Monday, February 08, 2010

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Who has got the fattest ass of them all?

About a week ago I broke down and bought new underwear because mine would no longer stay up, not because they were raggedy, old, and stretched out but because I had lost so much weight this past year that they were just simply too big. Two sizes too big! I don't think I ever had that happen before.

I felt great! I felt like I had made a significant improvement to my physical health. I don’t know how much exactly I’ve lost because I waited to weigh myself for a couple of months after I had already started losing weight. It seems like a strange thing to do but I was at my heaviest weight ever and I knew if I got on the scale it would thoroughly depress me and potentially thwart my efforts. Knowing how much I’ve lost since I started weighing myself, I estimate the total weight loss though is about fifty to sixty pounds all together.

I still have quite a way to go to reach my ideal weight. Of course, my ideal weight is what I weighed when I was twenty-five years old. Is it possible to return after seventeen years of aging and metabolism slowdown to a size eight? I don’t know but I figure a slow and steady turtle to the finish line is what will win the long term race. I am making lifestyle choices with hopes that this will be a long term accomplishment. All of my clothes are too big for me. I’ve been feeling pretty good about myself, maybe even a little smug.

Then an invitation to a wedding arrived. I decided I needed a new dress since none of my clothes fit and I gave away all of my thinner clothes. I went to Macy’s. I pulled several dresses off the racks and trudged into the dressing room. I hate trying on clothes at department stores. I usually know my size well enough that I just take everything off the rack and go home. But, since I haven’t bought anything since losing weight I really don’t know where my size is falling. So into the dressing room I went only to face the most evil of man’s inventions. The three-way mirror accompanied by fluorescent lighting! You could hear the wails and gnashing of teeth for miles I am sure. I just don’t get why these stores haven’t figured out that a Funhouse Mirror, the kind that stretches you out and makes you look thin, would serve their bottom line, and mine, better than the horror of seeing yourself from every angle possible. Thankfully, I found mercy via Calvin Klein’s rendition of a black tent to cover my horrendous posterior and I also found motivation to keep on with my weight loss regimen. Hmmm...maybe I should get one of those mirrors for the breakroom at work where the other evil invention of man exists in the form of donuts, cakes, cookies, and chocolates.

*** Picture is of a Botero sculpture at the Bowers Museum.

18 comments:

Cindy said...

50 - 60 pounds!! That's fantastic!! Good for you, Robbie. And yeah, changing everything, & counting, calculating/weighing/tracking while 'dieting' is SO HARD for me, can't make myself do it. Especially by myself. If I had a housemate or daily diet buddy, it may be different. But I have no one to hold me accountable. And I'm just too depressed to hold myself to it. Did you consciously - as in, every single day - keep track of what you ate, write it down, all that? Or just make all the small changes that added up to the weight loss? Well, either way, you've done great!! I hope I have a bit of a success story to share 6 months or a year from now :) Even if it's not all the way to my goal weight, at least SOME progress would be nice!!!

marigolds2 said...

I love this Botero sculpture, I love his work in general. These are my kinda gals. I sympathize with your efforts towards a healthy weight, but don't let it become obsession. A healthy lifestyle is more important than the number on the scale. But I know you know that.

Mary Ellen

Cynthia said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! You're definitely doing it the right way by going slow and steady. Though I'm not doing Weight Watchers like I was, I'm still trying to live healthily, and I've maintained a hundred plus pound weight loss for close to four years now. I still have a long way to go before I'll be at a recommended weight, but I'm wearing the size I wore 25 years ago, and a new friend didn't recognize me in the pre-weight loss picture I keep on the fridge. BTW, I seriously doubt that your posterior is enormous, and I love the sculpture in the photograph. I need that for my bad body image days.

Donna said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! My heart never seems to be in losing weight these days, but I'm trying, anyhow.

Lee said...

I'm with you regarding trying clothes on in shops! I shy away from it as much as possible, relying on "guesstimates"!

Congratulations on your weight loss! You've done so well!

Gigi said...

I do! I've got the fattest ass of them all! Very mean of you to post that picture of me lounging around the sculpture garden, BTW. I really should have put some clothes on.

But you, you look gorgeous! And I'm not just saying that because I lost the bet. You look spectacular. And we'll have that spa day as soon as I can get over my sorry self long enough to face a mirror again. Soon, I hope! ;)

Now excuse me while I go haul my big bronze butt to the gym.

6,751 steps...6,752 steps...6,753...

:sigh::

You rock, Beautiful!

alphawoman said...

I am so glad for you! That is no small accomplishment. And I hate those mirrors in the dressing rooms. But, i thought they were fun house mirrors! lol.

Bridgett said...

Congratulations on the weight loss, Robbie! That's awesome.

I totally have faith you can lose more. :)

I lost 90 pounds in 2008 through early 2009. Then I fell off the wagon and gained some of it back.

Now I'm back again, and have lost 6.1 pounds in 4 weeks. Not stellar, but I'm also not forcing myself to count every single point either. I'm just trying to make better choices.

Smaller sizes are nice though, are they not? :)

Anonymous said...

Good post and this mail helped me alot in my college assignement. Thanks you as your information.

Tressa Bailey said...

Best diet trick ever: Drink something hot before each meal. It tricks the stomach into feeling fuller faster. Most of us eat more than we need to to feel full because of the time it takes to register with our brains.

alex said...

"mirror, mirror on the wall..." does it say the truth? Like the foto or the reflection in the water change the real look.
congratulations on the weight loss!!

V said...

Aw, Robbie, I'm so proud of you...and your wit!
Hugs,
V

Gigi said...

Lovin' the new look! :)

Robbie said...

Now all I need to do is write a blog post and this might be a blog again.

Gigi said...

Yes, well, I suppose there's that... ;D

MzAmy said...

I was thinking I was catching up on you....but, geeesh...it's not February! Yeh, i didn't realize that until I started this post. sigh.

I've got some issues I guess. it wouldn't be life without them. haha. I hope all is well with you robbie. if you even read these anymore, I just don't know.

peace. :)

volcano said...

Hey, Robbie! When ya going to post something new? Just a quick note...nothing fancy.

V said...

Hi Robbie!