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By Diane Williams
Saturday, May 19, 2007
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Yet another in the series of fitness essays
Friday, March 08, 2002
I am so excited. Gotta share this. Last April while on the road teaching tech courses the weather got really warm and I had only brought long sleeved and somewhat heavy clothing along. So, I regrouped and dropped into a TJ Maxx that was across from my hotel. I bough 2 blouses and then I saw it Ė a truly bright knit top that I had to have. According to conventional wisdom, it was so wrong for me: bold horizontal stripes with 4 different jewel tones plus black. It said medium, so I tried it on. My heart sank.
My flabby arms puffed out the sleeves, my protruding abdomen made it impossible for me to fasten the 3 bottom buttons, and it was tightly stretched around my mid section. This thing was yelling ďGirl, you know you canít fit this and you never will!Ē But I loved it. I was tired of navy and black that was supposed to hide my flaws and didnít do a good job of it. Tired of never being able to tuck a sweater or blouse into my pants or skirt. Tired of having to hide the fact that my pants didnít close all the way (Iíll tell you about the rubber band trick one day) and I hid that with large sweaters and buttoned jackets.
No. I wanted it. I needed it. Besides, it was on clearance. It needed me Ė the matching skirt had long ago forsaken it on the sale rack. I was its salvation. This was meant to be. Eighteen dollars away from changing my outlook I thought. I wavered at the register, but then the cashier said it had an additional five dollars off. Sold!
Itís been almost a full year. I would look at itís designer label longingly, but not longingly enough to get my fat *#!s in gear and workout. I procrastinated until the summer was nearly over and started in August. But hereís the kicker:
I tried it on today. The sleeves are still snug, but not from my unmuscles. Now you can see the faintest line of tricep and a bit of bicep bulge. It doesnít stretch at ALL around my middle Ė in fact, itís actually a bit loose! I still have a bit of tummy, but it ainít keeping this baby from buttoning down. I am just sssssssssssssooooooooooooo excited. The best part is: the bright horizontal stripes donít make me look or feel like a well fed wilderbeast thatís slowing down the herd. Oh yeah. This is where I want to stay. In the ĎI feel good and look good all the timeí zone.
No clearance rack will be safe again.
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