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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

So historic day, after two years I made it to a hairdresser. I used to go to a hairdresser at work, for almost 17 years. This was well inside my comfort zone. When I left work I couldn't face finding a new hairdresser, especially as I was so overweight. I dreaded the looks and being made to feel - well inferior. So I started cutting my own hair, a little bit here a little bit there. Only problem was I couldn't see to cut the back. Last year I was at my heaviest and could hardly walk ten steps without stopping. I was almost terrified of going anywhere new, never mind a hairdresser salon. I was a self made agoraphobic.
Well I'm nowhere near my ultimate goal but already I have made changes to my lifestyle. I can walk for 30 or 40 minutes now, slowly but I do it. This is thanks to my wonderful 12 week walking team, who have encouraged me. Last week I volunteered to put up posters for the Easter services for my church, walking of course. One of the places I went was in this hair salon. On the door was the statement-'We don't discuss age or weight here!'. I gave in the poster and noticed how ordinary everyone was, so I made an appointment. Big Step Forward for me.
So I arrived and had my hair washed. That was a pleasure in itself. Then I had the haircut. How do you want it? Short! And that's what I got. So now I know that in six or seven weeks time I can go back again, without dread or trauma. The hairdresser was from Kurdistan. I knew quite a few Kurds and they are lovely friendly people.
I still have about 100lb to lose. It's going to take a couple of years. I know that. I will probably have a few setbacks- more than a few, but hopefully I can just keep making slow steady progress.

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    Feeling good about yourself will help you lose the weight and make you feel so much better. Congrats on the new you!
    1528 days ago
  • PUDDLE13
    Well done on the hair cut, the weight loss and the walking !!

    It's so hard sometimes when you haven't done something for a long time - I hate getting my hair cut and at one point I hadn't been for 2 years - my sister booked me an appointment as a birthday present and when we got there I was shaking and couldn't tell the hair dresser what I wanted.

    These days I am much better - I still only go once or twice a year but that's ok!

    1529 days ago
    I go maybe twice a year. I love having someone comb or brush my hair. I haven't had a style I liked in so long. There is a local beauty school in this city and I think they all do the same cut. If I get a perm, it grows out to look like poodle ears. I just live with it, but back when I was younger, when I got a good style, it affected my attitude about myself. It made me feel good. I would love to have a makeover and since my hair is gray going to white, it would be interesting to see what was done.

    I am happy for you that you are thinking about yourself and getting your hair done.
    1529 days ago
    emoticon Taking care of YOU is so important-especially because of being the caregiver for your DH and doing all the babysitting that you do with the grandkids. YOU, MIRANDA, are worth it!! I hope this gets you back to the salon as often as you need to go. And congrats on losing that first 50 pounds and getting in so much more walking. That's wonderful!! and so are YOU!!
    1529 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    I bet you look and feel fantastic!
    Super congratulations for getting out of the house and getting yourself active. I know how hard it is to face people when you are afraid to. I still project my feelings onto other people....an 'I think I am fat so they must think that of me too' kind of thought process.

    Did you mention that their sign helped you to not be afraid to go in and make an appointment? They may have put it up without thinking that it would make such a positive impact on someone. Maybe if they know it, they will take it a step further and impact others as well.

    A stone thrown into a still pond creates many outward travelling ripples.

    Much love to you!
    1529 days ago
    Congratulations on that wonderful milestone! You got out there and did something really wonderful for yourself!!!

    Hoping you enjoy your new haircut!
    Wishing you continued success!
    1529 days ago
    I know it's hard to step out of a comfort zone. Especially when it comes to beauty. "Why get our hair done when we are fat and ugly anyways." Such a stigma that needs to go away! I myself have avoided simple errands such as going to a beauty salon because of my weight also, even though I have tried to tell myself it's a money issue. Congratulations on your walking success! Every little bit counts!
    1529 days ago
    emoticon YOU are awesome....glad you are moving forward!! Way to go!!!
    1529 days ago
    emoticon Wow, the Lord was leading you, what a great blog post! Thank you for sharing this, wish I could give you a hug in person! emoticon
    1529 days ago
    Wow, congratulations on your accomplishments. When I was my heaviest I felt the same way, I dreaded going to a hair salon. So happy for you! Great job!!!!

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    1529 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2014 2:53:40 PM
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