Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I was reading the Daily Spark today and the article "Body Bliss: Dress for the Body You Have Today" www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=bod
For the past week, I have been going shopping. I REFUSE to pay full retail for a piece of clothing that I am only going to be in for a short while. So, I shop the Clearance racks, sales, re-sale shops. And I keep running into the same problem... I'm in between.
I was a Womens 18 going to a Womens 20 when I started SP. Now, 20+ lb.s later, I'm a 14W to16W, maybe a 16 to 18 Regular, however, it all depends on the store, brand, style, fabric, barometric pressure, winning lottery numbers and wind speed that day.
And if you've ever shopped in these sizes you know that we are just not a priority for most stores. Too big for the small stores, too small for the big stores. Like I stated in the title of this blog... Shopping Hell!
We've all seen the racks... Size 8, 40 items. Size 10, 50 items, Size 12, 80 items, Size 14, 40 items, Size 16, 10 items, Size 18 1 piece. ... And it is more than likely something HIDEOUS that should have never been made to start with. Gigantic bright colored flowers. Muumuu, florescent colored 1980's sweatshirt made to fall off the shoulders. Pants with a "low rise waist" (those probably shouldn't be made in any size over a 6 anyway... muffin tops should only exist on muffins ladies!!)
Arggghhhh! I shopped for 3 hours in the local Outlet Mall (I did walk past Lane Bryant... can't/won't ever shop there again!!). I found one (that's right 1!) pair of pants. As it is, unless they shrink in the hot water and dryer that I will send them through. They are already too large. Looks like I'm going to have to find a tailor for some of my better big girl clothes.
I am proud of the healthy lifestyle that I have adopted. I am proud of the fact that I chose to walk instead of drive when I can. I am sure as Hell proud of the fact that I have lost 20+ lbs. since January 10th. Now, I just want to show off how much my body has improved so that I can LOOK as much better as I FEEL.
Little Black Dress, here I come!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
... or tales of clothing that actually fits.
I put on my favourite skirt this morning. It's a cute A-line brown plaid that hits right about mid calf. For the past year, I have been wearing it at about knee length. I had it slid up so that the waist was right under "the girls". Turns out that it fits again. I have the waist of the skirt now sitting on my waist!
The scale may not have moved this week, my clothing has! Looks like it's time to go shopping! However, since I plan to not be at the next size down for long, I will be only shopping clearance, re-sale, Goodwill, Sally's Boutique (That's Salvation Army to those not in the know). I will pay no more than $10 for any piece of "in between" clothing.
It's the small things we have to enjoy, my SparkFriends.
May all your skirts get longer!
Friday, April 09, 2010
I know, we all talk about willpower. I keep thinking of the concept of "Won't Power"
~ eat that brownie
~ sit down in front of TV instead of working out/ walking/ Wii-ing
~ let the bad/mean comments get me down
~ allow the "just this once" disease ruin a weeks worth of hard work
~ have fried food
~ drink soda, diet or regular
~ forget to drink my water
~ stop Sparking
~ ever shop at Layne Bryants again
~ forget about Me and My health
And the biggest Won't of all:
I Won't go back to being the overeating, overweight, less-healthy, ignoring of vegetables, not exercizing, lazy person that I was before joining SparkPeople
Saturday, March 27, 2010
One of the things I am working on, beyond eating healthy and working out more, is de-cluttering my world. If you’ve ever watched the shows on TV, you now know that it’s more than just “stuff”. It’s emotions, attachments, hopes and dreams. Past, present and future all wrapped up in a big cluttered mess.
I read something today that gave me a huge “AHA!!” moment:
A Zen parable tells of a wanderer on a lonely road who came upon a torrential river that had washed out the bridge. So he built a solid and heavy raft, which carried him safely across to the other back. “This is a good raft,” he thought. “If there’s another river ahead, I can use it.” And he carried it for the rest of his life. How often do we hang onto things that served us well at one point in our lives but are no longer relevant or useful? Clutter is something that no longer serves you.
The memories that go along with the ugly out of date handbag that my grandma gave me are still there. I took a picture if I need to remember more. The handbag is in the Goodwill pile. The college sweatshirt that is torn and paint stained is now retired to the recycle bin (I couldn’t bear to use it as a rag, but no one else should have to look at it).
Another thing talked about in the article is the philosophy of SHED:
SEPARATE the treasures – identify the gems that are worth hanging on to.
HEAVE the trash – eliminate what’s weighing you down.
EMBRACE your identity – connect to who you are without all your stuff.
DRIVE yourself forward – explore the direction that connects your genuine self.
The ironic thing is that this advice came out of the January, 2009 House and Beautiful article. Do I really need to keep a magazine for over a year? No. I pulled out the article and recycled the rest.
Now, crank up the stereo and get back to SHEDDing!
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