If you've been following the blog, you know about my natural extreme weight loss. So far, I'm down over 50% of my original total body weight. To be exact, 169lbs. Since last year at this time, 85lbs. I'm ONE measly pound from my original goal and a normal BMI classification! After I hit that, I'm planning to lose another 5 to 10 pounds to account for any fluctuation that happens. Seriously, I can easily gain 2lbs. in one day just by eating too much salt. So, I need that cushion so I'm not always feeling I need to be losing and can instead focus on maintaining within a 5lb. range.
For the first time ever, I didn't gain over the holidays. In fact, I lost a couple pounds. Not much, but since I usually gain at least 10, that's pretty huge for me. I also finally got my wedding rings resized. They were literally falling off even my middle finger. No wonder, I went from a 7.5 to a 5.5 (sized to a 5 3/4 to account for summer swelling and bloat). When I got the rings back, I honestly thought the jeweler had messed up. Big time. I pulled the rings out and they looked so small I didn't think they'd ever fit. Surprise, they did!
Another surprise is my size 12 jeans starting to fall down. For the heck of it, I tried on some size 10 pants and jeans at the store. They fit!! I have never before fit a size 10. I skipped right to misses sizes, no juniors, and even at my lowest weight only fit a 14. I never expected to fit a 10. If I had skin removal surgery (my new parlor trick is being able to fold my arms in half and I can almost fold my legs in half) I'm sure I'd fit at least an 8. I was also shocked to find I fit in a medium shirt now. With skin removal, that'd probably mean a small. Skin removal surgery isn't going to happen, though, so I'll take my medium and 10. Both are far from the has-to-run-big 3x and at least 30/32 (I outgrew the 28s and never tried larger) that I used to wear.
It's also fun to shop the juniors section, even though I'm a L or XL there. I never got to shop that department before. For some reason, the juniors sections seem to have the most and the best leggings for the cheapest. I'm wearing those now, too. Another thing I would never have dreamed of doing before because I always felt like a sausage cramming into clothes and never, ever wore ANYTHING form fitting.
Being so close to my goal, I'm buckling down. Upping my exercise, planning out meals the day before, counting calories carefully -- the works. I'm determined to hit my goal. Even more so, I'm determined to beat the odds and keep the weight off. I don't want to go back to the person who had health issues, couldn't fit in clothes, couldn't keep up with the kids, couldn't fit in so many things, couldn't move comfortably, couldn't breathe as easily -- so many couldn'ts! I want to stick with the CANs from now on.