I feel like I just need to vent a little, and since a lot of my friends on Facebook are losing weight, too, I thought I might share my issues and solutions, and see if anyone has any of their own. Sorry this is kinda long and boring today.
So I've lost 48 lbs. That's like... a 5 year old.... And I've got about 22 more to go to be at "happy Casey weight" and 32 to be at "extremely happy Casey weight." You really have no idea how happy it makes me to look at pictures from this time last year and know that I'm 48lbs smaller. But do you know what sucks? Clothes. I hate clothes right now, and I never thought I'd say that. One of my main reasons for doing my darndest to lose weight is so that I can wear the cutest of clothes. Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, H&M, and a few boutiques have all been inspiration for me to keep chugging along. BUT, like I said yesterday, I am poor. Back in about the third week of February, I had just gotten paid, and it was all gone to bills, groceries, gas, etc within the first three days. The reality of the lifestyle I was going to have to live for the next year and a half was really hitting home, and I was really upset. I called my mother, bawling my eyes out, because I have worked since August, depriving myself of all sorts of things, saying no to going out to eat, going running when I wanted to just sleep in a little bit longer, and all for what? So my clothes couldn't fit anymore? I kid you not, 70% of my shirts are too big, while all but two pairs of pants start out fitting in the morning, but by lunch time I'm wishing I had a trusty pair of suspenders. (To even get a new item of clothing in the "Old Navy range" I have to plan for two weeks, mainly because while clothes are necessary, it's more necessary for me to be able to eat fruits and vegetables instead of Ramen Noodles.) So here I am, driving home from work having myself a good cry, and doing what I do best when I can't fix a situation, pouting. So I kinda wallow in self-pity and allow myself to be sad for the rest of the night. The next day at work, during lunch, (I sometimes like to take a little stroll through Pinterest) and I came across some pins of these really cool gals taking in clothes, refashioning stuff from thrift store finds, and just sewing things from scratch. And being the daughter of one of the craftiest women alive, I thought, "Hey, I can do that." So I spent more time than I should admit looking up sewing machines, reading reviews, etc.
Skip to that weekend, where the boyfriend, Mike, and I were going to North Alabama to visit my parents and grand-parents for my birthday. I'm sure Mike heard, probably 70 times, that I was going to get a sewing machine with my birthday money. We make it to Ardmore, and I tell my mom, who says, "oh well why don't you just let me look at the estate sales and such to see if I can find you one, or you can just take mine." But being impatient (which I'm so, so good at), I told her I was going to look for one while I was out taking Mike to meet and visit with the grand-parents. And that's when what Mike calls "a God thing" happened.
We walk into my Dad's parents' house and, I kid you not, the first words out of my Granddaddy John's mouth (past introductions and its-so-good-to-see-yous) was "Does your mom have a sewing maching?" I answer that she does and ask why. He says, "I need to get this old sewing machine out of your Grandmother's room. She hasn't used it since the 80s and it's just sitting there, and I want it out."
So I now have a sewing machine, with a whole caboodle of thread and notions! AND it smells like my Grandmamona's house when I open the thread box, which just floods me with memories every time. So, I have taken in some shirts (I'm still to nervous to do pants, I'll have to suck it up soon :/ ), made some pajama shorts, Courtney an apron, a skirt and a shirt, and I am slowly but surely getting better. I've learned that patience is key, so.......yeah......I'm working on that. I have a few projects I'm going to do this weekend, so if they turn out I'll try to throw some pics up here early next week.
Anybody have any good ideas for clothing on the cheap? Especially when you're shrinking, and know you're not going to be in that size for too much longer. Let us know!