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What Being Fat Does to Clothes

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I had to buy a new pair of slacks for my trip, and I was dismayed at how expensive clothes have gotten (I have not bought clothes in quite a while because I feel depressed scouring plus size catalogs). A scant few hours into wearing them on a hot, humid day, I noticed that they were pilling badly on the inner thighs!!! I had pilling before, but not until I had worn the pants quite a few times. I was too ashamed to even mention the clothes destruction to my husband, but I was cursing inside, "What the...!!!" I gotta plow on to reach my goal.

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NICHOLE_4 5/19/2012 10:43AM

    What is pilling??

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Q8PRINCESS 5/19/2012 9:28AM

    I don't think that the material they are using in clothes is a good as it was years ago. Things aren't made to last.

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TERRIPAL1 5/19/2012 7:04AM

    emoticon,one day at a time,we're all in this together!

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EMGERBER 5/19/2012 6:54AM

    Remember to take baby steps, things you can stick to and develop good habits. These baby steps will lead to a better life style and a healthier you. Enjoy your weekend!

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Stuff I sort of want to do

Friday, April 27, 2012

My biggest interests in life are travel, volunteer work and wild animal encounters. I work hard to combine the three things and have had incredible opportunities. But sometimes I start to think about smaller things in life that I am not familiar with but am curious about. One of them, lol, is to go to a casino! Some distant relatives of mine are casino regulars and I think it is a waste of good money to repeatedly gamble. That being said, I wouldn't mind trying the experience once or twice. I went to a casino on the Strip once with my adult daughter and tried to play a slot machine but my quarter kept coming back out. Obviously I was doing plenty wrong, and I am sure the people on the surveillance cameras where rolling with laughter. Just a very trivial blog post today to ease some of the anxiety packing and making last minute preparations for my volunteering trip next week.

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MOLLIESMAMA 4/27/2012 4:40PM

    Since i have an obsessive personality problem its a good thing i dont live near one! Beware the lack of natural light and clocks....for they dont exist in a casino. enjoy it is kinda fun, just set a limit and stick to it, have a plan !

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CARRKM 4/27/2012 10:05AM

  LOL! I hope you get to experience a casino very soon! I agree with NellJones, our bucket lists need to include some little things that we can do NOW, rather than just big, dramatic things! I always had a 1, 5 and "someday" list going - updated on New Years and my birthday at the end of May (roughly every 6 months). That way, when you're sitting around trying to think of something to do (yeah, right - like anyone has time for that!) or planning a vacation, you can look at your wish list and hopefully pick something that's on it.

Good luck! After all, it really IS the little things that make life sweet! :-)

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NELLJONES 4/27/2012 9:39AM

    Ever notice how "bucket lists" always cover dramatic activities? I'm with you in that it's the simpler ones that offer the greatest joy, like having all your family with you for Christmas. A casino? Why not?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I am too old to be up on current hot topics, but I did get a copy of “Hunger Games” after the hype because I sure was intrigued by the title. Why, I have been hungry almost all my life because my appetite thermostat keeps telling me I am starving, especially when I am on binges! It is so contradictory, but that is how my body works. The more I overeat, the hungrier I feel. I hope they hurry and do research that might explain this bizarre phenomenon because this had made my life miserable. I have so many bad eating habits that are a real challenge to change- obsessing about food, slowing down at meals, spacing meals (this is the most important one, I think, because I tend to eat most of my calories early in the day or the starvation feelings dog me all day), and avoiding foods that make the hunger come in like crazy. In my case, it is bread, sugary food, and carbs in general including whole wheat. I can only think of one food that seems to fill me up, popcorn, because if I eat lots of it I feel full without as many calories as most other foods. Yep, I have been playing Hunger Games a lot longer than Katniss. I have read the first section of the book; saving the rest of airport and plane.

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    Hi ya, read your blog with interest because certain foods have "addictive properties" and sometimes you just need a push in the right direction instead of continually battling a physiological process...

There are quite a few books now that say similar things and if you get a chance to read wheat belly I would do so. I went to the cinema to watch hunger games with my eldest son and really enjoyed it - and ate popcorn...

I hope you continue your quest for overcoming dieting as this may also be part of the problem rather than the solution. Mindful eating is a much better "mindset".

Anyway, saw your comment on a blog and just thought I would drop by and maybe send a snippet of info your way... +Mark

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SOXYINMO 4/25/2012 7:03AM

    And don't forget your water! I can always tell when I haven't reached my correct hydration level because I feel hungrier without the water!

BTW, there was a 'popcorn diet' back in the 1970s emoticon

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SKMINNY 4/24/2012 12:01PM

    thats something that i agree with.. I am starving all the time... can't get enough food , always looking for more , so in with the popcorn....

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Eight Days to Travel Time

Monday, April 23, 2012

I will have to leave the comfort of my house, my gym, Spark friends and trackers, and normal routines in just eight days! I doubt I will have access to a computer or scale. I am not sure I am 100% ready to deal with foreign foods and a country I have never been to. I will be on small planes with strict weight restrictions, so I am not sure if my TRX straps will be able to crowd in with the clothes. I will weigh my carry on within a few days after the final things are packed in. No more than 25 lbs. is allowed! My plan is to go back to the pen and journal tracking method I used to lose pounds before I joined Spark. Hopefully, knowing that I will check in with you all after I return will help keep me strong. Frankly, I am scared. I gained 10 pounds in a little over a week years ago when on a trip.


Reality Checks

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

When I look into the mirror, I see that I am beginning to look like a regular human woman! But I cannot let myself slip into former eating habits. I found one way to do a reality check is to try clothes on that I think I fit in to; only to find that oops not yet... I have some "danger days" when I am worried about going on an eating binge. Maybe there are too many tempting things in the house. Then it helps to actually put on a pair of short that don't zip up fully (I bought a pair in a fit of madness recently that are WAY too tight, what was I thinking I weigh?) and keep them on for a while. I thought I would fit in to an expensive swimsuit that I never wore outside the house, but I found it is like wearing a suffocating old-fashioned corset. I am wearing it now under my house clothes. It will help keep me on track today because it feels like a bite of extra food will cause the suit to pop. emoticon

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MOLLIESMAMA 4/22/2012 4:36AM

    Whatever it takes. I do the same thing!

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