Ever since I got back down below 150 lbs. (and am currently hovering right around the 150-lb. mark) before leaving for NYC and the Today Show (I was determined to weigh 150 lbs. since that is what I put on the questionnaire, and I made it!), I have been feeling skinny again. I was getting much too close to that 160-lb. goal weight and had to do something quick. I was feeling FAT and depressed and out of control! I'm glad the Today Show happened when it did. It sure gave me the incentive to drop some weight, and it has stayed gone, so that's nice. Plus it got me in a better frame of mind and back to my old habits. I had not gone exactly hog-wild, but had been doing way too much snacking. And with me, when I do it one day, it seems to lead to doing more of it the next day, etc. It's a slippery slope....but I'm still hanging on.
I got boots (which I asked for) last Christmas. I was so excited to finally be able to wear regular boots, since my calves were no longer TOO fat for boots. I love them, but admittedly didn't wear them much last winter. They're just a little tight on my toes, but not bad. However, I've always been a fan of being comfortable in my shoes, and have a pair of black clodhoppers that I choose to wear most days! Either those or my New Balance walking shoes, which are also very comfy. Plus, when I wore the boots, they were underneath my pants (except for the one time I wore them with one of my two dresses) you couldn't really tell I was wearing boots anyway. So I thought....why be uncomfortable in my boots when you can't tell I'm wearing them?
But then I got my jeggings, which are stretch jeans. I have 3 black pairs and one dark denim blue pair. I love them and basically wear them ALL THE TIME! They are tight looking but NOT tight feeling! The ones I wore today are the size 8's I got for NYC. It was all they had left in the store, the ones I bought before are 10's. They all fit quite nicely, since they STRETCH! However, since I dropped a few pounds, I like to feel skinny in my size 8's! Then I realized that perhaps I could wear the boots on the OUTSIDE of these tight looking jeans! You know...like the younger girls do. Now I know I'm 61 (less than a month from 62!), but I went for it yesterday!
What do you think?
For some reason, I felt particularly skinny in this outfit! The wide belt on my the sweater helps hold in my little upper tummy roll, and I thought the boots looked pretty good. In fact I liked the look so much, this is what I wore to work today:
I paired a quilted vest (with some faux fur trim) with a Christmas top, both of which I got last year. I'm kind of sad about no longer having a good reason to wear the beautiful clothes I bought last winter quite so often, after I retire. However, I am also extremely grateful that everything I bought last winter STILL FITS. When I hung up my Husker Volleyball shirt, after my girls sadly lost their regional final Sat. night, I said that silent prayer, "Please let this shirt still fit NEXT Volleyball season!" I don't feel nearly so skinny in this outfit today, since the vest is quilted and not so form fitting, but I still feel good in my boots and skinny jeggings, even though my feet hurt more today even than they did yesterday. This might be the last day this week for the boots!
Next Tuesday is our Departmental Christmas luncheon. We're having pizza from the popular pizza place just across the street from Campus. It's not my favorite thing, but they will probably have a cheese only or veggie pizza and I have figured out I can peel the toppings off the crust and eat it sans crust, which hopefully saves some calories. Plus they usually order salad too, and it is always GOOD! I must try to remember to bring some low-fat dressing however! This is the additional flyer they put up next to the one about the Pizza Lunch:
Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to believe my retirement is actually going to happen! Can you imagine, after 35 years of getting up at 6 a.m. every morning of the week, no longer having anywhere to go every morning? It's been a very safe place for me to come to work. I pretty much know what I'm doing, the people here are nice, I have insurance and other benefits, and even though the pay was never great, it was a secure job. Am I crazy to give all that up at my first possible chance? Probably ! We shall see.
I had forgotten my plan to buy a bike with part of my sick leave/vacation pay-out $$ after I retire. I really think if I had a pretty girl's bike that would be easier for me to get on and off of, I might ride more. I loved riding my dad's old bike last summer....and it was so hard to get on and off of, with that big boy bar! So I think I will look into that after the first of the year.
I read about the ladies whose restaurant tab had the label: "Fat Girls." http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=
They had the nerve to call out the restaurant and their server on it. Few of us fatties (or former fatties) have the chutzpah to call people on this fat abuse/prejudice. It usually just leads to more ridicule. More power to these women--maybe eventually the last bastion of prejudice (against fat people) will disappear or at least be UN-politically correct, like all other forms of prejudice!!