[QUOTE=jmsmall;1103923]People have been telling me that they couldn't give up potatos, bread, etc. I've told them I've had to put up with bacon and eggs whipped with cream and scrambled in butter for breakfast, a big salad doused in olive oil with chunks of meat and cheese for lunch, and steak and stir-fried vegetables for dinner. It's a burden, really, but someone has to do it. Oh and I've dropped 20 # since september.[/QUOTE]
You're such a hero. But if you need some help with that burden...
I totally got busted doing lunges in the office bathroom today by an unfamiliar coworker. Heh. At least I was doing something healthy and not something truly gross, but it was awkward nonetheless.
[QUOTE]I am now a US women's size 4 waist, size 6 hip/bust, and size 8 thigh/bicep. Seriously?? No, I am not some kind of raging steroidal bodybuilding mutant, I'm a normal-shaped human being. It's like the modern sizing standard for the average American female is now based on a Mrs. Potatohead doll. I could go on... [/QUOTE]
Yup.... skinny arms and legs and wheat bellies. If you have muscle on your arms and legs, you MUST have a gut.
Yep. My two clothing pet peeves are not a big enough waist/hip difference in pants and that both jeans and boots are often cut too tight for my calves.
I'm now furious at my local Old Navy. My only source for jeans that fit at a price I was willing to pay stopped carrying my fit. I now have my choice of crappily made, ill fitting, overpriced jeans or well made, well fitting WAY overpriced jeans. I don't even have the options of Levi's and Lees.
As well, I'd love to know who decided the lowest size to carry was a 4 or 6 and introduce them to my fist.
2. I look better so I have no reason to have sex with the lights out and my power bill is going up.
Ok, this line is hilariously brilliant. :D
[QUOTE]I'm now furious at my local Old Navy. My only source for jeans that fit at a price I was willing to pay stopped carrying my fit. I now have my choice of crappily made, ill fitting, overpriced jeans or well made, well fitting WAY overpriced jeans. I don't even have the options of Levi's and Lees.[/QUOTE]
Do you have a Marshalls or a TJ Maxx? They often have the premium brands marked down. I have a pair of Sevens from there that fit perfect and were $30. They often have Levis and Lees for $20. They generally have a lot of smaller sizes.
Old Navy's clothes are so cheap now.... I can't remember the last time their jeans fit me and looked nice. I stopped going there. The material and construction are so bad.
Also, try stores that sell western wear. They have alternative brands. Cruel Girl, Wranglers.... they are often sized as junior sizes and have smaller sizes.
I'm usually reasonably okay with pants. (I hope when I finish losing weight I can still wear the Limited's pants -- I have 6 or 7 pairs of them in my current size, and they are perfect. Don't even need to iron them if you take them right out of the dryer. I hardly ever wear any other pants to work.) It's SHIRTS that are obnoxious. I don't own any button down shirts, because they never fit. If they button in the front, they have monkey arms. If they fit in the sleeves, they don't button in the front (although that's a boob issue, not a primal issue, lol). If they're short-sleeved, sometimes they're too tight in the upper arms -- especially if there is any sort of elastic. Seems like clothing manufacturers are expecting women to be twigs (everything tiny) or plus-size (everything tent-like), with not much in between.
I'm doing volunteer work at a local co-op bakery. They have all sorts of flour, but few my body is happy with. I'm not really bothered about bread or mass-produced cakes, but some of the stuff there is pure genius. So I get to make cakes and biscuits with 100% natural, organic materials, full of fresh (and dried) fruit and nuts and organic and I'm one of the few people working there that can't enjoy them for free. :(
I did, however, get some goat's cheese with some baked potatoes, as the guy I was baking with also has grain and legume problems, so he understands my pain. :p
[QUOTE=naiadknight;1104700]As well, I'd love to know who decided the lowest size to carry was a 4 or 6 and introduce them to my fist.[/QUOTE]
I've had to resort to shopping in the juniors' department - the upside to this is the cuts seem a bit closer to what I'd call "normal" and the prices are less outrageous (it's still poorly made but at least the prices are more appropriate). Sizes frequently go down to 0 or even 00 (equivalent to a 1960s Size 2 so I'm told, yes vanity sizing is A Thing.). The downside is that I'm 44 and sometimes can't find age-appropriate jeans without some tacky bling on the ass. Surprisingly though there are "scene" stores like Diesel and Forever21 that cater to a more hip, Boho-elegant cultured young set that do have nice, elegant things that fit, if you don't mind being a little trendy. Or there's always H&M (don't judge me you Brits, it's not like we have a plethora of decent options over here).
Preppy old-skool stuff like Old Navy and L.L. Bean? yea forget it. Just plain cheap like Target and/or warehouse stores? seriously, that stuff is weapons-grade awful - besides which those places rarely carry much below about a US size 10. Basically if it caters to the "older" or "working class" demographic then it seems that they've all gone over to the dark side on sizing and materials. I won't get into my rant on how this seems like a form of subtle classism at play but yeah, it's BS.