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Welcome to The Accidental Fat Chick's new online home!

During the summer 0f 2008, I woke up one morning with a drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I've made many changes and lost nearly 50 pounds. Many of my friends and family members have come to me, asking about what I'm doing & how I'm doing it. While I certainly would never claim to be an expert, I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way.

So after careful thought... "The Accidental Fat Chick" has hatched... with the hope of helping at least one person and to be the accountability I need to finish what I started. :)

Thank you for visiting!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Outfit in the Window & Scale Day

Before we get to talking about the outfit... today was scale day. I was a little anxious stepping on the scale, not quite a livin on a prayer moment though. My food choices were fairly decent throughout the week, but there were a few times when I probably ate more than I needed & then there was the yummy lunch out with Erika on Saturday. Plus my friend George is due to arrive any moment now & we all know the lovely things he can do to your body. The results: -1.6 lbs! I'm totally satisfied with that & feel like I'm getting back into the groove of things. Another five pounds & I'll be back to where I was when I fell off the wagon. Its exciting to be that close to that number again... but nerve wracking too. I swear its like I get to a certain point & do something to sabotage myself for some unknown reason. Not this time though, I'm determined!

Do you ever feel like you're your own worst enemy when it comes to reaching your goals?

In case I've failed to mention it at some point, I LOVE shopping. Some people would call it a passion... The Husband probably refers to it as a curse when he's shooting the breeze with his buddies and complaining about it to my mother-in-law. Anyhow, until the last couple years shopping was probably the most physically active thing I did on a regular basis... sad I know. The thing is I feel like I'm good at shopping... I mean I've gotten really skilled at finding bargains for just about anything I want; its rare that I pay full price for anything. Also, not news to you I'm sure (but to the skinny people of the world perhaps), you've got to be pretty savvy in the shopping department if you're gonna find anything resembling cute clothes to fit a chubbo body like mine was (is).

To set the stage for shopping opportunities on the island: We have Kmart, Walmart, the NEX (on base) and a few specialty stores. The Husband will tell you (and I can hardly argue anymore), I can be more than a wee bit picky when it comes to my clothes. While I won't refuse to buy something just because its at Kmart or Walmart, the chances of me finding something that I like (and fits well) is slim to none. Needless to say, clothes shopping for me meant a 40 minute drive to the nearest mall. Then one blessed day I was driving down our narrow little main street & spotted a sign in the window at Maurices advertising their new plus size section.

Cute clothes, reasonable prices, no 40 minute drive... I was hooked! My first visit there, I needed nearly the biggest size they had in plus; but somehow I was okay with that because hey the clothes were cute. Walking in I'd always look to the right (the regular sizes) & think "I wish," as I turned to the left (the plus sizes). The ladies that work in this store are fantastic, very supportive & encouraging! When I started losing, they immediately noticed & each time I visit the store for smaller jeans they celebrate with me. We've had this goal for several months now, that one day I'd be able to walk in the store & buy the outfit in the window from the right side of the store.

This past Saturday it finally happened!!! I can't tell you how thrilling it was for me. Not only was I able to buy the outfit in the window from the right side of the store... I didn't have to buy it in the biggest size. No XXL, No XL... just LARGE! They were having a decent sale, buy one get one 1/2 off, but of course this outfit wasn't included in the sale. But you know something... I bought it anyway... what can I say? Sometimes a a girls just gotta have the outfit in the window!

Now the questions, tights or no tights? Flats or sandals?


JewliaGoulia said...

Yeah! How amazing!

First, great loss. Congrats.

Second, amazing NSV. The dress is SUPER cute. I vote no tights and some cute sandals!

I just went to Maurices a few weeks and noticed their "plus size" section. Once I lose some more, I am going to go try on all their cute stuff!

Have a great week!


Drazil said...

Totally sandals - how cute and what a great NSV!

KatDoesDiets said...

I self sabotage too, it stinks!
LOVE the outfit! Very cute. Must have felt amazing. And I would say sandals.

fitncrafty said...

Congrats on the loss! Fabulous!!

I too am my own worse enemy and sabot-ager! I am back to logging all my food and exercise etc.. found a great app and it's working for me finally!

Love the new outfit, try it on, lets see!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

CUTE ENSEMBLE!!! You should wear some jazzy sandals or if you do wear flats get some cute ballet flats.

Now on to your victory...CONGRATS ON YOUR STELLAR LOSS and your shopping NSV! That's major big deal!

PhluffyPrincess said...

CONGRATULATIONS! that is an awesome accomplishment! that is how i feel about being able to buy junior sized jeans (although i rarely do, i like to still be ABLE to!)

i love the outfit, super cute! i'd rock some gladiator sandals with it.

Juli's Journey said...

Great job, Julie. That is inspiring. You go, girl.

Scuttleboose said...

Now we DEMAND pictures of you *in* the outfit! :) Congrats!