Monday, May 25, 2009

Cheap Shopping!!!

Years ago I used to do the majority of my shoppint at Value Village. I didn't have alot of extra money, I hated shopping, and I didn't like how I looked in most clothes anyway. So I figured I may as well get them cheap.

It became a pretty nasty habit. On my lunch hours, I was bored, I'd go shop. I ended up with bags upon bags of clothing, most of which I never wore. I was constantly buying a "target" outfit, which I would never fit into. Looking back, I would have been better off spending that time getting some exercise.

Then I got to a stage where I realized I was worthy. I became pickier with my clothes and bought less - this was much better! And I still value a well fitting, quality item over quantity.

But with summer coming I really need quite a few items in my closet. Over the last years I've done several clean-ups and it's getting pretty bare in there. I had just 2 pairs of shorts left and really they're too big. I have to cinch up a belt to keep them on and they balloon out on the hips making me look bigger than I am.

To buy everything I need, I don't have enough spare cash. Plus, I'm losing weight again and don't anticipate being my current size for long.

Re-enter my long lost love affair with Value Village!!!!

Today they had a 50% off sale, so really how could I resist. (really???) I bought a pair of capris (almost too big but will do for now), 3 pairs shorts, 1 jean skirt, and 2 pretty tank tops - all for $18!!! Taxes in. Can you believe that??
I even took some pics!!!
Here's the two tanks. The purple one was 75 cents!! The other was $2

This is the capris. After taking this pic I'm not in love with them and they may find themselves back on the VV boutique shelves before long. And beside that is the jean skirt. It is about 5 lbs too tight. I could wear it, but not comfortably. It's snug.

And two of the pairs of shorts. I have one more pair but my camera battery died before I got a pic of them. The other one's are brown and almost knee length.

Here was today's menu:

Breakfast - Red River Cereal (2)
Lunch - Vegetable Beef Soup at Hand, Pear, tangerine, All Bran Bar (4)
Snack - 6 Almonds & 1/3 c. cheese crackers (3)
Dinner - Chili, cornbread (12)
Not nearly enough veggies today and way too much cornbread (but oh it was good!!)

Total - 21 points

Exercise - none, had to drive my son to work. I could workout tonight but honestly I'm bagged and I think I need a bit more sleep tonight.

I printed off a 20 week half marathon training program this weekend. Yesterday was supposed to be a 10K run, but I did 13 instead just because that was the length of the trail :). Tomorrow is a 30 min run. I don't know if I'll actually do a half this fall, but I want to train as if I am. I want to know that I can do that distance and I want to train for it safely.


Joanne said...

I love a bargain, you sure got a few there :)

syl said...

You look great in all your outfits Heidi. It doesn't matter where you go to shop or how much, it makes sence to do what your doing, because it's so hard to keep up when your loosing weight.
I was going to say that I LOVE the white capris, I also like the two tanks but my favorite is the red shirt. Everything looks fabulous on you!

Gina said...

Thanks so much for the inspirational comments! Your clothes look amazing - I actually really like the white capris, I think they look great. Enjoy your look - you have worked very hard for it :)

Tiffany said...

You look amazing! I'm very inspired by your weight loss since your start weight of 174.6 is about where I started a few weeks ago. I hope I can look as good as you when I get to the low 150's.

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

oh la la! You look great Heidi! Love the new outfits!

Heidi said...

HAHA the white capris I already owned - and I love them too! It's the jean capris I'm not fond of.

Thanks for all the great comments everyone!!!

Susan said...

You look amazing in those photos !