Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Grumble, whinge, bitch, piss and moan

I know we hear alot about how the fashion industry has women's clothing sizes all stuffed up and what might be considered a size 8 in one shop is a size 14 in another, but how fucked up is it when the one shop has clothing labelled the same size when it's actually not?

I do the majority of my clothes shopping at Target. I know the Big Red Spot isn't really at the forefront of fashion but clothing is just not something I can bring myself to spend outrageous amounts of money on, particularly when I was fat and didn't care much how I looked, particularly now when I might not get alot of wear out of it before I need to buy new smaller clothes, and particularly when I live in the middle of the Australian outback and don't really have alot of choice when it comes to Women's retail outlets.

Something I do like about Target is that their jeans and trousers come in different leg lengths. For a short arse like me who lives in the rectum of Western Australia and has no access to a tailor this small convenience is a godsend. I am yet to find another major retailer who makes pants in multiple leg lengths, usually only the one length is offered, that is the 5"11 Amazonian legs up to the armpits length.

However, a major, major thing I do not like about Target is their quality control, or rather, lack thereof. Two weeks ago I went on my mega size 12 clothes shopping expedition that I posted about here. Now because I have to drive a 5 hour round trip to do anything other than a very basic grocery shop, a major shopping trip usually turns out to be a very busy jam packed day with me trying to fit in as many shops as possible and spend as much money as is humanely possible in 8 hours, my debit card gets swiped so often I'm surprised the friction doesn't cause it to catch fire. But, Targets lack of quality control totally shoots my super shopper mode to shit.

I should either be able to say "I am a size x", walk in to the shop, pick up a pair of size x jeans, pay and walk out, or I should be able to try on one pair of size x jeans and then know every other pair of size x jeans in the store will fit me, right? Not in Target, no way. While I was there I wasted no less than 1 hour of precious shopping time trying on 8 pairs of Jeans because in Target land no two pairs of jeans are created equal. Pick up a pair of jeans marked short leg length and buy without trying at your peril because they might just turn out to be regular or long length. That pair of jeans marked size 12, well they are actually more like a 10 and you can't quite do the zipper up.

After three trips to the changing rooms (lets not go into the skirts and tops I tried on as well) I came away with four pairs of jeans. Four pairs of jeans out of eight all marked size 12, short leg length. Two pairs of which are a perfect fit in waist, butt, thigh and leg length - when wearing with low heel slip on shoes. One pair which are a good fit everywhere although too long to wear with low heel shoes, perfect however for high heel boots. And finally a third pair which are too long and far too tight but which will be great with the boots when I lose another 3-5kgs.

It really should not be so hard. It does my head in. Seriously.
Somebody needs to be sacked.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Little by little bit by bit

It's all happening. Slowly but surely I am reaching my goal, I am proud of myself and amazed buy my own willpower, I never would have thought I could take this so far. Yesterday morning I weighed in at 66kgs. I asked my hubby if I was bigger or smaller than this when we first met and he said maybe just a tiny little bit smaller, how about that? This is the smallest I have been for about 10 years.

Sixty six kilos is a fairly significant number in my weight loss journey. Why is it significant you may ask? Well because in just 1 more kilo, once I reach the 65kg mark I am going to re-assess my original weight loss goal, although I guess technically I have already re-assessed it and come to a decision but 65kgs is when I am going to change the numbers and make it all official.

When I originally started this in January I decided that 60kgs was the magic number, I decided that from a starting weight of 81.4kgs a loss of 21.4kgs to get down to 60kgs was a realistic goal which put me in the healthy weight range. I also didn't want to feel overwhelmed seeing an overly large number of kgs "to go" on my weight loss ticker. However, I did tell myself from the beginning that my goal was flexible and that once I got to 65kgs I would assess how I was coping with the diet, how I felt, and how I looked and then make a decision whether I would be satisfied with 60kgs or if I wanted to go further.

Now that I am at 66kgs that magic number is tantalisingly close, my ticker says 15.4kgs lost and only 6kgs to go, it would be oh so easy to stop at 60kgs. But you know what? I don't think I would be happy with that. Who knows how I will feel once I have lost these next six kilos but right now, at this moment I am thinking I would rather push on to 55kgs. That would put me at the lower end of the healthy weight range and give me some leeway where as at 60kgs if I gained 2-3kg I would be back in the overweight category again. And 55kgs isn't too thin either, I could still lose another 5 kilos or so before that became a problem.

(I cannot believe I'm even thinking that I could possibly ever be too thin)

So anyway as of this week the stats are as follows:

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 66kgs
Lost this week: 500gms
Total Loss: 15.4kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 25.8
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Playing tag ...

I got tagged by lovely Leila at That Random Leila so now I have to answer the designated questions and then tag some of you. I hope you enjoy reading my answers and I look forward to reading yours :)


Here are the rules:

1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention & add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people

What is your current obsession?
Family history research, even though I haven't found any new info for ages I am completely sucked in and still keep searching for those extra tidbits to add to my tree.

What are you wearing today?
Blue denim jeans, work polo shirt, blue jacket. Despite being Sunday I had to go up to work for a few hours and I haven't changed yet as I am cold so I'm contemplating a super hot shower to warm up.

What’s for dinner?
There are chicken breasts thawing in the fridge so something to do with chicken, perhaps a stir fry, or maybe just grilled with a little marinade and a salad.

What’s the last thing you bought?
uuuummmmmm ..... milk I think, how boring. Although now that I think about it I did have a post parcel arrive on Friday with some new tops and skirts.

What are you listening to right now?
The usual mish mash of my eclectic tastes contained on my ipod. Everything from Billy Joel to Def Leppard.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Paris, I'm so in love with Paris, of all the places we have been it is the one place I constantly think about and long to re-visit.

Which language do you want to learn?
German so when I go to Germany to trace my German ancestors I will not need to pay for a translator, lol.

What do you love most about where you currently live?

Solitude, remoteness, the view from our house.

(pic on left is my house, we are surrounded by red dust, spinefex grass and not a whole lot of anything else)

What is your favourite colour?
Easy one, pink of course.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
For comfort: my flannel pyjamas, lol
For looks: my new boots

Describe your personal style?
I'm still working on it.

If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on?
More boots, lol.

What are you going to do after this?
Have that super hot shower.

What are your favourite films?
Pride & Prejudice
Dirty Dancing
Picnic at Hanging Rock
An Officer and a Gentleman
The Piano
The Breakfast Club
Strictly Ballroom
Priscilla Queen of the Desert (a cock in a frock on a rock ... pmsl)
The Shawshank Redemption
and tons of others, I love movies.

Your favourite smell?
Freshly baked bread (which I can no longer eat, waaah!).
The vanilla, cinnamon and clove candle sitting on my kitchen bench.
My daughters freshly washed hair when I bend down to give her a goodnight kiss.

Do you collect anything?
Family history paraphernalia, birth death and marriage certificates of my ancestors.

What makes you follow a blog?
Interest in the subject matter, like how a person writes, humour.

Do you like to comment on blogs or just lurk?
Mostly through sheer lack of time I just lurk. I like to comment if I can though or if a post particularly stands out or strikes a chord with me.

What’s one thing you dream of doing?
An Anthropology degree.

What is your biggest regret?
I don't regret having my daughter who is a beautiful wonderful kid. But, I do regret that I chose such a shitty (biological) dad for her, she deserved so much better.

What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day? Snuggle up in a warm room, read a book or watch a movie and listen to the rain fall down.

Do you have a tattoo?
No. I've been contemplating one for about 12 years but I've never been able to settle on a design that I think I can live with forever. I've been considering a black cat (like my own kitty) for about the last 4 years now so that might be it.

What are you favourite books?
Lots of biographies and autobiographies particularly those relating to issues faced by women.
plus; Bryce Courtney: Power of One & April Fools day
Diana Gabaldon: Cross Stitch series
Wilbur Smith: Courtney novels
John Marsden: Tomorrow series
and Harry potter :)
As you can see I get sucked into sagas, stories that span multiple books lol.

Are you left handed, right handed, ambidextrous, or a little of both?
I write with my left hand only. Everything else I can use either hand competently but I cannot write with my right hand so I am not quite ambidextrous, weird I know.


I tag:
and Kir


OMFG - no way

Today on my head I found a grey hair. Yes a GREY hair, which I promptly plucked out. I should not be getting grey hairs, I am only 34 (or is that 35?). Anyway it doesn't matter how old I am, I'm too young for grey hairs.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Busy but doing well

I haven't blogged for a couple of weeks so I've missed a bit including my weekly update for last weeks Monday weigh in, this mainly due to being incredibly busy at work but I was also away for a few days shopping in the big smoke (lol) for a whole heap of new size 12 clothes *grin*. I could no longer tolerate the constant hoicking up of my size 14 jeans which had surpassed being a little loose and were starting to get downright baggy, I looked like shit so I decided the time had come to spend some money on myself. Really though if I can be brave and talk myself into it I may get hubby to take some pics because I think the new clothes deserve their own post, especially the black leather boots ;)

But moving right along onto Mondays usual topic, the subject of this post is my weekly weigh in and I am pleased to report that after my last post where I'd had a 500gm gain I have now had two successive weeks of 900gm losses! Snaps for me :)

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 66.5kgs
Lost last week and this week: 900gms x 2
Total Loss: 14.9kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 26
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

First weight gain :(

Well if it was going to happen any week it would be this one.

It was a week of no exercise to rest my knee and then a few food slip ups, firstly on Friday night and then last night for my Hubby's birthday we had a meal out at the pub, I had lasagne and chips, very naughty. We also had a big carnival thing here this weekend and we were flat out at work so once again I had far too little water but I also drank alot more coffee than I normally do and that's not good. I read somewhere that it takes 3 glasses of water to process 1 cup of coffee so that basically means I didn't have any water all weekend.

All this has resulted in a rather large gain this week. It's fairly demoralising but I'm trying to look on the bright side, it's the very first gain I've had since I started this in January. Every other weigh in for the for the past 20 weeks I have lost weight and I guess that's not too bad. Some peoples weight loss journeys are up and down like a hookers knickers so I suppose I can't complain too much about one bad week.

In the grand scheme of things this is only a few hundred grams, it's only one week of a gain in many weeks of losses, tomorrow is a new day, next week is a new week and I'm back on the wii this week so onwards from here.

(I'm trying to put a positive spin on this people, work with me here)

Height: 160cms/5ft3in
Start Date: 28th Dec 2008
Start Weight: 81.4 kgs
Current Weight: 68.3kgs
Gained this week: 500gms
Total Loss: 13.1kgs
Start BMI: 31.8
Current BMI: 26.7
Goal BMI: 23.4
Goal Weight: 60 kgs
Goal Date: December 2009