My phone rang promptly at 930am today. I was awake but still in bed thankful that it is Saturday. I recognized the ringtone right away, my sister Sandy. She lives in Sterling. She has been calling me every week asking me how much weight I have lost. She marks it on her wipe-erase board that she keeps on her refrigerator. She’s been waiting for me to reach the 100 pound mark. Today I am still only at 95 pounds.
Finally she says, “I can’t take it anymore. I’m not going to wait another 5 pounds. We’re going shopping today!” She promised me a while back that when I reached 100 pounds lost she would take me clothes shopping. She figured by then I would definitely need new clothes, and she was right!
I was always planning to check out some dresses this weekend just to see what I could find. I did not expect an entire shopping extravaganza. I drove all the way out to far away Sterling, VA and we went to Dulles Town Center. We must have hit about a dozen stores. In total, she spent over $350.00 on me. That’s right, my cool younger sister bought me $350.00 in clothes. I did not really expect that.
She knew that I would never spend that much on myself. Not at this point. I am saving up for a big shopping spree when I am done losing weight, but I do not see the point in spending that kind of money now. We must have bought 10 items at Old Navy alone. Some of the stuff we bought does not even really fit me yet. She made me buy a pair of jeans from JC Penney’s that I cannot even button.
She just said, “Get them, you’ll be wearing them in a month!” She’s probably right. We bought jeans, blouses, dresses, sweaters, and skirts.
I have some complaining to do, though. (Not about my sister. She totally rocks.) I had a really hard time finding dresses that I like. When was it decided that fat women only like to wear sleeveless dresses? I mean seriously. I know summer is just around the corner, but could we throw in some short sleeve options, please? Not all obese women want to show off their arms. Mine definitely are not ready for prime time. I’m trying to exercise them, but I still have a long way to go before they are in shape for sleeveless dresses and shirts. I could have come away with a bunch of dresses if only a couple of options had short sleeves. I’m really disappointed.
On a good note, Dress Barn is really an awesome store. After going all over the mall, my sister and I decided to try Lane Bryant which was across the way from the mall. There was a Dress Barn next to Lane Bryant. We went into LB to see if there were cool dress or skirt options. I did see two skirts, but I thought they were way to expensive. So, we did not get them and went over to Dress Barn. Dress Barn had the cutest stuff. The dress that I bought was a size 16 misses. I did not have to buy a plus size. I bought it in the regular women’s section. In the plus size section, I bought a blouse that was a size 14/16.
The dress was a tiny bit snug in the tummy area. The sales woman at the store told me I needed a bigger size. I laughed and said, “Um, no, I”m not getting a bigger size.” By next month, it will not be tight at all. I explained to her about the surgery and how much weight I’ve already lost. She was then like, “Oh! Stick with that one then.”
The next time I decide to go shopping, I’m going directly to Dress Barn first. Then maybe Old Navy! Plus, by then, I will hopefully be out of the plus sized clothes and into normal girl clothes and will be able to shop anywhere I want!