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April, 2014







Weight Loss to Date:

1st 13 pounds I almost did it, but not quite. My two stone shiny sticker didn’t make it in time for my birthday, but I am pretty sure it is waiting for me this week. I can’t say that I am surprised, March seems to be a popular time for birthdays, making it a very popular time for cake. It seemed that every other day a piece of icing covered, delicious sponge


was being wafted under my nose. I managed to decline more than I sampled, but I still know that I sampled far too many. In fact on my actual birthday I had three pieces, from three different people because my refusal was starting to offend. Hence why reaching my two stone target has taken a little longer than I had hoped. In terms of presents, this year I didn’t get the shiny sticker, but I did get something just as good. It was a dress. As I removed it from the bag I was a little shocked, my husband had bravely bought a size smaller than I am used to wearing. This made me smile, until he insisted I try it on. No matter what your size, trying on clothes can be an emotional roller coaster. We have all tried on an item of clothing in

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‘our size’ only to find that there is no way the zip is going to meet. A friend of mine even confessed to sending an emergency text from the changing room demanding someone to come and remove her from an item of clothing before she needed medical attention. Trying on a dress smaller than my usual size was nerve racking. Trying on a dress, that is a present, in my smaller than usual size sent me into a bit of a sweat. Mentally I was preparing myself for the speech explaining that the dress would need to be returned. However I was pleasantly surprised. Very pleasantly surprised in fact. With only a sharp in take of breath (as the zip whizzed past the ‘problem zone’) I was able to do up the zip and even more surprisingly move around.


In fact I would say I twirled out of the bathroom with a huge grin on my face proclaiming that it fits. In a few weeks I may even be able to do it up without having to breathe in. It is always useful to have goals to aim for. So now I am the proud owner of a dress in one size smaller than I usually wear. The joy of this event sent me on a shopping trip and now I own a few more items of clothing in my smaller than usual size. So, on reflection, I don’t really mind that I didn’t receive my shiny sticker in time for my birthday. Being brave enough to pick up clothes in a smaller size when shopping was a good present for me. Finding out that they actually fit felt pretty amazing too.

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Frome Valley Voice April 2014  
Frome Valley Voice April 2014  

Local newspaper packed with news and information for the residents and businesses of the Frome Valley