Clothing sizes – This blew my mind!

by Christine on December 13th, 2011

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I’ve had something bother me all week.

We do trivia at a local bar every week. And one of the trivia questions last week was something to the effect of, “A US Size 10 in women’s clothing equates to how big of a waist, in inches?”

I thought, man, that’s an easy question! I had JUST measured my waist the night before! I have a measuring tape hanging on my bathroom door, which I used once a week during my journey to skinny. It had been a while since I measured, so I busted that baby out.

  • I have a 28 inch waist.
  • I’m 5’2. So I’m a petite.
  • I wear a size 4 pant comfortably. (Sometimes a size 2, depending on the brand.)

(sidenote: That’s approx. 2 inches more than reaching my “low/goal weight” a year ago, when I measured in at 26.5 inches. Same weight, bigger waist = clear indication that I’m not exercising.)

So keeping that in mind, and the fact that women’s clothing sizes go up every 2 sizes, I figured that a Size 10 would be something like a 34 or 36 inch waist, right? I guessed 36 inches.

Got the answer wrong.


Guess how big of a waist is a US Size 10? 28 inches!!

But wait! That’s what size MY waist is, and I wear a Size 4!!

According to the charts, a Size 4 should have about a 24 inch waist.  24 inches? Seriously? Who is that teeny? (According to some reports, Megan Fox and Kelly Ripa…)

So either this information is totally F-ed up, or my body is totally out of wack. I don’t know. How does that logic work on you ladies?

Here’s some stats to back up the trivia leader’s answer.


That’s F-ed up. No wonder women go insane when they shop for clothes. The shit doesn’t make a single bit of sense!

Just for some other fun celebrity info….Marilyn Monroe had a 22 inch waist, Audrey Hepburn had a 20 inch waist, Princess Di had a 27 inch waist at the highest, Kate Winslet has a 29 inch waist…  This is a fun website to check out….


Thank you for your comments and feedback!

by Christine on December 9th, 2011

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I’ve gotten a couple of interesting comments on my blog lately.  Most of them have been very constructive and sweet! Curiously, a lot of the comments are from my older posts, such as Compassion and Understanding in an Overweight World and Climbing Mt. Fuji.

I love all my comments, even when they aren’t always full of praise and glowy words. Sometimes the hard words make you stop to think and re-evaluate. There’s good in them, too.

So really, from the bottom of my heart…thank you for stopping by, reading this little blog, and for giving me feedback. I really do appreciate it. Very much so!

(And remember to link me up to your own blogs so I can visit you, too!)

As for me, there’s nothing much going on with me that’s really worthy of writing. It’s more of the same…same food, same problems, same weight, same daily grind, blahblahblah. Sometimes I feel like a broken record on here.

This weekend I’m going on a little wine tour! I’m looking forward to the outing. I’ll be sure to post pictures on Monday.

The holidays are starting to kick up here at work, which means taking clients out to dinner to say “thank you” for the work over the course of the year. I have three work outings scheduled so far, and probably more to come. These are tricky, not only to eat within your calorie budget (especially when you’re dining on work money) but will also prove to be interesting with the gastric band. I’m quite used to excusing myself from the table to go remove “blockage,” but it still feels…rude.

How do you guys deal with “blockage” problems when you’re in a formal restaurant setting? Have any tricks or suggestions you can share?

I hope you all have a good weekend


Flag football fumble!

by Christine on November 28th, 2011

filed under General Information

Good morning Revolutionists! Did everyone have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday? Did you enjoy your time off from work? Did you make a dent in your Christmas shopping?

My holiday was really uneventful. Boring, even. I slept a lot. I pulled out the Xmas decorations. I went to my in-law’s for Thanksgiving dinner. I did okay eating–didn’t overeat, didn’t barf anything up–but man the turkey coma hit me hard!

Foodwise, I guess I did alright. I was weighing in at 127.0 this morning, which is within my “maintenance range.”

This weekend my hubby’s friends invited me to play flag football with them. I couldn’t wait to try it! I have never played flag football before! Well, I made it 4 plays–less than 15 minutes–when one of the boys tackled me. I feel backwards, hit my head, and blacked out. When I came to, I saw a lot of stars and had a killer headache. 2 days later I’m dealing with a very stiff neck…I think I pulled some muscles. UGH. Nothing that will kill me, but annoying nonetheless. I was far more upset about missing out on playing than I was about getting hurt!

My meds are still not worked out. I fluctuated between “normal” and “moody” all weekend long. That’s why I opted to sleep so much, I think. Sigh….


I’m MIA!

by Christine on November 17th, 2011

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Oh, the punnery. You XN-ers will get it.

Sorry I have been missing in the last week.  My absence is partly due to just being absent-minded and forgetting about this wee little blog, and partly because my head has been all over the place this last week. I’m still battling the depression-monster (I’m seriously considering a visit to my doctor soon, since my medicine doesn’t seem to be helping this time around) and I’ve been a headcase in just about every other matter in life as well. For no good reason, of course. Just being kind of over-dramatic and crazy in general.

In better news, I think I’m finally going to have my credit card paid off soon…as in the next week or two… so that’s good!

See? I really am still alive!

I’m quickly approaching my one-year anniversary of reaching my goal weight, and my 3-year bandiversary.  I was banded in February of 2009, and I reached my goal weight in December of 2010. So how have I done in Maintenance Mode for the last year?

Overall, not too bad. I’m still within about 2 pounds of my goal weight, which is great, and I’m thrilled for the consistency.  Goal weight is 125….the highest I’ve been in maintenance was about 133, and my usual weight is about 127.  Not bad, right?  I’ll be happy if I can keep that kind of consistency for the rest of my life! I got my port replaced this year, too, and I’m very happy with it now that it’s laying FLAT on my abs, instead of sticking out like a doornob.

On the other hand, I have a LOT I need to improve upon. I really should cook more instead of eating out so much, which will help me choose healthier food options. Although my calorie counts remain on target, often the food I’m choosing is pretty devoid of nutrition or is higher in fats than is really necessary. I also need to improve on my exercise. I’ll never be the kind of person that will consistently hit the gym for an hour every day, but I don’t think it’s outrageous to expect myself some kind of exercise 3 times a week.  Oh, I still exercise! Rollerblading, skiing, hiking, etc., but again it’s more of an issue of consistency with me.


Lost my bookmarks again! Help!

by Christine on November 9th, 2011

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Dang it! The IT guys at work seem to have wiped out all my internet bookmarks, which means my blog visit list has gone Ka-put!!

If I normally troll your blog, or if you would like me to troll your blog a few times a week, please please link me up to your blog in the comments section!

Ah, the wonders of technology, huh? Ha!

I hope you are all doing well!


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