Monday, August 29, 2011
I have nothing to wear. A regular comment in my life even though I had two closets full of clothes. I purged out all of the 18, 20, and 22 clothes I was holding on to Ė and lost almost an entire closet full of clothes a little over a month ago. Now a few weeks later, the 18 stuff I had held onto also needs to go. More and more of my shirts are starting to look baggy Ė leaving me with less to wear. Iím a savvy shopper so I donít like to pay full price for clothes, so I started trying out new stores. Iím officially done at Lane Bryant. I donít foresee anymore purchases thereówhich is weird since Iíve been shopping there since Jr High in 1997. And now Torrid is limiting, I did find some shirts and undies there last time, so its not out yet Ė it goes down to a size 12. Iím still a 12-14 on top and a 14 on bottomÖ so now here is my problem.
Where the heck am I going to get new jeans? I have been wearing the tall red triangle jeans at Lane Bryant for years Ė and my waist to hip ratio is all outta whack. I was looking online and found PZI Jeans, a clothing designer based in Atlanta Ė but they are $60-80 jeans, and I just donít know if I should go for it. Has anyone worn PZI jeans and would you recommend them?
I have a bachelorette party this weekend, so I needed a new going out top. My size 16 sparkly sequin top was out (as were all of my size 18 party clothes) Ė so I managed to get a top at Marshallís on clearance that I think Iím going to wear. Weíll see if my friend (the bachelorette) can tell a difference since she hasnít seen me since Christmas.
I also opted to buy a babydoll T-shirt *gasp* and not a regular baggy t-shirt that I would have normally purchased. Its part of my Dr. Who costume that Iím gearing up to make for Halloween. So new fashion choices all around Ė and I have no clue where to shop! I bought some stuff at Maurices a few week ago and the quality is terrible. Stuff is fraying, seams are falling apart, and I donít think Iím going back. I was thinking about maybe trying to look at the Limited or New York and Company, but I donít necessarily want to be that dressy all the time. I may sound like Iím complaining, but shopping in a non-plus only store is just a new experience Iíve never had. My mom took me shopping before I was plus Ė Iíve been plus all of my teen years and early twenties Ė so now I just have to suck it up and walk into all the stores Iíve never been able to shop in before and enjoy myself.
But seriously Ė Jeans options Ė what is best for big hips and a small waist?
Monday, August 22, 2011
I did nothing this weekend. It was preeetty nice. Not that I won't be rushing today to try and mow my lawn, clean the kitchen, and fit in a workout (does yardwork count as cardio?). I was going to not do cardio on Sat, and went back to my old routine of core exercises. Sunday my legs were a bit twitchy, so I upped my vitamins and had a few bananas, and decided to skip the treadmill again. So today I was prepared for the scale not to have moved much, but it did go down 2 lbs. Progress -- I guess I don't have to kill myself trying to get cardio workouts in as long as I watch my food.
Last week, I went to run my food entry for the day and the website actually popped up and basically gave me a "seirously? that's all you ate today?" message. I've only been doing this for 2 weeks on Spark, so I was a litlte suprised that although I had lost 40 lbs since March and I thought I was being healthy, Spark thought I needed to be eating more (esp. more protein). I had kind of switched to lots of fruits and veggies, so now I'm consciously trying to eat more protein. But honestly you can only eat so many egg whites a week...
Today I'm headed to Target to try and get one of the mini-George Foreman grills (in pink!) and then run by HyVee for some chicken -- and I'm going to try to cook dinner at least 3 times this week with a protein (other than eggs).
Not much else is new -- the undergrads all started classes again so I had to play Frogger on the way to work with everyone crossing the road at random places. My stress level is pretty low considering my weekend off.. Today. I've been listening to the Muppet's Green Album on NPR and doing minimal work considering the undergrads have yet again crashed the University wireless servers. I'm just bumming around the website for a bit, and noticed I hadn't written anything for a few days.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I am going to miss living in a college town... now that the undergrads are back -- all 30,000 of them! The blissful summers of doing whatever you wanted downtown, freely available parking, and idiots not crossing the road everywhere except the crosswalks are gone.
But also this week the new graduate students joined the department, which means a week of welcome activities and eating out. Yesterday was the first day we had dinner plans with the newbies. I tried the trick of eating a snack before you go out, and it stopped me from getting an appetizer so that's good. I consciously ate less carbs and more protein/low calorie foods for breakfast and lunch so I was around my calorie goal for the day.
Now day 2--tonight I'm meeting friends for a birthday dinner/drinks at the best pizza place in town. I don't know if my mind is tricking me, but I had a small breakfast and a small lunch. I wasn't super hungry and now I don't know if I am really not hungry or if I'm eating lower calories this morning since I'll be having pizza later. No drinks though, one good thing about not being able to drink (thanks to my genome), is that I'm not filling up on empty calories boozing. Socially its a little awkward, but people have come to realize I really don't drink. I guess I need to go to an AA meeting and pick up a fellow tea-tottler...
And then tomorrow is the Department's fall picnic. I'm bringing cookies, since I'm apparently known for making really good cookies. Trouble is--I quit baking. I quit bringing food into meeting and presentations b/c I end up eating it. I did crumble on Monday though and made banana bread since my bananas were going bad and my boss is happier if you feed him and I didn't exactly do what he asked me to over the weekend... Anyway. I'm going to make cookies and only eat a few of them to see if they are any good... then no more. And def. snacking before I go to the pizza joint tonight.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Hells Yeah I Just Fit Into Size 14 Jeans!
I bought these jeans a few weeks ago since they were on sale, and i was hoping... the 16s I got a little over a month ago were starting to really feel loose after a day or two of wearing them, so I just thought--hmm... I wonder... and they fit! Maybe 3 or 4 lbs more and they'll fit perfectly, but they are up--they are zipped--and I just found my motivation to go run a few miles on the treadmill!
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