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Bras - confession time people!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yup - I went there! A few years ago, I went there with the staff at the day care I use and the next day, the whole bunch of them were wearing new bras!


It's not a rhetorical question. I'll tell you when I bought the last one. 3 years ago. Victoria's Secret. Purple with full coverage cup. Still have the thing, and wore it up until last month. I'd been surviving before that on nursing bras and/or the old stretched out ones that were quite unflattering, but when you are perpetually pregnant like me, you make do.

So 3 years ago - I gave the then 2 kids to hubby and disappeared into the mall. All was quiet in VS. I had the place to myself. Nirvana. The staff pounced on me immediately asking if I needed help, and I obliged them. I said, "The girls need some help. Some padding for shape might be good, a thicker band and at least 3 hooks is a must. I don't want to trip over these things any more." So the sprightly young kids got to work helping me out like Santa's elves. In turn, I entertained them thoroughly with my Joan Rivers sense of humor about kids and boobs, giving them the wisdom that they are never the same after you have a kid. Someday, they will remember me, when they are looking at their once perky boobs in the mirror and thinking, "God, that crazy lady was right."

But I digress, The purple beast is now taking a powder - permanently. She's retired - no longer fits, thank goodness. Another kid came along and she was semi-retired, and the good old nursing bras came out again. Those got the old heave-ho months ago. But then I had to dive back into "that drawer" that everyone has - you have one too, I'm sure of it. It's the one where the workout clothes go to hide when you are not working out, and the bras you love are hidden, waiting to make a comeback. I've had to dive into "that drawer" recently and it was so very sad.

I have a large collection of very sad looking bras. They were once in their glory with tight elastic and crisp clean colors. Somehow, over time and use, they have lost their pretty luster and elasticity. Kind of like my boobs.

I resort to my favorites, of course. The wash cycle kills them even faster and the rotation gets smaller and smaller, as slowly the poor things wither away (the bras, not my boobs, thank you very much).

And then there was one.

The favorite. It was my purple one for me. Loved that thing. I miss it so.

Since it's retirement, I had found some new old clothes that I didn't fit into and there was a new collection to rifle through. Brand new bras I had worn only a few times before the kids came along. What luck! I was just about to go out and visit the girls at VS for a new one when I struck gold. Some are a little tight, but I have a new favorite. The rotation is bigger and better now. After having such a meager selection before, I feel like a model. I can't wait to get to my goal weight because I am really going bra shopping and restocking the whole wardrobe. Maybe even matching underwear!

For me, shopping for bras is just like shopping for bathing suits. I'd just rather not. Now that the body is changing, maybe it won't be as bad.

So, look at your collection. It may be time to reevaluate those that give you the most support. They might be needing some help of their own. And your favorite (and you know you have one) may need to take a break too. It deserves a vacation and some new friends to hang out with in "that drawer."

In rereading this very long blog - the bra confession seems quite similar to other scenarios in life. How funny is that. Who knew.

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FIXITWOMAN 3/19/2008 1:37PM

    ROFL! I admit I have a favorite bra that I just cannot get rid of even though I know I should. I actually made a comment to DH that I need to toss it a few weeks ago (it has since been washed and sitting in the drawer). I can't believe I'm going to admit this: It's 12 years old, dark pink, missing 1 wire and the other is broken. Pinches the crap out of me, but I have emotional ties to it and don't want to give it up. I have purchased two new bras since then and I love them (padding, wires that aren't broken, and they make the girls look GOOD). Those will become my favorites as the girls do shrink, which I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for, the padding will desperately be needed LOL

On a side note: I feel like the only woman in the world that cannot bring herself to spend $30 on a bra.

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So glad to be back again!

Monday, March 17, 2008

I'm ba-a-ack!!

I missed sparking and logging - I'm officially addicted to this website
Hello, I'm Anne and I'm a SparkPeople addict.

There, I feel better.

So I went away this weekend to Boston to see my lovely younger sister - and we had a great weekend with everyone. We were 6 in total, and after her ceremony, we chilled out and hung out, napped, and then out to dinner to a very fancy restaurant. (I didn't log on for one whole day - I could have, but I didn't. I wanted to test my will power and judgement - and I think I passed with flying colors!) We had raw fish and ceviche, and cooked fish with fancy veggies with bits of lobster (try logging that stuff - I tried and am probably way off), a marguarita with black tea, mango and tahitian chile pepper that tasted like a grape lollipop, and a lemon tart.

A cookie and a drink here and there - not too much water drunk in the car for travling purposes - that's where I was bad. Oh, and I can't forget the corned beef dinner with the inlaws when I got home. That's where I fell off the wagon, but I could have been WAY worse. I got full so fast!

It was fun going away and seeing my sister - I'm so proud of her! She's going to do just fine in her profession. And I got to know her boyfriend, who is such a sweetheart, even better. Mind you, they've been together since my oldest was a baby, and the poor guy has seen me pregnant, nursing, fat, not-so-fat, pregnant, nursing, fat...etc. etc... The most fun was teasing him when I was nursing. Every single time, he'd walk in on me in full nurse mode and he'd get so embarrassed! It started to become a great joke.

Walking around the Beacon Hill district was great fun - I'm a wrought iron, cobble stone, old architecture junkie. Quaint little shops and small streets are idylic for a good mental story of the past. I think I had another life back when corsets and carriages were the norm. That's probably why my waist doesn't want to be seen! It was always cinched in and is still waiting for it's corset!

So now I'm back and on the wagon again. Next trip - camping! And that is another challenge altogether...

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FIXITWOMAN 3/17/2008 5:50PM

    LOL I'm beginning to think we were twins separted at birth

I LOVE the old stuff and camping! My hobby is genealogy, so I can dig around in court houses and dusty books at the library.

Don't sweat the weekend. We're learning a new way of life with our eating habits and workouts. That new way of life will include the occasional splurge, not to mention I'm hearing more and more about a once a week high calorie day is good to shock your metabolism and prevent a plateau.

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Things are good and pet peeves

Friday, March 14, 2008

First the pet peeves:
- So I have this scale that drives me nuts. It's one of those ginormous dials, but the tick marks are so tiny, you have to literally get off the thing and go on your hands and knees to count them each time. EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!! And god forbid you shift your weight at all - the thing goes cookoo! Not really - I'm being dramatic, but don't stand a certain way - back on your heals on the edge - the thing adds 15 pounds - no kidding.

My hubby wants to get a new one, but I'm "NO WAAY!" that's the one I started with and that's the one I'm sticking with. Watch, another scale will say I'm 5 pounds heavier - screw that. I experienced that one at the OBYGN this week and it pissed me off.

SO the triumphs of the week are:
- down 2 more pounds - this diet and program are just right for me. Who knew common sense could be so fun and rewarding once I gave it a try?!
- my severed (well, almost severed pinky tip - sympathy points here) is healing AOK and the kids love looking at the stitches now.
- I bought 4 pairs of new shoes for $110 all together! All name brand and on sale baby! Sneakers and new everyday shoes - you should see what the others were like - haha!
- I worked out through any emotional upheavals this week - both personal and work related. Working out really helped the stress levels and made me focus on positive instead of negative.
- I did not turn to food like I usually do when I'm upset.
- I'm seeing a change in the trunk of my body for the first time - I might have a waist someday!

So that's it. I'm having a holiday this weekend with my sister in Bean town and I can't wait. Kids are home with hubby and I get to go have a mental health weekend

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MSMISSUSME 3/16/2008 8:32AM

    You are doing really great apart from the finger thing of course lol Keep it up!

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FIXITWOMAN 3/14/2008 6:24PM


You are rockin it! Congrats on getting thru the emotional rollercoaster and facing it the right way (with exercise) instead of turning to food.

You are my go to gal because you seem to be doing exactly what I want to do. Glad to hear the finger is healing well.

P.S. - I'm really jealous about the shoes :p

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CLASSYLADYMAY 3/14/2008 8:49AM

    hey girl.. i sooooooooo understand about the scale.. had one just like that i bought at the thrift for 8 dollars.. but it didnt seem to work good so i bought one at target.. thinking the same thing as you but said screw it i have to know and i am going to deal with it and keep going.. yess it showed a little difference but not much but its better cause its digital and easier to read.. and was only 20 dollars.. but hey you have to think postive try on clothes see you are losing.. and you will feel much better.. i think your doing great! so keep up the good work and loved reading your blog.. so glad pinky is getting better!~ hugss Geri

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With a new dawn...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Things always seem brighter in the morning, with the start of a new day.

Things are in perspective and this too shall pass.

SP is such an asset to me that it isn't funny! I hope this website is always free! or else I would be lost!

So here is to an new day!

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FIXITWOMAN 3/12/2008 9:20AM

    With this can do anything!

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Good to workout again, but...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It was good to get back on the treadmill. I got a whole hour in this afternoon and burned 350 cals.

The finger is feeling much much better - i can't wait to actually wash the thing...Gross, huh? 48 hours is over - hooray!

Some other stuff went on today, which I'd love to write about, but right now, I'm keeping it close to whoever reads this, say a prayer for my goodhealth and well being.

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FIXITWOMAN 3/11/2008 8:20PM

    Prayers for you and your family. Hoping all is well. Glad to hear you survived the 48 hours!

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