I am SO excited this morning. I am wearing a pair of size 24 slacks and a SPANX!
A little bit of back story...
Last summer (2007) my family went on a 10-day vacation to Florida. It was a really big thing - Tallahassee to see the in-laws, then to Orlando for Disney/Universal/SeaWorld, and then to St. Petersburg to the beach. Before we left, I went on a Lane Bryant shopping spree for nice clothes to wear, and while I was there I purchased my first SPANX. I bought the biggest size, but it still didn't fit! But since I needed it for certain outfits, I spent about 30 minutes on two different occasions stuffing my size 26/28 body into, sweating and huffing and puffing the whole time! I was so disgusted with it, I threw it in my bottom drawer when I came home and swore to never wear it again. About 2 or 3 times since then I have dug it out of the drawer and tried to put it on again, only to be covered in sweat and out of breath when I got it on, and then it was too uncomfortable to wear.
Last year around Thanksgiving, I went on Michael Thurmond's Six Week Body Makeover (which is a long name for crash diet). I lost about 15 lbs and went shopping and bought a size 24 pair of slacks and two size 22/24 blouses that I just knew I was going to be able to wear throughout the winter. Well, I wore each piece about one time. It took me about one week to gain back the 15 lbs I lost, so the clothes were too small. This morning, I took that pair of slacks out of the closet and tried them on and they fit! But, they're knit, so every dimple in my thighs were showing. So when I was digging in my bottom drawer for a girdle, I found the dreaded SPANX. I thought, "Hey, I'm gonna try it on just for the fun of it." And guess what???? IT FITS! It went right up like it's supposed to! No sweat, no tears, no heavy breathing!
When I put the slacks back on, they looked great! I was so psyched! Now I see why everyone loves SPANX. I look like I've lost at least another 5 - 10 lbs, and my clothes look great! I was back on plan yesterday, and this triumph this morning has really given me the boost I need to stay there! I am so close to being out of the 300's I can TASTE it.
And I got some more good news on the financial front. I still haven't found a job, but my husband listed all of his cycling clothes on Ebay yesterday and he has bids and watchers on everything. If he sells everything, he'll make at least $500. AND, we have also figured out a way to pay our mortgage this month. So thank you for all the prayers and well wishes that have been sent our way!