needless to say, I am having to adapt. For a while I just kept wearing the same clothes even though I had lost 50 pounds or more. I kind of enjoyed how big everything was on me and it reminded me of my success. It took losing 75 pounds to prompt me to start to get rid of those old huge things. Vanity has started to set in now and I am actually enjoying looking nice so I work at wearing clothes that fit. I'm even more concerned about my house looking nice, probably because I have more energy! I can do this and enjoy it!

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I just found this msg board, and I think it's a really great one. I think it is a matter of how you see yourself. A parallel that I experienced is this: I ride horses and for years I was afraid when going down a steep hill because my horse had a tendency to stumble, and I could so easily envision her stumbling and me falling off over her head. So I did lots of things to work toward not being afraid riding downhill...I practiced on shorter hills, less steep hills, more shore-footed horses, etc. Then, one day last year, my husband and I were on vacation and I rented a horse for a trail ride, which ended up being lots of hills...steep ones. And I was very comfortable and enjoyed myself. Somewhere along the way I had become no longer afraid of riding downhill, but (and here is the key), it's not how I saw myself. I still saw myself as that person who was afraid. So I think that all the things people commented on, wearing your current clothing size that fits correctly (I also prefer the feel of baggy clothes, so I'm learning this too), looking at pictures of yourself, getting rid of too large clothes, etc, gradually works to change your mental image of yourself and someday you see yourself as you really are. btw, maybe taking a friend who is fairly fashionable to help choose a new wardrobe piece or two might be a good idea, if you have trouble choosing things that actually fit the "new" you.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away...and, remember "slow and steady wins the race".


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Time. Time. Time. The longer you are at your new size, the more familiar and comfortable you will become with it.



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I'm still trying to get to my goal. but I have been giving away clothes that are too big. that is one of the things you can do, because that means you will never where those clothes again. Mentally I trying to work on. It is going to take some time. Having support helps too! Having people back you up. It is a process and everyone does through it differently. Just remember to enjoy the ride!



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I've gained 40 lbs over the last 6 years since I had my son, 20 being baby weight I never lost again, twenty of it being lazy and unmotivated. For a long while I refused to acknowledge the fact and continued to wear clothes that were actually too small. The new and improved 2.0 version of me is going to fit back into them, and have them look good.

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I like Sunny's statement that she likes her clothes to "touch" her but I see it slightly differently. I like my clothes to touch me as opposed to being stretched beyond capacity. Being thin means my clothes fall down and sometimes touch my skin. It feels good. My mother used to tell me that your clothes need to fit you right. I was a fat kid so I decided she meant that the waist should be very tight. Nawww. That's not what she meant. She meant that the clothes should be the same size as you only just slightly bigger to allow for movement. I had no idea what she was talking about. If I had been willing to understand I would have been forced to realize that I was a fat kid.



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I'm trying to get used to having clothes touch me, or as some people call it, wearing clothes that fit :) I was a very overweight as a child and teenager. That, combined with growing up in the early '90s when grunge and baggy flannel shirts were in, made me like loose clothes. Now that I'm thinner (and styles have changed), I'm trying to get comfortable wearing clothes that brush against my waist.

My close friends and husband have told me that I look so much better when I wear clothes that fit, so I'm trying to rely on their opinions more than how I feel in my clothes until I can train myself to be comfortable.




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Great topic. It is a change in many ways and nice to see how others are dealing.



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I get stronger joints--knees, elbows, hips--when I am not as heavy on them as I have been; plus, eating more carefully nourishes them better. So, losing some weight and inches feels good!

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Inch by inch, don,t let the DOG stop you dancing! Tie it up outside and get moving. Your skin will benefit from the extra blood flow.
Sheesh, even a DOG can have something to say about our bodies! I don't think so,

Reframing my thinking to release excess weight forever.

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This is such an important topic! I am 20 lbs away from goal weight (about half way there). And, I have to check my self-talk every day. I keep feeling and telling myself that I am fat, but the fact is I said that even when I was at my goal weight. It seems that I need to be loving and accepting of myself before I lose weight. Having my self-esteem tied into my weight is not helping me.

New things I'm trying: I have started trying to link self-esteem to my choices. Like the choice to exercise -- congratulating myself on a good run or workout. Talking more about my workouts. Taking care of myself by getting regular haircuts, occasional manicures/pedicures. Reminding myself that I am beautiful. Looking at pictures of myself.

I've also stopped all fashion magazines, fashion blogs, and catalogs. No use looking at bodies that are airbrushed!! to set myself up for failure!

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Thanks for all the great advise and suggestions. You are so right the mental adjustments seem the hardest part of the adapting to a smaller me. As of late I am going through all the boxes we moved from the attic to the blue room upstairs. While going through some of the boxes I came across an older driver license and compared it to my current active driver license and it was one of those WOW moments then I can see the difference.
I have to agree with the gal who mentioned about feeling so flabby after the weigh loss. This part is a struggle to cope with. Now how to tighten and tone up this flabby skin??? Anyway I was trying out some new dance DVD and the flabby skin was hitting against my legs and made quiet a loud noise so much so my dog started barking at me. Then I felt embarrassed and bad for the flabby skin so I stopped so she stop barking at me. Best I stick to walking. Here's to a huge work in progress.

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It's kind of funny how other people react to you. Before I would sometimes get compliments on something I was wearing, like shoes or a blouse. Once I had lost 30 pounds the compliments became more frequent and more about my body, which for me was nice but a little embarrassing. It also me made wonder was I not pretty before the weight loss? I recently gained 16 pounds back and have begun to try and lose them again plus a few more. I feel as though part of the regaining of the weight was because of the attention and not feeling worthy of it. I'm going to get over that though because I really like what my body could do at that weight. I love to run and it was so much easier when I weighed less.



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I'm on my second run of phentermine, but unlike 5 years ago, this time I have access to a gym until May 9th. Last time I had lost nearly 45 pounds in the 90 days I was on it, this time I'm on a lower dose, but after the first week, I have lost almost 4 pounds! I'm hoping that this time around the weight will stay off for good and with the work I'm already doing in the gym, that I don't find myself obese ever again after this year!. I know that is a big statement to make, but I am making changes this time around that I didn't before. I'm hoping that I've learned enough in my lifes journey this time to not repeat mistakes made in the past. I have to go purge my size 18 jeans now - the size 16 ones need to be moved into the wardrobe rotation!



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"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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This thread definitely resonated with me! I've been maintaining a 40 pound weight loss for the last 6 months and am still not used to it. I've adjusted to the clothing size (getting a few things that fit definitely helps, as others mentioned), but I'm still surprised when I see myself sometimes or get uncomfortable when I get positive attention for it because I still don't always feel like I know what to say or do. The negative attention (you're nothing but skin and bones, you're going to blow away, etc.) have died down as people have adjusted, but still happen sometimes when I run into someone I haven't seen in awhile. Those have been easier for me to learn how to mentally deflect, since I know objectively that I am a muscular and healthy size 6 who is in no danger of "blowing away." The hardest thing is kicking my own negative self-talk to the curb...reminding myself that I am not fat and so on. I've recently been reminded that my negative body image and thoughts have been around a LONG time, well before the time I was overweight, and retraining my thinking is going to take a significant amount of time as a result.

I'm really glad to hear I'm not the only one! Thanks OP for the topic and thanks to everyone else for chiming in.



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Trying clothes at the store helped my mental image catch up a little. I can't believe I'm a size 6!

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