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Beautiful Clothes and Online Shopping

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As a larger sized person, I have to admit – I hate clothes shopping. I know, I feel like I’m betraying all woman-hood when I say that, but it’s true. I hate going from shop to shop and finding nice clothes only to discover that they’re 3 sizes too small for me. Or when I find something in my size, it’s drab, shapeless and dowdy. Or makes me look like a man. Or ninety. And then there’s the awful, torturous act of trying on clothes. The booths are always over-heated, the clothes always too small, and even when you can find something that fits you, and is in a nice colour and doesn’t cost an arm, three legs and your first-born – turns out it looks dreadful on you, and the search begins again. (more…)

Help is at Hand

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Many years ago, when I first realised that I had to do something about my weight, the only path to action was to talk to my doctor. Alas, doctors back then would just put me on a strictly calorie-controlled diet and I’d lose weight for a few weeks, then put it all back on. I didn’t know any better, so I kept repeating this process, each time expecting a different outcome (which apparently is the first sign of madness!). (more…)