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Yes, Turtles, this is a victory lap. I brought some of my 1997 and 1998 wardrobe, which I had carefully worn till it shredded at the legs and cuffs, to the tailor yesterday. Hustle over the fold to a story about a victory in the fight against illness and overweight, which I attribute in part to the support of WHEE, the support of 100pounds2lose forum on Livejournal, and a particular thank you once again to Edward Spurlock for his COMPLETE AND TOTAL GEEKNESS, without whom I would not have calculated 11.88 gallons of water in my body to help unravel the mystery of why starving people can become 340 pounds.
Yesterday I was in St. Paul, a city I am not very familiar with, early for an appointment to see a woman who was my customer in 1998, back the last time I weight what I do now. I had not seen her since 1999, the second time I blew through St. Paul on an errand to try to sue my previous employer for wrongful termination. So while I did not actually have the same dress on as I did then (I wore it to literal rags long since) I was wearing a part of that wardrobe of size 20's, and in a bag was my now-too-big wardrobe favorites which I can no longer wear because they are size 24. But I don't want to give them up.
So while killing time, I went to the tailor, and there are few feelings of unreality greater than being stuck at a size and wearing a pair of pants for 15 years that almost got to be too small for me, and then asking the tailor to take them in by 8 inches on the waist and taking in the legs by 2 inches ON EACH SIDE.
She told me, after pinning it to the dimensions I specified, that she could not accept the work unless I tried the pants on, and so I did. Her pinning was perfect, but did adjust where the natural waist falls on them, so we agreed to put in an elastic for the waist instead of taking it in.
I also put in a Japanese microfiber suit that I paid $400 for back in 1999 which I did not have the heart to sell or give away when I became too big for it. (I won't use the term 'fat' - fat is adipose tissue, when I have too much adipose tissue I will call myself fat!)
I left there, satisfied that I had been frugal with $70 worth of alterations instead of throwing away my companions of the last 10 years, my favorite casual clothes and a couple of blouses I will not part with no matter what. And when I walked into the restaurant, my friend from 1999 saw me and said "My god, you haven't changed a bit!"
Nope. Haven't changed a bit! :)
In the comments please share your victories over illness, pain, injury, compulsion or other problem which has jeopardized your health and fitness, or take my easy peasy poll.
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Scheduled WHEE Diaries
Sun PM - Open Thread and Holiday Fit Club
Mon AM - NC Dem
Mon PM - Brimi
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Tues PM - Clio2 (Kessler, Ch. 24)
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Thurs AM - Ed G
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Sat PM - Edward Spurlock (Kessler, Ch. 25)
Sun AM - Turtle Diary Hiatus (going out of town) - need a volunteer!
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