I went on a shopping trip today and in addition to three new bras (I've dropped two band sizes and a cup size since the last time I bought them), I bought a pair of GAP size 16 jeans. GAP SIZE 16 JEANS! The last time I fit into jeans from a regular store, I was 17.
The pair I ended up with - the long and lean cut - are a little tight, but they button and zip and I can sit down in them and still be comfortable. I am over the freaking moon!
I went into the dressing room thinking I would figure out how close I was to fitting into them and instead, they fit. This is the moment I've been dreaming of and I'm still kind of in shock that it's here.