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Old 03-08-2006, 02:50 PM   #1  
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Talking I can't believe it! and an NSV to boot!

I've lost 21 pounds?!?!? I'm only 12 pounds away from onederland? I haven't been in onederland since high school! I can't believe it is actually working. 21 pounds? this has to be some kind of cruel joke...

measurements have gone down, too, though. 2.5 inches from my chest, 5.75 inches from my waist, and 2.75 inches from my hips! I can't believe it, even as I look at the numbers.

AND, i avoided the temptation to reward myself with food! (I know this seems like a no-brainer, but historically, I have a problem with this... "oh, I've lost 5 pounds, I can afford this tiny sliver of carrot cake", etc.)

The problem that I'm having is that, while I am happy about the loss, I don't really FEEL happy, and I don't really FEEL any thinner... when does the mental change start to happen?
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:04 PM   #2  
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Congratulations Aerotigergirl!!! Wow, such a great inspiration.. You should feel happy, you've done it and I'm sure you'll be in Onederland in NO time!! Aside from noticing the change in numbers (which are substantial).. aren't you noticing them in your clothes as well?
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:08 PM   #3  
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Yes, definitely. I can wear things from my closet that I haven't been able to wear in a long long time. And when I went shopping with a friend on Monday, I could wear one size down in jeans!

But I just FEEL as fat as I always did, you know? It's really strange...
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:34 PM   #4  
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This is so awesome. You should be incredibly proud of yourself. You seem to be doing so well.
I know you don't seem to feel very happy, maybe it would make you happy to know its people like you that help to motivate me. So thank you for that.
Congradulations on the weight loss and keep up the good work.
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:45 PM   #5  
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thanks, angel and shalynn. It actually does make me feel better to think that my success is helping you to keep up the good work. Maybe part of the reason that I don't yet feel very thin is (other than the fact that I'm physically far from thin ) that I spent a long time being around the weight that I am now, and only recently ballooned up to my high weight. For years, I weighed 211. Maybe when I weigh 202, I'll start to feel a mental difference?

thanks for the support, though. I really appreciate it.
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:46 PM   #6  
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Hey aerotigergirl, I hear ya loud and clear. Congratulations on those 21 lbs, that is WONDERFUL I am in the same boat as far as the mental game. How many pounds lost will be enough to make me feel happy? Do you feel healthier? You know your clothes are looser or maybe even too big. I have days where I just "feel" fat--like today. That usually happens when I've made some bad food choices the day before (like yesterday ). But I try to clear my head and tell myself that I am doing great, that the effort is totally worth it and somehow, that happy state of mind eventually comes. The important thing is to celebrate every little success--like the smaller jean size, maybe your ability to exercise harder or longer without getting as winded...love yourself through thick and thin is something I like to tell everyone. Celebrate yourself now, as you are, and every day after that. Pretend you are happy, then pretty soon you really will be.
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Old 03-08-2006, 04:00 PM   #7  
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you're right. I do feel healthier, and I can exercise longer without getting winded. Going to the gym has become routine. Not going isn't even something that crosses my mind! I'm making better choices, and that, in itself, warrants a celebration.

Yesterday I read a post by someone on the support board, I think, and they gave a nice perspective on weight loss... When you're sort of at the beginning of a long journey, and you are overwhelmed with the magnitude of the amount of weight you want to lose, it's nice to remind yourself that today is the last day that you'll ever be as heavy as you are right now. That makes it seem easier for me. Yes, I'm heavy now, and yes I have many parts of my body that i'm not a fan of, but tomorrow I'll like myself a bit better, then the next day will be even better than that, etc...

Thanks for the help and the pick-me-ups, you guys!
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Old 03-08-2006, 04:08 PM   #8  
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Hi. Glad that you seem to be cheering up as the posts come in. I don't have any great words of advice, but know how you feel. Just wanted to let you know someone else is out there cheering for ya.
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Old 03-08-2006, 04:10 PM   #9  
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21 lbs! That's great. I know it can be kind of hard to celebrate when you feel you still have so long to go, but you're right in that we need to give ourselves credit where credit is due. You've made working out a habit, that in and of itself gives you the right to toot your own horn. Keep it up and we'll be seeing you in Onederland soon!
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Old 03-08-2006, 04:12 PM   #10  
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thanks, brandy...it's always great to hear people cheering for me. And it's also really great to hear that i'm not the only one dealing with these types of problems.
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Old 03-08-2006, 04:16 PM   #11  
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you're right, shenanigans. Is there room for one more in onederland? I've made reservations and I'm ON MY WAY!
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I am soooo with you on the "I don't feel any thinner." Today I was looking at dresses for my trip to Vegas and I felt like I was in the wrong place looking at misses. I started at a 20 and now I can fit into 16 and 14 dresses. My trip isn't for almost 2 months so I'm thinking maybe a 12 and I'm like noooo way. I'm still fat. I'm way to big for this. My brain just can't seem to catch up. It's weird isn't it? I thought I'd be so excited to be fitting into smaller sizes but I almost feel like I'm lying or cheating or something. Hard to explain but I'm sure you are having similar feelings.
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:03 PM   #13  
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YES! That's it exactly. I feel like when I pick up a smaller size off the rack, that I'm being a fraud or something, that they totally won't fit, that it'll be just like it always is when I go shopping. But then they fit. I feel like people in the store are looking at me like "what is she doing shopping in this section?" I feel like it's a dream or something... like it's some kind of a fluke and it's all related to the brands or something... come on, brain! Catch up already!
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:06 PM   #14  
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Wow, 21 pounds that's fantastic! Great job!

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Old 03-08-2006, 05:14 PM   #15  
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thanks, lala! I'm pleased so far... just need to keep it up for the upcoming 50+ pounds!
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