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Red Sox and Weight Loss... an epiphany about the numbers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So my beloved Red Sox are not at the top of the heap this year.

40 games into the season, we have a .500 going, 20 wins, 20 losses.
It is frustrating being a fan of a team you love with all your heart, when they are not winning. But, there are more numbers than what you see in the Win/Loss columns:

Some Red Sox stats for 2010 (this is in the WHOLE LEAGUE, not just the AL East!)
* first in the Majors in Runs Scored (210)
* first in the Majors in Hits (378)
* second in the Majors in Home Runs (55)
* second in the Majors in Total Bases (636)
* third in the Majors in Slugging Percentage (.454 SLG)
* third in the Majors in On Base plus Slugging (.804 OPS).

"So what the heck does this have to do with weight loss??", you may ask.

It's a reminder that when the numbers on the scale (think of it as the win/loss column) don't move, there are other numbers that count. Are you recording your energy level? measuring your cholesterol? checking your waist, hips, thighs, arm, neck size? are you sleeping better? can you run/walk/bike further and faster than you did before? are you eating food that is more healthy, even if it might not be lower in fat and calories?

While the Red Sox are not showing their ability in the Win/Loss columns yet, we have HOPE! When your scale is not showing what you want to see at this moment, have HOPE!! Keep plugging along. This is not a short term fix. It took years to get where you are. It's going to take time to get to where you want to go, just like it's going to take time for my Sox to get the numbers to work for them!!

*** I probably should note that there is one major difference. In MLB, there can be only one Champion. In SparkPeople, we can all be Champions!! Our only true opponent is our self.

Hope: a feeling that what is wanted will happen (Webster's New World Dictionary)
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7777BEV 5/21/2010 4:07PM

    Great blog! Love how you pulled the two ideas into one goal. Our Red Sox will keep pouring their hearts into what they do just like we will too! Thanks for posting their stats - pretty good numbers! You make great points and best of all - it's all truth!
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NURSESUSIE51 5/20/2010 9:19AM

    As a Cubs fan, all we ever have is hope emoticon But you are so right. My numbers aren't dropping...but they aren't rising either and for me that is something!

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TINATC26 5/20/2010 7:59AM

    Great blog!! I have more hope for you and I this year than our Sox, emoticon, but you have really hit a homerun with the points you make!! emoticon

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/19/2010 9:09PM

    Seriously--great thoughts put together in a stellar blog! I like this analogy--it certainly makes sense to me.

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10 % Gone!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Start weight: 230 lbs. 1/10/2010
Current weight: 206 lb. 5/11/2010
Total loss: 24 lbs.
Percent loss: a few bites over 10%

What does that mean to me?
~ Renewed energy
~ Better fitness
~ Better Sleep
~ Less joint pain
~ New Wardrobe (almost 2 sizes now!!)

What 24 lbs. looks like: a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream

How many calories in 24 lbs; 24 X 3500 cal per pound of fat = 84,000 calories

SparkPeople thinks 10% is a good thing!

So does Weight Watchers! (I am a former WW devotee)

So do I!!
Thank you to SparkPeople and ALL of my SparkFriends.
10% less of me 100% loves all of you!!
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EKKING 5/14/2010 5:38PM

    Great job! I'm finally getting the weight off again and can't wait for that 10% mark. It's been forever...

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/11/2010 10:24PM

    AWESOME!!!! And...looking ahead, you are super close to another pretty awesome milestone--just sayin'!

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MATT425 5/11/2010 9:43PM

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GO SOX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<
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TRUELYMI 5/11/2010 6:29PM


Well done! You've reached a huge milestone and I hope this gives you energy and motivation to keep going!!!

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CHRYS13 5/11/2010 6:16PM

    I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on your accomplishment!
You're fantastic!

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BATTISTOLI 5/11/2010 6:10PM

    congrads! that is such an awesome accomplishment. im almost at my 10%. keep up the awesome work!

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LADYHDRIDER1 5/11/2010 6:08PM

    Congratulations and thank you for breaking it down like that. I've never thought about what the 18 lbs I've lost might be. I will have to make a visual of that because I'm sure it would help me remember I don't want to put it back.


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SLMARQUEZ 5/11/2010 6:04PM

  10% is simply wonderful!! GOOD for you, what a great achievement. emoticon

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Time to re-ignite my Spark!!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Some of the you have been here for years, some for months, some are brand new. A little about me... I started on SparkPeople on Jan. 10th. I've lost a little over 20 lbs., my activity level is 75% more than it has been. I made a very conscious decision to start my weight loss journey NOT for New Years. I was going like gangbusters in the beginning. Nothing better than that "full speed ahead" feeling.

I realized last week that I was going through the motions. Just plugging along. Yeah, I'm still eating okay, still moving a bunch, just not "Into it". This is where I would have slowed down in the past. maybe given up, maybe given in.

I had to give myself an intervention. Start from the beginning. Re-motivate. Throw some more kindling on my flame and let my Spark take over.

Did y'all know that SP has a killer web page on motivation?? I've picked up a link or two in the past. Today, I've re-read a bunch. Take a look if you need some help.

Here are some questions I have addressed to re-ignite my Spark:
1. Why am I doing this?
2. How am I going to succeed?
3. What have been my successes?
4. What have been my failures?
5. What do I need to change to keep being successful?
6. What are my goals and do they need to be reevaluated?

And the answers are (drum roll, please!):
1. I want to be healthy, I want to look good, I want to be more active, I want to golf better, I want to look HOT in the outfit I wear to my 25th high school reunion this summer.

2. I am going to eat healthier, I am going to eat more veggies, I am going eat chocolate and cheese. I will NOT deny myself what is thought of as "Bad Foods", nor will I use them as rewards. Log it on the 'good' days and especially on the 'bad' days.
I am going to be more consistent with working out. I'm doing okay at cardio, time to add in some weight lifting and toning. Maybe I'll get that gym membership yet!

3. My successes, actually, I'm doing pretty well. I have lost a little over 20 lbs. I am more active than I have been in years. I am about a size and a half lower that I was on 1/10/10. I can walk further/faster than a month ago. I can do the harder workouts (I love Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active and Coach Nicole's 10 minute SP workouts!!).

4. My failures have been few. I have NOT failed, I just lost track of my motivation. Time to look at my Vision Collage again. Time to re-assess my goals and rewards. I had a couple of days where I stopped myself from going over the proverbial edge and diving into a pint of Ben and Jerry's. That, I see as a success, not a failure. Seeing where you went wrong and stopping the downhill slide... That's how you turn potential failure into a success.

5. Look at myself every evening and tell myself 5 things I did right that day. 5 ways I succeeded, not just in SparkPeople, but in life, work, personal and any other successes. I may speak these things to myself or I may write them down.

6. My Goals:
Original Goals and how I'm doing:
- no Soda ~~ Not a problem. I don't even think about this any more. check!
- keep up with water ~~ Not a problem. It has become habit. check!
- cook healthy more ~~ I am cooking more and preparing meals in advance, but manage to forget to bring lunch to work and get bored quickly... still a work in progress
- drop Cholesterol #'s ~~ That reminds me... I need to make a DR appointment in the morning!
- wake up earlier ~~ I can't believe it, but I now work out an hour before I go to work every morning.
- organize @ work and home ~~ Still working this one. I need to ramp up my efforts here.

New goals and how I will succeed:
~ Add Strength and Toning exercises: Use the tapes/DVD's I have and add gym membership next month.
~ Continue healthy drinking, 8+ water and No soda
~ Cook more at home (remember lunches for work!)
~ Watch Cholesterol #'s and other health factors
~ Organize at home and work ~~ check out flylady site and SP team, think about getting personal coach. One hour per day, EVERY day!!

I CAN do this!! You CAN too!!

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7777BEV 5/11/2010 4:23PM

    Great idea to get a new perspective on the old one - you obviously thought all this through and are ready to go! I'm excited for you and I know you'll do great!
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NURSESUSIE51 5/10/2010 3:10PM

    Congratulations on your success so far!! You've done great setting specific goals for thing I'm a little lax at. I think I'll borrow some of yours and try to get myself remotivated.

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REDHEAD582 5/9/2010 7:13PM

    Good for you to re-motivate yourself. I think you are doing awesome and have made some great life changes already. 20 LBS down is fantastic!

I also am a great believer in a gym membership. I am down 34 lbs as of this am (woohoo), and I think it is my strength training that has really made the difference.

So here's to go girl!!

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JRMORFORD 5/9/2010 6:50PM

    A fire has to keep being fed, or in a few hours it will go out.

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CHRYS13 5/9/2010 6:37PM

    Way to go! I feel motivated just reading this! You're organized, you know what you have to do, and you will succeed! Just look what you've already accomplished! emoticon

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LENOREMARY 5/9/2010 6:32PM

    Time to reignite my Spark too! Reading your blog motivated me. Thanks! (sorry to say though, I am a Yankee fan, former NYer).

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Stuck in shopping hell!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I was reading the Daily Spark today and the article "Body Bliss: Dress for the Body You Have Today"

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.

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CUTIECAT1 5/5/2010 2:45PM

    great job on the 20lb weight loss!!! you are probably better off having your current clothes taken in until you can end up shopping where you want to - best of luck to you!!!


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GOLFCHICK2-0 5/5/2010 2:37PM

    I'm going to try and hit Kohl's this weekend. I was too tired to shop after walking with my friend in the golf tournament

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EKKING 5/5/2010 2:17PM

    I'm so behind on blogs! Did you end up finding anything?

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MEOWMMYX3 5/4/2010 12:13PM

    Oh do I ever know and understand your pain.....and frustration.

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MATT425 4/29/2010 12:21PM

    Your shopping @ the wrong Place. You Should be shopping @ the Red Sox Pro Shop! LOL emoticon Have a great Day.

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REDHEAD582 4/29/2010 8:36AM

    I so know what you mean. I have no pants left in my closet that fit. I totally missed a size that I was holding onto. Now I am a 16 (or so depending on the cut).

I am turning over the waist on my 18's right now as I also buy my pants very long since I am tall (but without the extra inches they are too long so turned over they are ok).

I am going back out this weekend to try and get something. I am even thinking about a tailor.

Oh and most of my golf skirts don't fit either anymore. Luckily our Canadian golf store had a Ladies night so I was able to find a new one, and I have 1 in my closet that was a small size. So I will be wearing those out!


BR>But I would much rather be in this predicament!

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NURSESUSIE51 4/28/2010 10:30PM

    Loved it!! I remember the LAST time I lost weight and got out of the plus sized department. It was a thrilling moment!! emoticon But....of course, I ended up back there. I do see people on TV who are big and wonder where they buy their clothes. There have to be more fashionable places, but I don't know where they are emoticon

But you're doing great. Keep up the good work and thanks for giving me a smile emoticon


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SOPHIEMAE2007 4/28/2010 7:39PM

    I know what you are talking about. I hate some of the plus size stores, because some of the clothes are just plain ugly or something an really older person would wear (mean no offense to anyone), but half of it is nothing I would try on. Or they are way to young looking. That is why I only buy the mark downs too! I love the Woman Within catalog. They have fun colors and prints and stuff I would actually wear. I have bought a few things from them and find the sizes to be pretty close to exact and their prices are decent. Check them out!

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CHRYS13 4/28/2010 7:20PM

    So proud of and happy for you- - -20 lbs. gone! emoticon
You will be in that little black dress before you know it....and how fun will that be! another--- emoticon

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SASSISPRING 4/28/2010 5:39PM

    Your blog had me chuckling and hey, even in size 26/28 the clothes are ugly. I remember years back trying to shop for a dress to wear to my brother's wedding. All mumus. I went back to a store many times as they had at least a halfway decent looking dress but still too many flowers. I finally sat down in the middle of the store and bawled. Serious. And that's when I was size 18/20, before I was really ill and gained. The clerk was so sympathetic and yes, I bought the dress. Or the time a clerk at Lane Bryant said that I should just push my breasts into the bra and suck it in until it fit. I told her where to suck it in and left. LOL!! My bff had no clue, was still in shock standing in the mall wondering what happened. I hear you on not shopping there. It was a shame, prior to the buyout it was an amazing store. Hey its super great you lost the weight and keep it up!! And hope that you do find something that fits you and in your price range too!!!!

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GYPSYGOTH 4/28/2010 2:33PM

    i SO remember being in limbo between misses and plus. a totally unfun place to be. but keep up the great work and you'll be able to find all of the clothes you want :D

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/28/2010 2:29PM

    I loved shopping Old Navy and seeing jeans titled "Plus-Size Low-Rise." Two terms that should NEVER go together! Ugh!


Right now, I'm an 18 in Riders jeans, 16 in Old Navy jeans, and a 14 in Gloria Vanderbilt shorts (Kohls). Got those GV's just cuz I could wear a 14 in them, lol. I'm just hoping everything I have now will last me thru the summer, with drawstring waists on my shorts, and stretchy tees. I can't afford any more clothes right now!!! =P

So in other words, I hear ya sistah.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 4/28/2010 2:12PM

    lmao! I'm so with you. Try JCPenny's or Kohl's Clearance racks. Their "designer" brands go up to women's sizes--even the smaller ones--and aren't hideous!

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7777BEV 4/28/2010 1:59PM

    Humor gets us through so much, doesn't it? And you have some funny stuff here - true but funny. It is frustrating but in a good way! So glad you need those smaller sizes but sure wish you could find some things that fit and were stylish! By, the way, I completely agree about those low rise jeans - not even sure I like them on a size 6! lol

Hang in there - keep looking - you might burn another size just in the search! Good luck!
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7777BEV 4/28/2010 1:59PM

    Humor gets us through so much, doesn't it? And you have some funny stuff here - true but funny. It is frustrating but in a good way! So glad you need those smaller sizes but sure wish you could find some things that fit and were stylish! By, the way, I completely agree about those low rise jeans - not even sure I like them on a size 6! lol

Hang in there - keep looking - you might burn another size just in the search! Good luck!
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7777BEV 4/28/2010 1:57PM

    Humor gets us through so much, doesn't it? And you have some funny stuff here - true but funny. It is frustrating but in a good way! So glad you need those smaller sizes but sure wish you could find some things that fit and were stylish! By, the way, I completely agree about those low rise jeans - not even sure I like them on a size 6! lol

Hang in there - keep looking - you might burn another size just in the search! Good luck!
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LEELEEPOO 4/28/2010 1:47PM

    Ha, ha, loved your blog. And I can so relate to your shopping problems.If I were size 10 and below, I would have such a huge selection of clothes...and why is it that size 18s have to be ugly? WHO MADE THAT RULE?

Anyway, thanks for the rant! I've thought it myself, especially about the low rise waist. I see it on my plump students all the time and I can't help but think that they must be fooling themselves...because the rest of us see those muffin tops. Just because you can squeeze your butt into size 10 doesn't mean you should do it!!! Not if you've got a muffin top!!!! ARGH!!!

I am so not going to buy any nice clothes until I get to my goal weight.. at which time I hope to be size 10 and it'll be worthwhile shopping!!!

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My skirt just got longer...

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.

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EKKING 4/25/2010 10:11PM

    YIPPEE! Great job!

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REDHEAD582 4/21/2010 9:16AM

    In Canada I have found Winners great for my new inbetween clothing as I blew past some of the old clothes in my closet.

Which I am not upset about at all!!!

Here's to longer skirts and longer pants! I now will not have to shop in the Tall section anymore.

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TINATC26 4/21/2010 8:41AM

    That is awesome, keep up the good work!! I like that "Sally's Boutique!!"


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CHRYS13 4/20/2010 8:13PM

    So thrilled for you! What a wonderful feeling! emoticon

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7777BEV 4/20/2010 1:48PM

    Good for you!!! Awesome and I'm so excited you get to go do a little clothes shopping even at discount stores - it's down right exciting!!! Enjoy that skirt! emoticon

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SAMSPARK1 4/20/2010 1:38PM

    Hadn't heard "Sally's Boutique" before. LOVE IT! Great job on getting where you are!

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ANDYLIN90 4/20/2010 1:20PM

    Oh that's great! And what I really like is your comment about the scale not moving, but your skirt did. It's so important to look for the positive changes other than relying on the scale.
Good for you!

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TLAIR0468 4/20/2010 1:02PM

    Woohoo! That is awesome! I had a shrinking waist experience with my belt this I know exactly how excited you are right now. Congrats! I totally hear ya on not spending alot of $$ on that in-between size!

Great job!

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MEOWMMYX3 4/20/2010 12:58PM

    Way to go, girl!!!
Good for you. I'm so wanting that feeling.
Good strategy on the clothing. I was just complaining about that very thing.

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 4/20/2010 12:53PM

    cracking me up! Way to go emoticon

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LABOSOXGIRL 4/20/2010 12:52PM

    AWESOME!!! That's a great feeling! I have a pair of pants on today that I am having trouble keeping them up, and the length has gotten so long they keep wrapping under my heels on top of my sandals! LOL

Great Shopping ideas! I never thought to look there for "in between" clothes!

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/20/2010 12:48PM

    Woo hoo! I know that EXACT feeling lol. I bought a lot of in-between clothes recently too, but mainly stuff that I can wear even when it's loose, like tees. Jeans I'm holding off on, tho I got some (drawstring) shorts. In a 14! Holy cow! But yeah, everything else is on the cheap for now. We have many sizes to go and we WILL get there! =)

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