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Fun with Clothes

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I have gone down another size and really need some new clothes, but I've been sick and haven't been able to get out and peruse the thrift stores. Yesterday I had some unexpected fun. For my first foray out since Christmas, I called a friend and arranged to meet out for lunch. We had a great healthful meal and then I asked her if she would like to come window shopping at a local department store with me. I just wanted to check sizes not to buy. I'm buying thrift store stuff till I get to goal.

She was game so we took off. Very soon into the shopping expedition, I found out that she had always secretly wanted to be a clothes designer and absolutely loved shopping. I went into the dressing room with a few things I had found and she immediately took off after asking my favorite colors and what sizes I thought I wore. We spent the next hour playing dress up. She brought in blouses, pants, skirts, purses, jewellery and shoes. Her styles were so much more fun than how I usually dress. She even brought in a undergarment which pulled in my upper and lower abdominal skin folds ( I know, TMI lol) . Wow, I am looking good! After we finished she said that she would come with me on a shopping expedition when I am ready to really buy some new clothes. I can't wait!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 1/14/2011 11:56PM

    That is so terrific !! I am so happy for you !! Whenever that happens be sure and take some pics ! emoticon

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/14/2011 11:06AM

    This is a great story and a HUGE motivator for many people! Thanks for sharing this in your blog! Keep up your hard work, the results are paying off in more ways than one :)

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BEVIEANN 1/13/2011 8:30PM

    That is great. Now you know you can take her with you when you are ready to buy and you will be dressed really smart looking. Is always nice to have someone to shop with. I am just waiting till I can shop the same side of the store with my friend who I always shop with when I am visiting her.

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JRSWHIMSY 1/12/2011 6:25PM

    Surprise surprise, my hubby loves going clothes shopping and has WAY more fashion sense than me!

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MNNICE 1/12/2011 4:22PM

    I want the name and brand of that undergarment that pulls in your upper and lower abdominal skin folds!!! LOL

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NINJA-NED 1/12/2011 7:03AM

    how fun! i always hated shopping .... until i lost weight. now i can actually look in the dressing room mirror and enjoy it. yay you!

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KOFFEENUT 1/11/2011 11:50PM

    That is so cool! All these hidden talents in the folks we know, just waiting to be uncovered!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/11/2011 12:36PM

    What fun!!! I want a clothing designer friend who can dress me up!

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ILUVTOTAT 1/11/2011 11:54AM

    That sounds like it was so much fun!

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/11/2011 10:16AM

    Oh how much fun was that.....Maybe you should take her "Thrift" shopping to. She might come up with a great outfit that you'd not think about. Glad your feeling better.

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CARLANNIE 1/11/2011 9:28AM

    Wow - what a neat, unexpected treat! And that will be an amazing thing to look forward to when you reach your goal and are ready for 'permanent' clothes! I'll bet you don't have far to go.

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NANCYRUBIO 1/11/2011 9:10AM

    How great to have a friend to shop with you. She certainly was a big help. Find your correct size?
Slowest Loser Team

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Snowy Sunday

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Its a quiet, lovely Snowy day in northern Colorado. DH got up a few minutes ago and opened all the blinds so we have gorgeous views of the lightly falling snow and the Rocky Mountains. We are sitting in our robes, drinking coffee and reading the Sunday papers. I have no plans today except to give myself 15 minutes of me time for my 28 day Teddy Bear Challenge by sitting in our Jacuzzi tub for a "personal spa day"

As I have said before "Life is Good!"

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/9/2011 7:52PM

    Enjoy your me time :)

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ILUVTOTAT 1/9/2011 4:20PM

    Don't you just love days like today? I'm watching the snow and quilting.

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CARLANNIE 1/9/2011 4:18PM

    Make way for me! I'm grabbing my suit and I'll be right over. Enjoy!!!

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EDWINA172 1/9/2011 3:42PM

    Sounds like a scene from a movie. Enjoy!

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ETAGGEL 1/9/2011 2:09PM

    It certainly sounds peaceful and serene! Enjoy your day!


Phyllis

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MNNICE 1/9/2011 2:04PM

    I think I would spend the whole day in there!!! Enjoy it! Relaxing is important, too.

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DDOORN 1/9/2011 12:08PM

    Ah...a Jacuzzi...! I'll BET life is good! :-)

Enjoy!

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DIANE2110 1/9/2011 12:06PM

    That sounds like heaven. Have a great day!
Diane : ) ** Make in Happen in 2011 **

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GAILRUU 1/9/2011 11:50AM

    That sounds beautiful! Enjoy the day.

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HINOTO 1/9/2011 11:47AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a snowy Sunday!

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Change (even negative change) can be Good!

Friday, January 07, 2011

I am still sick but I am not down. I am congested, coughing and tired. I have a huge cold sore (yuck!) but I am not down. I can't go out because the cold air triggers my asthma, but I am not down. I haven't been getting in my 10,000 steps a day, but I AM NOT DOWN!

I have reduced my calories from the high part of my calorie range to the low end. I am doing light exercise for 30 minutes a day and light strength training with the 28 day challenge instead of 60 minutes a day of high energy aerobics and ST with machines at the gym. I am sitting indoors most of the day (making myself walk around the house for steps at least once an hour). And I AM NOT DOWN.

I am not hungry eating fewer calories and I have eliminated a few extras like nuts in my cereal and a 100% whole wheat roll with dinner. I have realized how important exercise is to me now that I can't do much. I have lost 2 pounds this last week and broken the 185 barrier that has been there for the last few months SO I AM NOT DOWN.

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WISLNDR 1/9/2011 9:05AM

    Oh, you know what it feels like too!! Thanks for the Goodie and the blog comments and CONGRATULATIONS!!

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AELARLEE1 1/7/2011 5:55PM

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Doing the happy dance with you on the weight loss.

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Now get well :)

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ILUVTOTAT 1/7/2011 10:03AM

    Wow! You're doing fantastic!

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CARLANNIE 1/7/2011 9:52AM

    Love your self talk - you could talk yourself out of anything!!! WTG on those 2 pounds down, and altering your diet to match your exercise level. You are one smart cookie!

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DIANE2110 1/7/2011 9:38AM

    Sure you're down, you're down 2 lbs. emoticon

Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **

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NINJA-NED 1/7/2011 9:30AM

    2 pounds! that's awesome!! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/7/2011 8:52AM

    Yes you ARE DOWN: 2 pounds down...! :-)

Way to tap into your SPARK and pull yourself through this moment of adversity!

Don

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New Year Goals

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Being sick the first week of the New Year has allowed me a little time to contemplate where I am with my new lifestyle and the results are pleasing.

I eat emotionally much less frequently now. I want to increase my awareness of when I am thinking about eating emotionally and develop at least 3 tactics to catch this feeling in the bud and turn it around.

I am much more active. Not just in the amount of exercise I do, but in how often I move my body and how much less frequently I just sit. I want to find 3 more ways to move more frequently on a daily basis.

I have decreased the amount I eat at a sitting. I want to be aware of the extras I eat and stop eating them.

I am not bored any more. I want to find 3 new activities this year.

I am happier. I want to evaluate my blessings at least once a week.

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/6/2011 7:42AM

    I was going to suggest snowshoeing too! My hubby and I bought some at X-mas and we love them.

We got Yukon's, they have a lightweight aluminum frame and are easy to get on/off. We bought them at Walmart, they ran $79.00

Did you know that snowshoeing burns an amazing 515 calories an hr?! Just think even if you went out for 1/2 an hr you would burn over 250 calories! How sweet!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/5/2011 4:52PM

    You've come far!!!

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AELARLEE1 1/5/2011 2:42PM

    I guess it is enough for a year!! Good job!! I think I will take your suggestion and work on eating less at a sitting, I like that one.



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CARLANNIE 1/5/2011 10:41AM

    Do you have snow shoes? Maybe some trekking around your cabin is called for, once your cold is history. Great goals - print them out and keep them in front of you so you can fall back on them throughout the year.

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WAUSUP 1/5/2011 10:23AM

    Great goals! It is always great to have some good targets to shoot for. Wish you the best in achieving these goals. Take the time you need to rest up and get well and then hit the year full-speed ahead.

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SMILEYBEE 1/5/2011 10:12AM

    Good food for thought for me! (non-fattening food LOL) Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Hope you're on the mend and back up and at 'em soon! emoticon

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1ROCKYMAMA 1/5/2011 9:12AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan, emoticon

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DDOORN 1/5/2011 9:12AM

    New activites: SUCH a biggie for ME as well!

The more enriched my life, the less I am tempted to fill any void within by eating things I don't need!

Don

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ILUVTOTAT 1/5/2011 9:03AM

    That's quite a lot, but it sounds manageable! You're doing great!

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HEATHHILL 1/5/2011 9:02AM

    That sounds GREAT for the new year!! Congrats on your progress and keep up the good work!

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Slow but Moving

Monday, January 03, 2011

Felt a lot better today. Only up to take my asthma meds a couple of times last nite. Had a little more energy and a little less coughing. I did the first 2 Videos for the 28 day challenge. I also got out of the house today. The cold air triggered some coughing but it was nice to get out.

Tonight I marched in front of the TV for 30 min to get my first cardio in 5 days. Woo Hoo! It felt great. The funny thing is that it actually got my heart rate up. I felt like I'm starting from square one, but I know as my cold and asthma improve my fitness will improve.

I got on the scale for the first time in 5 days and while I've been sick, I went down from 186 to 183. Boy, I wish it were real, but I have a feeling its dehydration cause I haven't been eating or drinking well since being sick. I ate and drank well today. I'm not going to record the 183 or weigh again until Friday. This week I will try to eat 500 calories less than I burn each day and hope that this illness was my unexpected plateau buster.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/4/2011 4:53PM

    On track is the place to be these days emoticon Good for you, Victoria

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AELARLEE1 1/4/2011 3:22PM

    Well...a loss is a loss, so just keep moving a little bit at a time. You are doing better than me, I haven't done the first video yet, but first week back at the office and getting things back into some kind of order is taking its toll, but I will do the first one tonight.

Hang in there friend!

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DDOORN 1/4/2011 10:08AM

    Well you gotta start somewhere and start you HAVE!

Good for you!

Don

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CARLANNIE 1/4/2011 8:57AM

    If you need a little 'push' to get you over that plateau, I'll give you a shove in the right direction. Except wait - you are pushing yourself! 500 less calories a day will get you one pound down. Glad you are feeling a bit better.

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/4/2011 4:38AM

    Take care and don't push yourself too quickly! Listen to your body and do what you can, you'll be back to yourself before long...

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ETAGGEL 1/3/2011 11:36PM

    So glad to hear you are feeling better! Just watch how you go,take care!


Phyllis

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HINOTO 1/3/2011 11:08PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better! Take your own advice that you gave to me, and don't push yourself too hard!

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KOFFEENUT 1/3/2011 10:42PM

    Take it easy on yourself - cold/asthma will certainly take the "spark" out of you, and you have PLENTY of time to get back your fitness level once you're well!

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MNNICE 1/3/2011 9:58PM

    I have a 30 yr old daughter who has had chronic severe asthma since she was 4 years old, so I understand what you're going through. Take care of yourself!

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