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The Blog, My Life, Me, and Moving Forward.

The Blog, My Life, Me, and Moving Forward.

IMG_20160626_101521-01For some reason I stopped blogging last September.  Almost a year ago.  I don’t remember why, but I did have a load of half written drafts.  Most of which are completely irrelevant now.  I enjoy blogging, writing, etc.  So I plan on getting right back into it.  I am going to refocus on what I write about, and how frequently I post.

I’ve freshened up the look, and I have new things that I plan on sharing.  I’m excited as I get things prepared for this reinvigorated foray into blogging.

 

Life, Priorities, and Changing Them Both.

Life, Priorities, and Changing Them Both.

I have been getting in my own way for a very long time.  It’s often the case.  You find reasons NOT to do things, find things that are holding you back.  The fact of the matter is, the main reason that you’re not doing something, is yourself*.

priorityquoteI’ve always thought that if you want to include something in your life badly enough, you will take the time to make it happen.  One example is my knitting.  I take my knitting with me to school drop offs and pick ups.  I’ve often had people come up to me and say “I wish I had time to knit”.  They don’t realise that they do.  But it’s not a priority in their life.  Which is perfectly fine, we all have different things that are important to us.

Priorities can change, though.  Mine have, somewhat recently.  Looking after myself has not been a priority for quite a while.  I have been fooling myself, that merely surviving has been taking care of myself.  It hasn’t.  I haven’t for quite some time.

I have gained an excessive amount of weight over the past fifteen or so years.  Way more than I ever imagined I would.  I have been married for 12 years, and have an 8 year old son, and I’ve not really been able to, or made it a priority to get rid of it.  Along with the excess weight, I’ve gained a couple of health problems, including Plantar Faciitis, and heel spurs.  I’ve been fortunate that my blood pressure and cholesterol levels have continued to be in a healthy range.

I have spent a long time trying to “cope” or “accept” my body, but my public bravado of “love myself the way I am” was, and is for me, complete bullshit.  I don’t love being this way, I’ve never been able to really accept being this overweight.  When I was at a good, healthy weight, I was happy to call my self curvy and svelte.  I’ve never been “thin”, I’m happy not to be “thin”, but I’m miserable being overweight.  This has nothing to do with society’s definition, I don’t really care what anyone thinks about how I look, do my hair, or what clothes I choose to wear.  I’ve just been constantly uncomfortable, out of breath, depressed, and tired.

Well, it is now a priority.  I have started to, and will continue to, take care of myself. Just before my birthday I made the decision to change some things.  Well, quite a few things.

changequotesocratesAfter seeing my sister and best friend have some pretty great results with some changes they had made in their diet, I thought I’d give it a try.  There is no specific “name” to what I’m doing, but it’s close to “Low Carb, High Fat”.  (I’m not doing “Paleo”)  I have removed most grains from my diet, including wheat, rice, corn, and oats.  I have stopped using refined sugar, substituting where needed with other options, like xylitol and maple syrup, but I am trying to remove sweeteners altogether where possible. I have succeeded in weaning myself off having sugar in my tea, and, for the most part, my coffee.  I am making sure I eat protein at least twice a day.  I am including extra “good fats”, like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oils.  I am eating fruit, but it’s no more than 2 pieces every 3 days.  I am overloading on vegetables like zucchini, dark leafy greens, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli.  I am eating cheese, yoghurt, cream, and other dairy.  I’m unable to substitute nuts, nut flour, nut oils/milks due to my son’s allergies, which makes some of the grain free variations a bit of a challenge. To some, it might seem like a huge sacrifice.  I must admit that the convenience of things like bread and pasta is missed, but I’ve never been one to shy away from cooking.  Plus I’m already used to boycotting certain foods/products due to dealing with my highly allergic son’s diet needs.

dancingI am also returning to dancing.  I’m starting slow.  I’ve been out on a few social nights with my sister, which has been SO much fun! I’m also trying to get to a class night at least once a week.  Doesn’t matter if it’s swing or rock’n’roll, the idea is to get out and about, meet the people who have started dancing over the last 10 years, and see how the scene has changed. The scene I remember is gone, which is sad.  But I am looking forward to exploring the new one.

What has taken me by complete surprise is that I am seeing a rather tremendous change already.  I have shed almost 5kg since my birthday, my sleeping has improved, and I find that I am waking up more alert.  The carpal tunnel discomfort that I get from time to time has decreased as well, which has been a welcome side effect.

This is the start of a long journey.  But it has been a good start.

Notes:

This is as it pertains to me.  I’m certainly not making judgements on anyone elses life.

Planning A Vintage Inspired Wardrobe – Part 2

Planning A Vintage Inspired Wardrobe – Part 2

Working It In

Just because you’re creating a new look (or revamping an old one) for yourself, there’s no need to toss everything you currently own.  You may have a piece or two that you just love and can’t part with, or that are designer and you don’t want to feel like you’ve wasted the money.  Is there already a colour theme in your wardrobe?  Or is one of the reasons you want to revamp because there is no unity?

My current wardrobe has no unity, or colour theme.  I have pieces that I won’t want to lose, so I will want to create a wardrobe that will allow me to incorporate some of what I already have.

And don’t forget your accessories!  Beloved shoes, or handbag?  A scarf that has wonderful memories attached?  Don’t feel like you have to abandon ANYTHING that you love because you want to revamp/do up your wardrobe.  Even if the pieces are anachronistic, there are ways to work things in that makes them playful, or purposefully ironic.

Working the vintage wardrobe isn’t always about being 100% authentic.  Fashion and subculture movements like Steampunk and Dieselpunk show us that we can take elements from the fashion of the day, twist it a little and make it rock.  The important thing is that you enjoy what you’re wearing.

Best thing to do is really look at your current wardrobe, and select the things that you already own that you want to incorporate into your ‘new look’.  Hang them together and take a photo of them to see what you have, and see if there are any commonalities between them.  Colour.  Shape. Potential for alteration to suit.

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Looking at my own wardrobe I have 4 or 5 dresses, half a dozen tops/blouses, 2 skirts, a coat and a waistcoat.  Most of which require some kind of alteration to either fit properly, or be appropriate, a couple of which don’t currently fit but will work into the wardrobe at a future time but most of which will be phased out of the wardrobe as I start shedding some weight.  There’s no great colour theme, and if not for the fact my skirts are black, there’s very little coordination going on.  And while black is a great equaliser, I really don’t want to have my wardrobe full of it.

100_6347_0As far as accessories go, most of my shoes are black, with a couple of specials as seen here.  And while I have one great vintage handbag, I do enjoy making my own, and while they may not be vintage or even vintage inspired, I do love them all the same and will make them work.  I have one Trilby hat that works in winter, and I have plans for some cute hats for summer later this year.

100_6345_0So now with the assessment out of the way, now comes the what to add first?

100_6344_0I seem to have quite a few tops/blouses, so what I need are pants and skirts, but a couple of new blouses would be nice too, but I don’t want to make any jackets or dresses just yet.

Next week:- Patterns & Planning

Planning A Vintage Inspired Wardrobe – Prequel

Planning A Vintage Inspired Wardrobe – Part 1

Planning A Vintage Inspired Wardrobe – Part 3

Planning A Vintage Inspired Wardrobe – Part 4