Monday, January 04, 2010
That" dress is now my profile photo - in part because I thought y'all might want to see it, but mostly to keep it always before me as a reminder of what I am aiming for.
I did more than that, though. Yesterday I pulled "That" dress out of the drawer where it's been stored for - oh - what? - 1990? 20 years? My goodness! Yes! ...
And I showed to my husband (a man singularly disinterested in women's clothing) and began telling him the story of "That" dress.
I made it myself from fabric I bought at the G-Street Fabric Shop's mother store in Maryland. We'd gone to visit my mother in law in the late winter or early spring. I'd gone shopping in that wonderland of fabric and picked out a length of this marvelous flowered cotton. I remember showing it to Grandma and her asking me what I was going to make with it. I knew exactly what I'd make - for I had a favorite dress pattern with both slim or full skirt options. I knew the dropped waist would lengthen my torso making me appear even more slender. I knew I already had the perfect flat round buttons to pick up the maroon in the roses. I remember the delicious anticipation of knowing just how the dress was going to turn out.
I told DH about wearing this dress and always feeling special in it. I wore it to a flower garden party at Katherine Neale's magnificent river house. She was one of the most noted gardeners in my community and many of the flowers in my own garden came from her. I remember at that party sampling one or two dainty morsels from the refreshment table and them wandering off to chat with other sun-dress bedecked ladies, young and old, scattered about the lawn like so many ambulatory blossoms.
Both Grandma and Katherine Neale are gone now and I miss them terribly. A tee tiny bit - I miss being that 37 year old "young thing" from 1990.
It's a lot of heritage for a dress to encompass - but this is a sturdy fabric, well seamed and perfectly finished. "That" dress can stand up to it. And by golly - I want to be in it again.
I was curious to see just how wide the waist was ... and took a photo of that too - 16 inches across, so, 32 inches around. With 2 inches for ease, it will fit a 30 inch waist. I have 6 inches to loose if I want to button that dress up again.
Pulling that dress out was a good thing to do. Sharing what it means to me with my DH was even better. He, too, wants to lose some Bad-For-Him poundage this winter and telling him about the dress prompted him to tell me what he would like to accomplish. This means I will get a LOT less friction from him if our meals seem a little skimpy or too "healthy".
In fact - we vowed that I would wear this dress and he would wear those 36" pants again and we would host a party in our favorite duds!
And so - here it is - Day 2 of bootcamp. Yesterday's workout was fun and vigorous. I've scheduled Monday's and Fridays as medium intensity workouts. Tuesday, Saturdays and Sundays are high intensity workouts. Wednesday I want to take a Yoga class and Thursday will be my rest day - a leisurely walk with the dogs out to the 1 mile point and back or - if the weather is wickedly bad - around the track at the gym or maybe nothing. Thursday is the day off day.
Wishing you all success in your efforts and may we each be able to wear our own "That" dress.
Friday, January 01, 2010
I'm worked on my Let-It-Go list yesterday ... much shorter than the Gratitude List I sort of composed in my head on Wednesday. I thought New Year's Eve, with a once in a blue moon eclipse, would be a good time to think of things I would like to flush out of my life. There aren't too many of them, but these things all trip me up and keep me from doing the things I want to do – and doing the things I might want to do when I think of them.
So what would I like to let go of this year?
1.Unhealthful food - in unhealthful proportions
2.My sedentary body and it's accompanying aches 3.Grumbling while doing housework
4.Multi-tasking and it's evil twin...
6.The mother of #4 & 5 ... Frittering away my time slash Procrastinating
So. Hmm. Well. That's a bigger list than I thought. In fact – if I were to really let all those things go out of my life – why – I'd be just about perfect.
Still and all – these are the things I want out of my life, in no particular order. I am not going to talk about whether a person can let go of these self defeating traits or if resolutions towards that end are GOOD, because they spur you even if only for a little while, or BAD, because if you stop trying you feel like a looser, or INDIFFERENT because ... what difference does it make anyway? I'm just stating that I would like these things to flow away from me and go live somewhere else – preferably at the bottom of the ocean.
What I will say is that just thinking about these defeatist behaviors flowing away from me makes me feel lighter, cleaner, somehow.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
That's right. I pulled out the tape measure and found out the truth of how much space I'm taking up these days.
It took courage - I really just had to push myself to get going and not stop till I knew. And though the numbers were not pretty - they were not a real surprise. I knew I was, well, um, big.
Not Ginormous, mind you. But ... Big.
But not depressed. Just determined. Determined to see those numbers go down over the next few months. and truth is - I'm glad I know. Because as I get fitter and slimmer and more toned - as I improve things around here - I'll have another measure to take that's not a scale measure. Because truth is, I wouldn't care if I weighed forty levendy hundred pounds if I were a trim fit slim thing, wearing That Dress.
So. Now I know where I am I can go on from here.
I want to do one more thing before tomorrow is over. I want to take a BEFORE photo. One in some sort of outfit that really shows what I look like - not in something subtly flattering from my for public wardrobe but oh, something like my fitness shorts and a tank top - or a bathing suit or leotard. I'll dig around in my drawers to see what I have. But I simply ADORE before and after photos and articles, so why not let this year be the year I star in my own?
Happy Blue Moon Eclipse New Year's Eve to you all - remember - today is the day you can let go of things so let's let go of fluffy flabby old bodies and bad eating habits!
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