Okay! So I am pretty sure I am the happiest girl on the planet right now.
Unless there is a girl out there who fit into her goal dress AND won the lottery on the same day, chances are, I am the happiest girl.
And yes you did read that right! I fit into my goal dress!
So the story is, I actually made that dress when I was in high school and I had an affinity for sewing and 1950’s dresses. The biggest size I could find for the free on line pattern was a size 16. At the time, I was a size 22. When I made the dress it was secretly my goal dress but for the mean time my mom got to wear it. I think it was in grade eleven that my family started the Atkins diet so my mother quickly shrank out of the dress, and I was finally able to put it on because I lost 60 pounds! I believe that was around 2015/2016 -ish.
Unfortunately when I went to college I gained 30 of those pounds back.
Now that college and university is over, I am starting to get my life sorted out again, and I am happy to say that I have lost the 30 pounds I had gained. SO 60 pounds in total! That’s pretty cool.
Now with all this being said, I can fit into the dress, but I think I will need to lose maybe another 10 or 15 pounds to actually feel comfortable in it. But I am still extremely happy because the last time I put it on, which was a month and a half ago, the zipper was around six inches apart at my waist and impossible to zip up.
Now I know what you are thinking, “what are you going to pick for your next goal weight outfit!!” Well, I can safely say that I have enough shirts, jackets, pants, you name it in my closet that are still tight on my arms, bust, tummy, hips, you name it.
Also, a note on goal clothes.
I know how exciting it is to be able to fit into a certain size, or waking up and finally being able to do up those pants you bought a year ago in the wrong size by ‘accident’.
But in reality, goal clothes are not a good motivation, or at least they aren’t a good enough motivation. I think that they can only serve they’re purpose as weight ‘markers’. If you are overweight and want to make a change, finding a bikini that you would love to wear, hanging it on your door, and looking at it everyday will only serve the purpose of “look how far I have to go.” Instead of having the goal of something that you can achieve slowly, like “my goal is to fix my dependancy on food”, or “My goal is to cut out bread for this month and then the rest of the carbs the next month.” It needs to be something that you can constantly keep and eye on, feel accomplished, and know that you are doing a good job.
I lost six inches off my back, but can you really tell? Sure, if you show a before and after picture side by side. But do I feel smaller? Not really. The only way I know I am losing weight is because of the scale. If I had an extreme weight loss clothing goal like a bikini or size 4 short shorts or something, then I wouldn’t be the happiest girl in the world. I would be the girl who made an awesome achievement but can’t acknowledge it because all I would see is how far I still have to go.
So! I am super happy with myself. I am going to continue because I know that I do have more to go. And most importantly, I know that I AM SUCCESSFUL AND ACCOMPLISHING EVERYTHING!
On the quest to lose 50 pounds in a year. Can she do it? Only time will tell....with the help of this blog.