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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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4RASCALS 2/5/2013 9:16PM

    emoticon on your shopping trip. I think it's awesome that you are doing so much for yourself. What a wonderful reward to give yourself.

So I am going to show my stupidity, but what is BB Cream?? Will it help dry brittle nails??
Just wondering


Have an awesome week

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ROCKYCPA 2/5/2013 9:04PM

    As usual, a great blog with an excellent message!

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I am not a makeup wearer but it sounds like you are enjoying what you have!! Good for you! I bet it matches some of your new clothes!!

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JANEMARIE77 2/5/2013 6:56PM

    work it

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SLIMLEAF 2/5/2013 6:34PM

    It's great to read about how well you're doing and how you got started. I love your quotes and photos too. Not only are you making progress, but you're encouraging me to stop failing and start believing I can change if I choose to - and I DO choose to!

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CHUNKIMAMA 2/5/2013 6:04PM

    You are doing wonderful!! emoticon

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NEWTINK 2/5/2013 6:01PM

    Just wonderful to see how far you have come ... emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 2/5/2013 5:39PM

    I'm so glad you are getting out there and taking care of yourself like this. That's awesome. Have fun with it.

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BAMAJAM 2/5/2013 5:12PM

  Loved reading this blog... Also loved the comment about ---paint on the barn! LOL
Tasteful make-up is such an enhancer to natural beauty.. Enjoy your purchases.
My long-time make-up brand is Cover Girl. A dermatologist once lectured a group about skin care, and he said that Cover Girl is just as pure a product for your skin as the very expensive brands. BTW---what is BB cream?

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DOROTHYAKERMAN 2/5/2013 4:17PM

    Proud of you Pixie keep up the good work. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 2/5/2013 3:06PM

    Ah Pixie, so happy for meet the new you!!

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SCOOTERGIRL 2/5/2013 2:18PM

    Hi Pixie! thanks for the encouraging comment on my blog page. I am truly on the same wavelength with you, so very happy to hear from you. Yay US! I had a similar sort of experience, even though I am a girly girl enough to wear make up. still, it's hard to make changes and so I went all in on a new skin regime suggested by the expert at my local drugstore cosmetics counter. She is ten years older than me and her skin looks ten years younger, so I took her advice and ran with it! LOL.

Feeling good. You know your fans are sort of expecting a photo, right? emoticon

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WACFIT 2/5/2013 2:16PM

    Have fun!
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AURORAMILLET 2/5/2013 1:41PM

    AWESOME!!!!

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TERMITEMOM 2/5/2013 11:46AM

    This is so great Pixie! A whole new you! And I love the new haircut! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 2/5/2013 11:40AM

    Yea YOU! When the makeup thing becomes overwhelming when you are near a nice department store treat yourself to a free makeup session with one of the beauty consultants. My favorite is Lancomme. They will help decide what colors are right for you. Just remember to say you must think about it once they have made you up. Cosmetics are expensive there. But they get you steered in the right direction. Spark on!

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SJKENT1 2/5/2013 11:13AM

    how awesome!

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TUTUNAN 2/5/2013 11:01AM

    What a great day you had! I love the robe story...there's nothing like a totally unexpected NSV.

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DJSHIP46 2/5/2013 10:20AM

    I love hearing about how you are learning to love yourself better all the time... so positive!!! Consider finding a place to have your colors "done." It's a big help when you are overwhelmed by the choices out there... Best of the best to you emoticon

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CHRISBEM 2/5/2013 9:41AM

    I really like the Ralph Marston quote

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CHRYLG 2/5/2013 9:19AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love it that you have found some "non-scale victories" and it gives me some things to think about. I am soooo easily discouraged when the scale doesn't move. I can see that if I look, I'll probably find some other victories. And really, something like "feeling like a woman" again is probably more of a victory and something that hit home with me. emoticon

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    Great that you're starting to feel good about yourself again! Walk tall, pretty lady emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLINMW 2/5/2013 9:02AM

  Stay motivated!

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IROCK40 2/5/2013 8:43AM

    I love that you are living the journey as opposed to striving for the destination. Very inspiring, thank you for sharing!! Keep living you're kicking butt!!!

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NEWMOM20121 2/5/2013 8:38AM

    way to go. Loved the blog.

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LOGOULD 2/5/2013 8:38AM

    The gift of self care is one of the best rewards of all!

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MIMIDOT 2/5/2013 8:19AM

    What an inspirational blog! You've done so well. Keep up the good work.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

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MOMMY445 2/5/2013 7:57AM

    that is so amazing,Pixie! have a fabulous day!

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Love the RM quote!!!

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2013 7:17AM

    Makeup sounds like fun! One of my fave "diet" books (Susan Estrich, "Making the Case for Yourself") recommends buying pretty undies too and not waiting until you have "lost enough" to "deserve them". Something else to consider: lace, satin, colours other than white/beige etc. etc.

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PENOWOK 2/5/2013 7:03AM

    Sounds as though you are going to have some fun practicing and testing out new things!! I didn't know you have an adult son whom you care for...I knew I liked you!!! I am a speech language pathologist. Sometime google "Kathie Harrington." She writes a blog on working with kids who have Autism.

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BECKYANNE1 2/5/2013 7:00AM

    I've had similar feelings. I now dress up and make sure I wear makeup, etc. when I go shopping or just running errands. I think it really helps your self esteem.

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SANDYCRANE 2/5/2013 6:52AM

    I am glad for you Pixie. You are helping others discover all the good that can come from eating healthy and exercising.

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