Saturday, January 27, 2018

50 (70 Total) Pounds Gone Pictures, Blah.


Earlier this week I reached a milestone goal... 208 pounds. That's 50 pounds gone since I started phentermine in late August, and 70 pounds gone (again) from when I started this blog. I had my old "70 Pounds Gone" photos from 2010 to compare this to these new ones from this week. Blah, I am really disappointed.

weight loss on phentermine   weight loss progress pictures

I think I look way worse. Maybe it's partly the different pose... the way my arms are held this time or the awkward angle as I was trying to hold a phone and take pics in one hand sideways, whereas last time I was holding a camera which is much easier to snap a pic with one-handed. And the lighting is crappy. I am wearing the exact same pair of jeans in both photos (size 16 a.n.a's). But still, my posture looks worse, my boobs are sagging, and I just look... I dunno, lumpier. Yes, I am almost 8 years older. But also, back then I was stronger. I was lifting and biking. I'm pretty flabby this time around. So at least these pictures will motivate me to make some changes, starting with exercising more... now. And I need a new bra.

I also took my measurements when I hit 208 so I could compare them to the measurements I took back in 2010 at the same weight. I knew my measurements would be a little different with age and fitness level changing.

What's the same: wrist, hips, and calf.
What's bigger: neck (+.25"), thigh (+.25"), and waist (+1.75)
What's smaller: bust (-.5") and upper arm (-.5")

Well, I'm really happy the arms are shrinking, but not thrilled with the waist going up that much. Overall, there's just a shift in where I hold my weight this time at 208 pounds versus where it was last time. And there's a bit more fat and less muscle. I intend to remedy that ASAP and I hope the next progress pictures I take at 198 pounds will be much, MUCH better.

My official weekly weigh in is tomorrow, so I'll just update in the comments.

20 comments:

Jami Stakley said...

Lyn you have got to give yourself a break. You have come a very long way. Keep going! I don't think your prior 208 pound pictures look significantly different from these. Take pride in what you are doing.

Lyn said...

Jami~

Thanks, you're right, and I need to have pride and joy in the progress. I think I just feel "older" and don't like it!!

Anonymous said...

This is so interesting. Do you also notice how you keep moving the target for yourself? I do the same thing. Whatever I’ve accomplished it’s never enough. What a bummer! Yes get a new bar! That will do wonders and maybe some spanx then you can wear whatever you want and feel great!

Anonymous said...

I think you look fine. You really do carry weight well. I wouldn’t even guess you were over 200. Good job.

Lyn said...

Anon/target~

No, I didn't notice... can you explain what you mean? Trying to figure out what my target was and what I moved it to. I'm intrigued.

last Anon~

Thank you, that's kind of you to say. I am thankful I have a visible waist. I think that helps.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I mean that you have had success finally at weight loss that you have been struggling with and you are not complaining about your lumpiness. That is what I meant. 70 onus’s who you would have been thrilled and happy to accept the lumpiness? Maybe? Just pointing out that now that you are here you are finding fault with your body again. That’s all I was saying.

Lyn said...

Anon~

oh yes, I see your point. You're right. Thank you for that insight.

Joy said...

You look great, you're doing brilliantly and are an inspiration.
Thank you.
J x

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think you look much better in these recent pictures than the older ones - like the person above said, you carry your weight very well. Seriously, you look great :)

Kristi said...

That is the big problem with losing fast. You lose a lot of muscle and just deflated the fat molecules. It’s another reason it is sooooo easy to gain back. Those fat storers are just waiting to fill up again and you don’t have any muscles to exercise and fight it. You need to start exercising now! I’ve been here...please start exercising.

Lyn said...

Thank you so much guys. It is *very* easy for me to start judging my body in a negative way... picking at little things that bug me (when they really shouldn't) instead of seeing the overall picture. I am doing a good thing for my health. I need to focus on the good, and do what I know will help me improve my health... continue losing weight and start exercising.

Lyn said...

Weigh-in update: this morning I weigh 208 pounds, which is one pound lost this week. Feeling good and moving forward!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the other comments. Cut yourself some slack! Each of us is also that much older 😋 you have lost 70 pounds! Celebrate your success!🎉🎉🎉 Theresa in Alberta

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the amazing loss!

Diana said...

Wow! You look amazing! Don't look at the old pictures, that's old history. What's important is how wonderful you look and feel now. Yes you're older, and I bet you have a few more wrinkles now and your skin probably seems a little looser too, not springing back as fast. It's call life, we're getting older. And thank God we are or we'd be dead. LOL!

Definitely get a new bra, that will make a world of difference. And don't just order it online in the size you think you need. I'll never forget the time I got down to 127 (thank you phen-fen in 1996). I was wearing a 36C because that's what I thought I needed. I went to Nordstrom and asked the lingerie sales lady to fit me for a bra. She was 60+ years old and I was 41. She measured below my breasts with a tape measure for the band size and then held my breasts and determined I was a cup size D. I told her no way, I'd never been a 34D ever. She brought me several bras to try on that were size 34D. I couldn't believe the difference. I paid $50 for a Wacoal 34D bra. The most money I'd ever spent on a bra in my life (remember this was 22 years ago!). It was the best bra I ever owned. As soon as I get to goal I'm going bra shopping at Nordstrom (10 more pounds to go--but I've been saying that for six months!).

Anyway, you look fabulous my dear. I'm just tickled pink happy for you. You're getting your life back. -insert dancing, happy person here-

Kai Klaarika said...

You look the same!! On the current photos maybe the bra isn't the best, that's all. You've done very well! Happy for you! ( I'm a long time reader, but I rarely comment)

LHA said...

Congratulations! I agree that just starting to exercise and buying a new bra will work wonders. There's so much to be proud of here, and the smaller things about tweaking your appearance can be fun to accomplish. Terrific progress!

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

Go now to get the bra!! You could have been enjoying it for 6 months ... please! Hold the girls up!! People don’t realize what a huge different it makes in comfort and appearance

Lyn said...

Thanks all for the nice words! I feel good.

Frenchy~

haha, this made me laugh although you're right a good bra makes a huge difference. But if I had gotten a new bra 6 months ago I am pretty sure they would have only fit for a month or two! :)

Deb Willbefree said...

Haha The bra issue. I was going to mention it, but hesitated--then I saw that someone already had. My grandmother was what used to be called a "corsetiere"--which means she fit girdles and bras. (She was also a teacher & did this as a second job.) Anyway. You might want to Google this to see if the rules still hld, but here's what she told me: 1. Never wear a bra more than 3 months. The elastic begins to sag. 2. Hold your arm straight against your side, then, bent at the elbow to bring your forearm across your midriff. Stand up straight, but don't artificially push out your chest by arching your back. Defeats the exercise.. If you feel your boobs against your arm--you need a new bra! The "point" of your boobs should be even with the mid-point between your shoulder and elbow...and facing front, not down to your waist. (If you look at that side view of yours, you'll see that your girls re pointing south.) 3. A well-fitting bra will cause you to look younger & thinner than a droopy one. 4. If you're puffing out above your cup, or have too a lot of cleavage, your cup is too small, size up. If there are pooches/gathers in the cup, the cup is too big, size down. (There is a measurement for how to figure cup size by using band width vs boob width, but I forget it.)

Chuckle. That may be more bra info than you wanted, but I'm good like that.

Could you email or PM me and update me on how your daughter is doing? We're still praying.