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Shopping in my closet

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ALERT: Bragging

I went shopping in my closet. I now have three more crop pants to wear that I couldn’t at the beginning of June!!! In fact, I almost waited too long to try them on … they will work on our trip to see the kids out of state but not much after that.

I now have two flannel lined denim shirts and four more blouses that I can wear. I carry a lot of weight in my tummy along with broad shoulders. I have two soft over shirts I loved wearing around the house and for casual wear. Hubby wanted me to try them on … I was in such a good mood over the crop pants I didn’t want to for fear of wrecking my mood. They are Larges and I just KNEW I would not be able to close them over my tummy. Did you hear me crying all the way to your place???? I burst into tears because they both have been added to my wardrobe.

How come women “sizes” can’t be closer to the same size???? I have clothes that are 2X to 18s that fit. Hubby can almost pick up any pair of jeans 32x34 and walk out with them knowing they will fit. Geeeeze!

The closet shopping spree had its good, bad and ugly moments.

The Good … I have several more things to wear. I have very good taste : ) and still love the clothes I have bought through the years. More classic than passing fads … though I have some for fun.

The Bad … Made me sad that I have soooo many clothes that I have not been able to wear through the years. Pieces I really loved getting. I have clothes in three places in the house because I have soooo many in sooooooooo many sizes.

The Ugly … Hubby couldn’t figure out why I had soooooo many clothes with the price tag still on them … never been worn … he had no idea I even owned them. I bought things because I was losing weight and wanted to reward myself … only to turn around and gain the weight back plus some. I bought things because I loved them and they wouldn’t be there when I finally lost allllllll the weight. But I never lost allllll the weight and I have no idea if they will ever fit me because of my body structure.

So there you have it … the good, the bad and the ugly.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 9/8/2014 7:23PM

    This exercise has to boost your self esteem that you are 1 step closer to achieving your goals by getting into more of your clothes. When this is done, you will even get into those clothes you treasure.

take care

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RADOOGA 9/3/2014 6:01AM

    That sounds like a very happy day shopping to me! Well done in being able to get into your clothes, what a fabulous feeling. Pictures to go with it? x

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WALKINGGIRL6 8/21/2014 2:31AM

    How much fun that was. Have total confidence in yourself and get rid of your large clothes, you will never need them again.

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RAWCOOKIE 8/20/2014 7:23AM

    Wow! It would be so much fun to come over and play dress-up in your house!

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GRLTAZ 8/18/2014 9:19PM

    Sounds like me ! LOL !! I have sizes med through 32/ 4X in my closet. My favorite sweats are 3X and now fall off. So shopping soon for sweats for winter in Iowa. Keep pushing ! It is always good shopping I your closet.

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ZANYGIRL1 8/15/2014 5:08PM

    Lol. I do this too......I have kept all of my clothes and have SO many different sizes. I love closet shopping to see what I might be able to wear. I found a pair of slacks in my drawer that still has the tags on them. Sadly, I'm not quite small enough to wear them comfortably, but I will get there!!! Isn't it so much fun!!!! emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/15/2014 11:07AM

    emoticon emoticon on shopping in your closet and smaller sizes!

The next step is to donate the ones that are too large now so that you won't be tempted to slip back into them.

Yes, I have some new with tags on in smaller sizes too!

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FANNYMANSON 8/14/2014 5:03PM

    Be glad you kept all your clothes! I donated mine, and now I wish I had them back.

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JENNY888 8/14/2014 3:41PM

    I went through my closet recently and sorted the clothes that fit and that didn't fit. Then I sorted the didn't fit and got rid of he too big (donated), sorted the too small into a three groups of varying smallness and then got some of the zip lock vacuum bags to put the small clothes in. Before I vacuumed the bag small I put a tag into the bag telling what size it is. The clothes compressed down to very small. I plan to store them the shoe shelf that is at the bottom of each of my closets that I never use. When I feel I am getting smaller I can open up the next size bag and try then on.

It works for me. I don't want to get rid of the small clothes because I like them. I don't have room to store them all normally though.

Hopefully when I open a new smaller bag I can donate many of the larger size clothes to make room for the new.

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STARLITNIGHT 8/14/2014 3:37PM

    I love finding new clothes out of my closet that fit me, I try them all on once a month. I don't have as many as you. I am almost out, because everything is getting to big, this is the smallest I have been in 20 years. :) We are Rocking in these new healthy habits! emoticon

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UMBILICAL 8/14/2014 3:16PM


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Y’all are awesome. Thank you for the info, your support and putting up with me whining. This has been a long, frustrating and painful three weeks.

Unfortunately, hypothyroidism and water retention go hand in hand for some of us lucky victims.

Friday I took herbal compounds for water retention; had 4 cups of dandelion and peppermint tea … up from the two a day I had been having; propped my feet up higher than my heart for an hour … which I have been doing daily; and woke up Saturday morning feeling a million times better. I soaked in the tub with a cup of Epsom salt letting the water turn cold … I had been soaking all along but someone suggested to stay in until the water turned cold.

The 5 pounds of water weight seems to be gone! In fact the scale moved down an extra pound. I am ½ pound away from dumping 50 pounds. I have been here before … I can not wait to get into some virginal fat.

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/16/2014 7:14AM

    Goodbye virginal fat! Love that term!

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FANNYMANSON 8/12/2014 12:59PM

    "Virginal Fat" I love that term!

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NANBENT1963 8/12/2014 5:36AM

    emoticon emoticon we are very proud of you and agree that whining is allowed and giving up is NOT! Keep up the great work and when you have a problem come post it and we'll do our best to help you figure out a solution.

Have a great day!

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ZANYGIRL1 8/11/2014 8:21AM

    That's AWESOME!!! emoticon

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16TO10 8/10/2014 7:31PM

    "I can not wait to get into some virginal fat. "

Ha! Never heard it put like that before - so funny!

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GRLTAZ 8/10/2014 6:34PM

    Awesome ! Way to hang in there. Whine if you need to.... anything but giving up is ok in my book !

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RX_2_RV 8/10/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon 49.5 lbs! GREAT!

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    Glad you have found something that works for you.

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STARLITNIGHT 8/10/2014 1:42PM


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    So glad you got relief from the swelling and water retention. Congratulations on the4 continued weight loss.

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Water Retention is killing me

Friday, August 08, 2014


I have been retaining water for the last 3ish weeks. I switched from indoor exercise to walking outdoors. My hands and feet look like shiny bloated sausages. Doc feels like it is due to hypothyroid ... I have been on Armour for 10+ years. We reduced the dosage in May because I have lost weight the 120mg was causing heart palpitations and sleepless nights. Did not experience the water retention then ... just started.

Once again, I can not put on my shoes because I am soooo swollen. I have blisters on the back of both heels because I walked any way with them swollen.

I don't want to take "water pills" because the water loss just rebounds. I have drank:

lemon water
peppermint tea
dandelion tea
cranberry juice

I have elevated legs, soaked in Epsom salt baths. Any suggestions?????

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TAMMYAND 8/8/2014 2:18PM

    I have no new suggestions other than staying in close touch with your doctor on this. I take a diuretic every day without any (known to me) side effects. Could you take a diuretic just to get rid of the water for now in order to feel better? Just thinking out loud here. I feel for you friend!

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STARLITNIGHT 8/8/2014 12:29PM

    I posted a couple articles in the team pages for you to check out.

My thing is bananas, cabbage, more water, and no processed foods.

Good Luck Cat!

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ZIGGY122 8/8/2014 12:22PM

    Have you tried compression has helped me. emoticon

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The days after a loss

Sunday, August 03, 2014

My brain hurts along with my heart … I have had a headache since Thursday. Sadie was fine Wednesday … 13 y/o but not sick or poorly. So Thursday was a shock to us all. We have had many doggies in our lives … Chester and Sadie were very special to us both because they loved us and stood by us as we went to hell and back and then to hell and back again with hubby’s traumatic brain injury and the years after. I swear they could talk to us. I know we talked to them.

We have a 3 y/o Australian Sheppard … Tracker and a 2 ½ y/o Fox Hound … Tillie that we adopted a year after Chester passed away. They have become known as “the pups”. At that time Sadie wasn’t doing good and we thought she would soon join Chester and hubby thought it would help us both. Well Sadie perked up and ran with the pups, wrestled on the living room floor and showed them the ropes. Hubby feels that they helped us but helped Sadie more. Sadie has followed Chester to doggie heaven three years after his passing … two years after getting the pups. It will take time … but we will always cherish them both.

We have gone for a walk the last two days. Friday in the forest … I cried the whole time and I swear I saw Sadie amongst the trees. Saturday we walked on the sidewalk that runs along the forest. I am trying to get in the sports drink and walk with my arms bent so my hands are not hanging down. Seems to help. Today I was finally back to 212.5. I have been jacking around with 5 pounds. I want to see a new lower number … sooooooon.

Hubby told me this morning how incredibly proud he is of me for not eating the house down … which has been my M/O forever when I am not happy. And he is proud I got up and moved the last two days. I have a tendency to sit comatose in a corner when live is bad after I have completed everything I must do that day. We just got back from an artsy fartsy festival that was held outdoors. Lots of fun. Today is a jammie day! I need it.

Thank you for all your kind words, hugs and prayers. OK … enough about me.

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TAMMYAND 8/4/2014 11:24PM

    Many hugs and warm thoughts to you my friend. This is a difficult time for you for sure. You might not believe it now, but over time the pain diminishes.....Sadie will live on in your hearts and memories forever. emoticon emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 8/4/2014 12:27PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss Cat!! emoticon

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 8/3/2014 6:08PM

    Heartbeats may stop but that does not mean the life stops, the life continues, and
if you watch and listen you will know when Sadie pops in for a visit with you and her family...
you will know, just watch and listen for the signals.

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    So sorry!

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STARLITNIGHT 8/3/2014 12:44PM

    I am so sorry you are feeling a great loss in your heart right now. Taking time to think about how Sadie Jane touched your lives at just the right time will help in the grieving. Memories are for the joy you felt at the time, and will comfort you now. Bless you Cat.

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TKOCHERA115 8/3/2014 10:56AM

Great job for being mindful of your food in-spite of this huge loss.

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CRAZYGARDNER1 8/3/2014 10:51AM

  So hard to lose a dog, sorry for your loss. Great job keeping the eating in check with your sadness!

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Sad Day ... Sadie Jane

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Today is a sad day … Sadie Jane our beloved 13 year old black lab is in doggie heaven. She had a stroke and the vet told us that her life as she knew it … was gone. Our doggies have never been “pets” … they are part of the family. Our grown kids tease us that we treat our dogs better than we treat them.

Hubby and I are … coping. Sadie was instrumental in hubby’s medical retirement. He told me today that she was the only one he could talk to when life was very difficult for him. Chester our yellow lab past away at 12 and was hubby’s reason for recovering from his traumatic brain injury … but Sadie, Sadie was always there to “talk” to.

Hug someone today … just coz you love them.

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LINDASPANGLE 8/7/2014 10:35PM

    Losing your doggie is so hard!!! Have been there, several times. My heart goes out to you. Author and weight-loss coach, Linda Spangle

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 8/1/2014 7:47PM

    I am so sorry for your and your DH's loss.

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/1/2014 2:44PM

    emoticon It is so hard to lose our furry family members.

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SHARON2014 8/1/2014 8:53AM

    So sad to hear of your los - we have been there. In some ways the loss of a pet is more difficult that other losses - they are so innocent, so loyal and impact our lives from day to day...Hugs to you and your family today!

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DEBBYHS 8/1/2014 4:34AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a precious member of your family and I know you will miss her greatly. I mourn with you. emoticon

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MOMINE 8/1/2014 12:44AM

    I am SO sorry! I totally get the concept that pets are people too.

If it helps at all, though I am sure not much does right now, I will tell you the story my mother told us when we lost a pet and I have now passed on to my children.

Not every precious angel that is born into this world gets to live to a ripe old age. Many, many people are taken from their families while they are still infants, toddlers or elementary age students. Somewhere in the world that has happened again. As the Lord looked the world over, He recognized Sadie Jane as a dog with the heart and experience to be exactly what His newest, precious little angel needed to ease their transition back home to Him. So He took Sadie Jane, and today she is helping one of the littlest angels in heaven to be a little less sad. You will see her again and she will remember you both; the family that taught her how to help heal a heart.

Prayers for you both!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/31/2014 10:56PM

    So sorry! Praying for your family!

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STARLITNIGHT 7/31/2014 8:44PM

    emoticon I am so sorry Cat. Sounds like Sadie was there for you both at the most important time of need. Bless Sadie for it. emoticon

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LNISDES 7/31/2014 6:54PM

    I am so sorry for your loss! It is so hard to say good-bye to our pets that make this journey so much more enjoyable!

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    I know how hard it is. I have had to put down our 13 year old besenji 3 years ago. It was like losing a family member. Hugs to you and hubby.

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