While I am super happy about my weight loss, and there are so many things I love about being healthy, I couldn’t help but notice a few not so fun things that came along with losing weight. Obviously, the health benefits, energy level, and feeling good about myself highly outweigh (no pun intended) the sucky things, but I still wanted to share them with you. I’m not even talking about the decline in the amount of chocolate cake I can eat or that 4th glass of wine I can’t have anymore. Did I say 4th? I meant 2nd, of course.
Anyways, I’ve got even bigger problems.
I’m totally kidding. Nothing is more important than chocolate. But, I needed to lighten up (pun intended) the posts, since I’ve been so serious lately. So, it’s all in good fun.
When I started to lose weight, I was so happy to start fitting into my clothes again. I could finally get back into pre-pregnancy jeans, shirts and even my bras fit better. Then, all of a sudden (well, it was over a few months, so not that sudden,) those didn’t fit anymore. Everything was getting really big on me.
At first I was so excited. New clothes! Sizes I’ve never fit into before!
But, then the reality set it…I don’t have the budget to get a whole new wardrobe. Plus, I’m not sure what my final size is going to be, so I don’t want to get to small or too big, and waste more money.
So, I got a few new things, then tried to make do with the rest. It did not work.
You know how uncomfortable it is when you are wearing something that is way too tight? Well, way too loose is not very comfy either. My sweatpants would be rolled over three times at the waist and still fall. I couldn’t run a lap at the gym without tugging at my workout pants.
Now instead of pinching the fat around my bra strap, my bra was not providing enough (any) support for my disappearing boobies. Which leads me too…
Smaller lady parts
Honestly, this one doesn’t bother me too much, but it’s probably not my husband’s favorite part.
When I was nursing, I was probably almost a 36 D. After I stopped pumping for the twins, I was still at my highest weight, so I was still a really full 36 C.
Now, I’m probably a 32 or 34 really small B. Instead of taking out the extra padding in my bras, I’m having to stuff them to get any cleavage.
Now, you’re probably wondering what laundry has to do with weight loss. Well, not only did I change my eating habits, but I’ve changed my exercise habits. Meaning, I exercise (and SWEAT) a lot more than I used to.
When I used to wash my clothes, they were actually pretty clean. I’m not very outdoorsy, so it’s not like I had mud-stained clothes. Sure, when my babies were newborns, I had the occasional milk/spit up stains, but now my clothes get stinky. As I said I SWEAT when I workout. I don’t glisten or perspire, I SWEAT.
Which means my workout gear gets one wear, then it needs to be washed. This includes sports bras, socks, etc. Man, as if I didn’t have enough laundry with 4 boys in my house.
I’m not sure if this is because I have less fat on my body, because my hormones are out of whack, or just because it’s below zero in WI, but I’m freezing all the time now. I used to run pretty hot most of the time, but now I can’t go without a tank top, t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, and sweatshirt on in my house.
Maybe, I should just turn up the heat.
The Recurring Dream
I should probably call this a nightmare.
In my dream, I go to the bathroom and look in a mirror. All of a sudden, I’m just back to the size I was before my weight loss. My heaviest I’ve ever been. 9 months of hard work just vanished.
Now, I know this can’t really happen immediately like this, but I do know that weight can creep back on. I guess that’s what I’m most afraid of, and what sucks the most. I know my health is the most important thing, but I like to feel good about how I look too. It’s been a really long time that I’ve felt comfortable in my skin, and I’m scared I’m going to lose it. I’ve lost motivation before.
However, I’ve really never made changes to my diet and exercise like this before. I really have made a lifestyle change, so I need to stop worrying and start enjoying. Even though I’m telling you about these things that suck, I secretly (well, not so secretly) love them too because it means I’m right where I want to be with my body and health.
If you have any questions on how you can start your healthy lifestyle journey, please ask below in the comments. I would love to help and support you.
I like this post- it’s cool to think about the other side of something that always seems so positive. Thanks for sharing!
I am excited to lose weight this year and luckily have a variety of smaller clothes still in storage just waiting for me to fit in them again, but I can see how that would a a bummer if I didn’t. Nice job on the weight loss!!
Thank you! 🙂
You look amazing and I’m hoping to follow you into a leaner me here in the next year! BTW- you made me giggle a lot with this post. Thanks for making my day as always!
Awe. Thank you Nichole. Any support you need, you know I’m here for you 🙂
I love the fact that my boobs shrink when I lose weight! After breastfeeding, I just want them to be smaller 🙂
This is too funny! I felt the same about clothes when I lost my weight. I also still dress like I am a bit heavier, baggy clothes and such, so I am just now trying to buy the right size lol! My lady parts are the smallest they have ever been, so no complaints there! Great post!
I, too, always forget and look for bigger sizes too. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
Never thought of the negative sides of weight loss! Cool post!
Hannah Stein says
Great points! Some of these I totally never thought of before. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Good for you!
I don’t know about you, but when I lose weight it’s always in my boobs first… I need to lose it in my thighs and hips, but no… my boobs are always the first to go.
Over the years, I’ve bought clothes in like 3 sizes and kept them, I rotate them as needed based on my weight. My summer clothes are always my smallest, winter my biggest.. funny how that works.
Haha! Yessss! 🙂 Loved this post! I lost 40 pounds in the past few years and have experienced allll of these … especially losing my chest (I’ve always had quite a rack and was so excited to get rid of it – but then … how does that saying go? “You don’t know what you want until it’s gone?” 🙁 My 15-year-old has a bigger chest than me!). Haha! Thanks for sharing!
Crystal // Dreams, etc. says
You are so right that loose fitting clothes are just as annoying as clothes that are too tight. It’s also really annoying to have to pull pants up all the time. All of my pants are loose enough that I feel like they start to slide down all the time, but I also don’t feel like a size smaller fits well yet. It’s so frustrating! Hopefully some added workouts will take a few more pounds off soon and a smaller size will fit better!
awesome post – you look great! Definitely feel you on the workout clothes laundry part!
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Becky @ Disney in your Day says
Oh my gosh the laundry! I have like three or four outfits a day now – work clothes, running clothes, casual clothes, and PJs. It’s crazy! And another one for me related to exercise is washing my hair. I have super thick hair and normally only wash it every other day or every two days, but when I run I obviously have to shower lol. It takes forever to dry and straighten!
First of all, I just want to congratulate you on making this epic journey toward health/wellness. I admire your honesty and <3 that you shared this here today… and think it is so wonderful that now you are starting to see the fruits of all of that hard work and labor–as you watch the weight melt off. I know it's not easy, and that every day presents a new challenge, but you are prioritizing your health and that deserves accolades in my book.
I remember the laundry basket full of stinky, sweaty workout clothes. I used to do bikram yoga, and let me just tell you… IT WAS FOUL. LOL, like, if I'm not going to burn my clothes immediately, they must go into the washing machine/dryer within 5 minutes, do not pass go RUNTHERERIGHTNOW.
Chrissy Z. @ The Brave Wanderer says
I love having smaller boobs when I lose weight! How fun viewing it from the other side!! You look amazing – I hope to be able to lose some extra weight this year and turn into a healthier and leaner me!
Congrats on your weight loss!!! That’s always exciting! I am hoping to be a lot smaller in a few months. Getting there has not been easy but I am determined. Oh the whole buying new clothes….it’s always nice to have new clothes but I agree it can be expensive. I don’t think I would quite mind having small lady parts because it’s hard to find tops that fit just right. Keep up the great work!!!
I totally get it Shann.
I remember a while back – I lost weight and even though I was thrilled that my clothes were (much) bigger, they weren’t flattering. I had to go out and shop for a whole new wardrobe – and on a tight budget, it was a bit challenging.
All in all this was a small price to “pay” for the joy I felt over no longer being as heavy as I was.
There is a downside to losing weight but it’s totally worth it. You look terrific! Hopefully, you feel better. too.
I’ve so been there with loving that your clothes are too big and then realizing you can’t replace your whole wardrobe all at once! I have found some great consignment stores that have wonderful clothes and not bad prices. I save the nice purchases for the big weight loss goals.
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness says
Ha I can relate to the diminished lady parts. I would LOVE to fit into a full A cup! Sigh…..
Rachel E. Bledsoe says
Loved this one so much. Lost a hundred pounds and had a horrible time with clothes, I actually lost my britches a couple of times in public. It was so embarrassing. The temperature change, I never correlated the two but you’re so right. I stay cold now, constantly. Great piece!
so I’m actually hoping that I get slightly bigger boobs. I’ve always been really small so maybe the weights will help? I haven’t had to buy smaller clothes but I have stopped the need to be buying the size up which was happening before my fitness journey and I think I look much better in the clothes I’ve got. to be honest I’m not really into losing the weight, I just want to look fitter and toned and…well gorgeous haha!!
Shann- this is a VERY GOOD problem to have!!! Gave me a good laugh for the day. Never thought my clothes would bother me if they were too baggy! Congrats on the weight loss!
SO true! Especially for the clothes. Great post!
Neely (@Neelykins) says
Yes to all of this! I have small boobs and whenever I lose weight it comes from there too. Why not my butt? lol
Great post! My husband and I workout a lot, so I know what you mean about having to wash tons of sweaty clothes. We have some that no matter how many times they’re washed, they never smell clean. Ew…
Ha ha! I know! And I can’t use fragrance in my laundry detergent 🙁
Rachel (@thedigger0) says
Well done Shann,
Getting rid of that fat, you would be strutting your stuff, feelin fine. I am up and down with my weight, I get motivated when my head looks like I have been stung by a bee and am having a reaction. When I look puffy I get moving. I can have a mushroom top and still get into those cookies. I can struggle into my jeans and still reach for the chips, but when I look puffy its time for work. I’m a week into my new exercise regime and still taking it easy.
I understand what you mean by getting your sweat on. It does create heaps more laundry. Thanks for a wonder post. Smiled all the way through it.
This list is great!! i’m still on my weight loss journey so it looks like I have some things to look forward too but it’s so going to be worth it 🙂 Great job on your weight loss journey!!!
Cindy Calzone (Hometown Queen Bee) says
Great post….and congrats on the weight loss. Even though it has some negative points, you know it overall is a good thing so try to just focus on the positives! Maybe try consignment stores or thrift shops for some cheaper clothing options 🙂
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
I’m sure others wish they had these problems! Ha. I love the girl parts of your post, mine grew back as I aged, LOL
Congrats on the weight loss! It’s awesome when all your hard work pays off…and it’s great that you’ve made a lifestyle change rather than just following a diet trend. Thanks so much for sharing!
Alyssa from The Sparkly Life says
so many things that people never think about! i can totally relate to the lady parts one…haha!
Christine - The Choosy Mommy says
First off, BRAVO on your weightloss! That is an accomplishment. Go YOU! Secondly, I totally understand about the whole clothes situation and boobies disappearing. I am just now weaning my son from breastfeeding and my boobies were HUGE. Hubby was super excited, of course, but now I am wondering what size I will end up at since I went to size flat pancake when I quit breastfeeding my daughter. At least you still have SOMETHING! Regardless, it doesn’t matter. That isn’t why our hubby’s love us! 🙂 Keep up the awesome work, and your silly side!
🙂 Thank you Christine.
I love your post, I am still on my getting healthy journey but I get what you are saying. The biggest struggle for me is trying to keep up with purchasing new clothes for work. The tops weren’t as much of a big deal as the bottoms.
Yes. It’s so hard because I’m stuck in between sizes right now too.
Great post! I definitely feel ya on the laundry part! You’re making amazing changes and you have a great outlook–you’re so right about it being a lifestyle change! <3
Thank you Farrah!
Healing Mama says
These are great problems to have! Hahaha! Congrats on your weight loss.
🙂 Thank you.
Dana Peller (@Pellerini) says
Congratulations on your weight loss Shann!! I giggled, but totally understand about the decrease in the chest area…that stinks!
🙂 Thanks Dana.
Anamika Ojha says
First of all, many Congratulations on your weight loss. Finally your dedication and hard work has paid off. There are few advantages and disadvantages of weight loss but in the end you will get a perfect body which you aspire. I will also suggest you to do mediation and Yoga if you have fear of gaining weight. It really helps to make the weight stable.
That’s a really great suggestion, Anamika. Thank you!
I’m with you on the change in clothing sizes. So I pretty much live in tunics/leggings. And I have A pair of jeans. I’m in the “lost the baby weight but clothes still don’t fit right” stage sooooo. Unfortunately my lady parts don’t get smaller:( I’ve had one reduction already and now that I’ve nursed 2 babies it looks like I’m headed back that way. Way to go on losing weight though!
Yes, I live in workout pants now. Well, actually I have for quite a long time 😉 Thank you, Kate.
I WANT THESE PROBLEMS!!!!!! Lol. I used to be a small 34B I’m currently a 36DD. I’m also 15 lbs over my normal weight. I really want to get back to feeling like my normal self. Feel free to do a post about how you’ve done it all. You really have accomplished a lot, Shann!!! good job!!!
Thank you Alana! I will do an update post again soon and share my routine again. 🙂
I definitely worry a lot about having to shell out the money for new clothes if I loose my goal amount of weight. I’m a broke college kid so it’s almost cheaper to stay this size. Plus, I kind of love my boobs. They can’t shrink too!! Thanks for sharing!
Ha ha! That’s the first place I lose weight!
Your body looks amazing, Shann! Congrats on your weight loss. I never thought about the nightmare aspect being part of the journey. Interesting that you have these dynamic challenges that you face.