10 January 2012

Fitting My Pants

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you pull a pair of trousers out of the closet that you haven’t worn in a while because they’ve always been a bit too big, and you find that they now fit you. Curve-hugging, in fact. Quite. A. Feeling.

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I’m the first to admit that for the last month or so, my workouts have diminished to about nothing and my diet has suffered from a weeks-long bout of “it’s the holidays, so calories don’t count.” I know it is no dire straits, that it isn't all woe-is-me-look-how-chunked-out-I’ve-become because I know I am not that big, but I think that for a gal my height (5’2” on a good day), I need to take special care with what I eat. The days of munching whatever right along with the guys are behind me now. Literally.

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I don't know about the rest of you ladies, but I feel like the first few pounds of weight gain come almost imperceptibly, but when you notice them, it hits like a ton of bricks. I don't need to be stick thin but I want to be the same size that most of my clothes think that I am. And it is exactly those "just a handful or two" of pounds I want to lose that for me are the hardest. Because I don't want to be all fad-y, and just drop them all at once because I love food too much to eat like a bird all the time. I want to be able to lose my weight gradually and be able to maintain it. Unfortunately even before the holidays, I feel like I've been on a health stalemate and whatever weight I do gain, it pitches a tent and plans to Occupy Lisa.

So please help me out, ladies. I think there's a different mindset between having to lose a bunch of weight and doing a total lifestyle change to accomplish it, and just having to take a few pounds off the top. What do you normally do to just lose a bit of weight? What are the little things that you do every day to help you maintain your weight and keep away the muffin tops?

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Sweater: J.Crew tippi (worn here - sim cable here)
Shirt: Lands' End Canvas gingham poplin (worn here - sim here, here)
Necklace: Anthropologie tinsley strung (worn here - sim here, -ish here)
Pants: Loft chambray trousers (sim here, here, here)
Bag: Cooperative by UO mixed media neon
Shoes: Etienne Aigner ethel (worn here)

53 comments:

  1. I really like how you mixed the patterns of the gingham and the leopard, goes so well together!

    I ride an exercise bike and just don't eat too much junk to stay skinny. I agree that when you're petite (and I'm shorter than you at 4'10") an extra few pounds make a big difference in appearance.

    -Sharon

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  2. When I need to drop just a few pounds I watch carbs for a week (avoid the white stuff), up my veggies, water, and cardio.

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    1. But the white stuff - those are my favorite! ;o)

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  3. I weigh myself weekly (Weds) and try to drink lots of water. If I'm feeling blah, I eat more veggies.

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  4. Besides the fact that I find this whole outfit from head to toe something I feel strongly about (Love it, WANT it!) as you know I feel strongly about Waging the Weight War as well.
    I have crappy genes (not the blue kind that I can change easily)that leave me predisposed to weight gain. I know I will never be a size 00 again, because to be a 00 I survived on coffee, Red Bull and a single yogurt a day and was sick more oft than not, but how do you eat "normally" and still maintain a comfortable size?
    I am still working on the answer to that one.But so far I have found that:
    1. I MUST exercise regularly
    2. Portion control. I constantly remind myself when something just.tastes.so.good. that I can have more of it ANOTHER time.
    3. Save cocktails for the weekends only. That glass of wine tastes so good each night but it's an easy way to cut calories to skip it
    4. Accept the fact that I will never be a 00 again and decide what size/weight I am most comfortable with. Easier said than done if you remember how it felt to be so very tiny.

    Why must it be such a struggle???

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    1. I remember back in college when I needed to lose a few (not that I did back then), I just stopped eating. Nowadays I CAN'T stop eating, argh.

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  5. Right there with ya! Usually I will just up my running regimen, since it's the only thing I can do reliably (and I just can't cut out the foodlove!) but this time of year it's just not an option with the snow and ice and slush. Ugh- I have to find a treadmill somewhere I guess.

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  6. I'm 5'2.5" and definitely in the same boat--while I'm not overweight by any means, I would be healthier at 115 lbs than at my current 120 lbs.

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  7. I'm definitely in the exact same place and being barely 5''1 I can so relate. But, like you, I love food and I refuse to get crazy about it. I try to remind myself that in the grand scheme of things, I would rather be enjoying my life and have those few extra pounds on me than be driving myself crazy to have them off.
    http://www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  8. First of all love the outfit.

    I have been in the same boat multiple times. At 5'3 any gain in weight will impact the pants I choose to wear. After gaining and losing the same 5 - 15 pounds (and never being considered overweight - at my highest I was 125) I decided to learn more about the right way to eat healthy and still be able to eat out with friends and family when I wanted to.

    I recommend the following - probably more intensive than just upping your exercise or cutting out carbs but I found it really helped me understand how to eat properly and exercise for the long haul.

    I joined a paid website for this but the following link provides a free good summary.

    http://exercise.about.com/cs/weightloss/a/howtoloseweight.htm

    Also I found that by keeping the exercise not too strenuous (walking/elliptical) and consistent I was more successful and less hungry then when trying crazy workouts.

    Then as I got down to my current ideal weight I have just been somewhat aware of my calorie intake (no longer track it daily) and if I want to eat out a very unhealthy meal I just eat very lightly that day. Also greatly upped my veggie intake and that has been a huge help.

    Good luck

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    1. Thanks for the rec - as a gal who seriously considered Weight Watchers just to lose 5lbs, I should definitely look these guys up!

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  9. I had the same moment of semi-terror about a month BEFORE the holidays! I'd been stress-eating and neglecting my workout cos of work and other things. I found myself pulling on a pair of office-worthy dress pants, which I haven't worn in months cos I've been on site, and they were fitted! Urgh. Normally I'm not a big sweets person so nothing to cut out there. Just need to watch my carbs, eat more veggies, and key for me - stay hydrated! I find I'm less tired when I drink lots of water, so I'm less prone to snacking or bingeing on junk. Love your outfit! I wore my JC pink gingham with a black tippi yesterday, paired with some trouser jeans. Bloggie outfit convergence, no?

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  10. I just generally chase my children around everywhere, but I def have to watch the breads...Love, love love bread! =)
    Kristina J.

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  11. I really like this mix of patterns and colors. Really classy!

    As for weight loss, I am on an everlasting rollercoaster. I lost 65 lbs. after I had my twins (5 years ago) and now I am back up like 20-ish of those lbs. Awful and humiliating. I was finally not plus size anymore and now I'm right in between misses and plus size. Ugh.

    http://bestdressedinthenest.tumblr.com/

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/RobynsNestBoutique

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  12. First, you look adorable in this outfit! I love the professional look combined with the playful peek of gingham.

    With the weight thing, I'm kind of going through that moment of horror right now. Between a month and a half of final projects at college and then coming home and taking live-in care of my terminally ill grandmother for three weeks, I've been kind of grabbing snacks for energy and my usual workouts and yoga have gone out the window. Now I'm trying to get back to my workouts and yoga, and add more veggies. I usually have to completely cut out sugar for a few weeks to get over cravings. I also have to make sure to drink enough water, because I tend to think I'm hungry when I'm actually just thirsty.

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  13. Ahaha...love that: "The size most of my clothes think I am"--so true! I am in the same boat right now. For me, I'm hoping those last few pounds come off by controlling my portions more and getting more consistent with activity. So far this year, I've cut back considerably on carb-loaded snack items like granola bars and crackers. Here's hoping it does something :)

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  14. I am not usually into bags, but I LOVE yours. The neon is such a fun touch!
    Funny that you post this today ... mom and I (we're both not quite 5'1") were just discussing how people our size don't have much wiggle room when it comes to weight gain - there's nowhere for it to go!
    I love sweets, so I haven't ditched them entirely, but I am increasing my fruit and veggie intake. I find it also helps to start the day with oatmeal for breakfast - it's nutritious and filling. I think making the first meal a healthy one helps me make better choices throughout the day.

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    1. I know oatmeal is like one of THE best foods you can start your day with, but I just can't. I have a thing about eating foods that look like they've already been chewed - I'm totally weird, I know it!

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  15. I constantly lose and gain the same 5-10 lbs...I just eat less when I need to lose lol....LOVE that bag!

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  16. Cutting out refined sugar completely does it for me. Also sticking to my gluten-free diet helps too. But it sucks cuz food is awesome. :) Regardless of the extra few pounds, you look great!

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  17. Omg Lisa! It likes you stepped into my head and started saying everything I've been thinking!! Yes, I am now wearing skirts and pants that used to be too big....and I know that I'm not that BIG but yes, for a girl just 5'1" (one inch shorter)I would like to still be the size my clothes think I am too! Lol ...And yes, my weight gain was definitely imperceptible...sigh I've started jumping rope at lunch time....it means I'm not posting as much but I'm hoping it works (keep your fingers crossed for me ;)

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    1. Yeah, if most of my clothes think that I am one particular size, I need to be that again, if for nothing than to save money. ;o)

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  18. Agreed with everyone re: cutting out sugar. My frame is very similar to yours, and I'm in almost the exact same boat, since I want to lose 5 pounds mostly because I'm too darn cheap to buy a whole new set of pants, and I'm not girly enough to want to wear skirts more than once a week. I lost a few pounds by cutting out all sugar except a packet for my coffee, and switching to skim instead of full-fat dairy products. Also, no alcohol (much easier to do now that it's not the holidays).

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  19. How funny! I wore an orange sweater with a gingham top today too. You look great, and I love that bag!

    I love to run. I make working out a part of my life--just like I do with brushing my teeth, showering, having my morning tea, etc. There's no option of not having time. I even exercise when I travel. It may not be to the same intensity, but I will pop in a workout DVD into my laptop.

    I also try to watch what I eat, but that is harder for me.

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  20. This is my kind of outfit. I like it!
    Try uping your cardio, watching your portions, drinking more water than usual and cutting back on the processed foods. That usually works for me.
    One of the harsh realities of life is that most of us,(unless you're part of that small group that is genetically predisposed to not gain any weight regardless of what you eat), will have to exercise consistently for the rest of our natural lives to maintain an ideal weight.
    Please don't shoot the messenger :)

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    1. Hahah, I think mom and big sis are genetically predisposed to not gain weight - me, not so much ...

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  21. I definitely reduce the amount of starchy carbs I eat. When I feel a little bloated or extra tightness around the waist I limit myself to eat only one meal a day that is starchy (potatoes, rice, etc). All other meals are just proteins, veggies and fruit. That helps me balance that bloated feeling.

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    1. Oh lady, I wish I could limit carbs. Carbs are my best friends, especially those white ones. I'm slowly transitioning to full grains, but those French baguettes keep winking at me. ;o)

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  22. My husband and I are also suffering from the post-holiday gain. We're trying to invert our meals, eating a heavy breakfast and then gradually eating less throughout the day. We're also trying to throw in a bit of exercise in between (i.e. walking to work or getting on the spin bike). We're not sure if its working yet because its too early to tell, but I'm hoping it does.

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    1. I've been trying to do that too, but it usually results in me being hungry and sulky when it's time for bed!

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  23. I love your gingham under your sweater - I must do this combo! (I just need a sweater that isn't so thin you can see the pattern through it)

    As for me, a fellow 5'2"er who is by no means skinny, I agree, the extra weight does creep on without any notice until all of a sudden you wonder how that could have possibly happened. No fun.

    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Don't get the tippi then, you can totally see the pattern through, haha!

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  24. Beautiful sweater!! Oh yes girl I'm feeling it. I started power 90 today and want to cry I miss my peanut m&M's so bad!!!

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    1. Haha, it took me a while to stop lying to myself that eating an apple slices slathered in peanut butter or Biscoff butter was NOT healthy. Sigh.

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  25. Gorgeous outfit and congrats on fitting into those pants! I'm honestly such a beginner when it comes to fitness/eating/weightloss, but it looks like the ladies above have awesome tips!

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  26. I love this classic outfit, Lisa. The tomato red sweater looks so fantastic with black gingham. And that bag is truly swoon-worthy. I especially like the chainlink handle.

    At my heaviest (senior year of college), I weighed about 20 lbs more than I do now. I would still love to take off another 5-10 lbs. For me, it's snacking that gets me. I'm definitely no expert, but I've found that starting the day with a high-protein breakfast, such as Greek yogurt or an English muffin with peanut butter, helps to keep those snack cravings at bay.

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    1. I had to lose about 20 pounds in HS, I was pretty heavy for my size then. I find that I am a bored eater, which doesn't help when I'm pretty much stuck behind a computer a lot of times!

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  27. Lisa you look amazing in this outfit! I am loving the color of that sweater with gingham top. SO gorgeous! I need to lose a lot of weight, so I don't know if I can help you. I truly think, some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes to an hour a day plus eating in moderation is the key. You'll be fine!

    http://averysweetblog.com/

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  28. Adorable outfit! I am just 4' 11" inches with a petite build -- but one thing I have noticed is that I really have to do a mixture of weight training and cardio to keep the extra lbs away. I try to do strength training 3 times a week and cardio 3 times a week. I've realized that in my 30's I really have to build lean muscle to keep that metabolism going -- le sigh, why does it have to be so much effort?? ;)

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    1. I still remember those years around college and right after where I ate pretty much whatever and didn't even think about my weight, and never gained any anyways. And if I did need to lose a few, I ate less for a few days and then it was gone. Where did that metabolism and willpower go? ;o)

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    2. Oh yes, the days where you could just skip lunch and manage to lose 2 pounds in one day. I miss those days . . . ;)

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  29. Love this classic look! So chic. I just found a pair of jeans in my closet which I haven't worn in months. I remember them fitting small and today they felt extra tight. I don't have the courage to go on a scale after the holidays and I know that I have put on weight. I don't go on diets as I am not determined enough to stick to any. But I would just cut down on intake of food(since I'm the one cooking so that's easy to control) and eat more veggies.

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    1. I'm usually in trouble when I eat out or if the BF cooks though - then it is like "nom nom nom" all over the place. I can't diet either, I have the willpower of a 5yo!

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  30. I hate/love that feeling. Your pants are so cute. I enjoy your use of color and accessories! Great bag!

    Rhe
    rhestyle.com

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  31. What the wha - ?! Did Blogger just add a "reply" function to individual comments?! Egads, progress!

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  32. When I'm doing what I'm supposed to, cardio everyday, weight lifting every other day, and eating smaller portions...haven't done any of this in a while...
    xo jac
    thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com

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  33. Really cute look, love the orange sweater!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  34. Lisa, I have to stop coming by your blog because I absolutely love everything you wear and want.it.all!! You are killing me - especially that bag, which I can't believe is from Urban Outfitters!

    I wish I had more words of wisdom to lose a few lbs. besides what you probably already know. Eat less, move more :) I think if you tend to drink diet sodas, cutting those out would help to. You look great to me, at any rate, but I know the feeling of being at my less-than-ideal weight.

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  35. Hey! This is the first you've heard out of me, but I've read your blog several times over the last month, and I love your posts! (:

    Anyway-the weight loss thing. Ugh. I'm 5'1" and have gained several pounds over the last year. I noticed with clothing, but it was a picture that crossed the line. It's my own lazy fault, because I'm young and never even started an exercise regimen ("I'll do it when I have to"..guess what..I have to). I have officially kicked off my 'get back to me' decision. That's a big thing for me--to make the decision and not let *myself* down. Nobody else really knows I'm doing it (ok, my bf kind of knows). So here's what I'm doing so far:
    Brazilian Butt Lift (so far so good!), a lot more balanced meals (fruit, veggies, tuna, etc.), and portion control (which is the most important for me). If I think I want seconds, I'll wait a few minutes between. Usually I'm full. If I go out to eat I'll go pretty slow and usually end up with half of it to take home. I used to eat it all there, because it was a "treat."
    I think it always comes down to finding what will work for you. There are a lot of good ideas in these comments. Good luck! (Oh, and I'm still eating some crap every once in awhile too..I dare someone to try to take my fries or hot wings away.)

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  36. I've recently started tracking my eating habits with an online (and iPhone app) program, "my fitness pal". It has the caloric content of more foods than I've ever seen. I think by tracking exercise and portions, I've recognized where I can make some healthy adjustments. Best of all, it's free and you "chat" and invite friends for morale support!

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