Oh wow, I understand EXACTLY where you are coming from with that post and I swear I could have written it myself.
HappyGirl83 wrote:When I was at my heaviest, shopping for clothes was one of the most painful things I could do. If I had a special event to attend, I would hunt around forever to try and find something pretty to wear. Only to have my heart broken at how I looked, nothing fit, and the only things that did were made for women 20 years older than myself that always made me look worse.
Yup - been there, done that. It's so devestating to try on piece after piece, only to find that NOTHING looks nice on you at all. I've spent countless hours in change rooms desperate to find something that looks nice, only to slink back home and back into something I already own because there is just nothing out there for bigger, younger people. You're so right when you say that everything is designed for women 20 years older - but in a way, that's a little bit of a wakeup call in itself. The biological age of my body when I was at my heaviest probably was somewhere in the 40s, with all of the damage that I was doing to myself through poor food choices and lack of exercise.
HappyGirl83 wrote:Today I strolled into Myer, straight to the Wayne Cooper dresses. Picked out a few I liked and went to the changing rooms, daring to hope that maybe...maybe! And guess what? They all fit!
Aww, congratulations, that's so fantastic! I'm so happy that you've achieved your goal of getting your dream dress! I'm sure you'll look fantastic in it on New Year's Eve.
HappyGirl83 wrote:And the kicker? It wasn't even the biggest size there, the 16. It is a size 14
Isn't that just the best feeling ever? It's so weird that you've posted this message, as I did pretty much exactly the same thing yesterday. I went into Myer and decided to pick out a beautiful new dress too, and also found that I could fit into size 14 dresses and some of them were even a little loose. It was a strange feeling, as I was so used to walking into a shop and automatically going for the biggest size, desperately hoping that it would fit. The bad news was that they only had a 10 and a 14 left of the dress I really wanted and the 14 gaped a little on the sides, so I didn't end up getting it. It was so pretty though, I might try another shopping centre or online.
HappyGirl83 wrote:I am some what ashamed in telling people how much weight I have lost all up.
Amen to that too. I am so proud of the weight that I have lost, but so ashamed that I had so much to lose in the first place. I am also embarrassed to tell people that I've lost 40kgs, because I know that I could still easily lose another 15-20kgs and still be in a healthy weight range. It's so mortifying to realise that at one point, I was about 55-60kgs overweight. I know that people would support me and be proud of my efforts, but it's just something I have trouble dealing with internally.
Thanks for sharing your story, it was really great to see that you're in such a happy and positive place now. I almost had tears in my eyes reading it, because I couldn't believe how close to home it hit. Have a great weekend!