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Frump to Fab 2019 - Here We Go Again

edited 3 April 2019 at 11:33AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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    edited 8 July 2019 at 11:27PM
    Absolutely......

    Melody, SFT & Silvasava are spot on. Fabbing does take time. And to extend Silvasavas expensive sports car analogy.........(love it - I fancy myself as a sporty little Mercedes coupe,....racy and luxurious. :rotfl:). I do think it's best to take the scenic route and enjoy the ride. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

    Be gentle with yourself, and be patient, but be consistent. As SFT says just start with the first steps and build it up from there. Easy does it.

    Many of our ladies have said that they start to feel happier and more confident within a matter of days, even if they have a fair but of weight to lose. I think that once you start the process the results start to show very quickly. You might not see much of a difference at first but I bet your family and friends will soon notice the change in you.

    I do think the simple act of a little TLC and daily self care, even if you can only spare a few minutes, will soon reap rewards. Even if you are overweight you can still "dress up and show up", each and every day. You don't have to wait until you reach your goal weight to start looking and feeling better,

    Re the "dressing up". Maybe I should have explained it in a bit more detail. Maybe I didn't phrase it properly. I don't mean that you should dress yourself up like a dogs dinner every day. (Unless of course you want to). :rotfl: I mean that I do think it is better for our self esteem if we make an effort with our appearance rather than just slobbing around in any old thing that we grab off the floor. (Yes we've all done it:rotfl: )

    When I first began my journey I was as guilty as hell of slopping around in baggy old shapeless faded clothes that really had seen better days. Half the time I lived in joggers and sweat shirts.......not a good look. :o. Seriously I looked like a bag lady. No pride, no self respect. My hair was a shapeless mess, my skin was in bad shape and I looked at least a decade older than I really was.

    But when I finally took myself in hand I very quickly began to see a real improvement. I didnt have a lot of time because I was caring for my husband and I certainly had no spare money because we were seriously in debt at the time. But it doesn't take money, it just takes a bit of time, commitment and effort.

    Alas there is no such thing as effortless chic. :rotfl: the French just make it look effortless but in fact those impossibly glamourous chic French women work very hard to look that good.

    Give yourself time. Give it six months and I guarantee you will be both astonished and delighted at how your life will change. (And in many more ways than you might think......but I will let you find that out as you go along).

    You have already made a great start, no just with your weight loss but also I think that you've already begun to get your head round it and that's where it all starts. Get in the right frame of mind and then the rest seems to follow easily.
  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Maman. Thanks for the author recommendations. I'll look out for them. I like historical novels. I remember working my way through Jean Plaidy when I was a teenager. Loved them.

    Wednesday. Sounds like you got some bargains, my DIL said she'd been in town and noticed there were sales on everywhere with some really good reductions.

    Interesting about the rings. I don't know if it's true but I seem to recall reading somewhere that our knuckles got bigger with age:eek: and that's why rings sometimes no longer fit, even though we might have lost weight. I have several rings that are a bit tight. I reckon I need to lose a final stone. If they still don't fit I will see if I can get them resized.

    Had a lovely birthday lunch with DS2 and his girlfriend today.

    Tomorrow it's my grandsons birthday.....not quite sure what the plan is but we are meeting up around midday. I guess it will depend on the weather. The Venezuelans find it quite cold at times. DIL has acclimatised and is now happy with our weather but her mum and dad struggle a bit. Bless them they haven't really developed the knack of layers for British weather, and they seem to have an aversion to knitwear. I've never seen either of them in a sweater. :rotfl:
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    Good morning lovely ladies......

    A bit cool and cloudy. I am going out for the day, no,idea where I'm going or what we are doing so it makes it rather difficult to decide what to wear.....

    I think I will go for the traditional English standby of layers, then a raincoat and umbrella in the car - just in case.

    I've regained a lb, but given the level of feasting and partying so far this week it's hardly surprising. It's easier to gain weight than it is to lose it, that's for sure. :rotfl:

    Anyway I'm enjoying my week off ......treating this week as a staycation. No diy, no heavy gardening, no extreme housework, very little cooking. Enjoying a well earned rest. ;).

    Anyway better get cracking.

    Have a great day.
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    Alas there is no such thing as effortless chic. :rotfl: the French just make it look effortless but in fact those impossibly glamourous chic French women work very hard to look that good.

    I follow Jennifer L Scott on YouTube. She is the author of the book Madame Chic as she got inspiration after she went on holiday to France.

    She does videos and articles on the 10 Item Wardrobe.

    I find her quite interesting. I will put the link here if anyone wants to look at her blog.:)

    https://dailyconnoisseur.blogspot.com/
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    I've saved that link wednesday and will take a look tonight.

    Hope you had a good day LL I love a surprise :)

    Off to work today, have a meeting with suppliers this afternoon, so wearing a dress.

    I find it very easy to slip into wearing the same 5 outfits each week. I'd probably do better with a uniform!

    So, I need to shake that off and start thinking a little bit more :)

    I've got a meetup thing tonight, in a pub, so jeans and a nice jumper/top and ankle boots will be the outfit I think and a make up refresh.

    It's not til 8.30pm and I'm thinking about going to bed at that time usually, so I'm hoping it's not a late one.

    I'm already thinking of excuses not to go....terrible!
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  • lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    Frankie......no backing out now!!! in the words of the Nike Ad. Just Do It. ;)

    Seriously I too found the first couple of meet ups a bit nerve racking but honestly everyone was so friendly and welcoming that I soon relaxed and enjoyed myself. As for lateness I'm sure most people will understand if you don't stay to the bitter end, after all it is mid week and a "school night".

    Well yesterday's surprise was brilliant. Unsure of the weather, instead of going to an outdoor activity DS1 & DIL decided upon an indoor crazy golf and a pizzeria. Great idea because it did chuck it down at one point. We had a lot of fun. The actual party for my grandsons birthday will be on Sunday when more friends and family will be able to attend.

    Well my new regime of saying "Yes" is already starting to take effect. My social events calendar is looking nice and full..... tonight I'm off out for dinner with my longest serving girlfriend, we have known each other a staggering 53 years. Longer than many marriages.:rotfl: It's a proper restaurant in a golf and country club so although jeans would be perfectly acceptable I am going to wear a dress.

    Actually I've decided that from now on I am going to wear jeans less often. I do like them and they are a useful standby when you are not sure of what to wear: they have become pretty universal but Tbh I'm just a little bit bored with them. Since losing weight I have found I am happy wearing skirts and dresses a lot more. It makes a nice change.

    I have also bought several pairs of trousers, mainly linen in various weights for the summer and I have been wearing those instead of jeans.

    BTW, going back to the Yes thing, I knew there was a film called "Yes Man" with Jim Carey but haven't seen it and didn't know what it was about. Apparently it's about a guy stuck in a rut who attends some kind of motivational seminar where he learns he needs to start saying "Yes". It's very loosely based on a true story (Carey realised it was the perfect comedy vehicle for him and bought the rights to the book) Obviously the film is ramped up for comedic effect and Carey's manic style.

    Anyway I have ordered the book, written by a journalist who says he did it for a year and it changed his life. :rotfl: I'll let you know if it changes mine.....;)

    I know I'm naughty and I should be using the library more but I do like to own and possess books. I have ordered several from Amazon, mainly non fiction and biographies. One of the books I'm currenrly reading is about retiring abroad.......;)

    As you may remember this was our original plan but I chickened out after my husband died. Too scared to do it alone I sold our apartment in Spain. But........I have recently begun to think that I might consider part time living somewhere warm in the winters. I would never buy another property abroad - not on my own - but I would consider say a three to six month rental in the right location.

    DIL has a relative in Costa Rica (Now a favoured retirement destination for American ex pats). Apparently there is an open invitation for me to visit .......:D. Perhaps I should say "YES" and check it out. Only problem is I hate flying........that is one bullet I really do need to bite.

    Wednesday .....thanks for the link. I have actually read several of her "Madame Chic" books, didn't realise she also had a blog. I shall add it to the ones I dip into now and again.

    Two of my favourite blogs are "Stylecrone" - an American widow who cared for her husband and who used fashion and style to help her combat grief. (I can relate) and "Vintagevixen" an English woman who, as the title suggests, loves vintage clothing and who has turned her passion into a business.

    Right time to get cracking.....

    In the spirit of my "staycation" today I'm just going to nip out for a few groceries. I'll have a mooch round my favourite chazzer and maybe pop into a garden centre. Then this afternoon a bit of a home spa before going out this evening.

    Have a great day......
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    Hello Ladies,

    I am finally feeling a lot better even though I am not pain free, I am feeling well enough to resume my social life :)

    Not being able to exercise has meant that I had started to regain weight. I was amazed at how fast I gained 5 pounds in only 4 weeks. :eek: I have taken myself in hand and now I have gone back to really healthy eating once again and I have lost 2 pounds of the 5 pounds I had gained. :)

    I did attempt to do a 5 minute set of exercises but within 2 minutes I was in too much pain, so I had to stop. :( I will eventually get back to the point of being able to do my usual exercise DVD but for now I am not physically able

    I now own so many items of clothing, pairs of shoes and sandals, handbags and jewellery that I have decided on a self imposed buying embargo. ;) I am not going to do any buying from eBay or elsewhere for the whole month of July and see how much money I get to save instead. :D At the end of June I bought myself 2 Coast dresses from eBay in preparation for the Christmas and New Year dinner dances that I will be going to. I got a beautiful high low raspberry ball gown and a gold and cream midi length cocktail dress. :D I knew a Coast size 14 would be smaller than the other brands I normally buy, so I do need to lose more weight before the zips can go all the way up on me, but even now, you can see how stunning both dresses are going to be on me in December. :cool:

    I am going on holiday with my sister H in 2020 and as she wants to go to a part of the World she has never visited before and she has been to so many Countries and Continents. I have to make sure I have at least £4,000 saved by April 2020. I currently have £2,000 saved, so I am half way to my target already. :D

    My younger daughter who lives with me keeps on commenting on how well dressed I now am even when I am just popping up to Camberwell to get a bit of top up shopping or run an errand or two. :D I pointed out to her, that I now have a huge wardrobe of clothing that fits me and I intend to wear everything in my wardrobe as that is why I bought each item. I still have plenty of size 16 skirts, size 14 dresses and 14 tops that are still too tight on me, so even when I lose another stone or more, I will have plenty of clothes to wear without having to buy any more. :D

    I will sell clothing on eBay when they are too loose on me and raise more funds for my savings account. Selling on eBay is a time consuming way to raise funds, but it gives me a large market place, so that even if I have to relist items they do get sold eventually. :)
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    I tried on the New Look dresses and I like them all apart from the navy blue one!

    It gapes out at the sides so you can see side boob!:eek::rotfl:

    I will keep it as I can wear it in winter with a jumper layered on top.:D

    I will wear one of the black dresses on Friday instead or a black skirt with a top.
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    I've saved that link wednesday and will take a look tonight.

    I find her quite interesting and I like to look at her 10 item wardrobes as she updates them in each season.:)
    Wednesday .....thanks for the link. I have actually read several of her "Madame Chic" books, didn't realise she also had a blog. I shall add it to the ones I dip into now and again.

    I haven't actually read her books yet.
    At the end of June I bought myself 2 Coast dresses from eBay in preparation for the Christmas and New Year dinner dances that I will be going to. I got a beautiful high low raspberry ball gown and a gold and cream midi length cocktail dress. :D I knew a Coast size 14 would be smaller than the other brands I normally buy, so I do need to lose more weight before the zips can go all the way up on me, but even now, you can see how stunning both dresses are going to be on me in December. :cool:

    They sound gorgeous.:A
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Hello Ladies,

    I went to Karaoke last night and I had a very enjoyable evening. :D There were only 4 singers so we all had to sing 6 songs each.

    I sang:

    1. Return to Sender by Elvis

    2. Dream Lover by Bobby Darin

    3. Fever by Peggy Lee

    4. Hurt So Good by Susan Cadogan

    5. Make Me Feel Your Love by Adele

    6. Lean On Me by Bill Withers

    I also got a chance to do quite a bit of dancing both on my feet and sitting down, so I also got some much needed exercise, while having fun :D
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    I wonder how practical the 10 items are to wear in and out. I would be wondering if the modern quality of clothes could withstand that amount of laundry and wearing. I think the seems would fray, bobbling of material and just worn out.

    I have lived on a small wardrobe for weeks on end on secondment with work and its so difficult to manage on a small number of clothes because the weather changes so much. In addition getting it dried and cleaned with such a fast turnaround would lead me to think that small loads of washing would be very energy intensive.

    The heavy wear of an item will cause you to get sick of it anf items will have a shorter time of use. I think you need at least 50 items to really function and be practical as anything else will cause real difficulty.
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