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First time for everything... having FUN clothes shopping????

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yes. Today, for the first time since my teen years, I had FUN at the mall. I was excited to look at styles and colors. Happy to use my coupons to get some good deals. And a miracle happened.... I left the mall feeling FANTASTIC about myself.

To understand why this is such a big deal, we need to go back in time. At one time in my life, I went years without going to a mall. Frankly, there was no point. There was nothing in the mall that would fit me. Everything I wore was ordered from a catalog. Because even the largest sizes at the plus size stores were too small for me. Even the IDEA of going clothes shopping in a store would bring about panic. If I did get dragged along somewhere, I could / would only shop for accessories. Again... what was the point?


For years now, I've been able to wear the plus sizes carried in the mall, but even then I left the mall feeling awful about myself. My sizes kept creeping upwards, things didn't fit right, and I really only had a few store selections that carried my sizes. It was BETTER, but not what I was wanting.

Today, I did something I haven't done in 20+ years. I walked into a non-plus size store (Old Navy) and bought clothes. In my size. I bought an XL. This had me nearly giddy. I felt NORMAL. I didn't feel people staring at me rudely, wondering what I was doing in the store. I felt like I fit in. That was pure bliss for this girl, who has always felt like people were staring.

Then it got better.

I went to Lane Bryant to buy bras. A wonderfully sweet salesperson did a fitting and helped me.

(Let's take a break here for a public service announcement: GIRLS! As you are losing weight, make sure you get a bra fitting!!!! Do NOT just buy the next size down in whatever cup size/brand/style you are used to! Your body is changing, and your needs might too! I was SHOCKED to learn I was wearing a bra much too big, and completely the wrong style to flatter me.)

Anyway.... since I was in the store, I decided to try on jeans since my 18's are getting a bit loose. Guess what?!?! 16's FIT! I haven't been in size 16 jeans SINCE I WAS 16! emoticon

I was so giddy that I did a happy dance, then texted a picture to my trainer.

(horrible picture, but the jeans FIT!)

I practically waltzed out of the mall. I consider today a complete non-scale victory. I ENJOYED shopping for clothes. And I left the mall feeling better about myself than when I went in. Victory, people. It's not all about the number on the scale. In fact, the number on my scale was up 2# due to monthly bloat. It's about achieving experiences we were deprived of. It's about seeing the results of our hard work and feeling the freedom to feel proud of ourselves.

This girl is feeling proud. In my size 16 jeans. emoticon
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HOPEFULME13 1/22/2013 1:16PM

    I was looking for motivation this morning, your story hit the spot! Keep up the hard work! You truly are an inspiration!

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CHOCCER20 1/22/2013 12:24PM

    emoticon Thanks for the inspiration

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MIMI315 1/22/2013 12:15PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That's such an amazing feeling! I remember the sadness of not being able to fit in most clothing stores at the mall. It makes shopping so much more fun when you have so many more options.

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THELINABEE 1/22/2013 10:36AM

    So encouraging!!! I love that you got to have fun at the mall! (and look at those jeans! Nice!) Keep up all your excellent hard work :)

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CEEJY88 1/22/2013 10:24AM

  Congrats! My "goal" is not a number or a size, but just to enjoy how I look in clothes again. What a great feeling! Good job!

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MASTERPIECE8 1/22/2013 10:06AM

    emoticon Amazing. Thanks for being such an inspiration and sharing your story.

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 1/22/2013 10:02AM

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/22/2013 9:51AM

    emoticon You look awesome and I bet glowing too as you walked out of that mall. Only more good things to come.....


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ROSE284 1/22/2013 8:20AM

    This post has me absolutely beaming! What a great thing to read. Clothes shopping has always made me miserable. Now I'm going to picture myself waltzing out of the mall one day with a smile on my face as well to help me get there!

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FISHER011 1/22/2013 2:40AM

    Awesome! You had me smiling & cheering you on!
Fantastic blog! Loved hearing about your size 16 accomplishment!
Also, thank you for the great advice on the bra fitting.
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KEIANN1 1/21/2013 11:40PM

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STEPHANIEOCNJ 1/21/2013 11:26PM

    Good for you!!! Keep up the great work!!!! emoticon

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MAMAHOYT 1/21/2013 10:53PM

    That is so cool.

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REENIE131 1/21/2013 10:14PM

    Congrats!

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COLLARN 1/21/2013 9:57PM

  Fantastic job. Keep up the great work! Moments like these make the gym worth it.

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JMCKELLARS 1/21/2013 9:49PM

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Congrats!!! E
The best is yet to come..

Blessings and Keep it up..


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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/21/2013 8:19PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment. You look fantastic!



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STRAWBERRYIGOR 1/21/2013 8:11PM

    I am sooo looking forward to this feeling!
Congratulations on getting there!

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GR8ERJOY 1/21/2013 8:08PM

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Awesome progress. Awesome outlook. Awesome you!

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NEWMOM20121 1/21/2013 7:36PM

    Way to go. Great job.

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JELLI-LEAN 1/21/2013 7:15PM

    Congrats on your amazing weight loss journey! You are a very beautiful girl....I'm excited for you as well. Congrats on your new smaller size purchases!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/21/2013 7:12PM

    Yes, what a great feeling it is. But be aware some people, like me, even when we were thin went into panics and even felt miserable...mostly because they, especially me, did not feel thin enough. It is a hard world out there. I am so happy for you because you sound happy!

hugs, Anne

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BELDONDOG1 1/21/2013 7:09PM

    Absolutely wonderful!!!! Congratulations!!

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So happy for you!

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FARIS71 1/21/2013 6:54PM

    Holy progress! What great awesome fantastic NSV!!!

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SHELBY897 1/21/2013 6:01PM

    You are amazing!! That is probably one of the biggest non-scale victories I'm looking forward to. Congrats on a great job :)

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SWEETPOTATOMAMA 1/21/2013 4:30PM

    So proud of you, Lynn!!! You've opened a new chapter in your life- ENJOYING shopping for clothes! Feeling GOOD when you look in the dressing room mirrors! I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/21/2013 4:28PM

    And I am proud for you--in your size 16 jeans!

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ACTIONCAT2000 1/21/2013 1:28PM

  Bless your heart! It's a great feeling, isn't it?

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FLIMFLAN 1/21/2013 1:26PM

    Congrats! You shouold be so proud! You inspire me! emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 1/21/2013 1:24PM

    You have given me something to look forward to! This was a powerful blog!

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MIJAMAGS 1/21/2013 1:14PM

    emoticon So happy for you!!

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BUFFALO63 1/21/2013 1:12PM

    Great job!! You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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SASSY99_7 1/21/2013 12:51PM

    What a GREAT story!!! You are so inspiring! Keep up the good work. You look AMAZING!!!!

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MEMEQ2 1/21/2013 12:27PM

    Congratulations. Try to remember that wonderful feeling you had if you ever get discouraged in the future. I remember the days when I hated shopping also. Don't forget to get rid of the old clothes so you never go back to them.

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JO28352 1/21/2013 11:53AM

    Congratulations!

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BROWNSKIN252 1/21/2013 10:26AM

    Thanks for sharing! Best wishes to you for many more "happy dance" moments in life!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/21/2013 10:15AM

    WAY to go!!!

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SCCUDDLERS 1/21/2013 10:05AM

    It was not very long ago that I was able to buy my 1st xl from Old Navy. Now I can't even buy the clothes at Lane Bryant, they are all too big. Your post made me smile and remember that first time I had fun buying clothes just a few months ago. You have done so well and are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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KYDZTOI 1/21/2013 9:51AM

    It's a wonderful feeling, isn't it?? I hope to go back to that soon instead of buying tons of earrings and shoes!! emoticon

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RAINBOWBRITE152 1/21/2013 9:42AM

    This is such an encouraging post! Thank you! I have been through the same issue with clothes shopping. emoticon emoticon

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CFMOSS 1/21/2013 9:30AM

    I smile just reading your story. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work - you are so worth it.

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