Oh my gosh, I see someone has mentioned my blog entry about my recent swimsuit-shopping episode *blush* well here's the link! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
I did find that the swimsuit sizes at the "regular" store did NOT match up with my clothing size. I'm currently wearing 16w and 18 regular. At the "normal" store, I tried on suits that were 18, 20, 22... NO CHANCE.
I then went to Penningtons, where they size in x, 1x, 2x, 3x... and found I fit very nicely into an x bottom and 1x top. Go figure.
IT IS SO WORTH IT TO SHOP IN THE STORE AS OPPOSED TO ONLINE. I tried on so many bathing suits, and even when shopping the same-size/same-brand, some styles truly were horrendously unflattering, and other styles were rather cute... I would pull things off the rack thinking it would be adorable, and I'd put it on and feel like a troll. I'd pick something else that I thought looked a little ridiculous, put it on, and heyyy not bad!!! So even though I cannot say the shopping experience was anything resembling "fun" - I would highly recommend doing so. If i had purchased based on the pictures modelled in an online catalogue, I can pretty much guarantee I would have bought the "wrong suit"... and undoubtedly would have blamed myself for being "fat/ugly" and not the suit for being "wrong style for my body."
I am happy to report that the suit I bought was a grand success on my recent trip to Maui. I pretty much did not take it off for a whole week lol. I even went *hiking* in a rainstorm wearing nothing but my bathing suit and a pair of hiking sandals! And other people saw! And I didn't care! I walked all over the place IN PUBLIC without feeling the need to hide under an oversized beach towel or other cover-up. How revolutionary :)
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
| current weight: 176.0