Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Day 45 - New Clothes!

I am so happy right now! Just got back from SHOPPING with my birthday gift cards! Ask and you shall receive, right? I told you a few days ago about a wonderful someone who reads my blog (thanks Ritter!) sending me a $50 Lane Bryant Gift card, right? Well, two other good friends (thanks Jacal and Yvette) gave me gift cards after that for my birthday, so I got to go and FINALLY get some clothes that fit!

I am a firm believer in trying on clothes before I buy them. If I don't love an item, I don't buy it. So, I got to try on SEVERAL pair of pants, and it's official - I am now a size 22. 9 out of 10 pair that I tried fit perfectly! And I am also wearing a size 18/20 shirt!?! What?!? Yeah... since giving up sugar and starting my new plan, I've noticed that I have lost a lot of fat around my belly, which might explain the even smaller top size. Here is some of my loot:
I also got 3 more ribbed tanks (size xxl from Old Navy!) because I love to wear ribbed tanks in the summer. With the ONE pair of capri's I already had that are still wearable, I think I'm good to go! Most of my tops and bottoms will mix and match, so I don't need anything else until I am in a size 20 bottom! Yes!

I decided to also do a side-by-side comparison. The picture on the left is me at the beginning of my journey (9/2008). The picture on the right is me today, weighing 50 lbs less! I still can't tell a huge difference in the picture, but the difference in real life is amazing!


  1. OMG! I can soooo see a difference! You LOOK AMAZING! Congrats on the shopping trip! friends are amazing. We can always count on them :)

  2. You are looking really great. I can see a big difference. I love all the outfits you picked. Keep up the good work.
    I finally picked myself up today since I stopped with the healthy lifestyle and exercising 12 days ago.
    Your journal is a great inspiration to me. Thanks

  3. You can definitely see a difference- and CONGRATULATIONS !!! I really like the first of your new outfits. I love black and white together in really sharp geometric kind of shapes

  4. You look GREAT. The clothes look great too. Very cute!

    You had a great Birthday. Good for you!

  5. It's nice when shopping becomes fun again.

  6. WOWEE!!! You look AMAzING Hollie! The before/now pictures show a HUGE difference!

    and YAY for new clothes!

  7. Your clothes are so cute - I love love love the first two tops especially!!!

    And you can totally see a difference - you are much smaller overall and look more toned. Congrats on the new, smaller clothes!!!

  8. You look absolutely amazing and I love the clothes!

  9. You sure have come a long way! What a difference - and in less than a year.

    Love the new clothes and how they help you celebrate your new body. Keep it going.

  10. You look awesome! Keep up the good work! Oh, how I would love to flaunt my arms in public. They truly haven't seen the light of day in like 20 years and I'm only 31! What an inspiration you are!

  11. Wow, I can see a difference in the photos! You look amazing!

    I love your new clothes!


  12. You look fabulous and those new clothes are just beautiful.

    There is a BIG difference before and after - you are so much slimmer now.

    Well done!

  13. wow cute clothes and you look awesome!

  14. There's definitely a difference in those side-by-side pictures! Wow!

    You got yourself some nice summer outfits :)

    Happy belated birthday!


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