Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

My main motivation for joining SP was to get in shape for my wedding. I had close to 20 lbs to lose and I am in the home stretch with only 4 lbs to go! What a difference I see and feel from what I looked like when I first joined to now! My whole outlook on things has changed as well as the way I feel about myself.

My original goal was to lose as much of the weight before I bought my wedding dress. I had gone to "just look" before I started losing the weight and let the salesgirl take my measurements so I could at least try some dresses on...with no intention of buying at that point. When I finally went 6 months later to buy my dress having about 8 lbs left to lose, I was ecstatic to find that I had dropped 2 dress sizes!! What a difference that made, since styles I had tried on previously (or didn't even have the nerve to try on) that I thought looked hideous on me now looked amazing! Standing on that podium gazing at myself in the mirror, I realized that all the hard work had paid off. I knew I could lose those last stubborn pounds in plenty of time for alterations and the wedding.

That was 6 weeks ago and I am happy to report that I picked up my dress the other day, having lost 4 more pounds (now only 4 pounds away from my goal weight) and the dress looked even better when I tried it on that day! The best part of it all, though, is that I now have the confidence to try on clothes I was terrified to even look at 6 months ago. When I walked into the bridal store to get my dress, the front display was of prom dresses...the very sexy, form fitting ones. As soon as I saw them, I thought, 'that one would be great for the formal night on the cruise,' I thought that would not have even crossed my mind a few months ago. So, I had the saleslady help me find my size and I tried it on, slightly nervous about what it would look like on me. The saleslady had to force me out to the podium to get the full effect of the dress, and I was amazed at how great I looked! Not a single person in that store could stop themselves from saying how amazing that dress looked on me...even the brides-to-be trying on the wedding dresses on the podiums next to me! Needless to say, I now have a very sexy dress to wear for my new husband on the formal night of our cruise. He is in Iraq right now so it will be even better to see the look on his face when he gets home just in time for the wedding, to see the new slimmer, and more confident me!

To make an already long story....well, less long. The days of being on the verge of tears trying to shop for a new outfit because I NEED one and not wanting to look in the mirror at myself are gone! I can't get enough of the new me and I have a new found confidence that I have not had since high school! This is a great beginning to my new life in a new state, with my new husband (in 5 months of course). Suddenly, those last 4 pounds seem like nothing. I definitely could not have made it this far without the help and support of everyone on here!
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    Wow, I wish I could feel that way. I bet it felt amazing to have people actually telling you how wonderful you look. Congrats on all the weight you've lost. I hope I can do as good as you! I can't lose all my weight before my wedding in February but I'm looking forward to being more energized for sure
    4684 days ago
  • NHGIRL29

    You are such an inspiration!! Knock 'em dead in both your wedding dress and on your cruise!! You deserve it after all of the hard work!!
    4685 days ago
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