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Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GOOD GRIEF!! I tried on clothes at AVENUES yesterday on a shopping expedition to a mall nearby. I had coupons, so I had to use them. I took some summer weight pants and tops into the fitting room and proceeded to try on. I stayed sitting on my scooter as that is the easiest way to sit in front of the mirror. Tried on a little tank top with spaghetti straps and that was an immediate disaster. I couldn't bear the sight of my arm wings; I'm no longer a sleeveless person. Then tried on a few more tops. I could write some really comical stuff here, but suffice it to say, my chest has become part of my waistline measurement!! So I chose a basic black with short sleeves, and a little grey tank to be worn under a white fishnet cover up I already own. I found a pretty light grey skirt to go with the tank top and used my $10 off coupon for that. I didn't even try the pants on. I'll do that at home and take back whatever is too big or small for an exchange. Enough of the mirror for one day! emoticon
Today I'm scared straight, as the saying goes. It's depressing to look in the full length mirror at home, so I'll have to visit the fitting rooms at the store more often. I usually order from catalogues and judge my clothes by fit rather than looks, just because it's easier that way. But I needed to see me, full length and in truth, yesterday, and I'm so glad I did. The 12 step groups have a saying,"The deception of others is rooted in the deception of ourselves." How true. If I don't see it, maybe it doesn't exist. Surprise!!
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  • JULIEANNCAN
    emoticon This is so true about looking in the mirror and sometimes deliberately not looking. Hang in there! emoticon
    3484 days ago
  • IMAYARNIE
    First of all, I used to LOVE Avenue. I haven't been in one in a long time. Mostly, it's geared to younger people than me, but there isn't one very close to me, either. I do have some shirts, though, that I bought there probably 10 or 12 years ago that I have just gotten back into again. I've very happy about that because I always liked them. They got worn for a long time before, and hopefully will again.

    Now, I agree how very hard it is to face ourselves in the mirror. But sometimes it really is a good awakening. If that's what it takes to make us do what's best for ourselves, then I say bring it on. I'm not saying I spend all that much time looking, or that I go out of my way to do it. But when I have to, I always end up more determined to keep exercising and losing.

    Thanks for your blog. It refreshed my memory!

    Pattie emoticon
    3484 days ago
  • JAKEANDNELLIE
    I'm much the same way - I NEVER try on clothes in a store - ALWAYS take them home to try on, and am usually too embarrassed to return them if they don't fit. My donation bag for Good Neighbors has some NICE things in it!
    Stay positive! We are strong women and are working to improve our health and lives in general, not just our appearance (or so I keep telling myself).
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    3484 days ago
  • JILL313
    You are so right a mirror doesn't lie and like you I mainly shop online as it's easier. . .I don't look at myself in the mirror very often but when I do especially if it's a side view I can't believe all I see is really me. I really don't realize how fat I've become until I'm around a mirror or see a picture of myself! It's kinda depressing . . .but can be very motivating to finally do something about it! I've kinda been in a slump recently but maybe it's time for me to peek at myself in that dreaded mirror!

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    3484 days ago
  • HOWDOIHEARTTHEE
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  • SOMEMANSDREAM
    Boy isnt that the truth. It is so easy to lie to yourself when you dont look in mirrors. I'll look at my face but look at my body is a mirror-it was a rude awakening when I did.
    Yay for you taking that step.
    Glad you found some things that you like.
    3484 days ago
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