Mini-Goals - 20 lbs does make a difference (pics)




JollyGreenSteen19
02-03-2013, 10:54 AM
As someone with a total of 165 lbs to get off, I didn't expect to see ANY changes at my first 20. I was thinking it would be a drop in the ocean. I was pleasantly surprised to notice a subtle difference. I hope this motivates other people who are in the 100+ lbs to lose boat. Taking that before photo was SO HARD but I'm glad it did. I am re-motivated this morning.

Hope you all have a great and on track week!!

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=44007&stc=1&d=1359903324

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=44008&stc=1&d=1359903415


Natalie42
02-03-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi Jolly,

You're reading my mind! I was just thinking that I can't "feel" when I'm losing weight and I ASSUMED that I can't see it either. I have a bit over 100 pounds to lose and have lost 6 but weigh tomorrow. This is really motivating. My physician's office took a before and I think I shut my eyes! What I notice about your picture is you are smaller all over. This is really fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing.

penmage
02-03-2013, 11:10 AM
Definitely a difference, way to go!


Misti in Seattle
02-03-2013, 11:18 AM
Oh wow, look at that missing stomach in the second photo! Good job! :congrat:

pinkflakes
02-03-2013, 11:47 AM
looking great! Keep up the good work :)

kaebaka
02-03-2013, 11:47 AM
First off, you're right! Even for what might seem like a small fraction of your total goal, you've definitely made visible progress! Hurray for being less lumpy!

Have you been taking measurements too? I bet that would be another good way for you to be able to see your progress, since it looks like you've lost several inches already!

And second, hi to a fellow Iowan! I just moved to Boston from Ames. :)

hopebewild
02-03-2013, 11:58 AM
Lookin good! Congrats!

CanadianCutie
02-03-2013, 12:16 PM
Wow! You're doing great.

JollyGreenSteen19
02-03-2013, 12:24 PM
Thanks all. I feel so much more symmetrical. Haha. And "lifted" :). I'm going to be doing this about 7 more times, so woo!! I've always been such a big and tall girl, thought I was going to have to drop 40 or 50 before anyone would notice.

I've tried to take measurements. I always forget. I know that would be a great motivator too. Sometimes I don't feel like what the scale says reflects what is really going on.

PS Sorry I meant to post this in the pics forum, that's where I thought I was *.*

1987
02-03-2013, 01:41 PM
Congrats on your progress so far! :D

Tai
02-03-2013, 02:12 PM
Congratulations on your loss! Twenty pounds makes a wonderful difference. I can really see it in your waist and hips.

just keep swimming
02-03-2013, 02:17 PM
The difference is incredible! Way to go! :D

betsy2013
02-03-2013, 02:28 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting these pictures. Although I can feel that there's a difference after my 20 pound loss (and I have over 200 to lose, so I know what you mean about being able to tell a difference), my pictures this month versus last month didn't really show much difference. Of course, one set was taken with a loose blouse and slacks and one with a leotard so that may have made some difference!

Keep posting -- it keeps us all motivated!

summerkate83
02-03-2013, 02:31 PM
your arms look way smaller in the second photo-you're doing great!!

theox
02-03-2013, 02:31 PM
Yay! Good job! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Mozzy
02-03-2013, 02:32 PM
Congrats!!!!
Very noticeable difference!

chubbiegurl
02-03-2013, 02:42 PM
Oh that is a big difference and yeah I see what u mean by lifted. U look beautiful! Congrats

JollyGreenSteen19
02-03-2013, 03:15 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting these pictures. Although I can feel that there's a difference after my 20 pound loss (and I have over 200 to lose, so I know what you mean about being able to tell a difference), my pictures this month versus last month didn't really show much difference. Of course, one set was taken with a loose blouse and slacks and one with a leotard so that may have made some difference!


I'd recommend taking the same photos in the same outfit if possible! Save the leotard for the upcoming month. It's easier to appreciate the difference, which can be subtle with just some tightening in your hips/stomach etc. The more skin clad the better, unfortunately, lol :o. You're doing such a good job!!! It's hard to lose so much weight but I'm glad we're starting now. Baby steps, baby steps!!!

Also if you have any pairs of pants/shirts you've outgrown... be sure to try them all on now and then again in six months. To me, there are a few milestones I look forward to on the scale (under 300 and 200, the first 100 lbs lost) but it's void of meaning. No one but the doctor will look at my weight. I don't have my mind fixed on an exact number (184 for me is a BMI of "normal" by the skin of my teeth), I mostly want to fit into amusement park rides, airplane seats, movie theatre seats, size 10 jeans, etc. And I want to look good and have nice clothes :) And I want to not be terrified when I'm walking with someone and they want to take two flights of stairs instead of the elevator :D

So anyways thanks everyone for the compliments, it's made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kaebaka - Hey fellow Iowan - that's awesome you're from Ames!!! I used to live there, I got my bach from ISU in 2011. :) It's the best city, so lovely and exciting, I wish I could move back. Must be interesting moving to the east coast though. I think that would be a culture shock for me. Haha.

oneyear
02-03-2013, 03:20 PM
You have done great! I can really see a change.

the shiv
02-03-2013, 04:15 PM
Great job, you can really see a difference! I'm so glad I took before photos too as I'm on my way to my first 20lbs and want to do the same thing. I did more photos at my first half stone and saw a tiny difference in my waist, so I'm hoping at 20 it'll be much more noticeable! It's great encouragement when you're at the beginning of the journey if your smaller clothes don't fit yet (which mine don't... argh!) ;)

bethFromDayton
02-03-2013, 04:24 PM
Thanks for sharing--it really does show--your hard work is paying off!

immaculate
02-03-2013, 04:43 PM
I don't think the difference is subtle at all! Amazing job so far!

lolloveschocolate
02-03-2013, 05:48 PM
Wow. Well done to you. Breaking overall goals up really helps. At the moment I just wanna lose 14 lbs before I turn 40.

Avezy44
02-03-2013, 05:54 PM
That's Awesome!!! You go girly! I have lost 11 and put on the shirt I was wearing on my profile at 274 and it actually fits the way its supposed to now. I love it! Definitely motivational :)

Megan33
02-03-2013, 06:07 PM
Wow!! Difference in your face and stomach!! Congrats and keep goin'!!

elvislover324
02-03-2013, 06:20 PM
Great job, Jolly Green!! Your dedication to yourself is surely showing off, keep doing what you are doing! :)

kaelah
02-03-2013, 06:30 PM
I can definitely see a difference! Congrats and keep it up! And I really love the tank you are wearing.

mnckrstn0
02-03-2013, 08:33 PM
I think the biggest difference is in the shape of your face! You look great, congrats on the first 20!!

HelloNurse
02-03-2013, 08:50 PM
Great job! You look beautiful.

RavenWolf
02-03-2013, 09:25 PM
Wow! 20 pounds totally shows! You lost all over and it's wonderful! I didn't think 20 pounds could make that much of a difference! I'm at 13 lost, and hope I see such a great difference when I hit 20!

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures! It is so motivating to see the progress of others, and makes me even more commited to pushing on!

Way to go, and can't wait to see when you post your "30 pounds lost" pics for comparison! :D

Keep up the amazing work!

Fatness
02-03-2013, 09:34 PM
you go girl! keep up the good work!

ControlW
02-04-2013, 02:09 AM
At first, I thought, in the first set of pictures, that your arm from the second picture was not flexing but rather had entered the frame of the first picture and was holding the camera. Which made me laugh.

But past that, way to go. Well begun is half done!

hatgirlie
02-04-2013, 03:52 AM
It's working! :)

SCStxRN
02-04-2013, 05:31 AM
Looking good! I wasn't feeling much difference, although my coworkers mentioned it - and then I went to Walmart and found a 20 pound bag of dog food. By the time I carried it over to the grocery side and back, I was looking for a bench... which is pretty much where I used to stay. So yeah, it's a difference.

Babybat
02-04-2013, 06:50 AM
what a difference!
you look great keep it up girl :D

20lbs is a lot you should be proud
I'm noticing a difference too (I thought my mind was playing tricks on me maybe? lol guess it wasn't.

:hug:

stunningsparkle
02-04-2013, 11:19 PM
Great job! What have you been doing to help you lose the weight? :)

skintoskincombat
02-05-2013, 02:50 PM
I see a HUGE difference! Great job! Your got a beautiful face btw! You're gonna be a knock out :)

reanbean
02-06-2013, 10:02 AM
You're looking great Courtney! Keep up the good work! 20 pounds IS a lot! I like to imagine what five pounds of fat looks like in my hands:
http://www.altus.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/web/120110-F-SL200-011.JPG

And if you multiply that by 4, holy cow! You've lost a lot of weight, and should feel really good about that! :)

JollyGreenSteen19
02-06-2013, 08:00 PM
That is amazing to see how big 5 lbs of fat is!!!

I've lost the weight through weight watchers and exercise - mostly a little cardio a few times a week, but it's been picking up lately!

epicskyline
02-07-2013, 02:58 AM
I don't think that's a "subtle" difference at all. You can DEFINITELY see it. You look great! Keep going and keep documenting your journey to watch the weight melt off.

chubbyface
02-07-2013, 05:18 AM
You're looking great Courtney! Keep up the good work! 20 pounds IS a lot! I like to imagine what five pounds of fat looks like in my hands:


And if you multiply that by 4, holy cow! You've lost a lot of weight, and should feel really good about that! :)

I went to a dinner recently where they were serving ham. I picked up two hams and realized I'd lost about that much weight. Crazy!

Puffyamiyumifan
02-08-2013, 10:55 AM
This is exactly what I needed to see today! Your progress is great! I did not take pics after my 20 cause I could not feel a difference... You have motivated me to take a pic at 25 lbs lost. (1.6 to go) thanks,you rock!

WannaB2cute
02-08-2013, 11:00 AM
Big difference and especially in your face

LoneWolfie
02-09-2013, 03:33 PM
That's great! I didn't expect to see a difference when I lost 20 either but so far, I've lost 17 and wow! I can see it! Congrats and keep it up - can't wait to see the final results! :)

KittieKat
02-09-2013, 04:16 PM
It sure does!! Woohoo keep up the great work!!

syberdee
02-09-2013, 07:57 PM
Congratulations!!! Yes, there definitely is a visible difference.