Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Being a plus-sized woman I never understood how anyone could be frustrated with being able to wear different size jeans (sometimes by the same label). Well, now I understand.
When I started my journey I wore a size 18 jeans, my first drop to size 16 was wonderful. Next stop, size 14. I got to that point and then on the short trip to size 12. I'm happy that I can fit in size 12... actually I told someone I don't think I've worn a size 12 since I was 12 (not really that much of an exaggeration).
I was out of town and ran into Sam's Club. I've found that not every store carries all the same merchandise, foods pretty much so, other stuff (clothes, household goods, pet stuff, etc) not so. I found a pair of teal blue jeans by Bandolino that my Sam's didn't have. I picked up a pair in size 12 since my other Bandolino denim jeans are a 14 and fit well but my new Lee denim jeans are size 12. When I got home I tried on the 12's, they have a big gap at the back of the waistband so they are too big (hahaha, I never thought a 12 would be too big). When I was in my Sam's they had the same Bandolino jeans in dark purple (oooh... purple) which I picked up in size 10! OMG - a 10! and they fit! pick me up off the floor! or as Stacy London would say "Shut Up!"
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining but... now when I go to try on jeans I'm going to have to take 2 or 3 different sizes in to see what number fits.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
I usually just wear sneakers, I have a couple pairs of dress shoes just in case but they don't get much wear. My niece had mentioned she needed a new pair of boots but couldn't quite decided what style or where she was going to get them. She is really good about not buying something just to have it, she has to like something to add it to her wardrobe. That got me thinking, I haven't worn boots in ages (ok, I am old enough that that means more than a good number of years). When I was out running around I stopped at Shoe Carnival and took a peek at what they had. I found a pair of boots I liked that had heels but were about $60.00, too much for me to pay without giving them a ton of thought. I figured if I didn't fall down once I got outside I could wait on the boots. Well, I didn't so I was happy to wait, that was...
... until Payless Shoes sent a mailer out advertising boots on sale and a $10.00 off coupon. I figured I'd go look - not really a good thing for me to do once I have an idea locked in my head. I went to Payless, looked at boots and ended up buying 3 pair. I now have a pair of tan suede cowboy boots, a pair of black flat heel boots and a pair of purple flat heel boots. They are all ankle height, the cowboy boots look cute with my size 12 jeans, the black boots will be worn with my skirt to church on Christmas and the purple boots... well they are my guilty pleasure boots since I LOVE purple.
It's a good thing I don't go shopping very often! I don't think my budget could take much more!
Well, these boots were made for walking... and I've got more steps on my journey (maybe I need another pair of sneakers?)!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Ok, not that I'm afraid of commitment but when it comes to this journey I'm going into new, unfamiliar territory. So far I've lost a little over 20 pounds and am getting close to resetting my goal weight. It's been awhile since I bought anything that made me feel pretty, I live (and work) in t-shirts and jeans (nothing wrong with that at all).
I go to Sam's Club weekly at least, to check specials, see what clothes and books they have and walk around. Three weeks ago I picked up a pair of Bandolino straight leg jeans in size 14 just to see if I could fit into them. I tried them on the next day and they fit! I mean fit without me having to hold my breathe to button them fit!
Well, I was at Sam's Club 2 weeks ago and saw these cap sleeve sweaters that I thought were pretty. If I could buy anything at Sam's it was usually a 2xl and sometimes they didn't quite fit. I tried on an xl and it fit! I bought one, told a few friends about them and went back the next day and bought 4 more. I wore one and felt I looked good.
The jeans have been sitting on my dresser since I bought them, I've tried them on here and there just to be sure but was having a hard time committing to a new (smaller) size. Today was my laundry day (I go to my nieces so I can do laundry and play with the dogs), I took the jeans with me (tags still on) and after doing a couple loads of laundry and having quite the discussion about my new jeans with the dogs, pulled off the tags and threw them in so I could wear them this weekend.
Thinking about my commitment issue I couldn't decide if it was the money (which is tight right now) or the number (14) that was my biggest hurdle. I know that I'm going to work to keep losing weight and will be getting rid of my larger size pants. Today I made a step confirming I have no plans to backtrack - nice, new clothes are a great incentive.
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