January 29, 2011

Fashion Photos, Size 10!

Before I unload the fashion frenzy on ya'll, I feel like I should make a small disclaimer. I'm afraid someone might just be stopping by for the first time and not know what my weight loss journey has been all about. So hear this:

If you try to lose weight only to fit into smaller clothes, you will not be successful. At least not in the long run. That is not a big enough reason to sustain weight loss. There is MUCH more to it. I know some people may not agree with me or maybe you just haven't thought about it yet. All I know is that I tried to lose weight for about 20 years with a smaller size being my sole motivation. It never worked. Ever.

BUT! (I'm not a totally Debbie-Downer)

When you do figure out the key to losing weight and keeping it off you will most likely start losing weight. And keeping it off. Rewards are a great thing at this point. For me: rewards = shopping.

So, on Wednesday I landed myself into the 160s. REWARD BABY! It has been a long time coming! It just so happened to be my birthday on Wednesday, as well. So on Thursday I went shopping...boutiquing, actually! In celebration of my life, and specifically life more abundantly. (John 10:10)

It was a big deal because we went to one of those little shops where they have so many unique pieces but usually don't have a size bigger that Large and even the "Large" is more like a "Medium". I have NEVER purchased clothing from a place like this. But way down deep, these are the kind of clothes I have always dreamed of wearing.

I shopped. And I shopped. And I shopped! It was fun...because stuff fit me. Definitely one of my favorite "Things I Can Do Now" experiences to date.

So here's my loot:

Turquoise, ruffled-sleeve cardigan (TJ Maxx)

Cute Blouse (Sunny Paige),
"Jeggings" (TJ Maxx, $16.99)

Jacket (Sunny Paige)

My Valentine's Day scarf ♥ (Sunny Paige)

Whoa! Mamma! Bustier (Sunny Paige)
I will probably never wear this by itself, BTW. Just for you;)

SIZE 10 DKNY Jeans (TJ Maxx, $29.00)

I remember going shopping last February when I was just beginning to drop sizes. ((SEE PICS!)) It was SO much fun. I came home and took pictures of everything. The outfit below was my favorite.


One year later--many things have changed--but my love for shopping remains!


Dinnerland said...

Looking terrific!!

Lauren said...

You look beautiful! Your blog is such an inspiration, thank you for sharing so much of your life with us! God bless and keep up the good work! xo

Ty said...

Gorgeous! Really gorgeous!

And you're totally right. Losing weight can't JUST be about fitting into smaller clothes It never sticks.

Miss Vickie "The Queen Bee" said...

Very nice! I am becoming a huge shopaholic myself! I love all of your outfits!

SkinnyGirlSetFree said...

Yay for shopping! :) You look great, and I LOVE the clothes! :)

Verity Vaudeville said...

You look great :)

As for that person, you also don't know what her journey has been like or what weight she's come from. What it's been like for her. So maybe you shouldn't be so quick to think you know all about it. :)

Keelie said...

Verity Vaudeville--you're right. I shouldn't assume I know about everyone's experience and write like I'm an expert. I'm definitely not. I guess that's just been such a huge revelation for me--that recovery is about so much more than a size--it's hard for me not to proclaim that. The excess fat on our body is an outward sign of an inward problem (sometimes physical, but usually not)...It just seems that it would be very difficult to change the outward sign for any length of time without fixing the inward problem(s.)

Christina said...

love the clothes!!! Jacket is my fave you look great!

Ms. M said...

Love the clothes! You're looking fantastic!! Congrats on getting to the 160s... I know that's been a long time coming for you. :)

Raegun said...

What a great way to reward yourself. Congrats on getting down to 160s, Keelie. You look gorgeous as always!

Adrienne said...

LOVE your blog and your devotion to God. Awesome success you've had!

Patrick said...

You sure can strike a winning pose. You've go me wanting to pose it up in a ruffled-sleeve cardigan. Not sure how my wife will react to that though, hmmm.

You are doing & looking great !

Have a Great week!

Diet Chic ~ Jury said...

Look at you.. a total fashionista.. I absolutely love these photos!!! ;)

Megan said...

Love it! Can't wait to go to a boutique and shop too! Just found your blog and you are an inspiration ;) Love that you have stuck with it for so long...I hope to do the same! I am ready to make this change...for good!