Thank you all very much for your awesome reactions to my new photos!! Even though I know I look good :), it's really nice to hear it from others!
I've been thinking a lot about what it's going to take to get these last 34 lbs off to get me to my goal, and I came to the realization last night that if you were to stand another woman who weighs 169 lbs (woo-hoo, I'm in the 160s!) who hasn't recently lost weight next to me we'd look significantly different ... even if she were proportioned the same. I mean, the reason my face and upper body look so thin is because I've lost so much weight, and apparently, that's the easist place for the weight to come off from.
Take my sister, for example, I recently came across a photo of her taken a few years ago when she probably weighed somewhere between 130-150 lbs. Even though she weighed less than I do now, she looked chubbier (to me at least) than I do now because the weight was more evenly distributed across her body.
That's not to say that I haven't lost weight from my lower half because I certainly have, but I also realized that these last 34 lbs are probably going to be significantly harder to get off not only because my body is getting used to my now normal caloric intake, my exercise level and my hopefully faster metabolism but because the areas where the fat now remains are the most difficult areas from which to lose the fat. Discouraging, abso-f*ing-lutely! But, I think the realization has put me into another gear ... as I'd begun getting a little lax w/ myself. I don't want to get stuck at this weight! I want it all!!!