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What to wear, what to wear...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

So...I took my measurements the other day. I haven't been able to locate my spreadsheet from the last time I took them, but I know I'm up a good bit around my midsection. My belly is always the first place my extra weight goes. I store some in my butt/thighs, but the bulk of it goes right to my lower tummy. I just got finished going through my closet and organizing my pants into 3 categories: "fat" pants (which is what I'm wearing right now), muffin top from hell (can get them buttoned but it's not pretty), and "You're joking, right?" (can't even get them over my hips). It was a sobering experience... I currently own 3 pairs of pants in which I feel comfortable leaving the house. (I flat out REFUSE to go out in public wearing yoga pants...unless I'm attending a yoga class). I did this to myself, though. Not only has my bad eating caught up with me, but at every size change along the way, I have made a trip to Goodwill to donate anything that was little loose so I wouldn't have them to fall back on. So far, this has been my first major backslide.

In short, unless I want to start going around in a toga, I better get moving more and stop stuffing my face. I went grocery shopping yesterday and stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies and planned some better meals. It's been so easy to fall into the "I don't feel like cooking so why don't we go out or have something delivered" trap lately, so it's time to snap out of that. Eating out is a major pitfall. It's hard for me to do it just once in a while. If I do it once, then I want to do it again, and again. Today, I'm going to make a big pot of vegetable soup. Then in a couple of days when I'm starving and don't feel like cooking, it's already there and just has to be reheated.
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CINERICIA 2/23/2013 4:40PM

    I think there is something to be said for togas. They're versatile, they're easy, and if you ever get invited to a frat party last minute, you have something in your wardrobe you can throw on and be set to go.

But, if you're looking to expand your options in everyday wear, then the vegetable soup is a great start. I'm a huge fan of batch cooking. Right now my freezer has chicken stew, chili, and pumpkin oat granola bars for pre-run fuel. And coffee ice cubes. But that is completely unrelated.

Small steps. And eventually the "are you kidding me" pants will become the "can't wear these in public for fear of the riots that will ensue over my rockin' backside" pants.

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SUGARSMOM2 2/23/2013 10:34AM

  you can do this .

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FIREFLY4407 2/21/2013 10:35PM

    You can do it!! Take it one step at a time and just be consistent day by day - I'm sure those pants will loosen up in no time!
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MONICA_W 2/21/2013 3:38PM

    I know that feeling! I'm in the same place right now (although I haven't bothered doing measurements, since my pants say it all!) You're right though - change must happen. No togas allowed! But change won't happen around the waist until you change what you're eating. Don't be lazy with your health!

Plan ahead or plan to fail, right? Why not work out a menu of dinners for each week?This allows you to make a shopping list at the same time, so your dinner ingredients are ready to go, and no groceries to waste. If you know what you're making for dinner every night, you can plan ahead and pull chicken thighs out of the freezer in the morning, chop enough carrots for tonight and tomorrow, and do all kinds of high-efficiency time-saving effort-saving things that you couldn't if you flew by the seat of your pants. Plus, if there's a menu set and the coordinating groceries in the fridge, you're not going to cancel so you can order pizza. You just won't. Planning dinners that make lots of leftovers is also a great idea, for lunches and for storing/freezing in individual portions for future emergency/super-late/lazy dinners!

Try it for a few weeks in a row, and see if that doesn't make life easier - and your nutrition tracker happier!

Good luck! Let's stick together and get out of these fat pants ASAP!

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NAKIOMA 2/21/2013 10:20AM

    Sounds like you've got a plan. Fruits and veggies are truly the answer - after the soup is on it's way. You've got it all figured out - just hang in there and the weight will fall off.....................good luck.....................Naki

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