Happy Friday, everyone! 🙂
For today’s post, I am finally going to share the good news that I’ve been holding back. Despite meaning to talk about this as early as last week, other things kept popping up, pushing today’s announcement to the back of the bus.
Drumroll please… 🥁🎶😬
I’m officially down two pants sizes!
I know, right? How dare I actually lose weight eating cheesecake and ice cream along the way.
Despite a few hiccups here and there, if you’ve been following me the last two months, then you know how hard I’ve worked. Weeks upon weeks went by, trying to count calories, dragging myself to workout… it seriously felt as though nothing was working at first.
There were times when I would look in the mirror and think that I saw changes, but they were so small that it was extremely easy to convince myself that I was merely making it up. Other people would say that I was losing weight, but as long as I couldn’t tell, it didn’t matter. Had it not been for ordering a few new summer clothes, perhaps I would have gone right along feeling like a semi-failure.
About two weeks ago, I decided that my wardrobe needed a few new items. With the temperature steadily rising faster than you can say “heat stroke”, it became apparent that I could really use a few pairs of shorts to wear around the house. Some lightweight, summery pajamas were also on the agenda, so off I went to shop for some online.
Being that these articles of clothing were only going to be worn in the house, I didn’t make much fuss over what they looked like or where they came from. However, when it came down to what size to get, I found myself feeling quite conflicted. If there’s one thing that I greatly dislike, it’s buying clothes while I am actively trying to lose weight. I wasn’t sure if I should risk it and go down a size, or just stick with the same size I was used to ordering.
At that time, I felt as though I’d lost enough to comfortably wear the next size down– especially since I often could for certain garments. It made sense to squeeze into something if I had to because I had NO intentions of ballooning back up to my (then) current size. In my mind, it seemed better to preemptively order a size smaller opposed to ordering a size I wouldn’t be in very long, if at all.
Worried that ordering my items in a smaller size was a horrible idea that would end in tears, I threw caution to the wind and did it anyway.
Much to my surprise, everything I bought was perfectly fine. From shorts and tees to flirty dresses, nothing was tight or hugging my body. If anything, the items were strangely loose, but since no one would see me in them anyway, I wasn’t bothered in the least. The thing that mattered most in that moment was that everything fit.
It was at this point that I was somewhat willing to accept that I had gone down at least half a size. Of course, I had to annihilate any smidge of joy over what appeared to be weight loss. Despite fitting into the smaller clothes, I found every. excuse. imaginable. for why it couldn’t be true.
Last Friday, I ended up receiving several pairs of stretchy leggings from my mom. Forever buying things and never wearing them, she offered the stack of (still) tagged leggings to me. Pfft! It’s as though she knows full well that I love free stuff. 😏 Naturally, I snatched every last pair. However, when I looked at the size tags, a defeated frown replaced my smile.
They were two whole sizes smaller than the leggings I already wore!
Thanking her for all of the new pants, I decided to keep them anyway. After all, the whole purpose of this journey is to eventually replace all of my current wardrobe. I knew I’d eventually fit in them if I just kept on going, so they ended up being stuffed into a corner of my dresser and forgotten about…
I woke up early Monday morning after having the weirdest dream. Just as in real life, someone had given me a ton of leggings. They were the same color, size and everything. The only difference was that this time, they wanted me to actually try them on. Similar to what my actual reaction would have been, I was like, “Heck no! These aren’t going to fit!” However, after being poked and prodded to try them on anyway, I stuffed my legs into them– they fit!
Being the most curious person ever, I jumped straight out of bed upon waking up. Even though it seemed positively silly to test out a dream, I couldn’t wait to see how far I had to go before the new leggings would actually fit.
Can you believe that I tried them on and they fit like a glove? I sure couldn’t! You would have thought I’d won the lottery; I was actually jumping up and down.
Despite initially thinking that this was all a fluke, I have worn each pair of those smaller leggings all week long. It is finally starting to sink in that this isn’t a joke or a mistake. I truly lost two pants sizes.
Although I have a long way to go still, this triumph feels like a genuine miracle. I now know that everything I’ve been doing works, so all I have to do is keep going. It’s just such a relief to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. You have no idea.
As an extra bonus for my food lovers out there, I thought I’d share a picture of today’s dinner: Shredded chicken breast with a homemade honey dijon glaze and a (HUGE) 7-fruit salad.
My fridge got a healthy restocking of amazing produce today, so I couldn’t help but “sample” all of the fruits. I’m a little tired of vegetable salads for the time being, so I thought a quick and easy fruit salad would be a welcome change. Sure enough, it was. Packed with sliced yellow nectarine, mango, green grapes, purple grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and a single mandarin, it was a great salad to pair with the chicken.
Just talking about this is making me hungry again! 🤤
Aside from this, I didn’t have any other formal meals today. However, I did munch on a small sampling of some new healthy snacks that I am totally loving right now. If you’re wondering what those might be, I hope to share them with you very soon.
But for now, that’s it for this week. As always, I hope you all have a fun, relaxing, and safe weekend. I may not have time to post on Monday (Monday posts may have to be nixed for a little while), but I will definitely try to be around on Tuesday, so I hope you guys will join me then! ❤️
Time to hit today’s workout. Wish me luck!
Today was Day 75.
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