@Dawn1234: Thanks! I feel your pain, as the first month was the most difficult for me. You’d be shocked by the results you can see via taking photos. I still see myself in my former body most days, but realize what a significant difference there is based on the photos alone. As I get closer to my goal, the changes get less significant (visually), but I am still losing inches (and jiggle) and getting more toned.
No secrets (I wish!), other than being totally and fully dedicated to a healthy diet and moderate exercise. I call it the “look good naked” diet. Lol
Weightlifting is a must, in conjunction with cardio. It will show you FAR better results than just dieting alone. If you are unsure about excercises, maybe consider a personal trainer for a few sessions to help teach you the basics. I spontaneously hired a private one the same evening that I took that BEFORE photo, which is what got me hooked on this whe health and fitness kick. You don’t have far to go, so I’m sure you’ve already made big improvements. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water, keep your sodium low and take the pics when you are not bloated… Water weight will skew both your scale AND your reflection. : )
ETA: I also just saw some of your stubborn belly comments. That’s my biggest problem area, and what I focus most on as far as transformation goes. I noticed while my entire body became cut and firm, my belly retained a little layer of jiggly flab. As I continued working at it, I didn’t notice much of a difference in size. So, as I keep eating right and working out… And despite the actual size of my core not changing a whole lot at this point, I’ve noticed my belly no longer jiggles when I walk… At all! That was a huge accomplishment, and something I thought would never happen. So, even if you don’t see results there, just do lots of bicycle abs, planking and pushups and know your body is slowllllly making the transition of less fat, more muscle. You’ll def see tummy results if you remember that and keep it up.
and, lastly, since you are going dress shopping… I asked them to order my dress too small, and they didn’t listen. it came in and was so large on me after my initial weight loss that it couldn’t be altered. So, I bought my new dress in Nov… The sample I tried was just a tiny bit too small (you can see the photo where the panel on the corset has a tiny bit of my skin peeking through). I asked them to order that exact size, knowing I’d lose even more weight. This time they listened. The dress came in this month, and is now so big that it can’t even be laced and still has to be taken in a size or more. Very stressful! Even if you don’t lose a lot of pounds (or stones?), you will still lose inches if you are working out. So, just make sure they don’t order too big! : )