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April 2012


Good riddance, old clothes!

I asked my twitter followers this not too long ago: if you’re losing weight, do you get rid of your clothes than no longer fit or hold on to them?

The consensus seemed to be to get rid of them. In the back of my mind I wanted to get rid of them, and needed confirmation that it was OK to do so. To me, hanging onto these clothes was in some ways holding on to the past. Holding onto them makes me feel like this change isn’t permanent, and I should hold onto them for when I get big again. However, I’m not going to let that happen.

Getting smaller and spending way too much time on Pinterest has piqued my interest in fashion. When I look at the things I’m getting rid of, I see a lot of drab clothes. Not a lot of color; dark colors are your friend when you want to look smaller right? I see my clothing choices as a reflection of how I felt in life before. I didn’t want to stand out, I was scared to take chances, and generally unhappy.

via pinterest

I’ve been looking at clothes in stores on and off and I’ve been disappointed by most of the trends out there. It seems like oversized clothes are still in. I’m working hard to lose weight, I don’t want to look like a shapeless bag. C’mon… After some major searching, I finally found a couple goodies, here are a few samples:

The top above is from Lauren Conrad’s collection at Kohl’s (link). All of her clothes were adorable off the rack but most looked silly on me or fit weird in the chest. I checked a few Kohl’s and could only find this pattern in L; I’m currently in a XL. I bought it because I loved the pattern, and later found a XL online. I’m thinking I’ll keep the L so I can enjoy it longer. No, I’m not crazy, it’s simply hard for me to find clothes I actually like and look good on me.

The top above is the same style as the shirt above, simply a different pattern. (link)

I bought myself a new dress, too. I typically don’t bother looking at Forever21 because of the issues I have with current trends. However, I found this gem of a dress and it actually looked good on me. (link)

I thought this belt might also go well with the new tops and dress. (link)

For those of you, who have lost enough weight to require buying new clothes, did you get rid of your old clothes?


Sparkly Soul Giveaway

I recently bought two headbands (hot pink and green) from Sparkly Soul, and by accident, they sent two orders(!) Lucky for you all, I’m giving away the extra (thin) green one that I received.

I’m not going to post a full review, but compared with the “non-slip” headbands I’ve purchased in the past, these are awesome! I used the wider one during the 10-miler I completed recently, and I never had to adjust it. If you’ve been hesitant about purchasing one, I definitely encourage you to do so!

Onto the giveaway…

– Comment here with what you’ll use the headband for (ie: running, the gym, walking, etc.)
– If you post about the giveaway on twitter with the following message, comment a second time with a link and you’ll be entered twice!
I want to win a @SPARKLYSOULINC non-slip headband from @GeekToFit, enter here:
Deadline: April 30, 2012 @ 11:59PM
– Winner will be chosen at random (from and notified via e-mail.
– US residents only


10-miler completed .. what’s next?

A little over a week ago, I completed the final race of the Louisville Triple Crown; the 10-miler. When I first signed up for this race, I hadn’t given thought to do the other two races (the 5K and 10K), in retrospect, I am thankful I did. I would not have been prepared for what I was getting myself into.

I was super excited the week of the race, and I might have overtrained a little bit in a fit of excitement. I took the Thursday and Friday before the race off in prep for Saturday. This 10-miler was the biggest challenge I have ever faced physically but I was ready!

Saturday morning came… I felt I had started out strong, but it seemed like I was losing steam through parts of the race, especially through Iroquois Park. My friend Christina stayed by my side throughout the entire race, and I am super thankful for that.

Around mile seven, I was ready for the race to be over. I have walked about 10 miles in the span of a day, but only got up to about 7 miles at one time, and so my body was wondering what I was doing to it. My friend Tim, who wasn’t officially participating in the race, met up with us and finished the last three miles with us. It was such a pleasant surprise to see him and gave me the strength to finish strong.

As we entered the final lap of the 10-miler, my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces greeted us as we entered the stadium. And as we were coming around to the finish line, I saw a beautiful Canon L lens pointed at us from the bleachers. It was my friend Chris, who also completed the Triple Crown and rocked it, he was peeking out from behind his camera and smiling. As we crossed the finish line, my friend Nick was waiting with his camera, too. I am so thankful for supportive friends who came out or waited for us after the race.

By the end of the week, I had completed almost 50 miles; my best week yet! I felt a little sad after it was all over. I don’t really know what’s next for me. I know I’m doing the Color Run in July. I think by then I would be able to run the full 3.1 miles. We’ll see…