With patience, perseverance and hard work…you can make big things happen!
After being in a weight loss plateau for a couple years, then gaining some weight back last year…it’s been a while since I’ve had that euphoric feeling of going down a pant size. I was going to wait until I hit my next mini goal before I dared try a new size, but this weekend I was at Target and was feeling saucy and just decided to go for it.
Let me please say, that I’m a believer in not judging someone on their pant size. Sizes are so all over the map and inaccurate and don’t measure different body types. With that being said though, I can’t help but get excited in seeing it as one way to gauge some of my weight loss success.
At my highest pant size I was in a 24. And it was getting tight. These were the one pair of jeans I kept. I was wearing them here…
Now I can fit into one leg of these jeans! And this weekend, I fit into a size 4!
From a 24 to a 4. I spent a solid 10 minutes happy dancing in Target! I get so hung up on being hard on myself and trying to hit new goals, that I forget to look back at how far I’ve come.
I held up my old jeans in the mirror next to me and just started crying.
Mostly because I wish I could go back and talk to myself those several times I hit my peak weight and fit into those jeans. I was just so unhappy and uncomfortable with myself then. I wish I could tell myself that we were really going to do it this time. We were really going to change. We were really going to be happy and stop trying to hide and cover up all the time. That I could finally be myself without the fear of my weight getting in the way.
That’s what it’s really all about. Being healthy and being happy in your own skin. It’s a constant work in progress for me. Some days I happy dance in a dressing room, other days I feel like I’m back where I started. The important thing I’ve learned is that you just got to keep moving on. Everyone has bad days, and you got to let them make you stronger, not let them stop you. Whatever your goal, be prepared. Expect road blocks.
Today I prepared my meals for the week and planned my schedule around the gym. It’s rough when life gets in the way. But it helps me to keep the goal in mind, look forward to the next moment to make myself proud, and that helps stop the emotional eating on the bad days. And makes me motivated to go to the gym on the days when I feel like a garbage bag filled with pasta sauce.
I’ll be posting some tips and tricks on snacking in my next blog. I just wanted to share my good news! If you have some good news…send it my way! I’d love to hear about your weight loss journey as well!