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Feeling Skinny!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ever since I got back down below 150 lbs. (and am currently hovering right around the 150-lb. mark) before leaving for NYC and the Today Show (I was determined to weigh 150 lbs. since that is what I put on the questionnaire, and I made it!), I have been feeling skinny again. I was getting much too close to that 160-lb. goal weight and had to do something quick. I was feeling FAT and depressed and out of control! I'm glad the Today Show happened when it did. It sure gave me the incentive to drop some weight, and it has stayed gone, so that's nice. Plus it got me in a better frame of mind and back to my old habits. I had not gone exactly hog-wild, but had been doing way too much snacking. And with me, when I do it one day, it seems to lead to doing more of it the next day, etc. It's a slippery slope....but I'm still hanging on.

I got boots (which I asked for) last Christmas. I was so excited to finally be able to wear regular boots, since my calves were no longer TOO fat for boots. I love them, but admittedly didn't wear them much last winter. They're just a little tight on my toes, but not bad. However, I've always been a fan of being comfortable in my shoes, and have a pair of black clodhoppers that I choose to wear most days! Either those or my New Balance walking shoes, which are also very comfy. Plus, when I wore the boots, they were underneath my pants (except for the one time I wore them with one of my two dresses) you couldn't really tell I was wearing boots anyway. So I thought....why be uncomfortable in my boots when you can't tell I'm wearing them?

But then I got my jeggings, which are stretch jeans. I have 3 black pairs and one dark denim blue pair. I love them and basically wear them ALL THE TIME! They are tight looking but NOT tight feeling! The ones I wore today are the size 8's I got for NYC. It was all they had left in the store, the ones I bought before are 10's. They all fit quite nicely, since they STRETCH! However, since I dropped a few pounds, I like to feel skinny in my size 8's! Then I realized that perhaps I could wear the boots on the OUTSIDE of these tight looking jeans! You the younger girls do. Now I know I'm 61 (less than a month from 62!), but I went for it yesterday!

What do you think?

For some reason, I felt particularly skinny in this outfit! The wide belt on my the sweater helps hold in my little upper tummy roll, and I thought the boots looked pretty good. In fact I liked the look so much, this is what I wore to work today:

I paired a quilted vest (with some faux fur trim) with a Christmas top, both of which I got last year. I'm kind of sad about no longer having a good reason to wear the beautiful clothes I bought last winter quite so often, after I retire. However, I am also extremely grateful that everything I bought last winter STILL FITS. When I hung up my Husker Volleyball shirt, after my girls sadly lost their regional final Sat. night, I said that silent prayer, "Please let this shirt still fit NEXT Volleyball season!" I don't feel nearly so skinny in this outfit today, since the vest is quilted and not so form fitting, but I still feel good in my boots and skinny jeggings, even though my feet hurt more today even than they did yesterday. This might be the last day this week for the boots!

Next Tuesday is our Departmental Christmas luncheon. We're having pizza from the popular pizza place just across the street from Campus. It's not my favorite thing, but they will probably have a cheese only or veggie pizza and I have figured out I can peel the toppings off the crust and eat it sans crust, which hopefully saves some calories. Plus they usually order salad too, and it is always GOOD! I must try to remember to bring some low-fat dressing however! This is the additional flyer they put up next to the one about the Pizza Lunch:

Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to believe my retirement is actually going to happen! Can you imagine, after 35 years of getting up at 6 a.m. every morning of the week, no longer having anywhere to go every morning? It's been a very safe place for me to come to work. I pretty much know what I'm doing, the people here are nice, I have insurance and other benefits, and even though the pay was never great, it was a secure job. Am I crazy to give all that up at my first possible chance? Probably ! We shall see.

I had forgotten my plan to buy a bike with part of my sick leave/vacation pay-out $$ after I retire. I really think if I had a pretty girl's bike that would be easier for me to get on and off of, I might ride more. I loved riding my dad's old bike last summer....and it was so hard to get on and off of, with that big boy bar! So I think I will look into that after the first of the year.

I read about the ladies whose restaurant tab had the label: "Fat Girls."
They had the nerve to call out the restaurant and their server on it. Few of us fatties (or former fatties) have the chutzpah to call people on this fat abuse/prejudice. It usually just leads to more ridicule. More power to these women--maybe eventually the last bastion of prejudice (against fat people) will disappear or at least be UN-politically correct, like all other forms of prejudice!!
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  • DOODIE59
    Exciting times, Maggie!!
    1988 days ago
    Congrats on your new clothes and boots. I didn't wait but treated myself to cowboy boots and jeggings NOW! (See my blog/pixs if you are so inclined). I am glad you share your process on maintenance as it helps me to remember the journey is always that for the rest of my life.
    1988 days ago
    Congrats on your retirement and for putting your big girl boots on and owning them! You look fantastic and I hope to "be in your shoes" one day soon. My up/down journey has to stop. Reading blogs like this reminds me it's the daily actions that matter. Giving up is not an option. Thanks! Congrats again!
    1989 days ago
    You look fantastic!!! emoticon
    1989 days ago
    DH retires this year too. Dec. 21 is his last day! I've been retired for 2 yrs now and it is great! You'll find your family will keep you plenty busy with odd jobs they need help with. I'm looking forward to removing wallpaper from youngest DD's house and painting. Did my own after my retirement. So DH gets to help with the next one! Love it!
    1989 days ago
    You're looking good! I know you are going to love retirement.
    1989 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Lookin' good!! I know you will really enjoy the holidays without worrying about work but do you have any plans for next year? Volunteer work or anything? Keep up the great work of staying on goal. Wish I had done the same :-(
    1989 days ago
    Congrats on the retirement. I have been retired now 7.5 years and love it!
    Best of everything to you.
    1989 days ago
    You look fantastic in both outfits! I'm a big fan of wearing my boots over my jeans and find myself wearing lots of things I NEVER would have considered both when I was 100 pounds heavier and even in the past when I was thinner. I guess the Italian sense of style has rubbed off on me a bit, lol!
    1989 days ago
    1989 days ago
    You do look great. Good luck with the Today show.
    May I ask where did you buy the jeans? I really like them.
    1989 days ago
  • KROLES55
    You look fabulous.. Congrats on your retirement!
    1989 days ago
    You look great in both outifts and your boots!
    1989 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I love your outfits with your boots. Have you tried wearing really thin socks or knee high stockings with your boots?
    1989 days ago
  • MARTY728
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    1989 days ago
    Wonderful! happy the today show happen(big fan) it's amazing how trips/rewards can "incent" us more to goal weight.

    I love the first picture the boots are so cute!

    Happy retirement!
    1989 days ago
    You look fabulous in the black outfit!!!!! You really need to dress like that more often!!!!! I have seen a few shirts that you appear to be "swimming" in, and I must say that the bigger, baggy clothes make us look the tighter clothes make us look thinner!!!!
    Now, I just need to practice what I preach!!!!:-)
    1989 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    They look great! Keep up the awesome work!
    1989 days ago
    Look at you sassy pants! Wear them like that more often, you have every right to wear them "like the young girls" do! Just because you won't be going into work doesn't mean you can't go window shopping and dress up a bit to feel good after you retire. All of my retired friends say they're more busy now than they were when they worked!
    1989 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Another happy blog!

    Congrats on your retirement! I'm sure you will fine lots of active ways to fill your time.

    That outfit looks great on you. We are about the same weight but you look so much thinner than I do........

    Merry Christmas!
    1989 days ago
    You are rocking those outfits! You look amazing! I still have 35 pounds to lose and I feel like it's all in my stomach. I have such a hard time finding pants because my legs are pretty thin. Congrats on your retirement! I sometimes wonder what my life will be like as my kids get older. I have been a stay at home mom so long I don't remember what it was like to have a job. I have found a lot to keep me busy since my youngest went to school this year though.
    1989 days ago
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