Just me … a smaller me?
No... but I've given up worrying about that.
For any of you out there wondering I weigh 13st 4lb (186 lbs) and I'm 5 foot 6 inches tall. I seem to carry it okay. This seems to be my default weight setting as I can easily lose a stone in a couple of weeks if I put my mind to it, and just as easily gain four or so pounds if I'm on holiday or lazing around too much, but after a week or so of eating normally and moving about normally I always come back to the same old weight.
I didn't really come on here to chat about weight that all just spilled out. I was thinking about it as I walked the dogs along the riverbank just now. This morning I had jumped on the scales after my two cups of coffee, two slices of toast and my shower to see what I weighed just out of interest I was 13st 3lb, ooh I thought ... I should have weighed myself before all that liquid and bread!!
But then thinking about it again as I walked with the dogs in the lovely morning sunshine I thought well that's a pound lighter and I didn't notice it gone or do anything that I can think of to achieve it, perhaps I should see if I can reduce my weight by just one pound a week over the course of the next few months, it wouldn't be that difficult and it would be nice to be over a stone lighter for my big zero birthday next year.
Perhaps I will see what I can do just between now and my birthday in April so if there's a smaller me in future photos … you'll know I did it and if I look just the same you'll know I lost a bit … and then went straight back to default me. 😃
The two tops in these photos were actually what todays post was going to be about, my fingers seem to have gone down a keyboard warren of weight-loss words where in fact I was going to talk about sizes and sizing in shops!!
I've stopped looking at sizes in charity shops, and indeed in most shops … but I mostly buy my clothes from charity shops these days. Instead I look for patterns or colours that jump out at me and lift them off the rail for a closer look. In the past week I've bought these two, both on the half price rail in the Sue Ryder shop in Garstang at just £2 each. The one in the top photo is an M&S size 18 and the one in the bottom photo is a Next size 14. I usually class myself as a 16 but in my wardrobe I have clothes ranging from 12 to 20.
In the next charity shop I went into there was a lovely fluffy jumper with a size 20 cube on the hanger, I lifted it down as I do love a big baggy jumper at this time of year to throw over other clothes when the Van gets a bit chilly, but it was tiny … not shrunk, just originally mislabelled at manufacture and obviously not returned to the store by the original purchaser. And funnily enough there was also a lovely blue and white stripey t shirt labelled as a 12 that I could have camped out in!
So now, and for the past couple of years I have shopped with an open mind about sizes … but I do admit to doing that girly thing and chopping out size labels if they are above my usual size, even if they don't itch me (which most actually do!!)