My Weight Loss Progress

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Real Age

I took the Real Age quiz and I am 55.5!  Today I feel more like 85.

Seriously, that's gotta change. I have good health habits overall, except for that diet/exercise bit.

But we walked yesterday, twice as far as I did the last time, which still isn't very far. The main thing is to get back into the daily habit and work up from there.

We saw fireflies!  We had to call our 22-year-old son to come out and see because he has never seen them before.  They don't live very far west of the Mississippi, so we didn't have them in Utah.

One landed on the porch while I was watering my flowers and I got to get a close-up look at it. It would lift its wings a tiny bit and glow like crazy.  After a while the light died down, I guess because it was sitting still for a while, and it just looked like any other bug. 

Image from Wikipedia.    In case you want to know more.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Does This Make Me Look Fat?

We were at the fabric store and I found one of those pre-made panels with an elastic waist that you sew into a skirt. This one was really cute, so I wrapped it around me, and asked my sweet husband the terrible question: "Does this make me look fat?"

Of course he was the good husband and said something wonderful  --  not! No, indeed! He was the honest husband and said yes!  So I was surprised, but I laughed and gave him a second chance, saying "Well, of course, everything makes me look fat because I am. But does this make me look fatter?"

So now, he decides to say no! Way not to dig yourself out of a bad comment. I threatened to hit him over the head with the bolt of fabric. Probably would have, but he was in too deep!

Too bad about all that; it was a cute skirt and probably would have looked fine on me but I can't buy it now!  It makes me look fat!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Size Lament

I've been thinking about losing weight, but I've got some cute clothes now and I really don't like shopping, especially more than once in a season. So, I got an idea. I'll sew! I can make some cute, elastic waist skirts. One pattern, several designs and fabrics. Cute, easy, inexpensive. When I lose weight I can just tighten the elastic.   

I found two patterns I really like, and the one above is even on sale! 

This one is only $3.99.  There's a fabric store that carries them less than a mile from here. 

So, I clicked on the link to look at a size chart and about went into shock.

Size 22-24?  But I wear an 18! This is not wishful thinking--all my clothes in 16-18 fit me!  So what's up with a 22-24?  

Just to feel better, I went to a local department store website and this is what I found:

Okay, now I wear an 18-20.  That's getting better.

But at a Woman's "plus size store" I found this chart: and I'm 16W.

Now, if I sew can I really follow their size chart?  Or will I end up with a huge skirt?  Oh the frustration!   I don't know what I will do now.  Make one, I guess, and play it by ear from there.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I quit! I quit exercising, watching my intake, doing much of anything. I basically became a lump on the chair, for most of the winter.

and now I am paying the price. I am just as tired, hurt just as much, if not more, am close to that big 200 on the scale, and sick of myself.

Today I walked to the grocery, less than a mile round-trip, and I was aching by the time I got home. I get short of breath and my heart pounding with a little exertion but I think I have a respiratory infection. My chest feels all clogged. Down deep, down below the throat it feels yucky.

I guess I need to see a doctor--and then start seeing exercise as a medical necessity.  That's what got me out the door to the grocery; I needed to pick up a prescription and some stamps.  Too bad I can't pay for a gym membership with my Health Savings Account. 

When I got there, the Rx wasn't ready, so I get to go again tomorrow.  Another excuse to walk.  Maybe I'll go find a doctor too and see what I can do about this icky cloggy feeling.