Thursday, November 10, 2011

Liking 'Large'

This past weekend, I went to Disney. While I was in the Orlando area, I stopped by some outlets in search of warm clothes. A couple years ago, we had a lengthy cold snap and I bought some sweaters, etc. That got me through last year, even though they were a little roomy. However, a couple of cool days already showed me that they would NOT work this winter.

As I don't like spending a lot of money on clothes, period, I *really* don't like spending a lot of money on clothes that I only need about 2 months (if that) out of the year AND that I have no intention on fitting into next year (30 lbs until my goal weight).

Hence, outlets.

I hit up my favorite bargain clothing store.... Old Navy. The lady in the dressing room was amazing. She gave me her completely honest opinion on everything I tried on. My favorite line?

"Honey, all of these clothes are too big on you. What size are you bringing in here?"

"XL"

"Ha! No, let me go get you smaller sizes."

See, my whole life....... well, since I have been old enough to pick out my own clothes and take them into a dressing room..... I've been XL or XXL. At my heaviest, I was a size 26 going on 28 (this is the first time I've ever said that publicly, lol....... still not sure I'll ever be comfortable saying my actual weight).

When I walked out of the store, I walked out with four Large long-sleeved shirts, one Large long-sleeved sweater, and two pairs of size 14 jeans. Now, depending on the store or the make of the clothing item, I still may need an XL or a 16. However, that's becoming less and less. The dressing room attendant pointed out that I *think* I need the larger size...... when I really don't.

I know, to a lot of people, the thought of wearing a Large or a size 14 is appalling. I mean, it's still chubby and by its own name, Large. However, my 5'7 1/2" big-boned frame has NEVER been this small. It was an awesome feeling to walk out of that store carrying clothes smaller than I've ever worn.

Like I said earlier, I still have about 30 pounds to go. I don't know what size I'll be at that point.... I am more concerned with being a healthy weight, BMI, etc.

Walking out of that store, though? Was definitely a nod to how far I've come.........


February 2005 (pretty much the heaviest).......




July 2005 (I'd just started losing weight)......




June 2011......




August 2011.........

10 comments:

Jess said...

thats awesome!

PaigeR530 said...

Wow!!!! What a transformation! You look amazing! :)

Amy Lynn said...

Congratulations to you! I think you should worry much less about everyone else's thoughts/ideas/standards and embrace the fact that you freakin rock! What an accomplishment! You look FANTASTIC, I hope you feel fantastic too!

Gina said...

Oh my GOSH! I had no idea you'd lost so much weight! You honestly look like a different person!!

~Haley~ said...

Wow, Ive never seen much about your weight loss on here before but that's an amazing transformation. I just had a similar experience, moving down from a large to a medium. I'm still not too comfy in mediums, I just feel like it's too tight on me. Anyways, keep it up, you're looking FAB!
XoXO

Marianne said...

You are so inspiring twin!!! God, I wish we lived closer so we could lose 30 pounds together! But you were beautiful then, and you are even more beautiful now. I'm so proud of you and cannot wait to see how much hotter (if that's even possible) you are when you hit your goal!

This Ordinary, Everyday Life said...

This is awesome! You are making great progress! You can totally tell you've lost weight just by looking at your face!! Once again, awesome! Keep working at your goal, you will get there!! :)

Sonya said...

I have always thought you were just adorable! I had never realized you'd lost that much weight! I can tell you have worked really hard to get where you are at! I lost a lot of weight for me this year mainly because I was sick a couple of time within a month and I wasn't eating much and then I just didn't gain much back. I did have some to lose though. When I realized I had to buy smaller sizes it was hard to convince myself. I must have spent 30 minutes in a dressing room one day just trying to convince myself that I needed the smaller size of the skirt I was trying on. It is a great feeling when you finally realize that the smaller size does fit and it even looks better! Keep it up!

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

I have never, ever, everrrrrr seen your before photos! holy cow woman, you are a serious rockstar. You are so amazing!! I, too still have a mental battle with clothing. I go and grab the size large, when I'm really wearing smalls these days. I'm like, "Shoot! I forgot". ALL THE TIME. I love that you had a great dressing room attendant. Good for you. You are rocking it.

Lil' Woman said...

What a transformation, you look amazing girl and that is an awesome feeling to be able to go down to a smaller size, congrats :)