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The muscular truth about clothes shopping. Lets get girly.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ok, so we now have a Target. (woot woot)

I will use the non-stretch size 10 jeans to base my size on. They fit. Snug. I bought 'em because they look good. They make my butt look good. You know, all the things important to us girls. A friend I run with has commented on my butt before, about how small it's looking, but Target...dear Target. I think I love your mirrors in your change rooms. I can't see myself from behind on my own in my house. The mirrors in the Target change rooms allow me to see myself from all angles. They are brilliant. Where once I would have cringed at the 360 degree view, now I do a happy dance. I seriously should have taken pictures. My butt was looking good. haha emoticon

So I went back today. Why not? I wanted a skirt they had, but didn't have in my size before, and sure enough it was in today.

I am becoming a clothes collector. I have never had this situation before. When I was oversized I could fit into a few things, but everything was pricier and frankly I wasn't impressed with how things fit. Clothes didn't make my size 18/20 body look like a size 2. Duh. Because it wasn't. And no amount of great fabric draping nor good cuts will do that. Clothing is not that kind of magic. It can camouflage a little paunch, or flatter a shape, and it can make the eye think you are a little slimmer than you really are, but not by 10 sizes. Lets be serious.
I never collected lots of clothes when I was larger. I had a pair of jeans, a couple tops, a pair of pants for work.....they were all in good shape and flattered what I had to work with, but I didn't collect the clothes. I can't recall even having a dress that fit.

As I started to lose weight I obviously had to buy clothes. And lately I've been stagnating at around the same size. And lots of clothes fit. Like, almost everything I try on. Some look better than others, so I buy what looks the best. And .......I have quite the collection going! Lots of tank tops, tops, pants for work, 3 pairs of jeans, and dresses. I have 9 dresses plus a bridesmaid dress that fit. I can't remember the last time I owned a dress. Not since childhood. And the workout clothes! Don't even get me started there. I currently own more workout bras than regular bras. And swimsuits. 2 suits, 4 tops and 2 bottoms.

Including 2 bikini tops?!

WTF. Me in a bikini top?! I bought 'em I think more because I could and I thought they looked good in the change room. We will see if I feel confident to wear em at the beach.

Which brings me to today's Target trip. I wanted a longer swim top, one that would cover my tummy. I was feeling a little bare with my bikini top purchases. So I tried one on. And in the amazing mirror I got a great look at the muscle definition in my back.


I have a huge amount of muscle definition in my back. The swim top was halter style, and I am an hourglass shape.

I used to think I was a pear shape, but in that mirror I am clearly not. I have broad shoulders, a smaller waist, and hips. The broad shoulders give me clearer definition and ease of which to build muscle definition. I swear, if I hadn't ever been overweight I could probably start building muscle for competitions. I am doing well on my upper body/back right now.

I think I sat and flexed for a couple of minutes. I have never seen my back like that before. I was in awe. In awe of my body. I was making the muscles ripple and everything. I was all: Where the F did this come from?!

Or maybe it was the lighting in the change room, hitting my back in the perfect way. But clearly, my work is paying off.

Now, to find more dress wearing situations! And to brave the bikini.

I will leave you with a couple pictures from the mud run:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GIRLONFIRE1979 8/18/2013 10:45PM

    this blog was so meaningful to me. I'm so happy for you. I have 2 pairs of pants for work and 4 tops. and sneakers cause it even hurts walk to the subway in flats/loafers. I look forward to the day i collect clothes. :)

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/9/2013 4:47PM

    emoticon Great job!

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EMELEE82 7/29/2013 12:05AM

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HHB4181 7/23/2013 1:18PM

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I don't seem to have good luck at Target, but I'll try again!

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CLPURNELL 7/22/2013 4:18PM

    You look awesome!!! That muscle is coming from the bootcamps and the boxing. You are doing a fabulous job you should be proud!!!

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1SALMON1 7/20/2013 12:32AM

    These are wonderful pictures of a fit, energetic happy woman. You look great and I am happy for you and inspired to toddle along the same path. Thank you for sharing!

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READY4CHANGE81 7/19/2013 10:53PM

    YOu look amazing!! Thank you for motivating me! I can't wait until I am trying on bikini tops!! Looks like your mud run was a blast!!!

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SUGAR0814 7/19/2013 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon I can't wait when I'm at this stage of the journey!

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DEBJAE 7/19/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog! I love, love, love that you don't hold back when celebrating your body shape now...the muscle definition, how much fun you enjoy clothes shopping and enjoying the different types of clothes you are now comfortable wearing. It's very inspiring to say the least.

Pretty sure I've mentioned this before but...I love mudruns! Looks like you had a good one :)


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STRONG_SARAH 7/19/2013 6:10AM

    You look great! I wear a bikini now but I don't look as good as you. It's all perspective I guess.

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2013 9:41PM

    Really enjoyed this blog . . . clothes are much more fun when you're fit, and you look fantastic!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/18/2013 9:18PM

    I 'm a bit of a clothes hog now too. I NEVER enjoyed clothes the way I do now! You look great, and it's awesome when you find clothes that make you feel just as awesome.

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PRETTYPITHY 7/18/2013 9:12PM

    Ha! Great minds think alike -- I blogged on a similar topic today. Glad to see I'm not the only one having more and more fun with fashion!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/18/2013 8:44PM

    I just popped into Spark for a moment and saw this blog in my friend feed - girl, you're looking fantastic!!! I know exactly what you mean about starting to collect clothes. :D I was never big into clothes even back before I got sick and I was tiny then. But there's a difference between having always been tiny and not caring, and having once been morbidly obese and feeling smaller again. It's awesome!!

I think I need to start boxing. :D You inspire me!!

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    I know this blog was about you.. but I imagined that I might be writing this very blog in a year of maybe less???.. it just really touched me.. right now, I have less than 20 pieces of clothing (including workout clothes).. everything else was too big and I donated it.. so your timing of this blog could not have been more perfect.. ahhhhh to wear a size 10.. to actually get to judge the clothing on how it looked on me rather than i like the color and it's in my size.. wow. .. to have options!! I'm sure my credit card will be suffering.. LOL

Great blog.. and sis? I remember a girl a couple of years ago doing physique contests and she'd lost 100+ pounds.. so you can do it.. there's no reason you can't! (she tucked her extra skin that was left on her tummy in her swim suit !)

So motivating.. thank you!!!

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LUCKYPRESENCE 7/18/2013 8:06PM

    You look fantastic!! Clothes shopping is so much fun when things u try on look good :)

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/18/2013 7:27PM


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    You look amazing!!! Your legs look muscular and awesome.

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STRONGDJ 7/18/2013 6:16PM

    Outstanding! You look like you will rock that bikini.

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JENNYLT1 7/18/2013 6:02PM

    You look amazing! Congrats!

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/18/2013 5:47PM

    Glad you are having so much fun with clothing purchases! Cute clothes do wonders for a girl! emoticon

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