80 pounds!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I do not weigh myself weekly because I know that week-to-week fluctuations are normal and I don't want to get discouraged when my progress is not as fast as I would like. So I set other goals and weigh myself when I achieve that goal.

My first goal was to get to a size 16, and recently I achieved that goal. I set that goal because I figured I would have to get new clothes once I dropped three sizes. In addition, I had been a size 22 for years, and the last time I was able to wear size 16 was high school.

Upon weighing myself I found I had lost 80 pounds and I'm halfway to my goal. I was very glad that my progress was so measurable. I was worried that all my hard work so far would only cause me to drop 50 or so pounds, but 80 pounds is a substantial loss in just eight months.

My closet is almost empty because few of my old clothes fit me anymore and I have had to buy new clothes, especially for work. I can't be working with clients in baggy pants that I have to cinch with a belt and blouses that fall down my shoulder. At the same time, I don't want to overspend on new clothes that have to be replaced as I continue losing weight. So I've been shopping at discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and outlets like Nordstrom Rack. I'm also working with a bare minimum wardrobe - 4 pairs of nice pants for work, 6 or 7 different blouses or knit tops and 2-3 blazers. I'm mixing and matching a lot.

My next goal for weigh-in is size 14. At that point, I will no longer have to shop the Women's or Plus Size racks for new clothes. Right now, I shop both the Plus Size and normal Misses racks since size 16 is right in between those two. I'm hoping to be under 200 pounds at my next weigh-in.

I started this plan at 310 pounds and my goal is 150. I was hoping to reach 150 by Christmas 2010, but I might fall a little short. I'm currently losing on average 10 pounds per month, but with 80 pounds to go and only six months left, I probably won't get there. I also realize that the last 20-30 pounds will be hard to lose. But I'm confident that by this time next year, I'll have achieved my goal.
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