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Caution: Your clothes can make you look larger than you are!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I look like a frump in my all my dress pants and when I glance in the mirror I feel like one too.

I have a very old (year 1999) and very worn pair of "dress" stretch pants. I look 20 pounds lighter in them and I dare say that I even look taller. Whenever I wear those stretchies people compliment me on how much weight I lost. I even feel more energetic wearing them. They are so old and out of date that I wear them at only home.

So why do I wear the frump pants? Because that's what the stores sell. Am I shopping in the wrong places? I cannot find nice plus size clothes. They have ruffles, gathers, pleats, huge patterns, bat wing sleeves - everything that emphasizes BIG!

I was at Winners yesterday hoping to find yoga pants that might do the trick. The only XL ones I found had a huge pink strip for a waist band, oops I mean hip band, and finding a top to cover that would have been next to impossible.

Maybe it's just me.

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LYNETTEMOM 3/19/2013 6:00PM

    Thrift stores are my go-to for clothes when I really don't want to spend much, and transitioning between sizes is certainly a time to consider that. I have found that sale days at certain stores are even better: ask if there is a customer-appreciation day or a day of the week/month when things are even cheaper. It doesn't hurt to ask. I have been able to find great items this way.

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MIMMICA 3/18/2013 7:12AM

    Ah. Frump clothes -- the reason I avoid mirrors! Most of the clothes in my closet are older -- the larger clothes I own are also older -- a friend passed them on to me when ventured back into the work force in 2001-- EEP! Any "new" clothes that I own were purchased from the sale rack at the warehouse store (Additionelle) -- but that was over three years ago, and it was mostly pants, size 18, which I was in dire need of (fat thighs rub together and wear out the fabric, which ends up shredding --ugh!).

I went through a sewing spurt two summers ago, when none of my 'skirts' fit -- I pulled out my sewing machine and made myself three skirts and two dresses that I wore pretty much all that summer. It was out of necessity -- I had gained weight and none of my summer clothes fit! I used fabric that I had bought years and years ago that had been stored in boxes in my basement. (I think I'm going to have to go through those boxes again, and start working on some clothes for this summer!)

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REJ7777 3/17/2013 8:47AM

    Clothes sure do affect the way we look and feel about ourselves! I agree that it can be difficult to find stylish clothes in plus sizes. Sometimes I find something I like on-line, but then I worry about whether the item will fit or not. It's a challenge!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 3/16/2013 5:37PM

    Clothes are so hard to find that actually look good. If I go to the store it's amazing how horrible the selections are. I went to the mall one day and just window shopped the women's clothing sections. The colors were horrible - dark drab and they were the wildest patterns that would make even a skinny person look huge! I don't know who designs these items but they are sick! Clingy fabric tops - please! I don't need anything to cling to my love handles. Short tops! They don't even go to your waist so excuse me I can't raise my arms to do anything without exposing more flesh that I would ever want to.
I go to the thrift stores. There I find some "normal" colors and patterns and styles of clothing. My big thing now that I'm in a size 18 is jeans. I never wore them before, at least not women's. I have one of the most comfortable pairs ever that I paid $1 for at a yard sale last year. These are so seriously comfortable I could sleep in them. Everyone says that I look good in them too. Plus they make me feel good. Now if I could only find tops that did the same now that I'm slowly getting into XL territory.
Never bought or even looked at yoga pants I figured they would only make me look even fatter.
Good luck in your quest for decent clothing!

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DEBIGENE 3/16/2013 4:53PM

    Hon I can def relate !!!!

Clothing is my arch enemy mainly because everything I own is too big. I started this life change in a size 4X and am now XL in tops and I have no clue what size pants I was but can now squeeze into a 16. I've gotten rid of most everything in the X sizes except of coures XL but my biggest problem is money. Friends have given me their hand me downs which I have been so grateful for. I have to make due with what I have and try to dress it up with tops and assessories, not so easy to do. I don't sew at all but when I do have a few extra dollars to buy myself something at the thrift and consignment shops which are great buys. I do have a lot of summer size 16 pants and clothing that will get me through the summer and I'm praying I get a FT job before Fall gets here so I have money to shop for warmer clothing that fits.

Have you considered asking friends and family to send clothing your way when they are weeding out their closets ? With Spring around the corner there will be lots of yard sales soon and always a great place to search for clothing without spending too much !!

Best of luck to you as you make your way toward healthy living. You must be doing something right if you need new clothing sizes !!! Woo Hoo !!!

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FLDEEZ 3/16/2013 4:21PM

    Do you have a Kohl's near you? I have had great luck with Gloria Vanderbilt pants (both in plus and regular sizes). Slimming and stretchy ;-)

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JESS_J6484 3/16/2013 4:20PM


I have been in a business leadership role a majority of my life and have been required to wear suits and dress clothing. Finding the suits was fairly easy, although I never felt I looked good in them.. the shells were fairly easy too because they could be concealed by the jacket. Therefore, if they were snug and I normally wouldn't DARE wear them, they looked fine underneath my "cloak".

But put me in the position to wear some nice shirts I would wear without the cover of the suit jacket? PAHAHA! Nothing looks good.

I also just bought some yoga pants about 2 weeks ago and they seem to re-confirm the fact that I need to shed pounds. They are currently tucked away in my dresser, under my comfy "frump" pants. emoticon

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Not again!

Monday, February 25, 2013

I didn't have a problem with reaching my menopausal phase of life, in fact I embraced it. I tell my friends how much better I feel now.

Until a couple of weeks ago.

Picture this: No Tom visits for a full year, no bloating, no ravenous weeks, no PMS for a full year. Then, a few weeks ago I started having PMS symptoms! I Googled it and found that it is NORMAL. Yikes! Help! Oh No! Please stop! This can't be happening again!


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MELMOMOF4 2/25/2013 9:20AM

    oh the dreaded menopause. this too shall pass

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ALICIA214 2/25/2013 12:15AM


This to will pass..... emoticon

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Repeating myself.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Here I go repeating myself.

A little bit of exercise and already I'm feeling more energetic. It really doesn't take much. Kicking my own butt here.

And, a lunch with super healthy fish and vegetables - I still feel full after 3 hours. I believe it's cause I didn't eat bread/starch.

It's great when you put in a little effort and things just fall into place.

I know for certain I've said all of the above in previous blogs. Efforts I've made and feeling great, then falling off the wagon and feeling awful again. As the saying goes, you keep repeating your mistakes until you learn from them. I want to learn. It's about time.

What I need to learn, to burn it in my brain, to just do it:

- To exercise regularly because it makes me feel better in every aspect of my being

- To avoid breads and anything high in starch because eating that stuff tricks me into thinking that I am always hungry. It is a horrible trigger, a vicious circle. AND it's REALLY bad for my diabetes.

-To eat balanced meals with a HEALTHY protein and LOTS of vegetables because that satisfies my appetite and nourishes my body, and that's what stops the hunger.

- To just make an EFFORT! Ya, just do it, be prepared and do it.

- and lots of water is good too.

Here goes.

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SUGARSMOM2 2/11/2013 6:53PM

  that is why i walk everyday . i feel better . when i do then when i dont . hard to tell others but it is worth the efforts that you put into yourself . emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/11/2013 4:36PM

    Good luck : )
I keep re-learning things too, maybe one day we'll actually remember them!

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Picking myself up.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I finally got back on the elliptical the other day. It was a difficult 10 minutes. It should not have been a surprise considering my lack of exercise in months.

Wow, talk about regressing far back beyond a point I had ever been; an exercise level I had never ever experienced before. I could barely do 10 minutes!


If this is my rock bottom, there's no way but up.

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MIMMICA 2/8/2013 7:17AM

    My ellipitcal is sitting in the living room gathering dust. Kid three uses it as a coat rack sometimes. LOL

The first time is the hardest, it gets easier as you keep going.



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HAPPYMENOW58 2/7/2013 2:51PM

    Good for YOU!!!!!! now, you know you CAN do it!!!!! VISUALIZE your success....Remember, You gotta do what you don't do....Otherwise, you'll just stay in that same place!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EXATHLETE 2/7/2013 2:35PM

  Good for you for getting in the 10 mins. The hardest part is getting your strip on and actually getting to the gym. The fact that you were there and worked hard is what matters. Next time, maybe you will be able to do 11 mins! Good job!

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Let it Snow

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I shovelled the snow twice today for a total of 2 hours. It's still snowing. Best workout I've had in a while.


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MIMMICA 1/10/2013 8:37PM


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SUE5007 1/10/2013 3:31PM

    Wow, twice and it's still snowing? I bet that was...and will be again...a great workout. I love that we get to track shoveling snow on the fitness tracker. It's a great workout for my arms and back.
Stay warm! emoticon

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