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Day 143 - Measurements

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I've mentioned before, I think, that Steve and I have very different body shapes. He carries all of his weight in his belly. He can gain weight and still have the skinniest legs and arms on the planet, and even 20 or 25 pounds heavier, still wear the same clothes. The pants ride a bit lower, but he can still fit into them.

I, on the other hand, can put on 5 pounds and have to move to the next size bigger in pants, shirts, and everything.

It makes my relatively small weight loss (at least by some SparkPeople's experience) look much bigger in comparison, because I went from wearing a size XL shirt and 38-inch pant down to a size Medium top and 34-inch (or smaller) waist.

Well, I mentioned today that most of my shorts (which are almost all size 36-inch waist) are too big, and with the warmer weather, I'm looking a little "droopy drawers" (as my dad would say). When I got home from work, Steve said I should try on some of his shorts (which are mostly size 32). As of last week, I now weigh less than he does, and I'm almost 4 inches taller.

Well, I tried on a couple of his shorts, and THEY FIT! Now, clothing manufacturers don't always have the same measuring tape when they create their patterns, and a size 32 in one brand may not be a true 32-inches around, while another might be exact. But to say the least, I felt PRETTY DARN HOT modeling those 32-inch waist shorts tonight!

Many of my SparkFriends are frustrated because the weight on scale isn't a number that they want. I'm in a similar boat. But here's an alternative: find a pair of "skinny clothes" (either in your own closet or go to a store and grab something off the rack that you aren't sure you'll fit into).

Does it fit? Or is it close, but you couldn't even come close to buttoning it before? Let that be an inspiration to you that you ARE getting smaller and tighter and firmer, even if the scale tries to suggest otherwise.

Find your inspiration and motivation wherever it is. Don't yearn for it where it isn't. You'll be a lot more satisfied with how you're doing. Because I know that you're doing GREAT!
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    You've made some progress! I'm glad for you. emoticon

    I am proud of myself for buying some summer dresses in my size. Last summer I really wanted to wear dresses, but none of mine fit and I didn't go shopping for any. And all summer I just wanted those old dresses. Well, now they have some competition! emoticon
    2275 days ago
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    Congratulations on losing a size, woohoo! You always makes me so proud of you. Now go model those shorts. Watch out fashion week. LOL You are doing awesome as always, keep it up and thank you for motivating me and keeping me in check.
    2285 days ago
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Non Scale Victories are awesome! emoticon emoticon

    The emoticon will show the the results of your hard, but not always as fast as the NSV.
    2287 days ago
    Congrats, that must feel good!
    2287 days ago
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    That is just awesome, Steve!
    You are so right that we need to have many sources of success...the scale is not the only one, and sometimes success doesn't show in one but sure does other places!
    Clothes, a belt, a top that used to be tight in the sleeves, measurements, and even just how you feel inside your body! Take it where you can get it!
    You must feel SMOKIN HOT...
    2287 days ago
    Great inspiration. Well done.
    2288 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    2288 days ago
    Woo Hoo! How awesome! You're always so positive and encouraging, too. :)
    2288 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Very wise advise. I went from 50-52 to 44 waist slacks and from 4-5xl to 1xl so far and if I have the skin removal surgery, I will be able to wear probably just a large. I had to buy new summer clothes also. All my polo shirts were way to big being 3&4 xl. And I only had one pair of shorts my wife bought last year that were XL and they were too small last year but fit this year Congrats you should be proud!
    2288 days ago
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