Tuesday, September 29, 2015

53 Pounds Down and Counting

It has been a little while since I updated on my weight loss so I thought I might share some progress for those who have been curious, and also to help keep my momentum going through the holidays!  This is generally the most difficult time of year for me because the weather begins to cool down, and all the delicious fall foods show up around every corner!


Currently I'm 55 pounds down - give or take a few!  (This morning I woke up two pounds heavier, boo.)  I have discovered over several years of weighing myself and losing that my weight tends to fluctuate up to six pounds throughout the day or even week.  Generally early in the morning is the best time to weigh myself and I get the most accurate weight...though if I had a big meal late at night I could weigh as much as three pounds more.  It's kind of crazy!  I am learning that what you eat, the time of day you eat it, and even for us ladies the time of month all play into our weight.  The biggest lesson I've learned?  Not to sweat the actual number so much.

I've also discovered that your body changes shape as you age.  Those of you older than I won't be shocked at this notion - but maybe because I've been so pleasantly plump over the past decade, well I just didn't notice much about my shape other than its largeness!  I currently wear the same size I did when I was married...


...but I weigh only about 5 pounds less than I did at 9 months pregnant with my now 13 year old.  I am smaller on top but wider on bottom than I ever was in my early twenties.  It's been interesting to see the changes that I for so long really couldn't see because of the extra weight I was carrying.

I am more than anything ecstatic to be in smaller clothes!  I think the best part of losing has been clothing shopping.  I am a thrift shopper and bargain hunter so I buy a few new things just about every week.  To date I've gone down five pant sizes since I was at my heaviest.  FIVE pant sizes!  When at my largest I had a pair of goal jeans that my Husband had bought me the last time I had lost a significant amount of weight.  Unfortunately the jeans were too snug to wear...well...more than snug...so tight that I couldn't get them up over my behind! I put them aside as many of us do - as my "skinny" goal jeans.  It took me a long five years to fit into them - but just a few weeks ago I finally did!


 So where I'm at now is I have a new pair of goal jeans.  They are the jeans in front (I currently am wearing the second pair of jeans that the arrows are pointing to)...my daughter's size 6 jeans, that of course are way too big for her the stinker.  It is one size smaller than what I wore when I met my Husband and when I was my smallest.  There are a couple of pant sizes in between what I'm in now and the 6's but you can see the progression above from where I started and how close I am to the goal...the jeans in back are a pair of size 20's that were getting snug when I began losing.  I find that the smaller you get the smaller the difference between sizes is...for example my larger jeans, there was a good inch on either size larger between an 18 and a 20...where there's not quite as much between the 10's and 12's.  I feel like this is the hardest part, getting down to the smaller sizes, but with the health issues in my family I feel like not only does it feel good to look better, I'm hoping that I am really ensuring my health as well.

I will keep posting on how I'm doing throughout the process.  It's been long - several years really.  I have lost weight before, that's not the struggle for me - keeping it off is where it's really hard.  So that's my main goal.  I don't mind losing slowly so long as I make life long habits.  Other than being naturally more active because I now have energy that before I didn't, I really don't have a work out routine.  Sometimes I do but more often than not I don't because there just isn't much time for it.  Once I get closer to my goal adding some regular activity into my daily life will be a new goal.








 

10 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Good for you, Valerie!!!!!

treadlemusic said...

Awesome post/news!!!!! So-o-o-o-o happy for your progress!!! You need all the energy you can 'muster'!!!!
Some years back I was told that, for gals, the number of calories consumed at one time is CRUCIAL!!!! Even though the total day's calories are within your limits, if one meal exceeds what your particular body is able to metabolize, or needs, the rest will go to.......ummmmm........storage (read: fat!!!). That' why many who eat meager meals during the early day and then have a full meal later in the afternoon may still gain inches/weight. Foods eaten after 6 pm have a tendency to produce weight gain!!! Ugh!!!! and Sigh!!!!.........

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

That's so wonderful. Keep at it! My old knees hate my weight!....:)

Marj said...

Kudos to you, keep up with your goals as you are doing great and it will help you feel better as you get older. Thanks for being an inspiration to so many.

Nancy Dempsey said...

You totally rock! I need to be more like you. LOL

Deb A said...

Great job! I find it much harder to lose weight as I get older... something about the metabolism going down =). I've been trying to loose 10-15 pounds for about 6 months and the stress of the last few weeks and cutting out junk foods has me down 3!(The main problem is I love to bake.... and if you bake you must test!) I am just happy the scale went down and my wedding ring is not so tight on my finger and my pants fit more comfortable.

Joy said...

Well done. You are in the right head space to make your journey successful and that is soooooo important. Slow weight loss with long term lifestyle changes.

Lara B. said...

Way to go Valerie - Woot Woot!!! That is so wonderful and you look marvelous!

Hedy Hahn said...

I recently lost about 20 lbs and it made such a difference. Now I want to lose another 10 and have no set time table to do it. You look great and the smile on your face is fabulous. Just keep at it, your life actually depends on it !

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Congrats! Keep up the good work! L