Adding holes to belts

Adding holes to belts

I blogged about my moderate success with weight loss a month ago, but the story apparently hasn’t ended yet. I’ve been wearing size 6 jeans these days, holding on to my waist by the sheer willpower of a wide belt. Well, today I found it necessary to pierce an extra hole in the belt. I almost accidentally committed suicide doing that.

As I checked the result of my work in the mirror, I noticed that the jeans, intended to be skinny, looked like boyfriend jeans on me. That made me angry, and I found it necessary to venture in the shops and get me something of my size. I don’t feel particularly slim, so I didn’t think that my current size would be 4. I was proven wrong. The measure is my favourite Mara-approved shop, where I’ve been buying clothes since the beginning of time, and which I duly visited.

I picked pretty much the only jeans size 4 they had, was rather surprised that I zipped them up no problem and found it quite delightful that they actually fit and didn’t require to be hung on a belt. I asked the shop assistant to remove all price tags and labels on the spot because I wanted to change into them right away because I hated it how my current jeans were too big. (The shop assistant and two customers in the proximity gave me hateful looks.)

I used to wear size 8 from the same shop last year this time. So I guess I’m glad or what. It’s not like it matters, since we’re all going to die anyway. On a positive note (sort of), I can just as well be skinny while dying, right?

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

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  1. Myself, I’m still surprised how much weight you can shed through yoga. I used to run an average of 5-6 miles a day six days a week when I was skinny. Now that my health doesn’t allow that kind of strain, I’m pleasantly surprised to see weight —accumulated from the use and abuse of western medication– drop off with yoga alone.

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    1. It’s funny that you mention it – I have the same experience with yoga. I didn’t expect it would do anything for weight loss when I started it. I’m a huge sports hater and I never stuck with any kind of exercise, so I’m also surprised that so far, I stuck with yoga. So, I guess, namaste 😉

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      1. How long have you been doing yoga?

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        1. On and off for a year and a half; daily for about six months now. I still consider myself a semi-beginner…

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  2. Well I think a weight loss of that proportion is wonderful. And yes we are all going to die but what the heck why not feel good for a little while before it takes us over.

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    1. Why, thank you. It sort of happened accidentally. I don’t hate it but I’d rather succeed in something that is actually useful 😉

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      1. Losing weight is expensive as you need to buy new clothes but encouraging if it was your goal.

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        1. Exactly. Encouraging but expensive. So, in the end, it’s nothing to be either cheerful or depressed about, it’s all the same…

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          1. That’s the thing about the nothing its neither here nor there. Shakespeare was right in saying there is much ado about it though I think he was talking about something a little more explicit. None of this has any connection to your comment but rather the tangents in my mind. A nothing comment, so disappointing.

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          2. Much ado about nothing is such a great timeless statement. Your comment certainly amounts to more than nothing!

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  3. Good for you! Congratulations! Carrying around excess weight is pointless and good for nothing.

    I find the comment from @listentothebabe interesting. Does yoga make you lose weight? How does that happen, theoretically? Does the metabolism change, somehow … magically?

    None of us is getting out of this alive, so we better enjoy it while we’re on this journey. I’d very much prefer to die slim.

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    1. Awe, thank you 😉 As I was never obese really, it’s really just about feeling good rather than about anything else, but I guess that counts too. I have no clue how come that yoga helps with weight loss. I never quite understood how this metabolism change thing works. I stick with common sense: low-calorie food = weight loss. Besides doing yoga, I mostly stick to eating low-calorie, so for me it’s probably a combination of both that works. It feels quite funny, and it’s somewhat annoying that in the last months I was reduced to buying new clothes in my reduced size. I don’t enjoy buying clothes, I enjoy wearing what I already have…

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      1. Smoking changes the metabolism. If you were to quit, the metabolism would slow down, and you’d gain weight, even on the same diet. Age changes it too.
        I’m not obese either, but I wouldn’t mind losing four, five kilos. And I can, when I put my mind to it.

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        1. Now that you mention it, I realise I quite forgot this factor. It’s right, the swings in my weight were connected to my smoking / not smoking as well. Nothing drastic, but a factor nonetheless.

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          1. Certain medications can cause great weight gain too.

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          2. Yes. The medication itself may cause gain weight plus it may mess with your appetite, so you end up eating more on top of it. No good. Been there.

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  4. Congratulations on your transformation from size 8 to size 4.
    Add me to the list of people sending you hateful looks …. jealousy is a mean bitch 😉

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    1. Haha, thank you for your backhanded compliment 😉 I always hate it when someone is slimmer and prettier than me, which is all the time, so I think I see what you mean… If it’s any comfort, I didn’t lose weight just like that, but through exercise and pretty much not eating any normal food, just diet stuff. So nothing to envy here.

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      1. Damn!! … I knew there was a catch in there somewhere. It could explain my lack of success 😉

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        1. Yep. There’s always a catch 😦

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  5. …I’d say you die lighter if a size 4…! Feel proud 🙂 I’d love to lose some weight as well to go back to my young-woman-size but alas, I discovered the joy of eating…^^

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    1. Haha, yes, that’s a good way to approach it! I seem to have lost appetite to some extent, so I thought alright, when I don’t care what I eat, why not eat diet stuff? Also, I like a challenge. I need to prove to myself that I can.

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      1. If it makes you feel happy about yourself then surely go for it! I was all proud when at the doctors the other day I was a bit lighter than my horror-weight. Probably back onto horror with all the cookies I ate these past few days though lol

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        1. Cookies are my nemesis too 😮

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          1. …horrible…!!! They go straight onto my belly area… so annoying…^^

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          2. Please don’t remind me, I just consumed a package of soft cookies with dark and white chocolate and now I’m feeling guilty 😮

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          3. …sounds good! I just ditched the strawberries I planned on eating and swapped them for a stracciatella yoghurt… not much better ^^ 😉

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          4. Now I fancy some stracciatella yogurt 😉 Had a vegetable salad for dinner to make up for the cookie crime of yesterday, but it wasn’t too satisfactory.

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          5. Maybe you could pump up the salad with some roasted nuts or some fancy fruit cut into – that could work. I could not get enough of salads ❤ But the cookies will stay dangerous forever, that’s for sure…^^

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          6. I probably only eat salad because it’s “fast food”, I buy them mixed and washed… And I do spice it up with some roasted mushrooms – or tofu 😮 Please let’s not discuss cookies, only the mention of them gives me cravings…

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          7. Haha – I usually buy the salad to wash but I end up getting “fast food” salad as well and mix them with raw mushrooms 😀 And fast food sauce to go… Just no time and too tired to prepare them properly 😀

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          8. Exactly… Food sauces are vilified, but some of them are actually low-calorie enough to eat even on diet. Not all of the are full of conservants and sugar. One has to read the labels on the package, which I find myself doing a lot these days 😮

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          9. …I should as well!!! I’ve been too lazy to research about it and just keep grabbing the same bottle. Maybe I can’t lose weight because even though I eat so much salad I eat all this sauce along lol. So what do you need to check on the label? Today I was too sick to go out shopping for greens, so it ended up being a yellow-pepper-mushroom salad lol. Interesting…^^

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          10. Well, the easiest thing you can do is the check the calories. The fewer, the better, of course, if you’re trying to keep slim. It’s quite easy to find anywhere on the Internet what the calorie count of different kinds of food is and how many calories you should receive per day. With salad sauces, you’ll probably want to go for those that have no sugar added and that are yogurt rather than mayo based. It makes a surprising difference…

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          11. Ok, I was never into the calorie counting, I’m just too lazy and was too bad at math to be doing that lol but thanks for the other tips, I’ll keep those in mind when checking next time… 🙂

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          12. I suck at maths but I learned calorie counting as a teenager and it stuck. Good luck with your healthy eating/diet, but from the little I can see in your selfies, it’s not like you need it.

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          13. Ah, good thing then! Thank you very much, same to you! Oh and trust me, I do need it at times.. 😉

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