Tuesday, December 5, 2017


The other day when I got up, I realized that the only shirts I had clean were short sleeved tees. It is COLD here in the mornings, and I really wanted a long sleeved shirt to wear under my sweater. So I did something I haven't done in years: I opened the right side of my bedroom closet where I'd hidden all of my clothes that are too small. Now don't get me wrong. A LONG time age I took the clothes I used to wear at 175-190 pounds and boxed them up or put them in the very bottom drawers of the "spare clothes" dresser where they have stayed since 2011. (Wow, 2011! Seven years since I weighed 199. How could it be that long??) But I did weigh in the 210's for much of 2013, so those clothes were left hanging, but moved to the other, "too small" side of my closet since then. But the other day, I reached in and pulled out a random long sleeved shirt, crossed my fingers, and tried it on. It fit! It wasn't even tight! I was pretty stoked. And every morning since then, I reach in and pull out another long sleeved shirt... and it fits! I have a whole new stash of clothes to wear now, and can get rid of some of the bigger shirts I've been wearing. This makes me super happy.

This Sunday when I saw 224 pounds on the scale, I had to stop and think: when is the last time I saw that number?? It's been awhile, even though I have been trying and have gotten close a couple of times. Going by my Weight By Month page, I have not seen a weight this low since November of 2013. This is the smallest I have been in *four years*! I am really thrilled. I am back down a total of 54 pounds from when I started this blog, so that's more than halfway back to my grand total of 103 pounds lost. I have 49 more to go to hit my low of 175. My 100 Pounds Gone pictures are so encouraging to me now. I think 2018 will be my year!


Anonymous said...

Woot! Woot! Lyn for the win. What great and encouraging news.

Jan Harrington said...

Congratulations. That is amazing news.

Anonymous said...

This post made me happy. I started reading your blog in 2009, and have followed along ever since. I relate so much because in my WW group there are 4 of us ladies who have lost and regained over 90 pounds each. We are all on the re-lose journey - some of us for the third time. There are so few true life stories of success re-losing after a re-gain. We all are excited to see you succeed at this and we hope to all do the same. I hope you will write alot about maintenance when you get there. Best wishes.

Diana said...

Woohoo Lyn!!! I'm thrilled for you. I know that amazing feeling of being halfway there, it really inspires a person to realize they still have the ability to lose weight. I know what a bummer it is to lose & regain the weight again and again (been there, done that a bazillion times!). This is super cool that you're on your way down and for the very LAST time (enter "doing the happy dance" meme here). I think 2018 is going to be OUR year for sure. :)

I'm glad to hear the phentermine is still working for you, and even if it stops working later on it's still an option for you after a couple months of being off of it. That's really good news.

I got within 5 pounds of my goal weight - which is the high end of the Weight Watcher table for my 5'6" height - 156 pounds. I weighed in at 161 the beginning of last month, I was sure I was going to make goal by the end of this year. Well, even before Thanksgiving I gained 6 pounds. I still don't know what happened, except I just went off the rails like a raving lunatic. My first binge since January 2017, and it lasted three days. I probably need therapy or something since my head is still not on straight when it comes to food. I've managed to lose a pound of the six pounds, but obviously I'm not making goal this year. Oh well, there's always next year!

The good news though is that I'm still in Weight Watchers, even though I was tracking calories in My Fitness Pal, but I decided to give Weight Watchers another chance (I attended meetings, but didn't use their app or track Points), I used MFP instead. So I was sort of cheating their system. The new program they introduced last Sunday at my meeting seems to be working. They totally changed it up, and there's very little tracking anymore, only for foods that have Points and most foods that I eat don't have Points. I'm actually struggling to get any Points in a day. Processed foods, especially carbs and sugar type foods have Points. Unprocessed proteins, eggs, fruits and veggies are all zero Points and you don't have to track them. Anyway, just telling you this because you might want to check it out later on. So far, I'm very impressed. Today is only day four following the new plan (called Freestyle), but I'm not at all hungry and down a couple pounds already. Turns out I was eating more processed foods than I realized. I replaced those with unprocessed proteins, fruits, veggies, fruits and my favorite Fage plain Greek yogurt with frozen fruit and some Stevia. Non-fat Fage is now zero Points. I'm in heaven with my food this week.

Sorry this is so long. I probably should have put this in an email (but in hurry and I'm lazy). Take care, keep posting and keep up the great work you're doing. You're an inspiration to many, and I love reading your blog.

Lyn said...


So great to get an update from you! We have been at this awhile :) I am so excited for you that's you're this close to your goal weight. You can definitely wrap this up in 2018! Hopefully, we both can, and then focus on maintenance.

The new WW program sounds interesting. I'll check it out and see what I can glean and use. As always, write me anytime! I will try and drop you an email soon.

PamL said...

I know that feeling--of losing and looking in your closet and having options! It's amazing! So glad you get to enjoy your clothes again. I lost 40 pounds early 2016, promptly regained 25 by the end of 2016, and now have once again lost the 25...so I'm back to where I started around April 2016 (and my lowest in probably 10 years!), and it feels good! I told my husband that a lot of my pants are just too big, and he said well, that's a good problem to have! :) I agree! Good luck to you and keep up the good work.