Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Funka-Floral...and Three Years Maintaining!

I'm so happy that I'm able to combine a chore with a pleasure. I'm speaking, of course, of exercise and shopping! Up till four years ago, when I started Weight Watchers, I loathed any kind of exercise. Walk all that way to town to shop? Forget it - I'm taking the bus.

But now...walking is my main mode of transportation. I realized this week that it's been three years that I've maintained my 50 pounds lost since I started looking after my health and weight in the summer of 2006. I hit my goal in the late spring of '07...and here I am. It's still really tough - I still struggle every day not to stuff my face (or take the bus). I have to remind myself when I'm preparing my lunch at 11 pm, "It's worth it, it's worth it."

Anyway, how I love that shopping counts as a low-impact exercise. You're on your feet, you're carrying mounds of clothes or hangers (well, I do), and the lovely distraction of trying and (maybe, not always) buying takes my mind off food.

This weekend, I found this cute little dress in the 75% off area in a local boutique:
It was just under $15. It's a titch short for bare legs (I'd do it with tights for sure, though), so I layered my cream ruffly skirt underneath it.
Twirly goodness! I realized after I saw all the colours in daylight that the pattern's "turquoise" is actually more of a green, but whatever. It all goes!

The stuff:
I found the red flower wood earrings in the same shop for $6. They're the same make as my orange wood roses that I wear all the time.

Heh, I forgot I had a meeting with the president of the company that I work for this morning. I'm sure he will remember me!

Dress (Papillon), skirt (no label, consignment), shoes (Le Chateau), earrings (no label), cuff (Shi Studios), belt (Plum).

20 comments:

  1. Adorable dress! I think the shoes set it off perfectly. Not matchy, but it "goes", ya know?

    Congrats on the 3 years! It really is worth it. For health, if anything else.

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  2. Congratulations! That's a great achievement. Not many people manage it.

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  3. Congrats on maintaining your weight loss. Quite an achievement.

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  4. Hi Sheila,
    I'm just doing a bit of blog hopping, I can be such a slacker, sometimes. I know it's shallow but I really liked your smile and that you love quirky things, so I've become a follower:-)

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  5. What a find that dress was! I absolutely love it! And I love that the shoes aren't a perfect match.

    Congratulations on all that you've accomplished, that truly is amazing!

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  6. Way to go on 3 years! You really show that dedication pays off. You inspire me.

    Love the dress!

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  7. Now who would have thought to wear the fluffy skirt underneath ,? why Sheila of course! its looks super ..love Jan xx

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  8. What a gorgeous print! And the layered skirt is perfect with it.

    Congrats for your three years of hard, hard work, doll

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  9. I love that dress - it makes you look even more tiny than normal :-)

    And congratualations on your 3 years! May it stay gone forever :D

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  10. You will not be forgotten!
    How colorful and beautiful :) great buy.

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  11. Congratulations on three years of maintenance - that's an amazing change of lifestyle.

    Love that dress, too - it's gorgeous!

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  12. Ooo I like the new background, nice!

    Congrats on the three years...that's a real accomplishment, even bigger than losing the weight in the first place. It's maintaining that's the true test, and you are rockin it!

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  13. Congratulations, Sheila. You look fantastic! Adorable dress.

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  14. Awesome accomplishment, Sheila! Congratulations on doing something so positive for your health and maintaining your level of comittment for so long; that can be hard to do no matter what the goal is.

    That dress is gorgeous, and of course I love the skirt layering!

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  15. Thanks, Megan! I am trying hard not to worry to much about being matchy. :) Thank you! I did it for my health.

    Thanks, Wendy - it's been hard, but rewarding.

    Elaine, thanks!

    Nerines, thanks for stopping by! I love your Flat Doll! I appreciate your comments - thanks for following.

    ShyGirl, I thought so too! Aw, thank you. :)

    Tina, aw, thank you! You help keep me going, you know.

    Jan, thanks! I'm getting more daring with layering.

    Sal, thank you!

    Tat, oh, you are too kind - "tiny". Yes, may it never ever come back!

    Lorena, no, I don't think I will, haha! Thank you!

    Thanks, Cat, it's taken a lot of work.

    Thanks, Sherylyn! I know you know what a struggle it is - thank you, always, for listening. See you tomorrow!

    Thanks, Chris! Nice to see you. :)

    Thank you, Audi! Sometimes I just want to give up. I thought of you when I layered this!

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  16. Such a pretty print on the dress. I am a big fan of layering skirts under dresses. It not only adds length but can totally bring a dress to life. I love it.

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  17. Congratulations! That dress is lovely and I want the shoes…

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  18. I am soooo behind, but congratulations on reaching such an impressive achievement! 3 years, wow. Maybe in 4 years I'll be able to say the same. :)

    Also, I am crazy about that dress! Love it with the skirt underneath.

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  19. No worries, Kristen - thanks so much. It's so important to celebrate the victories when it comes to weight! I know you will be able to do it. :)

    Thanks!

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