We had a "give and take" swap at our church not long after that, and I picked up a brand-new pair of nice black jeans.
I put them on after I washed them, and they fit snugly, beautifully, comfortably, and I wore them almost happily. So what's the rub? They are a 20! A 20! I have never before crossed that divide and I am not happy about it.
The good news is that I lost 1.75 pounds this week. That's 7--count them--7 sticks of butter! It's a fun way to look at it.
Any way you stack it, that's a nice loss of fat.
It's a good start!