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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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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/17/2012 8:09AM

    Great post and wonderful job your doing....

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AJB121299 4/17/2012 8:03AM

    congrats and keep it up

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WINEALITTLE 4/17/2012 7:47AM

    Thanks for the inspiration - your energy shines through! Also like your use of clothing pictures to track your progress. Keep Sparkin!
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EMPTRS 4/17/2012 7:44AM

    Wow-awesome work! I love seeing the difference in your clothes and I bet you do too!!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/17/2012 7:43AM

    The pictures bring it home. Great blog. It boosted my confidence that despite what the scale says, the program works if you work it.

Congratulations on making the decision to get healthier and doing it!

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HELLO_HURRICANE 4/17/2012 7:22AM

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LULUBELLE65 4/17/2012 7:08AM

    Wow! You've had a great couple of months! I am so impressed with your success and with beautiful, beautiful you!

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CAROLZ1967 4/17/2012 7:00AM

    Great blog! Very inspiring too! Keep up the great work! It is so well worth it and you've obviously already learned that. :-)

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MEESHINTHEUK 4/17/2012 6:36AM

    emoticon Congratulations and you are absolutely right!!!!!!

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RINA2002 4/17/2012 6:22AM

  Agreed 100%

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BLUEJEAN99 4/17/2012 1:45AM

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STREO2004 4/17/2012 1:29AM

  How Awesome for you!!! Keep up the great attitude & work.

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MARYJEANSL 4/17/2012 1:24AM

  Congratulations!

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WOLFKITTY 4/17/2012 1:15AM

    Congrats! :)

And remember something that someone once told me:

Not everyone is told "You've always been beautiful", or even "You have a beautiful face.." Those are two completely different statements, but so often we forget the compliment for what we perceive as not being true, or being hurtful.

If people tell you that you've always been beautiful, believe them with the same amount of conviction that YOU tell other people "It doesn't matter what stage... You are beautiful!"

They're being sincere, really.
From one disbeliever to another, I know.
Jocelyn

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CHUBRUB3 4/17/2012 1:05AM

    Awesome! You are beautiful!
Hugs,
Angela


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LIVELYGIRL2 4/17/2012 12:50AM

  Gee Whiz, you've accomplished alot in a short time. emoticon

Excellent, keep it up, how exciting.! emoticon

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JACKJACK91 4/16/2012 11:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Great! :-D

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CYPATAYLOR2 4/16/2012 11:12PM

  Loved the comparisons. Clothes do not lie. You are doing a great job. Congratulations and good luck reaching your goals emoticon

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FRIENDOFBACH 4/16/2012 11:06PM

  Wow! Keep up the good work!
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GOING-STRONG 4/16/2012 10:59PM

    I agree with you about shopping at GW... do it all the time. I feel good about it because it is for a good cause and it is like recycling... good for the Earth! Spark on!

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ANGELONE11 4/16/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon emoticon I know how it feels to lose the weight and compare your old clothes with new ones - a great feeling of pride, accomplishment and committment is something that encourages me to keep pushing forward! emoticon - Keep up the good work!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/16/2012 9:50PM

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Keep up the good work !

BLESSINGS!

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GINGERVISTA 4/16/2012 9:34PM

    emoticon Good for you!!!!!!


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SPEEDY143 4/16/2012 9:26PM

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LREIGLE 4/16/2012 9:24PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing!!!

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PENOWOK 4/16/2012 9:23PM

    And you are Beautiful!!

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SASSYTHING52 4/16/2012 9:15PM

    emoticon thats great for 2 months

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SHOAPIE 4/16/2012 9:08PM

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BOLEBRON 4/16/2012 8:36PM

    Wow! You have done so much in only two months. It is amazing

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SASSYKATE44 4/16/2012 8:29PM

  I have just lost 20 lbs, recently and my goodwill is my own closet. I buy when i see something I like and hope that within a few weeks I will fit into it and sometimes, it just takes a little longer. WOW, my closet is just like a new store just about now. Have another 20 to my own personal goal. And I am doing it for ME. You go girl, those smaller jeans and skirts are looking great on you.

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KIPPER15 4/16/2012 8:17PM

    Goodwill is my go to store for "new" stuff now. Love the prices and I don't feel guilty when the clothes don't fit. It is especially cool that they are too big!! Good luck on your continued journey. emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 4/16/2012 8:11PM

    What a fantastic blog! You have done a tremendous lot in two months! I am in year 2 and am not anywhere near that far along. I appreciate the inspiration and the totally UP tone of your blog!

Congrats! Enjoy those compliments! You have paid your dues!

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CLEO27 4/16/2012 8:03PM

  Good job. I can't wait to not fit into my fat pants, haha, that's gonna be an awesome day.

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SUZICANDO 4/16/2012 7:53PM

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DEEUP1214 4/16/2012 7:51PM

  WOW

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JIBBIE49 4/16/2012 7:26PM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured in the spark mail. What an honor to be such an inspiration to others!. emoticon You're the STAR today. emoticon

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MOPSYDOODLE 4/16/2012 7:24PM

  thanks for the words of encouragement. Thrift stores are great. You can find some really great stuff

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ANGIEINTRAINING 4/16/2012 6:53PM

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PANIK257 4/16/2012 6:36PM

    I like seeing the clothes layed out like that, it really shows the change.

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SLIMLEAF 4/16/2012 6:34PM

    This was a really encouraging positive blog post to read. Thank you for sharing.

And CONGRATULATIONS on your success so far!

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BESCATS 4/16/2012 6:27PM

    Way to go with your weight loss & with your thrift shop shopping. Amazing what good deals you can find. I know people will get good deals in our thrift store if they are able to get some of the clothes I have turned in since my weight loss. emoticon emoticon

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THEEASYKILL30 4/16/2012 5:45PM

    Congratulations on your success so far! I love your tip. I recently realized that none of my summer clothes will now fit and I'm not spending more money, again. Thanks!

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CICELY360 4/16/2012 5:25PM

  Congrats on your progress. I, too, enjoy finding deals at Goodwill.

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HYATTI1 4/16/2012 5:24PM

    emoticon Nice Blog ....keep it up.

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VOLLEYGIRL77 4/16/2012 4:43PM

    Congrats!!! I love the visuals! Great idea!

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PEGGIE0203 4/16/2012 4:24PM

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Way to go! Thanks for sharing your encouraging story.
PS: I love your wallpaper!

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JAMER123 4/16/2012 4:12PM

    What a super emoticon job of weight lose is such a short time. I emoticon on a job well done!!!

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