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Neat program

I found a neat program online called Weight Mirror.  I usually try not to get hung up on thinking about what I might look like but I couldn’t resist. You upload a before photo, preferably a full length with a neutral background. I usually do not have very good luck with these types of things but this was really easy and satisfying.

Here is a before and hopeful after. Before is about 190 ish and the after is about 160 ish. Inspiring.


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Scheduling maintenance

becky groomedOn the road to losing weight calories and fat content can become all consuming. There are certain routines and rituals that can help you feel motivated along the way. I tend to be a bit all or nothing with beauty routines. I can very easily fall in to the schlumpadinka category. I have in fact gone out in public wearing pajama pants, not sweatpants though (probably because I don’t own any, might do it if I did have some).

I often think I should schedule my grooming activities, but then they seem to get away on me and that errant hair on my chin is back to haunt me. I think the best I can do is try a little harder. I have a husband that shows me a lot of affection even when I am not a my peak groomedness and is very adoring when I do doll myself up. Therefore I am not motivated by trying to keep my man happy. Perhaps I should be. I often remind him how lucky he is to not have an expensive, high maintenance wife. May I can be somewhat medium maintenance.

Today I pulled out all the stops. Hair is colored (I finally gave in and bought a permanent color, the greys were becoming less cute looking and more OLD looking), said errant hairs are waxed, toes are painted, new lip gloss applied, looking not bad.

A good grooming session can pull you out of a rut and set you back on the path to weight loss. When you are feeling down pull out your favorite bright pink nail polish and wash that grey right out of your hair.

kissy face

Kisses, Betty

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mark and becky  hillside

I think one of the things I have feared about losing weight is the attention the results garner. I am not sure how I feel about being called SKINNY some of my coworkers have taken to calling me that and I am totally flattered but I also feel a bit funny about it. I am not skinny…are you fricking blind, can’t you see the chubby girl in front of you? I think I have been hiding behind my chubbilishiousness. I worry that I won’t know what to do with attention from people of the male variety as well. Would this attention tempt me to turn my eye? Why would it I have a gorgeous and loving husband. I haven’t notice anyone looking my way in many years, but what if they start? Stand tall and smile a smile that says “yes I know and thank you”.

What a egotistical thing to ponder eh? I am just keeping it real. Digging deep in to my psyche, looking for the reasons I might tend towad insulating myself against the world, as it were.

Any thoughts?

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The Pants

all dressed up with somewhere to go

all dressed up with somewhere to go

I have had a pair of capris in my closet for about 8 or 9 years that I have never been able to wear. I bought them at Costco and since there is no opportunity to try on clothes there I hoped they would fit when I bought them. Well they didn’t  and over the years they just got smaller and smaller, go figure.

I decided to try them on tonight and lo and behold they pretty much fit! They create a bit of a muffin top but they are on and I can sit comfortably without passing out.

As I have lost weight I have found joy in wearing things I haven’t worn in a while, such as necklaces, tighter clothes, cute blazers, more makeup, slinky underthings. Sophie and I found a really cute hat at the shoe store (not the hat store) and I really like how it looks. When I looked in the mirror with all of my hair back, under the hat, I could really see my weight loss in my face. I think I might go back and get that hat…It’s kind of a magical hat, sometimes you need to get those items that make you feel great.

I am getting more interested in fashion again. I used to love making up outfits and even thought I might like to go in to fashion design at one time. For the longest time I would pay more attention to purses and shoes rather than the clothes on   my body. I resigned myself to wearing ubiquitous Cotton Ginny t-shirts and baggy elastic waisted pants, a shapeless schlumpadinka silhouette.

Do you have something in your closet you would like to wear again? Do you miss wearing necklaces?  Not wearing makeup?

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Curious case of Benjamina Buttons

Is it possible to age backwards? As I look at the recent photos of myself I think it might be possible. I have always been fortunate to look younger than my chronological age, but as the weight started to pile on and the stress in my life mounted I was feeling older than my actual age. My hip was aching and I was starting to wonder if it was degenerative and I might need a hip replacement…yes nurses develop every possible affliction they come in contact with, a  job hazzard. My digestion was awful, I will spare you the details, but I even resorted to antidepressants to treat IBS at one point. I had always prided myself on my complexion but that too had become dull and lifeless, prone to the occasional blemish that had never dared appear on my visage.

Since I have taken control of my health I have great digestion, I can even eat formerly off limits  foods such as peppers, dried cranberries, sun dried tomatoes and grapes. My complexion is back to it’s glowy self and I have surely knocked 5-7 years off my appearance. Not to mention probably added 5-7 years to my life expectancy.

It is nice to put on a pair of pants 6 sizes smaller but it is even nicer to be truly healthy and set a good example for my children.

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