I'd venture a guess that many of us woke up this morning thinking about the pounds we ought to shed after our holiday season (or year or lifetime) of indulging. Not LPGA Tour player Karen Stupples.
Stupples tweeted a photo of herself today showing us in dramatic fashion how much weight she's lost.
"I look a bit tired in this picture but these trousers I wore in the Solheim Cup...bit of a size difference!," she said in a major understatement. That Solheim Cup, by the way, was in September of 2011, meaning she's lost all that weight in the span of a year and a half or so.
"I want it to give hope to everyone who made a resolution to get in shape," tweeted Stupples, a native of England who will turn 40 in June. "For 4 and a half years I struggled to lose a pound but finally got my head together and started to make the right choices wasn't easy but it's very possible :-) good luck everyone."
Stupples didn't specify how much weight she's lost or how she went about it, other than her comment about making the right choices. Whatever she did, she is to be commended for her effort and diligence, especially considering she's the mother of a five-year-old son.
Fitness experts often say that keeping weight off after a dramatic loss can be as difficult as taking it off in the first place. But it can be done – LPGA Tour fans see it regularly in Cristie Kerr, who was overweight in her younger days but dropped something like 60 pounds and has successfully kept it off for more than a decade, all the while becoming one of the world's top female players.
And now I feel like absolute crap for all the goodies I scarfed down over the holidays. I'll start exercising again, I promise – as soon as I finish off that box of peppermint bark that keeps calling my name. Meanwhile, Karen, can I borrow your fat pants?