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The big 2-0 … did I make it?

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What the hell!? Was the first reaction I had when I jumped on the scales on Saturday morning – three days ahead of my normal weigh-in day.

Since I started very seriously trying to shed my excess kilos – I have made a big effort to set small, achievable goals. The reason for  this was to try to stave off disappointment and to make sure I achieved something positive on a regular basis.

The five kilo goal – which was my first small step – was actually fairly easy to reach. Well, I say that eight months on, when at the time – I’m sure I felt like it was never going to happen. Looking at the chart I have kept since day one – it did take about six weeks to get there. With so many ads on TV promising to help you lose 10 kilos in “just one week” – six weeks to shed five kilos felt like FOREVER!!

But, back then, the weight loss was steady. Every week I would hop on the scales, and it would be lower than the previous week. I lost 1.7 kilos in the first week of starting Weight Watchers – and never saw a weight loss like that again. But, it kept on creeping off, and that kept me pretty much motivated.

Ok, that’s a lie – I have had many meltdowns in between. But for those of you who have been following this journey … you’ve read about that – warts and all. And, if you haven’t, and you would like to – you can read about it here.

But, in the last two months – things haven’t been going so swimmingly. My weight has been up, down, stayed the same … so much so, I have become more scared than usual about weighing myself. But, because I have gotten so close – 300 grams to be exact, away from my 20 kilo goal – I have become OCD about the scales and seem to be stepping on them at all times of the day and night.

Yes, I know it’s not the way to do it, especially after doing this the night before …

… and thisMy lovely friend and I did share this tasty plate of deliciousness – even though I could have hidden in a corner and devoured it all for myself – it was so good!!

Anyway, back to Saturday morning …

I threw caution to the wind and, butt naked, stood on the dreaded bathroom scales. In my head I was swearing at them already – knowing my arch-nemesis was unlikely to be keen to do me any favours. Preparing myself for a rude shock – I closed my eyes and reassured myself that the heavier weight I believed the digital number panel would show would act as a motivator. I promised myself I was not going to sit on the loo, naked, and cry if I saw something bad.

Mustering all the courage I had – I looked down – and had to do a double take. What the HELL!!!

I stepped off the scales – and sprinted across the house – looking around madly for my glasses. Why I weigh myself without putting my glasses on first is beyond me, really. Although, it does feel weird being naked and wearing glasses. My apologies if you are experiencing any scary mental images at this point!

But, I digress …

Looking down … I could see the numbers as clear as day.


I let out a little scream of delight. Wooo Hooooo!

I proceeded to do what any woman should when she finally can say she has lost 20 kilos … (actually, 20.1kg – to be exact!)

I did a little dance. Yes, I was naked, yes, it was cold – but I DIDN’T CARE!

 It was the first milestone where I have actually felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

(pun intended 🙂 )

So, here is the next photo of me – 20 kilos lighter – comparing to when I first started.

As for measurements – and many would argue these are the most important figures – here you go:

I haven’t got the measuring tape out for so long – and I have to admit – those figures are staggering. I’m so bloody proud of myself and I am so glad that I can say that 🙂

And finally – here are the four photos, at each of my major milestone so far …

Where to next, I hear you ask? Well … I have some exciting things in the works – very exciting things. The only clue I can give you is that it may not be what you would expect. Stay tuned and all will be revealed!

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11 comments on “The big 2-0 … did I make it?
  1. Ruza on said:

    Well done my dear, I never had any doubts about your persistence and motivation – you’re a great example for all of us.
    Keep smiling 😉

    • Thank you so much Diane. Your own blog has been a real inspiration to me and I am so glad I found it! Your words of encouragement mean a great deal and thank you for stopping y to read my story so far 🙂
      I’m glad I decided to do measurements too! Seeing them change has been very rewarding 🙂

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