Weight Loss Support - When did you realize you were getting smaller?

03-04-2009, 11:13 AM
I've been on a pretty regimented eating plan for the past 7 weeks. I've been sticking mostly to plan (with a little 3-day hiccup last week!) and have lost 17lbs. Since I'm only 5'4" and started out at 176#, I would have thought that 10lbs would look pretty noticable. It didn't. At all.

And, then I woke up on Monday and looked at myself in the mirror and realized that at 16lbs lost, I finally looked smaller. *Noticably* smaller. But it was almost like it happened overnight. I ate *a lot* last week -- pasta for dinner three nights in a row, two pieces of cheesecake, an Oreo dessert thing) -- but was otherwise eating well and exercising a lot. (We were skiing for the week at a BIG mountain in Maine. I also went to the gym twice while we were away.

Do you think maybe the binge helped? I'm not looking for a reason to binge eat again - LOL, but wondering if maybe my diet needed shaking up or I needed a break. Because right after that, I literally started looking a lot smaller. Other people noticed, too.

Weird. Anyone have this experience?

Thighs Be Gone
03-04-2009, 11:18 AM
I think it took me about 25 pounds before I thought I looked smaller in the mirror. When I shopped for the first time after I had lost weight I fit into a 12. I knew what I was doing was definitely working then.

Congratulations on your loss.

03-04-2009, 11:49 AM
Wow...let me think back. I started at 196 and was wearing a size 16 misses. I think when i first realized i looked skinnier was when i had lost about 30 pounds. I didn't take pictures until i had already lost 20 pounds. I put on my 2 peice bikini i had bought to wear in the privacy of my own 2 acres of land out in the country to try to tan my white fat...and the first thing i noticed were that my shoulders were not as fat. I actually had a little definition there. Then i looked at my waist line and noticed it was slimmer. True...i was wearing a size 12 pants...but still...that was the first time i really "noticed" I "looked" skinny. Pictures do wonders for showing you how your body is changing. And if you are like me, and have a way of printing out your own pictures...no one ever has to see those bikini pics but you. I keep mine hidden away in my weightloss journal book. Now i pull them out to see how far i "HAD" gotten and how close i was to my goal and how far i have to go again since i put back on 20 pounds. Summer is coming and i'd like to get back to where i was last summer.

03-04-2009, 12:01 PM
Mirrors aren't usually as helpful for me as they are for you. Some days & from some angles, I still can't see it.

What usually happens is my jeans get loose in the waist. That's how I know. The jeans slide down on my hips & my underwear starts poking up at the top, like an early 90s rapper. And I get the diaper effect in the butt, with the major sagging going on. That's the beginning.

Over time, I start to actually see changes in my body, but the first thing is the waistline changing.

03-04-2009, 12:17 PM
I agree, pictures do wonders. I have taken them weekly since day one and in EACH there is no denying that I am getting smaller. Some weeks it's little changes but my body IS changing. I also take monthly measurements to prove to myself that I am getting smaller.

As for looking in the mirror I still don't see it. Over the last 5 years I have lost the same 20-30 lbs. so many times I have a really warped sense of self. Clothes aren't much help either as I having everything from size 6 - 20 and currently depending on the maker I wear a 10-16.

For me having the pictures has been a huge motivator to stay on plan. I see where I have been and how each week of healthy eating and exercise is paying off. I have decided that IF I were to go off plan I will continue to take weekly pictures with the hope of seeing where I am headed and turning things around.

Thighs Be Gone
03-04-2009, 12:19 PM
saef, there are days I look in the mirror and feel the same..I just don't "see" it...I keep one pair of size 16 Jeans that used to be tight on me for a reminder...I put them on from time to time to kind of "reward" myself...they fall to my ankles now...

03-04-2009, 12:37 PM
I've lost 17lbs since my re-start and I can't see anything yet. However, my shirt buttons that were strained when I was standing and popped if I sat down, are now fine, and I'm hunting out the size smaller that I grew out of on the way up here.....

03-04-2009, 12:53 PM

I have lost almost 15 pounds in a little over a month and still don't see that I am thinner. My pants are a little looser on the thighs but that's it.:(

03-04-2009, 01:22 PM
It's really hard for me to notice in the mirror. I'll first notice because my belt gets loser, then I need to take it in a notch. Then I'll notice as my pants get looser and I need to go down a size.

My parents came for a visit a couple months ago and that was about the 30 lb mark, they could tell a difference.

My DH went to sea when I had lost ~15 lbs, nothing noticeable yet. When he got back (I was down 45 lbs then), he didn't know how much I had lost and when a group of us got to go out and meet the boat coming in, he didn't even recognize me coming down the ladder. That was great!

Now I can notice the difference when I look in the mirror. I can't really say when it started, but at some point in the last 1-2 months I started liking what I saw when I looked in the mirror.

03-04-2009, 01:58 PM
My clothes started feeling looser at 20 pounds, but it wasn't until I lost the first 40 before I saw a visual difference (and 50 before anyone else noticed a thing).

03-04-2009, 02:40 PM
About 20 lbs. Other people noticed and commented before I could see anything, though.

03-04-2009, 03:40 PM
hmmm I have lost a total of 45 lbs now and I pretty much still look the same but then I again I have 145lbs to lose so I accept that I may have to lose 50 or 60 lbs before it is noticible.

Not one person has said I looked smaller except for my WW buddy and my sister and both know I am dieting. No one has come up to me yet and said "are you losing weight?" LOL! I am waiting for the day!

I look in the mirror and I get depressed because I look the same. But my clothes feel a tiny bit looser but then again they were ALL tight on me when I started.

I think I am losing all over very slowly at the same time so unfortunately my shape is not changing! LOL! I was kinda hoping my stomach would go down first!

03-04-2009, 07:23 PM
My pants were fitting ALOT better when I lost 20lbs but I didn't really see much of a difference in the mirror.

A couple of days ago I went to my dad's house and found some old clothes back from when I was 16yrs old and they FIT. I wore one of my old blue jean skirts with a mini sweater today and was AMAZED at how much thinner I look now at 35lbs lost.

03-04-2009, 07:31 PM
My weight's evenly distributed over my body :( so it took me a lot longer than most people here to see any changes in my body so I looked "smaller." But when I finally did see myself as "smaller" in the mirror, it was a sweet moment! :)

03-04-2009, 10:41 PM
Clothes dont really help me... i mean.. even if i lose weight.. ill still wear the same size. i just dont understand it. im 5'11 and my pants never get smaller. the ones i own are baggy, i go shopping for new ones... its the same size. is there really such a thing as big boned? if there is, thats probably me. lol it sucks:(

03-04-2009, 10:53 PM
Clothes dont really help me... i mean.. even if i lose weight.. ill still wear the same size. i just dont understand it. im 5'11 and my pants never get smaller. the ones i own are baggy, i go shopping for new ones... its the same size. is there really such a thing as big boned? if there is, thats probably me. lol it sucks:(

I'm 5'11" too, and the last time I lost weight it took me about 30 pounds before I could go down a size in jeans. It was depressing because people were noticing that I'd lost weight and my work pants were a size smaller, but it felt like I had to lose a LOT before I could go down in jeans.

03-04-2009, 11:31 PM
it was only today that i finally decided it might be appropriate to buy a new pair of jeans. i mean, all my old ones fit fine, just differently than they had before, but i finally think i might benefit from a size smaller.
and this is nearly 30 lbs down...

03-04-2009, 11:45 PM
Today, actually, was the first time I really FELT smaller.
I always notice pretty immediantly when I lose a little weight because ten pounds makes a big difference on me, my waist gets tighter and my butt gets smaller. Late last year I wore my one size 16 pair of jeans for practically two months because none of my 14s fit me, but now they do. My granny suggested we go shopping now that i'm down a size and I told her I had just finally gotten back in to all my jeans and that I'd wait til size 12 to go shopping, or maybe even size 10.
But I was shaving my legs today and I noticed my thighs were smaller for the first time. My thighs are one of my big problem areas so I kind of marveled for a minute. And I've noticed that my gut doesn't hang over against my arms when i'm driving anymore or when I'm sitting in my shower. And my collarbones are visible!
but i still have a long long way to go.