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Menopause Barbie

This post is for all my girlfriends, to all the ladies out there that I know and care about, young and old. It doesn’t really matter what age you are, if you are a female, this post is for you. From me to you, because I care about you.

I am 43 years old, and as of last Fall, give or take, I started having menopause symptoms. First it was just inconsistent periods, but then all the other stuff started to hit. The diagnosis was confirmed by a blood test prescribed by my gyno, which resulted in high estrogen and low progesterone levels, which are indicative of Peri-Menopause.

The symptoms are nothing I would desire on anyone, unless I really, really disliked them. The over heating sensation, like you are burning up from the inside out, the lack of energy, being tired all the time, hair loss, insomnia, weight gain, and the kicker: acne. All very undesirable symptoms, I have been having on and off since about a year ago. Well, as it turns out every female out there, sooner or later will go through it. Peri-Menopause (the moment any of these symptoms begin) will happen to you all, it’s just a matter of time.

But don’t despair, this is where this post comes in.  My gift to you is this YouTube channel I recently discovered, it’s called Menopause Barbie.

Dr. Barbara Taylor, a retired OBGYN, is now dedicating her time to put her book and seminars into YouTube videos in order to reach a broader audience. She is out to spread the Menopause word to all women out there. the videos are somewhat wacky, but they are filled with useful information and clarify a lot, if not every question you might have about menopause. And if you are Pre-Menopausal, meaning you are not having any symptom (the first one is inconsistent periods), you can still benefit about learning about your body and knowing what to expect, because believe you me, it is coming, and when it gets to you, you will want to know what the heck is going on.

Watch the videos. Check out her website. Download the worksheet and the outline. Or buy her book. But don’t let peri-menopause reach you unprepared and uneducated. Believe me, you will be happy you did it. And if you are going through it right now, you will be so thankful you understand what the deal is with your body, and will learn about all the options you have to manage your body’s changes in whichever way you see fit.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You are very welcome!

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2016 Goals – Month 1

I shared before I had some goals for 2016, so I thought since we are coming to the end of the first month in 2016 (can you freaking believe it?!), I’d update here my progress.

Regarding the weight loss: I started out at 149.5 lbs and weigh now 146.5 lbs, which is better, yet not really significant since that number fluctuates daily. The lowest I’ve been this month, was a few days ago, at 144 lbs. Again, nothing mayor, but still improvement. I’ll take it as progress.

Regarding the No-Buy: Well I mega crashed and burned there. I realized one of the work trousers I had bought last year was worn out and had to go, and the other two were way too big on me. Not necessarily because I’v lost all that weight, but more so because since I had gained weight and all my pants were too tight, I had both those last year a little bit lose, so I wouldn’t feel tight. The logic, I know. Well, now I needed new black pants for work. I went out to get just that. Yeah, right. I got 5 pairs of pants, 1 blouse, and 2 vests. And I also got two pairs of jeans for Mike. So there went my no-buy in January.

I also bought a little bit of makeup… 😦 I ran out of deodorant, and the one I use is sold at Sephora. That, I realize now, is very dangerous. Anyhow, I got myself the needed new deodorant (Lavanila the Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Coconut), a not-needed yet wanted eyeshadow palette (UD Naked2 Basics) and a primer (MUFE Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer). I use ebates though, for online shopping, and Sephora had an 8% cash back, so there’s always that.

This month, I’ve also bought a Groupon for a face serum, a lobster roll lunch for two, and yoga classes. The yoga classes though, are also part of the 2016 goals. I need to get back into exercising somehow, and yoga has always been so good for me physical, mentally, and spiritually.

I’ve also bought some toiletries I needed (shampoo, conditioner, body butter lotions, and the sort), but that doesn’t count. As the deodorant from Sephora (only the deodorant), also does not count for the no-buy. Those things are more necessities than wants. The no-buy is really for extras, for those things that are, as we say in Spanish “antojos”.

We went to IKEA this weekend and got a drawer unit (Alex 9-drawer unit). We needed that for the study. To actually free up the study closet, and make more room for Mike’s clothes. Poor Mike had his clothes spread out in 3 rooms. Now, at least they are in just 2. But, I’m guessing that doesn’t count either, because technically, we did need that unit.

Regarding meditation: I’ve been on a roll. Meditating every morning I can, which tends to be 4 out of the 7 days of the week. So, all good there.

I think those were it. I didn’t write down goals, or set deadlines this year. I just kinda said aloud that I wanted to lose 20 lbs and go on a no-buy, to save for a house. The yoga, meditation, and exercise bits, I’ve added to the lose weight goal, which I’m thinking is more of a get healthy goal instead. Overall, I think I’m making progress in some areas, and not so much in others. Hopefully, February, will be on the positive end of the balance for all areas. How are you coming along with your resolutions/goals for 2016? Do you have any?

Happy October!

Happy October everyone! September has been such a great month, I’m almost sad to see it go. Especially, because it’s getting chillier now, and we can just feel in these parts… it’s coming… winter is, unfortunately, coming. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, Fall isn’t even here yet, at least not in full blown. Leaves are starting to fall and seem to be everywhere these days, and the temperature has dropped 10 to 20 degrees, but today, the first day of October, it’s sunny and bright, and you could even break out a sweat if you went for a jog.

September was a great month for so many reasons. The first one being that ever since we got back from vacation and then got engaged, Mike and I have been truly enjoying our cohabitation. Mike moved-in mid June, but he worked in the suburbs until the first week of July. So the commuting to and fro didn’t leave us with much f2f time during the week; it actually felt as if we were still only seeing each other on the weekends. When Mike’s time at his old job came to an end (by choice), we spent 3 weeks in July sort of on a stay-cation. School had ended for me, so I was working on-and-off from home, and we would mainly run errands together and spend a lot of time sorting things out around our condo.

On Mikes birthday, the 31st of July, we headed down South for a 4 week vacation, which was a great time spent with family and friends. But it wasn’t until we got back, the last week of August and in September that we got a sense of what it truly feels like living together, in the day-to-day routine: me working full-time, teaching and going into the office mainly everyday, and Mike doing day-trading from home. And I have to say, we have never been happier. So much so, my friend Andrea called me up yesterday to ask what was going on with us, because apparently in every photo we share on FB we look like we have fairy dust sprinkled on top of us, we look so happy… which I guess makes us look pretty too.

People at work have noticed as well. The other day someone told me I looked Zen, and now he knew where to go when feeling stressed, because I exuded this aura of calm and “everything will be well with the world”. I’ve always been a pretty composed, happy person, but I know where he’s coming from, because right now I am smiley and happy, without any effort on my part. I am enjoying everything I do, living it up, seeing the positives, and just overall being happy. I shared this with Mike the other day, and he agreed, he feels happy too. I think he was afraid my OCD-ness would not be able to tolerate his messiness, and he feared that once we started living together all hell would break loose. Not the case. Quiet the opposite, in fact. We are loving it!

Another great thing, maybe a side-effect of the happy feeling, is that I have kept on track with my dieting-losing weight goal. I have now lost a total of 10 lbs, and I’m feeling really good about it. I had gone up to a size 10, people! Can you even believe it? And now I am back in a size 6. I am doing a happy dance now in my chair! I fit into most of my old clothes, some 6, some 4, especially skirts and dresses; I could do a size 4 in dresses now, but still not in pants. My goal is to lose 10 more lbs, that would put me back at my ideal weight and where I was when I moved from NY. But I am starting to realize that I need to do something drastic to accomplish that. I’m thinking South Beach diet is actually more so in my closer future, than I thought. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

The other area in which things are just swimming along nicely, is at work. I always come back renewed and energized after the summer break, but this September has been a bit different. I am loving teaching, and even though both courses I am teaching this term are a lot of work (one I’m teaching for the first time, and the second I have completely redesigned), I seem to not mind. I’m not stressed about it, and I’m enjoying all of it: the prepping, the actual teaching, and the grading. Life changing, I tell you.

I’m also full of neat new project ideas I want to pursue, as I also complete two papers I need to get out to journals (the goal is to do this by December). I’m loving it, I tell you. Loving it all. As you can see September really was a great, fulfilling month, and I expect no less from October, which is also my birthday month, so there’s always that. Although, be warned, Mercury goes retrograde the 4th of October, and will be so until the 25th. Be cautious, be careful, be clear, be patient, but still for the love of God, be happy! Happy October!

On losing weight

As you might have noticed from yesterday’s post, I am fat! And I’m not saying it to talk shop about myself, I am actually the fattest I have even been in my life, at least the heaviest. So I have made it my mission to lose this weight and get back into shape.

Part of this is my own fault, because truly, for the past two-three years I have literally eaten whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted (I feel totally guilty when I see the photos from Africa, #HONY has been posting lately). But also, there have been some thyroid issues, which helped put me over the edge weight-wise.

My primary physician prescribed Levothyroxine back in October of 2013, when I discovered through a blood test at the DP Health Fair, that I had Hypothyroidism. It’s been almost a year now, and I think finally we honed in the right dose, and my thyroid is slowly getting back to normal. I say this because I had decided to diet and control my weight-gain before, to no avail. I could have starved myself (I tried) and would lose no weight at all. Sometimes I even gained weight, which was strange and very frustrating.

But ever since we got back from vacation, it has been out for daily walks and jogs, and dieting. And I have lost 5 lbs in 6 days. Which is what my body used to do before, every time I started controlling what I ate. I’m not actually dieting, but I have cut out all sweets (only fruit and sugar-free gum are allowed) and have stopped eating between meals (this was actually killing me… I was over-eating out of anxiety and stress). My meals now consist of a small breakfast (usually a homemade smoothie), a regular meal for lunch (a sandwich, rice and chicken, maybe hotdogs, some fruit , etc), and then a small dinner (Cesar salad with chicken, crackers, cheese and cold cuts, fruit, nuts, and the sort). No potato chips, doritos, or peanuts mid-afternoon. No mini donuts, tequeños, pancakes or cinnamon buns for breakfast. No kit kats, twixs, double bubble, toblerone, or jaw breakers for snack. Nothing. Done.

I asked my sister to lend me her South Beach Diet book, because I intend to do it again. I’ve only done it once and it was hard, but it is effective in helping to lose the weight. Keeping it off is another story, because you can’t realistically South Beach it for life, at least I can’t. But I am determined to lose this weight, and so far, I am off to a great start.

I made an appointment with an endocrinologist and will be seeing him in October. My primary physician recommended a doctor, but when I looked her up it turned out she is only 36 years old, and I don’t know if this is just my bias, but I am not going to put my health in the hands of someone younger than me, at least not at this point in my life. So, I looked for a guy with over 30 years of experience and booked an appointment. I’ll let you know how that goes. Here’s to losing weight and getting back into shape!

Back with updates on work and health

My gosh, I totally dropped the blogging ball, didn’t I. And the thing is I’ve been thinking about wanting to blog and have all these events I want to share here, but just haven’t had the time. Every time I feel the urge, there is another, more pressing activity I need to tend to, sometimes urgently, and thus I leave blogging to the side. By the time I free up, I’m exhausted and to continue sitting in front of the computer is the last thing I want to do. So I blog in my head. Yeah, no use to anyone, but myself, I know.  The life of the working woman, huh?

In any case, there are a lot of things to update the blogging world on, if there is anyone left reading this, that is. As you know I am back at work full-time. My research leave ended in December, and when the term began the first week of January, I went back to work full force. It seems like I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath since. The courses I was teaching, this winter term, went really well. I loved my students this term and I think that right there made all the difference. Also, I taught a new-to-me course, which meant a TON of preparation before each class, but it was a bilingual education course, the field in which I want to begin to get my feet in, and I truly enjoyed teaching it.

Last week was week 11, finals week, and my students presented their final quizzes and projects. I am now in the midst of grading, which hasn’t been as tedious as before… I’m telling you this term has really been a good one… I don’t want to jinx it though, because the next term begins in a week, and I want to start it with the same positive vibe and mojo as the term I’m just leaving behind. And I really want to take some time, if only a little bit, to savor the positives. Of course there were particular students who tried to be a sour pus. I guess it’s inevitable. But the bottom line is all very positive, and since last year, right about this time, I had more than had it and was in a very negative place work-wise, I think I really need to take at least a minute to savor and appreciate this very positive state.

Aside from work, and being swamped with grading, prepping my two courses for next term, addressing the editor’s queries for my book (expected to come out in July, hooray!), and submitting my annual tenure review, all due by the end of this week, other things are going on as well.

Health-wise, I’m still dealing with my prematurely retired thyroid and it’s consequent weight gain problems. Even though I am watching what I eat more theses days, my weight is not budging. I even dropped sugar for Lent, and thus have spent the past 3 weeks deprived of sweets (oh, the cravings!), and nothing. I’ve gone down a whooping two pounds. So I’m making an appointment to see an endocrinologist sometime soon.

I’m also still recovering from the arm fracture, but doing much better. Did I share that before I went off the grid? I think not, because it happened the 19th of February, and I think I haven’t been here since January, right? Right. Well, one early Wednesday morning, a morning a bit less cold than the polar vortex we have come accustomed to lately, while walking to my car to drive into work, I slipped on ice and fell flat on my left side. OUCH! A few seconds later, I was able to get up, walk to my car, shovel it out of the snow with my right arm only, and drive to work. Unfortunately, the pain in my left arm did not lessen, and by time I was done teaching around 3:00 pm (I was teaching two classes back-to-back on Wednesdays), the pain was unbearable and I decided I needed to have an MD take a look at it.

I should have gone to an orthopedic doctor, but I didn’t know any, so I called my internal medicine doctor, who wasn’t in. There was another internal medicine person who could see me around 5:30 pm, so I went. She thought I needed an x-ray, she thought because of the pain and the fact I couldn’t really move it, it might be broken. But, of course the technician at the x-ray office was already gone for the day, so I would have to come back the next morning. What I really should have done was gone to the ER right after I fell, but I truly thought the pain would go away. I didn’t think I had broken anything, and by Pete, I had to go teach!

In any case, I drove as I could, home and then back the following day, got an x-ray and later that day a call from the doctor saying, yep, I had a fracture and I needed to go see an ortho guy. They couldn’t get me an appointment before Saturday morning, apparently all orthos were booked (I guess a lot of people are breaking bones this time of year), so I had to wait.

The first doctor had prescribed stronger ibuprofen, so at least I had that. When Mike came over Friday night, he improvised a sling for me from a scarf, because I didn’t have anything to hold my arm in place, and every little movement was quite painful. That helped. Saturday morning, during the ortho appointment, he reconfirmed it was fractured, gave me a proper sling and sent me home, saying I needed to come in a week. I was also instructed to try to move my arm as much as possible, without straining it or putting weight on it.

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Did you know that casts are not recommended for adults? As it turns out adults are not as resilient as children, and if my arm were to be immobilized for weeks, once the cast came off I would have lost mobility to the point that not even with physical therapy I would be able to recuperate it. So a sling and allowing for movement, as much as possible, was the best way to go with a hairline, non-displaced fracture in the arm, close to the elbow, as the one I have.

Also, did you know sling in Spanish, is cabestrillo? See all the things you learn by coming here? 😉

It’s going to be 5 weeks tomorrow, and I have recovered a great deal of mobility. I’m not completely pain free, but I only took painkillers the first few days. I used the sling everywhere the first week, only to go out the second week, and after that, not at all. My students were impressed, they thought I had recovered quickly. They were the ones who saw me in pain and holding my arm all through class the day I feel, and then wearing a sling the following two weeks. By week 3, when I was not wearing the sling any more, they thought I was super woman! 🙂

All kidding aside, I’m glad I recovered mobility, The doctor says I won’t recover 100% of mobility or outward rotation of the arm, but we’ll see about that. He says I won’t be able to stretch it all the way flat, but will always have about 15 degrees of inclination in the left arm, in comparison to the right one. That’s true right now, but I am hopeful it will continue to get better. This is, after all, my first ever fracture because of an accident, so I am focused on getting it back to wear it was, even if I’m over 40 and my bones are not what they used to be… everyone has been asking about my calcium intake. Yet, I am positive that anyone who fell as hard I did, on the cement, would have fractured something too, no matter how much calcium they took everyday.

Not sure how, but this post ended being all about work and then health issues. Not that much fun for a first post back in months. But hey, I’m writing, and hopefully this will set me in motion to come back and share the rest of the other tons of things I’ve been meaning to write about. But for now, this just got way past the length one can sustain for reading a blog post. So let’s wrap it up now, while we are ahead, shall we? I’ll be back with more soon.

Happy Halloween!

I’ve been cooped in, working on the book manuscript these past weeks, and it’s coming along. Lots of work, but I like how it’s turning out, so all good. Every day I work on it, well, every day except for Tuesday, when I had two doctor’s appointments and a ton of errands to run.

Update on the thyroid: I indeed have an under working thyroid (hypothyroidism) and got prescribed medication for it. They redid my blood work, and this time the TSH levels were even higher (7.5), so definitely off. Hopefully, with the medication I’ll be back on track, especially with the weight gain issue and the over tiredness, which I could definitely do without.

The other doctor I went to was the dentist. I hadn’t been to the dentist in almost 3 years, yeah, yeah, I know. But I just hadn’t found one I liked. Anyhow, I had a ton of fillings, 7 to be exact, that needed redoing. And one that was too big, and needed to turn into a crown. Needless to say, it was expensive and painful. I’ve gone several times now, but this past Tuesday was my last appointment, and we had to end with a bang, because for some reason my reaction to the anesthesia was mayor dizziness, which lasted all afternoon and night. I was still dizzy when I went to bed. Not fun.

But you know what is fun? Halloween! And today it’s trick or treat day! Or as I like to call it: free candy day! I’m not planning on going out, dressing up, or even handing out candy (there are no kids in my building). But I want to wish you all a happy Halloween and may it be a very, very sweet one!

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Well, that makes sense

Every Fall there is a health fair held at work, and I go. I get my annual flu shot and blood work done as well. Usually, I’m fine. Within the acceptable range in every test, so nothing to report.

Last year, I seemed to have low white blood cell (WBC) count, but it was just below the lower end of the range, so I guess it was nothing to worry about since my doctor (who gets my results) didn’t seem to think I needed anything. Plus, this year my WBC is within the normal range, so I guess whatever it was, it’s gone now. … Now that I think about it though, I was just coming out of having the flu around that time, so that might have been why. I might have used up some of my WBC to fight the flu. Maybe?

In any case, my TSH results then were fine. I got a 2.08, which is well within the range they use at this lab (0.450-4.500), and the range that newer research shows as more acceptable (0.300-3.000) as well. So I was good. This year? Not so much. My TSH result is a whooping 6.33. Not considered normal by any counts, and labeled by all as Hypothyroidism. Which basically means that my thyroid has left the building.

I went online, of course, to see what this meant. What are the consequences to having this 6.33 score? And, symptoms? Are there symptoms? Well, as it turns out, yes, there are symptoms: dry skin, constipation, hair loss, fatigue, irregular periods, weight gain… wait! What? I have ALL of these symptoms, but I thought this was a consequence of being 40, and well, of getting old.

I thought my wonky periods were do to being closer to menopause (yeah, I know!), my hair loss due to stress, my being overly tired was because I was old, my dry skin because of winter, and my weight gain and inability to lose it due to a slowing down metabolism and laziness. Constipation? I’ve always had that, so that wasn’t even in my radar. Wait, was that TMI? Sorry.

But as it turns out, it’s not so much that I’m old and expiring, which let’s face it I am. But more so, that my thyroid decided to go into early retirement and forgot to give me its two weeks notice. I mean, I wake up in the morning after 7-8 continuous hours of sleep (sorry parents of babies of toddlers, that’s one of the perks of being childfree) and I’m tired. Who is tired in the morning? Sometimes so tired, that I need a nap around 10am. This of course can only happen on weekends, so on weekdays I power through and make it to midnight tired, without having had a nap.

I called my internal medicine doctor, and left a message asking if she could treat me for hypothyroidism, or if I should go see an endocrinologist instead. We’ll see what she recommends. I might need a thyroid test, one of those T3-T4 tests to rule out more specific thyroid problems. But for sure I’ll need hormones, since I’m not producing those.

Ah, the joys of expiring parts. The joys of getting old. But at least now I know why it’s been so hard to lose weight, and why it feels like no matter how little I eat, I still gain more of it. Ah, extra weight, damn you! But, mark my words, your days are numbered. Once those hormones kick-in, you won’t know what hit you! And ‘being tired all the time’? I’m kicking you to the curb too. Be warned.

Dusting off the VCR

We have had the perfect Fall weather in Chicago for the past 2 weeks, and I have fully taken advantage of it, at least in the mornings. It has been 60-70 °F and sunny, perfect I tell ‘ya! I have made it to the lake front for a walk and sometimes even a mild jog, for almost two consecutive weeks. Yesterday though, there was a forecast of rain, which never really came to my neck of the woods, but as I didn’t want to risk getting drench while walking (it has happened before), I decided to exercise at home instead.

I connected my old VCR/DVR player, dusted off my old yoga for weight loss tape, pulled out my yoga mat from the coat closet, and off I went for an hour long sessions of yoga by myself, in the comfort of my own living room.

Today I can feel my muscles in discomfort. It’s like they’re saying “What happened here? We were all cushiony and comfy just laying around doing nothing, and now this!?” Well, yes, you needed this, I needed this. And I feel great today, all achyness aside.

Between the extra weight I am carrying and the fact that it’s been almost a year since I did yoga, I could definitely notice all the limberness and flexibility I have lost. It’s going to take me a while to get to where I was before, hell it might take me years before I get to where I was in 2009. But I’m game. I’m whiling to take it on.

So from now on it’s walk/jog on days I can get myself outside, and indoor VCR yoga, on those it which the weather does not cooperate. The diet front is still on hold, but I’m hoping that by sweating a bit I will motivate myself to say no to the cupcake. Wish me luck!

Walking

The weekend came and went. I spent most of it driving to and from Carbondale, IL. I was attending a conference at Southern Illinois University, participating in a panel about Spirituality and Communication, and decided to drive there. It was ok, a little harsh on my bum because of all those hours sitting without a break, but overall the drive was not bad.

What I did notice when I got back was that I was significantly heavier than when I left. Like 3 lbs heavier! This is the heaviest  have ever been in my entire life. I know I say that now and then, but this time I think I have hit a milestone and not in a good way.

I have been walking and recently started to jog too. I do it every morning I can. Meaning I skip it if it’s raining or if I have to walk the dogs. When the dogs are around, my exercising walk is with them. But it’s not the same thing since, even though I get a lot of steps in (my pedometer is active every day), I don’t necessarily break a sweat, so I figure I’m not burning a lot of calories either.

The thing with me is that exercising will maintain me, but not help me lose weight. To lose weight, a lot of weight, which is what I need to lose now, I need to stop eating carbs and sugar, and that’s HARD for me. What I do intend to do is  cut back. Not go all Nazi on myself and cut me off every thing that is good in the culinary world, like I’ve done before. But cut back and not eat anything I want whenever I feel like it, which is what I have been doing for the past couple years.

Yet, as I try to do that, I continue to walk. The weather has been glorious these past weeks, and who would want to miss this view every morning? Not me!

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Size 4 no more

If you have seen me in photos lately, it’s no news to you that I have gained weight. Close to 15 pounds to be exact. In the almost 3 years since I moved from NYC to Chicago, I have gained almost 15 lbs. THE YIKES!

I haven’t really tried to lose the extra weight, to be frank. I’ve stopped exercising regularly and I tend to let myself eat anything I want, whenever I want, which in my case results in binge eating not so healthy snacks throughout the day. I’ve been “hooked” on Bubble Gum (the sugary retro kind), potato chips, milk chocolate (don’t like the dark stuff), lollypops, sweet-tart chewable candy, ice cream, sugar cookies, salty peanuts, cheese, pistachios, and the like. I go through phases with food, as you can tell.

The weekends are the worse. We eat out a lot and because I feel like I don’t eat that well to begin with during the week, I indulge on the weekends… over indulge sometimes. The result? None of my size 4 pants fit me anymore, and this winter I had to make a reluctant run by some stores and buy a few winter size 6 pants because I was freezing my not so little tushy off wearing dresses, and sitting at work with my pants undone so I wouldn’t get a tummy ache was not cutting it any more.

I blamed it on turning 40 and having my hormones change and my metabolism slow down. But the truth is I haven’t really decided “this is it! Enough! I’m losing the weight!” and gone all crazy-diet-lady on myself yet. It’s needed, but it hasn’t happened, and I’m not sure that when it does happen I’ll get the immediate results I attained back in 2008 when I went for losing 17 lbs and accomplished it in 3 months. But again, I need to try.

Long story short, I am getting rid of all of the clothes that have been taking up space in my closet for the past few years. Not that I don’t believe I won’t lose the weight, or that I won’t try, but I’m in need of a major Spring cleaning, and if and when I do go back to size 4, I’ll buy new clothes. So if you are in the market for gently used, some never used with tags still attached, let me know. I’ve opened a little shop on eBay and have been advertising my clothes there this week (my seller name is polin_jm). I’m not sure if I’ll re post them if no one purchases them, so I’m thinking if I can’t sell them for cheap, I’ll just give them away. So again, if you are fortunate enough to still fit into a regular size 4, I have dress pants, casual pants, jeans, shirts, an even an H&M silk dress I’ve never worn, that could potentially be all yours. Just give me a shout out.

Below are instructions from eBay.com on how to search a seller’s items:

To search for items by seller:

  1. Click the Advanced link at the top of the eBay home page.

  2. Under the Items heading on the left side of the page, click By seller.

  3. Enter the seller’s user ID (polin_jm). If you’re not sure of the seller’s user ID, select the Show close and exact user ID matches option.

  4. Click the Search button.