Looking Good, Feeling Great - Did THAT REALLY just happen?!?!

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05-03-2013, 08:31 PM
Being of the plus-sized range and having been in the 3x to 4x range for roughly 5 years now, my wardrobe has become something of a joke. Goodwill, hand-me-downs, and yard sales have been the norm...and when you are my size, those options tend to already be worn down pretty thin. Needless to say, no amount of primping nets me a glam look as it just doesn't happen when you look like you rolled out of the bargain bin.

My weight loss has netted me a severe drop in sizes, to the point I was recently able to buy two very flattering dresses in the 1x range. Of course, I was stoked. But, having spent half a decade dressed as the wandering laundry lady, I haven't been too confident in venturing out in public in neither of the dresses...until tonight when I decided a quick trip to the store would be a nice "break it in" session.

And I got stopped. By random strangers. Repeatedly. And EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM commented on how awesome I looked...and how great the dress looked...and how I made the outfit really work...and how plus size gals need to take lessons from me as I am proof they don't always have to dress frumpy...and that I was beautiful.

WOW. :eek: BEAUTIFUL?!?! ME?!?!?!

Yeah, I am totally feeling awesome and amazing tonight. Been a very long time since I have had this feeling. Pretty much stopped feeling awesome when I started gaining the weight that pushed me from normal to...this...over a decade ago. I feel...slamming, stunning even. Oh yeah, I am so getting to goal now if a mere 45+ pounds can make me feel this awesome. You had better bet your toosh over it.

05-03-2013, 08:56 PM
Ahhhh that is so AWESOME! Enjoy every minute of it. Women truly are way too hard on ourselves (me included, just look at some of my posts!) and we really should enjoy every day that's given to us.

Enjoy your new body and clothes and go get some more!:D ha!

Mountain Mamma
05-03-2013, 08:58 PM
WOW. :eek: BEAUTIFUL?!?! ME?!?!?!


Yes, you are beautiful. You worked hard, now enjoy it!!! :carrot:

05-03-2013, 08:59 PM
Congratulations!!!! I'm so glad you wore the dress for yourself! The nice comments from everyone else was a bonus!! I smiled reading your post, so happy for you!


05-03-2013, 09:16 PM
What a wonderful feeling!!

05-03-2013, 09:27 PM
Oh YES! What a wonderful feeling and you know that YOU did it... I love that story.... You must be FLYING high without an airplane!!!

So very happy for you and that magical feeling!!

05-03-2013, 09:40 PM
Aw! This is AWESOME! Your joy made my day!

05-03-2013, 09:41 PM
It did. I mean, I haven't lost a lot, but in a little over a year, I've had a huge change. :)

05-03-2013, 11:18 PM
After intense debate with myself, I decided I might as well post before and after's. You know, for sanity's sake. Or just because, I am feeling awesome today. So, here ya go. First time I have looked at a photo of myself in some time. First one is from March 2012. The second is from today. And again, thank you all. Today has rocked!
http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h358/Hettenhouse/March2012-1.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/Hettenhouse/media/March2012-1.jpg.html)

http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h358/Hettenhouse/May2013.jpg (http://s1105.photobucket.com/user/Hettenhouse/media/May2013.jpg.html)

05-04-2013, 12:11 AM
Congratulations. You look wonderful.

05-04-2013, 02:02 AM
I am really happy for you and love the smiles on your face!!! :D

Savor every minute of those comments! You so deserve them!! I would try to remember those comments, maybe even write them down on a piece of paper and put them on your bathroom mirror or carry them in your wallet where you will remember them so you feel happy A LOT! They are affirmations of your hard work!

That is truly inspirational!! :carrot:

05-04-2013, 02:10 AM
beautiful!!!!! you look so proud of yourself and you should be!! way to go!!

05-04-2013, 02:51 AM
OMG, you are seriously beautiful! No wonder they stopped you to compliment you! PS- is that your lil firecracker you've been telling us about?

What an amazing feeling it must have been for you!

05-04-2013, 03:44 PM
You look great!

05-04-2013, 07:47 PM
amandie - yep, that is my wee one. That was her third birthday. She's about a foot taller and four going on forty now. :lol:

But yeah. I'm still loving this new found feeling. Thanks everyone. Long time since I have felt attractive to anyone, much less to myself. :)

05-04-2013, 07:53 PM

05-05-2013, 02:40 AM
You look amazing and you have a beautiful smile.

05-06-2013, 02:17 PM
You look fantastic!!!!!

05-06-2013, 02:20 PM
You look wonderful--the smile on your face is so bright! (and I love the hem on that dress)

05-06-2013, 10:58 PM
Ah shucks :thanks:. You all are going to make me blush. Seriously. :)

I've always been told I have a nice smile...it is just the rest of me was...is...well..you saw it :lol:

But thank you, so VERY much. It had started off as such a HARD journey, I thought I wouldn't be able to do it...but now that I am 1/3 of the way there...it suddenly seems possible. I thank everyone here at 3FC. It has been the support I have needed longer than I realized. My loved ones can support me...but until you are actually going through it, you just don't get it. That was the support I needed and still need the most. And I thank every last one of you from the bottom of my heart for giving it.

I know a lot of you don't know my story. My three year old daughter found me in a brief coma back in August last year. I came very close to losing my life. I spent second half of 2012 on an oxygen tank at the ripe old age of 29. I was diagnosed with ARDS on top of severe asthma, was told I would have permanent lung damage, and doctors more or less told me to get used to the O2 tank and never being mobile again. I couldn't even walk up my stairs. Now, less than a year later, I run. Not far, roughly a mile or less, but I run. I don't have an O2 tank attached to my hip. My O2 saturation hovers around 99% now, instead of the 42% it used to be in. I have my life back. I have to complete this journey because I will NOT let my daughter find me like that again. And in my moments of weakness, in my moments of depression, in my moments of giving up, it is everyone here that brings me back on track. I literally owe you all my life.

Thank you