As my “About Lauren-Lately” page says, I just recently married the most incredible man in the world! 🙂 The journey to fit in my dress was, in my opinion, one for the books.
On August 9, 2016, I said YES to my soulmate! Of course, as any newly engaged girl would do, I started wedding planning right away. Within a couple of weeks I had my sisters and best friend as my bridesmaids, the wedding colors picked out and had decided on a theme. I even started buying some decorations.
Less than a month after our engagement I was dress shopping. I knew what color I wanted and the look I was going for – vintage, not white, nothing too froo froo and frilly.
The girl at the dress shop was super helpful. Within minutes of arriving at the store, we had the dressing room filled with beautiful dresses for me to try on. I was so excited!
That was until I started trying dresses on…
I don’t know about you ladies, but I have always struggled with having a positive opinion of my body. I never wear tight fitted clothing or anything too revealing. I like to keep all the “rolls” hidden. I’ve bounced between a size 4 and a size 10 for a good majority of my young adult/adult life.
-Back to the dress fitting- All of the dresses we grabbed to fill the room were a size 10 and 12. Here I am thinking to myself… “umm… not cool, surely I’m not that big”. Well, I was.
Dress after dress I managed to pick out every flaw under the sun – my hips were too wide, my armpit fat was too apparent, my belly bulge is out there. What was supposed to be a fun, exciting trip to the dress store was not so fun.
After many failed fittings I eventually got around to trying on this beautiful, champagne, lace covered dress that was just perfect for my personality, style and wedding theme. I was in love! 🙂 I said yes to the dress! My amazing mom purchased my gorgeous dress that day – 8 months away from the wedding!
I was on a roll, to do’s on the checklist are getting checked off.
The beautiful dress we purchased in September never really fit. I don’t know why I never noticed the buttons screaming to hold on in the back. Maybe I was too frustrated and disappointed; regardless of the reason, the dress didn’t fit. (FYI: You don’t have to buy a dress at the first place you go. I strongly urge you to shop around. Find what fits your body. Unless your wedding is a day away, you have plenty of time to purchase a wedding dress.)
I am not sure what triggered my want to try my dress on in January, but I am so glad I did. (My mom was so sweet to let me interrupt her day for this fitting.)
We get the dress on and the tears were on the verge of pouring out… MY DRESS DOES NOT FIT! What was I going to do? I am 4 months away from wedding day, my mom has spent a chunk of change on this dress, and there just wasn’t enough time to lose that much weight. Or, was there?
When my mom first mentioned joining her on Weight Watchers I was extremely skeptic and negative. It was never going to work in that short amount of time, right? Even with my negative, snarky comments, my mom acted as my WW mentor. She helped me tremendously and I will forever be grateful.
Turns out I was not eating enough food. I was drinking large sweet teas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks were unhealthy. Breakfast was often skipped and dinner choices were large portioned, greasy, and eaten way too late in the evening.
My WW journey officially started February 1, 2017. Since then I do not use the word
diet, instead, I use the words “lifestyle change.” Because that is exactly what it is, a lifestyle change. Not to mention, the word diet has such a negative connotation.
To assist with my lifestyle change, I downloaded the WW tracking app and purchased the online only program ($20/month). Tracking EVERYTHING you eat and drink is a vital part of staying on track. When I say everything, I mean everything from that piece of gum you popped in your mouth to the dinner you put together and every drop of water in between.
I made many changes over a four month period — I replaced the massive amounts of sweet tea with one child’s size sweet tea. I started eating breakfast and drinking more water daily (now I’m up to 2 liters a day). Fries were replaced with fruit cups, fried foods replaced with grilled. My fiancé helped find WW friendly restaurants. He encouraged more home cooked meals. Sodas were no more unless it was WW friendly (I drank Sprite Zero and Coke Zero when I had an urge for a carbonated drink.)
Note: these changes did not happen over night nor was it an easy road. Just like with any change, it takes time. AND a positive mindset & a great support system.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before… Positive Mind. Positive Life. Your mind plays a huge role in being successful. Positive thoughts are encouraging – to you and to those around you.
A couple of weeks into my lifestyle change, I became discouraged. I did not lose as much as I had expected. At least nothing significant enough so that I could fit in my beautiful dress.
I logged my initial weight on February 5, 2017. In five days I had lost 1.6 pounds. By day nine I had lost 2.4 pounds. …Ok, we’re starting to get somewhere. Slowly but surely… I had to give myself a pep talk, remind myself that changes take time.
By April 5, 2017, I was down 8.6 pounds! WOOHOO!! I had finally done it! I fit in my dress!! What an exciting day!
Final weigh-in was on May 21 (6 days before wedding day). I had lost a whopping 14.2 pounds! Holy cow! I was shocked. Amazed! I DID IT!!!
Somewhere in between January and April, we took my dress to have some alterations. I decided I wanted the back of my dress changed up a bit and had to get the shoulder straps taken up just a smidgen. LOVE the way the back turned out!
Check out my progress pictures below!
Ladies (and Gents)… if I can make this lifestyle change, so can you!
If you’ve tried to lose weight and have not been successful, I highly recommend you try Weight Watchers. Not only did I lose a lot of weight in four months, I am healthier and happier!
It is very important to have a good support person/group. It helps to have someone hold you accountable and to check on you on a regular basis. If you don’t have someone at home to encourage and support you, I would suggest joining your local WW support group. If you do have a person at home, get on the WW website and sign up for the online only membership. You’ll download the WW app for your phone, sign in and start tracking.
Be completely honest with yourself. If you sat and ate an entire large pepperoni pizza, log it. Ate that donut at breakfast, log it. Drank a Dr. Pepper, log it. Anything you eat and drink needs to be logged in your tracker app. Did you eat a 20oz steak instead of 3oz, log it. Honesty, honesty, honesty! You will see better results if you are 100% truthful!
Things to remember:
- Find a support person/group.
- Take before pictures. These will help you see the progress you have made.
- Take measurements.
- Do not step on the scale every day. Only weigh in once a week. I chose Sundays.
- Weight Watchers is a lifestyle change, not a diet.
- Be completely honest with yourself on what you are eating, what you are drinking, and your portions.
- Stay positive!
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. –Proverbs 27:17
This post has not been sponsored by Weight Watchers or any other entity. This information has been given as encouragement to those that have been stuck in a rut with their weight. Understand that everyone’s journey will be different due to differences in genetics, body composition, weight to be lost, etc. Don’t compare you journey to anyone else’s.