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Measuring My Success

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The scale is not being very good to me right now. I got into Onederland and then it's back to losing in ounces, not pounds every week. Even though I am doing all the ‘right things’, I haven't lost much these last couple of weeks.

I didn't want to become frustrated again, like I did in the past, so I took my measurements. I think I am guilty, like so many of us, of looking in the mirror and not seeing a difference. I still see the sags and pouches. What I didn't notice was that they were less. I have “fat” vision. Even with the scale moving downward, the image in my mind’s eye was, Pam, 47 pounds ago. However, I am down 4.25 inches since last month. I lost 2 inches off my waist! That's huge. My waist is almost the circumference and the size they say is optimum for a woman.

I am going on vacation later this month so I started going through my clothes. When I started my journey I was in 20W and 2X. Well, it was quite an eye opener to see some of those things on. If I did not believe I had lost weight, those clothing were proof. They actually hung on me. As in really too big. It made me happy and sad. Happy because my new size is 16 & XL and sad because I really loved those dresses. The next donation box to BB/BS has some really nice things in it. emoticon

I guess, sometimes, we need to step away from the scale to see the true measure of our success. I will stop worrying about the scale number and focus on the others that show my journey is working.

Until my next measurements, I will keep Sparking, emoticon

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    1400 days ago
    When your scale only gives you ounces, look for just 4 ounces. Then take a cube of butter (which is the same density as body fat) out of the refrigerator, look at it and say "Gone!" Once in a while when the scale doesn't move, but you look better, muscle replaced fat. Take out the cube and say, "Gone!"
    1402 days ago
    Yup. FatVision is the perfect description. Especially if you've been trying to lose weight a long time. be sure to keep one of the larger items as a reminder of where you came from. I also donate one brand new outfit in my former size to a women's shelter every year, in thanks. It's not an expensive outfit - bought at Dress Barn or Catos, but it's new and fresh and if a larger woman needs a shelter, she probably needs the pick-me-up of a new outfit too.
    1403 days ago
    Years ago I went from 225 to 200. Then slowly lost more each year. It is a process and clothes are a fun way of seeing the difference it makes. Glad you are staying in the game and keeping yourself motivated. Wonderful progress! emoticon emoticon Ann
    1406 days ago
    Amazing you are doing so well
    1408 days ago
    Nice1 glad you are donating them. Someone else will enjoy them too. That made me happy when I was going thru active weight loss.

    1409 days ago
    How your clothes fit and how you feel means much more than what the scale says. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1409 days ago
    Great job.
    1409 days ago
    Congrats!! emoticon
    1409 days ago
    Great observations!
    1409 days ago
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