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The "off the rack" bathing suit

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My husband and I went away for the weekend, just across the bay to San Francisco. We stayed at The Monaco .... a fabulous place!!

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to play in a swimming pool I checked their website, they noted they did not have one. However, upon check-in we were told the spa hot tub was open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. I immediately looked at my husband and asked if he brought something to wear in a hot tub, he had - "just in case". I had not. emoticon

After getting settled in our room I announced we should go out for a walk and see if I could find a bathing suit. After all, I didn't want to drive all the way back home to get mine - we were already settled, and I didn't want to miss the hot tub.

Off we went .... I had in my mind that we would check Old Navy first, it was close enough and I knew would have good prices, IF they had something that fit. See, I knew years ago that Old Navy took out their plus size clothes from their retail outlets and only carried an XXL as their biggest. I silently prayed.

Once in the store I asked where the bathing suits could be found and was told "around the corner." When I rounded the corner all I saw was a giant rack of string bikini's - all I could do was laugh and say to my husband, "well, I won't be wearing any of those." He then pointed at another rack that had one piece suits .... I took a deep breath and searched the rack. I found an L, XL, and XXL and took them all to the dressing room.

To my utter surprise and joy the XXL fit and was a low price of $8.99! Score!!

I wore that bathing suit with pride, after all, I bought it "off the rack" at store made for "the skinny" people.

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URNIGHTNURSE 8/26/2009 10:12AM

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DRAGONFLY1974 8/18/2009 2:20PM

    Good thing it is cheap! You won't be wearing it long...you'll be XL..L..M before you know it!!!!

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MRSTEHVAND 8/18/2009 2:04PM

    Congratulations! What a fantastic memory to go with your weight loss journey!

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MOORECENTURY 8/18/2009 1:59PM

    Way to go!! You were able to enjoy your getaway and caught it for a bargain! Woo hoo!!

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XAVTAY 8/18/2009 1:49PM

    emoticon, we are far hardier on ourselves than we need to be at times! You look nice and besides that just think how much better it will feel once you reach your goals.
Keep going and best of luck on your weight loss journey

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Mind shifting

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today I recognized a few improvements in my world:

1) I am not on "patrol" in the kitchen as much these days;
2) My soda cravings are way down, I've been soda free for 3-ish months (Woo Hoo);
3) I ask friends for help if I am feeling weak and unmotivated;
4) I am not "obsessing" about food;
5) Protein has increased dramatically in my diet;
6) My food allergies are manageable without being depriving;
7) My weight is still the same but I still firmly believe I'm curvy and fabulous!

It's the little things that help push me along . . . self care and awareness are wonderful! emoticon


How am I going to keep on track?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How do I not allow myself to go off track when living with my husband who loves me just the way I am? Which includes Womanly Curves and a big butt . . .
How do I not allow myself to go off track when he eats what he wants, when he wants?
How do I not "secretly" eat because I feel I "should not" eat it in front of him, even when he doesn't care?
How do I ask for help when he doesn't think I should be so intense about food?


Eating while Bored

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I've been trying to figure out what the connection is to eating while bored. Anyone who reads this blog and has an opinion or a fact please share.

Work has been terribly slow at my office for the last two months - slow enough that my boss was considering closing the doors and moving on. (I almost panic but he came to his senses)

So with the slow down he has been out trying to build up business which leaves me by myself in the office most days. I don't mind the alone time, actually quit enjoy it, but the boredom nearly puts me over the edge. Although I try to busy myself with any number of projects it isn't the same as having the rush of a deadline, so I patrol the kitchen area - checking the frig and cabinets as if I missed something the first, second or third time around. I mostly "window shop" and don't eat when I am bored but I can tell you this my friend I am pulled to that kitchen like a moth to a flame. WTF!

When I am home at nights and weekends I have projects to do or just enjoying relaxing so I don't patrol the frig or cabinets to see if the food fairy has brought something new in since my last rounds.

What is it that causes me to want to eat when bored?
Why that activity?
Why this mind set?
How to change it?

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SHEILABIRD 6/24/2009 12:03AM

    I am totally a boredom eater.. I should be in bed right now but the fridge is calling me. I don't know why. Even with my kids home I still find time to visit the fridge. There is just not enough healthy stuff in there. I am currently trying to stick to the no eating after 7 rule.... (It does not work for me all the time)

During working hours I would pack just enough to get you through the day. If there is candy machines try to stay away. I usually try to pick up a box of slim fast snack bars and that helps. I am a big time chocolate freak... emoticon

If you find the answer let me know the secret..

Sheila emoticon

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DRAGONFLY1974 6/23/2009 8:04PM

    I have a book at work, I use Spark at work and I text like a mad woman when I get bored. I find if I have something, anything, puzzles, etc to keep me busy I don't go on patrol. I'm a boredom eater also...notice I try to stay very busy so I don't eat!

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"focus on your goals — not the struggle"

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Today Show featured a woman who dropped 410 lbs. by changing her lifestyle, no surgeries, no extreme dieting, just hard work. I watched with interest.

Here is the quote that struck me silent as I sat on my sofa watching: “And focus on your goals — not the struggle”.

I've been on my journey since 2002 and many, many times I have focused only on my struggles. I'm on the right path - I just need to stay the course.

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    I think we can all learn from that quote. Thanks

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TAMTAM64 6/23/2009 11:13AM

    That was a powerful quote. I saw that interview also - My hat is off to her. She never lost her focus during her weight loss journey. Thanks for reminding me again about that quote.


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DRAGONFLY1974 6/23/2009 10:54AM

    WOW...That is an awesome quote. I think I focus on the struggles too. Maybe this will keep me focused on that goal! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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