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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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AMANDACOETZER 1/20/2013 4:05AM

    Congrats, thats gr8!

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DAWN14163 1/20/2013 3:57AM

    Huge congratulations, I'm smiling for you! emoticon

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/20/2013 3:36AM


Congratulations in your weight loss - keep up the good work your doing fantastic

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TEDDIANGEL 1/20/2013 3:32AM

  Congrats! You well deserve to enjoy it! Sounds like there will be lots of fun shopping days ahead for you! Have fun!! emoticon

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BRIDGIEEE 1/20/2013 2:51AM

    This is awesome! Congrats on your victory.

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HETZ51 1/20/2013 2:50AM

  Buying in any store is the greatest thrill ever. Never get over it!!! You deserve the feeling.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/20/2013 2:28AM

    Awesome! Congratulations! Keep looking fab-u-lous!

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MARIA20131 1/20/2013 2:26AM

  Terrific :) ! So happy for you ! Congratulations.

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SHERYLDS 1/20/2013 2:07AM

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LADYBUGOF14 1/20/2013 1:57AM

  Your background paper says it all...Joy, Joy, Joy!!! So happy for you . You deserve to do all the happy dances you want! emoticon emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 1/20/2013 1:49AM

    Wicked awesome! You're doing it and it shows! Woo hoo! Keep up the great work!!!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 1/20/2013 1:18AM

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What a wonderful experience you had!!
Thank you for sharing the moment with us!!

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LOVEANANIMAL 1/20/2013 12:36AM

    emoticon Happy for you!

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 1/19/2013 11:40PM

    You have every right to be proud! Congratulations on your shopping adventure.

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CINNAMARIE 1/19/2013 10:51PM

    That is soooo awesome! I just recently had a Lane Bryant blog posting, too! LOL It was an amazing day for me as well! I feel your joy! Congrats!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/19/2013 9:01PM

    emoticon and emoticon !!!!!!!

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CHAQUITA73 1/19/2013 8:46PM

    Thanks for sharing!!! It brought tears to my eyes...overfilled with joy for you! How awesome!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/19/2013 8:22PM

    I completely understand where you're coming from. I used the HATE shopping... nothing ever fit, how could I enjoy it? NOW, it's a totally different story. I LOVE it, and I especially love shopping for dresses. Congratulations on your shopping success!!!

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PURPLE180 1/19/2013 7:58PM

    emoticon and emoticon You look awesome.

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KING_SLAYER 1/19/2013 7:58PM

    Very impressive, you've come a long way! Keep up the awesome work and nothing but good will be in store for you!

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DIANER2014 1/19/2013 7:53PM

    You've done an awesome job! emoticon emoticon

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BDAYGIFT4LIFE 1/19/2013 7:13PM

    So proud of you!!

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SP_COACH_DENISE 1/19/2013 6:59PM

    emoticon Great job on your success so far and thank you for sharing this blog! emoticon

Coach Denise

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LESLIELENORE 1/19/2013 6:43PM

    Doesn't it feel good? THis past summer was the first time I went to a mall for clothes since HS. I would usually go to the book store and the food court, and then leave. It feels so good to be able to actually shop for clothes in the regular stores!

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DELLIPIZZI 1/19/2013 6:37PM

  That's Great emoticon

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SPARKLISE 1/19/2013 6:27PM

    emoticon I could "read" the excitement in your voice! emoticon emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 1/19/2013 6:06PM

    emoticon what a great NSV for you today and yes it does make one do the happy dance when you can get into a regular size clothes WTG

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TUBLADY 1/19/2013 6:01PM

    I know how you feel. It's a great feeling. Congratulations to you.
The first time I was able to buy regular sized clothes in 14 years , I didn't know where to start. Since I was just in transition, I shopped thrift store and was so excited in finding clothes that fit, I over bought. They didn't last very long I was soon down another size, but the joy was tremendous.
I love to shop now, I have one of the most fantastic wardrobes, and the beautiful clothes I find at thrift stores, saves me money to spend at a regular store when i want too.
Keep up the good work, you will be trading those 16's in for a smaller size in no time.
Be strong. stay positive.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/19/2013 5:59PM

    That is so great that you have come this far!

I'm glad you enjoyed the mall!


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MARIANNE9855 1/19/2013 5:42PM

    thats so great! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 1/19/2013 5:30PM

    I am so glad you had a good time shopping. You deserve to have some fun at the mall!

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    Tiny pleasures are so great!

Make Today a Great Day!

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