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Crying in the fitting room ...

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Before I get to the crying, quick recap on Saturday:

On Saturday I went out with some girlfriends. The organizer made sure to tell her friends that I was eating healthy and they all made a concerted effort to pick a place that serves healthy options at lunch time, which was incredibly sweet and considerate. I got an apple and carrot salad with trout, and they got healthy options too. At dinner time though, they wanted something more substantial. Since it was a situation where we were sharing all the appetizers and splitting the bill, I had a little bit of everything in moderation. The scale went back up by 1lb the next morning, but I'm zen about it. I figure that's part and parcel of the balance I'm trying to acheive, where I eat healthy most of the time and it's okay to have an occasional treat with other people. I'll just keep working out and eating right the rest of the time and I will be fine.


Sunday, was when the crying happened.

The pants I wear to the office are the kind designed to "flatten" the stomach. The clasp used to fit around the biggest part of my tummy. At my highest weight, I couldn't close the clasp, or pull the zip up to the top. I used to wear long shirts to hide the fact that my pants couldn't close. 30lbs later, and the pants don't fit around my stomach anymore. They've slid all the way down to my hips, and they look funny when I walk. So I figured it was time to get 2 new pairs of pants.

Karen, my great-deal-finding, coupon-toting, super sensible, patience-of-a-saint supernova of a friend, agreed to come shopping with me. I haven't gone shopping in a while. As a rule, I tend to shop alone, because I'm afraid that if nothing fits, I'll get bummed, and then my mood might bum other people out or make them uncomfortable. Not Karen though. She's a rock.

We drove to the Citadel Outlet Mall in LA, and went to Ann Taylor where everything was 50% off, and loaded up our hands with pants in sizes 18 and 16. We got to the fitting room with THIRTY TWO items. If that's a record record of some sort, I wouldn't be surprised.


Victory #1: The pants in size 18 were a too big - 2 months ago, I bought a bathing suit, and the only one that fit was the size 18.

Victory #2: Karen figured out that the proper cut for me was the "Curvy Fit Straight Leg cut" in size 16. It's feels great to find out what looks good on you when you've spent a long time thinking you couldn't possibly look good in ANYTHING.

Victory #3: She brought in dress tops. I used to wear XXL, but since the store only had XL, that's what she brought back. The bubbly fitting room assistant Viviana, took a look at some of them and said - "They're too big"

Me: "What ?"

Viviana: "Your tops are too big. There's too much room on the side. You should be wearing size L"

Karen: "I'm on it !"

Viviana was SO right.

Karen and Viviana worked their magic together, eliminating things tops that didn't work, finding accessories and making sure I looked good. Karen even got me to try out an ORANGE bolero jacket. ORANGE !!! "Before you say no", she said, " the sales guy says you should try that with a white camisole and that it will look great". She was right too.


Victory #4: Just when we thought we were done, and doing the final triage of what to keep, Viviana sees me in the final ensemble.

Viviana: "Those pants are too big. What size are they ?"
Me: "Size 16"
Viviana: "They're way too big. I'm going to get you some size 14s"
Me: "Huh ?!"
Viviana: "Trust me. I've been doing this for a long time !"

Viviana brought back a pair of size 14 slacks. I figured, what the heck, let's give it a go. They'll never fit, and she'll see I was right.

First my legs AND thighs got in. Huh. Weird.

And then I started to zip them up...

And the zip came up. All the way to the top.

And the button at the top closed.

And I was comfortable.

And then I looked at myself from head to toe.

And started to FREAK. OUT.

Me: "Holy Sh** ! Holy Sh** ! "

Viviana: "Are you ok ?"

Me: "Holy Sh** !!! "

Karen: "Are you ok ?! "

Yours truly opens the curtains. Beaming emoticon

The girls erupt. Hugs happened. Someone does a happy dance.

And THAT'S when I started bawling like a child.

Happy, happy, happy tears.

The moment was priceless.
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CATNCAG 6/27/2014 4:40PM

    That is emoticon ! I am so happy for you that I actually got chills on my arms reading this! emoticon Someday me 2!

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DANCEMOM1970 7/27/2013 4:30AM

    This made me cry. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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BIDDYZMOM 7/23/2013 12:38PM

    I'm crying with you! So happy for you! emoticon emoticon

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TAYGRL 7/22/2013 2:00PM

    Hey girl! I am totally sharing tears of joy with you RIGHT NOW!

I know exactly how that feels--try A-MAZING on for size. SOOOOO proud of you--of US! Getting down below 200lbs for the first time since 2003 totally snuck up on me and I was totally caught off guard but in the best way possible. Here's to us, all our SparkFriends and our collective continued successes!

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LDR2008 7/18/2013 2:45PM

  so glad to find out you were crying tears of joy in the fitting room. it's a wonderful feeling to be able to actually see all of your hard work paying off. great job!

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PEAWINKLE 7/17/2013 11:34PM

    I was having a rough day and came to Sparkpeople for some inspiration. I absolutely found it in your blog!!!!

Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing the spark!

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RENATA144 7/13/2013 10:46PM

  CONGRATULATIONS on reaching such an Awesome Goooooaaaal !!!!!!!
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You are the definition of INSPIRING !!!!!!!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/13/2013 12:54AM

    Congrats!

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SUGARBABY60 7/12/2013 11:00PM

    Awesome, congrats on all your hard work!

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MARIA_VIGS 7/12/2013 3:56PM

    WooHooooooooo! Great feeling! Great blog! Congrats!
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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/12/2013 9:56AM

    So AMAZING....SO happy for you

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 7/12/2013 1:18AM

    Wow! Way to go.

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ANYANKAH 7/11/2013 6:40PM

    I want to say your blog made me tear up just a little. Good for you! Congratulations. You are an inspiration!

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ICEANGEL0531 7/11/2013 6:18PM

    How awesome for you! Congrats!!!

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FIFTYFOUR2 7/11/2013 12:40PM

    Hooray for you!!!!! Enjoy your success!

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JENS1974 7/11/2013 9:43AM

    That's so awesome! It even made me cry! HA! Congrats!!

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KML410 7/11/2013 8:14AM

    What a story! Congratulations! Can't wait for that moment to happen to Me! emoticon

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    How awesome for you! Great motivation emoticon emoticon

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JULIJULINN 7/11/2013 6:43AM

  Silly me......but I couldn't hold back the happy tears after reading.

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CICELY360 7/10/2013 11:42PM

  good blog

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TAMWIL2 7/10/2013 11:04PM

    emoticon emoticon You deserve to do the tears of joy and the happy dance, your hard work is paying off. I work in a woman's size clothing store and there is no better feeling than honestly telling people they look great in a smaller size than they thought they were. I'm so glad you took Viviana's and Karen's advice and went smaller because, not only did it make your day, it made their day that much better too.

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JAYJAY44 7/10/2013 10:34PM

    This made my day! It made me smile and gave me hope that I too will one day be "crying" in the fitting room! Oh, yeah!

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MWIGNALL 7/10/2013 9:50PM

  This is great reading - I'm teary right now emoticon

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KHANNAGAN 7/10/2013 8:24PM

  Congrats! :)

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ABUTTERFLYWISH 7/10/2013 5:48PM

    This is the BEST blog Ive read!!! What an absolutely awesome day! I cant imagine a better feeling than to have had that happen. It makes everything not only worth it, but one of the truly best feelings on earth!

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RODYANNE 7/10/2013 4:55PM

  Very inspiring to read and to redouble my commitment. Thank you.

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TEACHDIANN78 7/10/2013 3:17PM

    Love love LOVE THIS!! Happy moments and great memories!

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NHES220 7/10/2013 12:38PM

    Awesome, congratulations and I would have done the happy dance too!
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FIRECOM 7/10/2013 11:19AM

    Its a great feeling and tears of happiness are the in thing to do, Congrats. I have gone from a vey tight 54 inch waist pant to a very comfortable 36.

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AMDODSON12 7/10/2013 10:38AM

    That is SOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 7/10/2013 10:20AM

    Wow!! Wonderful, feel good blog!! Congratulations on your success so far!!

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SUECHRIS50 7/10/2013 10:12AM

    I think we've all been there in the crying moment,It feels awesome...LOL...Holy Sh*t!!

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GINA180847 7/10/2013 9:45AM

    What a great story!

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HEIDE69 7/10/2013 9:18AM

    Totally inspiring story!!!! Way to go!!!!

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JANEMARIE77 7/10/2013 8:39AM

    you are beautiful you are loved

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MAERETH 7/10/2013 8:02AM

    I cried after reading this. Good for you!!! Amazing!!

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SANDYCRANE 7/10/2013 6:55AM

    Congratulations. Nothing better than something fitting too loose as opposed to too tight.

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NEWTINK 7/10/2013 6:45AM

    emoticon That is amazing emoticon

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NEWMEISHERE 7/10/2013 4:08AM

    Thats fantastic for you,sounds like you had fun too,hope i can have the same experience one day.....well done!!! emoticon

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  Absolutely fantastic!!!!!! You go girl!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 7/10/2013 12:49AM

  Such a great story and such a great victory! Congrats!

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    This is so wonderful, I had a big smile on my face reading your blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 7/10/2013 12:27AM

    You had me tearing up at the end just imagining your joy!! Totally awesome!!! You have such a great friend there to help you find the right clothes!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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