These days, the best part about summer, outside of the changing weather and the ability to wear shorts and sandals for months on end, is being able to purchase a new bathing suit in a smaller size!
For the past 3 years I have purchased new bathing suits every summer. Quite a change from the girl who went to the beach and around pools in oversized shorts and long t-shirts. Before my weight loss journey I never wanted to be bothered with the “hassle” of finding a bathing suit. The experience was depressing and aggravating — but for the past 3 years I’ve welcomed it with open arms. The last 2 years I’ve purchased one piece “dress” style bathing suits — you know the type that’s a bathing suit that has a slinky “dress” covering over it that covers you up to your thighs.
This year I purchased my first ever tankini! Talk about a happy dance non-scale victory! The fact that I feel comfortable enough in my skin to wear a tankini is amazing. And the greatest part was, I saw this exact bathing suit online and when I went into the store I found the two pieces, separated from one another, in my size and they were the only ones available! Talk about meant to be!
I got a great deal on the suit — each piece being 50% off the original price. Double score! The coloring is adorable and is very flattering against my skin tone. It shows off my shape and I just simply love it.
Whodathunk this girl would be in love with a bathing suit? If you asked me that question 3-years ago I’d have looked at you like you sprouted a new head. It’s amazing what time and a healthy attitude can do for a person!
I wanted to share a little non-scale victory.My brother had a set wedding date for June 1stso I had been looking for dresses online – having order after order shipped to my house and nothing was really a “yes” dress. Sometimes I’m so used to the old style of dresses (where it covered me up).At the beginning of my journey I wanted to be covered, boxy dresses and my staple oversized t-shirts that came down to mid-thigh, etc. I then started gravitating towards wrap dresses because they looked better. Well, fast forward 2 years I found 2 maxi dresses that fit me like a glove and truly made me feel like a rockstar.Needless to say, I purchased both. The dress I wore the wedding is similar to this one pictured but its black and white stripped.3 years ago I would have NEVER purchased either of these dressed – I’d have fawned over them but went home empty handed. Today I have the ability to grab something off a rack and go to try it on.
I’ve lost 190.6 pounds which is actually MORE than what I currently weigh! Someone I know saw the photograph and said it looks like I jumped out of myself in the “now” photo.I may not be at my goal weight, but I’m trudging towards that. It’s taken me 3-years to get where I am today and I will reach that finish line and maybe when I do I’ll find myself an even MORE amazing leopard dress!
In 2010 I won my local Weight Watchers meetings Lose for Good challenge. It was a friendly competition to donate food for charity and to shed some pounds by incorporating activity into our lifestyles.In the end, I won a t-shirt at the time.Upon bringing it home realized it was a size Medium. Let me stress that, when I won this shirt a size medium was no where near my size – it was a distant hope.I was still surfing the racks in the plus size section and trading clothes with family members.
I folded the t-shirt up and stuffed it in my drawer because I wasn’t going to throw it away. I EARNED that shirt whether it fit me or not.
It’s been tucked away for 2 years! I found it this morning while looking for something to wear in my drawer. I saw a nearly folded white shirt and thought “What is this?”I pulled it out and saw it was my Weight Watchers shirt. For a moment, I put it back in the drawer.Then I thought … for kicks let me put this on.
IT FITS AND IT’S A LITTLE BIG!!
Thanks, Weight Watchers! This girl is happier than a cucumber and I am STILL losing!