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Pants Shopping, or "What Size Am I, Anyway?!"

Saturday, September 22, 2012

First let's back up to before the shopping. We had family pictures taken today for church. You know how you get to see the pictures on the computer screen and pick the ones you like? I couldn't believe how thin my face looked! Maybe it was a trick of the screen... like skinny mirrors. It reminded me of that line from Bridget Jones, when she's so excited to have finally reached her goal weight, and her best friend tells her she looks tired and must have lost the weight a bit quick... off her face. Egads. That's what came to mind looking at my image on the screen.

So I head off the mall, in desperate need of some new pants. I have 3 pairs of pants that fit me right now. After the thin-face viewing, I was feeling "thinnish" and not dreading shopping like I normally do. The first store I went in, the 10s were a little big (shocker), but the 8s were tight. I moved on to another store and grabbed an arm-load of 10s in various styles. HA! In those brands, I needed 12s, and they didn't fit quite right. I must have tried on 30 pairs of pants, and I came with 1. One. Not enough.

I'll go back another day when I have more time. I just thought it was funny that a number on a tag can make such an impression on a person. Oooh, 8s, I'm thin! Nope, too tight. 12s in a "skinny" style were tighter than the 8s were. I so want to be done with 12s!

Shopping today was about 100 times better than when I was fatter, but still, not exactly a gloriously fun experience. Why can't pants just FIT? Is that too much to ask?

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POINDEXTRA 9/26/2012 12:57PM

    Unfortunately, it's DEFINITELY too much to ask! I'm almost at my lowest weight ever, and STILL have a difficult time finding pants that fit (small waist, larger hips/thighs, and very short torso). When I do find some that fit, I buy multiple pairs - that's one of the joys of being in maintenance! Eddie Bauer's Curvy style works for me most of the time, and their sizing is pretty consistent (at least within the brand). Good luck!

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DABLUECAT 9/24/2012 7:39AM

    Clothes sizing is not universal. I take a large here, a medium there, 5 here, 12 there. Just have to take a sample like you did & try them all. emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/24/2012 7:15AM

    In my closet I have 11's that are too big, 10's that fit, a size 15 that is only ever so slightly too large. My size ten shorts(not that I will wear them as it has gotten too chilly for that) all fit. A friend gave me 2 size 10 and one size 9 capris they all fit. The 11's she gave me to try on did not. Then last weekend I went shopping and automatically grabbed for 10's. Nope joke was on me I ended up with 13's!!!!!! WTF. They desperately need to standardize sizes!

Long story short, too late, lol I feel your pain! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 9/23/2012 8:46PM

    I know how you feel... I've got 3 pairs of 12s 1 vanity size 10 that fits just like the 12s, one regular size 10 and then a size 8. The size 8 doesn't fit (except for in the legs and butt however I can't zip them up or button them)... but they are a goal for me to strive for.

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AMANDAROX 9/23/2012 3:58PM

    Jeans shopping is the worst! It can go either way, good or bad, depending on the brand and style. emoticon

But don't sweat it! Remember that the body decides where it loses weight from, and you can see it in your face, which is great! So keep up the good work!

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SKINICOOK 9/23/2012 11:27AM

    Tell me about it...I've tried two different styles of jeans in the same store and one was loose and the other too tight! If they could only get it together and have uniform sizing we'd all have much fuller wardrobes. I can be anywhere from a UK8 (US 4) to a UK12 (US 8) depending on where I shop. Spanish and european owned stores tend to have much smaller sizing than UK owned stores. At least you came away with something. It wasn't a total waste of time!

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MEXGAL1 9/23/2012 10:53AM

    I sure get it...I take 3 sizes in with me. and sometimes none of them works as the style isn't right. but swimsuit shopping is even worst!
Have a terrific day.

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BEECHNUT13 9/23/2012 8:55AM

    Yep, shopping sucks no matter how you slice it! This is really funny though - I actually have an easier time finding pants than shoes. So whaddya know?

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SOXYINMO 9/23/2012 8:36AM

    You are right! That does make shopping frustrating. I've learned now to take three different sizes into the dressing room with me!

Congratulations on your thin face! emoticon (and thin waist!)

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SAFARIBABE 9/23/2012 6:51AM

    I know EXACTLY what you mean!! But here's what I've come to doesn't matter what the number on the tag says, because it hangs on the inside and noone's ever going to see it (except maybe your dry cleaner, but he'll never tell) Better you wear pants that flatter your figure -- whatever size it is at the time!! So shop with abandon and ignore that tag!

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RG_DFW 9/23/2012 6:20AM

    I don't stress about the number so much, but the pants I wear now are soooo much smaller than the ones I used to wear... enjoy the victory

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SHOOPETTE 9/23/2012 5:20AM

    I couldn't agree more, I have pants in three different sizes depending on the brand and mostly cut
Way to Go on your face weight loss :)

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DIRLI8 9/23/2012 12:18AM

    So true why can't they make all sizes the same regardless of who mkaes them "/ but like Renlark said keep us in the know ") emoticon

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RENLARK 9/22/2012 11:59PM

    When you figure out how to have an enjoyable pants shopping trip, please share. I own about 12 pairs in about 6 different sizes....some discouraging, some not so bad. emoticon

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Running Reflection

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm over my running madness. I skipped my Wednesday run and took some time to rethink my running goals. They were just a tad ambitious. Too ambitious apparently for me! I'll run again tomorrow and take it a little easier than I have been. The point is to get a good workout and be healthy and strong. I'm not out to win any races.

That reminds me. I saw on someone's Spark Page a quote saying, "If you don't puke, faint, or die, don't quit." That's about how hard I was pushing with my running. But I'd add: "If you're hurting your body while trying to improve it, change something." I didn't say QUIT. Just change something. That's my plan.

I think what I need to do is add more walk breaks to my runs and maybe slow the pace a tad. Oh, and cut back on overall mileage. That's what I'll try tomorrow, and I guess I'll see how that feels and go from there!

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KATOFORNOW 9/19/2012 11:45AM

    so wise....I started running a week ago and though I didn't do much for the next two days I could hardly walk my legs hurt so bad...I mean they ached to the bone. So I'm back to walking 'hard' and it's much better for me. I've never been good with running even when younger.

Years ago I attempted to run everyday for two weeks and was just tired, cranky, and felt sick after each run.. and it was only a mile.. asked a friend who ran for years and years..when does one get the runner's high? He laughed and said, "I've been running everyday for 12 years and have never had the runner's high; I push myself to do this everyday." Well, I went back to just walking..slow, fast, hard..and that's my pace!

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SHOOPETTE 9/17/2012 3:07PM

    Very good thinking, you should never do something to the point of pain

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KALIGIRL 9/17/2012 8:55AM

    " The point is to get a good workout and be healthy and strong."
Couldn't have said it better my self - you rock!

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JAOTAO 9/16/2012 4:09PM

    Good realizations... in life there must be balance. Hugs, Jackie O

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DHARMAPHILE 9/15/2012 2:19PM

    Sounds great! My plan is to keep running without my watch/GPS etc and just go out for half an hourish and take it nice and slowly If I find that too easy (and that seems unlikely!) then I'll reassess Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on running - it's helped me a lot to figure out what I want to do

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BEECHNUT13 9/15/2012 8:07AM

    I trained very easily for my 10K this summer only running 3 days per week. I did one long run (which built up to 6.5 miles), one medium run (which built up to 4 miles) and one hill repeat run (100-150 meters up the best hill I could find, and then walk or lightly jog back down, starting at 4 times and building to 8, with a warm up mile and a cool down half mile). I think that's a good running amount for me, because it allows enough flexibility for things that come up (Oh, crap, I have something Saturday morning - I'll move my long run to Friday or Sunday, and adjust the week from there...).

And yea, I don't run till I want to puke. If I did that, I wouldn't enjoy running. If I'm not going to win, then I'm certainly not going to be make running unenjoyable!

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BLESSED2BEME 9/14/2012 5:01PM

    Pacing ourselves is a huge part of success. I start to get frustrated with myself when I see fast progress from some of the people from spark. Like they have never run before and all of a sudden are running marathons. (not that extreme of course but it feels like it sometimes) I'm really learning that slow and steady wins the race. The more I pace my training and just take baby steps forward, the better I do in the end.

I am glad to hear you are not giving up but instead are going to incorporate more walking. Nothing is wrong with that. I am participating in my first 10K this Sunday and I promise you I'll be walking a whole lot more than I run but finishing is my one and only goal!


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MEXGAL1 9/14/2012 4:28PM

    I am glad to hear that you are pacing yourself. Listen to your body. At my age I know it doesn't pay to hurt your body.
best of everything to you.

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-CORAL- 9/14/2012 2:33PM

    I agree with your assessment of that quote, which I don't really like either because you can definitely injure yourself pretty badly even if you don't puke, faint or die. I also tend to push myself too hard when I run, and training for this half marathon is going to really strain my legs... my legs are really sensitive... I get shin splints SO easily (which I actually have right now)... they drive me nuts. I have to take a ton of walk breaks and still get shin splints even with orthotics and stability shoes. Stupid legs!

Well I just wanted to say, I'm glad you are redefining your plan and listening to your body. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 9/14/2012 1:48PM

    Way to listen to and honor your body!

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VINTAGEPAGE 9/14/2012 12:38PM

  Yes, pain = injury and that is not the best way to get into shape for sure. Its great that you are not quitting! The key is adapt and adjust and that is way to do it! We all work at out own pace an in the end we win :o)


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Running Reality

Monday, September 10, 2012

I came to the realization tonight that I am pushing too hard with my running. I set my sights on running 5 miles and maybe someday a 1/2 marathon, and it's just not happening any time soon. I need to slow down the progress, or my knees and feet are going to be damaged.

This irritates me, but at the same time I am reminding myself that I started running to lose weight. It can still be that for me. I just need to be smart about it so I don't hurt myself.

The other thing I love about running is proving to myself that I can do something I thought I couldn't. I set the next goal and achieve it, and that just feels so good! I just need to set smaller goals.

The most important thing is making myself healthy, and that includes my aching bones and joints. They've been trying to tell me something, and I've been shushing them. Sorry, guys!

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CARMEN327 9/12/2012 5:28PM

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I thought I'd come over and have a gander at yours.

Running is a sport I have always been terrified of (flat feet, big boobs have always made it very painful). On the flip side, of running doesn't work for you, there are so many other fun sports that get you outside and are so much kinder to the joints. I love to swim, and as long as I do my rotator cuff exercises, I don't ever have pain. Biking is another fave of mine.

Good luck and take care!

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MEXGAL1 9/11/2012 5:43PM

    don't be sorry. It's good to hear that someone is listening to their body. I have seen so many people push too hard with the running thing and hurt parts of their bodies that they can not recover.
Slow down and be wise.

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BLESSED2BEME 9/11/2012 4:50PM

    Wise Choice! I too want to run father faster but it just isn't happening. My motto is slow and steady wins the race. Have to remember that about running too!

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MINDFULMISFIT 9/11/2012 3:59PM

    Smart choice.

I pushed a bit hard when i started running and now i have been told that i should not run again this year as i badly tore my calf and now think that i have done some damage to the back of my knee.

So here's to taking it slowly and getting back to being a fit and healthy runners.


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PHILLYSKYLINE 9/11/2012 11:26AM

    Definitely slow it down if you're feeling pain! Four years ago I started running at the age of 27 (still thinking I was invincible, I guess!). I ignored pain in my feet, which led to a horrific case of plantar fasciitis that I wouldn't wish on anyone. It took years to get back to a point where I could even walk comfortably for more than a mile. I'm working up to running too, but am still walking/jogging and taking it slowly this time around. Good luck!

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JORDANLHALL 9/11/2012 10:29AM

    It's really great that you're being smart about this and thinking about yourself first rather than your goals. Even if it takes longer than you may like, you'll get there! Keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 9/11/2012 8:49AM

    Here's to a healthy body including knees and joints - sounds to me like you're on your way!

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DHARMAPHILE 9/11/2012 3:27AM

    Sounds wise to me! I think it's so easy to get caught up with pushing ourselves in running - all that adrenaline and it's such fun! Not to mention how races (whether they are official races or just racing ourselves) can ignite our competitive "faster, further" spirit. Well that's what happened to me anyway and I think it was at least partly responsible for me hurting my hamstring.

On Saturday I had one of the best runs of my life, you know when nothing hurts and you feel like you're flying and could go forever? I think it was because I ran without goals no watch, no planned route, no GPS. I just ran until I didn't feel like running any more and it was great. I found myself thinking oh yeah, this is how I should run - just for the joy of it

But that feeling didn't last long! There's a race I'd like to do in a couple of weeks and I feel the old urges to push myself .... probably not a great idea for a healing injury!

Anyway, I think it's great that you are listening to your body and learning when to push and when to back off a little. Coach Nancy is always encouraging runners to progress slowly so we're still running in a few decades time and not sidelined by dodgy knees etc.

Take care Jodrox and happy (safe) running!
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JODROX 9/10/2012 10:51PM

    Thanks for the support! I'm not giving up. I'm just going to stick with 2-3 miles for now and see if my knees feel better.

Thank you!!

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MYLAUREN2 9/10/2012 10:06PM

    good luck on your training, I joined a running group, find it to have more accountablity to keep running. and I like the women I run/walk with. emoticon

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GIGI4AUSTIN 9/10/2012 10:03PM

    I feel your pain, but give yourself some credit for just getting out there and trying. Like you, I love running, but have learned I have to progress slowly so I don't injur myself. I am using a running/training podcast to build up to running a 5k in 8 weeks. If you are interested, you can download it for free at I am in my fourth week of training and so far so good. I am really enjoying it, feeling accomplished, and I feel my pace and distance increasing naturally just by following the program.

Best of luck!

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Like It or Not, Fall Is Here

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I was bumming out about summer being over. No more beautiful, sunshiny, hot days. Boo hoo.

Then, last night when I was out watering my mums, the crisp freshness in the air reminded me -- fall is awesome too!

There are so many things to love about fall!

~ cooler temps
~ cozy sweaters
~ football games
~ snuggling up inside
~ hunkering down with a good book or movie
~ delicious soup and chili
~ apple season
~ pumpkins
~ Halloween
~ fall decorating
~ thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the wonderful family togetherness the holidays bring!

Fall is great, and life is good!

What else can you add to this list? What do you love about fall?

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NEWMOMOVER40 9/10/2012 1:50AM

    Apples! We have a huge old apple tree in our back yard and every year we get about 200+ apples from it - lots of evenings with the family peeling, coring, cooking and canning everything we can think of to make from apples. We will probably give half our apples to the local gleaners again this year, because we have less time than we used to, but it's still something I look forward to all summer as I watch the apples grow and ripen on the tree.

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MEXGAL1 9/9/2012 11:00AM

    First of all, thank you so much for the sparks goodie. very nice to have that in my inbox this morning!
I miss the fall down here in Mexico. Fall was always one of my favorite times of year.

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DHARMAPHILE 9/9/2012 3:45AM

    I love Fall (or Autumn as we call it in Ireland) too! But I've been sad thinking that summer is ending because it took so long to get started! Your post has reminded me of all the things I like about this time of year so thank you!

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    I absolutely love Fall. Nothing makes me happier than cuddling up on the couch in a comfy hoodie and pajama pants with a hot cup of tea, or going for a walk with my dog in the cool weather. He likes his hoodies too :) I can't wait for cooler temps! I can live without winter, but summer is actually my least favorite season. I wilt in the heat.

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COOP9002 9/8/2012 3:29PM

    I enjoy the Fall. Hope yours goes better than expected.

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MICHIGANLORI 9/8/2012 2:43PM

    I love fall season. Nothing better than Honeycrisp apples. emoticon

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CJJANISS 9/8/2012 11:58AM

    I love the vibrant fall colors's one of the most beautiful times of year! emoticon

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DIANER2014 9/8/2012 11:18AM

    I love the fall colors and everything you mentioned. Especially decorating for fall. emoticon

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Tomorrow's Run: A Test of My Plan

Friday, September 07, 2012

I started running about 22 months ago. It was the most monumental thing for me to run my first 5k. It was rough, but that started my quest to do more -- run faster, run longer! Just run!

So now I'm thinking I want to move beyond the 5k. I am planning on running a 5 mile race at the end of September. The most I've ever run is 4 miles.

My plan is to do a longer run once a week. Tomorrow I'll run 4.5. I'm eager to see how it goes. I know I can do it, but I'd love to finish the 5 miles in under 1 hour.

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RG_DFW 9/8/2012 7:33AM

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