Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Outfitted For Self-Preservation

I followed through on what I said I would earlier and did some soul searching. You know what I learned? Retail therapy makes me feel better!

It has been far too long since I splurged on any type of clothing. I have had to buy jeans and tops along this journey – simply to have something to wear – but everything I have purchased so far has been very basic. I go to the larger department stores to keep the cost reasonable and even frequent the thrift shops quite a bit. I’m cheap when it comes to buying anything for myself, and it definitely shows in my wardrobe.

This is why I splurged today. It is also why I will take a bit more time tomorrow and continue making my creditors happy. I have decided that I have earned an outfit. I want one really nice, well put together look that I can feel confident in. Everything I own is either old (granted, I have two very nice older dresses that I fit into right now, but I also have nowhere to wear them) or plain. I want something new and sparkly!

Okay, so maybe this isn’t the best way to implement a long standing trend for me to turn to whenever I need my batteries recharged. I can admit to that. However, I do think that this is just what I need to be able to say, “I did that for me.” Right now, I think that is important. Knowing that I did something like this for myself will give me the peace of mind I need to discover what I should be doing on a regular basis to relax and find ‘me time’.

I’m not entirely sure what my restoration plan will look like yet, but I know that I have been thinking a lot about Miz’s recent post on self-preservation kits. I think that creating something like that – a collection of items that I could turn to whenever I feel the need – could really help.

I know that this post and the last one have been more on the mental health aspects of this journey and I hope I am not boring my readers too much right now. I just feel like this is an important part of the process and something that I should really examine thoroughly so that I can continue on successfully with the weight loss and healthier gains. There are so many facets to this new lifestyle and I just wouldn't be doing it - or myself - justice if I skipped over anything.

- 8 glasses of water
- 1 cup canned pineapple pieces
- 1/2 homemade mini pizza on a whole wheat pita wrap with garlic and basil pizza sauce, deli turkey beer sausage, grated part skim cheese, and mushrooms
- 1/2 cup pear fruit cup
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with shrimp, cheese, spinach, dried cranberries, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 2 miniature Mandarin oranges
- 1 cup of fruit salad with pineapple, grapes, orange, and grapefruit

- 1 hour and 35 minutes of walking completed in 3 outings (35 minutes long, 15 minutes long, and 45 minutes long)
- 1 hour Belly Dancing For Fitness class


  1. thanks so much fer the linklove.
    I know for me the creation of the pimphat :) firstaid kit has change my behavior patterns COMPLETELY.

    even if I hit up my hat and can not seem to find what I "need" in there it is a firm and clear reminder to my brain that I can seek what I "need" in a loving-to-self and nondestructive way.


  2. I think the mental health aspect of our weight loss journey is really key. What we eat and the what kind of exercise we do is secondary, because without the motivation we wouldn't go any further. We need all the support and great ideas to stay motivated we can get. So keep sharing those great "mental health" tips with us. We need them!

  3. I agree with "weighting around"....keep sharing the mental health...Lord knows, I need it.

  4. The mental part is probably more important than the physical losing part. I have lost a lot of weight more than once and regained it. Why you ask? I don't have the mental part down yet and I am STILL trying to get that in order.

  5. 寫文章需要心情~~期待你再一次的好文章..............................

  6. Mental is a HUGE part of this journey so you are NOT boring us!!!!

    I am just like you. With money short, I have not bought clothes for myself in years. I buy workout stuff when I get gift certs but it usually only covers new shoes. Clothes do make you feel good. I keep applying to What Not To Wear! :-) I don't have a clue about real clothes & especially for my age since it has been so long!

    Glad you did that for yourself! Me, I have dental work to pay for... :-(

  7. I think this is terrific. You are treating yourself well, and there's nothing wrong with that!
    Also, you can spend more on clothes now because you will actually wear them for a long time! I never spend a lot on clothes because I always think they won't fit me in a while - I always thought "I'll probably be fatter" (lol), or "I'm going to lose weight". I'm looking forward to being at my goal weight so I can build a great wardrobe!

  8. Oooo... fabulous comment today! You are all so great!