After 45 years of 'practicing' how to lose weight and live right, I am working on figuring out just who I want to be as I go into my senior years. With a little help from my friends I am working on how to keep the weight off that I've lost and at the same time, how to live a healthier life. I might be over 60, but I feel better than I did in my 30's!
I'm the 'Lazy Quilter' who doesn't always take the time to try to achieve perfection. I prefer to enjoy the process of creating instead of agonizing over being perfect.
I am 'Walker Lady' who changed my lifestyle and lost over 70 pounds in the process!
I wear the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one unique human bean!
All the women above used a sewing pattern that was a size 16, for the slacks they are wearing.
Size 16 seems to come in all shapes that don't look quite the same!
How can you feel good about yourself if you are not a model size 2? An article I glanced at had the subject line:
"Look Gorgeous Even With Size 16 Jeans".
EVEN with size 16? What? Is size 16 normally an ugly size?
What does size 16 look like?
Oh how flattering this is! (insert sarcasm)
That size 16 model is so NOT pretty!
Here is a size 16 model that does a lot of work for Lane Bryant:
Her name is Ashley Graham and she's 22, 5' 9" tall.
Her measurements are reported to be 36-34-47.
By the way, her bra size is a 38D.
Here is another size 16 woman, although she is not a model:
She is 57, 5' 9" tall and her measurements are reported to be 40-37-43.
Although she wore a D cup when she was in her 20's,
somehow it measures as an A cup now. (38A-40A)
Let this be a lesson to you...if you are younger and have weight to lose, either lose it while you are still young so your skin shrinks back or save a lot of money so you can get plastic surgery to remove it later!
I am sure you've guessed that the photos of the 57 year old are mine. This is why it is hard for me to grasp that I am a size 16 and only considered to be overweight a bit. I "see" a huge belly and think I am still obese. My intellectual brain says differently. Someday I hope the two catch up to each other!
See the scar above my belly button? That is what stomach stapling surgery did to you 30 years ago.
I hear that the modern day version of this surgery leaves smaller scars now, but I would still never recommend the surgery.
Sometimes I AM allowing myself to catch a glimpse of what others see. This woman below, with her dog, doesn't look as huge as her brain sometimes wants to tell her she is.
She actually doesn't look half bad for an old lady.
I will enjoy my size 16. I will have to hunt a bit more, than some might, for the right clothes to hide the loose skin because I cannot afford plastic surgery, but that is ok. Being a size 16 is pretty cool and with the right clothes, you might even say a little sexy. Maybe spicy? Ah heck, I'll take being a nice woman who has a neat dog named Ziva!