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Coming Out of the Closet

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring is in the air even though the snow is still on the ground in my neck of the woods.

And Spring turns my thoughts to... Spring Cleaning! Specifically.... (insert ominous music here)... the CLOSET. emoticon

A lot of stuff gets... well stuffed in there! So out came the row of clothes hangars and everything went on the bed. In a flurry of quick clothes changes, I tried on stuff and found....FAT CLOTHES. OMG they have to go! emoticon I don't eVER want to fit into these again.

What joy! What rapture! I've donated them to charity and my closet is skinnier now.

It was time for those fat clothes to come OUT of the closet. emoticon

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20 lbs and 500 years ago...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Even though I HATE pictures of me because of the extra weight, I don't want to lose a record of a portion of my life. Now that the weight is coming off, I want to share this picture.

It's me, 20 lbs ago. I can look at this and say, "I never want to be that fat again."

I can also look at it with pride, because I sewed up that Tudor dress (c. 1530). It was the first full Tudor outfit I created. They dressed in layers back then due to a mini ice-age that went across Britian and Europe. A little history lesson there emoticon

The red dress is fitted over the white smock and a grey skirt. The grey sleeves are really half sleeves that tie up over your elbow and stop at the wrist so the white smock's sleeves show over your hands. The red dress's sleeves actually fall well below the hands, but are drawn back to show a contrasting undersleeve. It's a WARM outfit!

I didn't make the headpiece on this one.

Of course, the photographer snapped the picture when my eyes were closed! emoticon

I have another dress I just finished, and will post another blog on that. Perhaps every 20 lbs I should make a new dress?

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WENDIT 3/12/2013 2:56PM

    Yes, I've been with the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) for 20 years now. Love making the outfits. Thanks for the congrats on my weight loss!

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/11/2013 8:30PM

    Awesome dress! Are you a re-enactor? Congratulations on your weight loss!

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The Red Bra

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Hubby and I were out shopping yesterday and went to my favorite store, Pennington's!

I love this store because I can get FASHION in a plus size. Most retail stores think that just because you're a plus size lady, you should be in shapeless, gaudy prints that seem to emphasize everything large.

I found a red bra. Oooo it was on SALE too! And it fit, and it looked good and I felt so sexy in it! The hubby totally endorsed purchasing this red bra with the little black sequins along the upper curve. Of course he would! emoticon

It's important, when we're ladies and we need to lose weight, that we treat ourselves to something pretty and sexy that makes a man's eyes light up. He doesn't see the rolls of fat, he sees his wife, feeling and looking sexy in a red bra.

And it makes you feel good! Good about whatever weight you've lost, and a BIG booster to your willpower to keep on losing that weight!

Everyone should own a red bra. yeah, even the guys emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 3/8/2013 8:06AM

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THINAGIN2 3/7/2013 4:55PM

    Sexy lingerie is always a plus! You go girl!

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KLUTERACOON 3/7/2013 4:32PM

    I don't know what it is but there is something sexy about red bra period. You are soo right we need to treat ourselves once in a while to bring that sparkle back into our faces and attitude!

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Grandmother's Kitchen

Monday, February 25, 2013

I read somewhere that, with the new foods available (and not always healthy!) today, if you ate what you found in your grandmother's kitchen, you'd be healthier. I think it should be your great-grandmother's kitchen, since many young people here today, that would put them into the 1970's (NOT a good time to advocate eating junk foods!)

My grandmothers fed their children from their kitchens in the 1930's and 1940's. Before Coke and McDonald's and a lot of pre-packaged foods. There were canned foods for sure, with a shelf life a lot less than the preservative-laden stuff we have today.

My grandmother had a garden and canned produce. I remember the rows of colorful jars lining the wooden shelves in the cool, darkened basement. Rows of green peas (I remember shelling those peas!) and orange carrots, green pickles and yellow mustard pickles, yellow corn, vermillion tomatoes (both sauce and chunked), white pickled fish, tan chicken bits, creamy stews in jars. We knew what went into those jars of food.

She had tins in the kitchen, filled with sugar, flour, baking soda, tea, coffee. Crystalline jars of maple syrup (she lived in Quebec, a hotbed of maple syrup makers). She had a wooden potato bin and woven strands of small onions and garlic hanging in the corner. She used spices and vinegar and oil and butter and real cheese in her cooking.

Her plates were 8 inches across, not 12 inches like today. Measure your plate and see how much room on it you have to fill to make it look "full".

I am emulating my grandmother's kitchen, filling it with wholesome foods, and eating smaller portions. I think that's the trick, prepare it yourself and eat sparingly.

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 4/25/2013 12:32AM

    I love it! Great post.

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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/25/2013 12:48PM

  That sounds just like my grandmothers kitchen was and how I was brought up. I'd love to can a lot of my own veggies but I'm basically the only one that eats much veggies so it's just easier to fix up what I can and freeze it for individual meals. I just did that this morning with cabbage. I cooked up enough for my lunch today and 7 containers to go into the freezer. Hubby can't stand the smell of cabbage cooking but since I don't do it but about once a month he puts up with it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLONDIE218145 2/25/2013 12:14PM

    This was very helpful and so true. Ty for taking me back to our farm where I lived until I was 5. It would be very difficult for a lot of people to do this if they lived in the city all their lives.

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My Sweet Saboteur

Monday, February 18, 2013

My Sweet Saboteur is my husband, Mark. I love this man with all my heart, and when he looks into my eyes with his beautiful hazel ones, my heart melts. He loves me too, maybe a little too much! He is my Sweet Saboteur, and although I love the stuffiní out of him, sometimes I just want to smack him upside the head with a foam brick and say ENOUGH!
Mixed emotions, eh?

He knows I love chocolate. Perhaps I should phase that a bit differently; Iím Koo-koo for Kocopuffs? Have a sweet tooth that leans towards the chocolately variety? How about addicted to the damn stuff? He will bring home a chocolate bar for me because Iíve had a bad day. He will suggest the Death by Chocolate dessert because he wants to treat me. He waves a frozen fudge bar under my nose as dessert on a hot day.

I can SMELL chocolate if he brings it into the house. I sniff it out, like that hound dog on the old Bugs Bunny show until I find it and bay AROOOOOOOOO! Ok, maybe I donít actually bay, but I do find it and devour it!
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Even while Iím eating each delicious little creamy, sweet morsel Iím asking myself WHY AM I DOING THIS? Put that thing DOWN. You just started to lose some serious weight ARE YOU CRAZY?

Yes, Iím crazy. Iím addicted and my hubby is my personal little pusher.

I read dark chocolate was good for you. So I bought dark chocolate bar, broke up the pieces and told him to just give me ONE in the evening if I asked for it. Heíll give me two or three if I ask. So I took the bag and tossed it into the trash. Goodbye chocolate! Itís like an alcoholic, one piece is too many and a bag isnít enough.

It was easier to stop smoking. emoticon

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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/18/2013 12:59PM

  Smoking was easier for me to quit too. Haven't had a cigarette in 13 years. But I have a bad sweet tooth and giving up sweets is VERY hard to do. And hubby doesn't help one eye-oda. emoticon

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JANAMP09 2/18/2013 12:04PM

    LOL I can relate. What did my Husband give me for Valentines but a box of Merci Chocolate. I looked at him and said "you've got to be kidding right?" They have joined the Christmas Licorice allsorts on top of my china cabinet - not opened. Have to send home with the grandkids but my daughter doesn't want them in her house either emoticon

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