PhotobucketBack in March I made a post entitled Dreaded Shopping, and I wanted to revisit this topic. When I made that post I had just fit into size 20, and was realizing how expensive weight loss was going to be when it came to clothing myself. Today I am wearing a size 16, and have found that it really isn’t that bad if you follow some simple guidelines:

  • Don’t buy pants. Just don’t do it. I buy pants and in a week they stop fitting in all the right places.
  • Buy neutral colors. I have jersey dresses in black and dark blue, and I get sooooo much wear out of them simply by changing up the accessories. I can wear belts, sweaters, tights, and jewelry, and they just sort of serve as a backdrop for the rest of my outfit.
  • Do buy new clothes! It’s hard to stay motivated to purchase new stuff when your ultimate goal is to have it not fit in a few weeks. But, if you don’t keep buying clothes that fit, you won’t have as much self-esteem.
  • Buy small. I’ve started buying clothes in a size smaller than what fits. It is an excellent form of motivation to have something in your closet that doesn’t fit quite yet. Once you get into that dress after a few weeks of hard work it feels so much more rewarding than just pulling something off the rack and having it fit.
  • Lastly, budget. Clothes shopping can and will be expensive if you don’t plan for it. I often put a limit on how much a whole outfit can cost. So, a shirt and shorts, or a dress cannot exceed x amount of dollars. But, you could put a monetary limit on your spending for the week or a month, whatever works for you.

I know I’ve already posted about this, but shopping doesn’t have to be dreaded. The more comfortable I am with my body the more I am enjoying trying things on, and seeing how my body is changing. With the right budget, buying clothes can actually be pretty enjoyable.

My life is moving rather quickly at the moment, I feel a list is in order:

  1. Spring Term concludes June 11th
  2. Shakespeare in Ashland, OR June 14th-20th
  3. Flying to Mexico June 26th
  4. Graduation August 14th
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Nick, myself and Kirista June 5th, 2010

The rest of my life is just sort of happening on what seems to be auto-pilot right now. One thing I did this term that was really beneficial was seeking therapy. Granted, this isn’t the kind of therapy where I spend an hour talking about my childhood–although that happens sometimes, but instead an attempt to gain independence.

I used to not be able to venture into stores by myself. The reasons are long-winded and personal, but basically I suffered from crippling anxiety. Thanks to therapy I have gone into stores alone, but I am also gaining self-confidence and valuing myself more. Partly, I think my progress has a large part to do with losing weight.

I look in the mirror and like what I see. I know I am not done with my weight loss by any means, but I feel confident, attractive, and deserving of the space I occupy. I no longer feel the need to make apologies or excuses for who I am, and it is liberating.

I guess there really isn’t too much of a point to this post. I just know that it’s really easy to be vocal when things in life are challenging and frustrating, but I think it’s important to try and appreciate the moments when they aren’t.

My posts are probably going to remain slow (1-2 a week) for most of the summer because I don’t know how much time and internet access I will have in Mexico. I want to thank everyone I’ve spoken with who reads this blog. You have no idea how amazing it makes me feel to share this journey with you. We have a long way to go!

PS The title of this post is the name of Brian Griffin’s novel (from Family Guy). It doesn’t have much to do with anything, I just love the reference.

Measurement Monday

June 7, 2010

Photobucket¡Hola todos! This last week has been crazy. One of my best friends is leaving for Africa in six days, and I am going to Mexico soon soon soon. Had some inches progress this week in the thigh and bust area. Anyway, onto measurements (and a longer personal post later today)… Read the rest of this entry »

Aural Inspiration

June 4, 2010

PhotobucketMy friend Katie, a reader of this blog and fellow weight-loser, turned me on to Jillian Michaels. I don’t watch a lot of television and I have never seen The Biggest Loser, but I am looking for ways to stay motivated in Mexico. You can download her podcasts here if you’re interested. I think they are going to be very beneficial to keeping me eating right and working hard, even while I’m studying abroad. Thanks Katie!

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June 3, 2010

As I mentioned in my last measurement post, I am severely lacking on time right now, but here are two recent photos to keep you entertained:

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My sister and I on June 2nd, 2010

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Carina, Kelsey and I Pre-Sex in the City 2 on May 26th, 2010

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