I recalled with a smile a post that I wrote back in January... you know... about Bridesmaid's dress shopping being designed by the devil?
I still think bridesmaid's dresses are the most cruel trick ever played on normal women. I did however succeed. I succeeded in my desire to pay an absolute fortune on my alterations. The dress, fully zipped, barely stayed up on me without being pinned. I could have EASILY gone 2 sizes down from what I bought- we are having to take it in over an inch on each side as well as a bit in the bust. Of course us little midgets have to get hems as well (an expense I anticipated that not even 5 inch heals could fix). For maybe the first time ever, I am in LOVE with a bridesmaid's dress. It is so soft and pretty. For the first time in a long time, I felt beautiful.
|My arm is covering up the pins, but there were many there poking at me.|
I recently saw this on the Life Time Fitness blog:
"Like many people, I hoped for that miracle pill that was going to make me thin. But I found that the miracle is in me, and loving myself was important in making the decision to change how I was eating and living. It takes effort, but with effort also comes appreciation — and it has made me stronger. I feel great and I enjoy my life … a second chance to make it right."
I, too, always dreamed about a miracle pill or diet that would melt away the pounds without having to do any work. IT DOES NOT EXIST. I have heard from several people who talk about wanting to lose weight but never do anything about it or make only half-hearted attempts. I have some unsolicited advice:
- Baked Potato Pizza probably is not going to help you lose weight despite the fact they put broccoli on it.
- It takes a full 100% honest to goodness commitment. Make yourself choose healthy and work out for just 21 days. Why 21 days? Because they say that's how long it takes to form a habit. Those 21 days are usually the hardest.
- Don't choose a weight loss program that is gimmicky or will be difficult to maintain once you finish with it. Ready-made meal programs were always a disaster for me.
- No matter what the commercials say, there is absolutely no skinny pill out there.
- Portion control and exercise really works.
- Make sure you put someone in else in charge of holding you accountable- a spouse, trainer, WeightWatchers etc. Having to step on a scale in front of an actual human being every week is immensely humbling.
- Start with small goals. While my end goal is scary, achieving just 5 pounds at a time has been much more attainable.
- Treat yourself to something fabulous when you make even your small goals: a mani/pedi, a new pair of jeans, a piece of jewelry... just make sure it isn't food related.
- It is NOT realistic to expect to lose weight quickly. It pains me to say it, but it is pretty true when they say *Results Not Typical. Not to say that you can't lose all the weight you need to lose, but give it time to go away.
- Simply saying you want it isn't enough. You have to do.
I'm so glad I did. I pretty much cried today in the Gap dressing room when I slid easily into those size smaller pants. Worth all the sweat and sacrifice.
Have a great & motivated Monday!