Just a few days left on the Stay Away from Tricks and Treats challenge. Instead of doing my weekly challenge update today I am going to save it for Friday and do a complete wrap up. Then it is on to the next phase. We are putting together a new challenge...planks and push ups will be new in my world.
Weekly weigh-in was good. I lost 1.2 pounds. It feels like slow going, but at least I am going the right direction. My grand total lost so far is 34.6 pounds. That makes 40.4 pounds of my puppy yet to lose.
Yesterday, on my lunch break, I bought a dress for my niece's wedding. The dress is a size 16. I really liked the dress, but wasn't sure "suck-it-in" undergarments would be enough to make me completely confident. They didn't have the next size - so they checked availability in other stores. Apparently, they don't make it in size 18, but they did have it in their women's department. We found one in a size 16W. Maybe just a little more wiggle room. So after work tonight I ran to that other store (about 1/2 hour away from home.) The dress does have more wiggle room, but it doesn't seem to fit as well - bigger through shoulders, longer, just doesn't seem right. I went ahead and bought it so I could compare the fit of both with the "suck-it-in" undergarments. When I tried both on at home with the proper undergarments I liked the 16 better than the 16W :)
When the clerk rang up the 16W I got an unpleasant surprise...$5 extra for that "W". Seriously, I had to pay extra because it was "women's". UGH! Way to rub salt in the wound after having to drive to another town to get a bigger size. There is part of me that understands that bigger sizes use more fabric. Obviously, a 4 and 24W have vastly different amounts of fabric and therefore I could see a price differential. But the difference between 16 and 16W??? I suppose they have to make the cutoff somewhere.
The great dress search may be continued. I also bought this dress from a different store. It is a sweater dress and has a little cling in the midsection. Again, the undergarments made a great difference. Sorry you had to see the before pics :) I might be leaning toward this dress because I think it is more versatile. I don't wear dresses that much so I want the ones I have to work for multiple occasions. I could dress this one up or down - scarf, jewellery, boots, heels, etc. There are a couple other stores I still plan to check out. I feel like I have worked pretty hard the last six months and I want to feel good in whatever dress I get.
While out on my dress mission I decided I needed to make an opportunity for myself. I am closing in on my goal of walking 60 miles for the challenge, but I am a little behind so I am looking for opportunities to squeeze in a little more here and there. I figured that after I picked up the dress I could walk at a park just a few blocks from the store.
|I have always liked this Cape Cod style house that faces the park.|
I ended up walking 1.39 miles - one loop around the park. I felt very good about making an opportunity to squeeze in this walk. I knew that if I drove home first there was a very good chance I wouldn't get back out for a walk once I got home - laziness, distraction, etc. Instead, I got some exercise and enjoyed a trip down memory lane. And I even resisted the urge to take that little side street that I remember leads to an ice-cream shop. I have to remember I am not a squirrel that needs to fatten up for winter - they were very busy in the park!
Happy Wednesday. Linking up today with...