Breakfast this morning was the result of not having enough eggs to do our normal breakfast. Michael scrambled the last two eggs and split that between the two of us. We each had 1/2 a Sandwich thin with cream cheese and 3 turkey sausage links.
Yesterday was a beautiful day. Shorts and t-shirt weather! Finally! We spent some time doing yard work. I did some weeding and pruned the rose bush. I decided that when I win the lottery, the first person I’m hiring is a Gardner! Weeding is the worst. You spend all this time pulling weeds and mowing grass just for it all to grow back a week later.
Today I woke up sore from weeding. Not good this close to Reach the Beach! I did my Foam Roller last night before bed and that really helped my quads. But the weeding hurt my hamstrings.
Today is very wet. No running for me today! The rest of this week is supposed to be pretty nice though. I hope it’s dry on Saturday!
Losing Weight & Shopping Advice
Something I want to address about weight loss is the cost of buying a new wardrobe. When I started losing weight I didn’t buy new clothes in smaller sizes until around the 25 pound mark. I was having a hard time keeping my jeans on and decided I just needed to suck it up and buy some new clothes.
This began the two year process of having to buy clothes MONTHLY. I kid you not. I lost so much weight that I’d have to buy some new clothes each month. Belts did not work! I’d wear a belt to keep my jeans up but they’d be so baggy you’d swear I was wearing hammer pants.
The summer I reached the 50 pound loss mark was the summer of spending a LOT of money. The weight was coming off pretty quickly and so many of the new clothes I bought didn’t fit anymore! Seriously, I’d buy a few new shirts, wear them a few times and then they didn’t fit anymore. There were even clothes that still had the tag on them that I was never able to wear before going down another size!
And I will admit that when I got to a smaller size (size 10 and 8) I finally ENJOYED shopping for clothes. It was no longer a depressing event. I was able to shop in the Petites Sections, eventually I fit into the Juniors Sections! I had a great time going shopping for clothes, so I probably did it more often as a result of that, too.
How much did all of this cost? A lot. I wasted a lot of money on clothes. In two years, I estimate I spent around $2,000+ on clothes. What a waste.
My suggestion to people trying to lose weight is to buy as much as you can at Goodwill/Thrift Stores. Especially if you go to nicer neighborhoods in your area and shop at the thrift stores there. You’d be surprised at how nice some of the stuff is.
In Portland, there’s a yuppy/hip area called Hawthorne with lots of “groovy” thrift stores. You can easily find cute, hip stuff there. I wish I had thought of these tips before I spent all that money on brand new clothes!
When the new clothes I bought no longer fit, I passed them off to my neighbor and a few friends. My neighbor was also trying to lose weight so she was going down in sizes right behind me!
QUESTION: What are some tips you can pass on to people trying to lose weight?