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The arrival of the elusive navy pants

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I like navy--the color AND the military unit, but I'm writing about the color. I always want to have a pair of navy pants in my closet. I've learned that having more than one is an endeavor unlikely to occur in my lifetime. I don't know why, but it seems that every tall girl in the world likes navy pants too, so by the time I order them online at a price I'm willing to pay, my size is unavailable.

Such was the case last week as I had a "sale" notice arrive via e-mail. I quickly went to the web site, hoping that maybe they had any type of navy slacks in an 18T, nope, none. This forced me to order a 16T (just a few left), so I ran for my credit card, and ordered. Today they arrived. FIT: amazing. Length: incredible. Slimming tendencies: wonderful. I went to order more, of course, none left. I was even willing to get another color, none available any longer in 16T.

I purchased two pair of shorts within the last two weeks, in a size 16. It's official. I'm there, finally. I've been wearing 18's for years, 10 or more anyway. This is a celebratory occasion for me, although I've still got 40 lbs. to go.

The question I'll never be able to answer though is this: why do I have to work so hard to find navy pants in my size? I can find black/khaki/gray pants in tall sizes all over the place.

I can't wait to wear them, although I'm going to spend the rest of the midwest summer wearing my size 16 shorts. My teaching days will arrive soon, and then I will have plenty of chances to show off my smaller navy pants (and body)!

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BOLAURAOK 7/8/2010 4:53PM

  I think it is just Murphy's Law..... When I have been in larger sizes they have smaller sizes. when I finally get to a smaller size they don't have it..... I will never know how that works...

Congrats on the 40 pounds and finding a pair of pants that are fabulous

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Money and weight

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Yesterday I caught the Oprah show, it was about the debt diet, and probably a rerun. I seldom watch Oprah, but found yesterday's show intriguing.

Most of the people who were trying to eliminate their debt also lost weight, even though that wasn't their focus. Does the reverse work? Do people who are on weight loss plans also spend less money?

I'm contemplating walking to work every day possible, even in the cold, windy, winter. I'm a bit scared to make the commitment--I'd have to carry my work shoes, my lunch, and I'm a coach, so I'd have to walk to another location after school for practice, and what if. . . ? Its probably an 8 block walk--that sounds so easy, and for many, it probably sounds ridiculous that I'm even driving, but we drive everywhere out here in rural America!

Oprah also made me think about the money I do not need to spend, and I've really been thinking about this-- eliminating debt, saving money, diet, losing weight, exercise, and how all those things combine to make for a healthy lifestyle.

Thinking about all these things is good, but acting on them is rather scary for me.

I need to go to my classroom and school this morning and pick some things up. I think I'll walk!

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LINDA25427 10/22/2010 4:05PM

    I personally think people on diet plans spend more money getting the things that they think they need protein shakes diet pills, exercise equipment ,books, plans and certain foods ,and even the prepared meals, you name it... they even have to have certain clothes to wear to the gym dieting has became a money making business and we the dieters are their prey because we want to lose the weight and we keep on consuming their products in hopes that they will work ......making them richer and us poorer .I don't think that budgeting money has anything to do with losing weight but the fact that they didn't have the extra money to eat out all the time probabaly did when your stuck between a rock and a hard place something has to give ....
Hope you have a great week. God Bless !!! Hugs emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/20/2010 7:46AM

    When our lives are in order... God wants us to be debt free and healthy so following Him can lead to both...

Jane on Guam

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WALNUT5612 10/19/2010 8:49AM

    "......Do people who are on weight loss plans also spend less money?

Interesting concept. I think it might work!!!

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Staring down the injury

Friday, June 18, 2010

The hip tendonitis refuses to go away, I've been refusing to let it keep me from exercising. Now we must have a showdown--either it goes away, or I take an exercise break.

I'm tough, I can work through this, take my pain reliever, keep exercising, stretching diligently, and it will go away. It kept me from sleeping comfortably last night. Is that my sign?

I hate the feeling I have right now, and I hate even more the "you'd better back off" message it has sent me.

Ok, stare down is over: I'll succumb, exercise suspended, hip relief expected: SOON.


Running: slowly, but running

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The joints are getting used to the running they are now being subjected to, but they were screaming this morning, not in a painful way, but in an "how dare you make me move more" way. I could not really muster up anything other than a sluggish pace with a burst here and there, but still almost 30 seconds slower per mile than my usual pace. Every body part just felt heavy. Ok, yes, I am, but heavy in a way that I couldn't make them work right.

I think I need to add some motivation. I'm going to search right now for a 5 or 10 K that I can train for that happens within a month, and that I don't have to drive hours and hours to attend.

Time to go clock some good 5K routes. Now I've committed, a running I will go. . .

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AL_ROX 6/17/2010 2:39PM

    Wow!! Good for'll be fun to get a reward tshirt too!!

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I ate 910 calories--for Lunch, and I'm ashamed!

Friday, June 11, 2010

I knew better, but that darn taco place was screaming my name, I was in a rush, and dang it, I'd been doing so great with my jogging all week, so what's a couple of tacos, potatoes with nacho cheese, and a diet soda? 910 calories, and as I looked at the nutrition info online, I was feeling right sick. Subway was next door at the mall , but their line was longer, and did I say I was in a hurry?

After a healthy dinner, and lots of water, and a huge dose of guilt-get over it-get on with it, I've decided to weigh in tomorrow anyway, face the brutality of that dang machine, and then exercise until I've burned 910 calories. That's my consequence for knowing better, but doing it anyway. Maybe Jillian will show up and kick my a**, goodness knows I need it!

UPDATE: Down 2 lbs, so the damage was slight, couldn't burn the 910 due to a nagging injury that reared its ugly head, but most of all I'm back on track. Thanks for your kind words of support.

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ELLENIRENE 6/12/2010 5:51AM

    don't be too hard on yourself. Tomorrow is another day and you just learned from your mistakes

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MEWIEGELE 6/11/2010 9:47PM

    When is the last time you had that many calories in lunch? I'm sure you are doing great and do not beat yourself up anymore! Keep up the good choices and if you said no sour cream or no to something that would have added calories, or yes to something that added nutrients, you are doing great!

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TEATREEB 6/11/2010 9:40PM

    This is exactly how I'm feeling today, like I would love to just pound down some major calories. The last two days have been hard. But we both need to give ourselves a break and tomorrow is a new day to start all over again and make better choices. I know exactly how you feel. emoticon

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MOONLIT 6/11/2010 9:39PM

    What's done is done and can't be undone. No need beating yourself up or feeling guilty about it. Just learn from it and prepare better. Guilt does nothing but cause us stress and stress can cause us more weight put it behind you. We're just human.


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AGGIETERR 6/11/2010 9:38PM

    I hear you! There are those days that send us into a tailspin. I am so glad you got right back on track and made the decision to 'get over it'. I can't count the number of times that I have had 'tacos del ramon' (my favorite local mex) or something decadent, then felt so guilty I let it throw me off for several days - or weeks. Nice job getting it together quickly and getting back on track!

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JANLEEW 6/11/2010 9:34PM

    OK so that was then, now is another moment to choose. Let that one go. Choose well, keep moving, keep tracking!

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