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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In body limbo & a weight-loss update of sorts.

I hate this place I'm in right now. In body limbo.

I'm hoping that I'm not done with the weight loss yet, as I definitely need to lose another 15 (or more) pounds. But, I also am fearing for some reason that I'm at my standstill weight*. This is all just a guess, considering I don't have breastfeeding going for me anymore. We'll have to see.

But it's causing me some issues when trying to shop for a few pieces for my summer wardrobe, too.

See, we're going on vacation in May and then again in June to the beach. I need to have some appropriate bathing suits, shorts, cropped pants, etc. Shirts? Tanks? I got all that covered. I'm a top-hoarder. But bottoms? Not so much. 

Normally I'd be fine with just wearing stuff from the previous summers. Heck, it's not like I need to impress the other moms at the playground. 

The problem is, nothing fits. It's all too big. I know, it's a good problem to have. I try to remind myself of that. But, shorts, capris, and other summery items hanging off my tush? Or falling off my waist? Isn't going to work. Even my things from summers previous to last? Nope. I weigh even less now than I did on my wedding day nearly 4 years ago. [Trust me, I tried on my wedding dress last week just to confirm. The thing had so much room around my chest & back, I could have snuck a little person in there. fo' real.]

I'm in weight limbo. I kind of hate that. Yesterday, I went out with birthday money in hand. I took shorts two sizes smaller than I wore last summer (post-baby mind you) in the dressing room, and they didn't fit. Too tight. Majorly. Granted, at least I could button them, but still? They weren't working for me.

I absolutely, 100% refuse to buy shorts in only one size smaller than what I wore last year. Last summer? I was probably about 35lbs heavier. How can that be? It makes no sense to my brain. Shouldn't I look like a hot model by now? I kid.

So, I leave store after store empty handed. Slightly disappointed, too.

Maybe it's because I'm stubborn. Maybe. But, I just can't bring myself to still buy these fat sizes. 

Which leaves me where I'm at now.

In a tank top and long jeans on an 85 degree day like yesterday. Which is fine. I can rock that. Or maxi dresses. But, dang it. I hate being in limbo. Not knowing if I'll drop some more weight, or if I'm stuck here. If I'll splurge on some clothes, only to have them not fit again in a few weeks.

And I realize this is a completely shallow, woe-is-me but not really post.

But, at least I'll leave you with a picture. 'Cuz pictures are always fun. 

The quick breakdown is this:

I've lost 27lbs. So, I'll show you those pictures. I know, 27lbs? Couldn't I have picked a more rounder number? I'm weird like that. Whatever. If you want to see how fat I was when I started, you can see them here. I refuse to re-post those yuckity-yuck pictures again. That is, until I've lost an amazing 40lbs or something, and Weight Watchers needs some dramatic before & afters and want to pay me billions to advertise for them. But I digress.

So, I'm officially 20lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight. Since starting Weight Watchers the first week in January, I've lost 27lbs on the program (but still had 7'ish lbs of pregnancy flub to lose). Got it? Good.

So here I am today. Actually, yesterday.


Getting healthier everyday, right?

Anyway. I can't wait to be out of weight-limbo and just to a place of maintaining a healthy one. Honestly. Cannot.wait. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it still requires some more hard work to get there.

Can anyone relate to that? Anyone...?

[*Just to clarify, I've yet to run into a plateau and have had consistent weight loss since the beginning. It's only been a recent fleeting thought that I may be running into that.]


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Happy Tuesday!


49 comments:

  1. The majority of my weight loss has come from my chest (boo for my almost husband) and my tummy area. Which isn't bad, but my giant birthing hips and thighs seem to stay the same- and I didn't even pop out a baby.

    The weight limbo stinks, but I'd like to think the "other side" is a glorious feeling. Keep it up, Katie. I'm quite certain it'll be worth every calorie and cocktail you've passed on over the past four months. :)

    And honestly- your success is so encouraging. Thanks, doll.

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  2. you're doing great Kate! Keep it up and youll be out of limbo soon :)

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  3. I give your major props...I haven't even HAD a baby, and I'm finding it so difficult to lose 20 pounds. You have done such a good job though and you look amazing!

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  4. Your weight loss is awesome! I'm 7.5 months post-baby and I'm 2 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant. However, I find myself having to purchase a size larger in my bottoms. I think things just, um, shift. And I had to have a scheduled c-section so I can't even use the whole "birthing hips" excuse - haha! :) I have decided that the number on the tag doesn't matter so much anymore, it's more about the way I feel! Congrats on your weight loss - I have confidence you'll keep on losing! :)

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  5. Katie! You look awesome!! I don't think the end of breastfeeding will affect your weight loss that much. If she was weaning herself, she probably wasn't nursing that much to burn lots and lots of your calories like she was in the itty bitty newborn days. I'm sure as you keep at it, you'll continue to lose and be out of limbo soon!

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  6. I can relate fo sho! Except I still haven't lost enough weight, so I have the opposite problem. None of my clothes fit because they're too small. But with spring and summer rapidly approaching I have to wear something! So I finally broke down and bought a few staples, hoping it will get me through until I can fit into the old stuff.

    You're looking good mama! Keep it up!!

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  7. Katie! You look amazing & have a lot to be proud of. I know shopping can be depressing at times...everyone has their days! Keep up the great work:o)

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  8. Katie, you look amazing! It seems that most women desire to get back to pre-baby weight, but you just kept going! Shopping can get depressing at times and everyone has those days, but you have a LOT to be proud of. Keep up the good work:o)

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  9. You look amazing.. I have had a few struggling days with Alex party this week.. trying to get past it and seeing your photos really encourages me. Hope you can get past this limbo.. I can see how it can be frustrating and annoying to loose 27 pounds and still only go down one size!

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  10. Dude I feel ya. I've lost 20, but still have at least 20 to go, hopefully 30. But, I've only lost like ONE pant size. I thought one size was 8 lbs. Just from what I remember in nutrition class. Anyway, I also refuse to buy new stuff when I'm "in limbo", and yeah, it's hard. And I wear the same things to work every week. One thing I've been doing, is wearing my bella band from pregnancy to hold my bigger pants up, lol :) Not that that would work for you with summer stuff, but I laugh at myself. Anyway, you look so great! Flat tummy and skinny arms!

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  11. You look beautiful! And congrats on your awesome weight loss in only 3 months! I'm sure you will get over this lull in weight loss soon!

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  12. 27 pounds is quite an accomplishment!! If you want to rev up more weight loss, I'd consider moving more ... as in exercising! I know that with a baby and time, it's hard, but if you can get moving, it won't only boost your energy level, but it will help burn more fat! Resistance bands are awesome - they help diminish cellulite, tone you up and you burn away the jiggle (Which I'm sure you don't have much of. Now me on the other hand, I have tons. I'll let you borrow some :) ).

    Keep it up! You are an inspiration to many women in the blogging community!

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  13. I just want to say that you look SO good!! & don't give up on the weight loss because breast feeding is done!! You can still do it, just eat even less & take more walks :)

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  14. ugh platues hate them! Thats my problem too, I have tons of cute tops but shorts? not so much. Hate shorts shopping!

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  15. You look awesome. I know the feeling but keep up the good work!

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  16. Weird.. I am a bottom hoarder and need new tops! Maybe we can do a wardrobe swap and make cute outfits together!

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  17. Sizes are so weird. You are SO much thinner; I can't believe you're only one size smaller. That doesn't make any sense at all! I'm guessing it just has to do with the whole post-baby body shift. I'm convinced that even if I lost a bunch of weight, I'd probably never be able to squeeze into a size 6 again.

    Whatever size you are, you're looking HOT, mama!

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  18. I can't relate yet, but I will in a few months! However, I've watched my sister go through this...while I think she looks fantastic, just as I think you do right now, she didn't FEEL fantastic. She didn't feel that she looked as good as we all thought, and no amount of reassurance could change that. So I'm going to say keep pushing, keep going, you WILL get there! :)

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  19. First of all, you are definitely not alone and second, most importantly 27 lbs is fantastic and you should congratulate yourself and give yourself more credit for the accomplishment. As a mother myself, I've battled the weight loss "thing" since I had Mia and honestly, the hardest part has been realizing that I may never be where I once was. But you know what, to me, that's ok. The important thing is to feel good about yourself, not to concern yourself so much with the size on the tag.
    Good luck with the rest of your goals! You're doing great!

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  20. uhm. you look AMAZING. for real.

    Sizes ARE weird. I think it should be how you FEEL.

    Which obvs I don't know but I do know you are looking hot mama! :)

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  21. I feel the same way. All my current closthes are too big and make me feel frumpy, especially when I'm constantly pulling my pants up. But the next size down is still a little tight and I don't want to spend money without knowing I'm going to get to that size comfortably. Frustrating!

    You look amazing though! Keep on truckin!

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  22. You look amazing! I think you should go out and Hutu yourself a couple of things that fit your body the way it is now and then when you lose more, if you lose more (which I don't think you need to do) you can buy yourself a few more things in an even better size. Sizes are messed up anyways and I think feeling good in a few new pieces of clothing will make you feel good about yourself and encourage you to keep up the hard work even more! Besides I am sure every woman likes to have a couple bigger things around for those days when you feel bloated and crappy....so in a few months time when you need smaller clothes, you'll have those too! Grab a few things for your May vacation and enjoy this body youve worked so hard for!

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  23. Soooo been there. I hate buying bottoms but hoard tops too. I hate the 'size' and just don't want to spend the money in hopes it'll go down.

    You are doing a great job! You look fantastic! I hope you start feeling better about the whole thing again soon. =)

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  24. You are looking amazing! Even though things may slow down a bit, keep at it, and all will pay off in the end!! I am so the same with tops vs bottoms. I hate hate the thought of even going shopping for new jeans/shorts/capris anything. ICK! But you lady are a hot mama!!

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  25. Let me first say I love WW. The first 10 lbs came off lickety split, in five weeks (I had 20 to lose). After that, nothing. 7 weeks of nothing. No amount of excercise helped. I was stuck.
    Finally, I got the "MyFitnessPal" app for my iPhone. You put in the amount you weigh, the amount you want to weigh, and it gives you a calorie amount to eat daily. You just log in everything you eat. In less than a week, I lost 1.2 lbs. So I am going to continue doing this and hope I can lose the remaining 9 lbs.

    WW is wonderful and it works, but those last pounds are just as stubborn as can be, and I found I really needed to do something else to shake it up.

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  26. Couple things I found from my own experience. You know what I looked like before losing 50 pounds...and now. And I will say this, brands that used to fit you like a champ (pre-baby and pre weight loss) MAY not be the same brands you want now. You literally have a different body so keep that in mind. Second, I would HIGHLY recommend you go back to that store and BUY the smaller pair that you thought were too tight! I bet you anything they will fit just fine in a month when you go on vacation AND it will give you something to keep you motivated and focused on (to get into those bad boys). Plus, if you continue to lose, then they can go from being tight to being loose. get what I'm sayin? Believe me I know exactly what you are going through!

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  27. 27lbs is a wonderful accomplishment. i know what its like to be in limbo, i've been at a stale mate / plateau for longer than i care to think about and so i finally switched up my routine, added in some new cross training AND weight training and i hope it jump starts my weight loss again. i'm a top and bottom hoarder ... i even have some shirts since high school still hanging in my closet and i've been out of high school since 1998! anyways, you look awesome! and congrats on your weight loss so far ... i know it ain't easy!

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  28. You look great! Plateaus suck, I know, but you won't be stuck there :)

    You will lose the other 15 pounds you want to lose. When I reached a plateau, I had to switch my meals. I started juicing only every other day (I would juice different fruits, just one fruit or vegetable throughout the day: carrots, beets, apples, etc.) If you can do that, it'll help greatly. I did that for a month and it worked great! I use "my fitness pal" online and on my iphone to plan my weekly meals and it works!

    Good luck on your journey! You look amazing :)

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  29. Yep, I totally understand and I'm experiencing the same thing.

    Also, I've noticed that while I'm definitely down to pre-pregnancy pants size, I have to size up 1-2 sizes for shorts at places like Old Navy, Target, etc (my SIL who is skinny as a rail and hasn't had kids just told me that she was ticked that she had to size up two sizes at ON for shorts this year). Places like Kohls, I'm the same size as I am in pants. It's so frustrating how different sizes are...sometimes even in the same store!

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  30. You look great!

    Could you buy the stuff that's 2 sizes down (in case you lose the weight) but just don't take the tags off until closer to your vacations (assuming you don't wear them before it). Then you'll know what size you are by then better, but have a head start on clothes shopping?

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  31. You look great Katie! I am also in weight limbo, and I have another ten or so pounds to lose before I want to spend money on more clothes. Thank goodness for dresses you can cinch with belts. :)

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  32. Its been said that women who are fuller in the hips and legs are actually carrying healthy weight. So from a health perspective, you're super healthy even if you aren't the size you'd hoped you be by now. You look smokin' hot!! Katherine Heigl-esque. Matt is a nutritionist and is passionate about women's nutrition (esp in relation to pre, during and post pregnancy). He's always happy to give out advice, if you feel like you've come to a place where you're stuck.

    PS Sorry to hear your breastfeeding time has come to an end. Shiloh finished up around the same time as Emeline. It was so sad to me when he just looked at my breast and smirked, like "what are you doing to me with that??" But they grow to learn to connect in so much more social and emotional ways. It compensates!

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  33. you look great!! that is for sure! pretty girl :) but i totally feel ya! Lexi is 4 months now and im under my pre pregnancy weight and its aggravating cuz nothing fits yet its depressing to go shopping :/ eh could be worse! keep up the good work! your lil girl is gorgeous!!

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  34. Seriously, you look amazing. I needed the inspiration today. I worked my rear off doing P90x last night. Really trying to keep the workouts going, but it's hard to stay motivated sometimes.

    I agree with one of the previous commenters on the brands and sizes. Like at AE, I have to wear a bigger size (hello, did girls stop having butts, all of a sudden?), but at places like Ann Taylor Loft or a more "grown up" store? I'm a much smaller size. Go figure. I'd start going brand shopping. It might make you feel better. :)
    Either way, you look so freakin great. As for the fear of not losing anymore, I hit a wall too. Which just means I gotta step it up a little more. Harder workouts, watch the calories (and the kind of calories too), drink more water, etc. I just want to wake up and be magically thinner. Is that too much to ask?

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  35. You look awesome!!!!!

    I vote with the person a few comments above me. Buy one pair of the smaller shorts........ You'll have more motivation to get you to vacation!

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  36. The in between weight is the worst! Been there. I think you look wonderful!!! 27lbs is an amazing accomplishment, woo hoo!!!

    The last lbs to lose are the hardest, good luck hun. I am sure you will get there in no time :)

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  37. First; you look awesome. I went back and looked at the original photo and wow. Huge difference.

    Second; I'm in clothes limbo too. I want to go by new clothes now that I've lost a few pounds, but I want to lose more weight too. Unfortunately I have the patience of a gnat and don't want to wait on that to happen.

    Third; I have a feeling that clothes will NEVER fit the same again. I know duh, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I've always had a j-lo booty but now I've got hips on top of that. Buying pants will NEVER be fun again.

    All that to say, you look great. Keep at it for a few more weeks and then see where you are. And then go shopping.

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  38. 1. You really do look amazing. And I'm not just saying that. You really do. I'm a trainer. I'm an authority on these things:)

    2. Plateaus are natural, but they do pass. Even just a minor change can help you move past them fast (swapping protein for one carb during your day, doing a different kind of cardio exercise, etc.) Just be kind to yourself and be proud of how awesome you've done! You've lost so much weight already! This slower, more gradual loss will pass, I promise!

    3. I have the same problem. I'm a top hoarder. I don't like my lower body. Never have. And I hate how anything but flowy skirts and dresses looks on my thighs and butt. Genetics are a b*tch when it comes to things like these. Because even at my smallest, my bottom is four to five sizes bigger than my top. So, try to cut yourself some slack in the shorts department. You will get to a smaller size there, too. But know that you're beautiful and that your body is going to maintain it's natural balance the best way it knows how - pear-shaped, apple-shaped, etc. It's the worst part about being a trainer, knowing that my body shape was pre-determined and that I can make it the best I can make it, but that that best may still be three sizes bigger than someone else's best because darn it all, God made me a large-legged woman.

    You really look smokin' though! You're doing so great!

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  39. Awww, you look great! Unfortunately, I'm no good at offering bottom advice - I have the opposite problem - I have trouble finding tops that fit and not-so-much with bottoms. What about just buying one pair of basic, can-wear-them-with-almost-anything shorts so you don't die of a heat stroke until you figure out if you're done losing weight or not? (Sorry for the weak advice, haha.)

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  40. WOW HOTTIE!!! You look amazing, congrats on all the weight loss!

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  41. Great job, Katie!! I'm at a plateau in my weight loss as well, and it just plain sucks!! I've been trying to cut out snacking after dinner, but it's leaving me tired and dizzy.. I think I'm gonna have to break down and start exercising (so I can eat more again! sheesh! It's only been two days w/ the no snacking after dinner, too.. lol I already miss it!)

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  42. You really do look fantastic. And I am kind of in the same situation. I don't have a lot of clothes, but I am hoping to change sizes shortly as well, so I hate to buy new things. Good luck, sister.

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  43. Ugh. I know what you mean about feeling stuck between sizes. I always hate buying something that is just a wee bit too tight when you've lost weight....and I refuse to do the whole "oh i'll just get one size smaller" deal. I'm weird that way.

    I guess my suggestion (having just gone through this) would be to suggest skirts or something like that. I LOVE the t-shirt material skirt and because it's stretchy even if it was a little "too small" it should work for you until you lose a little bit more. I'm totally confident you'll keep losing even if it slows down some. I have faith in you.

    PS. You look fabulous!!!! :)

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  44. Where'd your butt go? Looking good.

    And for me? 25lbs? Is one size, if I'm lucky. It's the way my body is. Which makes losing weight so depressing in the dressing room.

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  45. Before my father passed in october i was down about 40 lbs. now I have gained about 11 back. but during the first part of last year it was so tough not having clothes that fit... granted it was because i was thinner that also meant i had to go out and spend money.. but it's totally worth it.

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  46. First off, I'm a new follower and I love your blog. Your daughter is adorable :) Second, You look great! I would give anything to lose 27lbs! I am just starting to do weight watchers (again) and hope that I get anything close to the results you did! Nice work!

    http://alongcameeleanor.blogspot.com/

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  47. just my opinion but you look great in the pics on this post so whatever size fits is not bad. also, you get credit for doing anything since january, my attempts last a few weeks at best.

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  48. Wow, you look amazing girl! Way to go! I'm still over pregnancy weight, but I'm hoping to get down eventually. I think I have about 8lbs to lose still.... It's hard, so I'm sure you've put a lot of effort into this and you have great results! Keep up the good work!

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