The first photo above, taken a year ago – was a wake up call. I felt like I was ‘sucking it in’ for all I was worth. And yet, There is a huge tube, wrapped around my middle. It made me exercise more. More ‘core’ centered activities. More whole food. More fruit and veggies and smoothies. I did feel better – but my size didn’t change. Today, on a rainy blustery soup filled day, I pulled this, my once favorite T from the bottom of the stack. I laughed as it hangs and slooshes back and forth on my frame. Sorry for the weird facial expression in the third photo – but this is how I look this morning. My fingers are just an inch or so away from my waist. I can’t believe how much shrinkage has happened to my middle in 8 full weeks.
I’ve shared the photos below – the big eye opener of a photo taken by a friend. Using my board to hide the huge tube. Again, remembering to angle my face, suck it all in, stand straight, and still – wowza. Not what I think I look like in my head.
Here is me today – Curves, way loose wet suit. Folds of wetsuit all around. Eazy no suckin zipping of the suit. I haven’t worn this one since the end of July. Should have been sufficatingly tight. Not today.
Feels good to have my photo taken – I’m still on this journey – my body may still change – may not. Might hit a plateau for months. Happens to others on THM.
As of this morning – I’ve lost 23 pounds since August 2nd, 2013. I’ve gone from a size 18 to a size 14. When I hit a size 12, comfortably, I’m ordering a girl’s wetsuit.
But it is more than a number on a scale –
This morning I put on a necklace I purchased 5 years ago. I had to buy a necklace extender to make the choker fit. The extender is about 4 inches long. Today, it hung way too low with it on, had to take the extender off. Even without it, it is no longer a choker – but hangs in a V.
Needed a pair of jeans for church this morning. Pulled a couple out of the bottom of the drawer. “Old Lady Mom Jeans” . However, they fit. I had to put on a new button last winter and used them for beach walking. Always wore a long sweatshirt so you didn’t see how funky and way to tight they fit. Today – the button went to my belly button with 2-3 inches of space to pull it out. I wore them all day, comfy as sweats. I probably won’t go back to ‘mom jeans’ but I felt so good wearing high rise pants that didn’t cut off my circulation, that I didn’t mind pulling them up all day.
I used to pull off my shoes as soon as I hit the house. Now, I’ll forget to take them off until I want to curl up on the couch. They are super loose, all of my shoes are. No more swollen feet. No more fatty feet. No more.
I am, for the first time in years, loving the body that God created. I’m taking care of it better than I have my whole entire life. I feel like Trim Healthy Mama finally gave me a plan that makes sense to me, and obviously vamps up my metabolism and burns fat. I’ve had periods where I worked on ‘being happy that God created me this way’ meaning large thick and stocky.
For the first time, since my thyroid went nuts about 1995 or 96 – I can see me getting back into that pre thyroid body. I can feel it. About one pound per week, body keeps shrinking. Thanks for supporting me in the journey!
How inspiring! I’ve been on THM since the day after Labor Day this year. I’ve only lost about 8 pounds, but the change in my body is amazing too. Seeing women like you encourages me to keep going! Way to go! You are doing awesome! And I know it feels so good too.
YAY!! I LOVE that you are feeling great! I’ve had similar results. 25 pounds down this morning instead of 28 or 29. lol Fluctuates. Holding steady though. Until I feel ready to do some more….
So very happy for you Angie!! I’m stuck in a plateau…but if I never loose another pound I’m content and so thankful to not feel like the “fattest mom in the room!” You look terrific!