Here Are Some That I Never Could Fit Into Before

Way back 13 years ago, I was very, very overweight. And as such, my thighs, wrists, fingers and calves were waaaay larger than average. I never could wear boots that went above my ankle because my calves were just too large.

These days, you can find boots with larger calf sizes, which would have come in handy for me back then.

However, after losing weight I not only dropped pounds on the scale, but I also dropped a lot of inches. Even in my calves.

Allow me to present my very new pair of high boots.


I know it’s been a long time since I got to my goal weight, but being able to wear boots that zip easily over my calves still gives me a big smile on my face.

Whether you are in process of losing weight, maintaining your weight, or just getting started, I’d encourage you to look for those non-scale victories that put a smile on your face. May you never stop enjoying those little victories, because they can keep you focused year after year!

Have any recent victories you’d like to share?  Diane

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  1. I too have enjoyed the fact that I can wear boots like these, this past Winter. I know exactly where you come from, saying how great it is to wear boots like these :)
    Victories I have enjoyed the last time: To fit into lingerie, have a smaller size foot and being able to fit into a normal size bath :)
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  2. I have large calves and ankles for my size, and have always, even at my thinnest, struggled to fit into high boots. Good thing I am so fashion backwards that I’ve given up on that. Now all my shoes are low and have supportive arches:)
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  3. What a great non-scale victory!

    hhmmm….currently…when I got on the scale the other day at the doctor’s and had to stop myself from suggesting the nurse move the big scale over to the 200, to save her figuring out the hard way I am overweight, and then realizing I haven’t been over 200 for over a year now. :)

    Have a great weekend, DIane! I love the boots!!
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  4. Knee high boots are one of the NSV I am definitely looking forward to one day!

    My recent victory is reaching Week7 Day 2 of C25K. Not sure if I will be able to run a 5K by Thanksgiving like I planned, but I am actually running (Up to 2.25 miles). So while I am not being diligent about losing weight, I am exercising – no wait, I am training. I will take that for now.

  5. Oh, you look so great in them too! :D
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  6. Congratulations! My NSV is a pair of sunglasses that I love but rarely wore because they gave me a headache from pinching my head. I can now wear them comfortably!

  7. Those boots look great on you. I have muscular calves so I know exactly what you’re talking about. I am so happy all these options have opened up for you due to your great choices.
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  8. Those boots are awesome … I love low motorcycle-cut boots.

    Hm, I might need to get a pair this weekend …

  9. Love the boots! I’ve found some that an extra gusset at the top to help with the larger calf. Funnily enough after one of my daughters started running marathons she found she couldn’t fit in her old boots because her calves were more muscular.
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  10. I experienced things like that too. I also couldn’t wear any of my rings anymore. They were all too big!
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  11. Such a great reminder Diane to look for those NSV’s. Due to my feet, I can’t wear any cute shoes, unfortunately! I have to start looking for non hormone crap good things now! ;-)
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  12. Congratulations on your being able to wear your boots, it’s a great accomplishment and all that and I’m about to sound like a horrid ranting biddy but I just feel I have to. Despite the fact that you call this a “non-scale victory” it’s still incredibly focused on looks, body size and weight. I get that’s what your blog is about and, believe me, I appreciate it. But I’m currently watching my beautiful 14 year old niece navigate the waters of high school, constantly focusing on her looks instead of developing self-esteem through things that matter, in my opinion, far more than looks.

    I’d like to leave this with one of my favorite quotes: “I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do.  Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.” – J.K. Rowling

    • You are definitely entitled to your opinion. My goal is never to encourage people to become obsessed with their size, but rather get to a healthy weight, stay there and enjoy life.

  13. I hardly think one post about a pair of motorcycle boots qualifies as “I totally understand that your blog is all about looks” and “don’t be a stupid girl.” Not all outbursts are justified, and I think your rant reveals more about you than about Diane.

  14. I love it!!!! Know what your saying nothing like being thin and healthy.

    You look great!
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  15. Blessedmama says:

    Congratulations on that awesome victory!

  16. LovesCatsinCA says:

    Congrats, Diane… I have a different issue with boots–I’m short (five feet tall) with proportional six, six and a half sized shoes depending… and they seem to think I should have tiny calves.

    I have muscular calves (and loved when the flared leg look came back in in pants)… does anyone reading these comments know of larger, roomier calf boot brands for short women who exercise?


  17. I know the joy of getting boots to fit over my calves. I was lucky enough to score a pair of Jimmy Choo boots in exchange for a photo job and love that I don’t have to struggle to get them on.

    My most recent non-scale victory was running for 25 minutes straight tonight. I may actually get through the C25K in under 2 years. ;)

    Thank you for inspiring me every single day. Rock on Diane!
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