Christmas is coming ~TJ118

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I wanted very much to be a size 12 by Christmas, but that was a little bit unrealistic lol

I have revised downwards and will now be a proper size 18 for Christmas, jeggings purchased and quite snug at the moment, fluffy girlie ankle boots with a nice wedge heel bought. Looking out now for a cheap (not going to wear it more than once) top to wear with jeggings and boots to works dinner on the 14th December.

Will bling the whole outfit up with glittery jewellery, do my hair, make up etc – a very rare event indeed!

Next Christmas however, is a different story, I will be almost 60 then and want to be a size 12/weigh 12 stone for that – the aim may well change as I lose more weight, get fitter, more toned etc, but I like targets, goals or I just lose the way. Dress is all picked out and expensive (by my standards) that will be a real celebration 60th birthday, Christmas, achieving my goals – brilliant, looking forward to that day.

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My aims ~TJ67

When my son was home from uni we were discussing what I was aiming to achieve with all the healthy eating and exercise. From this very simple question came a torrent of information and different outcomes which I had to try to justify to him (very logical boy).

Firstly – I wanted to improve my health – he liked that

Secondly – I wanted to lose weight – same as first aim according to Mr Logical

Thirdly – I wanted to be fit  – same as 1 and 2 he says

Fourthly – I want to be a size 12 – this completely flummoxed him he had no conception that women’s clothes came in sizes. We discussed men and women’s clothing ie trousers come in a waist size not a generic number, he could not grasp that women’s clothes were graded according to standard measurements.

So being a scientific sort, off he went to investigate, we discovered some startling facts. Each clothing chain decides on its own measurements for sizes and these can be very varied indeed.

Dress Sizes on the high street

Dress Sizes on the high street from an article in the Daily Mail

As you can see there is a two to three inch difference in bust, waist and hip sizes from just these few shops, so my son asks how can you want to be something that simply does not exist in reality?

My turn to be confused, the more I tried to explain, the more confused I became. Eventually I had to concede that he was correct, there is no actual size 12, but I am certain that the vast majority of women in the UK would have an image in their heads of what the shape and proportion of a size 12 was.

So my aims then have changed due to the chat with my son (lasted for an entire evening), health, fitness and no blubber regardless of size.

During the investigations we found this image from http://www.blisstree.com/2011/12/09/beauty-shopping/daily-fail-the-average-british-woman-weights-154-pounds-and-doesnt-like-it-920/ showing five women all weighing 154 pounds (11 stone) – slightly less than I would have thought for me to be size 12 at 5′ 4″.

Five women of varying height all weighing 11 stone

Five women of varying height all weighing 11 stone

Just goes to show that you cannot select a size or a weight and hope to be the shape you want – that is affected by height, body composition and many other factors – over to Steve for geek stuff on body composition, how to improve it, toning, conditioning (whatever that is – makes me think of Bob Martin’s conditioning powders for the dogs coat)