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Size 14 to Size 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Susan on June 3, 2009


Today was HUGE for me ! I am so elated at this moment I am not even sure I can write this post clearly ! My hands are actually shaking as I type this! I had a re-cap all ready to post about my wonderful anniversary day with my hubby, but this new developement just could not wait !

Let me start at the begining. I love clothes. I always have. But in the past 8 years I’ve bought nothing except what was desperately needed. Whenever I was in the mood to splurge I would do so on shoes and handbags. I hated how I looked in clothes and had myself convinced that I just didn’t care anymore what I looked like anyway ! I lived in track pants and sweats , sneakers, and most of the time I would steal huge , shape hiding T-shirts from my husband. I HATED the Mall more than anything in the world because I would see so many cute things that I knew I could not wear.

Today, all that changed ! My sister and I planned weeks ago to go to the Mall today. As I posted a few weeks ago, I recently tried on all of my clothes (both winter and summer) and nothing fit ! I gave them all away and that left me with literally NOTHING ! My sister gave me a pair of size 8 jeans that I got into and wore with pride. (they no longer fit her) I have not been a size 8 since High School so I was extremely proud.

I have been hoarding a $50 gift card from the GAP for 2 years now. I got it for my birthday, but could not bring myself to use it then knowing I would be crying in the dressing room yet again. My sister and I planned to go out today and spend it , seeing I didn’t have any clothes anymore after my closet overhaul.

I was excited this morning, but a little scared too. I haven’t shopped in so long, the few times I’ve tried of late, left me frustrated , confused, and completely lost ! This time would be different I knew because my sister has incredible taste in clothing, and she is always honest with me about what looks right on me.

We walked into the Mall and you would have thought I was walking into the dentist office for a root canal ! I was nervous and terrified !I was immediately intimidated when we walked into the first store. It was a store full of junior sized clothes, but we heard that the prices were great. The sizes were really weird, everything cut really small .I tried on my first pair of cute denim capris and could not even get them over the top of my thighs ! I could feel a lump in my throat begining………oh no ! not again !!!!! My sister insisted I try on other sizes until we figured out how they ran. Finally, a pair fit and they looked really cute ! (not to mention they were only $10.99!) I bought them.

Next we went to the Gap . Now from the last store I had myself totally prepared for sizes to run small and that I probably would not be the size I expected I would be. We went straight for the sale rack and there were soo many cute things. I started to feel a little nervous again. I kept going fot the size 8’s, but my sister kept insisting that I take size 6’s into the dressing room too because Gap pants are cut bigger than the last store we were in. I kept saying no way but finally did as I was instructed !

Guess what??? I was a size 6 alright ! A SIZE 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was a size 16 forever, and then a size 14 forever too ! I ended up spending every single bit of my gift card on 2 pairs of jeans and a pair of shorts (all on sale !).

Now I was on a roll ! Full of adrenaline and ready to SHOP ! We headed over to Old Navy because my sister needed a new pair of skinny jeans. We took tons of things into the dressing room, and again we had the same arguement about sizes……..I took in both 6 and 8 to try, she brought in her usual size 6 !!!! Then the weirdest thing happened…..something that has never happened with us before. I discovered that again, the size 6’s fit best and my skinny sister and I were literally handing clothes back and forth over the dressing room divider . We fit in the same size ! For the first time since we were in our teens, and even then her pant sizes were almost always smaller than mine ! I am still in shock when I think about it !

I walked out of Old Navy with 2 more pairs of pants and 2 T shirts……………. Then I had to stop ! I was getting to the point where I was on such a high I wanted to shop and buy all day long !!!!!!!!

I am , at this moment the happiest with my body than I have ever been. I accept some of the loose skin and the imperfections. I am just happy to finally be out of the “fat suit” I felt trapped in for the past 8 years !

I am so glad that I did the work. The 3 am workouts, because it is the only time I have the time. The giving up friday night dinners out. The not eating any goodies at family gatherings. The going to bed early every night because I had to get my 8 hours of sleep in. The choking down gallons of water each day when I really wanted soda. It all boils down to this very moment in time. This moment where I can honestly say that I am where I have wanted to be for so long ! And it only motivates me all the more to keep myself in this place from now on !!!!!!

I hope all of this makes sense. I am still kind of on a shopping high !

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A Great Dinner and New Clothes

Posted by Susan on May 24, 2009

Tonight , once again, I made spaghetti squash! I love it and was dying to try it with tomato sauce ! I made the squash, and had my husband grill some portabella mushrooms for me . I heated up some sauce and put it all together. To finish it off , I topped it with some fat free parm. cheese.

It was AMAZING ! So good ! To me it tasted like a huge bowl of pasta ! The entire meal was less than 300 calories and I was full when I was done ! I even forgot my dessert….but remembered later and had it then !

After Dinner I ran out to the store my sister manages to see if she could help me find some clothes, or at least fit me so I can determine my actual size. In regular pants I am a 7-8. In dress pants I am a 6 ! A 6 ??????? Yeah , a 6 !! I tried on a whole bunch of things I would never have picked out . I pretty much stood in the dressing room in my underwear while she handed me things. I found a lot of cute things , but I definately do not have the money to buy everything all at once so I settled on these for now.


Matt and I made a deal. Since I need everything……….and I mean everything……….We decided I would buy one outfit once a month. So at the end of June I can buy something else. I have a whole bunch of things I tried on that I loved so this will be fun. Sooner or later I will build a wordrobe. I am trying to buy some basic stuff for now.
I am really happy that at least I didn’t feel so frustrated with the prospect of buying clothes this time ! And I am so lucky to have a sister to help me ! She is so great and knows me so well. She also isn’t afraid to tell me when things don’t look right on me ! I can’t wait to wear me new clothes and I can’t wait to buy more !!!!!!

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Another Busy Saturday

Posted by Susan on May 16, 2009

What a day ! I am still doing laundry and it is already 6pm ! We did some errands today since the weather was pretty grey and threatening rain any minute. We ended up going to an Odd Lot’s store and I stocked up on some snacks . I always buy my snacks there because the prices cannot be beat ! Less than hald the super market prices ! I get 100 calorie snacks there for practically nothing ! We go once a month and stock up.

Then we went to Target to get my 8 year old niece Katelynn a new bike . She loves it , but as of yet , does not know how to ride a 2 wheeler , so my husband (saint that he is ) gave lessons for a few hours today !

She’s getting there …….but still needs a few more lessons . Our hope is that we can get her riding , get Matt’s bike fixed up , and get me a bike, so we can do some of the New England Rail Trails this summer . It would be a great way to spend a Saturday. Pack a lunch and spend the day riding ! It’s a good way for us to get a workout in and also to tire out the kid !!!!
When I am finally done with all of my household chores , I will shower , and relax for the night !

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Shopping Day !

Posted by Susan on April 25, 2009

My sister ( the fashionista ) has been bugging me and bugging me to buy some new jeans . I am swimming in my size 14’s and my size 12’s have a saggy butt . She manages a local clothing store and finally talked me into stopping after work to buy some new ones . I am always saying I want to wait until I hit goal weight before I buy anything new, but I’ve been saying that for 5 years now ……. it’s time to buy something that fits !

These jeans ( above ) are ………………………. a size 8!!!!! Can you believe it ? Cuz I can’t ! They are a little bit loose …….. but fit . I am not quite in a size 6 , they were just too tight for me . I wore them to dinner tonight and they were comfortable ! It is so weird . I finally fit into the size 12 jeans in March , and I was proud of that ! (they had been in the back of my closet for 2 years and never fit ! ) Now a little over a month later , I am wearing a size 8! I feel good about it . I still have 10 lbs. to go , but I feel like I’ve made some real progress .

I went out to dinner tonight with my husband. I had a garden salad with grilled chicken, lite italian dressing on the side. I only dipped the tongs of my fork into the dressing , so I hardly used any . When I came home I had one 100 calories Diet Coke Cupcake. Going out to eat always stresses me out . It is really hard for me to make good choices at my favorite restraunt . I’ve tried just about everything on the menu and everything is good ! But I am happy to say I did fine . I guess wearing size 8 jeans to dinner helped motivate me !

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