There has been progress in the LRD Journey. I have not talked TOO much about it lately. I have just been plugging along and trying to eat right and drink water and all those things that I need to be doing since we have not been going to the gym lately.
And it has paid off.
If you remember...I was 245 when I started this long journey. I was wearing a size 20 and 22. And 245 looked a lot like this:
I have lost the weight slowly and steadily. I have been happy with my weight loss every step of the way, albeit I would love for it to progress faster. But I do believe that losing it slowly has been what has enabled me to KEEP it off instead of bouncing back up. I have not gone UP since I started losing weight. I have stalled and I have wavered, but I have not gained back any of the weight I have lost. And I have been losing for a year and a half now.
When I moved to Ithaca on my birthday this summer, I was sitting at 213. Not a bad place to be if you think about coming from 245. But not where I want to be at all. And 213 looked a lot like this:
And then I hit 200!! I didn't think I would ever hit 200. It seemed such an impossible goal when I started this journey. I didn't even put a number on where I wanted to go when I started this journey, when I made all the changes in my life. All I knew was that I wanted to be healthier and feel better about me. And I do. And 200 looked like this :I am happy to say that I now, as of Thursday night, weight 1-9-5 pounds. That is an official FIFTY pounds lost. I have lost more than Lorelli weighs. I can not believe it. I do not remember a time in my adult life that I have weighed less than 200 pounds. It's amazing. I feel great. I have done it! I am not DONE. But I have proven to myself that I can truly DO this and keep at it and stay at it.
There are still tough days. We went out to eat a couple weeks ago and I had onion rings. I don't eat deep fried food anymore. I have discovered that deep fried delicious salty food is a trigger for me. If I eat something friend it causes me to want more and crave more and need more. It is very difficult to fight those feelings.
But, I have finally put numbers to my goal. For now...my goal is to get to 175 and a size 12. By Valentine's day. I think that is a fairly realistic goal. That is 20 pounds 3 months. Ans it's only 2 sizes from where I am at now. I am wearing a size 16!! And I even have a pair or two of size 14 pants that I have worn. And not been ashamed to be seen in them.
And then...yesterday...while shopping with my soon-to-be (very very soon-to-be) MIL, the dressing room lady told me that she did not think that I would need a size 16 in th e pair of pants that I was looking at, but more a 14. WOW!! Someone, a stranger, thinks I should only need a size 14?!?!?! Is this really the world I live in now? Am I truly moving out of plus sizes???