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Fitness Test and Thrift Store Finds

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today I had what they call a "fitness retest" at the gym. The trainer took all my measurements and in the end added up all the inches lost since my first fitness test. It was up somewhere close to 30 inches. I have lost another 3% body fat (whatever that means -- it sounds healthy, though, doesn't it?). My weight since joining the gym has gone down 40 pounds, and I had already lost 12 pounds before joining.

My BMI is 27.7, but the trainer pointed out that being short, muscular (woohoo!), and female were factors that did not work in my favour with BMI, and that it is the least important of the measurements to consider.

On a different note, I went shopping at the thrift store yesterday. I am not really a fan of buying clothes at the thrift store, but that's because I used to wear plus sizes, and if you think it's hard to find good clothes that size in a regular store, it's even harder in a thrift store.

Shopping at size 10 (or Medium) is quite a different experience. The selection is much more varied and it's possible to make some good finds. I got an Italian "designer" down jacket for $20. Someone had put it through the washer (the label said it was washable) without taking the time to fluff up the down afterwards, so it was a bit lumpy to the touch, but it looked fine. I have been working away at the clumps of down to try to get them fluffy again. By the way, I call it a "designer" down jacket because it is so stylish. It is not your run-of-the-mill, boxy puffer jacket. It is nicely fitted, and has wonderful details.

Another funny find -- which I had to buy just because I could get them on and do them up -- was a pair of skinny jeans in bright red plaid. They were size 10, and there was plenty of spandex in the fabric, so they fit. Sort of. So long as I can find the right top to wear them with. (Preferably something long and loose.)

My friend pointed out to me that the Bay City Rollers will be playing at the casino in Niagara Falls, and she thought I should go and see them wearing my plaid pants. But I was thinking more along the lines of a punk rock look, maybe with my new biker jacket*. (The Bay City Rollers were a bit before my time.)

I had hoped to find a short denim skirt at the thrift store, but there were no fashionable ones available (plenty of unfashionable ones to choose from, of course). However, I was able to find a nice one from H&M in black denim, which is close enough.

I wore the Italian jacket out last night and it was warm and cozy and as I said, it looked fine even though the down was lumpy. It has the most gorgeous collar made of curly locks of wool sewn onto fabric (so, real animal "fur" but without harming an animal in the process). It felt so luxurious up around my face.

Anyway, I am just so pleased with the results of my fitness test and my thrift store finds!

Hope you have something to make YOU happy today.

* Just read another Spring fashion magazine and found out I should be calling it a "moto jacket".
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    Oh, I should, shouldn't I? The plaid pants will at least be good for a laugh, if I am brave enough to model them.

    Funny thing about the skirt. I shook it out to put it in the washer and someone's house key went flying out of one of the pockets. All I can think of is some poor young teenager who probably got in trouble for losing her key (though that might not be the story, of course).
    2952 days ago
    Awesome progress : D
    No photos of your thrift store finds?
    2952 days ago
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