When I went on my first date with MrS on 3 December 2013 I was a size 10, pretty much a whole stone lighter than I am now and definitely a dress size smaller. HotTubHelen calls this my happy stone and I don’t think that’s something I can get done for under the Trade Descriptions Act :D
Anyway, on that night I wore this dress. It’s from Coast and is a size 12 (and given that everything else I was buying at the time was a 10 that should give you some indication of how Coast dresses size up).
So why am I telling you all this and why am I showing you a picture of me in a dress that I can’t do up?
Well, just over a week ago @artminx blogged and tweeted about her #yellowdressproject. Next year for her birthday she wants to be able to fit into a yellow dress she has that is too small for her, so she has set herself a target to lose 52 pounds in 52 weeks.
It inspired a lot of interest and support, so much so that she formed @yellowdressgang and by the end of the day there were several of us with “yellow dresses” that we wanted to fit into.
My dress is currently in Norfolk. I know it’s not yellow, do keep up! I tried it on when I was up there this weekend (see photo). I could do it up round the waist by breathing in (and never breathing out again) but the zip would go no further and, even if it had, I don’t think I’d have been able to move my arms anyway.
I don’t need to lose 52lb. I wouldn’t mind 22 to be honest but my initial target is to try and lose a pound a week before c*******s, which will be the best part of a stone and then see what happens after that. I will try my dress on each month when I return to Norfolk and check on my progress. I worry that I’ll never fit back into that dress (and my beautiful red coat) because at the time I met MrS I was doing 3 body pump classes a week and I can’t do that now. Last year I was running 8km at a time, but I have bursitis in my hip so that means low impact exercise. I tried for the first time in ages to run last week but it really left me in a lot of pain, so next up is power walking . I’ll really just have to watch my diet for now and see what happens. Weight Watchers and I are old friends, I first joined just over ten years ago when my first husband told me I “really needed to stop eating so much because I was getting fat”. He actually said those exact words. I was a size 14 and just over 11 stone. (NB, that was the beginning of the end. I lost 3 stone and he never once said “well done”). I joined WW online and I found a fabulous community of friends on their message boards before Facebook and Twitter even existed. HotTubHelen and Posh Vics remain two of my best friends to this day. Whilst I have never returned to anything above a size 12 my weight has yoyo’d depending on my state of mind. I am most definitely a comfort eater. Last year when my second marriage started to fall apart, for the first time in my life I lost weight due to stress. 6 pounds in one week once.
So this is my first proper week of trying and I will weigh in tomorrow. I’m hovering around the 10st 9 mark and I am only 5′ 2″. Being quite a busty girl I can’t afford to drop too much weight as I end up out of proportion, looking like a stunted Barbie and something around 9.5 stone suits me. Plus, you know, at 44, if you don’t carry a little weight on your face you look gaunt and wrinkly!
Do you have something you’d like to fit into for a special occasion? Anyone can join in the #yellowdressproject