My Big Shopping Trip

So I know I promised pictures of my new outfits and you will get them; just not today. I realized I forgot to have Paul take some pictures yesterday. Our big concern was getting all the new stuff washed and sorting through my old clothes in order to get rid of them and taking pictures kind of slipped my mind. As I was getting dressed this morning it dawned on me about the photographs and since I had planned on writing about my (wildly successful) shopping trip I thought I should at least do something to appease the masses. So I took some pictures of one of my new work outfits so you can at least see something. The top I am wearing is my favorite work top I bought- I was so excited to wear it today!

Full outfit from the front:


Side profile:


Close-up of top. Don’t you just love it!!!


Our shopping day started out at Target where I was hoping to pick up some workout clothes. As we were walking through the parking lot Paul spotted Stella, one of my former co-workers whom I haven’t seen since I left my last job in July. I was so excited to see her, and her husband, lots of hugs were going around as we quickly caught up on each other’s lives. Right off the bat Stella told me I looked great and asked how much I had lost. I told her I had lost 72 pounds and that is why we were shopping because I needed new clothes. What a good feeling and a great way to start the day.

I lucked out at Target and was able to fit into their XXL athletic/fitness clothes. FYI- for those of you who don’t know XXL and 2X are not the same. Women’s XXL is smaller than a 2X and is usually carried in the regular sizes (for lack of a better word) not in the plus size section. I was hoping to fit into the XXL at Target because they don’t carry plus size workout clothes. Most places I shop don’t carry plus size workout clothes. It’s a crappy deal but luckily for me I can now fit in the XXL sizes at Target! Yay!

From Target:

5 pairs of workout pants; 2 long, 3 capris

3 vneck shirts (because they didn’t have any non-vneck shirts)

2 sports bras; size large down from XXL

1 long-sleeve shirt for me to wear at yoga at work- it’s really cold

3 everyday type shirts

1 cardigan for work

Next we were off to Macy’s. They have really great clearance sales on holiday weekends and I had a coupon for an additional 15% off- I was ready to shop. I was happy when I realized after the first round of trying on clothes that I was down to a 16 pant size and a 1X top size. That’s two sizes down in pants and one in tops- yay! I was even happier when I realized these were the smallest sizes Macy’s carries in their plus size section which means next shopping trip I will be out of the plus size and able to shop at pretty much any store I want. Double yay!

From Macy’s:

4 pairs of work pants

2 pairs of jeans

4 work tops

2 cardigans

1 everyday top

Somehow I convinced Paul to make one more stop. I felt I needed to buy more workout tops. Being active 7 days a week is pretty tough on clothes rotation; it is much easier if I can make it through the week without having to wash anything. We headed to Old Navy because I thought I would be able to stock up on some MEN’S XL t-shirts. Old Navy usually carries men’s t-shirts for pretty cheap and I thought I could probably stock up pretty nicely. Once there I was lured to the women’s section by all the cute clothes and I spotted a nice sweater I thought would be the perfect replacement to the sweater I currently wore at work. Paul looked through the sizes but sadly there were no XXLs. There was however an XL and just for the heck of it decided to try it on. Low and behold, it fit. Score! New sweater to wear at work! Then it dawned on me that if I can fit in that XL sweater maybe I could fit in other clothes there too. I couldn’t help but grab clothes to try on and though I did buy a handful of tops in XXL I also bought just as many tops in XL and I even got an XL pair of yoga pants too. Oh, happy day! It had been probably 6 years or so since I was able to shop in an Old Navy store and here I was buying WOMEN’S clothes right off the rack. I was freaking out. I kept running up to Paul with clothes I wanted to buy and clothes I needed SMALLER sizes for. It was an incredible feeling.

From Old Navy

5 workout tops (3XL, 2XXL)

1 pair of XL yoga pants

1 XL sweater

2 XXL everyday tops

Once we were home I needed to quickly change out of my old clothes into my new jeans and a t-shirt and head out to the season opener for the San Antonio Rampage. As part of our season ticket package Paul and I both got hockey jerseys and we were going to be picking them up that night. However, when I bought the season ticket package last February I noted I wanted XXL men’s jersey. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to swap it out and would be stuck with the XXL. Paul told me on the ride to the stadium that if that was the case then we could just go over to the gift shop and buy a smaller one. That was really nice of him to offer that. Luckily, we didn’t need to because the rep working the season ticket holder counter thought that losing 70 pounds was a valid reason to need a different size. She gave me an XL and guess what? It was too big. I asked her for a large and that one fit. Holy crap! I was wearing a men’s large. Yes, I was doing a little happy dance as I put it on. In case you didn’t see this picture on Twitter here is me modeling my new jersey.

Go Rampage!


All in all it was a fantastic shopping day. I bought a ton of new clothes but more importantly I really liked how I looked in them. I can really see the difference in my body now from last February and if that is motivation to keep pushing I don’t know what else is!

Thanks for reading!


October 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Shopping, Weight Watchers.


  1. Simply Sidney replied:

    You look AMAZING!! I’m so glad you had so much fun and success shopping. I knew you were going to look fantastic in your new clothes. Hot Woman Alert!!! 😀

    • Dacia replied:

      Ha ha! Thanks! I would say I am more ‘hot woman in the making’ but thanks for the compliment!

  2. shrinkingwmn replied:

    Aaaahhhhh! Great pictures! I love that work shirt and you look awesome in the jersey! 😀 Yah for fun shopping and going down in sizes! 😀 I remember when I did a shopping trip after losing some of my weight and being totally shocked at what sizes I was managing to fit in to – isn’t it such an ego boost?! lol. *happy dance for you*

    • Dacia replied:

      Thank you so much! I hope I left a comment on you post about getting an agent. If not, here is my ***happy dance*** for you! congrats!

  3. Ginger replied:

    I love the top and your hair is fabulous! You look fantastic! Have a great day beautiful!

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks Ginger! My hair is bedhead hair. I go to sleep every night with wet hair, wake up and brush it, and voila- that’s my hairstyle. Lol! Glad you like it!

  4. jakennicksmomma replied:

    You look fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks Kathleen! To think that the next time I see you I will be smaller than when we first met 9 years ago! Yikes, nine years! Has it really been that long? Makes me feel old. Lol!

      • jakennicksmomma replied:

        Holy crow! It has been nine years…I love that we will both be thinner than we were when we met! Two ladies hot to trot, our hubby’s better watch out!

      • Dacia replied:

        Hell’s yeah! It’s hard to imagine us being any hotter than we already are 😉

  5. cassiebehle replied:

    Love, love, love!!! Happy shopping – you look beautiful!

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks Cassie! I feel pretty great right now! Still on a shopping high!

  6. juleen76 replied:

    You look amazing! Have you posted a before and after recently? I think you should! I really love you new top, it’s super cute! It’s such a great feeling to go down a size (or more)!!!

    • Dacia replied:

      A before and after is a great idea. If I was smart I would have taken some pictures from when I started. Oh well, you can see the difference still in pictures from April, the furthest back i have, to now. I will post them soon!

  7. jamesandjax replied:

    I love your shirt in the first few pics. I’d wear that, too! Every post like this makes me wanna reach through the computer and hug you. I can’t wait to see you in person again!

    • Dacia replied:

      Thank you! That top is my favorite!

      I can’t wait to see you again either! I miss you tremendously!

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