On Saturday I asked my husband to take progress photos of me, wearing the same sports bra & t-shirt I was wearing for my “before” photos 12 weeks ago. I uploaded the new pictures, placed them side by side with the original ones – and promptly felt like crying! There was so little visible difference. I still had tummy rolls and back rolls and a pouch below my waist. My arms looked exactly the same! It was depressing. I’ve lost 34 lbs and gone down at least 2 clothes sizes. I felt like the difference ought to be more striking.
I am not up to posting the pictures publicly just yet, but my best friend was over so she took a look. She reckoned that the difference was most noticeable in my face. I could see that too – but it’s funny how our eyes are immediately drawn to our flaws.
Other friends encouraged me to take my measurements. I’m pleased to say that the tape measure did show a tangible improvement! Here’s the progress I’ve made in 12 weeks:
Measurements Was Now Change
Around fullest part of chest: 49″ 46″ -3″
Waist: 46″ 43″ -3″
Pouch (unattractive bulge below my waist): 52″ 48″ -4″
Hips: 48″ 45″ -3″
Thigh: 27″ 25″ -2″
Here are my weigh-in results after 12 weeks:
Biggest loser contest in Worcester 3/27/11:
199.2 lbs (their scale always weighs light). Total 35 lbs lost in 12 weeks. I was 5th overall in the contest, and the top-placed woman.
Weight Watchers 3/28/11:
201 lbs. Total lost 34 lbs in 12 weeks.
I saw 199 this morning. One-derland! Onederland is an old weight loss acronym for the first time your weight goes below 200 lbs. In my head, this equates to “normality”…not that I am at goal, far from it, but that I am approaching a weight level and appearance that would classify me as “normal” to the man on the street – no longer worthy of particular comment for being too fat. It’s a milestone, for sure….but I won’t claim it for real until it is reflected on the public scale at Weight Watchers.