Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shopping, Restriction

Those two, separate but different.

This really shows my frugality and very Capricorn mentality.  I have been putting off shopping through this entire process.  When I started in January I was a size 24/26, and I am now a size 14/16.  However, I have continued to wear my size 18/20 jeans without a belt.  Pulling them up and trying to hope my hips keep them up.  It has now gotten out of hand.  I've been telling myself I would go shopping for three days now, searching for coupons online and then, ultimately deciding to not go because 1) I do not want to spend the money and 2) I don't like shopping.

In the last 6 months, I have spent less than $250 on clothing.  I got some size 16/18 articles from a swap I did with a lady I met on OH in the area.  I really would like to see an active clothing swap group going on in my area.  I guess a lot of people hang on to things longer than necessary and just don't want to part with things?  I haven't done this because I'm lazy about a lot of housework/organizational things.  I'm no slob, but I'm just not tidy and organized like I wish I was.

I did very well over thanksgiving, not gorging myself but then on Friday ate a pint of Cookies and Cream ice cream over the course of four hours.  This is my problem food.  Ice Cream.  I love it.  It will be my demise.  However, I have read quite a few recipes for Protein Ice Cream and tried a few.  I have yet to try any ricotta based and Greek yogurt recipes.  I have an ice cream freezer I borrowed from my mom months ago for this purpose.  I will try both this week with some of the Muscle Milk flavors I currently have: Cake Batter, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Strawberry Milkshake.

Last time I was at the doctor, he did not give me a fill.  Prior to this, I had .3 taken out.  Suddenly, just before the holidays, I found my restriction had lessen, and I could pretty much consume more than 1/2- 3/4 cup of food but not more than 1 cup.  It's almost been a year, I've lost at a steady rate, but if I don't lose this month I have to take the blame that I didn't do all the things I was suppose to this month but the sudden loss of restriction is also bothersome.  I do have an appointment next week, that I'm thankful.  My doctor is good about scheduling follow-up care for the first year - no charge for out of pocket patients.  Next year, he projects to see me 3-4 times at $100 a pop.  That is completely reasonable to spend on follow-up cake to me.

As for spending money on clothes, I think I am going to work on meeting folks in the area to swap with and go shopping a little today.  I might as well go to Target and do some Christmas shopping.