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No idea how to dress myself

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I went to the mall tonight for a few bits and bobs. I managed to score 2 bras for $40! I love half price sales! Anyway, I was browsing the clothes section and I realised that I have no idea how to dress myself now that I'm not fat. I'm not thin by any means, but I'm not fat anymore. I used to hide myself behind flowing layers, wearing only lose clothing and baggy tshirts. Now, I have no idea what to wear! I am still wearing my 'fat' tops, but I wear a belt with them to pull them in at the waist. I would love to move away from the clothing I turned to when I was 10kg heavier, but I don't know where to start! So, what to do? I need Gok Wan and I need him right now!

In other news, I had an interesting day at school. I took in some purple carrots for the kids. We peeled and cut them, then the adventurous children tried them. They were fascinated by them, and amazed that they tasted just like orange carrots! My workmates were funny as I was eating my purple carrots. One teacher, who I love, said that knowing me, it was actually normal for me to eat purple carrots. Her theory is that they fuel my strangeness. Hehe, she is awesome!

I also ended up looking after another class this afternoon. Their teacher had a meeting, and I had non contact time, so I volunteered to watch the class for the afternoon. They were a little rowdy, as expected when a new teacher is with them. At the end of the afternoon 3 girls came up to me and said that they couldn't wait until they were old enough to be in my class! AWWWWWW! I wish they would say that to the principal; It might work in my favour when my contract is up.

I was supposed to do strength training tonight but I hurt, so I skipped it. Shopping is exercise, yes? Lifting cookies to my mouth is strength training, yes? OK, maybe not, but a girl can dream!!

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 7/21/2012 7:27AM

    LOL, I know what you mean! So hard to suddenly change wardrobe styles!

Where do you get purple carrots, and what makes them purple?

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LYNSEY723 7/19/2012 12:22PM

    I understand the feeling! I still head towards the flowing, lose fitting tops in the stores. When I get home I realize that I actually hate to wear those now because I am hiding what I have worked so hard for! The times that I feel the most confident are before I go to the gym, when I am wearing very fitted clothes (yoga pants and tight t-shirt). I realized just last night that I need to dress like that any time I'm not at work to reaffirm to myself that my body does look better now, and is worthy of wearing fitted tank tops and shorts.

As far as what YOU should wear, I like what the other posters have said. Try everything on! You don't have to buy anything, but you can get an idea of what looks good! If you can sneak pictures that is a great idea. Good luck!! :)

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/19/2012 10:43AM

    I've been learning, slowly. I"ve stopped buying bulky oversized t-shirts, and now actually buy women's fitted styles in a... LARGE! I haven't worn a large since college! I've been in 2x for so long, I never thought I'd WANT to show my body off. I'm so proud of my shoulders, I've been buying sleeveless, too!



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SLIMMERKIWI 7/19/2012 6:33AM

    Where it comes to the clothes situation, you can have loads of fun just trying clothes on with no intention of buying. Take a friend and get her to take photos so you can look at them in private and make mental notes of what worked and what didn't. Think colours, too! Since I lost a lot of weight I have tended to gravitate toward brighter colours.
Kris

Comment edited on: 7/21/2012 2:38:34 AM

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/19/2012 5:54AM

    Enjoy being able to buy fun new styles! I too still naturally grab a larger size first, or things that "hide". It's fun to look in the mirror when you dress for your new smaller size and to say "really, that's my body!" Congrats. Sounds like you are very loved by the students in the school!

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So, apparently I offended someone

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I had just finished boxing class. I was chatting to a friend. One of the men, who was standing behind me, started talking to me. I turned around and saw he was shirtless, getting changed in the group fitness room. I said "Oh" and turned back around. He inquired as to why, and I said I didn't want to see him shirtless. He got offended, and was asking me why. I just said I didn't want to see anyone shirtless, and that there were changing rooms available. He got pissed off at me and called me a prude! Then my friend got on the bandwagon, too, and started giving me a hard time about it.

I am really annoyed. I have never said anything before because no one has asked. I just turn around and ignore the situation. Some of the boys do it, and it always makes me uncomfortable, but like I said, I just turn away or leave the room. I don't think I am a prude, I just think there is a time and place, and the back of a group fitness room is really not the place. Swimming pool? Fine. On a stage at an all male strip show? No problem.

This is the kind of guy who will bring it up until the end of time. If he starts giving me a hard time next class... I love boxing, and now I don't feel comfortable going back because of this man. I'm not a prude, I just have no desire to see 60 year old men topless when there is a changing room 20 metres away!

  
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SLIMMERKIWI 7/19/2012 6:32AM

    Don't worry about what THEY think - you just go with what YOU feel comfortable with!

Kris

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/18/2012 11:57AM

    I don't think you should have to justify yourself. Women aren't allowed to just strip down wherever they like, you're perfectly within your rights to not want to see half-naked men of any kind. Especially when facilities are available. You're not being a prude, you're being normal!

I wouldn't want to see that either.

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LYNSEY723 7/18/2012 11:32AM

    Oh, on second thought... I like SANDIEGOJOHN's comment better!! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 7/18/2012 11:30AM

    You did the right thing! I wouldn't want to stand there talking to him while he was changing! If he does bring it up again I'd just be honest with him! You have no interest in seeing him 1/2 naked, not because your a prude, but because there is a time and a place for everything and if you wanted to see 1/2 naked men, you'd go to a male strip show!! emoticon

Hopefully he doesn't ruin the class for you! Good luck!

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RUNNER12COM 7/18/2012 11:17AM

    Your reaction was your own to decide. As has been said already, you didn't berate him for doing it, you just chose not to watch.

If he's being a jerk about it, just punch him. It IS boxing class, right?

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MARINEMAMA 7/18/2012 8:45AM

    Hopefully he will drop it....if not ignore him and enjoy your boxing class...hugs

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SAMBINA77 7/18/2012 8:28AM

    It doesn't sound like you were being rude about it...forget him...go back and kick some butt!

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MENHALLS 7/18/2012 8:11AM

    I think you need to call him on harassment if he brings it up again. It was your sense of modesty that caused you to turn, not as if you asked him to leave the room.

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MENHALLS 7/18/2012 8:10AM

    You have a right to how you feel. If he continues to bring it up, ask him to stop & actually tell him you feel harassed by his attitude. You might even point out that you didn't ask him to leave the room. It was your sense of modesty, so you turned away.

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CARLA-216 7/18/2012 7:34AM

    I sure hope he doesn't keep dragging it up. I don't want you to feel like you can't go to boxing because he's being a petty jerk.

And you know what? I feel the same way. I also don't much care to see men wearing those shirts with the huge open sleeves that show all their hairy pits, back and/or chest hair, and man boobs.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/18/2012 5:46AM

    Hope he lets it go so you can enjoy boxing! I don't think you did anything wrong.

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Hurts so good

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The gym was packed today. The car park was empty, which lulled me into a false sense of security. It was a nice day, maybe people walked? I went in, got changed and walked into the most packed weights area you have ever seen. People were 3 deep at the mirror trying to check form, there were benches everywhere, most of the weights/machines were being used. I knew I would have to improvise!

I did a quick, 5 minute treadmill run to warm up and headed in. Luckily for me, I only need a machine or a bench once in my entire program, so I grabbed some weights and relocated to the stretching/ab/spare floor area. I wasn't the only one with that idea, so space was tight there, too. I did my first 2 exercises, then grabbed my weights and headed outside. More space, fresh air and all I needed was 1 dumbbell. The smith machine was taken when I needed it, so I used the assisted pull up machine instead. Other than that I managed to luck out on getting a bench just when I needed one, and with some hunting I found the weights I needed.

The only problem I encountered the whole time was when I needed some 5-6kg weights, and there were none left. I looked around and found heaps of dumbbells on the floor, at a girls feet. I asked if I could use the 6kg's if she was done, and she just shrugged and her friend said they weren't using any of them anymore. Well, then put them back? It is obviously crazy busy, have a bit of common sense! Also, the teenage boys using the machines with waaaaaay too much weight and terrible form. Triceps pull downs shouldn't require your feet to leave the ground so you can get enough momentum going to pull the weight down. The 2 trainers were busy with program shows, and didn't see what was happening. I might mention it to my trainer when I see him next, since I am concerned that the boys might hurt themselves. Or knock some common sense into themselves. Either could happen.

The long and short of my epic gym saga is that I hurt. My shoulders and upper back are sore. I need a bath and a massage, stat!

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 7/18/2012 4:12AM

    Have a nice soak in a bubble bath!

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LYNSEY723 7/17/2012 11:21AM

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You did great! If it was that packed I would have just stayed on the treadmill! I'm afraid of the free weights area - - what does a normal ST day look like for you?

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Scale and tape measure hate me, but getting compliments...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Does that even it all out? The scale is putting me anywhere in the 77.0-77.6kg range at the moment. I know, fluctuation, all good, but would it kill it to dip under 77? I was there for like a week, I swear it! The tape measure is showing the same results it showed when I measured a couple of weeks ago. My pants are all big on me, so that is no help. I need new ones, but I spent too much on workout clothes this week, so the pants will have to wait a few more weeks.

Today I was back at school, so I saw all my workmates in work clothes (read: not a baggy tshirt) for the first time in 2 weeks. My tutor teacher commented that I had gotten skinnier over the holidays, which was nice. Also my mum keeps telling me that I look like I have lost more weight. So, even though the scale and the tape measure won't tell me what I want to hear, the real people in my life are. That is something, I guess!

  
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LYNSEY723 7/16/2012 3:18PM

    emoticon If other people notice then there is progress being made!!!

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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:16AM

    Take those compliments to the bank, girl! The tape measure and scale will get their act together and show the appropriate smaller number soon enough.

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STARGAZER420 7/16/2012 9:10AM

    that scale will move eventually~!

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/16/2012 8:17AM

    Muscle weighs more than fat; you're doing awesome!

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MARINEMAMA 7/16/2012 7:17AM

    I agree...take the compliments!! The scale and tape measure are only the tools we use. WTG ...your hard work is paying off!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/16/2012 6:58AM

    I say take the compliments and go with it! The scale will move soon!

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HEAT7918 7/16/2012 6:12AM

    Maybe you "toned up" some over those 2 weeks which doesn't usually show up on the scale or tape measure... either way, I say focus on the compliments, the baggy pants, and really just how you feel. Have more energy? Feel stronger?

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The Tale of Two Spin Classes

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday

Calories burned: 444
Max HR: 160 (barely)

Today

Calories burned: 550
Max HR: 180

A different instructor really makes the class! On Thursday we had a really chatty class with an instructor who chatted along. We didn't work that hard, and it shows in my numbers above. Today we had a no nonsense instructor who worked us very hard. No chatting, just working. Lots of hills, heaps of jumps. I was sweating up a storm!

I actually really enjoyed this mornings spin class. The time flew by, since I was too busy trying to breathe to bother looking at the clock. I liked the instructor and I like that I my workout was done by 10am; I can do whatever I want for the rest of the day! I'm not sure if I will make spinning a regular thing, but I could see myself doing it every so often to mix things up!

  
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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:14AM

    I can see why the chatty factor would equal less of a workout. While I do like to chat with some folks at times, overall I'd rather not because I can't workout as hard and talk at the same time.

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/15/2012 12:10AM

    It's funny... I've noticed when my classes are chatty (and I'm guilty of it, too, I've made friends) that we get a lot less intense a workout. And when the instructor pushes, our conversation dies. :)

I think both kinds of workouts have their benefits... but it sounds like you've got two fun classes!

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