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Something I have noticed

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I used to get weird holes in my jeans. They were in my upper thigh area, and it was clear from looking at them that they the material had just been rubbed (from my fatty thighs) so much that they just formed holes. Come on, I can't be the only one here who has had that problem... You know what I'm talking about! Anyways, I haven't noticed that happening in since I started losing weight. So, yay, NSV?

In jean related news, I need new ones. My 14's are getting waaaaay too big. BUT I still hate jean shopping. Even in the same brand different designs can be the same size (say, 12) but be different sizes. Last time I went jeans shopping and tried on 12's: 1 pair fit, 1 pair could barely do up, 1 pair wouldn't do up and 1 pair wouldn't go higher than my knees. Same brand, all size 12. It is frustrating, so I need to wait until I am in a good mood before I go. There should be some sales coming up soon, so I'll hopefully be able to go and get some new jeans then!

In measurement news, I remeasured myself the other night. I have lost nothing from my bust (YAY!!), 1cm from my hips, .5cm from my waist and 3-4 cm from each thigh! Go me. I wish I had taken measurements in the beginning, but better late than never!

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STARGAZER420 7/12/2012 8:38AM

    I feel the jeans shopping coming up in my future soon. Right now I have 22, 20, 1 pair of 18s and a couple of pairs of 14s. I think I'll need 16s soon~!

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RUNNER12COM 7/10/2012 11:54PM

    Hooray for the NSV!

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/10/2012 5:13PM

    It's TOTALLY not just you. Any time I've worn out a pair of pants, it's NOt because of the knees, it's that inner thigh thing, and they get holes and start tearing up the backside!

I also hate trying on jeans. It's frustrating to grab four of the SAME SIZE pants and have them fit so differently! I did that recently when I was trying on workout pants at Old Navy. Larges, most of them, since most of my yoga pants these days are large. One I couldn't even get over my thighs. The other was so loose it didn't fit.

It's like... can't we agree on some standardization? You manage it for the men. I mean, it's not hard. 32 inch pants should be 32 inches!

Comment edited on: 7/10/2012 5:16:19 PM

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:27PM

    Hooray for needing new jeans!

I'm with you on having rubbed holes in the inner thigh of my jeans AND on hating to shop for jeans. I'd definitely have to be in a very good mood to go shopping for jeans...and hope the jeans shopping wouldn't ruin said good mood! LOL

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LYNSEY723 7/10/2012 11:33AM

    Congrats all on of your NSV's!! I understand the thigh issue too. I wear slacks to work and the material kind of "balls" up between my thighs. The worst fat moment I had related to this was a couple of summers ago when I went to Las Vegas. I had never worn shorts that many days in a row and done that much walking... The chaffing was so bad it scabbed over!! emoticon

Just remember when you go get your new jeans... What the tag says doesn't matter - it is clear that you have lost weight!! **And you can always cut the tag out so you "forget" what size they are!!!**

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/10/2012 10:55AM

    I had the same thigh problem (and no, we're not the only ones!!).

I know what you mean about shopping for jeans; definitely need a good mood before dealing with that extra frustration!

Congrats on the NSV!!!

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HEAT7918 7/10/2012 6:30AM

    I always bring at least 2 sizes (sometimes 3) of every pair of jeans I like into the fitting room... it's ridiculous! I do that with all pants though.

Congrats on measurements! My thighs won't get smaller until everywhere else on me has gone down first. :(

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/10/2012 6:17AM

    On Sunday I got 2 pr jeans (the first I have bought in about 20 years) from Jeanswest. They were on special - 2 for $109. They are the "Slim Straight Tummy Trimmer" ones - size 16 BUT I not NOT that big - their sizing seems quite different from the usual 'cause I am a 12-14. ANYway, they look real good on and are slimming, in part because it shows off my very slim legs (they always have been even when the rest was fat - LOL) My son bought them for me for my birthday (March) and he is a member of their loyalty program. It goes toward his points, but because they were already on special he couldn't get an additional discount on them. Worth thinking about for you.

Anyway, your theory about FAT thighs causing that damage, it isn't the fat thighs that do it - I've noticed this on lots of skinny legged people too. When you think about it, when you are sitting you are more likely to rub your hands on your thighs, you put things in your lap etc. etc. I am more inclined to think along MY lines for that damage!


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/10/2012 5:53AM

    emoticon Those are all great NSV's! YAY! I hate jeans shopping too, but when you find the right pair that looks great don't worry about what size it is. If you feel ROCKING in them, don't pay attention to the tag!

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Monday, July 09, 2012

So we were driving today and my boyfriends car broke down. The clutch went. Since we have had it 3 days the dealer is fixing it (but not paying for the tow truck). It broke down on a motorway overpass and we had to call the police to push us off and into a nearby car park.

I ate fast food 3 times today. I treated myself to a BLT bagel from McDonalds on my way to school this morning (I do this once every few weeks). Then the boyfriend brought me Subway to my classroom. It was a 6 inch with roast chicken, so not too bad. Then the boyfriends car broke down and we were stranded. No one was answering their phones, so we were stuck until the tow truck came. It was nearly 5pm, we were hungry and we were right by a McDonalds. You can see where this is going. I had a chicken burger, half a medium fries and a sprite zero.

I missed my boxing class because by the time the tow track came (and we finally go a hold of someone to pick me up and take me to my house to get my car) it was too late to get to either class.

So, I'm tired and annoyed tonight. And bloated. Stupid sodium.

I'll leave you with my Olympic wall for my classroom. I put it up today. Around the edges are vocab and fact cards about the Olympics.

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JSTETSER 7/12/2012 6:05AM

    I love the Olympic Wall..maybe I'll make one for my class.

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:25PM

    Well shoot...I'm sorry your car broke down. I hope it is repaired for good soon! I'm glad the dealer is fixing it.

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STARGAZER420 7/9/2012 10:21AM

    Great choices for being stuck with limited options~!

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    Oh that is so annoying that you broke down on the motorway! Stressful!

I hope you have a better day tomorrow !

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HEAT7918 7/9/2012 6:21AM

    The Olympic Wall looks awesome!

Sorry to hear you missed boxing class.


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/9/2012 5:53AM

    Gald you were able to make decent food choices under pressure. Sorry about the car.
Your Olympic word wall looks great! Students will sure enjoy it!

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    Sorry to hear this!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/9/2012 3:26AM

    I don't believe in jinxing. The clutch would have been faulty before we got it, and this would have happened no matter what I said...

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AHTRAP 7/9/2012 3:03AM

    Keeping it to 1600 was a good job by you. And you know what to do with the sodium bloat. All in all, nice job handling a pretty challenging day.

As far as the car...think you might have jinxed yourself with the language in your previous blog. Pretty crappy that the dealer won't pick up the tow charge when one of their products fail within three days of the sale...here's to the car behaving now...and until, say, 2015 without further issues, it owes you guys one!

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New car

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The boyfriends car has been on its last legs for a while now. We have employed an ignore it and it will go away stance. We really didn't have the money for a new car, so that was our only option for a while. Unfortunately that stopped working. So, before his car stopped working, too, we decided to look for a new car. We had to use most of our house deposit to buy it, but he now has a car that won't die in the next few months.

Meet Mannie.

Mannie is a silver Nissan Pulsar, which means it is reliable. It also won't need the belts changed (expensive) because it is chain driven and those last more or less forever. Mannie is also a manual transmission car. This means it will be more fuel efficient and easier and cheaper to fix.

It also means that my boyfriend and I are having to relearn how to drive a manual. The boyfriend has driven manual a few times in his early 20's, and until yesterday I hadn't driven a manual since I was 15. I DID learn to drive in a manual, but as a teenager I thought I had enough problems already, so I purchased an automatic so that I wouldn't have to deal with gear changes as well as boyfriends and pimples. However, since I did originally learn to drive in a manual it was a bit like riding a bike. I only stalled once, which I thought was awesome.

So we are both going to be spending the next week practicing our driving. It isn't my car (well, I co-own it) but since I drive the boyfriends car every few weeks for one reason or another, I need to be able to drive this new car.

Wish me luck!

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:22PM

    I hope you get lots of kilometers/miles on your new car!

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MITECU 7/8/2012 9:28AM

    Enjoy the new car. emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/8/2012 9:00AM

    Congratulations on your new car.... I like that you name your car.... that's a habit I picked up years ago....

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WOWEETOO 7/7/2012 11:42PM

    i learned to drive in a stick shift and for a little while i had a real lead foot (LOL) and i never had an automatic until i'd bee driving for35 years and that was so wonderful..it had air conditioning and electronic windows and turbo charged and leather interior..i thought i had died and gone to heaven for sure..i drive a car that is 16 years old now with roll up windows and still a/c and it only has 72,000 original miles on it..it will most probably be my last for sure as i know i could never avoid another one lol the lady mary

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/7/2012 7:59PM

    Congrats on the car! I have only driven stick once and hated it as a new driver.... I can ride a motorcycle and do pretty good with the toe clutch.

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TODAYIAM 7/7/2012 7:17PM

    Awe that's so awesome!! I loved my Nissan sentra and it too was a manual.. The best car ever!!

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So, I hurt

Friday, July 06, 2012

In a good way. It is a 'oh, yeah, I lifted heavy yesterday' kinda hurt. I ended up increasing my weights through most of my program, and I'm glad I did!

Chest press - 9kg dumbbells to 10kg dumbbells
Head to toe - 3kg to 4kg
Smith machine pulls ups - 8th notch to 7th notch (The lower down the machine you are, the less leverage your body gives and the more work you have to do)
Butt blaster - 10kg to 12.5kg
Curls - 5kg to 6kg

While I was moving around the gym doing my program I had a trainers voice in my ear "women always underestimate how heavy they can lift". One of the trainers, Laura, said this to me when we were talking about weight lifting one day, and it has really stuck with me. I don't want to underestimate myself!

Yeah, ouch.

My gym is a YMCA, and every month they have challenges. One month it was how quickly could you complete a mini triathlon, another it was how many sit ups could you do in a minute. I have never done any of the challenges, but I have always checked them out. This months challenge is a deadlift challenge, and my trainer wants me to do it. He said that since I have only just started deadlifts I should work on increasing the weight as much as I safely can throughout the month, and on the 31st of July he wants me to do the challenge! So, I have a goal for July, and something to work towards with my weight lifting. I am pretty excited!

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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:20PM

    Great job increasing your weight!

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JSTETSER 7/7/2012 6:31AM

    BubbleJ1, you are amazing! I live in a rural area, and don't have a YMCA. I really miss having people around me to challenge me. Your next challenge is something worth working towards. You can do it!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/6/2012 7:25PM

    Just wanting to put it here, too. I drink 2-3L of water per day (I drink to thirst, but keep a track of how many times I fill my bottle up), so I don't know why I need to be told to drink more water (with 5 exclamation marks...)

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JILLITA55 7/6/2012 7:17PM

    I have a YMCA close to my house. Never even thought of it. Thanks for the nug

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/6/2012 7:01PM

    Way to bump your weights up! I need to get on that, it's been a while since I've tried to increase (and I am lifting only 8 pounders right now.... not the cool stuff you are up to!). Good luck on your deadlift challenge!

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LYNSEY723 7/6/2012 6:52PM

    Nice job!! Way to increase those weights!! I'm sure you will do great on your challenge - just think of how much it will do for your body just preparing for it!! emoticon emoticon

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Hello, mid 70's!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I look at numbers in the following way: 0,1,2,3 are low, 4,5,6 are mid and 7,8,9 are high. With that clarification, I am pleased to announce that today I weighed in at 76.9, and I am now in the mid 70's! *Cue wild cheering, party poppers and parade music*

In all seriousness, I am so happy to have met this milestone. I know I seem to be celebrating every other week, but I really will celebrate anything that shows progress eg. 20 pounds lost, 10kg lost, 10% body weight lost. The kiwis will get this: "Girl, you're always looking for a party!" from the cervical screening ad.

Now, onwards and downwards to the low 70's! My goal is getting closer and closer!

Quick recap

Starting weight: 87.3kg (192lb)
Current weight: 76.9kg (169lb)
Total weight lost: 10.4kg (23lb)
Percentage of body weight lost: 11.9%

All in 6 months and one week.

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PATSYB7 7/5/2012 7:52PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/5/2012 6:13PM

    You are ROCKING it!!! Way to go BUBBLE! Really, you have a cervical screening ad that has a line about a party??? Too funny, I don't normally associate the two! emoticon

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NINJAKNITTER 7/5/2012 5:34PM

  Fantastic job! I love that you celebrate every other week! Things like that seem to really help people stay on track to achieve their goals. :-) Keep it up!

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