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That" dress - or why I'm in SP Bootcamp

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.

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MOTHERBEAR4 1/10/2010 10:16AM

    What a great memory of "That Dress".

You almost all the articles say get rid of your clothes you no longer fit into. I think what a waste of money, some quality, some good memories.


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WEDDWT 1/4/2010 4:03PM

    That sounds nice...someday I want to be an "ambulatory blossom",
heck, just being ambulatory makes me happy!
How great that DH is on board with you to fit into your smaller sizes.
You can do this! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/4/2010 9:44AM

    How wonderful that you are motivating each other!

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MSLZZY 1/4/2010 7:12AM

    A great visual reminder with a definite goal in mind! I am so glad your DH is thinking and planning a new year with you! You've got your own builit-in buddy! That dress will look fantastic and I would like to see a photo of you when you can wear it again. Summer will be here before we know it! emoticon

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Bootcamp starts to day, but baby it's c c c old outside ... and inside too!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

It's 18 F right now and right here it's only about 40 because we heat with wood and the computer is in the coldest room in the house. If you want to warm up on really cold days at my house you have to hover by the stove or take a hot bath. Fortunately, we don't get that many fridged days but may we're promissed a week of them as 2010 starts. Brrrrr.

But I am excited about starting bootcamp today. I watched the 10 minute video for 1/3/10 and was inspired - not daunted - by it. I already know that not all workouts are going to be right for me - so having to modify it to the lower intensity is not a problem. In fact, if I just did it stepping, with ramping it up in tempo and leg lifting to increase the intensity, I'd still be doing a great workout.

I'm surprised at how fussy some people got about it - claiming it was either too difficult or too easy or too boring or too.... well, just too something.

Not me.

What really grabbed my imagination was this ....

I love the idea of creating a visual line on the floor and moving back and forth across it - so imagine, you're in a hotel room (or I am in my office around 3 p.m. and falling asleep over the paperwork). so create your line and start stepping back and forth across it. Takes up almost no space. Makes very little noise. You can do this workout anywhere you have about 4 square feet and a little privacy. It won't wear you out. It won't really make you sweaty because the aerobic part is less than 10 minutes. The stretching takes up at least 3 minutes of the 10.

And when you're done? Imagine the glow you'll feel. Imagine how your brain will start functioning again and your breathing will deepen.

Man. this is just great!

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IGUANA44 1/3/2010 8:46AM

    I used to live in a 200 year old farmhouse and remember so well the days of my living room being 100 degrees and the far bedrooms being 50! Good luck with your bootcamp!

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BENDER7 1/3/2010 8:41AM

    I'm with you. I liked the video & it can be modified in intensity. Also like the "no equipment" part too.

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SAMMYLYNNE 1/3/2010 8:40AM

    I haven't seen the video yet. But I like that idea of the imaginary line. I'm basicily a shut in all winter because of my C.O.P.D. but any movement I can make will help. It is minus 26 here in Toronto, Ontario Canada with very nasty winds from the direct north. Our apartment faces north so we are freezing too.
Pray for spring. lol

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31 things I want for my body

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I love to write New Years Resolutions ... to form action plans for getting what I want. But first I have to know what I want so yesterday I began writing, in a sort of stream of consciousness way, all the things I want for my body. So - here's my list - in the order in which them popped into my head. Maybe some of them are on your list too.

For My Body and health I want:

to weigh 143 lbs
to be off my BP meds
to be flexible and strong
to be certified to teach aerobic dancing
to have my hair grow back thick again
to be free of allergies and asthma
to incorporate yoga and meditation into my week
to have a great wardrobe of just the right coordinating things
to have really sexy underwear
to be able to move swiftly with grace
to be free from lapidary
to get 8 hours of sleep every night
to have great skin and to keep it great
to keep my nice nails
to always be able to swoop my preschoolers at storyhour
to work out every day, with weights twice a week and with one easy workout day
to be relaxed and confident around food
to enjoy ALL my meals
to own the right fitness equipment
to own the right fitness clothes
to retrain myself to eat ONLY when I'm hungry
to listen to the Paul McKenna CD's regularly
to wear a belt
to tuck my shirt in
to enjoy having my picture taken
to be proud of my looks
to be complimented on my looks
to have a SPA massage
to have more SPA massages if I like the first one

So. I have a little notebook to write these things down in and I am going to re-read the list at least once a month to see if there are new things I want or if I have figured out how to get some of these things ... and actually DONE those things and have my desires.

Because desire is the mother of action and if I am not careful, I'll let AutoPilot blot out my desires till eventually I forget I even wanted anything. No more. I intend to live my life consciously - alert and ready to act when the opportunity knocks.

Hope you do too. -

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JLITT62 1/3/2010 5:25AM

    Love, love, love spa massages. Now if I could just afford them! Awesome list.

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MSLZZY 1/2/2010 6:56PM

    Your list is awesome! WTG! emoticon

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My Let It Go List

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. emoticon

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.

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MSLZZY 1/1/2010 12:18PM

    Keep the positive and let go of the negative! What a great way to start the New Year! emoticon

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GRANDMO1 1/1/2010 8:28AM

  Good for you. Getting rid of defeatist attitudes leaves room for more positive attitudes, and things in your life. Keep up the good work.

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Taking Measure (Measurements that is - and they aren't pretty)

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.

hoo boy

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! emoticon

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NEWMOMOVER40 1/1/2010 4:21AM

    The Before picture and measurements are a great idea. Go for it! Happy New Year!

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JLITT62 12/31/2009 3:52PM

    You are definitely on the path to being successful. Keep up the great work!

I'm hoping to do a before/after photo tomorrow if we get enough time. I've done several, and they're very motivating to me.

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WEDDWT 12/31/2009 9:23AM

    You are a brave woman to tango with the tape measure!

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HARLEYCHICK67 12/31/2009 7:42AM

  Taking a picture sounds like a great idea, I think I will post mine on my page for motivation. Usually I just stick it in an envelope and it really doesn't motivate me. Good luck in 2010. emoticon

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CATLOVER7731 12/31/2009 7:40AM

    Just think how happy you will be when those numbers go down!!

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