Post # 1
After buying my wedding dress in a size too small (UK 12/US 8) I’ve been working out like mad to make sure I could close the zipper. I started out at around 195 lbs and was about an inch and a half away from closing the zipper around the wait. I’m now down to 174 lbs and it still doesn’t shut! I feel a little disheartened, but even without my wedding dress woes I’m disappointed with how little difference I can see in myself!
I don’t know whether its me being harsh on myself, but I even went to my doctors to get weighed and the weight loss was confirmed. My family mentioned that my face looks slimmer but I don’t know whether they’re just being kind because they know how hard I’m working!
Do any other ladies feel my pain here? I have friends who lose half a stone and look about three dress sizes slimmer and I am so bitter haha!
Post # 3
@smealeys: Congrats on your weight loss! This is definitely an accomplishment to be honest. I would start taking measurements because while you are losing wieght, you may be lsoing it off areas other than where you want to be losing.
I would maybe find exercises specifically for toning the problem areas that you have, but like I said make sure to take measurements.
Post # 4
@smealeys: The bigger you are, the more dramatic a small weight loss will be. I weigh about 17 stone and when I lose 5 pounds, it really shows. I have friends that are your weight, and they lose a stone and I don’t see it. I think a lot depends on what exercise you’re doing as well.
Besides, you’ve got a good 2 months still. You can do it!!!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@smealeys: I’ve had the same problem. I have lost 20 lbs and all my same clothes fit as before I lost the weight. People would sometimes comment that I looked “more toned” or “heathier” but I didn’t drop like three dress sizes like some people I know seem to when they lose weight. Some of my clothes looked better on me, maybe fit a little nicer, my pants were loose but the next size down was still too small. Sometimes I think its hard for us to see changes in ourselves too. Sometimes the changes are most obvious to people who haven’t seen us in awhile. Then the impact is more drastic.
It’s frustrating! Since I went through this before getting engaged I didn’t even bother taking any weight loss into account when ordering my dress. I had them measure me and order based on my current measurements.
Don’t completly give up though, I’m sure you’re doing great and it is a good thing! I would keep working out and just do you best.
Post # 6
Don’t be discouraged – you’re doing great!!! 21 pounds is nothing to cough at – it’s like the weight of a toddler! As someone who’s lost 55lbs., I can say from experience that weight loss looks the most apparent on smaller frames because each pound is a higher percentage of a person’s weight.
When I first started out, I noticed little differences very quickly because I’m used to my body and I see myself naked every day, but other people didn’t notice I’d lost weight until I lost about 30lbs. As I’ve gotten smaller, the weight’s become harder to lose but when it comes off, it shows more quickly. So…that’s a twisted version of fairness, I guess. 😛
Keep up the good work – you can do it!!! 😀
Post # 7
@aithinne: I totally disagree. When you’re SMALLER a small weight loss really shows. When you’re bigger it seems to take FOREVER to see any results. I started off at 253 in April and am now down to 227, and I can’t tell ANY difference. It’s a little depressing actually. I don’t look different, my clothes don’t fit differently, nothing. My dad (who’s a doctor) says I will be able to tell sometime in the next 25 pounds.
Compare that to a smaller person who can go down a whole size just by losing 10 pounds.
Post # 8
@smealeys: honestly it depends on ur routine, just losing weight isn’t enough (although great job on that huge accomplishment!). U probably need toning which will bring down the inches in ur hot spots. Losing weight is just an overall loss of fat but toning will target and tighten ur trouble areas
Post # 9
@oneofthesethings: I think she meant height wise. She should have used the word “shorter” instead of smaller.
For example, I’m 5’11”. If I lose 10 pounds, you won’t notice. If a 5’4″ woman loses 10 pounds, it’s a drastic difference.
Maybe the OP is tall, and that’s why she didn’t see a huge difference in the 21 pound loss. Either way, though, that’s a huge accomplishment!
ETA *Nope, you were right, I was wrong. She meant smaller. I agree with you!
Post # 10
Take pictures throughout In the same outfit! It’ll definitely show!
Post # 11
@babypearls: Just to interject that you cannot ‘spot-tone’. http://exercise.about.com/cs/weightloss/a/toning.htm This explains it better.
Well done on your weight loss, it is an accomplishment! Don’t get disheartened, keep doing what you are doing and you will reach your goal! I have lost almost 7kg (and still losing more), but I didn’t see results for ages. Only recently have I seen changes in my muscles etc (thanks to lifting heavy/krav maga/cycling/walking!). Gone from 140-125, goal is 110 at 5’2.
It can be disheartening when you see no difference, but everyone else can and the scale/tape measure says differently! Keep it up, we are used to seeing our bodies every day so any change won’t be immediately noticeable. I guarantee if you tried other clothes on, they will fit differently!
Post # 12
@smealeys: congrats on your loss so far, thats great. i know exactly how you feel, i have lost/gained over 3 stone (42lb) and i am in The exact same clothes, i kid you not. I am doing slimming world, so get weighed weekly, so the weight loss is real haha. It drives me insane, when i am loosing weight it its heart breaking. Even measuring shows nothing changes, at 10 stone my waist is 28″ hips 38″ when i was 13 stone it was 29″/ hips 38″. Aggg. You are not alone. my doctor puts it down to water retention, it weighs alot, but doesnt really affect size apparently. Xx
Edit – please excuse the awful ipad grammer
Post # 13
@OrchidsandCandles: I was in the military exercise was my life (until I got prego), you have to tone up your body by tightening paying extra attention to the weak spots for but doing overall exercise for the rest of the body ex: stomach muscles are usually a key area for women. Exercises such as russian dancers will bring the sides in, 6 inch leg lift will build the bottom muscles and regular sit-ups will focus on the upper tummy muscles. I dnt want to go too in depth but I can definitely try to point out some exercises that will target key areas. Just running or dieting will not be enough. It’s a balance
my favorite type of training is crossfit but that might b extreme, if that’s the case try Pilates. I also found (believe it or not) belly dancing is a fun way to exercise but isolate muscles in ways nvr experienced before. Also a new thing is Zumba (which I haven’t tried yet) but I’ve seen a lot of my friends have great success with it dnt get discouraged ur doing amazing. If u want I cn provide some sources to take u that extra mile!
Post # 14
As bad as it sounds, knowing other ladies have similar problems makes me feel a little better! I genuinely thought the scales were faulty at first.
@babypearls: I realised this and am doing sit ups and crunches daily in the vain hope it will help me shed some inches, which is what I’m aiming for rather than shedding the pounds! If you could recommend some particular exercises for that area I’d be so grateful!
@FutureCuomo6610: I’m not tall but not small either, I’m 5″7 with quite a large frame so I do feel like my height can be a blessing and a curse in that it doesn’t show when I gain a few pounds but it REALLY doesn’t show anywhere but my face when I lose a few either!
Post # 15
@smealeys: Honestly, I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, which you can find parts 1 and 3 on You Tube for free and can Google Part 2 and find it for free. I had to quit because of my knee. She will kick your ass, but I tell you what I made it through 2 levels and I loved it. I lost over 3 inches from my hips and waist. She mixes cardio with strength training. You do not need weights unless you want. I just used the biggest cans of whatever I had in my pantry, lol.
I don’t know where to find before and afters of it for you, but I used My Fitness Pal to track my calories and a TON of users on there have done it and posted their results in the forum, so if you want to at least see before and afters, you can join, go to the forum, and type in jillian michaels 30ds and you will find so many testimonials of people who have lost inches from her program.
Shealso has Body Revolution and some others that work, but I haven’t tried them.
Post # 16
@babypearls: Muscle definition comes from having low BF%. Lots of powerlifters have huge muscles (obviously) but not so much definition because whilst they have lots of muscles, they do not have a low BF% often due to their high calorie diets. Fitness models and bodybuilders will ALWAYS cut before a competition because THIS is what will help define muscles.
Abs are made in the kitchen, and assisted with crunches etc. It IS a combination of both exercise and diet, but without the right diet, exercise is nothing if you want to define your muscles. Ask any bodybuilder/powerlifter/fitness model etc this, they will say the same thing. 🙂