Saturday, December 10, 2011
I know I said I didn't want to go clothes shopping until I lost more weight, but... well, I really wanted a red sweater for Christmas-time, and it's getting to be slim-pickins as far as pants in my closet. Jeans, jeans, and more jeans. So I tried on a million pairs of black pants and came home with one that's too dang long. I desperately even went to the petite section and tried on some there, but that was not the answer... I'm not small or even that short, though one pair of petites that I tried on was still too long (what's up with that???).
1 pair black pants (too long)
1 red cowel-neck sweater (adorable)
1 red everyday-type sweater (cute and cheap)
I love JC Penney's
The thing about too-long pants is that yes, I could have them hemmed. (I don't even want to contemplate attempting this on my own with my meager sewing skills.) But for some reason that seems like such a pain, taking the time to go to the alterations place, paying for it... AND I did this with another pair of black pants a few months ago. They were insanely long, and now they are insanely SHORT. I loved those pants and they're basically ruined. Well, I could rip out the seam and lengthen them... if only I could sew. I'm not going back to that same place to fix it. It's been too long and I don't trust them to do it right now.
So, basically I just need to grow an inch or two and my pants problems would be solved.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I just saw a friend I hadn't seen in over a year, and she commented on my weight loss. "What's your secret?" she asked. I told her that I've been running and watching what I eat. But then, after thinking a little more, I blurted: "SparkPeople!"
Really, I think everyone who wants to lose weight knows the basics: eat less, move more. And yet somehow we struggle. Just how much less do we eat? Just how much exercise do we need? How do we maintain that motivation to keep on doing this stuff we know we "should" do? That's where SparkPeople clicked for me.
Last January when I became determined to finally get myself in shape, I started out pretty well. I was eating right and just starting to run. Weight was coming off, but in my view not fast enough. I felt like I was guessing about the food and exercise. That's when a friend mentioned SparkPeople, and I've been hooked ever since. SparkPeople helps me to monitor everything so I know if I'm on track or not. It's so easy to plug in the food and exercise. I thought I already knew a lot about nutrition, but SparkPeople helped me to see where I'm coming up short! And as an extra bonus, all the message boards, teams, friends, and blogging help me to stay motivated.
So my secrets are no secret: eat less, move more, and SparkPeople!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Years ago I bought a very nice Anne Klein winter coat that was a little snug. It fit in the shoulders, so I didn't want the bigger size, and as usual I was absolutely sure that I would be losing massive weight in the very near future.
I wore the coat some, though it was nearly impossible to zip, especially with a bulky winter sweater underneath. Eventually I gave up and the coat went in the closet for a few years while I grew and realized how ridiculous it was to stuff myself into a coat I could barely zip.
Yesterday was our first really cold day this winter. I was so excited to pull that coat from the closet and put it on. Finally it fits!
It's fun as you lose weight to fit into those too-small clothes you held onto for years. For me, this has been a comedic experience. I pulled out stacks and stacks of old pants that I had held onto. Sure, they fit me now or in some cases are too big. But they're ridiculously out of style! What would you expect with 20-year-old pants! Can you believe I held onto them that long and moved them from apartment to apartment and house to house?
Part of the thrill of losing weight, surely, is going clothes shopping. I haven't done much of that yet because I still have a lot that fits. I also don't want to invest a lot in clothes at this mid-point because I'm determined to lose another 20. Then, look out, I am going shopping!
Monday, December 05, 2011
My goal is to lose 10 pounds this month. With Christmas, you ask? Yeah, that was rather ambitious. I've been eating right and exercising more, but the scale hadn't budged until finally this morning. I lost .5. WOOHOO!!!
Gotta celebrate all victories, big and small!
Sunday, December 04, 2011
You know those people, those comments, that draining energy... I fell victim to it again today. I wasted a good three hours of my life today reliving the conversation in my mind and composing a response, only to conclude that this is a waste of my time and energy. I am NOT that person. I CAN brush this off and move on and not let another person's bad vibes ruin my day EVER AGAIN!
The good news is that I had a lovely lunch with some dear friends, and they showered me with undeserved gifts
Focus on the positive!
AND in all my hyperfocus on the unpleasant situation, I actually forgot about food. (How is that possible???) When I finally had a bite for supper and tallied it in SP, I was under 1300! I usually have a hard time staying under 1550, so this was a pleasant surprise! It's quite nice to get through the weekend without overindulging on something. I used to have quite the weekend routine of eating breakfast out; my favorite thing was scones at Panera. SCONES, I miss you, but I traded you for the yogurt parfait and my body says THANK YOU!
So, in the HOUR I have left before bed, I *will* finish decorating the tree and do my toning exercises. I will!
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