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raindroprose...

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 14:22
I know a lot of us in the past struggled with overeating, and using food as a reward for things we've accomplished or overcome... and that just ended in a slippery slope that led to nowhere good really fast. A piece of cake here, or a pile of french fries there adds up really fast and as we all know now (and sometimes struggle to remember through the tough times) it's NOT the way to live, and it's definitely NO reward to derail yourself if you know you can't handle a cheat like that every now again. I know it, because I lived it for so many years. I'm one of those people who cannot cheat and needed to detach "food" from that "reward" system or even the "celebratory" system I had going on in my head. There had to be other ways to reward myself or celebrate.

I thought it'd be a good idea to start a topic about the idea of rewarding oneself in ways that are actually rewarding, and don't detract from your ultimate goal... which is weight loss, or maintenance, or fitness, or most importantly HEALTH.

When do you all reward yourself, or allow yourself to celebrate? In what ways do you reward yourself, and with what?

I figured it'd be a good idea to have a list of thoughts here from all of us who'd like to contribute of a variety of things... whether they're big ticket items or events, or just little escapes here and there. Maybe one of us will see someone else's response and get a new idea that'll inspire us to choose something better than a "cheat" meal the next time we're having a bad day, or reach goal, or have an occasion to celebrate Smile

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
raindroprose...

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 14:47
I know one of my worst behaviors in the past was rewarding myself for getting through the bad days when they came along (and believe me, they come along a LOT!) and excusing my poor eating habits with things like stress and depression. "Oh, well you've had such a rough day... just go ahead and order that ice cream. You deserve it!"

...well, I'm sure you can see where that led me!

Now I know that just because I've had a rough day, that doesn't mean I need to go out and grab a cheat food. That doesn't mean I get to forget all about my plan that day, because I know for me... there's no turning back. If I slip once, I'm going to be gone for months. I know some people aren't that way, and they truly CAN handle "just one" slice of pie. Or "just one" burrito. I know enough about myself to know that I'm not one of those people.

Do I still get those feelings a lot? Of course I do! Every time I start feeling lousy I have to remind myself NOT to get up and go grab that frozen yogurt from my favorite shop down the street... or NOT to resort to ordering a pizza and eating the whole thing.

The key for me has been to replace those actions and those behaviors with other things. Here are some of the things that have worked really well for me... I wonder if they'll help any of you out, or if you'll have anything to share that may help me Smile


1.) Rewarding myself with something from a restaurant that I KNOW is on plan - This is something I've been doing a lot lately with SO in the hospital, and with me adjusting to my meds. It's easy to see why I may have been feeling a bit sluggish, and like I've been in need of some TLC and comfort from myself. When I feel like that, I normally don't want to be bothered to prep 2-3 meals a day on my own. Lately I've been turning to Buffalo Wild Wings for their traditional wings (unbreaded, zero carbs, and I get them plain so they're as guilt free as I want them to be depending on what I add when I take them home!) or Red Robin for their lettuce wrapped burgers. I ALWAYS try to take my food home to go when I'm in those sorts of moods, just so I can't be possibly caught up in the moment and give in to ordering an appetizer or a dessert. In turn, I really don't consider this to be rewarding with food so much as I consider it rewarding with rest... because someone else prepped a 100% on plan meal for me that fits into my daily allowance, and I didn't have to lift a finger. Except to drive Cool

2.) Buying myself a new kitchen gadget - This is something I'm actually planning on doing today! Now that I'm LC and following NK, I've found that I'm really enjoying cooking again when I have the energy. I enjoy that I have to get creative sometimes to make renditions of old dishes that I used to enjoy, and I love trying new things. There are a LOT of LC friendly gadgets out there that can make our lives easier or more fun/productive in the kitchen. I'm planning on going out to buy myself a deep fryer pretty soon so I can make my own wings and save myself some money. Just think of all the things I could fry in there with a nice pork rind coating or something similar Smile

3.) Living for experiences rather than material objects - Sometimes money's tight, and you just can't spend the extra money on ANOTHER kitchen gadget or ANOTHER take-out meal or ANOTHER pair of shoes (although I say the shoe thing in jest because I, myself, have never understood the need for more than a few pair Laughing ). Maybe you can afford those things, but you just don't want them... or you know you just don't NEED them. That's when I tend to choose something to do that's just for ME. Something I enjoy doing, and something that'll give me a little bit of "me" time. Usually that winds up being a walk in the park... sometimes it's a trip to the zoo, or maybe even a really nice bath with some incense and scented bath salts. Heck, sometimes it's just ALLOWING myself to take a nap because sometimes I feel beyond exhausted but keep moving at the same pace! But a lot of times the experience related rewards feel even more special, and recharge your batteries even more Smile

4.) Buying yourself a distraction - This is something I do pretty often too, in lieu of buying myself a meal from some place. When you know how cheap (and oftentimes EASY) it is to prep food at home, it can make it difficult to justify spending $5, $10, sometimes $15 or more on ONE MEAL that'll be gone after you devour it. When I feel like that, but still feel like I want to BUY something... I normally choose a distraction. I personally LOVE video games. I live for them. So that's usually what I buy. I have hundreds, so it's a wonder there are any left to pick up at this point Laughing Maybe you're a book person, or a TV show person. Maybe you enjoy arts and crafts. The point is, treat yourself to something that'll last. Whatever hobby you enjoy, if you buy something to facilitate that hobby, you're buying so many more hours of enjoyment than what you'd get out of a meal. And better yet, you're keeping busy... so if you're rewarding yourself for getting through some tough times, chances are you won't even be thinking about whatever was bothering you for too long after you begin Smile

5.) Getting away from it all - Sometimes we just need to get out and take a vacation, whether it's a mini one to visit family or a bigger more planned vacation. I feel like I'm definitely in need of one of these, and hopefully I'll be NYC bound within the next few months because of it... luckily for me SO is getting into LC now too in some ways (though I've been kind of leery at first in supporting them on it) so it should be easier to stick to plan. Especially considering I'm not the annoyance I once feared I'd be while on this plan, with my custom orders and my inability to eat certain places. Now I'm more of a role model, and that's kind of cool! Cool

6.) Go clothes shopping - I think this one's probably more exciting for women, but it can really pertain to ANYONE who's busy losing weight and getting their health back. When all else fails, and I feel lousy or I feel like I've really accomplished something that needs rewarding, I go clothes shopping! Sometimes I don't even buy anything, I just try on clothes in the full length mirrors that I love so much in the dressing rooms, and take some pictures with my iPhone. There's nothing more motivating than SEEING how great you look... and there's nothing more rewarding than reinforcing the motivation that got you to where you are in the first place! Smile


...anyway, those are just some of the ideas I've used. Sorry for the crazy long post, but I hope it manages to help someone who reads it. I'd be interested to see what everyone else does to sort of reward themselves or make it through rough times still intact Smile

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
Knitteringly

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 15:04
Such great suggestions! Smile

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I personally LOVE video games. I live for them. So that's usually what I buy. I have hundreds,


Yay, another gamer!
What kind of games do you like best? What are you playing right now? Smile
Michelle
raindroprose...

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 15:13
Knitteringly wrote:
Yay, another gamer!
What kind of games do you like best? What are you playing right now? Smile


Oh man, I LOVE games! How awesome that there's another gamer here among our small little group Very Happy

I think my absolute favorite genre has to be role playing games... RPG's have been my thing since I was a kid. The first game I ever played was Dragon Warrior for the NES back in the day Smile I'm also getting more into FPS-type games though too. Not so much Call of Duty or anything like that, but I REALLY loved Dead Island and Borderlands (SO and I played and beat both co-op together Cool ).

I'm pretty much a HUGE Xbox 360 fan, and don't do much PC gaming (I used to love Rollercoaster Tycoon until they ruined it imo with the 3rd game Razz ) but I do also have a PS3, a 3DSXL, a PSP, a PS Vita... you name it, I have it. Except the WiiU. That's pretty much the only console I don't own, other than some solid gold oldies like Atari and Virtual Boy Laughing

Right now I'm in the middle of way too many games, as usual. I have a hard time finishing things, but I blame my bad attention span lately for that Laughing I've been playing Skyrim for over 250 hours on my most recent file, so that's up there... my most recent game is a PS3/PS Vita crossplay game though that was from a independent company. It's called Dragon Fantasy and it's like a humorous hybrid of ALL of my favorite RPG's from my childhood. Needless to say I'm LOVING it! Very Happy

What are some of your favorite games/what are you currently playing?

My favorite game EVER by the way (hands down) is Earthbound for the SNES. It's freaking fantastic, I don't care what anyone says Cool

Also adore the Mass Effect series though, The Elder Scrolls series, Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior/Quest, Dead Island, Borderlands... love the music games too Smile I play a little bit of everything, which you probably gathered from the "I literally own hundreds of games" comment up there, LOL!

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
amandacj08

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 18:25
I can't do rewards at all otherwise it's not a new life for me. This is the way I live now. I dont reward myself for paying the bills, cleaning the house or feeding the kids, so I can't reward myself for being active and eating the way I know I must. If I let myself think about it like that it becomes a slippery "short term" mentality slope for *me*. If I were to connect my progress with some kind of incentive I think it could be problematic and I would obsess even more over progress yadda yadda. I know I'm weird though.
raindroprose...

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 08:01
amandacj08 wrote:
I can't do rewards at all otherwise it's not a new life for me. This is the way I live now. I dont reward myself for paying the bills, cleaning the house or feeding the kids, so I can't reward myself for being active and eating the way I know I must. If I let myself think about it like that it becomes a slippery "short term" mentality slope for *me*. If I were to connect my progress with some kind of incentive I think it could be problematic and I would obsess even more over progress yadda yadda. I know I'm weird though.


Eh, you're not weird Amanda... to you, I'M probably weird Laughing Everyone's different, that's all Smile

To me, if I didn't allow myself something when I was having a rough time of things or if I didn't allow myself to celebrate in some way when I felt like there was cause for it... I think THAT would be a slippery slope for ME just because I'm a very feedback oriented person. And it's very easy for me to fall into a pit of despair and have a hard time digging myself out.

That's just how I try to prevent it from happening... but I totally get where you're coming from too. We all deal and adjust in different ways Smile

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
bunniee23

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 10:11
amandacj08 wrote:
I can't do rewards at all otherwise it's not a new life for me. This is the way I live now. I dont reward myself for paying the bills, cleaning the house or feeding the kids, so I can't reward myself for being active and eating the way I know I must. If I let myself think about it like that it becomes a slippery "short term" mentality slope for *me*. If I were to connect my progress with some kind of incentive I think it could be problematic and I would obsess even more over progress yadda yadda. I know I'm weird though.


That's kind of how I look at it. I feel rewarded seeing losses on the scale and by measuring tape. The physical improvements like fewer aches & pains, no heartburn, and huge reduction in gastric/bowel distress are also big rewards for me.

I do like # 3 and 5 on the list, because those don't have to cost money. Cool

reddarin

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 11:09
amandacj08 wrote:
I can't do rewards at all otherwise it's not a new life for me. This is the way I live now. I dont reward myself for paying the bills, cleaning the house or feeding the kids, so I can't reward myself for being active and eating the way I know I must. If I let myself think about it like that it becomes a slippery "short term" mentality slope for *me*. If I were to connect my progress with some kind of incentive I think it could be problematic and I would obsess even more over progress yadda yadda. I know I'm weird though.


That is a very interesting, and insightful, view on the idea of rewards Amanda.

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reddarin

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 11:17
Hmmm.

I don't actively reward myself. [ETA: only because I am not very imaginative about it and I don't think about it much.]

I do have some reward-esque things in my life though. For example, the 33 jeans I wear are a Woohoo!!! dang I'm skinny reward. And I have some 32s that are waiting for me to get into the 180's. I'm loosely planning on donning them when I beat my old (Oct '12) low of 186.1 weigh-in.

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reddarin

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 12:01
One of the reasons I don't think in terms of rewarding myself, I think, is because I get a lot of positive feedback (mentally) every single day.

When I had a great big belly I never went for very long without thinking about my big fat belly. Likewise, I never go for long without thinking about the absence of my big fat belly.

Even just wearing the size 33 jeans is a constant victory party for me since I was in a too small size 46 in Oct '11.

I wish I'd have kept a pair of the 46 jeans and I regret getting rid of almost all of my fat clothes. I'd like to put them on every now and then for more positive feedback.

But I did keep my size 3XL dickies short sleeve button up blue cotton work shirts. They are super comfy and I wear them for dirty work or just around the house. They are way too big for me now, of course, but I like wearing them. *And* I was bursting out of them when I started LC. I think the week before I began I was considering buying a batch of 4XL so my buttons wouldn't be threatening to pop off and hurt someone.
Knitteringly

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Posted: 12 May 2013, 09:17
Eep, sorry about the delay in responding, Melanie! I had a family emergency that pulled me away when I was about halfway done responding... and then when I returned to the computer this morning, my response was gone. Sad So, let me try again!

I love RPGs, too. I miss the days of text-based RPGs... before that whole thing got swallowed up by World of Warcraft and the like. Ugh.

I'll look into some of the games you suggested! I enjoyed Mass Effect, but my absolute favorite game is Dragon Age: Origins. I've played it so many times it's embarrassing. Smile I also loved Planescape: Torment and the Baulder's Gate games. They just don't make them like that anymore.

Now I have to go look into this Dragon Fantasy thing, just as soon as I finish Might & Magic. Smile

Michelle
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Posted: 12 May 2013, 09:18
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I can't do rewards at all otherwise it's not a new life for me. This is the way I live now. I dont reward myself for paying the bills, cleaning the house or feeding the kids, so I can't reward myself for being active and eating the way I know I must. If I let myself think about it like that it becomes a slippery "short term" mentality slope for *me*.


This is a very good point!
Michelle
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Posted: 13 May 2013, 08:05
Knitteringly wrote:
Eep, sorry about the delay in responding, Melanie! I had a family emergency that pulled me away when I was about halfway done responding... and then when I returned to the computer this morning, my response was gone. Sad So, let me try again!

I love RPGs, too. I miss the days of text-based RPGs... before that whole thing got swallowed up by World of Warcraft and the like. Ugh.

I'll look into some of the games you suggested! I enjoyed Mass Effect, but my absolute favorite game is Dragon Age: Origins. I've played it so many times it's embarrassing. Smile I also loved Planescape: Torment and the Baulder's Gate games. They just don't make them like that anymore.

Now I have to go look into this Dragon Fantasy thing, just as soon as I finish Might & Magic. Smile



Awww no problem, I hope whatever it was turned out okay! Family emergencies are no fun... I feel like I've been in the middle of one this whole past week, though I'm grateful SO is feeling much better now and should be out of the hospital (for good hopefully this time!) in a few days) Smile

I was totally going to mention Dragon Age: Origins... fantastic game! I fell in love with Alistair. He's my favorite from that game Smile SO loves that series too, and actually thought the second one wasn't that bad. I haven't gotten into it yet because I've been playing so many other things but I don't think anything will top Origins in that franchise. Of course I have high hopes for DA: 3 to be better than the second one, because I hear 2 had some issues Razz

I LOVE Baldur's Gate (and Neverwinter Nights... they both remind me of when I played tabletop D&D, so now you know how much of a nerd I am Razz ) but I've never played Planescape. I'll have to check it out! I hardly ever play anything on the PC anymore, so I think I miss out on a lot of great stuff that doesn't come to console. I should really pick up a desktop or something for that though, because my laptop is just... well laptops are really never going to be optimal gaming computers, unless you spend $5k+ on one, and let's just say I didn't spend that much on this one. And it's years old Laughing

Dragon Fantasy I BELIEVE started out as an iPhone/iPod app, and moved to the PS3 and PS Vita systems... I've been playing it on my Vita and it's been a lot of fun. It's nice to see an old school style RPG with humor in it Smile Earthbound was seriously the best game I've ever played and it had some of the most corny humor in it, and some of the best pop culture references. If you enjoy humor with your turn based RPG, you'll enjoy Dragon Fantasy... there are enemies like "Jingle Bell Rock Monsters" who sing bad carols at you, and stuff like that. Just fun silliness Laughing

Might & Magic? Wow, that's old school for sure! I haven't played that game in years... now I want to break out an emulator, or dig through my old Nintendo games Very Happy

One of these days I'll have to try and organize most of my games (they're seriously in bags and stacks right now, LOL) and take a picture of my collection. I'd definitely be willing to bet I have at least 1,000 Very Happy

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
raindroprose...

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 09:40
reddarin wrote:
One of the reasons I don't think in terms of rewarding myself, I think, is because I get a lot of positive feedback (mentally) every single day.

When I had a great big belly I never went for very long without thinking about my big fat belly. Likewise, I never go for long without thinking about the absence of my big fat belly.

Even just wearing the size 33 jeans is a constant victory party for me since I was in a too small size 46 in Oct '11.

I wish I'd have kept a pair of the 46 jeans and I regret getting rid of almost all of my fat clothes. I'd like to put them on every now and then for more positive feedback.

But I did keep my size 3XL dickies short sleeve button up blue cotton work shirts. They are super comfy and I wear them for dirty work or just around the house. They are way too big for me now, of course, but I like wearing them. *And* I was bursting out of them when I started LC. I think the week before I began I was considering buying a batch of 4XL so my buttons wouldn't be threatening to pop off and hurt someone.


Same here! I don't go very long without thinking about how well I fit through aisles at grocery stores now, or how I can sit more comfortably in chairs that have sides on them now without my thighs being strangled by the arm rests Razz

Dickies work shirts? Are you a mechanic? It just occurred to me that I don't even know what most of the people here do for a living... I used to get into automotive mechanics, and almost took it up as a career so I've worn my fair share of Dickies. That's just what it reminded me of Razz

Size 33 jeans though? Wow! You're shrinking Darin! My roommate doesn't even wear a size 33, and he hardly eats anything at all Laughing

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
reddarin

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 12:37
raindroproses wrote:
Same here! I don't go very long without thinking about how well I fit through aisles at grocery stores now, or how I can sit more comfortably in chairs that have sides on them now without my thighs being strangled by the arm rests Razz

Dickies work shirts? Are you a mechanic? It just occurred to me that I don't even know what most of the people here do for a living... I used to get into automotive mechanics, and almost took it up as a career so I've worn my fair share of Dickies. That's just what it reminded me of Razz

Size 33 jeans though? Wow! You're shrinking Darin! My roommate doesn't even wear a size 33, and he hardly eats anything at all Laughing


Right! I have a cheapy chair that I bought at Wal-Mart about 7 years ago. When I put it together I was disappointed that it didn't fit me. The arms made it tight and uncomfortable to sit in.

At the time, I swear, I thought that the reason was that the mfg had trimmed the overall dimensions of the chair to save money. There were many times, looking back at it, that I was completely blind to how fat I was getting.

I gave the chair to a family member. They never used it so I got it back (not long before going LC), because my other chair gave up the ghost, and after I dropped about 50 pounds I could magically fit into the chair.

Another incident like that - When I got my new extended cab F-150 in 2008 I kept it immaculate, washing and hand waxing it. I still do that. But prior to going LC, I could not clean the very center of the windshield. It annoyed the heck out of me. *And*, I thought, why do they make windshields that are impossible for a full grown man to reach???? lol See that??? I didn't even consider that my belly was in the way. By the time I lost a decent amount of weight with LC it was winter. So the first time I got a chance to do a full wash and wax I had lost 60 pounds and was at 205. I was absolutely astounded when I cleaned the windshield and could easily reach the center of it. lol duh!

I turned wrenches in the Army. I was a generator mechanic not a vehicle mechanic and I was pretty good at it. But I hated busting my knuckles and it doesn't matter how careful you are that is gonna happen. I loved being in the motorpool though. We always had a lot of fun. I don't work on my own vehicles either. Too much of a pain in the butt with modern autos and you need a lot of tools to do very simple stuff. And you still bust your knuckles lol.

Don't hate me, I am intentionally vague on details about myself on the internet. It is just too public for me to be comfortable with it.

But! The reason I have never posted a real life profile pic is part vanity and part insecurity rather than privacy. I think I take a terrible picture. I'm sure there is some sort of phobia or something and I have a full blown case of it like with needles. My quirks annoy the beegeez out of me sometimes. My before and after pics are really dramatic and I've tried several times in the past to post them but failed with a pathetic whimper lol.

The 33s are a constant source of joy for me Smile I think I was in 34s when I left high school.
raindroprose...

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 13:29
reddarin wrote:
Don't hate me, I am intentionally vague on details about myself on the internet. It is just too public for me to be comfortable with it.

But! The reason I have never posted a real life profile pic is part vanity and part insecurity rather than privacy. I think I take a terrible picture. I'm sure there is some sort of phobia or something and I have a full blown case of it like with needles. My quirks annoy the beegeez out of me sometimes. My before and after pics are really dramatic and I've tried several times in the past to post them but failed with a pathetic whimper lol.\


Awww I don't think I could ever hate you Darin Smile I think some people are just more comfortable than others, that's all... I personally don't mind posting a ton of detail with you guys because you've pretty much become my family outside of my actual family at this point. But as far as on LCF and things like that, I wasn't one of the ones linking up to my Facebook page or anything like that. Too many people on there, and I didn't really WANT that much attention from the WRONG crowd if you catch my drift Laughing

Maybe some day you'll get around to posting your before and afters, you never know Smile I feel the same way about myself really... horrible pictures, very insecure. I was teased a lot growing up, so any attention was essentially negative attention at that point. I did eventually break away from it though, and I'm glad I did because I've gotten more compliments than I ever thought I'd get in my whole life these past however many months Razz

I'd be lying if I said I never wondered what a Darin actually looks like though Very Happy

And I figured you were a mechanic of SOME sort when I heard the Dickies brand come up... although people do wear them for other reasons of course. Mechanic just sort of suited you for some reason Razz My dad actually worked on a flight deck in the Navy when he was younger. Dangerous work! I wish he still had his uniform though... that would have been something I would have liked to have Smile

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
reddarin

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 14:05
Nah, it was actually happenstance that I bought the shirts. I wanted button up and short sleeve so they'd be cooler to wear and I wanted something priced modestly because they needed to be get dirty shirts.

It turned out that they were super duper comfy and soft. And, apparently, only the blue ones with the huge 'Dickies' patch over one pocket, are the only ones that are that comfortable/soft.

I almost didn't get them because of that stupid patch. First off, I decline to be a walking billboard for most products just on principle. Second off, all I needed was a clipboard to carry around and I'd be the generic ac guy, service tech, cable installer, what have you. lol.

Even when they fit, because I was fat, I still only wore them for dirty work and never when I was out and about. I wear them around the house a lot because they are cool to wear since they are button up.

Most of the mechanics I've known are salt of the earth type people and almost all of them have a great sense of humor. You practically have to have a great sense of humor because stuff happens when you are fixing something. If you can't laugh about it (after a reasonable amount of time being seriously ticked off about it) you won't last as a mechanic of any kind I think.

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raindroprose...

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Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:16
Ahhh the ones I bought for automotive repair were just... nappy, for lack of a better word Laughing The material just wasn't pleasant on the skin at all, I don't know what they were thinking. I guess it's because they have some sort of anti-grease protection on them or something? I think that's what makes the fabric so stiff anyway, some sort of coating. It's been so long I really wouldn't know. I found my old ones in the closet when I was going through it recently and I just took one look at how big they were, and said goodbye to them. They're somewhere in my "donate" pile Razz

I do agree about mechanics though. I think I would have fit in rather nicely with the bunch I've met in my lifetime. If there's one thing I have it's a good sense of humor... and it's a good thing too, because I don't think I would have made it through half as much crap if I didn't have that intact still Laughing

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
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Posted: 13 May 2013, 17:27
Rewarded myself today with a mini clearance shopping spree Smile Mostly because I had a rough night (roommate related, not SO related thankfully!) and I felt so proud of myself seeing the scale move to a new low after beginning the steroids I've been so scared of taking.

Bought two pairs of super cute capris on clearance (which is awesome because all of mine were about 6 sizes too big for me or something now, yikes!), some leggings, and a couple tops. Wanted a new bathing suit top so I had an alternate, but I've yet to find another top that fits my ummm... assets Laughing Here I thought looking for two pieces was supposed to be easier, LOL!

I'm not even going to pretend to understand what's going on with the glare and the obnoxious lighting in this dressing room btw... I mean, I'm white. But I'm not THAT white. I'm convinced my socks are blinding the camera or something Laughing But these are the capris I bought, and I got the cami also. I'll have to wear a belt with the capris just to make the waist a little bit snugger, but I guess size 4 was as small as they went in that brand... size 2 must be junior's or something, yikes!

Weird thing is, I KNOW the vanity sizing is why I can wear a size 4 and still zip up size 2's at this point in jeans and get away with it... but my size 12's were from last year and THEY were vanity sized too. And stretchy. So I still shrunk a heck of a lot! LOL



Why I thought anyone would want to see a picture of me, I have no idea. I'll have to get some before/afters going on here though in the photo section at some point because I have them over on LCF but abandoned the site mostly. But there you go. Try to ignore the blinding whiteness of the lighting, and the other things I hate about the picture. I just loved the capris and wanted to brag Laughing

Melanie | 27 | PCOS/Hypothyroid/Adrenal Fatigue
Goal #1 - 150 | Goal #2 - 140-145 | Overall Goal - tone and maintain!
"Be who you are, and say what you feel... because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." - attributed to Dr. Seuss
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Posted: 15 May 2013, 15:40
raindroproses wrote:
I just loved the capris and wanted to brag Laughing


Very brag-worthy! They look so tiny and CUTE!