My Newest Addiction

For the longest time I thought I was one of those girls who hated shopping. Now I realize that I was just one of those girls who didn’t like shopping when she was obese and hated how she looked. Um yeah, since I am now able to shop at my old favorite stores I have totally caught the shopping bug. Actually let me rephrase that, I caught the clearance/sale/discount shopping bug. 🙂

It all started on December 26th when Paul and I woke up to see that the Gap had the entire store 50% off. So, to the Gap we went. For less than $100 I bought three pairs of work pants, three sweaters, a long sleeve shirt, and a short sleeve work appropriate shirt. I think I have gone shopping for one thing or another every weekend since Christmas. Two weeks ago Old Navy had all their active wear on sale and I snagged two pairs of compression pants and two sports bras. Then last weekend they had all their clearance items 50% off and I made out like a bandit.

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Size 10 jeans (woot!) for 7.50

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Size medium (double woot!) cargo pants 6 bucks

I also bought that plaid shirt for 6.50- it’s an XL. I still have to buy XL in most button down shirts or else it pulls open around my chest. Not very classy 😉

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A new coat size medium (that will hopefully be the last coat I need to buy for a long time) for only $20 bucks.

I’ve also been shopping the clearance racks at the PX (the department store on post) and have found some really great deals there too.

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I bought this tunic (which I will wear with leggings) in a size small, probably the only small I will ever buy, for $15 bucks.

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I got these (vegan) shoes half off! Score! Perfect for the wedding!

I think this whole shopping craze has been exaggerated by the fact that in two weeks I will be seeing my whole family, most of which I haven’t seen in a few years, and I want to look my best. They all know I’ve lost a lot of weight but I don’t think they have any idea as to what I actually look like. A part of me worries that they are expecting me to be skinny. It makes me nervous that they will look at me and think, “after all that, she’s still fat”. Which is true; I still have forty pounds to lose. I know it sounds stupid to think my family will be looking at me with a critical eye and I am sure they won’t but I still want to make sure I look good.

This weekend we’ll be hitting the stores again. Mostly for Paul though, although he hasn’t lost much weight his body has changed significantly. He needs smaller clothes too and he needs something to wear to the wedding. I, of course, will be scouring the clearance racks while he shops and I am sure I won’t be leaving empty handed.

Yep, I am pretty sure I need to start looking for a second job in order to offset this weekend shopping addiction 🙂

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January 26, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Shopping. 8 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Shopping

Every time I go shopping people ask me to post pictures of what I buy. Sometimes this is difficult because I don’t go home and try everything on and take pictures. Usually what ends up happening is I take pictures as I wear something. Luckily the past two times I’ve gone shopping I went by myself and I have photos of everything I tried on because I was sending them to Paul for his opinion. So here are some pics of what I’ve bought recently.

A new coat

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This top but in a different color

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These sweaters

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Picture from home- not the best- of the ‘large’ shirt I unknowingly bought from Old Navy.

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It looks better in natural light

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Also, did I show you this? It’s the Arcade Fire shirt I bought at ACL. We bought a men’s large and a few weeks ago I was able to fit in it finally. Yay!

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Oh, in case you were wondering if I went out for Black Friday; yes I did. But I only went to two stores- Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought 12 bottles of Kombucha and a pair of Toms from Whole Foods and 4 boxes of Keurig K-cups from BB&B. Not your typical BF purchases but I was pretty excited!

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November 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Life, Shopping, wordless wednesday. 7 comments.

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:

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Side profile:

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

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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!

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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!

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October 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Shopping, Weight Watchers. 16 comments.

Weight Watchers Weigh In and Weekly Update

Today was my Weight Watchers weigh in and I didn’t go into the meeting with very high expectations. Last week I pulled off a seven pound loss, which was crazy, plus I hadn’t seen much movement in the scale this past week so I was just hoping for a loss regardless of the amount. This morning I woke up and weighed myself at home and I weighed 216.6; 0.6 pounds less than last week. I weighed in at my WW meeting at 218.8; 0.6 pounds less than last week 🙂 I’ll take it! This loss pushed me to surpass my at work weight loss goal- 5% of my starting weight (12 pounds)- and now I will receive a 50% reimbursement at the end of the session. Woot! Total lost since joining WW – 61.2 pounds. FYI- that’s pretty much the equivalent of a full suit of medieval plate armor. Yeah, I still can’t believe it myself that I have a) lost so much weight and b) survived carrying around that much extra weight. Could you imagine how you would feel walking around with a suit of armor on, or a small child hanging onto you, all day long? No wonder I feel like I can get around much quicker and with much more ease.

This past week was pretty hectic on the fitness front especially over the weekend. Having a Saturday yoga seminar and a Sunday Nia workshop to attend added four additional hours of class time to my schedule. On Sunday I was actually at the Synergy Studio on three separate occasions for a total of four and a half hours worth of classes; it kind of felt like I lived there. This week will be much less busy which is a good thing is because I have some very important errands on the agenda for the weekend like shopping. Yep, it’s that time again- time for me to replace all of my clothes. I am down 33 pounds since my last big shopping trip and my pants are starting to fall off of me. Since I work in an office that requires me to keep my pants on at all times I figured I should probably buy some new, better fitting ones.

Shopping has never been a favorite hobby of mine. Actually most times I dreaded going but now that I am finding places to shop that carry plus size clothes I actually like it is getting better. I am hoping to cash in on some good Columbus Day sales this weekend so if you know of any places or have any suggestions for me I am all ears. Sidenote: Paul has a four day weekend for Columbus Day. Lucky! I don’t even have Monday off. Lol! Any who, as I was saying, I basically have to buy an entirely new wardrobe; work clothes, every day clothes, workout clothes, sports bras, etc., and this time I am going to optimize this shopping trip by writing up a list of all the essential items I need to survive a week. For example; I know I need four pairs of work appropriate pants so on my list will be four pairs of work pants. I also want to note on the list things I want to avoid buying like v-neck t-shirts. I love v-necks and I bought a bunch of them as workout clothes on the last shopping trip. What I found out was that as I lost weight and the shirts became baggier the v-neck itself would tend to slide off my shoulders giving me the classic ‘Flashdance’ look circa 1983. I can’t pull that look off so what I would end up doing in tuck the v-neck under my sports bra straps to keep it from falling down. It worked ok but I still ended up fidgeting with it too much. I just want clothes that are comfortable and stay in place- is that too much to ask?

I hate complaining about having to buy new clothes or that my clothes are too big. Trust me, I will gladly replace my clothes every 30 pounds I lose if that is what I have to do. I do not for a minute take for granted how lucky I am to be at the point where I am shrinking out of my clothes instead of outgrowing them. It really is a great feeling! This time I will try to post some pictures of what I buy since that was requested after the last shopping spree. I love that you all care enough to want to see me show off my new looks! You are the best!

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October 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 8 comments.

Five Things Friday

Shopping

Well I finally did it; I broke down and went bra shopping. I knew that it was in my best interest to have someone measure me so I wouldn’t end up spending hours trying on a plethora of sizes but that wasn’t the reason stopping me from going. It was sheer laziness coupled with financial reasons. I loathe bra shopping; I usually end up in the fitting room super sweaty and that makes it even harder to pull those bras on and off comfortably. Ugh! Not to mention bras are expensive and I just didn’t feel like spending the money on full price so I waited until there was a sale. I was lured into Avenue last Sunday by an email sent to me advertising $15 bras. Score! Off to Avenue I went. When I arrived I promptly went to an associate and asked her to measure me for my bra size and man was I surprised at the results. I had been wearing 44DD through 48DD (I had a stockpile of various sizes) and she measured me at a 40DD. I knew the numeric size would have gone down but was surprised the cup size hadn’t as well. For the first time in many, many years I found myself trying on bras with underwire. I think I gave up on underwire bras once I hit DD- too painful. However, now the underwire bras felt comfortable and I liked how I looked in them which was an added bonus. I bought two. I bought only two because the sale was really buy one at full price and get a second one for $15- damn fine print. So I took two and figured I would just keep my eyes peeled for future sales where I can go back and get more.

Sound Journey

After bra shopping I jetted over to the Synergy Studio for their monthly Sound Journey session. I had never attended this class before and with hockey season starting next week I thought it might be my last opportunity for awhile to go. Sound Journey is put on by Jodi Roberts and how it works is you lie on the floor, you are encouraged to bring mats, blankets, pillows, anything you would want to be comfortable, and relax while she plays Tibetan bowls and gongs. As per the usual, it is easier for me to copy the description from the Synergy website rather than try to explain it on my own:

“De-stress! Breathe! Relax!
Experience a sound journey: a guided journey using Chinese and Paiste gongs, and Tibetan bowls as the doorway into an experience of deep relaxation, de-stressing and healthy transformation. The music enables the brain to enter the theta state where all beliefs and patterns can be recognized and changed. Your body receives a sound massage for deep relaxation. Combined with your personal intentions the music and journey balance and enhance your body, mind and spirit.”

Deep relaxation is an understatement. I would say my experience was more like being in a coma. I have never been in such a deeply relaxed meditative state. It was amazing. Before Jodi started she told us we might be able to feel the effects of it for days and I certainly did. The next session at Synergy is on October 30th but she is also having a session on October 15th in the Cave Without a Name in Boerne, TX. I have heard amazing things about this cave and hope to check it out someday soon. If you want to learn more about Jodi Roberts, Tibetan bowls, or gongs check out her website: Sacred Inspiration She even has CDs for purchase on her site. It’s really some pretty cool stuff.

Smoothies

For the past week I have been drinking a smoothie for breakfast and it has been a great switch. A friend asked me to share the recipe so I thought I would include it in today’s post. @SensitivePantry posted this recipe on Twitter; I can’t take any credit for it. FYI- this recipe is both gluten free and vegan.

Chocolate Smoothie

1 cup coconut water

3 Tablespoons quinoa flakes

½ a banana

½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate green superfood

Small handful of ice

Blend ingredients until smooth. 1 serving.

Coconut water is a great hydrator; it has lots of natural electrolytes and is high in potassium. The chocolate flavored green superfood is filled with all sorts of goodies; wheat grass, alfalfa, spirulina, acai, carrots, beets, flax seed powder, probiotics, the list goes on and on. It really is a super food. This supplement is supposed to help detoxify and boost your immune system, increase energy and support healthy cholesterol levels. I can’t say whether or not it can do all it claims but I do know I feel fantastic after I drink it. Paul loves it too. This smoothie is super filling and energizing. We have even added a tablespoon of peanut butter for some additional protein and that tasted good too.

Let me say this, it is not a cheap smoothie. Yes, it is still cheaper than going to a smoothie place like Jamba Juice every day but it is probably more expensive that the normal smoothies made at home. However, it is a lot more nutritious than any other smoothie I have ever had. If this recipe interests you but you don’t want to spend so much money or don’t have/want to use all of those ingredients I would say keep the chocolate green superfood, add whatever fruit you like/have, use water instead of coconut water, omit the quinoa flakes or sub in some steel cut oats. You could even add in some yogurt. Note that the changes may make it not vegan or gluten free anymore though.

Sports

Rampage Pre-Season

Do you know what Saturday is? The first day of October- can you believe it? It’s also the first San Antonio Rampage home pre-season game. Next Saturday is the home opener for the regular season. Yes! Hockey is finally back! For those of you who don’t know; the San Antonio Rampage are an AHL team that are affiliated with an NHL team. It’s like the equivalent of a minor league baseball team in the way players move back and forth between the AHL and NHL. Last year the Rampage were the Phoenix Coyotes affiliate which means players would get called up to play for Phoenix or move from Phoenix down to San Antonio based on their performance. This year, however, the Rampage are now the Florida Panthers affiliate team. The contract between the Rampage and the Coyotes expired this past summer and for whatever reason the Coyotes did not choose to renew it. There were also other AHL/NHL affiliation contracts that expired as well so there were multiple teams up for grabs. This is a weird sports phenomenon I had no prior knowledge of existing. What does that mean for me as a fan? It means we have a completely new team. You see hockey players, just like baseball players, are drafted by the NHL team and that team evaluates the players and decide who to place in the AHL or NHL. This means when we lost our affiliation with the Coyotes we lost all of their AHL players as well. So, for this season we have an all new team with all new players. Well, actually two players off the Rampage roster from last season, Nolan Yonkman and Bracken Kearns, were free agents and were picked up by the Panthers so there will be two familiar faces to cheer for tomorrow. I will admit, I was very sad to learn that having a new affiliation meant we would have a whole new team. I had grown accustomed to the players we already had. I even met most of them at different season ticket holder events and they were all very nice. Even though it will be weird to see a whole new group of faces tomorrow it will be a fun season and I am ready to cheer them on. Go Rampage!

Phillies Post Season

Tomorrow is also game 1 of the NLDS which has my favorite team the Philadelphia Phillies facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Phillies have had a great year, they set a franchise record with 102 wins and Charlie Manuel became the Phillies manager with the most wins under his belt with 646. Every media outlet I turn to is predicting the Phils to win the World Series (ha, ha MS- not your stinky Yankees) even in Vegas the odds are favoring the Phillies. That’s all fine and dandy except for one thing- the team everyone thinks will win seldom does. All this talk about another ring for the Phillies is doing nothing but making me nervous. Ugh! My concern right now is not the World Series, it is the NLDS. Hello Phillies fans- the Cards beat us six times this season and we only beat them three times. So for me I am just hoping to get out of the NLDS alive. This time of year is always crazy- the end of baseball, the beginning of hockey, college football on Saturday and NFL on Sunday- what’s a girl to do? Lol!

Are you a sports fan? Who are you cheering for? What games are you looking forward to this year?

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September 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Life, San Antonio. 2 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Shopping

Each day over the long weekend I spent some time shopping for some new clothes. There were so many sales go on that I was able to buy a bunch of stuff without completely destroying our savings account. Yay! Here are some pictures of most of the things (I ordered some stuff online, too) that I bought. Sorry if you can’t really see how they look. I thought it would work best if I laid them out on white sheets but it probably would have looked better if I took pics of them on hangers. Oh, well.

2 tops from Macy’s; both 2X. Yeah, so I just discovered Macy’s plus size section and I went crazy. I think it will be my new place to shop. They had such a great selection.

Lilac 3/4 sleeve cardigan , black v-neck top with stitching around the neckline, purple tank top with ruching around the neckline all from Lane Bryant size 22/24

One pair gray pants size 20 from Macy’s, two pairs of black pants (one size 20, one size 22) and one pair of gray pants size 20 from Avenue.

Sweater, white with blue stripes (one size fits all, Ralph Lauren plus size) and short sleeve button up shirt size 22. Both from Macy’s

Three tops; v-neck multi-color, black and gray stripes with vest, plain gray v-neck, all 22/24 from Lane Bryant

Two pairs of jeans size 22 from Macy’s, khaki skort size 22 and bermuda length jean shorts size 20 both from Lane Bryant, 2 pair of athletic shorts 2XL from Wal-Mart.

I also purchased a new pair of black shoes and a sports bra from Target, three tops (to wear at Bikram) from Old Navy online, and a pair of sandals from Avenue online. I am so excited to have some new clothes. It really is amazing how much better you feel about yourself when you put on some clothes that actually fit. I was wearing 26/28 and 3X tops and size 24 pants and now I am wearing a size or two smaller in everything. Yay! 🙂 Also, I took this opportunity to clean out my closet. Three bags filled with clothes ready to be donated- I am NOT keeping anything that is too big!

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July 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Shopping, Weight Watchers. 14 comments.

Give and Get is Here!

Enjoy 30% off from March 17-20 at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy plus we’ll make a 5% donation to a non-profit.

via Give and Get is Here!.

March 14, 2011. Tags: , , , . Shopping. Leave a comment.