Clothing Giveaway! (Items 1-49)

by Christine on June 24th, 2010

filed under General Information

Here are the first 47 items of clothes available for giveaway. If you are interested in anything, email me at Sherazade96 at hotmail dot com and give me the item number(s) you want, description(s), and your address!!

Terms of the giveaway:

I will send you the items for free, but I am offering this clothing giveaway as a way of shamelessly promoting my blog! So I would ask the following actions in return:

  1. Click on the ad to the left side of this screen one time per day for the next three or four days. That will help me offset the cost of shipping and cost you nothing.
  2. Post a link to this giveaway (or my blog in general) on your blog (with a pingback if possible to let me know!).
  3. Add me to your blogroll or list of favorite blogs if you haven’t already!
  4. Pay it forward! When you shink in size and find yourself with extra clothes in your closet, give them away!
  5. If you want to (not required), post pics of any of your favorite “find” from my closet, and share the pics with me!

These items of clothes were only the first batch, from my first two tubs. I have anywhere between three and six more tubs of clothes to go through, so if you don’t see anything you want, come back to my blog for more options in more sizes!

Click on any photo for a larger image. Sorry some of these pictures kind of suck. I was working from the back of my couch in the living room! :)

Item #1 (taken)

Venezia Jeans,
Size 16 Average

Item #2 (taken)

Venezia Jeans,
Size 16 Petite

Item #3 (taken)

Calvin Klein shorts,
green, size 14

Item #4 (taken)

Van Heusen pinstripe
Plaid pants, Size 16s

Item #5

Matching Vest, Large.

Item #6 (taken)

Gianfranco Bassi Pintripes
Size 16

Item #7 (Taken)

Ann Taylor Loft Jeans,
Size 12P

Item #8 (one pair taken)

Light blue, blue jeans
12 M, I have two pairs!

Item #9

Dressbarn, Woman
Large, Brown

Item #10

Tshirt, Brown, Sag Harbor Large

Item #11 (taken)

Long sleeve shirt, Lane Bryant,
Purple, Large

Item #12 (taken)

Long sleeve, black shirt, XL

Item #13 (taken)

White shirt, Lane Bryant, Size 18/20

Item #14

Apt. 9, Woman 1X, black,
short sleeve shirt (mock turtleneck)

Item #15 (taken)

NY&Co Black short sleeve shirt, size XL

Item #16 (taken)

Long sleeve shirt, Purple, XL

Item #17 (taken)

Long sleeve button down shirt with cami,
Lane Bryant, Purple, Size 14/16

Item #18 (taken)

Long-sleeved shirt, Croft &
Barrow, Size 1X. Brown-ish Red Color.

Item #19 (taken)

The Limited, Green shirt with beading,
Size L

Item #20 (taken)

Casual zip-up shirt with hood, sleeveless,
Blue. Fashion Bug, 18/20

Item #21

Tank top, Salmon Color, L

Item #22 (taken)

Pink, long-sleeve shirt. Carribbean
Joe, Size XL

Item #23 (taken)

NY&Co, Satin, blue, short sleeve shirt,
Size XL

Item #24 (taken)

Blue sheer, with matching tank top, Notations, XL

Item #25 (taken)

Dark green satin, Apt. 9, Size XL

Item #26

Brown short sleeve, Merona, XL?

Item #27 (taken)

Long sleeve yellow shirt,
Christopher Banks, size L

Item #28

White long sleeve shirt,
Separate Issue, Size M

Item #29

Croft & Barrow white tank, Size XL

Item #30

Blue & White pinstripe blazer by George. Size 18

Item #31 (taken)

White Blazer by George. Size 16W.
(Slight yellow stain on collar)

Item #32 (taken)

Green/blue/white striped shirt.
Merona. Size 16W.

Item #33 (taken)

Amanda Lane B&W dress,
Size 16. (Lovely!)

Item #34

White sleeveless shirt, Relativity
Size XL

Item #35 (taken)

NY&Co, Blue lace top, XL

Item #36 (taken)

Pants, Style & Co., Blue.
Size 18s

Item #37 (taken)

Pants, Briggs, Black. Size 16

Item #38 (taken)

Pants, Briggs, Brown. Size 16

Item #39

Salmon Jacket (outdoors),
Eddie Bauer, Size 14

Item #40 (taken)

Purple & Yellow shirt, Apt. 9
Size 1X

Item #41 (taken)

Faded Glory long sleeve shirt,
Green stripes, Size 22/24

Item #42 (taken)

Merona Purple striped
shirt, Size 16W

Item #43

Navy blue tank, by George,
Size 16W

Item #44 (taken)

Croft & Barrow long sleeve shirt,
Pink. Size L

Item #45 (taken)

Kahki knee-length skirt, by  Architect. Size 18W. (Torn in back a little–
repairable by a decent sewer.)

Item #46

Travel Smith pants, black, Size 18

Item #47

Swim shorts with interior lining.
Navy Blue, 1X.



by Christine on June 23rd, 2010

filed under Diet, Food, Nutrition, General Information

Shelly over at is giving away a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker!!!

Go over to her site and enter! :) while you’re there, don’t forget to check out her awesome ice cream recipes!


142.0 (83 pounds lost): Give and Take + Food Journal

by Christine on June 23rd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

balancing actYesterday was like any other day. I got up, got dressed, went to work. I asked to come in a little bit early so that I could leave a half an hour early because I had a prior obligation to attend after work. Whenever I ask for schedule flexibility like that, my boss always sighs and gives me this look, but then says okay. I feel like it’s asking for a HUGE favor. I hate asking, but I have such a busy life outside of work that I need the flexibility in order to make my busy life work.

As I was sitting at my desk yesterday, I was surrounded by projects that have immediate due dates (oh, how I love working with tight deadlines!) and I realized that I need to allow a little give-and-take flexibility back to my workplace. Just as my boss has been reluctantly accommodating towards my requests for flexibility, I need to do the same. Consequently I came in an hour early today and will do so again tomorrow. I will donate a little extra time to say “thank you” for them being accommodating to me.  Unfortunately my boss doesn’t arrive until much later in the day, so this morning I needed to point out to her that I was donating the extra time in the interest of getting these projects done. That conversation felt awkward, but it was better than just hoping she would find out about it.

This whole idea of give-and-take can be applied to dieting and fitness as well. Sometimes it is not possible to eat perfectly every day. (Who would want to?) Sometimes you just can’t get a workout in. Still, you need to eat healthfully as often as possible and exercise when you get. Your schedule needs to be flexible and accommodating. If you don’t give yourself a little give-and-take, you’re going to burn out, get frustrated, and eventually give up and quit on yourself. That’s not fair to you. You deserve more compassion from yourself!

Here is a downloadable PDF of last week’s food journal, for anyone that is interested. It was a less than stellar eating week because I was so busy, but it shows that you don’t have to be perfect to still lose weight. I lost two pounds last week even though I drank alcohol, ate potato chips, and indulged at Carmine’s in New York City. It’s possible, you guys! Just be flexible with yourself and don’t give up!

June 14 Food Journal (CLICK HERE) PDF icon
(two pound loss)

I was looking over some of my past posts, and I found one from a year ago (June 22, 2009) that cracked me up:

OMG yesterday I puked THREE times!! The band is really wigging me out. Yesterday I got home and got the munchies so I pulled out a bag o baby carrots to dive into. Safe food, right? I had FIVE baby carrots and they got stuck in my band so I had to puke them up. Very curious bright orangeness. This whole puking thing is really new to me since I’ve never been been able to puke-on-command before. Do others find that the smell/taste of the vomit in your throat makes you want to puke more? *shivers*

It’s making me want to eat more soup and applesauce and stuff that doesn’t get stuck in the lapband. I know it’s breads that typically get stuck easier, and I should avoid those. That’s hard because mentally I WANT the carbs but I’m starting to avoid them now because of the stuck-ness factor. Oh….and here’s something I learned. I’m not supposed to drink anything during dinner at all….but you know, when a food gets stuck in your throat, you have a natural instinct to want to wash it down and push it through the “stuck” part, right? Well, when you have the band…and you’ve got bread stuck on it…and then you add a little water or something, that bread EXPANDS and gets stuck worse! It’s been quite tricky for me to get the hang of.

On a downside…the scale was UP a pound today! (I’m sure it’s just because it’s humid and gross outside.) Fucking body!

Food yesterday:

Breakfast: 1 banana (105 cals), water water
Snack: water water
Lunch: Moe’s….1 burrito thing with rice, black beans, steak, salsa, guacamole, lettuce. I only had half of it, so (340 cals), lots of water. A few chips with salsa (100 cals tops) but those got “stuck” too so I didn’t eat much.
Dinner: the other half the burrito (340) and a cosmo (120)
Snack: carrots which I puked up (0)
Total cals: 1005

Really Christine? 1000 calories?  Burritos and carrots? What on earth was I thinking? Still, my posts from this time period (June) show that I was not losing weight since my surgery in February.  I was really frustrated and wanted to give up on myself. I’m glad that I stuck it out!


Weekend Update!

by Christine on June 22nd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Hello everyone! I’m finally back from my crazy weekend! Here is an update on how it all went down:


After work on Friday I met up with some friends for some appetizers-as-meals and drinks. I could have done better in my selection: I got the fried calamari. Fortunately though, the dish wasn’t very good, so I only had a few bites.  I only say fortunately because thanks to the taste, I didn’t end up ruining my calories for the day. As I was pulling out of the restaurant to head to the dancing cruise, I hit a massive pothole. BOOM! went the car! Sure enough, it blew out one of my tires.  My friend Lawson came to the rescue and put on my spare doughnut tire in a matter of a few minutes. We weren’t late for the cruise ship at all. He was like my knight in shining armor!! To say thank you, I bought him two drinks on the ship.

So did I dance? I did, kind of!! The dance floor was quite crowded downstairs, but there was an upstairs area that overlooked the dance floor. We stood up there, and my friend Billi and I decided to dance and act quite silly! There were poles holding up the ceiling, and used them as our own personal stripper poles! (Okay, so we didn’t really strip!)  We cruised down the Hudson River as the sun was setting, and the temperature was perfect outside and the scenery was lovely. We had a great time, and I didn’t even feel like a massive idiot for dancing around!


Saturday was really nuts. I woke up early and dropped my car off to get a new tire. I’ve always liked this tire center, but this time they tried to screw me over!  First they claimed that they couldn’t find a record of my last purchase in their computer, but I was positive that I had bought my last two sets of tires there.  They told me that the tire replacement was going to cost me $168 (for one tire!). Fortunately I’m a pack rat and save everything. I went home and found my receipts, which showed proof that I bought my last two sets of tires at that location, as well as a travel warranty that covered roadside hazards and tires that blow out.  The place called to say my car was finished. I went there to pick up the car, and my car was sitting outside with the $168 tire on it.  I went inside and showed proof of my purchase. They said, “Oh, um, okay just one second we need to finish up something else with your car.”  So they take my car inside the shop and put a cheaper tire on the car! WHAT THE HELL? I told my husband and he raised hell with them. They claimed “they suddenly found a cheaper alternative in the stockroom that they didn’t know they had.” It was entirely shady from start to finish. I intend to call the Better Business Bureau and report them.

I really hate being a woman and dealing with car repair facilities.  They always try to swindle me, like the time one car repair place attempted to charge me $700 to replace my brake pads and rotors! Do I look like that much of an idiot? Why can’t men treat women car owners with respect?

After the car situation, my hubby and I raced to the gym. We got a good workout in, and I played “Jillian” with him and really worked him out hard. Hooray!

Then I raced home, took and shower, and got ready for the bridal shower. The shower took an hour to drive to — much further than I thought. It was nearly in Massachusetts!  It was outdoors and lovely! It was a garden party theme, and the outdoor area was absolutely perfect. The bride-to-be looked wonderful! I noticed after a few minutes that nobody was taking photos, so I decided to play Professional Photographer. I demanded that the bride take photos with all her guests as everyone was leaving. The photos turned out great! She’s going to love them!

The bride and me

At the garden party I succumbed to the finger foods…because I was starving! Because of the car situation in the morning/afternoon I did not have time to make any lunch. I had some quiches and a few pieces of fruit. I didn’t blow my calories because I kept my portion sizes really small, but the quishes weren’t the healthiest option to say the least. I also had two glasses of sangria, which I mixed with water to dilute them even more.

Then I raced home, changed clothes, and made a quick dinner of tunafish + 1 small tomato for my dinner.  My hubby and I headed to Saratoga Springs for the Phish concert. We sat on the lawn and watched the hippies smoke pot, hula hoop, and dance together. It was a blast! Phish had a really good set list this time too — they played a lot of older, popular songs, which I really enjoyed. They even did a Velvet Underground cover!

Trey A. -- Phish Me and hubby at Phish

Phish Me standing by one of Saratoga's many painted ponies

After the concert we went to the harness track where they have some slot machines. We played there for two hours (came out even) then headed home. It had been a really long day!


Sunday we weren’t able to get a gym workout in because of the tight schedule. We woke up really early and headed down to NYC. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from where we live. That’s a perfect amount of time for periodic visits, but it means we live so far in the country (in the mountains) that it is basically like a whole different state up here. It’s a beautiful drive…following the Hudson River and through the Green, Catskill, and Shawnagunk mountain ranges.I grabbed some water and almonds for “breakfast” in the car.  I would have gotten some fruit, but I’m always paranoid that I’ll end up getting something stuck in my lapband and need to barf, which is quite uncomfortable in the car. It was better to stick with something that I knew would go down well.

Our hotel was nice. They upgraded us to a larger room for free, so we had a surprisingly large room. The shower was quite big, too!  We had a quick lunch at the Empire State Building (I had steamed shrimp wontons with soy ginger dipping sauce…delicious! And a cosmo).  We met up with our friends back at our hotel.  This is a friend of mine that I have known for 5+ years from my forum (see link at the top of the page). She and her boyfriend are from Norway and are exceptionally delightful people! We had a great time meeting them and visiting with them. We talked about politics between our countries, sports, traveling, shopping, and all kinds of things.

I won’t give you a play-by-play of what all we did, but here is a summary: purse hunting in Chinatown and browsing in Greenwich Village. We stopped for a quick snack there, and all I had was a glass of wine. I was saving my appetite for dinner!

Our dinner reservations at Carmine’s were at 9:30, which is quite late for us.  But boy was it worth it! Carmine’s is a NYC landmark, and they are known for great food, but massive, enormous portions! For the four of us, we ordered some garlic bread, a steak (I think it was 70 oz?) and a pasta sampler than had four of five kinds of pasta on it! Massive!! I did not eat much, but it took me forever to eat, especially because pasta gets a little sticky with the band. I felt like I ate for 2 hours nonstop, but my plate never got empty! Crazy!

Following the dinner we walked around Time Square to digest our food and ooh and ahh the flashing lights.

Celeen in NYC Celeen and me!


Monday we slept in a little bit. Boy, did I need that! We went for maybe a three mile walk, then met up with our friends and headed to lunch. They had never had greek/middle eastern food, so we went to a place for greek salads, hummus, tabouleh, and falafel.  YUM! I hope they enjoyed it! We followed it by some Cold Stone Creamerie. Cal-o-rific, but I shared a small size with my husband so it wasn’t too bad.  We went shopping on 5th Avenue and I bought a cute skirt at Banana Republic.  Then we said our goodbyes, picked up our car and luggage, and headed home.

It was a crazy weekend, and it felt like it lasted for weeks, but it was extremely fun. Days like that make me feel so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life and have opportunities to have so much fun. Concerts and big-city visits and shopping and fun times! I am very fortunate indeed!


142 pounds (83 pounds lost): Whirlwind Weekend

by Christine on June 18th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Me todayHappy Friday Afternoon, Revolutionists!
This is going to be a truly action-packed couple of days! For instance, this weekend will involve:

  • Dancing on board a Hudson River boat cruise!
  • Attending a Bridal Shower
  • Going to a PHISH concert
  • Traveling to NYC to meet a lovely friend from Norway!  (Overnight. Dinner. Touristy things. Probably drinking.)
  • Travel back home

Yikes! How will I fit it all in? I can’t — I need to take Monday off from work!  But more importantly: Will my diet and exercise get completely blown out this weekend? I hope not! With careful planning, I can get plenty of exercise in: dancing tonight, gym tomorrow before the bridal shower, dancing at the concert, then LOTS of walking in NYC. Possibly even going to the gym when I return home on Monday.  Consuming a healthy amount of calories: that is indeed going to be a challenge, especially because every day will probably involve drinking. I’m not going to lie: I like to drink. Oh, I’m not an alcoholic — far from it! — but I enjoy the taste of a Cosmo or a Mojito or Sangria. Do I need to drink to have a good time? Absolutely not. I will allow myself to drink and have a good time, but I can adopt some healthy strategies such as:

  • No finger foods. While I can choose to have alcoholic beverages for my fun night(s) out, I don’t feel any urge to partake in finger foods. I tend to eat those more out of boredom or convenience than out of real hunger or desire.  So I will skip those, unless fresh veggies or fresh shrimp are on the menu.
  • I will drink a glass of water in between all of my alcoholic beverages, in order to “slow me down” and cut the calories.
  • I will eat something healthy prior to attending any event (such as the bridal shower). This will mean I will not be hungry and therefore less likely to over-consume calorific foods at the event. I will try to remember to pack healthy snacks in my bag for when I’m walking around NYC, such as an apple, bell pepper slices, or almonds.
  • Because I know I will be drinking unhealthy beverages this weekend, it is even more important that I drink water and not drink soda, even diet soda. I really need to watch getting dehydrated. So if I’m not drinking alcohol, I need to choose water. This is actually the hardest concept in this list for be to adhere to.

Now about this dancing thing tonight on the cruise ship….I really hope I actually dance. I know that sounds so silly. “But Christine, aren’t you going dancing, after all?” I always feel like a complete moron on the dance floor, so I always stand (or sit) off to the side, drink in hand, and watch my friends dance. Oh, I WANT to dance, but I never work up the guts to. I really want to dance tonight, partly for newly found-confidence reasons, and partly to get some good FUN exercise in!  I want to break a sweat!

I’m not a bad dancer, per se. I took 14 years of dancing lessons when I was younger: jazz, tap, and ballet. I was on a competition dance troupe that won a lot of awards and traveled quite extensively. I feel confident doing pirouettes and grand jettes, funky layouts, or the soft shoe. But put me on a dance floor where I get utterly clausterphobic and can’t move around…all you can do is kind of bounce-in-place…and I feel like a complete idiot. Plus, I never know where to look. Do I check out hot guys in the room? Do I watch my friends dancing? Do I smile? Not smile? Stare at my drink? Ack!  See, the whole dancing thing is quite confusing. I really just need to get over myself!

Tubs of clothes ready to be given away!Also: In regards to the clothing giveaway: Please be patient! I hauled up several tubs of clothes from the basement. I need to go through them and take photos to see what everyone would be interested in taking off my hands. However, with my busy weekend, I definitely won’t have time to get to this until next week. I haven’t forgotten!

My gorgeous friend that I finally get to meet!


My view out of the office today:


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