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What if the Phantom of the Opera did NOT wear that mask?

Monday, November 28, 2011

We weren’t able to travel for this past Thanksgiving to see my in-laws since I have been suffering from a nerve flare in my right hand and both feet for going on 3 weeks now - OY!!!

My wedding anniversary (lucky #13 this year!) was this past week as well, and I was fighting falling into a depression about feeling squashed by 1) tremendous pain and 2) looking at my hand and feet in horror at what they seemed to rapidly transforming into.
Let me tell you how un-sexy this can make a lady feel on those 2 special dates last week – my wedding anniversary and Thanksgiving.
Both should be joyous, and both should be a time to rejoice and celebrate overwhelming love, right?

Instead of going out to dinner or staying in a nice hotel on our anniversary, I sat on the sofa at home, wiggling with my pain, and wiping the flop sweat from my brows often (and trying not to cry anymore!). My poor husband sat next to me, trying to do anything to help. I am so lucky to have him and I know it…

So when my next door neighbor invited us to spend Thanksgiving with her family, I said that I would do my best to make it work, even though I was a bit anxious – ok honestly, I was FILLED with anxiety.
What if we couldn’t even leave the house because nature’s elements were assaulting me? Some days the sunlight, the wind or even the texture of my clothing feels like nails on a chalkboard. What if I can’t eat anything being served? What if it was warm in the room? (temps over 65 trigger my pain symptoms).
What if what if what if???
So I told my inner spaz to chill out, and decided to make it work.
I couldn’t be so selfish and steal Thanksgiving from my husband too, right?

On Thanksgiving I put on a pretty skirt and top, beautiful pearls, some nice opaque tights (to cover my nerve flare in my feet), and did the best I could with my hair and make-up. See, I am right handed and this CRPS flare is in my right hand (of course).
I packed my own dinner, and informed my neighbor that I had too many food intolerances to list, and didn’t want anyone to have to go out of their way. I swear she exhaled a sigh of relief : ).
We were about to walk out the door to the car when I looked at my hand… It was purple and red and swollen and blistered and…… gross.

I grabbed a nice scarf and wrapped it around my hand as gently as possible. This was my only solution. I mean, what if one of her many family members tried to shake my hand? Should I have bandaged it to give them a warning not to reach out?
Would the Phantom of the Opera have done others a favor by NOT wearing that mask?
Would it have been considered offensive and rude to show the painful scars and ongoing damage right from the start?
I was so confused as to what to do – or not do.

I kept the scarf on as we walked in. Her family and friends DID come up and introduce themselves by extending their right hand, to which I swiftly replied, “My right hand is injured, so I’d love to use my left hand if that’s OK”. For those I had met before, I offered more detail about my health when I was asked, and for everyone else, the left handed shake worked out fine.

I did sit myself in the corner of the room when it was time to eat though, since I still hold my fork with my right hand, and I didn’t want to offend anyone once the scarf came off. Let’s just say that my hand can be quite an appetite suppressant, and this was a Thanksgiving feast after all.

We needed to leave pretty much the moment after my husband finished his last bite of dessert, since I had hit my limit with pain, but I MADE IT! I did my best to enjoy the afternoon, and give my husband a much-needed break with friends.
My neighbor walked us to the car and told me that she thought that my scarf was a great camouflage, and she would not have known otherwise. I was glad to hear that. The night was not about me anyway, right? It was about all of us. And I was thankful for that.

As I type this with my right hand uncovered, still swollen and not fully functioning, I am thankful to be able to type. I don’t feel like I need to hide my right hand and both feet all the time, but for this Thanksgiving, I thought it would be best to just take a break from it, just for a little while…
Is that so wrong?



‘Nuff said

Bren

  
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AAAACK 12/4/2011 3:54AM

    You really are completely amazing. I hope you know that! And I am so thankful for your friendship. Surrounding ourselves with beautiful people enriches our lives, and you definitely enrich mine!

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CLOVER2 11/29/2011 5:24PM

    Whenever I get a chance to share in your life, I look at my own and wonder how on earth I can be boohooing about me. You are one of the bravest, kindest, most giving people I have ever in my life come across, and you never ever stop astounding me. You are emoticon!!
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TRENTDREAMER 11/29/2011 5:23PM

    Kudos for making it through. Sorry to hear about the pain that you are going through. I really hope that you heal and this all goes away soon.

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TIGGERJEAN 11/29/2011 4:29PM

    *HUGS*

I have had a terrible skin infection the past 2 months - and I completely sympathize about the writhing in pain on the couch during your anniversary. *HUGS* I'm so glad you did go and be social - and I know how much of a challenge it was! emoticon

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LGAR519 11/29/2011 1:11PM

    It doesn't matter what your hand looks like. You are Beautiful inside where it matters. I am so sorry you have this pain. Love you!

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WINACHST 11/29/2011 4:07AM

    You are such an inspiration to me. I am so sorry that you have so much pain. emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 11/28/2011 11:59PM

    oh my dear friend. My heart aches so much for you. I wish I could hug you. This virtual hug will have to do. emoticon

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/28/2011 10:44PM

    Bren, you are absolutely amazing. Even while suffering through that pain, you are thinking of others. You handled the situation with so much grace.
You are so beautiful, inside & out.

I truly hope you get some relief soon.


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SUSANLYNN51 11/28/2011 10:39PM

    Sounds like you have a really nice guy for a husband to be with you like he did on your anniversary. You received a true gift- the kind that money can't buy.

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CANNIE50 11/28/2011 10:30PM

    Oh, honey, I want someone to fix this for you, and take away your pain. How very elegant of you to set aside intense pain, dress in a becoming fashion, think of others (esp your man), and venture out when most humans would want to burrow into a cave of blankets, deservedly so I might add. So, the answer to your question? I think if the Phantom had not worn the mask it would be much like the soldier hero on "Dancing with the Stars". I don't watch the show, but I have been following his story. He spent his first 18 or 20 years as a handsome boy and has spent the years since his injury as a beautiful man. I think it is not revulsion that causes most people to turn aside when confronted by evidence of someone's illness or injury, I think it is empathy because many of us immediately imagine the pain involved. I am, as always, thinking of you and wishing and praying for you to get much deserved relief. oxoxox emoticon

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MALKS_ARIA 11/28/2011 10:06PM

    Hang in there!

My hands turn colors, but don't swell as badly as yours did in the pic above... I sadly know the pain too well...

Glad you made it through the Holiday Meal!!! I so know the frustration of not being able to do all you wish! Hang in there, and keep your chin up...

aria

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RYDERB 11/28/2011 9:59PM

    Oh honey! I'm sending you gentle hugs! I hope you know how proud I am of you. You are the most selfless person I "know". I hate that your body is failing you, and there's nothing your doctors can do right now to make you feel better. I'm so glad you fought through your pain once again, and made the most of Thanksgiving day, with friends, and your hubby. I'm definitely thankful for you, your friendship, and the lessons you continue to teach me every day, about how to make the most of life.
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AZURELITE 11/28/2011 9:53PM

    Sorry that you have such intense pain. I hope your flareup calms very, very soon.

And by the way, I would not find your hand to be an appetite deterrent in any way, shape or form.
Your soul, your thoughts, your laugh, your voice are much more important to me than what you look like.




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JUDYAMK 11/28/2011 9:46PM

    Oh my gosh that looks so painful what causes this?

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Sometimes coupons = calories

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I'm frugal with certain things, like groceries. I read the weekly mailers for my local markets and try to make sure my kitchen is stocked with good food.
Every past holiday season I have baked and cooked up gifts for others.
Do you know that line about how the gifts you give are often the gifts you want? Well, that crosses over to food as well.
I baked gorilla bread saturated with butter like a cinnamon sponge topped with walnuts.
I baked double death dark chocolate chunk brownies drunk on liquor.
I squeezed enough lemons to make the house smell of citrus freshness for my lemon bars.

Yes, I gave homemade goodies out of love, but can now see how I have also created my own homemade triggers for emotional eating. Wowsers! I have no one to blame but myself.

This year I hit my goal weight with the tools, teams and pals gained from Spark, so I know better than to immerse myself in mass amounts of butter laden fatness, or I will definitely be carrying all of those holiday items back on my thighs.

I think I'll be making infused olive oil for everyone, or perhaps something completely non-food related.

I've just tossed my prized coupons in the trash since I will not be creating clogged arteries inside the ones I love.

'Nuff said.

Bren

  
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MRSSCHENCK 11/30/2011 7:11PM

    emoticon Bren. Wow, throwing away coupons is like throwing away money. YIKES. emoticon Not sure if I can let go.But when I think about it, I haven't even been using my coupons since I've been eating healthier. Why don't they have coupons for the good stuff?
Hattie

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SUNFLOWER4ME 11/30/2011 6:00PM

    So true. I am the same exact way with groceries, especially on a college budget! But sometimes, I sacrifice healthy for cheap, which is NO good.

I think I am going to be straight forward about avoiding sweets this year, no trying not to insult someones feelings. just NO!

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RYDERB 11/28/2011 10:09PM

    For a lot of us, food has been love, especially during the holidays, but now it's nice to know that we're changing and love means saying no to fatty yummy unhealthy foods. I love the olive oil idea. Healthy and tasty! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1HAPPYWOMAN 11/27/2011 3:36PM

    The fact that you're not using the holidays as an excuse to go back to your traditions shows how much you've changed! Congratulations on coming so far in such a short amount of time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/27/2011 2:56PM

    That is awesome of you! It is sad how holidays are centered around food.
The oils sound great.

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MALKS_ARIA 11/27/2011 2:47AM

    please make some healthy oils for me too.... sounds like a great plan! they may miss your baking but your hips wont! how about some marinated Motz balls or hummus with pretzels.... ? or a movie basket with a fun movie a couple bags of light popcorn and some other low fat treats people may enjoy? there are many bath / beauty ideas out there you can make too... tea cozzy coasters that can also be used as sachels ... so many hand made reasonably priced ideas you can use as a family gift that doesnt go to anyone's hips....

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MAMADWARF 11/26/2011 11:16PM

    Gah. You are like jiminy cricket, whispering in my ear to do the right thing. I bake for 4 companies that we do business with. I love it. I like being creative in the kitchen and i love to bake. Last year was really tough on me. I wonder if i really could do things a little differently or maybe cut back at least to do some things that are nit as tempting for me. I like the idea of flavored olive oils or maybe a coffee basket or pasta basket ....that is alot to think about. I hate not doing it at all...time to get creative I suppose.

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/26/2011 10:27PM

    You are doing your friends and family a favor. Glad you made the change!

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CANNIE50 11/26/2011 9:52PM

    I know that wasn't easy for you to do, traditions are difficult to give up. You are starting new traditions, less calorically & emotionally laden. emoticon

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LGAR519 11/26/2011 8:54PM

    I have to make peanut butter fudge for Hubby's friend. It's a yearly tradition. I begged and pleaded to try to get out of it. It will be a miracle if I stay out of the fudge. You did the right thing.

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MUSICALLYMINDED 11/26/2011 7:51PM

    LIKE! I will not enjoy getting gifts of food this holiday season, so I say spread some cheer instead of fat!

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What I Don’t Want For The Holidays

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Let me start off by saying that I am not standing here stamping my foot and bah-humbug’ing Thanksgiving and Christmas at all. I love both holidays, and all of the sparkly lights that come to my mind when I reminisce, but I don’t want anything related to what I have made these holidays into over the years: overeating, obsessing and overkill.

I shared with a Spark pal that I’ve decided to flip things around if you will.
I don’t want to compare this holiday season to the past unless those comparisons involve wonderful joy related things.

*I will not be comparing my current health to how my disease complicates my life this holiday season or in season’s past. And I will not go into a sad dark space about missing my mom and brother for longer than would be considered fair.

*I won’t be over extending myself to decorate the house with 1,000% holiday cheer since it adds to my pain (and glitter is just impossible to completely get out of my rug anyway).

*I will not be baking obscene and ridiculous items of dark chocolate goo to give as gifts, which are always gluten filled (so I can’t eat them anyway), yet obsess about the lingering smells that end up triggering me 24/7, and make me want to eat them anyway.

*I won’t overwhelm my husband, my pets, or my neighbors this year with a plethora of pumpkin spice and fir tree scented candles and diffusers. Who needs a pumpkin headache? That’s just sad…

*I will not wade in credit card debt from overspending on material gifts, even though my other half might feel differently. Not this year buddy.

And now for the things I WILL be doing this year:

*I will be thankful for friends and family who decided to stick around for me and support me, even as my health worsens.

*I am thankful for the community, support and friendships that I have gained since joining Spark this past April.

*I am SO thankful to feel rich in spirit, and (currently) NOT trying to eat myself into the illusion of happiness.

*I am thankful for the 30 lbs I lost with SparkPeople!

*I am thankful for the multiple blessings in my life. The ones I recognize, and especially the ones I don’t…

Well, one little apple spice scented candle won’t hurt anyone, right? : )

‘Nuff Said

  
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MALKS_ARIA 11/25/2011 10:35PM

    Totally.... Totally Love the plan....

I don't know if you have ever used FlyLady before... but I love her holiday advice....
http://www.flylady.com/d/cruisi
ng-through-the-holidays/
>Check out her "clutter free" gifts... and suggestions for reducing stress of the holiday...

It is so worth it... I took and copied and pasted what 'ideas" I wanted to use... and kept those handy.. and let the other ideas be someone else's to use!

aria

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TRENTDREAMER 11/24/2011 4:11PM

    "Well, one little apple spice scented candle won’t hurt anyone, right? : ) "
* Not @ all.

Sounds like you have a good perspective on the holidays.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/23/2011 1:33AM

    I love how positive you are Bren!
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RYDERB 11/23/2011 12:49AM

    I'm with you. One little candle won't hurt, but apple spice would make me crave pie emoticon
Happy Thanksgiving!
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1HAPPYWOMAN 11/22/2011 11:46PM

    I hope your holidays are magical! You have a wonderful plan and a great attitude. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 11/22/2011 10:41PM

    When I am counting my blessings, you are definitely one of them. emoticon

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CLOVER2 11/22/2011 9:07PM

    What a great "agenda"! I hope you don't mind if I steal a couple of them, do you?
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JONICACALDWELL 11/22/2011 6:08PM

    emoticon Celebration doesn't have to equal food. We are here for you!

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LGAR519 11/22/2011 3:43PM

    Think the World and all of you and your spirit! Love the blog!! And agree with it.

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CTUPTON 11/22/2011 3:08PM

    Wonderful ! Have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

That is what counts. Chris

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MISSB8604 11/22/2011 2:38PM

    You've got a point!!! Great blog!

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/22/2011 2:31PM

    Super good -- I came to that point when my last kid left home. If we want to celebrate we go to their houses as they have the stuff for the kids. I can come home and be calm -- it works for us!

BTW, can you please tell me what your page background is? I've been trying to figure it out but for the life of me can't.
Thanks

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SUNFLOWER4ME 11/22/2011 1:36PM

    Girl, you nailed it! Except I am ALL FOR that little apple spice candle, nothing wrong with smelling good I always say! Plus my eyes and and ears are already going so I rely on my sense of smell emoticon


Also, I am thankful for YOU. emoticon

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CATS_MEOW_0911 11/22/2011 1:04PM

    Enjoy your holidays, Bren! Happy Thanksgiving!

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PURESTILLWATER 11/22/2011 12:54PM

    fantastic blog Bren.

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RUTHANNE100 11/22/2011 12:47PM

    What a healthy, positive attitude you have! Thanks for sharing--

Ruth.

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RHMORTON 11/22/2011 12:42PM

  I agree with u 100%.

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The Binge Outfit...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

This is a subject that I have never seen discussed, but I know that (unfortunately) many of you can identify with.

Let's set the scene:
It's Friday night. I missed my workout in the morning since the power went out the night prior, and I forgot that the emergency back up battery probably needed to be replaced about 2 years ago. Oopsies.
Work was crazy, and I wasn't feeling so great anyway (missing those much needed endorphins from that missed workout).
The heater seemed to be on full blast in the office since the tiniest little woman down the hall complained about being cold the day prior (and building management over-corrected the issue it seemed). I was debating on using my chapstick on my eyelids, since I swear I could feel my face literally cracking. And hooey, I smelled from sweating in my own chair, while doing nothing aerobic. Ewe...

I wasn't looking forward to my lunch, which instantly dictated that everyone around me walk around my desk with Friday's cafeteria special = grilled cheese and french fries. Fantastic.
I stabbed at my healthy lunch and ate it with disdain. Boo.

I remembered that we were out of healthy food, so I managed to stop at the store on the way home. I had to practically fight some kid for the fresh lettuce as the crew member from Trader Joe's told us that we had better grab what we could, since they were not going to be getting any more lettuce until after the weekend. I grabbed!

I really wanted to put something nice together for our dinner, but instead popped a microwave dinner in the nuke box and went to change my clothes.
You know the ones: the soft, baggy pants with the drawstrings, and a faded out old T-shirt of my husband's. I grabbed the remote control and a large pillow as I 'nested' into the sofa. And that pretty much sealed the deal.

I swear I looked up form the remote control, and all of those cute plastic tubs of sweet and salty-ness from Trader Joe's were stationed around me instantly. Who did that??

I didn't care about a healthy dinner anymore. I just wanted to tell myself that I deserved a better evening to make up for the day so far.
No, it didn't work, but that didn't stop me.

Later on, it occurred to me: If I was to throw out those extra baggy pants and roomy T-shirt, would it have made a difference?
If I zipped up a formal gown, swabbed on sparkly gloss, and made myself flammable with hairspray as if I were going out on a date, or to a premier of something (insert your favorite fancy event here), would it have brought the action of putting hand to mouth to a screeching halt (with brake fumes behind me)? Well, I'm not sure. I guess I will need to test out this hypothesis right?

I've decided that I am going to trash my 'binge outfit'.
That T-shirt is going buh-bye.
And it's time to trash the pants too.
Time to trash the mentality behind the pants.
Come on, who's with me?!?

Because being cozy to be truly comfortable and relaxed is one thing, but to 'dress' for a binge is quite another, and quite destructive, no?

Tomorrow is Friday, right? I think I just might need to find a dress and some shiny shoes to put on in preparation. This means I will (ideally) avoid a binge if I feel one coming on, AND look like a cutie-patootie in the process.
Bonus: my husband will think I dressed up for him, which would lead to creative conversation, snuggles, and lingering kisses, and other things much sweeter than any sugary confection...

'Nuff said

  
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SUNFLOWER4ME 12/2/2011 2:31PM

    Wow. SO true. I repeat: so true. I thought 'dressing for a binge' was my personal concept. But it's so true. My outfit is black leggings or my big blue navy sweatpants and my brothers grey sweatshirt - its a XXL, he's a big guy. Then I plop and eat. But you are so right. I am going to try the whole dress like you want to feel idea. If you are wearing something tighter where your binge bloated stomach will pop out, then maybe I will think twice about binging.

This made me think, too, about just taking better care of my appearance. Taking time to do my hair and makeup each morning, so at least I feel pretty. When I feel good about myself, then I am not tempted to drown my sorrows in food.

Smart girl right there, you are. Smart girl.


I guess I'll go donate that sweatshirt...

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LGAR519 11/18/2011 4:07PM

    You are so clever. I love this blog. I wear my baggy sweats as a badge of accomplishment. I can binge in anything, honey! I've had years of practice. Love you!

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KRZYKAT3 11/18/2011 3:47PM

    A great idea. I am working o n getting rid of clothes that have become baggy like sweat pants. My boss calls all my work pants sweat pants & I figured it has to be because they are getting very baggy in the behind on me! LOL

Not sure I am ready to trash all my comfy clothes though. After a long day at work in dress clothes I am TOO ready to get out of day time attire.

Might have to go for my FANCY just fit me now comfy clothes instead - I do have a couple of velour outfits that haven't fit for a while. I will pull those out for our holiday trip tonight when I pack & see if they fit. hmmm Maybe I can join after all...

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GOLOPTIOUS 11/18/2011 10:55AM

    I love this idea. It's totally true for me. In fact, several people in my family have this. Sometimes we call them our "fat pants" or our "Thanksgiving pants" and they are kept around just to make us feel comfortable when we are eating too much food.

I'm throwing mine out too. Thank you for this!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 11/18/2011 10:17AM

    I hate that they cranked up the heat for some birdboned woman. That makes me angry! I'm always hot (course I have a few extra layers of fat to keep me warm). Put on a sweater if you're cold, people! And a coat! And a scarf! I'm boiling in my fat!

Anyway, I LOVE the idea of you getting rid of your binge clothes. I think you can still have comfy pj's that are not "binge clothes." My favorites are my satin pajamas. Still comfortable, but subtly sexy enough to make my husband give me a second look and keep me away from the bag of chips. I don't know why... but looking good makes you less inclined to self-destruct with sugary, salty snacks.

Good going, girl!

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CTUPTON 11/18/2011 9:45AM

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Great idea! Who's going to binge wearing a fitted dress or nice, fitted slacks! Chris

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WINACHST 11/18/2011 9:10AM

    I seem to get the opposite effect when I put on my "comfy" clothes because they are all so big on me and I am reminded of how far I have come.

Had to chuckle at the bonus.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/18/2011 1:00AM

    I can totally picture you greeting your hubs at the door wearing a glamorous 50's style dress, and 4 inch pumps, with a martini glass in your hand.
Good luck...and have fun. emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 11/18/2011 12:32AM

    great blog and good food for thought.

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/17/2011 11:34PM

    Bonus: my husband will think I dressed up for him, which would lead to creative conversation, snuggles, and lingering kisses, and other things much sweeter than any sugary confection...

and exercise!!!!! emoticon

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CANNIE50 11/17/2011 11:10PM

    My main binge outfit, when I was in my "fat and getting fatter" days, was a pair of extra large, navy blue, soft cotton jersey type sweats with a drawstring (which means they were actually larger than extra large), and then any old big t-shirt and fuzzy socks. It was a happy day when those sweats were ridiculously, sloppily big on me and I got rid of them.
I like your hypothesis - test it out, honey, and get back to us. This is one of my favorites of all the blogs you have written. emoticon PS I have long maintained that Trader Joe's is a treacherous place for people in "binge mode" - there are a couple of aisles that might as well have B I N G E spelled out in neon. Tubs of teeny tiny cookies? Oh, yeah - they helped me fill out those big blue pants, back in the day........ emoticon

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CRYSTALLEAH 11/17/2011 10:22PM

  What a great post. I too agree that I am far more likely to skip a workout and/or over indulge if I am in my most comfortable clothing. And I think you are completely right, if you get dolled up, make a nice dinner and have a date night; you'll feel a whole lot better in the morning. Thanks for making me think!

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RYDERB 11/17/2011 10:18PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great idea!
Bring the sexy storm, and avoid the food storm. Let me know how that works out! Right now, I'm wearing jammy pants, a tank, and a big fuzzy robe and socks. I was contemplating eating some Arctic Zero! But my husband got to it first, and said there's a reason it only has 150 calories in a whole pint. emoticon emoticon
So now it's just going to be a glass of almond milk.

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Look Ma - No Hands!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I think if my experience with SparkPeople as if it were riding a bike with training wheels.
See, I already had the bike, but over the years, I seem to have forgotten to ride it; my balance was off.
My balance in life was off.
I knew that I didn't want the extra weight that I packed on, but was needing that 'push' to get that cycle of life moving. I am sure you can relate.

Do you want to know what I LOVE about SparkPeople? I came into Sparkly Land as a newbie, who, well, was lacking that light in one, or, let's be honest, ALL areas.
Not long after joining, I got 'hooked' and reeled in from other Spark member's fishing lines (if there was such a thing).

I dusted off that bike, put some air in the tires, and strapped on my helmet. I felt motivated again and it was awesome. The next thing you know, I was setting goals. Participating in teams. Challenging myself. Losing weight!

It was a welcome feeling to know that I was not the only one struggling with balance; still needing those training wheels. Spark friends encouraged me. And riding that bike actually looked like a challenge I was ready to pedal through.

My pace was slow at first. I had a hard time looking ahead of me, and kept looking behind to make sure that those training wheels would keep me steady. When I came up against hurdles in my path, most times I would come to Spark for resources and find ways to crash through those boundaries. My pace and my Spark increased even more...

I am now at a place where I can say that I no longer want to look behind me; only ahead. Those training wheels might still be there. I don't really know. I'm pedaling too quickly to notice, and beaming with a genuine smile. Balance is something I strive for every day, but I am already reaping the rewards of my effort, and the support I receive here.

Would it be silly to still keep the handlebar streamers? I swear they make me go faster.
Zoom!!!

'nuff said.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 11/10/2011 8:00PM

    "I am now at a place where I can say that I no longer want to look behind me; only ahead. Those training wheels might still be there. I don't really know. I'm pedaling too quickly to notice, and beaming with a genuine smile. Balance is something I strive for every day, but I am already reaping the rewards of my effort, and the support I receive here. "
* I know that feeling all too well. Back on the bike wind to the back. Back on track.

"Would it be silly to still keep the handlebar streamers? I swear they make me go faster.
Zoom!!!"
* Yes it would. That's why I recommend that you do so. When one has a profile pic of Fozzie the Bear, the silly/sensible line is more than blurred.

Zoom, waka waka waka ZOOM, waka waka waka....

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MALKS_ARIA 11/10/2011 10:29AM

    Yep yep :) Awesome Job!!! I am still using my tricycle, but I got those streamers too!!!

aria

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CLOVER2 11/8/2011 2:32AM

    You're that flash of color zooming by, the streamers are an absolute must! You paint a picture of pure joy for all the rest of us cheering you on! You go girl!

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/7/2011 11:27AM

    Oh, I love analogies. Thinking outside the job is so creative and you've done it!!! Yes - keep the streamers, get that little bell that goes on your handlebars and GO, GO, GO.

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HIPPIECHIC68 11/7/2011 11:24AM

    You should definitely keep the streamers...maybe I'll get a set, too!

Thanks to you for your inspiration, as well!

Have a wonder filled day, my friend...

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LGAR519 11/7/2011 11:21AM

    Love the blog! I have no imagination so can't think off this cute stuff.

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SUNFLOWER4ME 11/7/2011 8:26AM

    KEEP THE HANDLE BAR STREAMERS!!! emoticon

Awesome, blog.

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RYDERB 11/6/2011 11:56PM

    What I love about you, is that no matter how fast you're going, you always slow down to encourage a struggling friend or even stop to lend a helping hand. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 11/6/2011 9:16PM

    this is you - emoticon this is me - emoticon this is one of the many reasons emoticon. emoticon emoticon to you from me emoticon

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 11/6/2011 9:08PM

    Let me tell you, when I read the title of your blog I held my breath. You, my quirky friend, could be dangerous with "no hands" emoticon

Great blog...and definitely keep the streamers. I know for a fact that they do make you go faster...and they are just plain Snazzy! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 11/6/2011 8:47PM

    You better get a horn, baby, so you can warn people when you pass them up! Love the analogy!

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