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February 2nd, 2008 · 40 Comments

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Aaaaand . . . I made my husband go clothes shopping with me, and I discovered that I now generally wear a size 12 in pants and a size 10 in tops!

So, by two measures, I am back to the size I was my senior year of high school.

And this weight loss and exercise is not even a painful process, when I just make sure to keep my mind on taking care of myself. That’s what’s so amazing. How many times did I try to lose weight before? (Many.) How far along would I get in forcing myself through the weight loss process before I would give up each time? (Not very.) How many times did I end up at a higher weight than I was before that diet? (Nearly every.)

But not this time. Taking good care of myself works. I’m now 19 pounds from my goal weight—down 34 pounds since Jan. 1, 2007, and down about 55 pounds from my highest weight. It’s been a very gradual process and will continue to be. And that is 100% okay with me. I’ll get there.

This is me in one of the two new outfits I bought (on sale!) today.


(To see a photographic comparison of me at earlier, higher weights, click here.)

Tags: fruits of my labor · non-scale victories

40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Freshman15 // Feb 2, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Congratulations! You look amazing. It seems like taking these slower and more gradually has really benefited you. Plus, I love the outfit!

  • 2 lizzie // Feb 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    You look GORGEOUS! I love the shirt!

    You’re going to inspire a lot of people 🙂

  • 3 Grumpy Chair // Feb 2, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Congratulations Sally. You do look great and look like you could pass for a high school student.

    Keep on the good work. You are such an inspiration.

  • 4 Ricki // Feb 2, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Sally, congratulations–it must feel GREAT (and you look great, too!). It may soon be time to change your “About the Author” photo!

  • 5 monica // Feb 3, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Sally – huge congratulations. You look awesome (and so totally happy). I love what you say: “Taking good care of [yourself] works.” You’re an inspiration.

  • 6 Beck // Feb 3, 2008 at 7:54 am

    You look really beautiful – and really, this has inspired me to try harder with my OWN weight loss. Thanks!

  • 7 From Fat to Fit // Feb 3, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Congratulations, you look great!

  • 8 Kim // Feb 3, 2008 at 9:19 am

    W00000Hoooooooo!!! You look beautiful!! 🙂
    Congrats on the 160’s!!

  • 9 VeggieGirl // Feb 3, 2008 at 9:38 am

    wishing you a much-deserved congratulations, Sally!! :0)

  • 10 Cherie // Feb 3, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Yay! Great outfit – you look awesome.

  • 11 Fatinah // Feb 3, 2008 at 10:20 am

    first – congrats on being in the 160’s!
    second – you look so pretty! I love you outfit AND your hair!!!
    third – yay you!!

  • 12 Sara // Feb 3, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    You look great, Sally. Congratulations. 🙂

  • 13 Seamaiden // Feb 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Hopefully this doesn’t sound funny, but YOU LOOK HOT, girl! Congratulations on the results of your hard work. I had put on some weight when DH and I first got together (he kept feeding me fancy desserts!) and we did weight watchers together and managed to lose it. I just wish we did more exercise- it’s hard with cars and the American lifestyle, bah. Anyway, seriously, nicely done and cute outfit! Yay, new clothes!


  • 14 Julie // Feb 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Looking good chicka! Keep up the amazing journey!

  • 15 Hendria // Feb 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    You look amazing… great job. 🙂

  • 16 Marianne // Feb 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Sally, you look stunning! Best of all, you are *beaming*!

  • 17 i i eee // Feb 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    You. look. gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Wowser, woman! And, I am in love with your hair.

  • 18 celtic girl // Feb 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    You sure look mighty fine – congratulations.

    I’m also gong to give your cranberry muffins a whirl.

  • 19 Mary Frances // Feb 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Congrats! You look so good. Thanks for being such a great inspiration and a kind voice in my head =)

  • 20 Kitty // Feb 4, 2008 at 3:18 am

    Sally! That is just awesome and you look fantastic!

  • 21 justoofat // Feb 4, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Wow. This is my first visit here… but I’ll be back. I’m marveling at your success, determination and spirit. A true inspiration. Bravo to you.


  • 22 Romina // Feb 4, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog. And congratulations on your weightloss, you look great!!

  • 23 Flamenco Mom // Feb 4, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations! You look great! Thanks for being a source of inspiration for me and so many others.

  • 24 Kristen // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:43 am

    congratulations! and that outfit is great!

  • 25 HotThickChick // Feb 4, 2008 at 12:03 pm


    Look at that hourglass!! Nice clothing choices – shows off all of your work!

    Congrats on getting closer to goal and being a beacon of sanity among the crash-diet crazed public =)

  • 26 Lea // Feb 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    You look gorgeous!!!! I am so happy for you and that outfit is beautiful. You are definately an inspiration to me.

  • 27 Nona // Feb 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Sally, thanks for the recommendation. I love Barbara Kingslover’s work and have now added Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to my 2008 list.

    You look really GREAT!!! Congratulations on successfully changing your lifestyle and reaching the 160s.

  • 28 Meg Wolff // Feb 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Wow!! You look great … love your hair too. You must be so proud of yourself. You have a lot of determination. 🙂 ox

  • 29 Katieo // Feb 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    You look fabulous! Congrats on the 160’s!!

    (btw, you left a comment on my blog about a Simplicity circle, what is that?)

  • 30 K Renee // Feb 4, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    OMG! You look absolutely beautiful. I thought of you today when I was scouring Whole Foods, looking to re-tool my diet towards eating wholesome foods without chemicals and artificial sweeteners. At one point I asked myself–wait, if I do this, will I just gain weight? But look at you–and not a lean cuisine or Coke Zero in sight!

    You’re beautiful! (and I love your hair color)

  • 31 workout mommy // Feb 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I just came across your blog and just wanted to say congratulations! You really look great and very happy! Keep up the good work!

  • 32 Amanda // Feb 4, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    dude, that’s awesome. so happy for you! 🙂

  • 33 Jenn // Feb 4, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Congratulations! You look amazing.

  • 34 Lori // Feb 5, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Congrats!!! You look absolutely beautiful!!! And I love the new outfit… tres chic. 🙂

  • 35 Nikki // Feb 5, 2008 at 6:45 am

    That is awesome, Sally! I haven’t been in the 160’s since high school – I hope to join you there one day down the road! That’s fantastic to hear!

  • 36 Erin // Feb 5, 2008 at 7:19 am

    You look absolutely amazing! Congratulations and thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m swamped right now and am forced to neglect my computer time but I’ll be back to read more later.

  • 37 Congrats to Sally, and Site Maintenance // Feb 5, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    […] RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Congratulations to GFS reader (and muse) Sally Parrott Ashbrook, who recently achieved a personal milestone. She writes: TODAY I OFFICIALLY WEIGHED IN IN THE 160S! Yippeeeeeeeee! Aaaaand . . . I made my […]

  • 38 Laura N // Feb 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    YAY! You are so stinking cute. Look at your tiny little waist. Congrats on everything!!

  • 39 jim // Feb 5, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations! I got here through JD’s health blog and I wanted to leave a congratulatory message about your hard work and diligence!

  • 40 raptor // Feb 5, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    You’re looking great! Keep up the good work! Yay!

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