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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The lack of pants I can wear without a belt led me to hit the local thrift store on Thursday for some additions to my wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself fitting into 14s now - I came away with 5 pairs of pants, and every time I go to put a pair on, I find myself staring at the (relatively) tiny waistband, thinking, "There's no way my huge butt will fit into these!"

But it does. I guess it just isn't quite as big as it used to be. emoticon

I've been getting tons of compliments on my weight loss at work lately - people are congratulating me on how trim I'm starting to look, and sometimes when I catch a glimpse of myself in a store window as I'm passing by, I can kind of see it. But when I'm looking in the mirror, I still look so incredibly fat, I hardly see a difference at all. A quick Google search suggests that this is a common phenomenon amongst people who have lost a great deal of weight - it takes time for your brain to "update" the image it has stored of you. (And it works the opposite way as well, with people who gain a lot of weight seeing themselves nearly as trim as they'd once been). The logical explanation of it makes me feel better, but it's still a bit of a bummer not being able to see the changes that other people are seeing.

Still, I'm going to keep focusing on the positive things I CAN see - like the number on the scale, which recently told me that I'm a mere 20 lbs away from being at the high end of a healthy BMI for my height. Which is pretty remarkable - a year ago, getting down to 200 lbs seemed like almost too daunting of a task to take on.

I'm just going to keep on as I've been doing, and before I know it I'll be staring at the (relatively) tiny waistband on a pair of size 10 pants and thinking, "There's no way my huge butt is going to fit into these!"

But it will. emoticon
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  • STEELHEAD01
    Just think different things work for different people. Certainly a long established view of ourselves is hard to break. My wife and I are both on a path to eat better, exercise more, and lose some weight in the process. For me tracking food, and tracking exercise helps me stay on track. But I am an old engineer and like graphs. My wife doesn't track food or weight, as they just cause her a lot of anxiety. What she does like is fitting into clothes that she couldn't wear. Getting into the next smaller size is the ticket for her. Pretty sure I will also be pretty happy when I can get into a smaller waist size pants. If we just stay on the path, things will get better. emoticon emoticon
    2377 days ago
  • BEACHCALSIX
    I know what you mean! Argh, I look in the mirror or a window and I still see how I was around 200 lbs. I can see that my waist is smaller but it just doesn't register...and then I look at the smaller jeans and am like "no way, not going past my hips" lol. I read an article about that phenomenon and it says that most of the time you eventually get past that and do see the changes finally. It just takes time sometimes. Let's keep it up!!
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    2379 days ago
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