Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Fourteen – We Made It!!!

Whoot!  Fourteen weeks to a new dress size, and I made it!

Here’s the dress again.  Yep, it still fits the same this week.

The Dress

Here’s the Wrapup.

Starting Weight, 157.2; Final Weight, 156.5, a whopping total of 0.7 pounds.  My goal was a smaller size, and THAT I did, even if the actual weight didn’t show a spectacular drop.  My starting dress pant size was a loose 12.  I just purchased new dress pants, and they are a very comfortable size 10.  I have some older size 8 skirts in my closet that I wore this past week, without any of that pinching, binding “segmented worm syndrome”.

DO-IT:  The Dress. Done.

DO-IT: My  Weight Watchers points. Kept to the dailies 90% of the time, and worked off the extras those times that I didn’t.

DO-IT: Earn 50 activity points a week. Yes, with the exception of the week I was sicker than a dog. Lot’s of biking, self-defense, kettle bell training, kickboxing, P90x, Insanity and just plain old regular walking.

DO-IT: Consistency. Duh.

DO-IT: Hydrate.  Done.

DO-IT:Read a Book.  I actually did finish Refuse to Regain, and yes, there was plenty of useful information about maintaining in there that I still need to process and incorporate.

DO-IT: One update post a week. Yes, even an extra here and there.

DO-IT: Link up to your weekly updates.  Yes!  I missed the deadline one week, but left my link in the comments.

DO-IT:  Be supportive. Yes!  I’ve met some wonderful, strong and dedicated women in this challenge.  I’m delighted to call you friends.

What did I learn?  Nothing new.  But I did get reminded of two very important aspects of getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.  First, it’s not the number.  156 pounds is technically overweight for a person 5′-3″ tall. 156 pounds on me is very compact and toned.  156 on someone else with a more delicate bone structure would be overwhelming.   can’t let that NUMBER dictate my attitude towards my health and towards my body.  My trainer and the saleslady who helped me pick out smaller pants all tell me that I’m healthy and fit.  That I’m an absolutely normal, medium-sized person. My doctor tells me that I’m spectacularly healthy.  My diabetes is very controlled – my last A1c was 5.4.  My blood pressure is fantastic.  My allergies and asthma are not bothering me at all.   My cholesterol is slightly high (117 LDL), but it’s genetic, not a result of poor diet and sloppy exercise habits.  I take meds for it now, and expect my next checkup to be in a normal range.

Second, persistence is key.  Stubbornness is crucial.  Being  mule headed and determined will get you to a goal weight, not perfection.


Be persistent. Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

13 thoughts on “Christmas Dress Challenge – Week Fourteen – We Made It!!!

  1. You know I just love that dress. THAT was the dress I had envisioned initially, but never got hold of. 😛 Glad it looks AMAZING on you. So happy!!!!! And yes, body can change. Become different, even if the scale is stubborn. And for me, it’s no longer about obsession for a number. It’s obession for being healthy and feeling energetic and doing things in my life again, rather than hiding away with food.

    It’s progress. It’s great. And you look beautiful, my dear. one of my dream dress styles. I’ll buy it, eventually. 😀

    Hugs, thanks for co-piloting. 😀

  2. LOVE that dress!!! And I agree!! Its not the number on the scale!! Its the size of the body!! Thankyou for all your input and working with Mir on this challenge!! I have enjoyed it!!

  3. My weight wasn’t a terrific loss but my size really changed and just look at you, you are beautiful!! VERY BEAUTIFUL!!
    Take care and thank you for always stopping by, for your comments your heart felt words and for always being there for me and even in my mailbox checking up on me. THANK YOU!!
    Take care and have a blessed and awesome week.

  4. You look so amazing! Thanks again for hosting this challenge with Mir. I’ll keep following your blog and look forward to seeing further success from you!

  5. LOVE LOVE that dress!! You look awesome in it. And you prove that the number on the scale is not important. We can shape our bodies to be better!

  6. You look great in that dress. Your HgA1c is impressive for someone who says they were/are diabetic. Thank you so much for doing this with Mir and for your support. You’re good inspiration and i hope to continue reading about your progress. have a great Holiday.

    1. I am diabetic – T2, officially as of 2006, from a family with a long history of both T1 and T2 diabetes. My A1c at the time of diagnoses was 7.8 and 8.0 on two separate tests. Right now, my T2 is very well controlled with healthy eating and plenty of exercise. I know that if I were to go back to my old carb and sugar loaded food habits and gain back the 60+ pounds I’ve lost, that A1c number would bounce back up there faster than I could blink an eye. I also recognize that there is no ‘cure’ for diabetes; once you head down that path, there’s no going back. Sure, I can halt the progression for a while with a healthy life style, but time is not on my side, and as I get older, my pancreas will slowly give out completely. My goal is to stay off of medications for as long as possible.

  7. I hope to be as successful & as active as you!! You rock it & look awesome as you do, happy holidays to you:-)

  8. Thank you so much for all your support Angela. Your comments kept me going and it was an amazing run. You look amazing in that dress. I’ll be sure to keep up with your inspiring blog! 🙂


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