Tuesday, October 27, 2009

18 And Over... For Now

Tonight I decided to try on some smaller sized pants. My jeans have been feeling slightly loose the past week or so and I figured it was time to test the waters. At my highest weight, and still when I began this official journey back in August, I wore a size 24W. Today I bought a pair of 18W’s!

I tried on about ten different pair of pants – some my typical casual denim and some nicer slacks. A little over half were size 18 and three or four pairs were 18W’s. I could do up every single pair! Now, to be fair, not all of them fit terribly well; most of the 18’s resulted in some major muffin tops. There was one pair though that I seriously debated purchasing (I absolutely loved how they made my behind look) since the stomach rollover was significantly less than it was with the others, but I decided not to overshoot just yet.

Every pair of the larger pants fit perfectly though. I can’t believe it! I am officially out of the twenties and into the teens! Never again will I have to look for bottoms with a tag that starts with a two and has another digit following.

Something else incredible about this particular shopping excursion was that I was in a larger department store and started off considering clothes in the regular sized area. Granted, the 18W’s that I ended up purchasing were still from the plus sized section, but I was actually able to look around at the normal clothing with more than wishful thinking. It made me realize that the next time I am out with friends I may actually be able to try on a few things from the regular stores.

It’s crazy to think that three months ago I wouldn’t have been able to pull any of those pants up over my hips – possibly not even over my thighs – let alone get them all done up like I did today. I still have a lot more work to do, but it is great to know that I am chipping away at myself. Sooner rather than later I will return to buy those flattering regular 18’s, and I will continue happily proclaiming that it's all downhill from here.

- 11 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 cup of red and orange peppers with fat free Rancher’s Choice dressing
- 1/2 cup toasted seasoned spaghetti squash and pumpkin seeds
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
- 1 cup tortellini
- 1 beef dip sandwich on a white bun with Miracle Whip, beef, and beef broth
- 1/2 mug white hot chocolate
- 2 cups broccoli, red pepper, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, and celery with fat free Rancher’s Choice dressing

- 30 minutes on the recumbent bike
- 4 sets of 30 stomach crunches (2 straight, 1 right, and 1 left)
- 5 push ups
- 4 sets of 15 lunges for each leg
- 4 set of 15 squats


  1. Yes!!! That's so terrific!!!
    For me, the clothes have been one of the best parts of losing the weight. I just bought some stuff from Macy's yesterday, and everything was from the regular Misses section - I didn't even step foot in the women's sizes!!! It has been soooo long since I've been able to shop regular sizes. I was still looking for long tops to cover my butt, lol, but they are XL, not 1X or 2X!!!!
    Congrats on your new smaller pants!!!

  2. Isn't that the best? You are doing so well! Woo-hoo!

  3. Isn't it a great feeling to leave the X-sizes behind? I was so ecstatic when that happened to me!
    Congrats on another NSV!!!

  4. Oh what a wonderful feeling when you try on your usual jeans size and then see its too big...I love it...Well done and keep going...

  5. Yay! That's awesome! Just the thought of being able to shop in the "regular" section sounds so fantastic. Youre doing amazing :)

  6. I love that for you. I still remember watching the sizes go down. Congratulations on all you have accomplished!

  7. Woo Hoo! That is awesome! Congratulations!

  8. Good for you! Congratulations!! You'll soon find though that buying the pants a little snug and dealing for a few weeks will get you WAY more wear out of them. :)

  9. What a great success! I can't wait to get out of that dreaded department. It won't take too much longer.

  10. Hot diggity dog!! Congratulations on leaving the 20sizes behind!!

  11. Such a major success!!!! I am so happy for you! I love shopping for "smaller" clothes!

  12. That is so satisfying, isn't it?

    At 195ish I wore an 18 (I'm 5'8".)
    I'm 175ish now and wear a regular 14-- 14W are too big. I think they slipped an extra size in there. Not fair :)

  13. What a wonderful NSV for you! You have made such wonderful progress not only physically but mentally as well :-) It is great to witness the changes my dear!

  14. WOW congrats! That is a great thing! It's sooo nice to finally get out of the 20s. There is something liberating about it. The teens are a good place to be. :)

  15. Still SO happy about this!!!

  16. That is so awesome, gotta love having more clothing choices.

  17. Hooray for the 18's and never having to buy 20's again...boy, this weight loss junk is exciting stuff, isn't it??? So happy for you girl, and always proud of your progress! You inspire me....thank you for that. :)

  18. Good for you, I bet this is going to make clothes shopping more pleasurable.