At the beginning of the Summer, I was an 18 only in a few specialized cuts, but now it seems like I'm an 18 across the board, with some 18's fitting better than others. The true test will be walking into my favorite store, Eddie Bauer, in a couple of months and seeing what size I am there. In the past, they've run pretty small.
But the victory I'm so excited about is that I tried on size 16 pants at all locations, and was able to zip and/or button all of them. I looked like a stuffed sausage in the dressing room mirror, but I was able to get into them without doing the "I really need these pants to fit" dance like a crazy woman. I can also wear a size L top, but I don't like to wear tops with a tailored fit to them. So, I guess technically, I'm into size 16 pants, and size L tops, but my preference dictates that I stick with a size up and feel more confident.
I'm actually looking forward to weigh-in tomorrow... it's been a good week.