Clothes Shopping: Nightmare or Fun?

In the past, when the season changed and I had to go clothes shopping, I would literally go into a panic. I had to take off my jacket or sweater and expose my body to others?! I would go shopping in the “special store” and always picked out clothes that were baggy and dark in color. I would take in several sizes hoping that I would be able to buy a size smaller than last year. When I tried on something and it didn’t fit, tears followed. I would sit in the dressing room and verbally beat myself up. I would then end up either buying a few items that were very baggy on me or not purchase anything and vow that I wouldn’t buy anything new until I lost weight. Then the season would then go by and I didn’t lose the weight.

In the past, when the season changed and I had to go clothes shopping, I would literally go into a panic. I had to take off my jacket or sweater and expose my body to others?! I would go shopping in the “special store” and always picked out clothes that were baggy and dark in color. I would take in several sizes hoping that I would be able to buy a size smaller than last year. When I tried on something and it didn’t fit, tears followed. I would sit in the dressing room and verbally beat myself up. I would then end up either buying a few items that were very baggy on me or not purchase anything and vow that I wouldn’t buy anything new until I lost weight. Then the season would then go by and I didn’t lose the weight.

Since I started my journey to wellness, I have become a bit of a clothes addict. I have accepted who I am now and when I look into the mirror I am no longer unhappy. I have learned to love myself. When I went shopping this past week, to my surprise, I was able to purchase clothes that were a size smaller than usual! I was so excited that I treated myself to some beautiful, colorful items. No more dark colors for me. I bought bright colors and I am enjoying not having to wear a sweater or jacket. This is a first for me in a long time; I had always hid behind a cover-up of some sort. No more of that!


Please love who you are today. Clothes shopping can be fun. Buy some brightly colored clothes and it will make you smile. Don’t hide behind those sweaters, jackets or cover-ups. Love yourself because you are special.

Weekly Menu:

Sunday and Wednesday: chicken meatballs with whole grain pasta

Monday and Friday: grilled salmon on a bed of fresh greens

Tuesday and Thursday: whole grain pizza topped with sautéed veggies and skim mozzarella cheese

Saturday: grilled chicken breast topped with salsa

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Enjoy your week!

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!