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Discovering Beautiful


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

I realized just now that I have been a member of SparkPeople for two months. And what an awesome two months it has been learning about you all, and in turn, learning about myself. So powerful!

I've been hitting up the local Goodwill stores the last couple of weekends. I used to look down on thrift stores, incorrectly assuming it was for poor people and that the items were of a lower quality. WRONG! My best friend got me turned onto thrift store shopping during my last trip home in January. I was getting shirts for a dollar, dishes for cheap. We went the day after a holiday so everything was HALF OFF on top of that - uhhh awesome!!! (Here in AZ, the half off days are every other Saturday - SCORE!!)

It was after this multi-city Goodwill trek back home that I realized, DUH!! I am NOT spending oodles of cash every time my size changes throughout this weight loss process. My last name isn't Rockefeller, after all. I'm sticking to thrift stores - not only are they cheap, it's good stuff, stuff I would buy new for myself. Another perk: you know the clothes have already been washed, so you don't have to worry about shrinkage. This is huge for me since I have a long torso and shirts always seem to shrink up!

These past two weekends, I have spent a total of $40 on 10 items: 3 skirts ~ 2 blouses (one from Torrid for only $1.99 - probably retailed for $40 or so) ~ 1 workout tee ~ 1 short sleeved hoodie ~ 1 pair of dress slacks ~ 1 pair of denim capris ~ 1 formal, strapless dress

Needless to say, I am completely stoked about being able to trade out the 'fat' clothes in my closet for some that actually fit. I took some pictures of what I was wearing 3 1/2 months ago (at the beginning of my weight loss journey) versus what I wear today. A little 'out with the old, in with the new', if you will...

Denim capris, size 13 ($5.99 at Goodwill today) on top of size 18:



Skirts, size 14 ($2.49 at Goodwill last week) on top of size 20W:



Jeans, size 15 ($5.99 at Ross) on top of size 20:



Dresses, size L ($9.99 at Goodwill - the dress for my friend's wedding) on top of a 16W (that was entirely too tight when I bought it last June):



Then I decided I wanted to see how my 'fat jeans' fit these days:



What an amazing feeling! These are gonna be the jeans I keep around. They were my Old Faithful. If I was bloated or depressed, or even just feeling frumpy, these bad boys were my go-to bottoms. They have officially been retired and will now own a hallowed space in my closet. Only to be taken out for photo ops :)

I always dreamt of being able to have the kind of before and after photos that make people go, "Holy Hell, Batman! How did you do that?!?" I didn't actually think it could, or would happen. It can. Undoubtedly. This chunky girl is proof.

First, you need to find your inner spark. One day it'll just click. You can decide to lose weight for a myriad of reasons - reasons that are completely valid and important. However, 'I'm doing this for me' should be priority numero uno. Adding in the support you get from your SparkleLovelies, you're unstoppable.

I look forward to heading home this weekend and showing off my bod. Wait, what?!? There's something I've never thought, let alone said, before, LoL. I know I'm in store for lots of compliments.

What I really want to hear is that I look healthier. Don't you just hate it when people start a compliment with, "You've always been beautiful, but now..."? I only recall one person ever telling me I was beautiful when I was at my chunkiest, so those "you've always..." comments fall on deaf, unbelieving ears.

When I see my old pictures, my heavy pictures, I don't see beauty. I see pain behind that smile. I see loneliness. But now? Now, I see a more defined jawline. I see my arms getting slimmed down. I see less of that cruel second chin. I see that smart ass, hilarious, witty girl I've always been. I see a sparkle in my eye. I see a smile I believe. I see beauty. I see a future filled with confidence. I see me.

I wish this moment for each one of you. Find that sparkle. Smile more. Laugh often. Be confident. Live, really live.

It doesn't matter what stage you're at in this journey. You are beautiful. It's damn true. I'll tell this to you as often as you want to hear it.

Every girl deserves to be told she's beautiful.
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BRADIA 12/23/2012 1:34PM

    To me, it has worked out wonderfully never to keep the large clothes that don't fit anymore, because it means I am not expecting to wear them again.
Congratulations and keep doing your good work.
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IFEOMA4 9/24/2012 1:53AM

  G emoticon ood to know

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EARTHHAVEN 5/11/2012 1:46PM

    Love the pictures!

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SHERYE 5/4/2012 9:58PM

    Congrats on your awesome success

((HUGS))..Sherye

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MASE72 4/30/2012 5:03AM

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ALADY2BE 4/26/2012 11:43AM

    Thanks & you are beautiful too!!! I'm not a thrift shop shopper. But I'm glad you're having a good time exercising this shopping option.

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FIT2BETHIN 4/26/2012 4:56AM

    Loved your blog...quite timely for me! I've been trying to get my spark back...and this was just what I needed. Thank you!


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HADDIX1979 4/25/2012 4:28PM

    Truly Inspiring!! Keep up the good work!!

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TRAMIREZ1168 4/23/2012 11:57AM

    Love your story and the pictures. Goodwill has been my favorite place to shop as I lose weight I don't want to spend a lot of money on work clothes. emoticon

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LILYPAD12311 4/22/2012 2:51PM

    You also inspired me to go shopping again at the thrift store yesterday,,,, I found some amazing treasures and I owe a lighter wallet to you girlie!!!! LOL thanks

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SUSIEMT 4/22/2012 9:04AM

    Yea you! Keep up the good work!

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BETHJRN 4/22/2012 8:28AM

    You are so wise. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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SUMMER65 4/21/2012 3:10PM

    Wonderful emoticon

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SUPERGIRL1000 4/21/2012 11:14AM

    love it!! emoticon well done emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/21/2012 9:39AM

    emoticon What an honor to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You certainly are an inspiration to others! They will continue to watch you for guidance. emoticon

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WILDFLOWERMA 4/21/2012 9:19AM

    Very poignant blog - your honesty is refreshing. Congratulations on your sucess!

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LOVEREDDESERT 4/21/2012 12:30AM

    Thank you! I so needed to see your story today as I've been feeling down. I love what you said about how it'll just click one day. I have more hope - thank you again so much! And yes, every girl DOES deserve to be told that she's beautiful!

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DOTTYMG87 4/20/2012 3:06PM

    love your story!

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ANISSA331 4/20/2012 11:41AM

    wow...good job!! nothing like a visual to show you what you have accomplished!!!

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SUPERSYLPH 4/20/2012 10:08AM

    I need to go shopping for more jeans too! Off to Savers! LOL

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CLHENDY1 4/20/2012 8:27AM

    This is such a great blog post. Thank you for sharing!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/19/2012 8:50PM

    Awesome! Way to go!

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JEWITCH 4/19/2012 7:27PM

    What a wonderful way to record your weight loss. Thanks for sharing your blog.

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TONYVAND1 4/19/2012 5:53PM

  Right on I liked what you had to say

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LINDA! 4/19/2012 5:45PM

    I agree. You can get some great buys at these stores. emoticon emoticon

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BANDMOM2012 4/19/2012 5:24PM

    Super job! I love Goodwill!

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PRAYINGSUZIE 4/19/2012 4:11PM

    WOW!

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ELECTRALYTE 4/19/2012 1:57PM

    great visual! Thanks and CONGRATS! emoticon

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MOMMY445 4/19/2012 12:59PM

    what a great blog! thanks for sharing!

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LDRICHEL 4/19/2012 10:13AM

    We have a higher end boutique here in Bloomington, IN called Vintage Vogue by GW. You guessed it...Goodwill. All the really nice stuff and name brand stuff goes to this store. It's AMAZING! I've found SO many awesome work clothes!!! There isn't as much of a selection for plus-sized girls like me, but I don't intend to stay plus-sized for long.

And Goodwill has a discount card now...it's free to sign up and if you spend more than $20, you get 10% off your total. This even works on the entire store 50% off days!

GREAT DEAL! Glad someone else has discovered this treasure trove as well!

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WILSON425 4/19/2012 10:08AM

    Good-Will is a great place to shop. Don't forget to donate those too big ones back! Which reminds me, it is closet cleaning time! emoticon

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ANDRAYAYA 4/19/2012 9:12AM

    I'm so with you on those thrift stores!!!! emoticon . Loved how you compared the sizes using clothing, and nice clothing at that! Way to go! emoticon . Thanks for sharing!

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MISSILENE 4/19/2012 8:21AM

    Great blog. I go to Salvation army here on Wednesday, everything is 1/2 price.

yay

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BSEANACAIN 4/19/2012 8:09AM

    nice

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CAMAEL100 4/19/2012 6:57AM

    Way to Go!!!! Awesome

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DEDICATED2HIM 4/19/2012 6:43AM

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GREAT JOB!!!

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THEIS58 4/19/2012 5:14AM

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KDMAMA2 4/18/2012 8:21PM

  emoticon Some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!


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JOANIEBLESSER 4/18/2012 6:31PM

    Great photos of the old and new clothes together! I have been a part of SparkPeople for almost 8 months and have had to make the trek to thrift stores for new clothes several times now. It's a great way to go until a person reaches their goal weight. I really enjoy seeing what I'll find each time. Sometimes nothing -- other times a lot of sweet deals! Congrats on your weight loss and go, girl, go!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/18/2012 3:22PM

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/18/2012 3:22PM

    Great job....

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THATGIRL0515 4/18/2012 3:13PM

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I hope to do the same soon

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LILYPAD12311 4/18/2012 2:46PM

    Wowie! I am on day 3 of joining the Sparks People and I absolutely love your blog!!! This post just blew me away because I agree with so much of what you said,,,,, I believe in me now,,,,,,, and in three months,,,, want to be where you are now! So watch out world because I am going to do it........ your post not only gave me inspiration but added to my determination,,,,,,,,, You Rock Girl!

PS. I discovered Thrift stores when I was in college,,,, biggest score? A Ralph Lauren trench coat with shorn lambs wool collar,,,with at price tag of $395,,, which I practically stole at $20!

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ASPENHUGGER 4/18/2012 1:25PM

    Yes, thrift stores are wonderful! I hardly ever shop at "real" stores any more.

Congratulations on the weight loss!

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LISALGB 4/18/2012 12:20PM

    I LOVE Goodwill!! My aunt got me turned on to it several years ago. I can almost always find something wonderful there - if not for me then for my husband or son.
My aunt calls them "previously loved clothes."
You are doing great!! What progress for only a few months. Keep it up and remember you are here with friends!!

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LUCKYONE60 4/18/2012 12:15PM

    Holy Hell, Batman! How did you do that?!? You have the Spark and I thank you for sharing yours with us today.

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SARS613 4/18/2012 11:33AM

    Great blog, I love seeing the clothes comparison! I am an 18-20 now and I am very excited for the inevitable thrift store shopping trips when I start going down in size!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 4/18/2012 11:29AM

    I love the comparison of your old clothes to your new ones. That really puts it in perspective! Congrats!

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PURGATORI4 4/18/2012 9:36AM

  I cannot thank you enough for sharing this with all of us! You're doing an amazing job... keep going and don't give up till you reach your goals! You have inspired me so much this morning that I'm changing my birthday present that I was supposed to go pick up from a hand held device to a box of new workout equipment! (AND I"M GOING TO USE IT!!!!) What a way to start my day! You are beautiful! and shame on anyone who couldn't see YOU when you were heavier! emoticon

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