I bought my dress for a friend's wedding (June 6) back in November. It was a little tight then, and knowing I would lose a lot of weight before the wedding, the alterations specialists assured me they would be able to size down my particular dress as much as I needed to. I scheduled my fitting for March, and they had to take in the dress quite a bit. I got it back a month later and had already shrunk out of it again. I was really bummed out because I wasn't sure what to do at that point. I figured I could always wear thicker undergarments to hold up everything. However, that wasn't the only problem. The dress looked awful because of so much fabric being bunched under the seams. Plus, when the dress was centered in front, it wasn't centered in the back. I don't blame alterations, I think the alterations were simply unrealistic. Not to mention, the larger size dress had larger features. Simply put, the dress just didn't look right on me, and was no longer flattering like it was when I first bought it.

Today, I became too stressed out about the entire situation, and ended up going back and seeing if I could just buy another dress. I took my measurements beforehand, and was now apparently a size 6 according to the size chart. My original dress was a 14, and I wore a 10 from this same store at my junior prom in high school, which seems absolutely crazy to me. Dress sizes can be really weird, so I was in shock that I had "shape shifted" so much. I was really stressed out paritally because I thought there was no way they could get the dress delivered in time since the wedding is less than a month away. Fortunately, they had the dress in the color/size I needed! The dress in the picture is the rack-dress. The best part? I don't even need to have alterations done, and they were nice enough to give me a discount on the dress. I was so excited about my progress, that I didn't care that I threw down extra money for a dress/alterations that I won't even be wearing. To me, it's a symbol of what it's like to not only meet goals-- but crush them.

I am so happy to be my friend's matron of honor, and wearing this dress at her wedding will mean so much to me in so many ways.