Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I must admit that I've been looking around for quite some time for a dress for my step daughter's wedding. I wasn't even sure what it was supposed to look like or what the length was supposed to be but I was looking. Then, my hubby finally remembered to ask her for more details. It had to be long and blue or purple. She would have preferred black (she's having a black and white wedding - very chic) but I couldn't bring myself to wear black and neither could her mother. What mother wears black to her daughter's wedding??
The search was on for "the perfect elegant dress". The first problem I ran into was that most stores don't carry long gowns, especially in larger sizes. Macy's told me to order one online. I looked online and found a nice dress but wasn't too sure about sizing. Then I found another upscale department store that carried the same dress. I tried on what I thought would fit only to find out that it was way too big (A round of applause here! ) Not only that, but without the jacket, it just hung on me and looked like a sack. Perhaps something besides the scale is showing my progress! That would be the the 5-10 hours a week of exercise that I'm trying to do!
I found a very elegant purple dress that was off the shoulder and sparkly on the top with a chiffon skirt which I was sure that I'd end up with and couldn't wait to try on and I grabbed this other strange looking one on my way to the dressing room because it was hanging on the end of the rack. The purple one was elegant but I wasn't sure of the fit so I came out of the dressing room and amid the oohs and ahs asked the sales ladies what it looked like in the back. They thought it was lovely.
Keep in mind this was something I would never have done two years ago when I first joined Spark People because I was so self conscious. They asked me if I had any others left to try on and I said yes the odd looking one with the bias cut skirt and I pointed to another one. They asked me if I would mind modeling it because nobody had ever tried it on because of the way it looks on the hanger. Honestly, I could see why. It just didn't look that great on the hanger but I figured what the heck. So back into the dressing room I went. The dress is a navy blue knit type material that was cut on the bias in layers with a jacket. The bodice of the dress has iridescent jewels sewn in one small area in the front. The jacket has complementing jewels sewn along the neckline and down the front edges. The bottom of the sleeves are slightly flared. The effect of the bias layering with the strategically placed jewels was stunning. I was shocked! It looked like nothing on the hanger. When I walked out to model it for the sales ladies, it had the same effect on them. Both of them said at the same time, this one wins, it's stunning! They were both glad that they got a chance to see someone wear the dress because it looks kind of odd on the hanger. If anyone would have asked me if I would be buying that dress when I went into the dressing room twenty minutes earlier, I would have said no! Yet, here I was walking out of the store knowing that I found the perfect dress and in a much smaller size than I could ever have imagined I could ever wear!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Initially I was afraid that with the back to school shopping rush going on I would be the only one at the team walk yesterday. I was wrong. To my delight, AMANDAJC and OLDMOM3 and their children and grandchild came too. We had so much fun that before we knew it an hour and three brisk laps and passed and we were all finished. What a great group! The kids were too cute for words and made it the whole way! The thing that I love about the team walks is the fact that it gives the whole family a chance to be involved in a Spark activity. The children don't have to wonder where mom or dad is going or what they are doing, they can come along and see for themselves. It also models great behavior - exercising and drinking water - and gives them a chance to participate too.
Monday, August 09, 2010
This morning I had the pleasure of observing something really cute at our water aerobics class that I want to share with everyone. Traditionally, pools are only open in the mornings for classes. This includes swimming lessons as well as water aerobics class. Our class has had the pleasure of watching the little ones progress from being afraid to get their faces wet to jumping in head first into the water.
Today was no exception. There was a young boy who screamed so loud at the end of June that we couldn't even hear our instructor. He carried on, waling and crying until his father just took him out of the pool and sat with him on the side and rocked him back and forth. But Dad and the guards never gave up on the little guy. Fast forward to today. Today, the little boy asked his father to sit in a chair at a table under an umbrella on the side of the pool. He got out his swimming goggles, walked over to the deep end, patiently stood in line for his turn, put on the goggles and dove into the water and swam about 15 feet to the guard who was waiting to catch him. When he was all finished with his lesson, he walked over to his dad and said, "Did you see me Daddy? I can do it all by myself now!"
I can't help but draw a parallel between myself as I was first starting out on my Spark journey and the way that little boy started out. In the beginning, every time I looked at the things I couldn't have or the things I knew I had to change, I did a silent scream. I kept on until one day my choices became habits and then I didn't have to scream any more. I could say to myself, "Look, I can do it all by myself now! I may stumble. I may fall, but I will get up and I'll get right back to the business of being healthy."
Thursday, August 05, 2010
August 4 (yesterday) was my 2 year anniversary on Spark People. I've come a long way in the two years since I first joined this site. For the first 9 months that I was on the site, I spent hours every day online. I was obsessive about everything. After a while, the new things became habits. Now I've learned to temper my obsessions a little bit. I still spend time online but I'm not as addicted as I was. I see that as a very healthy thing for me. I even occasionally skip a day without having a melt down! I feel like I'm growing. I'm trying to learn the meaning of the word moderation. It hasn't been easy for me but I'm going to keep at it! Moderation in all things - eating, computer, exercise, taking care of myself and protecting myself. I'm a work in progress but, I'm making progress!
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