Secondhand Slim Down: Twelve Pounds Gone!

Secondhand Slim Down: Twelve Pounds Gone!

I know it’s been a while since my last weight loss check in – in fact, two months have passed! And I was going to publish a blog post when I hit the 10-pound loss milestone, but an exciting curve ball came my way.

The good news is that the exciting curve ball didn’t knock me off my fitness game -my gym routine didn’t falter at all! The bad news, though, is that I can’t share any of those curve ball details…yet. Contracts are still being finalized, etc…

But the most important thing is that not only did I whiz past 10-pounds gone, but I’m sitting here 12 pounds lighter!

Losing twelve pounds by working out consistently and working on portion control

Let me tell you – I carried that old 12-pound hand weight to the back yard for that photo. And even though I lift weights every day at the gym, I was surprised at how heavy it felt – especially in the height of summer! And to think I was walking around with that extra 12 pounds for YEARS…

Celebrating my Weight Loss

I haven’t been very consistent with taking photos of myself during this process. But sometimes my friends and I text each other “gym selfies” as a way of keeping each other accountable.

It’s probably not super evident by comparing these photos, but the one on the left was taken when I first started this weight loss journey back in March. The one on the right was snapped more recently.

Comparing selfies after losing weight by going to the gym and portion control with meals

I can definitely see a difference in my face – but don’t worry if you can’t! Losing chins and “face chub” has been a personal goal from the start – so I study my face a lot.

But here, maybe this is a better comparison photo…

Losing 12 pounds with portion control and clean eating and working out at Crush Fitness in Greenville SC

And yes, I was purposefully making funny/ugly faces in the mirror in March. Going to the gym was NOT how I wanted to be spending my time, but I dragged myself there nonetheless.

I was also overjoyed about this: I gave away my first pair of too-big jeans! Let me tell you, that is a PHENOMENAL feeling. These had fit me perfectly for a while – but now they were literally falling off of me.

Nothing Tastes as good as giving away fat pants feel and donating clothing that is too big

Now What? Next Steps for My Weight Loss Journey

Want to hear something funny? The whole point of this series was to not only chronicle my weight loss progress, but to follow along as I went thrift shopping for smaller clothing. And guess what – I haven’t bought much clothing yet!

Now, I will own up to purchasing brand new work out clothes (and gym shoes) because even I have my limits – and secondhand leggings or yoga pants DO NOT appeal to me. Thankfully, I had a pair of smaller jeans that were folded up on the top shelf of my closet, never worn. But now I wear them all the time now!

Truthfully, though, I desperately need to fill in my wardrobe with slightly smaller shirts – I just haven’t made the time to do it. So, I PROMISE – by my next slim down blog post, I will have definitely hit the thrift store dressing room.

Thrift clothes and shopping for used clothing at thrift stores and consignment shops

My Biggest Takeaway So Far…

I know I keep teasing you about my exciting news (aka, the curve ball), but it also led to my biggest revelation about this weight loss journey. This curve ball is an opportunity that is going to take a TON OF TIME – which is both exciting and terrifying.

But what that also means is that I am SO grateful that I started my weight loss journey (or really, fitness journey) when I did, back in late February/early March. Because, there is no way I would be able to start (or keep) that kind of commitment now, with this opportunity on my plate.

Yesterday was a great day to start working out but today is just as good

My weight has been a big contributing factor to why I’ve just enjoyed “treading water” in my blogging career. As long as I stayed behind the camera and just focused on making tutorial posts, it didn’t matter what I looked like. I was confident in my blog content, but not confident in my own skin – if that makes sense.

Moral of the story? You never know when opportunity will come knocking – and putting off making a healthy lifestyle change may get in your way of grabbing opportunity by the horns.

Going to the gym is part of my daily routine – nearly every day. I make a to-do list every morning and “Gym” is always listed at the top as Priority #1. If I was undertaking a huge new project AND trying to start a daily fitness routine…well…I can almost guarantee that one or both of those wouldn’t happen at all.


Thanks again for reading this new blog series of mine. By doing this, I hope to not only stay accountable and on track, but to bring comfort to anyone else out there who is ashamed of their body or weight-related health. I am not a doctor or medical professional in any capacity, so everything I blog about during my weight loss journey is simply my own opinion and experience. Please consult a medical or health professional before beginning a weight loss program or for medical related questions.

If you want to read all of my weight loss journey blog posts, you can find the full series here. And because I’m not sending my weight loss blog posts to my current subscribers, please let me know if you would like to be added to my separate subscription list.

Keep on keepin’ on,


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Fonda Rush says

    Yay! for you. And, I can’t wait to hear what the curve ball brought you!

  2. JM Taylor says

    This is marvelous! Please add me to the separate list. Can’t wait to see the next progress update! ??????

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much! And you are on the list – it could be a while before I post again, just a head’s up. 🙂

  3. Congrats!!! Losing is a day at a time. So happy for you for the progress you’ve made. The before/after gym pics tell the story. Keep up the good work!

  4. Congratulations! You do look slimmer. Best wishes as your explore the opportunities of your ‘curve ball’. I need to get back on the stick now that my knee is better. I was derailed from exercise for about 8 weeks, so the weight loss is at a standstill.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much! Yes, someone else was mentioning on my Instagram stories that they were sidelined by an injury and it was the WORST. I can imagine just how frustrating that would be.

  5. Julie Briones says

    Yay!!! You know what? BECAUSE you are working out, you can definitely see the difference! You actually look like you have lost more! It takes about 25 lbs before anyone notices on me (without working out), and I can totally see the 12 pound loss on you! Keep it up!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Julie! It was SO frustrating early on because the scale just wasn’t telling the whole story – it’s still frustrating, but it helps when you say things like that to me! I really, sincerely appreciate it! XOXO

  6. Jennifer Hutcherson says

    Way to go! Keeping moving is the key, and it sounds like you are doing exactly that. Can’t wait to hear about your new opportunity.

  7. Lisa Philbeck says

    Congrats!! I’ve been on a fitness journey too and it does feel wonderful to do the big closet clean-out of too-big clothes!

  8. Leanne Best says

    Well done you – hate scales/weighing myself so I don’t have them in the house now – used to but when I was getting fitter my muscle was weighing as much as the fat I still had! So started using my clothes as a guide to weight loss and yes getting rid of each jean down the size chart is soooooo motivating. You go – you’re already looking more confident and happier. Can hardly wait to hear about your curve ball XX

  9. Twelve pounds is amazing. Weight loss is one of the hardest things to do not to mention never ending. Keep up the good work.

  10. Congratulations on your “weight loss journey”!! Please add me to your separate mailing list. You are an inspiration!!

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