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My shopping experience


Sunday, January 29, 2012

I went shopping for clothes Saturday.
Normally these kinds of trips fill me with dread.
I needed a new pair of jeans and maybe a cute top to wear to my husband's work party. So off to Kohl's I go. I went straight to my regular spot in the plus size section. The section is a fairly small area tucked behind a much large selection of Misses sizes. I grabbed a couple pairs of pants I thought I might like and a blouse from the clearance rack. Off to the fitting room I go. Now one of the pants were the size 16w (the size I thought I was) and the other was a 14w(picked up for inspiration to get down to that size soon). I tried the 14 first (before I lost my nerve) and what do you know...THEY FIT WITH ROOM TO SPARE.
You must know that I thought this was a fluke-one of those weird brands that make their sizes a little roomier to make girls like me feel better about themselves. So I ignored the 16 and went out to grab a couple more 14's. (This time without the W behind the number.) I cringed as I went to button the first 14 I brought back, but they buttoned easily and the zipper went up without having to force it. Then I tried on 3 more pair and had a similar experience. By this time my head was spinning. Imagine the possibilities I was facing! I had graduated out of the plus sizes and moved on to the spacious Misses section!!
I quickly ran out of the fitting room(after I put the shabby oversized clothes I wore into the store back on.) I started wandering the racks and picking up more and more items. As I turned a corner I looked up and found even more racks of clothing I didn't even know were there. The misses section went on and on. I was working myself into a tiz! There were colors and styles I had never even contemplated. My 20 minute shopping trip had just turned into 40. As I was working my way back to the fitting room with an armload full of clothing, I got a call. It was my husband. He had been looking for me for about 10 minutes and had no idea where to find me. After I told him to meet me at the fitting room I went in to try more clothes on. I would put on an outfit, walk out to the mirror and twirl for his approval. He would nod and then I would throw my arms around his neck and whisper in his ear 14! I was giddy and he was amused. I ended up choosing 3 blouses and 2 pairs of pants by the time we checked out.

Then I dragged him to one of my favorite stores, Dress Barn, for another round. It felt a little unnatural to go to the right side of the store instead of the left where the big girl sizes are. I finally found the perfect jeans as well as some work pants, a blouse and a dress. He and I had the best time choosing things I haven't even thought about in at least 10 years.

I have to thank my elliptical workouts for this amazing experience. I have always been the girl who hated to workouts and found every excuse to avoid them. I will still whine every once in awhile about having to do the workouts, but I will then remember my Saturday shopping trip and get on that torturous contraption.

Perhaps next time I shop I can try a size 12!

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SSGAVIN 3/8/2012 2:15PM

    I'm so happy for you!! I know how you feel - the first time I even dared to try on size 12 it was with a bit of fear and giddiness. I still can't really believe that those size 12 jeans fit and I keep thinking someone's going to tell me that I'm in the wrong department. My goal is to wear size 10 and feel like I really do belong in the smaller sizes! Even though the body is changing my head still hasn't caught up with reality. Of course, for years my head thought I was smaller than I really was. emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 2/27/2012 10:25AM

    I loved reading this blog! I can just imagine how fun it must have been to discover a whole new section of clothes waiting to explore...ladies love to shop, and it is always more fun when clothes fit better! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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SISU1971 2/13/2012 9:54PM

    Ohh, awesome! I, too, love Dress Barn and can't wait for the day when I can "cross over" to the other side! Way to go, and thank you for sharing your success with all of us!
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ZELLAZM 1/31/2012 3:52PM

    Oh, I'm so happy for you and my eyes are even leaking! How fun that you got to do a fashion show for your dh! Love it!

Pictures of the new outfits maybe!?

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WATREKKIE 1/30/2012 10:12PM

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so happy for you!!! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 1/30/2012 12:48PM

    Yay! Great job!!!

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KSMGLASS 1/30/2012 11:27AM

    A big emoticon emoticon Tammy, what an awesomely wonderful experience you had and were able to share w/ your hubby!!!! There's no stopping you now, your spark is a burnin' baby!!! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 1/30/2012 10:52AM

    Congratulations on transforming your figure! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 1/30/2012 9:57AM

    That's great! I will be going through my closet in a massive purge soon, but yesterday I tried on a slim-fitting size 18 pair of khakis - I could zip 'em but need another 5 - 8 lbs off for them to look decent... This in stark contrast to my size 14 Michael Kors jeans that are getting baggy?!?!?

It's nice to live vicariously through your great shopping trip, nevertheless!

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2KIDSONLY2ARMS 1/30/2012 6:33AM

    I'm so happy for you! I am soo close to fitting into a 14, that I just keep waiting for the day. I can get them on but I can't zip them yet.

I enjoyed your post and hope to read more!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/30/2012 3:46AM

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 1/30/2012 2:36AM

    So happy for you! I can't even imagine fitting in a 14 ... not yet.. but maybe someday it will happen for me, too. ;)

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JINLYNN 1/30/2012 12:34AM

    Oh...what fun! I am so happy that you were able to see the results of all your hard work. I hope you will post a few pictures of you in your new outfits.
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BLESSEDBEING 1/29/2012 11:40PM

    I remember the joy of getting into my first pair of 14 jeans! emoticon It is a fabulous feeling! Doesn't it make you want to keep doing all the things that got you this far?

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50ISNEW30 1/29/2012 9:32PM

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Going down? Oh Ya!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 1/29/2012 9:29PM

    emoticon I'm doing the happy dance with you!!! Your blog made me smile. emoticon

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