30 Pounds Down

I was really excited for this to be a BIG REVEAL with DRAMATIC PICTURES illustrating how different I look after losing 30 pounds, but instead I’m kind of depressed at how NOT different I look.

Left, May 2011 - Right, March 2012

Although, whoa, did my boobs get smaller. I should try to find a photo of myself at 9 months pregnant with Caroline, since I’ve lost almost 60 pounds total if I’m counting from my highest weight ever. And I DO see a difference, both in pictures (I don’t hate them all!) and in my clothes. I had to buy smaller jeans. My old work wardrobe fits. I ordered a dress in a size medium from ModCloth and am probably wearing right now. Last week I wore a pair of knee-high boots I have literally owned for 3 years and have NEVER gotten to zip over my calves before. And I could write a novel about how much better I FEEL. It’s a cliché, but it’s a totally true cliché. I know I am having a much better time on my trip than I would have had 30 pounds ago and not dreading all the parts that involve a bathing suit.

Of course, I have probably also gained back at least ten of the pounds I’ve lost on the cruise. Can you say midnight chocolate buffet? But honestly, even if I don’t stick 100% to my Weight Watchers plan while I’m gone I have learned a lot about filling up on vegetables and fruit, controlling snacking and portion sizes and balancing treats with activity. Those aren’t hard concepts and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out losing weight is just a calories in vs. calories out equation but no matter how many times I told myself to eat less and move more nothing else has WORKED like Weight Watchers does. I am looking forward to a much more dramatic after picture in the not-too-distant future.

p.s. Has anyone seen my 30 Day Shred DVD? I know I threatened to throw it out the window the last time I tried it, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t. At least 50% sure.

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18 Responses to “30 Pounds Down”

  1. Sarah-Anne says:

    way to go Suzanne!!
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  2. Leah says:

    I want to steal your whole wardrobe, you look fabulous!
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  3. Jennie says:

    I can TOTALLY tell you’ve dropped the lbs. But I know exactly what you mean! Losing wait almost doesn’t seem worth it when no one notices to reinforce how ‘great you feel.’ I’ve been really bummed about it lately because no one besides me seems to realize I’ve dropped almost two pant sizes. But hey- I feel great!

    Enjoy your trip! You look Fahbulous Dahling!

  4. Robyn says:

    You look awesome! i can totally see a difference! and people probably are noticing and just not saying anything. there’s a woman at my work who has obviously lost quite a lot of weight, and she looks great…but i never say anything. mainly because i don’t know her super well and i don’t want to make her think i thought she looked bad before…i over think everything, lol.

  5. Ginny Lynn says:

    You look fantastic! I see dramatic improvement- and feeling better and more comfortable is the most important part anyway. I am trying to make a similar transformation right now and your pictures are totally inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  6. molly says:

    Congrats, hon! This is such a big deal and I can tell the difference, for sure! Great job taking care of you!
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  7. Sarah says:

    I’m coming out of the lurking shadows to say you look fantastic!!! And you can totally tell. And I love ModCloth dresses. AND! I hope you’re having a great time on your cruise. :)
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  8. Mama Fisch says:

    So, I definitely see a difference! You look great… your face is thinner and you look happier! Congrats on sticking to the plan and losing the weight!
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  9. barbra says:

    I think you are too close to the project – because I can definitely see the difference. You look great!!! Hope you are having a blast on your trip!!!!
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  10. You look fantastic! You can totally see a difference, even in your face. I need to lose 30 pounds too, I hope I look as good as you when i’m finished (IF I ever finish!!!).
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  11. Rachel W says:

    I think you look great and you are inspiring me to go back to Weight Watchers and get myself in shape and lose the baby weight…….especially since the baby just turned 1!

  12. Vanessa says:

    I know what you mean! I’ve lost 15lbs, my cothes are getting baggier and I feel great but no ones said anything. I have noticed in your pictures recently that you have lost weight though so its definitly noticable.

    Hope your having a blast on your trip!

  13. MomEinstein says:

    I can see the difference, especially in your face and belly area. I think you look amazing! Keep rocking it.
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  14. Bonnie says:

    You look GREAT!

    How often do you do the 30 day shred, and which levels? I tell myself, “I don’t need to have Jillian Michaels yell at me, I can just do the exercises myself!” and I do like two reps. I know it’s only 20 minutes, but sometimes I just can’t! Your results are inspiring me to suck it up :)
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  15. Jacquelyn says:

    Big difference Girly!!! You look great :) … my turn!

  16. it’s so easy to be tough on ourselves – especially when we see ourselves every day. believe me when i say that you look fabulous! i can most definitely tell a difference… and your inner diva can feel a difference too cause you actually seem to be holding your head and shoulders up and back; standing a little taller, if you will. be proud of that weight-loss! it’s a big deal! congrats!
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  17. Julie S. says:

    I think you look great! But it is hard for our eyes to see the difference. After having K and losing almost 30 pounds, I didn’t see it, but people kept saying WOW you look great. So, did I look NOT great before? It is frustrating. But trust me, you DO look great and it really is how you feel.
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  18. Catching up (since 3am is my only free time). You look beautiful, congratulations!!!
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