Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Couple Little Things

This weekend, when I was skating with my daughter, someone I've known for about 4 years came up to me. We chatted awhile, and then she said, "You've lost weight!" I said, "yes, I have." And she smiled and said, "You look much healthier." I was very glad to hear it, and I knew it was sincere.

A day prior, I was shopping in a clothing store. As I walked down the aisles, I saw a pair of super cute capri jeans hanging on a rack. I thought, "ooohh, those look so cute, but they are too small for me. But maybe if they are an 8 I could get them to work into!" I reached for them, thinking they were really awfully small. Not sure I'd ever be that small. Imagine my SHOCK when I saw they were size 16! And not a misses 16, either. An actual Women's 16! I have some serious body dysmorphic issues going on here! Those would be too BIG for me... by a LOT! Yet I "see" myself in my mind's eye as much, much larger than those pants hanging on the rack. What an eye opener. And yes, I looked for my size... a 10 or even an 8 to get into... but they didn't have anything *small enough* for me. How crazy is THAT??

I am tired today. I was up all night with a sick puppy, and am running on coffee to stay away long enough to get my kids from school, take them to the dentist, get to dance class, and get home for dinner. I am really exhausted, but am eating on plan today just as I did yesterday.

That's all for now!

25 comments:

Shabby Chic Mom- Susie said...

I love she said you look healthier. That's a compliment!!! Hope you find the super cute capris in your size. Oooh poor puppy, hope he's better

Mer and Mo said...

Just reading the words "they didn't have anything "small enough" for me brings me to my knees. Giving me the motivation to keep going!! THANKS!! "Staying MOtivated"

spunkysuzi said...

It's funny how the mind can be so wrong!
That was an awesome compliment.
Hope the pooch is feeling better soon!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Those body image issues don't go away easily. I used to be able to look at myself in the mirror and think that I looked pretty much okay, but then I'd see a photograph of myself and learn differently. Now I'm unhappy with the reflection, but am pleasantly surprised when I see a photograph. How weird is that?

Ann-Marie said...

All around Awesome...

Something About Kellie said...

That is a lovely compliment :)

Sheri - The Motivational Girl said...

I love compliments and now that I've been maintaining for 2 years they are far between these days. It does make you feel even better about yourself, and I don't know why.

Great NSV for you on the clothes!

Dave C. said...

It really does make you feel good when a friend notices the weight loss and let's you know how good you look.

Nothing like a compliment to reinforce and give confirmation in what you've been working for.

I can't wait for that day. :)

Fish's Guppy said...

That's awesome. Congrats for the compliment! It's nice when others notice how hard we are working. I know what you mean about how you see yourself and clothing sizes. I certainly don't see myself in mirrors and reflections throughout the day as I do in my bathroom mirror. It's really disconcerting.

Cinner said...

You are doing so great. Your now and before pictures look amazing, you keep going, it will take time but I think eventually you will get used to the fact that you are not big anymore. good for you, hope your puppy is okay.

Diandra said...

The mind is one big liar when it comes to the reality of your body. It works both ways... buying size 10 pants and squeeeeeezing into them with not really muffin tops, but whole cake mountains hanging over the top....

R. Reed said...

What a fantastic compliment! I love that someone noticed and commented on your looking healthier instead of the standard smaller or something like that. Isn't that what this is about, health?

How cool that the capri's were too big! So tough though to fight the mental images we have in our heads. That will come at some point though, the image in the head matching the image in the mirror.

RickGetsFit.ca said...

It's those little victories that seem so sweet - someone noticing lost weight, clothes fitting bigger. Congrats! Cheers, Rick

tessler said...

AWESOME!

And I totally get the mental image vs reality. For a long time, I would automatically gravitate toward the plus section when shopping for clothes, or a cute top would catch my eye as I was walking through the store and I would TOTALLY be about to buy it when I would realize it was about three sizes too big. Ugh.

Now that I have maintained for two years and counting, it isn't quite as bad as it used to be but every now and then I'll get a flash of "clothing jealousy" when I see a top in the plus sizes that I would totally have loved to wear three or four years ago!

Lauren said...

What an awesome experience you had! Just shows that hard work pays off. :) Good luck, and I hope your puppy gets to feeling better!!!

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Anonymous said...

Do you really fit into size 8 at over 175 lbs?? They really must be inflating clothes to "vanity" sizes these days.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

Nope. I said the 8's would be to work into, as in, fit in when I lose another 10-15 pounds.

You can see my 100 Pounds Gone pictures linked in the sidebar, wearing my size 10 jeans at 178 pounds. Vanity sizing or not, I feel pretty good!

Hanlie said...

I think our minds take a while to catch up to our bodies sometimes...

Hope the puppy is better!

Lori said...

Visualizing myself as I am now is hard for me too. I sort of like being surprised, yet again, by how 'small' I am.
Lori

Anonymous said...

go lyn!
some people have a hard time saying anything nice..that is what I admire about you..
1Co 13:4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
1Co 13:5 love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs;
1Co 13:6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.
1Co 13:7 Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.

susan b

MizFit said...

checking back in on you and HOPING you got some SLUMBER last night.

xo

Anna said...

Honestly, why are people so mean? Is it jealousy that they aren't close to a size 8?
I look forward to your posts everyday and you, along with a few other bloggers are helping me make better food choices everyday. Congratulations on all of your success!

Deniz said...

How fantastic that your friend commented on how healthy you are looking - that is an absolutely fabulous compliment (and very, very well deserved).

Know what you mean about body image and clothes sizes - it still catches me out too.

Hope the poorly pup is better soon.

the will, the way said...

Hey, there. While I'm not new to your blog, this will be my very first comment (I know, I know, shame on me ;). You're such an inspiration, you have to know that. In the maybe 3 months since I've been dropping in I've managed to go from 264-ish (very ish) all the way down to 205 (I'm 5'8"), and some of that is muscle. Not much, but still. I'm sharing this with you now because I find it so amazing how someone I've never even met could have such a profound effect on how I continue to reshape (literally) my own life. So, for what it's worth, thank you, keep on keepin' on, and know that you've got a fan.

LessLacie said...

I am new to your blog also and find myself reading your writing every day. I truly appreciate how honest you are and the fact that you write the words we all feel. I'm sure you hear this alot, but thank you..your real style of writing is very motivating.