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Went shopping, but did not buy (long rant)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

This afternoon I went shopping at Kohl's with my middle sister to get tops and some pants. We both really did not want to go, but we had to anyway. She is in desperate need of tops - non-knit tops that do not cling, and pants. She was a size 2/4 a while back, but she's really a size 7 now. Not feeling great stuffing 10 pounds into a 5 pound bag, if you know what I mean. So her self-esteem and body image were really low when she came crying to me and asked if I was ready to go shopping. So we went.

I hate Kohl's BTW. Used to be a big fan, but after they screwed me out of $50, I refuse to go there; but I had a gift card that needed to be used up, so we went. I have not been clothes shopping in MONTHS!

Styles suck. What's with the 70s prints out there? It looks like Mrs. Roper exploded in there. I hear that the baby doll, empire waist look is out, but lo and behold - everything was that! I'm trying NOT to look pregnant anymore, thank you very much. Not like I want to see the trandy belted shirts and high rise pants everywhere either. Dresses everywhere in that stretchy clingy material and awful 70s prints. I don't go anywhere that dictates I need to buy that many dresses. I take care of little kids 2 days a week and were jeans and scrub jackets the rest of the time.

I want to buy normal, classic looking clothes off the rack and not out of a silly catalog!! Delivery me from LL Bean! (quote from Beetlejuice). Call me cookoo, but I'm the wannabe J Crew, Eddie Bauer, LL Bean shopper...I haven't done it yet because of my size and I'm not made of money. Can we say conservative in the clothing department? God bless JCPenney and their annual clearance! I made a killing there in 2005 - $8 Worthington mid rise pants, thank you very much!

But I digress. I don't know what size I am! So we start looking around and I grab all the XLs and hesitate on some L's tops. I grab a size 14 pair of pants for sh*** & giggles. Good news - most of the XLs do not fit in the shoulders. Too big. OR The cut of some of the tops in the XL were cut VERY close. Any XL girl would have gotten depressed at those. The large sizes were weird too...2 more punds down and I'm there, but mainly they were poorly cut and UGLY. Not enough for me to be tempted to purchase any of them. I wound up buying 1 shirt in 2 colors, that fit nice, but will fit even better in a weeks or so. Apt 9 brand.

Best news of the night - the size 14 pants fit too big! They fit, but they were baggy in the ass and thighs. I fairly screamed in the changing room!! Did I buy them, you ask? Hell NO!

It was then and there that I decided that I will not buy anything - if I can help it - until I hit my goal weight. I'll muddle through with what is in my closet for now. I have enough pants to get me by, and tops too. I am determined to get to that goal weight in the next few months. To spend money on a pair of pants that will be loose in 2-4 weeks is ridiculous! It is against my frugal mom-like brain!

So I guess I just threw down my own gauntlett.
When I hit my goal weight of 150, I will buy myself:
- 3 new pants
- 5 new shirts
- all new bras
- all new underwear
That should hold me over for a while until I decide if there is more weight to be lost.

Oh crap - I just set down a challenge. Now I'll have to do it.
I hate I have to pick the store too. How horrible is that!
I hope that incentive check comes in by then...

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MKPQ51 4/11/2008 4:16PM


Your personality reminds me so much of my daughter; I bet you two would be good friends.

And, like you, when a store upsets me over something, I won't shop there again. Years ago, when my kids were still in grade school, I had a problem with a store, regarding payments on my credit card. Back then, they'd just changed the policy of having to make monthly payments no matter what amount you'd paid the month before (Let's face it, that was a revenue decision!). Anyways, I had paid off over half of what was owed on the card the previous month because I knew things were going to be tight the next month. I received a call, reminding me that I had missed a payment; when I explained what I'd done, the store rep advised me that the policy had changed and that I'd be charged a late charge. Because I was angry, I told him I'd be closing out my account. However, my husband saw an ad in the newspaper and decided he wanted to go shopping (He was more into shopping in those days!). Well, when we went to pay with the credit card, we were informed that the account had been closed. After several conversations with the store manager and the customer services department, we were advised that they wouldn't reopen the account and until the balance was paid in full, another account couldn't be opened. Oh, by the way, the records showed that my husband had closed the account, which of course was an outright lie! Well, they lost a good customer! That's where I used to buy most of my kids' clothing. I've only been in that store once or twice in over twenty-two years. Actually, they probably did me a favor.

Now, back to your shopping experience.

Though you had problems finding styles and prints that you liked, wasn't it so exciting to have your previous sizes just fall off of you?!?!

You've probably made a wise decision to hold off buying clothes until you've reached your goal weight; however, if you do have to buy some to tide you through, don't go overboard. When buying pants, try something that's a little snug to begin with, but relaxes after it's been on. Quite often, I put on pants 10-15 minutes before I leave the house, just so they stretch out a little. I'm at that point that my body's not quite ready to move down in pant size, but the current size is really baggy. I thankfully have a few smaller-sized clothes in my closet; so, I'll hold off shopping until I take off another ten pounds or so.

Setting challenges for yourself are good; even if we set them unintentionally!

I look forward to seeing your progress!



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Thank you for caring

Saturday, April 05, 2008

My cold is almost over! I can feel it!
No sore throat, cough is almost completely gone, some slight sniffles but no major nose cloggage. The best is that my chest congestion is gone and I can breathe deeply again! One more day of TLC and I should be good to go! And even then, I'm back to baby steps again so I don't relapse. That would just stink.

Thanks to everyone who gave me well wishes over the last week and a half - it really meant a lot!

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BATHMOM 4/6/2008 12:25PM

    You're welcome! I'm glad you're on the mend. And thank you for the note and the Spark Goodie that you sent to me. That was so thoughtful, & it inspired me to do a little home spa last night. :-)

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Half way to my goal weight

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Today is a great day. I weigh 168. My halfway mark was 168.5 and I punched through!

I'm a little bit in shock. My brain's body image is still in, what I like to call, "fat mode" - but the mirror and clothes say different. It makes me happy and proud that I made it this far.

I can actually see my goal weight as possible. I'm going to just keep doing what I'm doing and keep thinking thin.

Quick note: I'm still sick with this lingering cold. Colors are changing, but it's still hanging on, and now my hubby has it. From what I gather - it's more of a 2 or 2.5 week cold than a 1 week one. I have not worked out in 1 whole week and it is killing me, but I guess my metabolism has changed enough to continue weight loss, and that makes me happy even though right now I am sick.

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IAMLION 4/4/2008 11:04PM

    Great job!!! I am so happy for you! You look great!
Sending get well wishes your way!

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BATHMOM 4/4/2008 2:03PM

    Congratulations on hitting your halfway point! You are doing so well, & your new picture looks great!

Hope you're feeling better soon! We just went through that kind of cold in March. It lasted a good 2 1/2 - 3 weeks. ugh. Take care!

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. It's been nice getting to know you on the P&P team. Isn't it a fun one?

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MKPQ51 4/4/2008 1:16PM

    So sorry you've been sick, but am happy that you continue to see some weight loss. Try to drink extra water and have some tea with lemon! If your family's like mine, that ugly cold is going to go from one member to another (and some will get it more than once), so wash and rinse your dishes well with hot water (if you don't use the dish washer). Believe it or not, my mother used to put a little bleach in the dish water (of course, make sure you rinse well with hot water), and our family (five kids) seemed to avoid getting colds that most of our friends caught. Change the sheets on you bed and towels more often than usual, use drinking glasses only once, and use a disinfectant spray wherever possible; these things will hopefully keep the germs from spreading.

Now, back to your weight loss. It's so exciting when we meet a goal; congratulations on making your halfway mark! I'm glad you're also seeing some encouraging changes in the way you look and in your clothing! I'm sure others have noticed too! (My neighbor, who hadn't seen me in a couple of weeks, got so excited over my weight loss that I thought she was going to do cartwheels. That type of attitude sure does entice one to persevere!) Keep pursuing your goal, as I know you will.


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Phlegm is so, so good!

Monday, March 31, 2008

What I say is true. First thing this morning after my blissful night's sleep last night (thank you Nyquil) was the greeting of the phlegm!

I know - that is SO gross to write about, but the awful truth is that it's a sign! My cold is on its way out!! HOORAY for phlegm!

I'm showered, fully dressed in my workout gear, makeup & hair done, shoes on and ready to start the day!!

Laundry, babysitting, laundry...that's the MO for the day and I am very happy to be doing that! Oh happy day!

Phlegm, I love you!


The cold that won't die.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Gotta love family gatherings. Easter. The whole in-law family got the sniffles/ear infections/upper respiratory infections. A few individuals from each family in complete and utter misery.

We had a Christmas like this one year, except it was the flu!

I've been off my exercise routine since Thursday. I figured a couple days off would be no problem. I feel like I'm missing something now. Who'd have thunk it!!

I've been drinking water, keeping within calorie range - if not on the lower end of the spectrum range most days. Message boarding is at an all time low. My attention span is short because I am so tired. 3 hours of sleep last night.

Hopefully this shall pass this week.

Happy news!!!
The Pop-up is loaded 90% and almost ready to go!!!!!!!!
So much room in this thing!! I can't wait to go!

Today's blessing to be counted:
- The popup is in great condition and closed well
- hubby cleaned out the shed, tossing a couple ancient cabinets
- we got the kids outside for some exercise and air
- the kids fell asleep fast

Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite ;)


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