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The Joy of Buttoning Pants


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When I lost 57 pounds a couple of years ago, I gave away all the too-big clothes.

Because of poor choices I regained most of that weight. Then I lost 35 pounds again, only to regain it once more. When I got serious again a couple of weeks before Christmas, I was only ten pounds under my heaviest weight ever. I feel amazed, astonished, and embarrassed even writing this. But it is reality. I am strong enough to look at reality and handle it. This is a safe place to talk about it.

I say all of that to explain why I have been surviving on 2 pairs of pants.... both of which have elastic waists. Groan....and I KNEW Dr. Phil said so clearly not to buy pants with elastic waists! (You see, many years ago, long before the Biggest Loser show began, and before Dr. Phil's show got soap-opera-ish, way back when he was presenting wholesome & practical topics---back then he had a wonderful weight-loss contest with lots of sensible instruction. That weight loss series was one of the earliest things God used to begin waking me up about wanting to change this part of my life.) No, it wasn't strategic, but as I ballooned I was desperate and I did buy 2 cheap pairs of pants with elastic. I refuse to count my 2 pairs of workout pants, although yes, I did wear those to non-workout events (blush) ----and not because they looked hip and sporty. Any of you who have yo-yo experience understand why I might wear workout pants on an occasion when I had no plan to work out. Sigh.

Okay, I'm finally getting around to the joy part. I've been focused and working hard for about 5 weeks now, and this morning I had a NSV (non-scale victory). It was zero degrees outside and knew I had to unhook the battery charger from the car, so I dug out my heavy corduroy pants, and I found the thick rubber band I had saved from asparagus. I knew I needed the rubber band to rig an extender loop to make it possible to keep the pants closed. Wait.....What ? REALLY? Hey, I can button these pants! I don't need the rubber band extender! Now I can use that rubber band to keep the bag of almonds closed!

What's more, I was getting dressed to go to the dentist, so originally I had been hoping my shirt was plenty long .....so that my looming wardrobe malfunction would not be evident to people who had buzzing machinery and sharp instruments in their hands. Hooray, I can actually button my pants! The regular button and buttonhole! No rubber band! I can be warm AND secure! What a rewarding feeling! What a payback for lots of tough choices!

I am not going to let myself forget that the oh-so-fleeting pleasure of junky food honestly does not compare to The Joy of Buttoning Pants.
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MAMASUDS 2/2/2013 1:55PM

    Wow! Look at the long list of encouragers you have. I feel humbled to add my name to the list.
Way to go! I am so proud of you! You truly are free! I have missed your notes and blogs so much. Just hearing from you is reason enough to get myself back on track and get going again. Thank you for your friendship!

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 2/1/2013 2:30PM

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JOYOUS1917 1/30/2013 9:58PM

    joy in the little things is priceless and what we remember the most. emoticon

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HOLLYBDR 1/30/2013 4:27PM

    I too can relate. Down, up, down, up, down, up...so many times. So of course, I have a ton of clothes in a ton of sizes. And the joy of fitting into a smaller pair, is there anything better?

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RETURNTORURAL 1/29/2013 6:47PM

    aha! That's a great NSV!

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ACTIONHEROFOX 1/29/2013 12:31PM

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SINGLEGAL3 1/28/2013 9:30PM

    Good for you!! Hang in there - you can do it!!

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/27/2013 4:40PM

    My story is very similar to yours (multiple losses and regains), so I understand the reluctance to purchase more clothes. I had a similar pants buttoning experience last week & you are so right! Hallelujah! Congrats on your progress.

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MONIQUE432 1/27/2013 2:35PM

    What's important is that you are back on track and now am making great progress. That is so awesome! Congratulations! emoticon

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SHIRE33 1/26/2013 9:17PM

    I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. I've been wearing skirts for 8 weeks. But I'm also back on it, so I know I'll get back into my jeans. I'm not ever going to give up, so if it takes a little longer than I thought, well, no problem. I won't let it derail me. Thanks for the inspiring blog. :)



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CURVYGURL8 1/26/2013 8:13PM

    Yaaay! Great work! You are an inspiration!!

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DESERTMOTH 1/26/2013 8:12PM

    Way to go. Keep plugging away. The good thing is that you keep getting back up. That is the true way to succeed

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/26/2013 12:29PM

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" I feel amazed, astonished, and embarrassed even writing this. But it is reality. I am strong enough to look at reality and handle it. This is a safe place to talk about it. " This reminds me of what the nutritionist at work said on Thursday - "Stand in Your Truth" Those words really sparked me - being honest with ourselves is hard. But if we want to succeed, we need to do so. And that is exactly what you are doing.
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CEEMAY 1/26/2013 10:47AM

    Fabulous achievement!!!

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BACONABACON 1/25/2013 10:37PM

    Great work!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 1/25/2013 9:12PM

    Hooray for you, this is the best kind of victory. I hope you did a little dance because this deserves a jig!! emoticon

You are right about this being a safe place to share with utmost honesty. It is what it is and pretending anything other than the facts doesn't help us to understand ourselves. I have found relief many times by reading that others have done similar things or had similar thoughts. Whew, I'm okay - you're okay.

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/25/2013 5:09PM

  I think it's great that you're making such good progress. WTG!
Like you, I was all gung-ho over Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge and I eagerly watched the show each week to see how the contestants were doing. I have a copy of his book ( The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution) and also the Food Guide that follows the first book. I think I need to go back and re-read the book. It does make an awful lot of sense. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 1/25/2013 1:10PM

    I love to hear about & experience NSVs!!
Woo hoo!! for you! :)

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FARRAH511 1/25/2013 9:09AM

    Congrats!

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SPRINGBABY80 1/25/2013 9:07AM

  keep up the great work.

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SHAKESALOT 1/25/2013 8:41AM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you!! I know that rubber band extender trick & know the feel when don't have to do it anymore. Do the victory dance!! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/25/2013 7:04AM

    Congrats

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/24/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon how awesome & encouraging that was!!! Keep up the great work & it won't be long that you'll be needing a belt to keep those pants up! emoticon

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In addition I love that you shared with us.
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JUSTDOINGIT101 1/22/2013 10:52PM

    I think I'm going to copy that last line on your blog and post it on my wall. I an so relate! Bravo for all your hard work!

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FLEURGARDEN 1/22/2013 8:29PM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on not needing that rubber band! emoticon

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HEALTHYIN2014 1/22/2013 7:20PM

    emoticon Those non-scale victories can be the best! emoticon

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PRACHI17 1/22/2013 7:02PM

    Yes it is a safe place , you are doing great keep it up :)

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 1/22/2013 6:40PM

    emoticon that's great news! I'm waiting to get back into nearly all my pants, so I can imagine how excited you must have been. Congrats!

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PINKHOPE 1/22/2013 5:46PM

    That's a GREAT NSV! Super job! Love your background page too!

PRESS ON!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/22/2013 5:24PM

    I Love the Joy of Buttoning Pants!! Great joy! I know that joy. As someone who has lost and gained weight many, many times, I understand. And one of my motivations to keep the weight off is the joy of going into the closet and finding that everything fits!!! May we never need extenders and long blouses again. -Marsha

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MARYBETH4884 1/22/2013 4:16PM

    I know exactly how you are feeling! It is truely a fantastic feeling! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/22/2013 2:48PM

    emoticon MWHAhaha!!!

i just love this view presented so honestly. I so understand where you are coming from....::::thanks for making me laugh!

..:::for the JOY of buttoning your pants, Laura emoticon

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BLH507 1/22/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon Good for you!! My morning was just the opposite. I put on a pair I thought surely would button by now, but no luck. Maybe next week!



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STRNGNGRNDED 1/22/2013 2:23PM

    CONGRATULATIONS~~~
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Keep up the great work.

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MYBULLDOGS 1/22/2013 2:01PM

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it has to be a life style change. down 44 ounds for over a year now.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 walking 15000 steps a day.

i have lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products at age 60..

i walk 15000 steps a day.

i use a salad plate as my dinner plate.

i keep mandrtan oranges in the fridge. when the sweet tooth comes on i grab one or two tablespoons of the fruit.

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