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Old 02-15-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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Talking 75 pounds down! And travel NSV!

Well, after whining yesterday about my slow-poke loss, I stepped on the scale this morning and realized that I had finally hit.

SEVENTY-FIVE POUNDS DOWN

That's right! Three quarters of the way to ONE HUNDRED POUNDS.

With the next pound down I'll be in the two-teens. I have NEVER BEEN in the Two-teens.

Plus, I just had a huge personal NSV. At the last minute, about a week ago, I was invited at the last minute to join an international delegation. I was really thrilled. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity.

A year ago, I would have been paralyzed-- accept or not accept?? There were so many worries: would the seat belt fit? Could I figure out what to wear? Would they be disappointed when they realized that they had invited someone who was morbidly obese (and wouldn't look good in all the PR photo ops???) In spite of all of my professional accomplishments, I used to sometimes turn down amazing opportunities like this, and if I accepted it, it was just constant mental torture. I'd be heading out right now to an expensive specialty plus size shop trying to construct some semblance of a wardrobe in size 24. I used to buy a NEW outfit almost every time I had to appear in public, because I could never find anything to wear.

Now, I have the normal worries about getting ready for the trip, but none of the trials of morbid obesity to contend with. I know I'll fit in the seat, have something to wear, and look ordinary in the photos.

Yesterday, I was feeling kind of down. With my weight loss so much slower, it's not so obvious to me any more how far I've come. I'm pretty much used to being this size, and I can't really fathom where I was before.

So, I pulled my favorite old pair of size 24 jeans off my shelf. Last year, They would have gone with me on this trip even though they are black velveteen and wouldn't be appropriate for the season where I'm going, but I always knew I could count on them to fit.

But, yesterday, I pulled them on, and there was just no way to mistake that they were FAT PANTS-- absurdly and ridiculously big. The waistband did not touch the widest part of my hips.

That's when I realized that I need to spend less time worrying and more time patting myself on the back.... I need to remind myself how far I've come, and the speed of weight loss is not SO important, because the weight does come off.

If you don't quit, you can't fail. That is my favorite saying.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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Congratulations! You've done an amazing job with your weight loss! It's really easy to get down on yourself for not losing "fast enough"... But you're right, the weight does come off at some point, and that's what matters!

Congratulations to you on 75lbs gone forever!
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:26 AM   #3
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WTG ubergirl!
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
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Whoot!

Have a great time on your trip.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:49 AM   #5
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Congrats - major milestone on weight loss, but your mental attitude is a much, much bigger victory!
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:54 AM   #6
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Congrats!!
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:55 AM   #7
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Now, I have the normal worries about getting ready for the trip, but none of the trials of morbid obesity to contend with. I know I'll fit in the seat, have something to wear, and look ordinary in the photos.

That's when I realized that I need to spend less time worrying and more time patting myself on the back.... I need to remind myself how far I've come, and the speed of weight loss is not SO important, because the weight does come off.

If you don't quit, you can't fail. That is my favorite saying.
This rings so true for me. Congrats Ubergirl! This is your new normal.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:41 AM   #8
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This is great! The delegation sounds like an enormous opportunity, and the freedom to truly experience it is yours, due entirely to your hard work and stick-to-it-iveness. Well done!
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:44 AM   #9
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I'm so happy for you and I love your new saying! I think I'll use it myself, if you don't mind
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:42 PM   #10
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Yay! You rode it out! Congratulations on hitting 75 pounds lost and your extremely awesome NSV!
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:58 PM   #11
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What a great feeling to just be normal! And I'm so pleased that you've decided to pat yourself on the back more. That's a good lesson for all of us.
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:06 PM   #12
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Great job!! That is SO SO awesome! Just knowing the airplane seat belt will fit is a BIG deal. That is one thing I always worry about... what if I have to travel. This post was SO inspirational.. another reason to stay with my plan! Thanks!
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:09 PM   #13
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Congrats!!! That is SO great!!!!!
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:14 PM   #14
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Thanks everybody!!! Although, I must say, the feeling of calm was short-lived. I sit around in size 3x stretch pants and old fleeces most of the time. I have barely any clothes than fit at my current size, and I think I'm supposed to look sharp.

I don't even really know what people wear when they are trying to look nice. Before, I had so few choices that I just did the best I could. Now, I have NO IDEA.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:30 PM   #15
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I had so few choices that I just did the best I could. Now, I have NO IDEA.
Oh don't worry about that - you'll learn! And it's fun! You get to find out your own *style*.

And can I just say here -

I am so happy for you. I am so happy for you. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!

I like your phrase, here's another one for you -

"the surest way to not fail, is to determine to succeed."

And you my dear are one determined lady! Nuf' said.
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