Saturday, July 21, 2012
I took my mother shopping this afternoon. I was wandering around while she was in the changing room, looking for more things for her. We were at a.... ummm.... 'older lady store'; They mainly cater to the 40+ crowd, and specialise in plus sizes, although they do carry a few items in smaller sizes. Since I am none of the above I was not looking for anything for myself. But then I saw this top, and I thought it was quite nice. Then I checked, and they had one in the smallest size, a 10 (the sizes run a little big at this store). I tried it on and it fit perfectly. It is a similar style to the tops I have been wearing, just with a clingy fabric instead of the long flowing material.
What do you all think?
Bonus, mum paid as a thank you for helping her shop. She got 2 pairs of pants and 7 tops that all look great on her. Double bonus, it is a size freaking ten! I don't care that their sizes run big, I am wearing a size 10 for the first time since I was 10!
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!!
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!
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!
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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