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My Weight Loss Journey: Twelve Years Later

An update on my weight loss journey, twelve years later, plus the importance of dressing for the body you have now. 

Liz Sixth Street Bridge

As my 37th birthday approaches, I’m proud to admit that I feel more beautiful and confident than I ever did in my twenties. But that’s not because of the numbers on my scale.

Ruffle Yellow Top with Green Pants

One of the many reasons I’ve loved working with Evereve over the past year is because their female-owned company inspires and empowers me to dress and feel my best – for who I am today, not who I once was or who I hope to one day be when I lose those elusive “last 10 pounds.”

Floral Top

When I began my weight loss journey at the age of 25, my goal was never to fit into a size 2 or weigh 149 pounds like the BMI chart says I should. Rather, I just wanted to feel comfortable in my own skin while preventing diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Slasher Sleeve Top Evereve

Fast forward to today: I’ve managed to maintain a fifty pound loss over the course of twelve years, through two pregnancies, essentially losing the same 50 pounds three total times.

Floral Top High Waist Jeans

While I’m not at my all time lowest weight (that lasted about 14 days), I am at my smallest size ever: a size 10 down from a size 20 at my highest back in college.

Tips for Creating and Sticking with an Exercise Routine

Would I love to see the 160’s on the scale again? Even if just for a day? You betcha. But right now I’m choosing to honor the body I have today, not the body I maybe/possibly/could have tomorrow.

Ruffle Yellow Top Evereve

That means I eat clean 80% of the time (I’m a huge fan of the 80/20 rule) and exercise 5-6 days a week. It also means I don’t measure portions or count calories when I travel and I don’t beat myself up if my friends convince me a third Moscow mule is a good idea.

Fitness Classes at Loews Ventana Canyon

The truth is, twelve years ago I was the exact same size that I am now even though I weighed 10 pounds less. Want to know what I wasn’t doing back then? Pushing 35 pound weights across the basketball court on a towel, bench pressing 100 pounds or swinging 45 pound kettlebells. That’s right folks, muscle weight is a real thing. (But no, you didn’t gain 3 pounds of muscle that time you weighed yourself after 4 margaritas and 3 baskets of chips and guac. Trust me on that one….)

Deep Cuff Jeans

Regardless of where you are in your journey, I urge you to dress for the body that you have today, not the one you hope to have tomorrow. There is nothing more motivating than looking and feeling good. When you look and feel good, you’re more likely to make smart decisions on a daily basis.

Floral Top Kicking Shoes

Lifting weights with super fit people takes confidence. The better I feel about myself, the more likely I am to show up. To show up at the gym. To show up in the kitchen. To show up to my family and friends.

Ruffle Yellow Top

It all starts in the head and if you’re anything like me, wearing clothes that make you feel like a million bucks (despite the size on the inseam of your jeans) is the first step towards reaching a healthier, happier tomorrow.

Slasher Sleeve Black Sweater

Your closet is waiting.

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

17 Comments

  1. Hi Liz, it’s really nice to hear about your story over the years. You look great!
    Only thing I find very interesting, and not great is that for a company who is supposed to be promoting “mom attire” their sizing is really limiting, only up to size L on tops and size 14 on pants. With the average american woman being a size 14…and then add kids to that mix, don’t you think it’s odd? Just doesn’t seem all that empowering to mothers, especially those out there trying to do their best only to be excluded from a whole line of clothing you’re promoting. Now every time I see your posts promoting them, I just feel let down and don’t even want to click on the cute outfits anymore because I know it won’t be available in my size.

  2. I love this because it speaks to everyone: love yourself, maintain healthy diet & fitness, and don’t buy into society’s idea of how you should look! ????
    Love your style, you look great!

    1. Thank you so much Esther – I appreciate you reading and your sweet comments! BTW: Did you know my first name is actually Esther? I’m named after THREE of my grand mothers but decided to go by Liz after my middle name of Elizabeth back in first grade. :)

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