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Size

This time last year I was kidding myself if I thought I was not a size 18.  I was wearing size 16 clothes at the time, and I did not want to go to a size 18, yet my size 16 stuff just wasn’t fitting, and not in a loose way.  I had to face it, I was getting fat.

Fast forward 1 year.  I’m now comfortably in a size 12.  Actually for some things a size 10! For example the skirt I am wearing,  it’s a size 12, but if it weren’t for my belt well it wouldn’t be around my waist.  That’s the other thing, I’m also on the last notch of my belt!

I can finally say “I’m skinny!” and the best part, I feel skinny too. It’s a nice change that’s for sure.

The other size change is in the underwear department.  I’m talking bra’s.   It was time, time to stop wearing the sports bra’s, and tank tops style bra’s and actual go buy something girly.
I could not tell you the last time I was a 12c.  Sometime in high school over 10 years ago most likely.  Then it slowly went to 14c, 14d, 14dd, and that was before I got pregnant.  Then my boobs did some serious growing in those pregnancy months.  Yes I will admit it, I blew out to a 16e.  Then well I stayed a 16 for a long time. However I could not tell you what size I was a year ago, cause well I haven’t kept any of my fat bra’s. The last nice non tank top bra I bought was around November last year, and that was a 14d, that is now not fitting, even though it is a nice bra, and it is pink, it don’t fit.
So today I splurged, and picked up some nice underwear. I know it’s not much to some, but it means something to me.  Why? Well for once in my life I actually feel good about how I look and how I feel. And there is nothing nicer than feeling good in what you are wearing, especially if it helps you to actually feel sexy, which you have not felt in a very long time.

The next step will be summer clothes, as well I have already gone through the wardrobe and gotten rid of the ill fitting stuff, to make room for what is to come.  Bring on summer I say then.

Instant gratification

What is it with people wanting instant gratification?

Everyone wants thing done now, no wait, yesterday.  People don’t realise that if it’s important, it’s going to take time.  You don’t rush into things, cause when you do you always seem to end up in some disaster.

Today I came across this article  about weight loss.  Now how you do your weight loss is up to you and there are lots of different programs out there that you can use, I’m not going to tell you what one to use because that is your decision and not mine.  And what works for me, may not work for you.

Things I have learned on my journey are the following:

  • Know your numbers.  That means find out what your BMR / TDEE / BMI is etc
  • Never eat below your BMR (this is my opinion, but I have personal found that if I eat less than 1500 calories a day, I tend to have major binge sessions cause I’m so hungry)
  • Eat half or all of your exercise calories back (I never use to, but now I do)

For about 3-4 months (after my oversea’s holiday) my weight loss stalled.  I was stuck, it just wasn’t moving.  So I did research.  Research is important in anything you are interested in.  You don’t go in blind, cause you don’t want to be blind sided. What I found was that by eating under my BMR I was essentially putting my body in starvation.  So when people say eat more to weigh less they aren’t joking. I have personally found that it has worked for me.

The other thing you have to consider is time.  If you have a lot to lose then don’t expect it to just instantly fall off.  It took time to put on, it’s going to take time to take it off.
It’s taken me a year to lose 13kg.  My son weighs 13, so I’ve lost him! I’m glad I’ve lost it slowly.  Because it means I’ve formed good habits, and those good habits will most likely continue.

So even though you want instant gratification, and the end of the day, it’s hard work and determination.  If you want it bad enough you just do it.