Shannon Stacey

Progress, perspective & pictures

Friday. Scale day. And today it said…I lost one pound. Woohoo! It went back and forth between 204 and 205 for a few seconds, but I had baked mac & cheese for supper last night and it settled on the 205. So that’s 20 pounds lost so far in 2012 and, since I put 55 stones in the Pounds To Lose jar, I’m more than a third of the way there.

It’s encouraging, but it’s also messing with my head a little. I mean, shouldn’t 20 pounds matter? Shouldn’t I have to buy new jeans? Something? Sure, my favorite Tinkerbell jammies are so loose I have to be sure Taz doesn’t grab hold of the legs or I’ll be pantsed, but shouldn’t I look in the mirror and see a difference?

So yesterday I posted the picture of me modeling the scarf I knit for the awesome Unleeshed auction and I got a few comments complimenting me on my progress. I was perplexed…until I remembered the Dreaded Author Photo of Doom.

That was taken in August, I believe. I’m almost sure of it because it was last minute and I managed to schedule it for the hottest day of the year. It was over 100 degrees and I was so uncomfortable with the entire process. I wasn’t happy with the way they did my hair and I was hot and I hate having my picture taken and I had almost immediate “carsickness” because I had to wear magnifying reading glasses from Walmart instead of my prescription glasses because they auto-tint in the sun. I was miserable and on the verge of tears the entire time, so I don’t look at the photo much and cringe whenever I have to use it.

But maybe it offers a little perspective. August of 2011, probably somewhere between 225 and 230, and this morning, at 205. (And obviously happier, with my vision not blurry and a headband shoved in my hair.)

So what I’m taking from this is that I might not look in the mirror and see much of a difference, but based on my willingness to voluntarily take and publicly post two pictures of myself in two days, I must be feeling a bit of difference. I’m going to call that good enough and keep going. And in the spring, I’m going to have new professional shots taken.

How’s everybody else doing?

13 comments to “Progress, perspective & pictures”

  1. Sharon M
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm · Link

    You have lost a ton of weight in your face and neck. You look amazing!

    I’ve lost 9 pounds in 2012. I’m at 200. Not enough to be noticeable yet, except to have jeans be more comfortable.

  2. Limecello
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Awesome progress, Shan! You look great :)
    Today is my very last EVER meeting with the evil mentor, so [deleted] – there’s that! Whoo! In ~eight hours I should be sunshine and laughter!

  3. Shannon
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Sharon, that’s awesome! We’re pretty close together. (I got a bit of a boost by being unable to eat much that week or so. Kind of cheating, LOL.) I’m thinking in a couple of weeks, I might need new jeans.

    And yay on no more evil mentor meetings, Lime! That’s going to be a great relief!

  4. Lorelie
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Wow, you look great! I see marked differences!

    I’ve lost two pounds from last week, but that had been a gain. I’m down only .2 from pre-flu, but at least it’s something.

    Yay for no more evil mentor, Lime!

  5. Kwana
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 3:31 pm · Link

    That is fantastic. You look great. You are such an inspiration. I’m only moved 2 stones since getting my jars but you inspire me too keep going. Thanks.

  6. Lori
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Shan, you look absolutely fantastic! You must be so proud of yourself.

    I’m only down 4 pounds, but it’s 4 less pounds than I weighed before, and my pants fit better :)

    Keep it up!

  7. aida alberto
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 3:51 pm · Link

    You can definitely see it in your face and neck how much weight you’ve lost. I definitely need new jeans just can’t afford them right now. I had to radically change my diet because there are a lot of foods that I just can’t eat with chocolate being at the top of my list and yes I did cry just a little bit but on the other hand it’s meant weight loss and I feel so much better.

  8. Bev Stephans
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 4:12 pm · Link

    What a difference between the two pictures! Congratulations! Keep on keepin’ on.

  9. library addict
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Congrats on your progress. Your posts have been very inspiring.

  10. Tracy S
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 8:06 pm · Link

    It’s amazing how different our faces can look when loosing weight. You can def. tell–keep up the great work!

  11. MJ
      · March 2nd, 2012 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Girl, 20 pounds is amazing! You can definitely see the change! I’m very proud of you. I was sick last week and didn’t even want to eat. I had hoped that would last, but I’ve been bad this week. I have been exercising, though (on my stationary bike while watching Downtown Abbey ;) )

  12. Shannon
      · March 3rd, 2012 at 1:42 pm · Link

    You guys are so awesome! There have been a couple of times I was in a “don’t give a crap” mood and might have thrown in the towel but I look forward to these Friday posts, so I haven’t quit.

    And that picture helps. Even though it’s kind of lame, I have it as the lock screen pic on my phone so it’s flashed in front of me every time I use my phone. (Which is a lot.) It’s visual evidence that it’s making a difference, even without the new jeans.

    Next up—getting serious about unburying the treadmill. I think my body’s adjusting to the new way of eating and I’m going to hit a rut if I don’t throw in some exercise.

  13. Lee Laughlin
      · March 3rd, 2012 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I noticed a difference in your Twitter pic. There is definitely a difference. Congrats!

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