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Thursday, December 01, 2011

It's not just my Greek omelettes . . . Omega 3 liquid egg plus liquid egg white plus Greek seasoning plus low fat feta and spinach, now protein-boosted with turkey and volume boosted with mushrooms. (Is there a more flavourful low fat cheese than feta? If so, haven't found it . . . ).

Yup, in addition to the Greek omelettes, I'm all about the no fat sugar free Greek yogourt too -- huge whack o' protein, great creamy texture, nice zing: I've been using the PC brand. Which has lots of apps (e.g. instead of sour cream on baked potato; swirled into soups; incorporated into salad dressings . . . ) but most often enjoyed by me with a touch of Splenda (I know, I know . . . artificial sweetener, but still the lesser of several evils) and fresh raspberries, blackberries, blueberries (I know, I know: carbon foot print . . . of which the largest portion is driving them home from the grocery store. Nope, no store close enough to walk or bike . . . there it is).

Hadn't known, however, until 4A-HEALTHY-BMI pointed it out yesterday, that Greek yogourt has less lactose. Yay!

And apparently, a colleague reported to me last night at a professional dinner meeting, fat free dairy products have less estrogen (from the hormones administered to keep cows lactating . . . ). Does anyone know if this is so?? It's an issue for me as a breast cancer survivor . . (Proud to report: mixed, mingled, avoided appetizers, clocked in well within calorie range by making judicious choices and avoiding resolve-weakening wine!!)

Grateful for reduced lactic acid, hoping for reduced estrogen . . . in the meantime there is no question that I embrace the Greek bearing gifts.

And when on rare occasions I'm ordering salad in a restaurant, I love to request (with a bit of a saucy smile) a "small Greek"!!

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FROSTIERACES 12/20/2011 7:11PM

    I'm probably the only person I know of that does not like greek yogurt. I know it's good for me, however, I just can't seem to like it much unless it's with fruit. I do love greek salads tho and miss them a lot here lately! oh wow..I'm shopping tomorrow and looking for feta cheese!

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/7/2011 7:59PM

    Gotta love Greek!


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PENNYAN45 12/5/2011 5:35PM

    It's good to see that there's lots of company when it comes to liking Greek flavors.
I especially like tzatziki sauce as a dunk.
A spinach, mushroom, and feta omelet is my favorite.
And dill is a great spice!

Greek is Great!

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PHEBESS 12/4/2011 7:25PM

    I love using Greek yogurt when baking, instead of milk (water it down) or instead of sour cream (1:1).

PLUS it's great for making a thicker quiche!!!!

I also spread it on a bagel instead of cream cheese - yum!!!!!

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FRACTALMYTH 12/4/2011 12:00AM

    Yum - huge fan of greek yoghurt... must try feta soon... at the moment loving avocados in huge amounts lol

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    I love Greek seasoning, feta and Fage Greek yogurt is my favorite! Never liked yogurt until I discovered "the Greek" and have never looked back.

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TBANMAN 12/3/2011 12:46PM

    I love all things greek too - greek salad, greek omlettes with onion, tomato, feta and greek seasoning.

But my all-out fave for sure is fat free greek yogurt. SO much protein! My preferred brand is Liberte - a little more expensive, but yummy flavours.


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NANCY- 12/2/2011 8:44AM

    Thanks.. didn't know that about the feta. I have taken a shine to goat greek yogurt. Wonder what the difference is .. will have to check it out someday.
Here's to healthy living!

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KALIGIRL 12/2/2011 8:43AM

    Mediterranean 'diet' - the best!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/2/2011 2:58AM

    Love Greek yogurt and congratulations on your discipline at the party, not always easy.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/1/2011 10:51PM

    If I'm not mistaken, the hormones you're referring to are banned in Canada (however, I'm not sure if that's ALL hormones). I'm not sure if yogurt is imported and if so if the hormone ban would encompass those products as well.

I didn't realize that Greek Yogurt is so high in calcium since it's triple strained. I had some at our local Costco the other day and it was delicious. Plan to add it to my fridge next shopping trip. The texture and flavour were devine. Glad to hear the PC brand is really good as well.

Awesome job and restraint! CJ

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FREELADY 12/1/2011 10:08PM

    Your dinner meeting choices are inspiring! That is a very tough venue for me.

I, too, love egg/spinach/feta for breakfast. It makes me feel like I've had something really yummy . . . had to wean myself away from the high-fat, high-calorie, traditional Southern full breakfast.

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_LINDA 12/1/2011 6:31PM

    Well done with the party! I like using yogurt as a veggie dip myself.. I use no fat cottage cheese with potatoes, never thought of using the yogurt instead. I was so happy when our Superstore finally started getting in Greek yogurt, it was very expensive in just health food stores before. Their brand is very good, I like the one with honey.
Never heard of the estrogen thing, it would be very interesting to find out.

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GERIKRAGH 12/1/2011 2:58PM

    Isn't it amazing what foods and tastes we can discover when we eat healthy?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/1/2011 11:21AM

    I dunno about the lactic acid. But I do know Greek yogurt has less lactose (milk sugar)

I'll look up the estrogen thing and let you know what I find out.

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DONNACFIT 12/1/2011 9:19AM

    Your omlet sounds soo good!! I just bought some greek yogurt for the first time and aven't tried it yet..now I can't wait :)

Your food blogs always make me hungry!

Go Greek geek...

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DDOORN 12/1/2011 8:45AM

    Love yogurt of any low-no-sugar type...greek tastes best to me, but it's priciness sometimes shifts me to my plain Dannon quarts. I find a lot of drainage as it sets can be poured off too.


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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2011 8:25AM

    Greek is great, I must agree! Congrats on handling the party last eve. You did great, too. Don't know about the estrogen. When you find out, let us know. Makes sense - hope it is so. Keep up the healthy living! Isn't healthy food fabulous?? -Marsha

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More Protein: Middle Four, Take That!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In line with 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's prescription (break plateau by changing it up), plus her focus on getting 150 gm protein a day . . . I'm adopting these strategies to blast middle number 4 before it escalates upwards . .

So: I am moving more.

And: I added some lean turkey to this morning's Greek omelette (Omega 3 whole egg plus whites, low fat feta, spinach, Greek seasoning) and am already at 28 grams protein for today, but under 300 calories. And for added satiety, tossed in some mushrooms too, a whole cupful for just 15 calories. I'm thinking that this additional volume will increase the feeling of fullness. And there are low fat sugar free yogourts in the fridge at work for mid-morning/mid-afternoon snacks as may be necessary! Also protein rich.

OK then. It's a dark snowy morning, and I'm really appreciating my sunny light box! And happy that my snow tires have lots of tread.

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CRP1385 12/1/2011 8:47AM

    great post, need to find more protein in my diet too.

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CARRAND 11/30/2011 9:35PM

    Oh, I wish I had a light box, too.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/30/2011 7:45PM

    Great strategies to shake it up and to add protein. More power to you!! Keep up the good thinking -- keep up the great activity and eating!! -Marsha

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/30/2011 4:03PM

    emoticon Ellen, I love your dedication. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/30/2011 3:30PM

    I'm betting this is going to pay off...kudos to trying something different!

4A-HEALTHY-BMI's strategies have sure paid off for her! :-)


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_LINDA 11/30/2011 10:28AM

    Good for you changing it up! I like to do that just to keep things interesting which was why I was taking a variety of fitness classes and wanting to try more. I always make sure I get at least 15g protein per meal. Once I did that, I no longer felt the need for snacks in between meals. At Mom's, I am getting chicken which is also lean (the breast part) and good protein. I am hoping she will throw a turkey in this weekend. We were supposed to get snow today, but it didn't happen. I wish it would to melt on the ice and make it safer.
Good luck with it! That omelette sounds YUMMY!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/30/2011 10:17AM


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Do be aware that nonfat plain yogurt does have lactose in it. My favorite is nonfat plain Greek yogurt because the lactose drains out with the water when they strain it. That way more of the calories are PROTEIN.

(Eating my Greek yogurt plus soy cereal, right now!)

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/30/2011 8:31AM

    emoticonIt sounds like you are on the right track! They say protein is what makes you feel fuller! I try to track my protein every day! I usually end up meeting that criteria, but not the fat or the calories! Go figure! I wish you the best with your eating and exercising! I love omelettes and I love low fat cottage cheese! Those are usually the two ways besides chicken and peanut butter that I get my protein! Keep up the emoticonjob! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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SALSIFY 11/30/2011 8:08AM

    It'll be very interesting to see how this goes - I hope it works for you. I tend to cut out starchy stuff to lose weight & this naturally increases the protein as I snack on yoghurt a lot - & those triangles of light cheese on rice cakes. Owen just can't believe I'm eating those as he tucks into his mature stilton - but needs must!

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GROEDER 11/30/2011 7:39AM

    Good luck with the change - and also with the snow!! Drive carefully out there.

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CRYSTALJEM 11/30/2011 7:37AM

    Just about to go sit in front of my sunny light box too! I love it as well. First winter with it and I'm already not dreading it as much.

Great job on the protein. The omelette sounds delicious. Hope your day is awesome! CJ

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The Three Times When People are Happiest

Monday, November 28, 2011

OK, then: you've guessed one of 'em with no great difficulty.

Yes!! emoticon

But the other two? When attending the theatre. And when exercising.

The theatre? Really? Something I enjoy, certainly . . . but would not have put it in the top three. emoticon Unless we're talking personal "drama queen" episodes . . .

But exercising? It feels so good when it stops: maybe that's it!! emoticon

So here's the link: and it tells us the "least happy day of the year" too. I'm thinking I may just arrange to take that one as a holiday . . . emoticon


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/30/2011 10:26AM

    Maybe the first one is up there because it can involve BOTH drama and exercise...

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BEMORESTUBBORN 11/29/2011 8:48PM

    Thanks for the link and for adding me! Drop in and say hello - I love meeting my new Spark friends!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/29/2011 5:38PM

    I wonder where they got their data from!! It seems as if it is from a fairly narrow population sample.

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DDOORN 11/29/2011 4:03PM

    While it may not be a 100% rock solid guarantee to boost one's spirits, exercise is usually a pretty good bet!

Movies I do...some heavy ones lately (J. Edgar & The Descendants), but theater is a rarity. I should catch up with it more often.


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CARRAND 11/28/2011 9:45PM

    A good Sunday afternoon nap would be on my list. I seldom go to the theater. Exercise is definitely great for me - and the other one, too.

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_LINDA 11/28/2011 9:45PM

    I don't get that at all, theater?? I like the movies better too, nothing beats the effects and drama of the Star Wars series in my humble opinion.
If anyone thinks exercise is boring they are so doing the wrong thing. It has to be fun, challenging and something that interests you and you can give your full attention. This is why I so love kickboxing, its an adenaline rush and gives you the feeling of power and control, something a weakling like me rarely can enjoy.
Exercise is supposed to be F.U.N. !!
For me, being a virgin, I replace #1 with eating chocolate, nothing beats that good feeling of 90% cocoa Lindt chocolate melting in your mouth!!
Wasn't aware there was a least happy day! I have never felt differently on any day, they are pretty much all the same to me..

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ONEWAYSTREET 11/28/2011 8:03PM

  lol..... whenever I see an elderly person this will run thru my mind now...
love the mooooovies.. not so fussed on live theatre...exercise is mindless... I meditate thru it... so must be aok...tho not thought of it as a "high" in my day...
Chrissy day is always good... I can handle that one...31st Jan... I'll watch out for it. Maybe the fact that the year has really set in???
Honestly there is a app for everything...
Enjoy your day... in every way!!!

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JOPAPGH 11/28/2011 6:12PM

    I would have guessed sleeping over theater.

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OOLALA53 11/28/2011 6:07PM

    I went to a link on whether good looking people are happier. That was disappointing. They are! Though there are always exceptions. emoticon

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DSHONEYC 11/28/2011 5:54PM

    Based upon IPAD info...I'd have thought it would be "when they are texting or twittering or connecting". Shoot, I don't even have a smartphone so to be connected I truly must be "connected".

I thought the #1 would be "eating"....chocolate is better than sex emoticon

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Hyacinth Harvest

Sunday, November 27, 2011

All winter long and as soon as they are available I buy potted hyacinth bulbs at the grocery store. White. All shades of pink. All shades of mauve and blue and purple. From January through April, there are generally hyacinths in my house. Sometimes a single bulb, often a pot of three bulbs, occasionally one of the large pots of five or more bulbs. It always amazes me that buying potted bulbs during the winter months is no more expensive than buying naked bulbs in the fall for direct planting into the garden.

Don't much care for the standard "Christmas" plants -- poinsettias in particular leave me cold, whether traditional red or the newer white, pink and marbled types. They last for ever, they can't with reasonable effort be brought back to rebloom, they silently reproach me if I throw them out . . . Cyclamen are a bit better (glorious butterfly shape hovering above the elegant foliage) but like poinsettias have no scent. Azaleas ditto.

Whereas the hyacinths (like the narcissus I potted up last weekend, which are growing half an inch every day) help me "set out to meet the spring". And smell glorious, scenting the whole house. And each floret is such a beautiful shape . . . remember "hyacinthine curls" on Roman Republican portrait busts? The only disadvantage of hyacinths has been their tendency to flop over, top heavy . . . but the newer cultivars seem to have that problem solved. And (unlike some contemporary rose variants, which have focused on repeat blooming at the expense of perfume) without any loss of scent or shape or colour.

Once my hyacinths have bloomed and faded week by winter week, I cut off the spent flower heads and water copiously, leaving the foliage which will renew the bulb's vigour, then put the pot down in our cool, damp Victorian basement. And forget about them, until late November.

So yesterday was the day. Hyacinth harvest. I fetched them all up, two green garbage bags full of pots and soil and dehydrated foliage. And took them out to the garden for planting.

Almost every bulb was showing signs of life: heavy, solid, sturdy ivory sprouts. I simply cleared away enough leaves in the flower bed to dig a hole, inserted the bulbs at the same depth, then recovered with leaf mulch.

We have lived here for some 25 years -- and there are hundreds of hyacinth bulbs from winter after winter of kitchen table fragrance, blooming and reblooming year after year. Squirrels leave the hyacinths alone -- tulips are the preferred munch, and that's why I don't have many of those. Squirrels simply won't accept my tacit deal -- chestnuts and walnuts for them, bulbs for me. If the squirrels don't eat the tulips bulbs within days of my planting them, they will eat the flowers as soon as they appear in the spring. I've given up on tulips.

Which is OK, actually: hyacinths smell better anyhow.

Winter: bring it on! I've recycled my hyacinths. They're promising me that spring will come.

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CEHALLA 11/28/2011 10:51AM

    I love cyclamen and wished they had more scent. My favorite bulb is the freesia, they have a lovely scent. I don't know if the squirrels would eat them or not.

But I love flowers blooming in the spring, and all those hyacinths would be heavenly!

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KALIGIRL 11/28/2011 8:40AM

    Love it!

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NANCY- 11/28/2011 8:25AM

    What a lovely way to bring pleasure into your life. Breathing in the springtime fragrance is definitely heaven scent (oops I meant sent) on a cold winter day. :)
You make me want to go get some bulbs and put them in the bulb vases.

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DDOORN 11/28/2011 12:21AM

    What a wonderful way to brighten your home through your cultivation of flowers...!

Spring already feels like it's been here as we've been visiting in Valley Forge area of PA with temps in the mid-60s over the past few days!

But yes, winter will arrive soon enough...but I'm prepared with cross country skis this year! :-)


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CARRAND 11/27/2011 7:19PM

    What a lovely idea!

I liked poinsettias when we live in Bermuda. They grow there as bushes, waist high or even shoulder high, and bloom copiously every winter. The potted ones we get here aren't even close.

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DONNACFIT 11/27/2011 4:51PM

    Hi thanks for the gardening tips..am anxious to try that myself! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your spring thoughts..

we're actually having a week or more of beautiful weather.. very un-november like for Sask..I'll take it as winterr won't seem quite as long now...our snow is even almost gone now..


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TRYINGHARD1948 11/27/2011 4:43PM

    I can smell those hyacinths from here.

PS I've given up on tulips too. They make me hang my head in shame every one that droops.

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SALSIFY 11/27/2011 3:49PM

    I put a red poinsettia in a purple pot in my kitchen today as it's good feng shui & we could do with some prosperity.


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IMAGINE_IT 11/27/2011 12:34PM

    Oh Ellen you make me want to come out there and look at your gorgeous garden once it's all in bloom!! emoticon you also make me want to go out and buy Hyacinths and plant them all over my garden....only thing with this past summer extreme drought and sky high water bills emoticon and with predictions of at least 5 more years of drought....i am not going to plant anything.....except my tomatoes!
and i agree with Linda....i would love to see some pictures emoticon

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ERIKO1908 11/27/2011 12:19PM

    Ahhh...flowers...I've never had much of a green thumb, but I will live vicariously through you...

On a side note regarding my lack of green thumb...I do have a potted mum plant at work that was a gift from my son on Mother's Day two years ago...I managed to bring it back from death's door...and within a week or so it should have blooms again!!! It is a two foot tall, pretty much single stalk that I have secured to my blinds with a paperclip hook so it doesn't fall over. I will pinch it back when the blooms are done and see where it goes from there...but I did manage to revive it & for that I am proud!! :)

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_LINDA 11/27/2011 11:39AM

    Wow! I can just picture your beautiful garden with all those flowers blooming!! Would love to see a photo of your first blooms! What a perk in the middle of winter!!

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TKADEEPBREATH 11/27/2011 10:57AM

    I have a confession, I have never grown/tended a Hyacinth flower. I've always been intrigued by them but my Mom never grew one that I remember . . . but after reading your story, I'm going to look for some in pots. I'll have to study your method so I can try it. I'm excited about this . . . a new project. I think I'll collect all the colors. I will prefer the fragrant ones . . .

I never really thought about it but I'm with you on the Christmas traditionals like poinsettias. Just can't bring myself to spend $ on them. I don't mind seeing them if someone else bought them though.

Thanks for your story. . . as always, Jan

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PASTORMIKE7 11/27/2011 10:35AM

    That must be a wonderful site to see when the start blooming!!

Thank you for blessing us with this blog today!!

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Weight Woes and Size Sighs: Gendered Size Creep is Creepy!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hmmm. That middle number four is persistent despite diligent tracking. And persistent "Becking": e.g. "hunger is not an emergency"; "eat sitting down".

The balance beam scales at the gym do give me my middle number 3.

And my digital scales at home "flicker" exasperatingly on middle number 3.

But (after months and months over the summer of 138) those home scales (my "home truth") are now persistently settling on middle number 4. Grrrrr.

I am not giving up, however. Not. Giving. Up. The home scales will have to give up. And give me middle number 3. Perhaps when we have some snow and I can get out to x country ski.

Meanwhile, in "other numbers", my contemporary clothes in size 10 are really too large.

Almost all my contemporary clothes in size 8 are also really too large.

It's my contemporary clothes in size 6 which are just right. Navy pant suit. Dark green pant suit. Black leather pencil skirt. Calvin Klein grey jeans. Calvin Klein camel cord jeans. Black Not My Daughter's jeans. Sixes. And (despite the middle number 4) that's my size. My contemporary size.

However, yesterday I was wearing a vintage camel hair suit -- personal vintage, pricey when purchased some 28 or thirty years ago. A classic inverted pleat A-line skirt with a very fitted waist band and a very fitted jacket that has some interesting lapel and pocket button detailing: I've always loved it. However, it was a size 14 when I bought it. I probably weighed about 150 when I bought it. And right now (10 pounds lighter) the skirt has never fit me better through the waist: nice relaxed fit with no pinching. Ditto a very lovely vintage olive mid-calf wool skirt with stitched down pleats. Prestige British label. It's a 14. I wear it often with a contemporary olive and rust tweed fitted jacket: size 6.

Go figure.

DH's sizes don't vary, whether vintage or contemporary. He's a tall slim guy, careful with his clothes, prefers classic styles, size vents etc. : and he also still wears some suits that he's had for years. For him, what was a 34" waist then is a 34" waist now. A 16" neck 36" arm length shirt then is a 16/36" now.

OK. Men get "truth in labelling". Women not so much.

They're messing with our minds, ladies! Gendered size creep is creepy . . . . pure and simple. Yes it is!!

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FROSTIERACES 12/20/2011 7:18PM

    Oh I know this battle well Ellen. For me, as I've written a lot of times before in my blogs, etc, staying in the 130's requires a lot of dedication and work. I LOVE the way my clothes fit tho in the 130's, low 140's! I'm in the 150's now ...boo! But I'm working on it again......yay!! Good for you - I can tell you're really happy where you are! :)

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CEHALLA 11/28/2011 10:56AM

    Its interesting what people say to me about my size: you look tiny, I thought you looked like weighed 170, etc. etc.
My scale says I still weigh 190, and I'm wearing current size 14's. This is great for me, I'm happy with my progress so far, and working my way down, both the scale and the mystery sizes.
One goal is to fit into my wedding dress again, which was a size 14 30 years ago!

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SALSIFY 11/27/2011 3:38PM

    Those clothes you've kept sound lovely!

I also have been wondering about clothing size. I'm always a couple of sizes larger on top than below - even though my hip & bust size are about the same. I read somewhere that because about 70% of women are pear shaped, clothes are sized to reflect larger hips than bust. So now I know why.

Could you just weigh yourself on the more cooperative gym scales (I know this is easier said than done)?

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TKADEEPBREATH 11/27/2011 11:07AM

    I think you are doing fabulous. You are actually my person inspiration. We have so many things in common. Bet we could wear each others clothes . . .

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NANCY- 11/27/2011 7:26AM

    Congrats on the skirt. The size thing is so annoying.

The scale is a tool. (yes it can be aggravating) however I know I still place too much value on one day's numbers. Are you tracking them? Perhaps there are trends.
Just a thought.

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CARRAND 11/26/2011 9:27PM

    I know what you mean about the sizes. My wedding dress was a size 10. I wear a size 10 again now, but I weigh 25 pounds more than I did when I got married. We're all just getting bigger.

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MOBYCARP 11/26/2011 8:26PM

    Truth in labeling is less common in men's clothing than it used to be. When I look at shirts, I'm seeing a lot more labeled small, medium and large instead of with neck and sleeve measurements. That means I have to try them on to see what "medium" means in that brand. Bleah. I don't know how women have coped with this nonsense for all these years.

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VALERIEMAHA 11/26/2011 7:08PM

    I'm with Chris 100%!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2011 6:59PM

    Wishing you middle threes!! You can do it, if you stick with it, and really want to. Sounds like at generally a size 6 you don't have to pressure yourself. 140 is not bad. Not bad at all. But I do understand. Now remember I'm considerably shorter than you -- maybe 4 inches -- and mostly I'm a size 6, too. The day after Thanksgiving I was 130.4 and it didn't feel good. Today I was 129.4 -- aw, much better. But I'm not sure anyone but me could tell. Does it matter? Maybe not. But maybe because it could be the beginning of a slip. Trying to find the correct amount of concern about weight is tricky, but I suspect we'll both keep trying.

Also, you may want to reread the "attainable" vs. "maintainable" weight near the end of the Beck book. Look in your head and your heart. Is below 140 truly a maintainable weight for you??

The size thing is true. When I ran the nonprofit that had a thrift store (all donated clothes) trying to size was impossible. One current size 14 and one 1960's 14 were totally different sizes!!

Take care. You will accomplish your middle three if you decide it is a maintainable weight for you. -Marsha

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FREELADY 11/26/2011 6:35PM

    It also means one can easily buy clothes gifts for men, whereas buying a woman (me!) clothes as a gift is an oft-avoided gamble! RATS!

Thanks for voicing your determined persistence. You strengthen my resolve.

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JOHAL52 11/26/2011 5:34PM

    I know what you mean about sizes! I have crept up from size 10 to size 12 but I have a sneaky feeling that it "really" is size 14 by the "old" sizes because I weigh what I weighed [gulp] at size 14 before.
Like you though I am NOT giving up and now that I will be more settled I have high hopes.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/26/2011 4:35PM

    Your home scale is lying to you. If you are wearing a size 6 and your clothes are fitting, you are in great shape. Put the scale in the closet, and let your clothes o the talking.

And, I'm here to say, I am jealous of your leather pencil skirt. Woohoo - great wardrobe item!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/26/2011 12:39PM

    Yup. I buy most of my clothes used so I'm well aware of what you're talking about. And it's one reason I find those blog posts on here where people crow about fitting into a particular size so annoying and ignorant. The number on the label doesn't mean anything anymore.

As far as that middle number 4, you know what you have to do- either switch up or increase your exercise or switch up or decrease your food; or both. Plateau breaking requires changes. :-)

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_LINDA 11/26/2011 10:51AM

    Maybe your home scale needs a new battery :) Or a good boot! I have ranted on women's sizing before, said it once but can say it again in case you missed it. To me, baby's sizes are 0-6, no adult should be wearing them. This is part of why I hate shopping for women's clothing and indeed, stuck with basic men's stuff like sweat pants and pants, it never changes. Your vintage clothing sounds wonderful. My only jobs having been a factory one and confectionery worker, I have never had occasion to dress nicely, and hence the workwear.
To me, its a sign of success to fitting comfortably in clothing you wore 30 years ago. Now THAT is maintaining at its finest!! WELL DONE!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/26/2011 10:39AM

    I too have noticed this. Advertising to our vanity. I like yournterm gendered size creep. Sounds like you are feeling and looking goodnso don't fret too much about the middle number. Just our bodies getting ready for that Canadian winter that's just around the corner. Have a good one, whatever that may be. Namaste.
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