I may have mentioned this in the past. But I still find it interesting that in some ways I seem to be reverting back to the "me" of my early-mid 20's. That "me", but much improved. Of course I'm older, wiser (I hope) and have a better sense of who I am.
When I met Barry 17 years ago, I thought I was fat. I didn't know what fat was back then. I dressed well, didn't have a shoe fetish any more (I sure did when I was in my early 20's) but still liked to be put together. I have no idea what happened, but the weight kept piling on, my back got worse and worse and a bad back and high heels don't exactly go together. Since I couldn't wear high heels and my back hurt and the weight was piling on, I stopped dressing really well. It's hard to put a great outfit together for not a lot of money when you're "plus" size. To think I put on almost 80 pounds in the past 20 years shocks me. And most of that probably went on from ages 35-42. I kept trying to get it off and the more I tried the more I failed. Why it's stuck this time, I'm not sure.
I do want to note however, and this is for those who perhaps have gained some weight and really want to get rid of it, that no amount of others telling you that you're gaining, or ridiculing you, or whatever, will help you rid yourself of unwanted fat. YOU have to make up your own mind. YOU have to tell everyone else to go to hell and that they are hurting you, not helping you. By having others "encouraging you" and by that I mean harrassing you, it only adds to the stress. Which in turn can put more weight on. Some people lose weight when stressed ... if you're anything like me, I stress eat. It's been a LONG, LONG time coming, but I think I've finally got THAT one under control. And if you stress eat and are under stress a lot ... you do the math.
So I would just encourage you that if you have weight to rid yourself of, try not to stress. Eat a moderate
amount of food, small portions numerous times daily, exercise daily, even if it's walking, and take time for yourself each day. Whether it's blogging or meditation or yoga or combining your alone time with walking, do something that is for YOU and nobody else.
Today was a tough day. I've had 2 nights of very little sleep. I couldn't get to sleep, then I couldn't stay asleep. So to say I'm exhausted is putting it mildly. I'm off to bed shortly. I'm trying not to do this too late but of course it's 9:20 p.m. and I'm just getting my post done.
I digress ... yet again. I came across a great blog today "Style Artisan" who I'm now following. She's actually in my age bracket, classy, classy looking woman whose sense of style is fabulous. Youthful without looking like she's trying to look 20 again. 'Cauz let's face it. When you're over 40, no matter how youthful and fit you are, trying to look 20 again ... just isn't attractive. I believe in dressing youthfully, stylishly, but appropriate for one's age. I've seen 60 year old women who are knockouts. Their sense of style is amazing, they are obviously mature, but they obviously take care of themselves. That's what I want to look like I when I grow up. LOL
I also came across a fabulous quote "Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal". I love it, I love it, I love it. I've never been one to follow trends or fads. Maybe the odd piece but in general, I believe in finding your style, keeping it updated, but staying true to who you are and your lifestyle. Not everything works for everyone.
I am so happy to see that style is about making the most of who you are, not just following along with the masses. Jennifer, you always seem to put together some great outfits; stuff I would never think to put together ... but that's YOUR sense of style. And it works for you.
Barry and I were talking about Christmas presents. I suggested In Style's "Guide to Style". In the process, I came across a book by Tim Gunn (I LOVE HIS SHOW!), one by Clinton Stacey (looks fab) and even one by Carmondy (who always looks sensational). How to choose??? I guess I'll just have to start collecting.
Did I mention my latest addiction ... jewellery. OMG! Now I must admit, I only wear one designer's jewellery. She just happens to be my sister (and her daughter so I guess it's actually two designers). I have such a hard time controlling myself. There's just so much great stuff!
Anyway, I'm falling asleep so I'm going to make hay while the sun shines so to speak. Rock on ladies! And don't forget to stay true to yourself. And everyone else can just take a flying leap at themselves if they don't like it.
Yours always, in style and in fitness,