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Progress Pants

Yup, those would be them.  We all have clothing items fitting ther description of the afformentioned (and pictured) progress pants.  You may not know they ARE progress pants however, so let me explain.

Sitting deep in the depths of our closet, out of normal reach, but not yet headed to the “donate to charity” pile, sit a small gathering of clothes.  Typically kept due to their classic design, coupled with the fact that they have not fit you for several years, but you love them and just can’t let em go!  Now, some of us are more extreme, your progress pants may be just a size or two too small, such as the pair featured above, or they may be 6 sizes too small.  You may have a daggone range of sizes in there from 6 to 16, all with one thing in common: your fluffy behind can’t fit into any of them!

Sad but true, and we move past these clothes every time we clean out our closet, saying to ourself, “I WILL fit into these Seven Jeans.  I wore them about 3 times, and paid waaay too much for them, and I am gonna fit into them again!”  Oh, yeah, that was me saying that…please insert whatever clothing item you are currently looking at.  Like me, you may try to pour and coax your meat into said clothing item…only to end up red-faced and sweating, with a muffin of extra fat hanging out of the top or bottom of the fabric, if not both.  Hopefully you didn’t start to cry or pull a muscle…sadly I’d bet both have happened countless times.

So my point is this.  We need motivation.  Fitting into a piece of clothing we did and still do love will give us a great boost of that!  Now, the plan is, if, as in my case, you’ve got a pretty large number of pounds to lose, you’re going to need little victories along the way.  My first will be these pants.  I want you all to pick that clothing item too, or tell me about one you’ve already conquered.  I won’t be at my goal when I can again fit into these jeans (and button them), but it will be a big step in the right direction! 

So let me know what you pick, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  And when the jeans fit without a frightening muffin top, I will post an update with a picture of my success.  With 19lbs down, I can now get them up to my waist, something that wasn’t possible a few months back.  So…wish me luck, and with that, goodnight!


Let’s Get The Party Started!

Hi all. 

Since the name of my blog might be slightly confusing…I think I will start by clearing a few things up. 

A.  This is not a site for mature audiences only…Chesty is my nickname…due to my last name Chestnut…so no smutty intent.

B.  This is not a breast reduction blog…discussing changes to anyone’s chest region.

C.  This is NOT a site where I can promise uplifting great results every week because hey, I’m a work in progress.

So, I guess it’s time to touch on what this site is.  It’s a sounding off point for me, I guess because I’m assuming that all of my friends aren’t going to want to hear about every step of this journey that I’m on.

What journey you ask?  Well the journey to thindom.  Yes THIN-dom.  A place often heard about, but none too often experienced by the overweight.  I am 33 years old…I decided once and for all that I’m going to get there…and like a bad house guest I’m not going to leave!

I have been overweight most of my adult life.  Ok wait, I have been overweight my ENTIRE adult life, and most of my youth.  I was the chubby kid, I wasn’t ever huge back then, but I felt like I was because of how people treated me.  As I got older I was a size 16 in high school, only to balloon up to 26 in my adult life while in a terribly abusive relationship.  When I got out of that situation I went down again on my own to a size 18, but then fell in love, go figure, and added on about 20 love pounds, which put me back at a size 20.

Well I sat there content in 20-ville for quite a few years.  I had a man who loved me, a good job and family, and people were always complimenting me on my hair, my clothes, telling me that I “carried my weight well”.  I didn’t have any glaring health issues, and I could easily have kept right on the path I was and been right back to a size 26.

Something snapped in my brain a few weeks ago…well besides the things that were already snapped (don’t judge me), and I decided that this was not what I wanted.  I was tired of feeling insecure about my body, about shopping around for the proper undergarment to suck in whatever fat roll I was trying to hide that day.  I was sick of being out of breath walking up the stairs, and of my ankles cracking and sore when I got out of bed in the morning.  Inspired by a few friends who had successes with gastric bypass, I knew I had to try something.

Like most people, I knew that my years of dieting had messed up my metabolism.  I joked that I’d love to have gastric surgery to “make it easy”, but realized that’s not an easy path, and although I could stand to lose 100lbs at least, it’s not the route that I wanted to take.  I don’t knock anyone who does it when they don’t have another option, but I have lost before, I’m my own worst enemy, and I knew if I wanted it to my body would cooperate.

So two, almost three weeks ago I got started.  I actually logged into my Weight Watchers Online membership, that I’d owned since MAY *hangs head in shame* and started tracking my food and counting my points.  I ordered a 6 week body makeover program in the mail, and so the first week I just did my own tracking, drank some wine, ate some fried fish…basically I didn’t crack down, but semi-cracked down, and when I weighed in one week later…5lbs were gone!  And dieter will agree…that’s the best feeling in the world, so week two I launched into it full swing.  One Monday later, scale time…and I’d lost a whopping 9lbs!  14lbs in two weeks….I was above the moon.

So here we are…almost through week three…and here our journey begins.  I will try to post often, stay upbeat, but be honest about how I’m doing and how I feel.  I’d love to hear your stories of  success or failure, we can all beat this together.  I’m trying tons of new recipes, so feel free to try any I post and tell me what you think.  You can email me anytime at schestnut22@gmail.com to share your own recipes or private comments!

So thanks for taking the time to see what this is all about…now let’s really make them say “Wow, she suuure has changed!!”

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