Today is a day that I have been waiting for and working towards for 17 and a half months. I stepped on the scale this morning and I saw this :
I weighed myself like four times to make sure it wasn't a fluke! Same exact number all four times! I entered my weight into my Weight Watchers app, and I finally got to see this screen:
I asked James to take a few photos of me when he got home from work today., but before we get to those I have a "before" photo to share with you from 2011.
I'm note sure what I weighed in that photo, but I think it was between 245 and 250 lbs.
These boot used to be so tight that I could barely get the sides of them zipped up. Now there is room to spare.
Those are an old pair of my jeans. They used to fit comfortably. They are a size 20. I am going to save these as a reminder of how far I've come.
James watched the kids for me this evening so I could got clothes shopping. I've been putting up with jeans that are so loose I can take them off without unbuttoning them, and I was itching to get some that fit. The clerk at the store asked me what size I wanted to try on. I told her maybe and 8 or a 10. I hadn't bought pants in a while, so I didn't know what size I would need. I was surprised when the size 8's were too big. I wear a size 6! I've never worn a size 6 in my life! The last time I bought jeans at that store I was in a size 16. I bought a few shirts, some were small, some were extra small. I also went to Victoria's Secret and got some much need things there, which were also way smaller, but that's a bit much to share. Some of my flats are too loose to stay on my foot now, but that isn't an urgent need - so no shoe shopping today.
Here's a breakdown of how my sizes have changed:
pants: from a 20/22 to a 6
shirts: from a 2x to a small
ring fingers: left hand size 8 to 6, right hand hand 8.5 to a 6.5
Thank you to all of you who have been such an encouragement to me these past months! And a big thank you to Gina at Skinnytaste! It was her delicious Weight Watchers recipes that convinced me to give the program a try. If you are struggling on the same kind of journey, do not give up. There were days when it was hard. There were times when I prayed for self control. God heard. If I can do this, so can you. You might find that a different program suits your needs better, but find something that you like and stick with it. When you fall of the wagon, get right back on it the next day.