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A Non-Scale Victory...and Makeup!


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Monday, February 04, 2013



Today is day 38 of my current "on track" streak!

I actually started streaking last March. As the weight and inches have come off, I am starting to see a little bit of a figure. Before, I felt like I looked like a big round beach ball. Now I think I look like a woman again, and it feels great.

Before I got on track last March, my life was a circle; low self esteem would lead to binge eating....binge eating would lead to more low self esteem...more low self esteem would lead to more binging, and on and on.

How did I get out of that stupid, self hating and self destructive circle? Well, I just decided to TRY. Instead of saying "I can't do it" or "Its too hard to lose weight" or "I have so much weight to lose, it will take me forever", I started saying POSITIVE things to myself.

I said "It will take me a long time to reach my goal, but I can make lots of progress along the way if I just get started."

I said "I won't think about weight...I will just think about getting HEALTHY."

I said "I can do anything if I'm willing to work for it."

So on March 1, 2013, I started streaking. My streak consisted of just doing my best every day to be as healthy as possible. It was not about being perfect, because that is just unattainable. But as long as I was putting forth my best effort each day (and accepting that some days would be better than others), I knew I would make progress. My first streak lasted 290 days before I had a little binge. But I just started a new streak right away, and my second streak lasted 13 days. Once again, I binged, but I just picked myself up and got right back on track.



I've been at a plateau since September but it has not discouraged me very much. I just keep going like the Energizer Bunny! I am making progress in all sorts of ways, and I get to celebrate Non-Scale Victories all the time. For example, yesterday morning when I put my robe on, hubby said "Look how much that robe wraps around you." Well, until he pointed it out, I just hadn't even noticed! That robe used to be so tight on me that it didn't close all the way in the front. Now it wraps around me like a blanket! That was an NSV that just sneaked up on me, lol.

Now that I'm looking and feeling like a woman again, I decided to start treating myself like one! I want to start wearing earrings and makeup again...its been years since I've done that! So I got my old jewelry box out of the spare bedroom closet. Guess what? I only have 2 pairs of earrings, and they are big plastic looking ones from the 80's! So I will NOT be wearing them, they look a little ridiculous and costume-ish now! (Although seeing them brought back some nostalgia. I spent an hour listening to some Ratt and Skid Row, lol.)

On Sunday I went to CVS to get some makeup. Wow, there was a LOT of makeup to choose from! How on earth can you decide what to buy when there are so many choices? It was a bit too much for me. So I decided to start with nail polish. Lots and lots of colors there but I knew pretty much what color I wanted, a pale rose. I found a color I liked, and got a clear top coat (thanks to my Sparkfriend Dee who suggested that.) Then I remembered that a couple of my Sparkfriends had recommended that I get something called BB Cream. I found that and added it to my basket, along with some cosmetic sponges, cotton balls and nail polish remover. Then on to mascara. I got the one in the pink and green tube, because that stuff has been around for decades (I wore it as a teenager in the 70's) so it must be good!

Next was eye shadow. I wasn't so sure I should bother with that, but there was some on clearance so I got a little case with 3 different shades of brown. Not sure if that is right for me, but since it was so cheap, it won't be a huge waste of money if I never use it. Next was lip gloss, and that was really hard! I mean, I don't want to look made up, I just want to look kind of natural. So I got a real pale shade of pink but now I think thats wrong. Oh well, it was the cheapest brand they had so I can't feel too bad about it.

While hubby and I watched the Super Bowl last night, I polished my nails...even my toenails! I have really short fingernails, and I won't be growing them. Taking care of the house and my adult son who has autism means that long nails are not practical. But even short nails look pretty and feminine with a little polish on them!

Getting ready to go to the store to get freggies. So I will go put on a little BB Cream and mascara and lip gloss.
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Have a healthy week, Sparkfriends!




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CATNCAG 10/7/2013 12:05PM

    Way to go Pixie! I just love your blogs! Funny, I was thinking about maybe wearing make up again which I very rarely do! U go girl!

BTW - What is BB cream? Inquiring minds wanna know!

Also believe it or not, I still have some cassette tapes from "back in the day" such as Ratt, Motley Crue, Poison, Def Leppard, Madonna - don't laugh, the Bangles, etc & the most amazing thing is that they still play!!!

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CLARISSABOND 2/20/2013 3:15AM

    You 're making it happen. I have lost 70 pounds since I chose to live well and be fit. I have nearly twice that much to lose but a couple of months ago I got the urge to look my best and hit the Rite Aid for cosmetics just like you. I never wore much but lipstick when I was young so I am not very good at wearing it. Now at 55 I seem to need it. I now need to buy a few items of clothing that actually fit me. I don't want to spend too much because this size too, is only temporary, but I do want to feel confident and attractive as I move down the scale.
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NERDLETTE 2/11/2013 4:41PM

    YAY, Pixie! emoticon

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PEACEHOPE1 2/8/2013 7:40PM

    So happy for you on the robe NSV - what a great realization.

I am so excited for you, that your journey has prompted you to want to re-explore wearing makeup, earrings, etc. The same thing happened to me after I began losing weight. In my case, I came to realize that I'd really been in a rut - not wearing my pretty jewelry, not taking care of my skin or wearing makeup, not wearing clothes that flattered me. We all deserve to do nice little things to show love and value to ourselves, and I'm so happy you are pampering yourself a bit. Good for you!




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ROBB1N 2/8/2013 7:03PM

    Great attitude!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 2/8/2013 10:06AM

    Great job....

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JUSTPLAINME1 2/8/2013 3:58AM

  You should be so proud of yourself! You're doing great and you actually revealed the secret to weight loss and everything else...TRY.

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AMBER461 2/7/2013 8:39PM

  Great job. Keepup the good work

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JEFEIST 2/7/2013 4:40PM

    You are doing FABULOUS!

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MIJAMAGS 2/7/2013 11:01AM

    Love the idea of celebrating NSV!! emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 2/7/2013 10:22AM

  It was a treat to read your blog. Thank you for posting.

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AKATHLEEN54 2/7/2013 9:18AM

    I love the fact that you are so optimistic and find happiness and success in the small stuff. I know.... 71 lbs is not small stuff .....I congratulate you on that, but when you said you lost your streak and just picked yourself up and started over again, I think that is something to celebrate and something we should all remember. There is so much truth to what you said in that we do not have to be perfect. If we were none of us would be on this web site. Again, congrats, keep going. I'm sure you look absolutely beautuful in your makeup. It sounds like you got makeup that is understated and will bring out your natural beauty.!! emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 2/7/2013 9:11AM

    I'm so proud of you.

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RITAROSE 2/7/2013 8:44AM

  Great Job Pixie! Keep plugging along, one step at a time will finish the race!
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WALLINMW 2/7/2013 8:41AM

  Keep going!

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NCSUE0514 2/7/2013 6:15AM

    WAY TO GO!

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THEIS58 2/7/2013 5:32AM

    Awesome

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KAMCCLARY 2/7/2013 5:26AM

    Very eye opening, helping me to recognize my own rut!

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FATHINSN 2/6/2013 10:36PM

    I love what you said about saying positive to oneself instead of keep saying "I can't ...". I'm not sure if I'm currently in destructive situation but often I feel tired of life so I'm trying to fight with lots of cheerfulness, positive vibe (force, natural or from others) and enjoy life even those tiny things like listening to my favourite anime music, laugh with my parents at silly jokes, feel the silky texture of my cat's fine hair, etc etc.

I enjoy reading about your trip to buy makeup :D I love to browse the products but often, I end up buying same stuff, just once in blue moon I will buy something va va voom such as my latest one, a vibrant red lip gloss (I usually get natural colour).

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ELIZABETH5268 2/6/2013 10:13PM

    Pinterest is a fun place to go for make up tips:)

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JEFEIST 2/6/2013 6:58PM

    Great job of keeping on track! What an inspiration you are to those just starting out

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FIRECOM 2/6/2013 11:11AM

    Pixie, you have a real talent in writing. I really enjoy your work and look forward to the next one.

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 2/6/2013 10:40AM

    Absolutely loved this blog. Yes, Pixie, you are a woman and those little things like lipstick, nail polish and mascara (in the pink and green container..maybelline...I use it too. ) are so important to make us feel good. Fantastic that you are taking care of the outside of you as well as the inside...And by the way, LOVE your new haircut.
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MARY0825 2/6/2013 9:39AM

    This is really inspiring to me! I have just started again and worry about when I will "mess up" but your story helps remind me that messing up will happen but I don't have to let that get in my way. I'm going to start looking for NSV!

I think it's great your treating yourself with you new makeup and nail polish - good for you!!

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STEVIEBEE569 2/6/2013 8:56AM

    emoticon on the 71-pound weight loss! So proud of you! Keep going and you'll reach your goals before you know it! Also, keep the streak up with loving yourself. You are well worth that self-love. Don't ever stop it! emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 2/6/2013 8:33AM

    Oh c'mon! Where's the picture? emoticon
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HEALTHY-GG 2/6/2013 8:17AM

    Great blog Pixie! You are doing so great!! Keep up the great work!!
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EATVEGAN 2/6/2013 3:18AM

    Good for you, Pix. I like to wear make-up and it does make me feel more feminine. I haven't worn color on my nails yet, but on special occasions, or if I need the color, I will wear foundation, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, blush and lipstick or lip gloss. I am trying to start wearing wigs. I bought some, but so far I feel self-conscious in them. Then I think, you're more self-conscious about a wig than about having so little hair? Now that is peculiar.
Btw, I read fashion magazines and a lot of the models have short nails now. So you're right in fashion. emoticon


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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/6/2013 2:14AM

    i am on week three of making the most of myself.not wearing slops round the house etc.it does make in differance in how you feel.bet your husband likes you in make up as well.next reward for you i guess will be earrings.

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DRB13_1 2/6/2013 2:07AM

    enjoy dressing up and being beautiful - inside and out
is BB cream Body Butter?
when you put it on, take time to stretch your muscles and massage them
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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/6/2013 12:30AM

    Sounds fun!!! I don't think you can go wrong with brown eyeshadow - it can look natural OR you can dress things up by applying it more dramatically. Enjoy! And I love the robe NSV - that was one of mine too! I used to not be able to wrap my old bathroom around my, and I could barely wrap bath towels around me....and now they wrap with room to spare and I LOVE it! Congrats!

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