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I love Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I had a lot of fun dressing up in a shirt I thought would be to figure hugging... turns out, it was a little tighter than my comfort zone, but I set a goal earlier this month that I would wear it and not care if it wasn't perfect.... and I had a lot of fun and quit even worrying about what it looked like after awhile... so yay for that.

I just went through some old photos on FB, and I came across how different my face looks from 276 to now. I might post some Halloween party pics soon.

  
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BAZINGABROOKE 10/30/2011 10:52PM

    You stopped caring about how you fit in the shirt! That is a party in itself!! Good for you having a good time! I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the party.

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A good weekend

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

This weekend one of my best friends got married at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Not only was it gorgeous, but I actually was excited to go. I know, I should have been excited to go regardless, but it was fun to see people I hadn't seen in awhile who hadn't seen the now 60lb weight loss.

I had a cute dress I had tailored down 5 weeks ago, new shoes, cute accessories--I was ready. So in "skinnier people problems" (aka--not really a problem) the dress was too big! While the scale wasn't moving much these past few weeks, the inches apparently did. So while it was a cute dress and everyone noticed my weight loss -- it was still not figure hugging. (I know--this is a problem everyone wants to have) That really motivated me to get off my butt on Monday and put in a good workout.

I have yet another wedding to go to in December -- this one is a family wedding though, so it will be interesting for everyone to see me 40lbs lighter than they did at my sister's wedding in May. So its actually fun to go to events and see people I haven't seen in awhile--the people around me on a daily basis haven't really been like OMG you look so much better, its usually been the people I haven't seen for months. That was a good motivation for me to keep moving forward and encouragement to get my butt on the treadmill.

So I'm going to start making some new goals.

1) Use the treadmill at least 4x per week for 40 minutes.

2) Increase the incline on the treadmill to 10% for a few minutes each time.

3) Feel confident enough to wear a form fitting Halloween costume and enjoy myself without constantly obsessing about how I look in it.

4) Making it to ONEderland by the end of the year~!

  
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NOTIMENASH 10/18/2011 11:51AM

  bravo.

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Another great story taken off FB.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Igigi -- a really great dress designer (sizes 12-30+) -- just posted this on their FB page.

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A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

  
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GAMELISSA 10/5/2011 3:31PM

  LUV IT!!!

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Inspirational Photo

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I just saw this on Courtney's (from BL11) facebook page.

  
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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 10/5/2011 5:18PM

    I love that!

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MZMELISSA2007 10/5/2011 4:55PM

    Awesome.

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SARAHJ19 10/5/2011 4:52PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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BLUEROSE73 10/5/2011 2:39PM

    love it. I've got a collection full of images like this on my facebook page. They are everything from sayings, to images of bodies that have caught my eye, either because they look great, or something in that image isn't sitting right with me. I personally don't like to see a 6 pack on a female abdomen. So there's a couple of those there. Just to remind me of why I don't want to take it too far.

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Weight Loss in Random Places

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Weightloss in random places

So has anyone else noticed weight loss in random places? I know its weird, but the first thing I noticed was my wrist were skinny. Like normal person size wrists. Iíve always had the issue of finding watches that are larger or come with extra links Ė and now they are loose. Not that I wear a watch that much anymore, now with cellphones/ipods/laptop clocks Ė but it was just one of the weird thing I noticed.

So now my wrists are skinny, but my upper arms are still the same size. I lost 60 pounds, and maybe only an inch or so on my upper arms. I know everyone says it will all eventually goóbut its annoying to want to buy fitted tops, and my southern grandma upper arms are ruining the look. I am the queen of cardigans and shrugs, so I just need to find some smaller fitted shrugs that will accommodate my upper arms.

The other place I noticed it was my midsection/trunk region. It was great to drop a few jean sizes and now Iím buying tops in everyday stores (which is a trip), but now Iíve lost my boobs. Goodbye full C, hello B. Thank god I am finally small enough that I can buy the miracle bra from Victoriaís secret and fake it! (I have never in my entire life been able to buy a VS bra Ė Iíve been mostly a Cacique bra wearer Ė and thank god they make cute bras!) So now Iím significantly smaller on top (thanks to the -60lbs!) but I still have got my booty.

My rear has shrunk a little bit. Its not as pronounced as it was, and I think its definitely changed its shape Ė my red Lane Bryant jeans just donít fit Ė they fit in the waist, but now the buttís a little saggy. But my thighs have only shrunk maybe 2Ē each (with a 60í weight loss I guess I was expecting moreÖ).

Not that Iím griping (okay maybe a little) but now my hourglass shape is quite a bit distorted. Iím almost a pear now Ė and jeans shopping has become a nightmare. My shape has definitely limited me to womenís jeans Ė no regular jeans for my curvy lowerhalf Ė so the hunt continues. Iíve been to about six different stores trying on jeans Ė only one pair of Liz Claiborne jeans worked Ė but they donít come in tall. I learned that the hard way when I ordered some online in tall Ė they werenít the Ďwomenísí LC jeans.

Yesterday MyHabit (an amazon thing) had some plus size clothing designers in their sale. While I didnít get the crazy expensive jackets they had available, I did order two pairs of CJ by Cookie Johnson jeans (normally $165 Ė I got them for $49). They are supposed to have extra room in the butt and thigh so hereís to hoping they work. Then I saw they were on Oprahís favorite thingsÖ. I am hoping they are just awesome jeans Ė but not gonna lie Ė after I saw that Iím really hoping that they arenít ďMom Jeans.Ē Eep! Iíll know three days from now when I get to try them on. I didnít have a good size chart so I ordered two different sizes. One of the really nice things about MyHabit is there is free shipping both ways (ie when you order and if you return) Ė so if they donít work out Iím not out that much money.

If they donít fit, I foresee a lot of skirts in my future. This week my mom picked up two of my Lane Bryant skirts that I had altered down (one was a 22 one was a 20 Ė now down to a 12/14ish). I also got my fabulous Igigi dress altered down as well. I love Igigi dresses. If youíre a size 12-36 and need to go to a formal event Ė check out Igigi. Her dresses are fantastic! Iím actually a little bummed I wonít be shopping there much more. So for the next few nice events I will be wearing a skirt and freaking out all of my friends that havenít seen my legs in years! I normally wear jeans, but with the fit being off Iím just not as comfortable rocking a nice pair of jeans.

Anyway thatís it. If anyone reads this who has found an amazing brand of jeans that will fit a booty let me know!

  
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TREP13 9/28/2011 12:54PM

    Thanks for the MyHabit tip! I used to love the dresses on Igigi but they make them for women with way bigger boobs than me. Although, i enjoyed being able to order like two sizes down and have stuff fit me. :)

I get my jeans through Torrid's site. Not sure what brands exactly but they seem to fit well and are reasonably priced.

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