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Getting Fit: The Pink Dress

Last year, when Mr T and I were doing Christmas shopping, I came across an amazing pink dress that I just had to buy on the spot.  The label - Damsel In A Dress - helped a lot too. I really love that name!

This was the dress - the Abby dress from the 2012 collection. It also has a jacket, and both have pockets! Besides pockets, the dress has a full lining and Hong Kong seam finishes.

I got this dress in December 2012 and it didn't get a lot of wear - I think I wore it 2 or 3 times in 2013. Here's the dress in October 2013 - the picture was taken in front of the Crooked Billet in Wimbledon:

But the last time I wore it I did notice that it didn't fit very well on my hips anymore. I don't think it was visible, but my movement was clearly impeded. If you look at the picture above, the pull lines can just about be seen.

So, as part of the new year's resolution, I'm setting a getting fit challenge: by the time this dress is out of storage, circa April, it should fit my hips as it did when I first bought it.

For this challenge, I'm not planning to use the scales to track progress. What I want is to work my muscles, and get rid of the fat - getting on scales will not help (muscle is heavier...). I will, however, use my measurements as a way to figure out where I am. Since both my measurement tapes are in storage (go figure), I will be using an innovative way to measure, by just keeping track of lengths of string. I guess I could also buy a tape measure if I remember next time I'm in a haberdashery store.

Last time I went on a weight loss journey I did what most people do: lots of cardio and eating a lot less. However, I discovered if don't like cardio that much and have not find a suitable replacement yet.

While I was looking for ideas about what I can do, I found this website called nerd fitness. The stuff on there sounds sensible but I'm not sure it will work. Still, I'm giving it a try for milestone one. Who knows, I might just find something I like doing!

The one thing that's clear is that this will take a lot of determination! No easy way out, I'll need to really work for it.

I'll be writing up my progress every weekend. It will be interesting if my chosen method - alternating days of bodyweight exercises and intervals will work. I'm giving it 3 months, and then will revert to cardio and the like if it doesn't work.


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