Thursday, October 29, 2009
Throughout this process I've been lucky that friends around me who have lost weight have generously donated their larger clothes as I shrank out of mine.
Now that I'm between a women's 14 and 12, though, that source of clothes seems to have dried up.
Desperate for warm clothes that fit, I visited a local consignment shop during lunch Tuesday and Wednesday.
This entire outfit (shirt, jacket, skirt, boots) cost approximately $30. Bigger version of the picture, here: www.flickr.com/photos/origamifreak/4
I spent $100 total and now have:
2 sparkly beaded sweaters for the holidays, 4 long sleeve shirts, a jacket, 3 skirts, a funky mola-style applique vest, a warm furry reversible winter coat, a pair of boots, and a pair of dress pumps. Because I got them all at the same time and place, most of them go with each other, so it's totally mix-and-match.
And even better, she wants to sell the plus-size clothes that I just shrunk out of, which means THOSE clothes might help subsidize THESE clothes.
Most of the things I just got will probably go back in a few months when I shrink out of them, too. Except this skirt, which a co-worker has already claimed. LOL.
Beside the price (which you just can't beat), what I found I really like about hunting through used clothes is that they come in all kinds of colors and styles from many past seasons and years. So I'm not stuck with whatever the designers decided a year ago I was going to wear this season.
I can pick color combinations that *I* like, in cuts that *I* think are interesting together.
I always used to H. A. T. E. shopping. But this I think I could get used to. And I like the idea of my closet being stocked like a rotating lending library. I'll accumulate less stuff that way.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Last night I successfully got my kayak roll down.
If you'd told me in December that by September I would have lost 140 lbs and taken up white water kayaking and would FIT in a Jackson 2Fun let alone do Eskimo rolls in it, I would have laughed at you. Unhappily.
But here I am! Doing it!
And here's another time I did it, just in case you thought this was the only time I managed it...
(and just in case you're wondering, here are the dimensions of the boats)
The photo in the yellow boat from July is in a SuperFun.
The video here is actually in a 4Fun. By the end of the evening I'd switched into a 2Fun and was rolling it even more easily.
Update: here's what the instructors did at the end of our weekend trip:
UPDATE: In October 2010 I ran that same waterfall at more than twice the volume. I failed my roll at the bottom, but my line was clean. Most people ran the sneak line and put in lower down.
UPDATE: By the following March I had a roll on both sides and was jumping off the diving board in my very own personal boat! LOL
Thursday, September 17, 2009
In the "overweight" and "normal" categories, the BMI number is not very helpful because it doesn't reflect the amount of muscle versus fat contributing to weight.
However, in "obese" and above, I think it's a pretty good gauge of the relative size of people for their frames.
As recently as December 8 2008 I was "Super Morbidly Obese," (BMI over 50).
On December 23, 2008 I dropped into "Morbidly Obese" (BMI under 50)
On May 24, 2009 I dropped into "Class II Obesity" (BMI under 40)
On July 31, 2009 I dropped into "Class I Obesity" (BMI under35)
In 7.8 lbs I will drop into "Overweight" (BMI under 30)
The reason I mention this is that I watched some of the excerpts from Biggest Loser on Hulu last night and was amazed at how LARGE all of the new contestants looked. Because last season I recall that only a few of them started at a BMI similar to mine.
So I went and looked up the numbers, and was shocked.
My starting BMI was 52.56 back in May 2007. In December 2008 it was 52.53
Of the contestants on the current show, only 5 of the 16 are actually larger than I was 9 months ago. None of those are as old as I am. Most contestants are the size range I was in until May 24. Only two are older than me, and the rest are younger.
Body image is such a bizarre and fluid concept. Most of the time I still wonder if a chair will hold me or if I can squeeze through a space occupied by other things. I have no clue what I really look like, anymore (I don't recognize recent pictures of myself, and don't even get me started on my reaction to the mirror - it's basically like viewing a Cubist Picasso. An eyeball here, something else there, some things look surprisingly small, others look big, and others just look strange - I simply can't process the entire image as a whole). Apparently this is not uncommon: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31489881/ns/hea
But I didn't realize that I'd forgotten how big I looked - or maybe I never really accepted it in the first place. Yes I have a pair of "fat" jeans I saved from last December and I have some "before" pictures on my spark page, but I think perhaps somewhere in the back of my brain I wasn't really *seeing* it, because it was too painful to actually contemplate.
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