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).


  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.

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

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

  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:-)

  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!

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

    Love the dress!

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

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

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

  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

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

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

    Love that dress, too - it's gorgeous!

  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!

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

  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!

  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!

  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.

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

  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.

  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. :)



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