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Wardrobe Issues

Friday, May 18, 2012

Yesterday, the seasonal switch happened, when I put all the sweaters away and take out all the shorts. And as much as I hate doing this, it provided a little muscle to the need to prune my wardrobe.

As healthy as I feel, its becoming difficult to get dressed in the morning. Who knows what is going to fit today? The XLs are starting to LOOK baggy instead of just feeling baggy. The 16s are sliding down my hips. I cant pull them off yet, but if I dont take action, its only a matter of time until they slide off entirely. My belt and I are BFFs. Its like some kind of perverse anorexia where I think I'm bigger than I am. (I'm not starving myself, nor do I wish to make light of a serious mental disorder.) But the pants dont lie, Its a NSV, but for someone like me who is fashion-impaired and frugal....

Items that renewed their lot in life or are reaching their end include:
3 pairs of too big pants (2 jeans and one dress) into the give-away pile, and toss another few items in the garbage (holes that I always meant to fix).

French cuff shirts - Fit - YAY, no boob-gap!

Fancy dress that I havent fit into in years - fitting again. Good too, because its perfect for the wedding tomorrow.

Favorite grey skirt, getting too big. (I'll mourn this loss.)

Summer dress in lime green with lemons and limes all over it (I call it my margarita dress.) Fits, but has it gone out of fashion?? Its times like this when I wish I had a fashionable friend who could come over and help me.

What to do with the interview suit in size 18 WITH THE TAGS STILL ON! $200, down the drain. Anyone need a grey women's pantsuit? Yes I will mail it to you.

Well, if I want to get any exercise in, I have to go now. NO EXCUSES has been my motto since starting work. (Only 2 hrs a day, but something is better than nothing. Its going ok. The time crunch will take some getting used to.) Too many appointments today for my regularly scheduled brick - I'll do some fartlek/ speed intervals instead.

Glorious sunshine!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 5/19/2012 5:16PM

    Transitions keep cropping up on the journey. If you don't want to sell the pantsuit, donate it to a women's shelter. Imagine a Mom of 3 kids needing an interview suit. Frugal: have you thought about resale shops like Good Will to replenish your smaller wardrobe? Every wardrobe re-adjust for me, it seems, I have that resurgence question: do I want to get rid of this? What if I gain the weight back and need it? Then I let it go. Believe in yourself, believe you're blessing someone else with things that you're passing on (Flylady.com). Congrats on your progress!

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DOGLADY13 5/19/2012 12:24PM

    What a great problem to have, but it can get expensive to get replacement clothes. I love the No Excuses. I'm very good at excuses.

I think I need to see a picture of the margarita dress in action.

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YDAVIS23 5/19/2012 7:55AM

    I say wear the margarita dress while drinking a margarita somewhere! Sounds fun! Good luck - I've been rocking the 2nd hand stores lately and I hope you can too :) Now this is a problem we can handle!

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LDRICHEL 5/18/2012 7:55PM

    This is so wonderful!! I'm so happy for you, lady!!!!

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    I'm going to join the vote that you head to a consignment shop and 'trade' that suit in for some other fun clothes that fit! Way to go on shrinking!!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 5/18/2012 2:24PM

    This is good news... you're going in the right direction and your hard work is paying off. However, I feel your pain... I have some fav items I recently had to let go of, and soon there will be more. I also worry about how I'm going to afford new clothes on my salary when I need them when I hit a lower weight. Everyone tells me not to worry about this thought, that it's all worth it, and I believe them. Fortunately my boyfriend is super supportive and tells me he'll buy me things, and Goodwill/St. Vinnie's/etc. are super helpful for low budget. As for the suit, have you thought of consignment? Sometimes you can get a lot of money for high ticket items, especially if they're new.

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VIXSTERLU 5/18/2012 2:22PM

    I don't want the suit, but I have several size 14 and 12 suits if you want them :) Congrats! Now grab a friend and go shopping... and have fun!!!

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ZANNBEE 5/18/2012 2:20PM

    I am giving away 18's too. I have a friend who is just starting the weigh loss journey and another who is "ahead" of me. So I gave away 18s to my size 18 friend and received my other friend's too big for her 16's. We've got this assembly line thing going. It's great.
Do you have any consignment stores there? We have a few that take higher end clothes and once they sell, you can use your store credit for clothes that fit.
Enjoy your changing wardrobe!

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VALKYRIA- 5/18/2012 2:08PM

    This is the best problem to have when it comes to this weight-loss journey! Have you thought of selling the pantsuit on Ebay?

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My tracker today is a complete work of fiction

Sunday, May 13, 2012

We went out for brunch this morning. I was starving when I woke up and had 1 cup of fruit salad and told my stomach to be satisfied until 10am. I ate the things I wanted to eat (ham! english muffin with eggs, ham & cheese on top, turkey in gravy, shrimp! artichoke salad, beets, cannoli and apple strudel) skipped the things that looked "boring"(pasta, tater tots, roasted potatoes, bagels, cupcakes, cheese cubes) And 4 mimosas! (They go down so easy...)

The good news, I didnt eat until I hurt. The bad news, I still ate ALOT. I was really full. Skipped lunch entirely and I just had a little snack for dinner, about 1 cup of chick peas and rice. Because if I don't, I wake up at 3am starving and that just sets the whole day off on the wrong foot.

So yeah, I dont really have a clue how much I ate in calories at brunch. So I made up a number: 1500.

The weather here was GLORIOUS yesterday and today, so I spent the rest of my Mother's Day outside finishing my home planting. Flowers, tomatoes, window boxes, mulched & watered. I've planted impatiens for years but this summer is forecast to be so hot and dry that I'm experimenting with some new varieties; vinca and nicotiana. I also am experimenting with a few extra tomato plants. Sometimes there are extra plants in the same "cell" when you buy them? I vvveeerrryyy carefully separated them and have them in their own little pots for recovery. If they are still around in a week, they'll get planted in the community garden, or I'll give them to my MIL.

DH and I emptied the shed, swept and reorganized. We were outside working all day. Didnt look at my heartbeat once, have no idea how much time I spent. The only time I willingly "exercised" was when I chose to walk to the community garden, about 1/2 mile away, and I chose not to stroll, I pushed my pace as much as I could without running as I was wearing sandals. But again, I didnt really look at how much time it took as I went there, did my watering, and then went home.

So today's trackers are complete fiction. I'm "shooting from the hip." Tomorrow, I get back to work.

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DOGLADY13 5/15/2012 7:04PM

    I'm a little behind the times...

Sounds like you had a great Mothers Day enjoying your family, some food and doing stuff you enjoy. Everyone needs days like that.

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YDAVIS23 5/14/2012 5:40AM

    One thing I realize when I have these days is that, at least for me, before SP I would have eaten dinner simply because it was dinner time. You recognized that you weren't hungry, which I think is most of the battle. Brunch sounds delicious, and I'm glad you got to celebrate with your family!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/13/2012 11:18PM

    Fiction is a nice change of pace, dontcha think? When I was tracking last summer, I added "Untrackable buffet meal" to my favorites and set it to 1000 calories. It just didn't seem worth it to try to figure all that out.

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LESLIELENORE 5/13/2012 8:23PM

    Your tracker may be a work of fiction today, but it sounds like you got a lot accomplished and made good choices for the most part. Everyone needs a day off from vigilance every once in a while!

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About my head "injury"

Friday, May 11, 2012

A very funny letter I just got from my sister:
"We're a bit worried about your obvious untreated head injury. Its the only explanation for this triathlon thing. Of course the other alternative is that you're awesomely stubborn and goal-oriented, and since a CT scan was way more expensive, we're choosing to go with the second explanation. Here's a little something to help you along."

And with it was an awesome GPS runner's watch.

I'd debating keeping it or swapping it for a HR monitor which I had also been coveting. But still, it was a great kick in the pants, and it finally pushed me over the edge into paying for the darned thing. I made my peace with registering as an Athena and freezing my *bits* off in the lake.

I think the bike portion is the most intimidating for me. Friday is Brick Day around here. I've been trying, but I still cant move that 11 mile time much past the 1 hour mark (and today followed it with 3.5 miles in 43 min). I just keep repeating to myself "Its about starting and finishing. That's all you have to prove..."

The weight loss continues its slow, steady progression. My brain knows that I'm more likely to keep it off if it goes "gently into that good night' - but dang, I'd like to have a 4-5 lb week! I put on some pants today and realized they looked ridiculous. Yesterday it was a shirt that fit again, no more "boob-button-gap!" Getting dressed is becoming challenging. Some things fit and somethings dont. And I dont want to buy a ton of new clothes until I'm closer to goal.

And a PT teaching job finally came through - sorta. I have a student, but they have canceled on me twice already. My brain knows that the students on HT are either "bad or broken" (Long term Suspension for behavior dangerous to the rest of the student body or cannot handle the rigors of regular classroom instruction because of mental or physical disabilities) - but DANG, I picked up the work for this student, and its quite a stack. I dont know HOW its all going to get done at this rate.

Tomorrow (although, today, by the time most of you read this) Baseball in the AM, then I'm going to load the bikes on the car and Child and I will hit the Rail Trail in Monroe.

I should really go to bed now. G'Night!

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JTAYLOR2011 5/14/2012 8:24PM

    Super nice sister emoticon

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DOGLADY13 5/13/2012 6:54PM

    Too funny. I want to meet your sister. My husband told me about Garmins that track your swimming. I didn't want a Garmin until I heard about that. Now I keep trying to convince him that it's something we really need and can't wait until the credit card is paid off. (We already have a plain old track your running and cycling Garmin, but I don't care about that.)

I finished Slow Fat Triathlete. See if you can get it through the library. It's very encouraging, she tells you all sorts of things you need to know but don't know you need to know it.

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MISSG180 5/12/2012 3:55PM

    Your sister is awesome. LOL!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/12/2012 10:15AM

    What an awesome note and gift! How fun!

I'm excited for you about your tri. My bike almost got to be part of a sprint tri, but it turns out that the borrower found a better bike to borrow. That's probably going to be my closest brush with a tri. I'm sure you've already mentioned this somewhere, but when is yours?

Slow and steady is PERFECT. Keep up the good work!

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LDRICHEL 5/12/2012 6:19AM

    Triathlon? That's amazing!

I love this blog. So funny and your personality is just sparkling!

I am so very glad we found each other on SP. You are a kindred spirit!

Cheering you on in your training, sweetie!

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VIXSTERLU 5/12/2012 2:40AM

    The letter is hilarious! Congrats on the job, I think :) Keep at it.

My daughters team FINALLY won a softball game yesterday, it was sooooo exciting!!! Have a great Saturday.

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SOCDIRECTOR 5/11/2012 11:25PM

    Funny! Good luck nursing that head "injury"!

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EVIE4NOW 5/11/2012 11:22PM

  Great blog.. love the sense of humor.

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Yet Another Reason to Shop Local

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Or at least within the United States:


Chinese farmers use formaldehyde on cabbages as preservative.

I dont know if these cabbages make their way into the US market or are just for domestic consumption, but personally, I'm going to look a bit more suspiciously at imported produce in the future...

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DOGLADY13 5/9/2012 8:56PM

    Formaldehyde is *quite* the preservative.

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YDAVIS23 5/8/2012 8:02PM

    yummmm, not! Thanks for the info!

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MISSIFISH 5/8/2012 6:42PM

    I really wish there were more information on the produce we buy. I feel like I should have some information about what I'm eating!

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MISSG180 5/8/2012 6:05PM

    Formaldehyde has been used as a preservative in many places. Local is definitely better.

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VALKYRIA- 5/8/2012 4:02PM

    Local eating is so great for so many reasons, thanks for the info on cabbage

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Want Spinach?

Monday, May 07, 2012

I'm currently eating a wilted spinach salad that is so large, I had to use one of the serving bowls to eat it from. Relax, I used ham instead of bacon.

Some jack-wagon ripped all of the spinach out of one of the shared plots in the Community garden. I would have been upset if it was taken somewhere (we collectively contribute to the local food pantry), but I found it just in a heap on top of the compost. So now I'm angry. I was able to rescue some of it, but it was just too much to get it all.

I already SparkMailed Luvs2Bike who lives in the area to see if she wants some too. After that, I think I'm going to cook it down and freeze what remains.

Grrr!! If its one thing I abhor, its wasted food.

FYI - Wilted Spinach Salad:
Fry Ham until crisp (100 grams), add 1 tsp brown sugar to pan, 1 tsp olive oil, 3 tbsp red vinegar. 3 tbsp diced red onion (or to taste). Add gigantic handfuls of spinach (my estimate was 6 cups) and top until wilted slightly, 2-3 min depending on the spinach. Salt & pepper to taste.

Nutrition estimated at 336 calories.

Bacon is traditional. If you do so, omit the olive oil. This is a LARGE salad so fry about 5 strips and dump off most of the fat, reserving 1-2 tsp for the dressing.
Use of bacon will also change the nutrition, but is very delicious.

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DOGLADY13 5/7/2012 9:09PM

    I think that would've made me angrier than I was when the raccoons ate every ear of corn just hours before I got to the community garden to harvest it.

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    Hmmm... perhaps someone in your neighborhood doesn't know what spinach looks like and thought they were weeding? Just wondering why they would have put it in the compost pile if they were actually trying to cause damage. It reminds me of the time our 20-something nephew wanted to be helpful and do some weed whacking. My beautiful strawberry plants were no more. emoticon

That salad sounds pretty tasty!

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MISSG180 5/7/2012 1:24PM

    Mmmm, my favorite kind of salad. The last time I made it was with my own homemade bacon. Delish!

That's appalling that someone tore up the spinach! What is wrong with people?!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 5/7/2012 1:24PM

    I love spinach... new favorite is adding it to smoothies with fruit and silken tofu! Yum!
And I agree... wasting food sucks. I'd be mad too.

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