Thursday, April 17, 2014
I quit smoking at 9 pounds over my goal weight. I was really, really close. And I was stalled at that weight. Why did I plateau? I was afraid of quitting smoking. I was supposed to quit before the winter cold, I was supposed to have reached goal before then. I realized the problem when I looked at one of those fancy line graphs that Sparkpeople makes available to us. So I quit smoking anyway. November 15, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. I finished my final cigarette. 2 days later I ate nearly an entire one pound can of dark chocolate covered cashews. Three weeks after I quit I ran the Hot Chocolate Run 5K. I did it in 37:59, more than 12 minutes faster than I walked it in 2012.
I have accomplished quite a bit, but it's time to get real. I am back up to 150 pounds and my new clothes are tight. I want to lose that weight again. (If it was a choice between the 11 pound gain and smoking, I assure you, I would just buy larger clothes!) I will watch those numbers drop. I will improve my fitness. I will continue to enjoy my breath moving in and out of my chest, even when I push my body to its limit!
And because everyone deserves a smile, I am going to add a picture of my tutu for the Zombie Race. (I'll get more pictures during the race to share)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Panache Sports Bra. Go check them out. That is all.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
DH and I are just back from a trip down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The day before we left to head down, he decided he needed a map of the area and we walked past a new store called Helen of Troy. They had some lovely bra and panty sets displayed in the window along with a sign declaring that they carry bras up to size K.
Now, I had no intention of entering the store, after all, I patronize another local shop with a lovely Frenchwoman who is extremely knowledgeable and carries very sturdy, serviceable bras. You know, the kind that hold the girls in place like nature never intended and should never be seen in public. Not like these lacy confections in colors I have only dreamed about. I'm sure none of them would even hold me up.
But then I saw them. The bathing suits. And DH told me to go check the place out.
I have no idea what I was thinking when I walked in. There wasn't a visible price tag anywhere. The fitter was half my age and kind of perky. This could never work. I declined new measurements, since I am actually wearing the proper size and figured we could just start from there and tweak the size as the style dictated.
I tried on bras. As I expected, the styles were all wrong for me and made my poor girls look like a sad joke. Between my natural size, my age and my serious weight loss, I have learned that a moulded plunge bra does nothing but make me and the fitter burst into a fit of giggles. (My body image has improved so much--a year ago I would have burst into tears instead!)
Then after a consult with another fitter in store, she brought my another style. Sheer and lacy black, so pretty that I was positive it couldn't work. One tweak of the straps, however, and I really did almost cry. It fit. It fit so well and looked so good that I screwed up my courage and asked to try on swimsuits.
It is back to school shopping season, so the selection was limited. It was also 40% off.
The only top they had that was close to my size was a black tankini with little spaghetti straps. She said she brought one band size larger than I would actually need since most women don't want the suit to be super form-fitting in the midsection and showed me the bra band inside the suit (it had a built-in underwire bra). Once again, after a little strap tweaking, I was well supported and the three styles of bottoms brought to me allowed for the level of coverage I felt would work best.
I bought the suit, and the bra. I spent less than I thought I would.
And I wore that bathing suit on a public beach without a cover up. Without shame.
Looking down in disbelief that the bathing suit shows nothing indecent.
Backside coverage as well.
DH has no future as a photographer.
BTW: the bra (no photos, sorry, not going to happen) and tankini top are both by Panache and are available online and you can search for a local brick-and-mortar retailer. The bottoms are by Curvy Kate.
I just want to let you all know that these types of items are out there and no matter where you are in your weight loss journey, you too can go to the beach without shame!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I am going to a Christmas dessert party tonight. Why, why, why? This is possibly the worst thing I can do right now. But the hosts are very dear friends that I don't see very often so I cannot refuse to go. Fortunately, it is casual--which is good--I currently own two shirts that fit and I have a choice of 4 pairs of jeans that are only one size too big, so I can make do. Of course if it was dressy, I have two new dresses that I bought last weekend when I made DH go shopping with me. Of course, I have no stockings or shoes (I throw out dress shoes if they hurt-and they all hurt) so I would be wearing a dress and a pair of running shoes with white socks!
As an aside: the dresses are size 14W, down from a 20W in September 2011, I'm almost out of the Women's sizes and into Ladies (and I would be if my bust would shrink down a bit more)
Back to the party. I have to make a dessert. Ugh! I guess I should have chosen a lightened version of something or a lovely fruit platter, but I haven't tested any reduced sweets and I don't want a major flop on my hands. I hate baking disasters! And a fruit platter just seems insulting to all the other guests who expect something gooey and delicious. Or at least rich and buttery. So I am going tried and true (and stupidly easy) with Palmiers. They have only 2 ingredients and when I ran them through the recipe calculator they show as just 65 calories and 3 grams of fat each. Not great, but not as horrible as they could be. I''m also keeping my calorie intake low for the day, so if a yummy dessert pushes me into eating something I normally wouldn't, at least I won't derail my whole day.
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