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Head cold kills momentum

Thursday, September 11, 2008

AARRGH!!!!!! I hate it when this happens. School started. Sniffles started with 2/3 of the kids. Mom gets the brunt of all the fun. YAY MUCUS!!

I learned from the last time when this same cold hit me in April...I tried to exercise throught the head cold part....and then it went into the chest...and then it dragged out for a month. And thru it all - I TRIED exercising, which wasn't very smart.

Not this time around. I'm playing it safe. I'm drinking about 12 cups of water a day at this point because I am so damn thirsty and not very hungry - have no fear - I'm still in cal range! I'm sleeping in, instead of hitting the TM every other day. So far, the plan seems to be working well. The chest part just occurred and so far it's not that bad. I bought Mucinex (first time ever) to keep things loose and to get it out before it settles. If it lasts a week - then YAY! It's better than a month.

What sucks the most is that I just downloaded a ton of new workout music I was psyched to play and use. Oh well, I'm dancing around to it anyway! LOL Next week it will be put to use.


Otherwise, maintenance is going AOK. Fridge is stocked again.
DH is on board with healthier eating after a high sodium reaction/scare. He put waaaay to much salt into some rice and then stupidly ATE IT. In a nutshell: dehydration (because he doesn't drink water) plus high sodium equals hypertension and bloating and scaring body feelings. He's all better now. It took 2 days for his body to feel better and to tell me I was right. Guess what...he's going to get a check-up in 2 weeks.

Makes my life easier because now there will be no bad snacky stuff in the house to tempt anyone - that includes the kids. Saves me money, saves my DH future episodes of drama. Finally.....finally he's getting smart about his health.

That's about it. Let's see how it goes!!!

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IAMLION 9/15/2008 8:01AM

    Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well! Hope you get better soon.

Poor hubby! Glad he was able to recover quickly. Hope his check-up goes great!!

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TRECECOOKS 9/11/2008 3:50PM

    I'm so glad DH is on board with the food; it makes things so much easier. . .

I just did a major shop for freggies - YUM!! But I still didn't get to the farmer's market. Maybe next week. . .

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Clothing update

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Another shopping adventure...alone this time!

Tried on about 80 different styled shirts...learned - wrap style is the best for my figure. OK - fat girl mentality did occur and old habits die hard - I bought one style shirt is 3 colors, but there is a method to my madness, and I'll tell you why.

Shirt #1 - basic black - enough said
Shirt #2 - multigreen tile print on white background with tiles of black thrown in - great for under a jacket, it's holiday-ee-ish if I want it to be (xmas & St. Pats), I can wear it around the kids and a stain won't show
Shirt #3 - deep maroony-plum - color was awesome on me, good for fall

So you see, the fat chick mentality, while present still, was dominated by a more fashion conscious medium sized chick persona coming through...I'm making progress.

Another thing learned....some petite sections just plain suck. No variety in the shirt department. Pants were fine...bought a nice trouser pair that makes my ass look last!!

And another thing....why are sweaters being put out with short sleeves? Winter IS coming, isn't it?
And another they think everyone WANTS to look pregnant in 80% of the clothes manufactured? Anyone with a chest is screwed.
And another thing...what's with the puffy bell sleeves on jackets?
And another thing...the 70s are OVER - give Mrs. Roper her clothes back.

OK - that vent is over.

Other things bought - a very cute vertical striped quilted jacket in brown - chose the L even thought the M fit because of the sweater factor. Plus, the buttons popped when I stretched my arms back. My mid-sis told me via phone to get the M if I could button it, but on further analysis, the L was the way to go. I'm glad I did.

A black & white skirt in a L...I always wanted one, so I bought it...goes great with the black top...might have to return it if I can get in online in a medium. The shirts I bought are the slightest bit more fitted than I am used to, which is a good thing because it will keep me accountable even more to stay focused on healthy stuff...especially during the holidays.

So that is that - and I am going to be a hot PTA mom this season. No more frumpwear for me.

I just looked in my closet and am pretty happy now. A lot of stuff is on ANOTHER pile to go out...this time the 14s and XL shirts. Somebutton downs are still hanging around to layer over tanks this'll save me some money that way, but if I need to look nice, I can now. I have a few jackets too that still fit. Now all I need are a few more pants that fit really well and I am really set.

Glad I went out today instead of sitting on my behind. What is what some people is therapy? I can totally see that when things actually fit! Now all I need are some cool shoes....

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OAKBORN 9/9/2008 8:19AM

    How fun to hear about your shopping adventures! Go you!!

"somebody give Mrs. Roper her clothes back!" emoticon

Thanks for the poem on my blog, that was soooooooo cute!! I appreciate you!

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AMY_P1 9/8/2008 2:43PM

    I think shopping is the best therapy ever. All the people seeing a therapist could just be using that money to buy really great clothes! Nothing makes you feel better than when you look great. I have become a much bigger fan of shopping now that I can shop outside the plus department. Congrats and great job staying on track!

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SFOSTER 9/8/2008 1:26AM

    Congrats on your shopping spree. I have to say that for me I am extremely thankful that many of the shirts this year are empire waisted and babydoll type. Right now for me those are the most flattering. I hope you have continued luck in getting your new Skinny gal wardrobe. Post some pics so we can see some of your wonderful purchases.

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TRECECOOKS 9/7/2008 4:29PM

    I so hear you on the pseudo-maternity top thing!! Glad you found clothes, and thrilled that they fit so well!!

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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/7/2008 4:20PM

  I know what you mean about those Empire waistlines - every shirt I try on seems to feel like maternity-wear. Ugh. Thank you for posting this blog. You have inspired me to clean out my closet and see what still fits and what is now too BIG! Shopping is totally awesome therapy, but I need to know what I have at home before I buy more stuff to fill my closet.


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Getting used to new skin

Friday, August 29, 2008

So here is the deal. I went clothes shopping with my little sis - love her...she's totally like Kelly on "What Not to Wear." Let's just say I tried on about 80 different pieces of clothing and bought only 2. The problem is part the clothing style and construction, and part my own style...which I don't really have at the moment.

Being the heavy girl always meant shopping like this:
- find something not too clingy
- buy 5 of that shirt in different colors
- dresses? bought only when needed
- pants - well, that was jeans

That's basically it. I just tossed all of those sweaters and shirts like that. They no longer fit and were taking up room in my now empty closet. I've tossed more clothes into the donation bag than any other time in my life. I am not keeping anything from the past.

So shopping now is like being tossed into a giant dark pit of the unknown. Time for a freefall. What fits? What size to even try first? What cut is good for my body type? How much to spend? Is my body going to stay this shape and why should I spend money on really good pants when they might fall off my ars in a month if I exercise more consistently?

By the end of that shopping day - I had a headache.

So a conscious effort is being made. I found a really great website that the styles seem to be I took the plunge and ordered a few petite, because that was one of those things I learned from my shopping trip. I am a petite. I have to embrace that phrase because clothes fit differently and a good fit equals a happy customer. This site is uber expensive though...way out of budget, so I hit the sale rack. A $139 velvet burnout dress for the holidays was going for $35!!! I don't know my size, so I bought 2...just gave the large to my MIL because the M fit great. The 2 other outfits that were not on sale...poor fits, so back they go with no guilt. At least I took the chance right? Trial and error.

Then I went to Kmart....yup- the only store close enough to me to let me run in & out without a long trip thru LI traffic and get home to the kids quickly. My sis hates this store because it's not as high quality as she would like. Well, I bought a size 10 - 3 piece suit in black for $75. If I change shape - who cares at that price! and I look great in it! and it's in my budget!! Sorry sis - I've got daycare to pay for.

So my basic summation on the clothes thing is this...this too shall take some time. Rome was not built in a day. This weight did not come off of this body overnight. The closet will be filled with wearable and liked clothes eventually as well. I'm not settling on any one thing anymore.

Another weird thing is being in pictures and hearing comments from other people who don't really see me that often. It's weird to be scolded by an Ann Taylor employee for wearing baggy capris...let's just say she tried to sell me a bunch of new petite capris and black pants. It's weird to be in pictures with my sisters and fit in with them. It's weird to think - size 10 and not be obsessed about wanting to be a size keep going even though things are perfectly AOK. It's weird to be nice to myself and consciously say that I look good in something.

Now some people may ask - why goal at 150? You are 5 ft 2in - you could be 110-120 if you kept going. The answer is this. The last time I was 150, I was 16 and not comfortable in my own skin. A lot of things went down that year in my life - not all good. I want to be comfortable in this skin for a while. 150 is that place to start some healing. I want that 150 teenager inside to know that 150 was an ok weight to be... that I was not "fat" like my head said I was...that I was way too hard on myself for things that I could not control. Being a 150 adult is way different that being a 150 teenager. With age comes wisdom and confidence. And people say you look good now, although as a lost teenager, you never heard those words uttered at all.

I'm getting used to this new skin. It's going to take some time to do, but it will get done.

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TRECECOOKS 9/5/2008 8:37PM

    Awesome blog - I could SO relate! DD21 is the one who is "Stacy" in my house; no one goes shopping or gets dressed without her.

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OAKBORN 9/2/2008 3:04PM

I so understand what you are saying here! I dimly remember shopping for cute clothes as opposed to just clothes. So many things don't fit anymore. I have a huge trashbag full of stuff and lots more closet to go through.

I walked the other day and kept repeating "I'm slim now" to myself.

You're slim now!

We're slim now!

Ain't it grand?


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BATHMOM 9/1/2008 9:53PM

    Thanks for sharing your heart in your blog, Anne! It really touches a chord with me, and you've inspired me to rethink the way I look at myself, too. ...and I like "What Not to Wear" too. At first I thought it was a horrendous concept and that it would be humiliating to be on there...but I kept getting pulled into the show and realized how they were helping people look at themselves differently. Who can't relate to that? I wish I could get a fashion consultant to go shopping with me. Wouldn't that be nice? ...particularly if they weren't above shopping at Target ("tar-zhay"). ;-)

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IAMLION 9/1/2008 5:20PM

    Hey buddy! I just got back from camping. Had a great time!
Love the blog!! I agree, chilling at 150 and taking time to see if this is the right "size" for you is the way to go. 150 is my evaluation point. I am 5'3" and I will more than probably revise my goal but I want to try out 150 for a bit to see how I like it first. Who knows, 150 may be my spot!
Take care!!

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CASHLESSNCR 9/1/2008 9:59AM

    Sizes mean nothing. Particularly when the same person could fit into a 14 in one garment and an 8 in another. Numbers on a scale mean nothing. Its about how you feel. right? You know that.

I'm also trying to get used to a new way of dressing my body. I've still got a little way to go yet before I reach my goal so I'm not inclined to start my clothing exodus quite yet, but I know the day is coming!

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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ANG76H 8/31/2008 1:47PM

  Congrats to you! I loved this blog...I can relate to a lot of it. ;) You have a very healthy attitude about your weight loss and everything that goes into it...mind, body & spirit. Again, congrats on all your hard work and on being Ms. DONE!

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DREAMNSCHEME 8/29/2008 3:14PM

    You are right, you need to love your self at 150 and be comfortable in the person you are . After all the weight is just a number, it doesn't really mean anything. I think you look beautiful and the trick as seeing yourself for what you are. A beautiful woman who is making healthy choices and living a happier, fitter life. Congrats to you!

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FULL MOON - it explains so much!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I just had to come on and report that my life as I know it is back to normal!! I looked up tonight and even through the trees I could see the BIGGEST moon ever. I explained so much that I just started laughing!!

I woke up yesterday and felt normal again...weird, I know. It was about 2 weeks of abnormal eating and mentally battling with inner demons...and then it was all fine. Weird. It only happens once in a blue moon, and I guess that is what I'm going to chalk it up to. On top of that, it's that TOM! yay - discovered that yesterday too.

So, to everyone who cheered me up....thanks, I needed that!

Ending on a super duper positive note: I'm going to just say that we had a family party today. My younger brother and his wife said the funniest thing....that I was TINY! Imagine that! Tiny. I'm going to wrap my head around that one. I like it. And my sisters and I took a picture and I fitted in with them for the very first time in a very long time. We looked like happy & healthy sisters. Mini-goal accomplished.

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OAKBORN 8/18/2008 10:37AM

    Anne, How WONDERFUL on everything!! Sounds so GREAT.

The full moon was BEAUTIFUL here in Missouri on Saturday night... just gleaming like a huge opal in the sky. Loved it!

Congrats on being a motivator! You soooooooo deserve it!

Thanks for coming by my page. I was so tired last night & Saturday night when I got home, I could barely get all my points in... 's'matter of fact, I don't think I did on Saturday... just...too...tired...

Aunt Rosie visited me with a vengeance over the weekend... argh. But I kept on keepin' on... and she is leaving very soon now.

As of today, I am 1.8# from goal, so by the end of August I'll be ready to tread water with you. I'll happily accept that flight of balloons!

My boss is a great garage-saler and I asked her to find some size 10 jeans for me... and she got me 2 pair of full length ones, some clam-diggers and a totally cute pair of capris and they all fit PERFECTLY. I only owe her $2! How cool is that? I have found that I wear size 10 if they are older and size 8 if they are newer... they have to be changing those sizes.

Good grief, I am rambling...

Yay you! And YES!! I am here for the long haul and we can tread water together!

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My new fridge (aka. my baby)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Isn't she pretty?

So nothing goes smooth...not surprised at this point! LOL Sorry I'm in cynical mode still! ROFL hysterically!

The light didn't go on and the delivery dudes broke a non-essential cosmetic piece...DH is pissed! We fixed the light ourselves by - oh - pulling the thing out a half inch! duh! But the piece...I think DH is running down there and taking it off the floor model. LOL

But she is pretty... and high tech. I'm in debt big time on this one girls. But after 10 years of settling on everyone's left over''s time for a splurge on what we want and need, not just what we need.

Isn't she pretty? Ahhhhhhhhh I can't wait to wipe off the fingerprints.....Ahhhhhhhhh

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SFOSTER 9/3/2008 10:29PM

    OMG that is gorgeous. I can't wait to get a new fridge. Hopefully sometime in the next year.

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IAMLION 8/13/2008 8:27PM

    I love it!! Had a friend talking the other day that they wanted one like that. Enjoy your new addition!

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JENNY448 8/13/2008 3:53PM

    Yep that sure is a beauty! Almost looks like mine! Except yours is better I think because I don't have the swinging doors on top! Yeah for you...YOU deserve it!

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/13/2008 3:50PM

    that sure is a beauty!
I have always had hand me down everything......I am loving your shiny new fridge!

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