Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dropped Another Dress Size!

I dropped another dress size and I have no intention of picking it back up.

This is the second dress size I've dropped this year in my serious attempt to lose weight and I'm thrilled. Yesterday I went on a rather frightening-to-the-credit-card shopping spree at J.Jill to find new things to wear. I'd gotten rid of anything that I used to be able to wear at this size because it was boring, dated, and I figured if I ever got back to this size, I could certainly celebrate with a shopping spree! I have to admit, shopping for pretty things was a thrill, because it was awesome that everything fit, and there were no tears and no extra large sizes involved.

(Photo by J.Jill.com)

What's frustrating is that when you're going from big to less big, no one really sees a thing. There's no dramatic "OH MY GOSH, have you lost WEIGHT?". No. None of that. I don't even see it. I constantly have to check my pants size. I could have cried the other morning when my hair stylist made a comment about it -- she had no way of knowing how much that meant to me.

Not seeing the weight loss, even though I'm buying smaller clothes, is tough. It makes me want to quit. There are many days when I want to throw in the towel. But like everything good, it doesn't come quickly, or easily.

So I'll keep at it, enjoy my new closet of clothes, and hope that the NEXT size will be the size that causes people (and me!) to see the change. If nothing else, I'm healthier, and definitely showing my son a good example.



Lori Anderson designs jewelry for www.lorianderson.net and also writes for www.AnArtistsYearOff.com.

30 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Enjoy your new slimmer you and the wardrobe to match. Your son must be proud of you, what a great role model he has.

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  2. congratulations! that's wonderful news!!
    And I LOVE J.Jill by the way, nice choice for shopping sprees!

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  3. Congrats! It is tough. I never have time for exercise and that's my biggest hurdle. Between getting up at 4:30 to go to a part time job and then running the bead shop (and all the joys of running a retail business w/almost no help) and trying to create...it's no wonder I can't lose weight! LOL. On the days that I do have time...I'm just pooped!
    So, I applaud you for sticking with your program! Kudos!

    Bead Happy!
    Michelle

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  4. Two dress sizes is actually quite dramatic even if you feel like it isn't noticeable. What a great job you've done to make this commitment to yourself and your health. Kudos!

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  5. Yay you! Since I've only seen you in person once, and I thought you were gorgeous, I have nothing to go by! I, too, am doing the weight-loss dance...have dropped just over 20 lbs since August, but am on a very frustrating plateau and have been since the holidays where I am losing and gaining the same 1-2 lbs...hoping that Spring will kick my behind back into gear :)

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  6. Whoo hoo for you!!! It is tough when you are losing weight in a healthy way because it isn't always obvious.

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  7. Congratulations! Two sizes is huge! I remember when I did it, I didn't see any changes initially. It came in 10 lb. increments, saw changes after 10, 20, 30. Keep up the great work.

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  8. Congrats!!!! That is great news and I am soooo happy for you!

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  9. Well done, Lori and keep going! Your typing is definitely looking slimmer to me! ;-)

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  10. Wow look at you, You look marvelous darling and you should be very proud of yourself. Awesome and congratulations!

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  11. Congratulations! As another one who burns the candle at both ends with a fulltime job and a polymer clay addiction (big grin) and both a desire and a medical need (my mother is diabetic - I don't want to be!!!) to lose weight, I commend anyone who has successfully dropped a dress size, much less two! I'm impressed and amazed! And, hopefully, inspired.

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  12. Congratulations Lori! Actually it is much better for you if you lose weight slowly and you are less likely to put it all back on. If you lose a lot quickly what do you do with all that limp flesh yuk, no it is better to do it slow and give your skin a chance to shrink too lol.
    Hmmm I think I could stand to lose a stone too...!!!

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  13. Woo hoo! I'm so happy for you!

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  14. Congratulations, Lori! How excited you must feel! It is difficult losing weight...I too have struggled with that...so I applaud you...continue to press forward for you have already taken a big step. Much success!

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  15. that's wonderful, Lori! GRATZ!!!

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  16. Well done, I equally need to commit to regaining a semblence of fitness, I'm tired of puffing like a train everytime I run for the bus.

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  17. WooHoo, Lori! I am so happy for you.

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  18. Wahey! Well done you, Lori!

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  19. Congrats and keep up the good work. When I lost my 40 pounds last year, I wore the same clothes as long as I could because I just couldn't afford to buy new ones... after awhile, people started commenting that my clothes looked like curtains and I finally went shopping - I had lost 3 sizes and it really showed at that point.

    The thing is that people who see you every day don't notice the change because it's so gradual. But when you run into someone who hasn't seen you in awhile, the difference really is noticeable - maybe you need to just get out and reconnect with old friends? That positive feedback can go a long way toward keeping your motivation up!

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  20. I totally understand the "not seeing it"... I've lost over 40 lbs since having Paige and I only changed my clothing by ONE size. That's what I get for being tall I guess... ugh. Congrats on the hard work paying off!

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  21. Good for you Lori! Keep treating yourself as you hit your "markers"!!! I bet it shows more than you realize too!!!!

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  22. yeehar!! how did you do it?? just eating less or excercise or is there a secret thing?

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  23. I know how that feels -- but believe me, when you hit "that" point, you will hear it from everyone!! Congratulations on the size you've lost and I hope you never find it again!

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  24. That's brilliant! I'm sure more people are noticing but just not saying anything (some people are like that!). Wish I could lose a dress size.... oh well, I'll keep trying!

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  25. Wow! Congratulations and keep up the good work. It seems like it's so hard to lose even a few pounds.

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  26. Yeah! Enjoy the results of all your hard work!

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  27. Hi Pretty Things! Thanks for the visit to my blog, it's how I found you here! Congratulations on dropping enough weight so you have to buy new clothes. That's really exciting. Keep up the good work, and you'll be down another dress size in no time flat!

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  28. Oh my gosh, that's wonderful! It's a hard thing to do, but it's so rewarding! Yay! I'm happy for you!

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  29. Congrats!! And remember that we or people we see all the time never seem to notice the weight that we lose. Now if you ran into someone that hasn't seen you for a few months, you would get the reaction you are looking for.

    Keep up the good work! Now I just need to imitate it.

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