Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New blog portal

If you're wondering where I've gone at if you've been following this blog - I have changed blogging portals to Nouw.com

I am now blogging from www.nouw.com/LadyInaa

Hope to see you guys there!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Looking Into the Wrong Mirror

It's morning.
Another workday and I lay dreading walking into that bathroom to get ready. Wishing dearly I could just lay back down and ignore it. 

It's like this every morning for the past year now. It's long and dreadful, mentally painful even.
Sometimes I will even drop a tear or two maybe even several for a couple of hours. But leaving the house feeling incomplete is almost worse. 

I feel like I'm looking into the wrong mirror. 
As if the person looking back at me ain't me even though I KNOW it is. Because who else would it be? 

I am diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, even go to therapy for it.
Apparently, it's not as uncommon that WLS (weight loss surgery) patients experience some form of BDD after their surgeries.
And I am one of them. 

The reason I've chosen to speak about my BDD is not for seeking attention from strangers online, it's cus I saw how many of the members of Supportive Bariatric Sisterhood, a group I founded after my WLS to support women globally throughout their journeys with sisterly love and with positive encouragement. 

Some days I absolutely adore the way I look and will strut my stuff and feel like I'm on top of the world.
Other days I feel like I am a bloated ogre, seeing "fat" that might not really exist.
What I mean by that is only explained like this - the more I look into the mirror, the fatter I think I see myself. As if the more I stare the bigger I'm becoming. And there's no stop until I walk away from that mirror.
There have been times I've stood in front of the full body mirror for 3 hours crying in my underwear trying to decide an outfit for the day, which really didn't have to take longer than a few minutes. But I start questioning myself, my wardrobe, the fitting of items on my body etc etc...
It spirals out of control and I cannot stop. Even though I am well aware deep inside my head that yes, I still am the same weight as yesterday and even the day before that.
I am not 120 kg (264.55 lbs) but merely 70 kg (154.32 lbs). But my eyes are seeing something completely different though (!).

There are those who cannot understand, but sometimes I really wonder if they don't wanna try to understand, that it's taken me 1 year and almost 7 months to drop 20 years of physical obesity, but the "mental obesity" is still there.
I can get touchy, insecure and paranoid. I am not used to being 70 kg (154.32 lbs) and have a normal BMI on 25.
So please bear with me as I go through my rough days, I just need some time and that your lovely positive comment might take a minute for me to sink in properly.
I need to process, to have my tantrums and to mentally accept that I am what I've always dreamt of being - "normal" (if you count by BMI).

I am afraid that when I wake up I will be right back again to where I started, as the fat girl.
I am afraid to look in the mirror and see the "old me".
I am afraid... that I won't ever learn to love myself as other's do.

Articles about BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder):
• Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What You Need to Know as a Bariatric Patient
• ‘Phantom fat’: When you still feel oversized even after losing weight

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Entering A New Change

This will seem like a repeat of recent posts, but I'm still saying - big things are in the making. 

I've currently hit a huge snag with my current work as a substitute within childcare in my municipality, and I feel that there's nothing left for me here anymore for multiple reasons 
after more than 5 years time
And from the looks of things, I am going to start looking in other directions for work. 
One of them is freelancing and the other will also be a career change. More I don't want to reveal as of yet.

This summer I have worked double jobs, busting ass for little gain.
Now being mentally and literally physically drained I'm re-saddling myself and changing once again.
I am determined to keep striving for a better life for me and my family. 

• •

Besides changing careers I have started taking care of myself more, in regards to beauty and health-related terms:
- I'm taking care of my dry hair and scalp.
- I'm battling undereating by forcing myself for my own health's sake.
- I've colored my hair Rose Gold, 'cus I wanna feel like myself again.
- Spending more focus on my hair, make-up, and skincare.
- Cleaning out my closet: in with the new, out with the old.

I am trying to find myself after a lifelong of hiding within a deep self-hating hard shell, not because I want it, but because I deserve it and owe it to myself.
Being self-loving and self-caring doesn't make one selfish. 

IG: @ladyinaahaggstrom

Monday, April 23, 2018

Simple Creamy Vegetarian Pea and Red Lentil Soup

Here is a recipe that is a household favorite in our family. A stupidly simple (vegetarian) creamy pea and red lentil soup.
My husband never was much for vegetarian nor vegan meals, but this recipe is too good to pass when it's on the menu for dinnertime

~ r e c i p e ~

• 600 grams frozen peas •
• 5 dl heavy cream (other substitute) •
• spices of free choice •
• 1 dl (0.5 cups) of red lentils •
• 15 ml of protein powder (optional) •

Start with boiling the red lentils and frozen peas until soft. I personally boil them together. The tried lentils will have enough time to go soft while the frozen peas dethaw in the pot.
Mix everything into a puré once soft.
Add the heavy cream, bring everything to a boil while stirring so it doesn't burn.
Let it simmer on a low temperature for roughly 10-15 min before serving.

** a WLS patient can roughly manage 1,5 dl worth **

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Please stop telling me what I am

This is gonna be about an important topic for me.
About how other people view your before and after pictures when you have dealt with a massive weight loss. 

To me, it's obvious what I should and shouldn't say to someone who wants to flaunt their before and after images - they wanna show their progress, feel a bit good about themselves for the accomplishments and share their journey to the group they're in or on their social medias.
I completely understand, I myself do the exact same thing.
For I find it fun to journal my progress and my life and at the same time inspire others to be a better version of themselves by perhaps taking inspiration from my images.
Most people know that with a fast and dramatic weight loss extra skin is a huge deal. It's a real thing people!
But what strikes like a needle in my heart is when there's those who insist on telling me or someone else on social media - that just cus they don't see the excess skin, it doesn't exist...

Umm, what?
Since when did you become an expert on MY post-op body? When did you have a look at every angle of my skin?
It's absolutely absurd is what it is.
Do not sit there and tell me what I have and don't have on MY BODY.
Just cus you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there love. 

I always want to represent myself as the best version I possibly can, and obviously, that's gonna reflect on the images I choose to post on social media.
Unless I have intentions of showing the actual graphic truth that comes with a massive weight loss.
Which I certainly don't feel like I want to every time I feel like taking a selfie on, for example, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or even Facebook. 

I am so tired of halfway being afraid to post a before and after image, cus I KNOW there's gonna be at least one comment that will say "you don't look like you have excess skin", or one saying "you're perfect, you don't need skin removal"
And some people have literally gotten into arguments with me that I certainly don't have excess skin!
HOW? How do you know that? 
I have saggy breasts.
I have a saggy stomach.
I have saggy arms.
I have saggy thighs.

So, on behalf of all of us with excess skin after a massive weight loss:
Please stop telling me what I am and what I am not. 

Then: 120 kg (264.55 lbs)
Now: 68.8 kg (151.67 lbs)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Smartson test - Findus frasiga fiskfiléer

Jag fick tillfället att testa Findus glutenfria fiskfiléer tack vare Smartson

För ett tag sedan så anmälde jag mig som testpilot till Smartsons test för Findus glutenfria frasiga fiskfiéer (4 stycken). 
Jag fick hemskickat en online kupong via min mejl, printade ut denna och tog med till min lokala ICA affär för att ta hem ett gratis exemplar.
Här nere kommer ett liten recension och ett recept på tillagning som vi gjorde en snabb god lunch med fiskfiléerna. 

Min första tanke var "åh det är precis såna där fiskpanetter som man åt i skolmatsalen på Mellanstadiet!" när jag såg förpackningen på Smartsons hemsida.
Vilket automatiskt gjorde förväntan hög, om man nu tyckte om fisk som barn vill säga.
Eftersom att min man är rätt petig i maten så valde jag att inte säga något om att fisken är glutenfri, han tycker att den senaste glutenfria trenden är löjlig så han skulle redan gått med inställningen att det inte var ätbart.

Jag tillagade maten och ställde fram tallriken framför honom och sa "varsågod, en glutenfri gratis måltid till lunch idag."
Med skeptisk och chockad min frågade han om det verkligen var glutenfritt, för enligt han såg det inte ut som det.
Jag försäkrade han om att det är glutenfritt och visade förpackningen där det tydligt står "glutenfria" i övre höger hörn.

Både jag och han glufsade i oss fisk och tillbehör, och jag kan definitivt försäkra att de verkligen är värda att ätas minst en gång i alla fall om inte fler. De håller måtten för vad man förväntas smaka av förpannerade fiskfiléer.
Helt klart ett betyg av 4/5 stjärnor från familjen Häggström-Foose, en tidigare glutenskeptisk familj. 

Glutenfri skollunch från Findus

1 paket Findus frasiga fiskfiléer (glutenfria, 4 st)
En halv citron
Basilika (torkad el. färsk)
En burk majs

Börja med att sätta ugnen på 200 grader C. och lägg upp fiskfiléerna på en plåt med bakplåtspapper och placera mitt i ugnen.
Gräddas tills gyllenbruna i ca 15-17 minuter.

Koka upp potatis i en kastrull och påbörja sedan tillaga majs i en separat kastrull.
Tillägg gärna 25 gram smör/margarin och lite salt. Kokas till färdigt.

Tillaga Hollandaissåsen allra sist - följ instruktionerna på paketet, och tillsätt lite basilika (färskt hackad eller torkad på burk) samt citronsaft efter smakbehov. Blanda väl runt i såsen tills klar.

Smaklig måltid!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Interview: "I'm a professional Mermaid" | Devin Emily Rollman

Most girls dream of becoming a princess, a fairy or even a mermaid. But did you know that some people actually live and breathe for the "mermaid community" as it's called, and have embraced the Mer-life to a complete as to actually be called a professional mermaid as their job title? I've managed to get a hold of 3 real life Mermaids and have had a brief interview with them.

Part One - an interview with
Devin Emily Rollman (aka. Mermaid Emera)

photo: Model Devin Emily

So you're a professional mermaid, that's got to be exciting! Tell us shortly who you are and how you got into this unusual lifestyle?
My name is Devin Emily Rollman, I am the Greensboro Mermaid - Mermaid Emera!
I started after a longtime following of Hannah Mermaid, the foremost professional mermaid. She inspired me to chase my mermaid dreams and follow my path!

Who chose your Mermaid name and why?

I chose my name after a brief stint of going by the name Emma. I thought it would be pretty to have ‘Mer’ in my name, and thus came Emera! I still go by Emma to some people.

photo: @thegreensboromermaid

When did you realize you wanted to be a mermaid?

I actually believed I was a mermaid from a young age. I was raised by my grandparents and father and was separated from my birth mother until I was 16, and my family wouldn’t tell me very much about her. So as a young child and fan of Disney’s The Little Mermaid I thought that must mean there was a grand secret regarding my mother and why I was separated from her. So I deduced that because of my amazing swimming abilities and love of water, my mother must have been a mermaid and so must I! For my whole childhood and adolescence, I believed I was a mermaid and spent much time waiting for my tail to form. Unfortunately, it never came. So I decided to become one by my own means! I did eventually meet my birth mother, and though she is not a mermaid, she is a wonderful woman whom I am blessed to call my Mom!

What do you love and like less about your hobby/job?
My favorite thing about my job and the main goal is to show little girls and boys that they can be whatever they want to be no matter what anyone says. My whole life was always consumed with an obsession with mermaids, and constantly I was made fun of for not only believing I was one but believing that mermaids were real at all. I want to send a message to all children and adults that no one can tell you what you can and can’t be when you grow up, and no one can tell you your dreams aren’t real.

My biggest struggle with my job would be children finding it hard to believe. I get many children who deliberately try to convince the others around them that I am not a real mermaid, which is very hard to deal with. My best armor for that is my acting experience and my realistic tail, both of which help me do my best to convince those of all ages that mermaids are real!

photo: @thegreensboromermaid

What's the best/coolest gig you've ever done?

My favorite gig will always be a child’s birthday party. I love to make the birthday boy or girl feel as special as can be, and my very favorite part of the job is the light in children’s eyes when they believe in mermaid magic!

Do you have any future goals as being a Mermaid?

My aim is to do aquarium performances. I can free dive 27 feet and breath hold for over a minute, and I specialize in underwater photos and videos so I would love to take my talents to a tank to inspire joy and awe in an aquarium.

photo: private

What where you like in school?

I was definitely the outcast. I had pretty few friends and those friends that I did have moved on from me so I was very much a loner. But all that time spent by myself lent to some very big dreams and I’m grateful for that! Those friends that I did have knew of my love for mermaids, but I didn’t receive much support. It wasn’t until recently that people have begun showing interest in my craft and supporting me and my business! Since my childhood and schooldays, I have blossomed and grown into more of a people person. The many friends I have now are all fully supportive and often they help me with photos and video and accompany me to the pool for safety while I swim.

What inspires you?

Hannah Fraser, Eric Ducharme and all the other members of the mermaid community out chasing their dream! We are all on the same path and seeing the beauty of their work and the people and children they inspire really gives me drive to keep going when things get tough.

If there'd be a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?

I’ve thought long and hard about this, and truthfully I would prefer to play myself! My 11 year’s acting experience would sure come in handy, and it would make it much more realistic! I would hope the movie about my life would inspire people, and help anyone who feels like they can’t achieve their dreams to believe in themselves.

photo: @thegreensboromermaid

And lastly, do you have any social media's that people can find you and follow?
Absolutely! My Facebook page is simply www.facebook.com/MermaidEmera
My Instagram is @thegreensboromermaid

For bookings, I can be reached at: mermazed@icloud.com.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Refashioning/Upcycling [the Swedish Flower Collection]

Hello ladies and gents!
No, I am not dead, I'm very much alive and therefore this incredibly late update. 

Between my regular job and home life I have stayed busy with reading and gathering information and knowledge on my journey to the Second-hand Series, that I started on this summer 2017. 

I have read blogs, watched multiple documentaries and videos regarding second-hand items and especially fashion and also turned to my local library for more knowledge. 
While browsing the web I came across the Swedish book called "Slow fashion: din guide till smart och hållbart mode" written by authors Jennie Johansson and Johanna Nilsson. 
A perfect book to read up on if you want to understand what happens to our fashion once we are tired of old fabrics or find a small hole in our shirt. Throw it away or find a new life for it? 
Ask yourself - what do you normally do with items you no longer wish to possess in your wardrobe? Does it become trash? Sell it? Give it away? Or will you give it a new life?
Make this book a must-read for your list (if you speak Swedish). 

A great tip is to watch YouTuber Marzia Bisognin's video about slow and ethical fashion. She gives out great pointers and names off helpful websites to learn more about the topic.

One thing I've started on, let's call it a new project, is to refashion my old items into something new.
It's also called to upcycle items. 

I have myself been working lately on trying to upcycle and refashion my own garments that have been becoming way too big on my body since I've dropped over 43 kg (94.79 lbs), from an EU size 52/54 (US 20/22) to an EU 42/44 (US 10/12) - A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
And I've named this new project the Swedish Flower Collection.
A small collection containing one-of-a-kind items made from upcycled/refashioned clothes and items instead of getting rid of them unethically or by selling them as they are.  

I have myself been working lately on trying to upcycle and refashion my own garments that have been becoming way too big on my body since I've dropped over 43 kg (94.79 lbs), from an EU size 52/54 (US 20/22) to an EU 42/44 (US 10/12) - A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

~ Butterfly dress ~
The first image shows a tank top-dress I made September 4th, from one old t-shirt and a pair of 2XL three-quarter pants, both items given to me by a family member years ago.
I posted this to other creator groups on Facebook and got a huge response! Many wanted a similar item and some were willing to purchase this particular dress.
I had to decline because I am still new to this and I am too much of a perfectionist. Many "mistakes" were made in my own opinion and will better be served at home where I can judge my creation in silence!

Total cost for items: 0 SEK ($0)
Time spent making this: 5 hours + lots of cursing

Sleeveless butterfly dress 

~ Striped dress with yellow bottom ~
The second item I made - also a dress - is made from a yellow tube dress and a white/black striped crop top, both items purchased second-hand.
This one became instantly my favorite and will not be put up for sale. Perfect for once spring and summer rolls around next year. 

Total cost for materials: 55 SEK ($7.03)
Time spent on making this: around 3 hours

More pieces are on its way and are currently in the making, I am so pleased that my upcycled collection got a huge positive response!
Stay tuned

**Charts used to convert size: Asos.com**

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Guest Blogger: Mia Lupo

A collaboration with Mia Lupo. This is not a sponsored post.

An Insider's Guide to Buying and Selling
Clothing Consignment

The concept of buying and selling clothing consignment has been around for a while, but it has been trending upward in the United States and beyond since the Great Recession in 2008. It’s easy to see that shopper attitudes have changed with retail stores closing locations to either building their e-commerce presence or choosing to close permanently.

According to a recent study compiled by ThredUp, consignment shopping will continue to increase its market share in retail sales. In 2016, apparel resale, including both online and offline sales, totaled to $18 billion and is estimated to reach $33 billion by 2021.

The growing popularity for consignment shopping can be attributed to several factors:

  • Customers are choosing to allocate their disposable income on experiences. This is especially true for Millennials and Generation Z who are burdened by student loan debt and have limited spending power than previous generations.
  • Customers are becoming more aware of retail pricing. Now that customers have access to so much more information, they can do some competitive research to find products for the least expensive price.
  • Customers are looking for more eco-friendly, ethical clothing options. There is a generational shift in the way shoppers examine product value.

There are clothing consignment shops that specialize in certain niches such as contemporary labels or designer labels, which creates an atmosphere similar to a full-price store with a cohesive concept. The consignment shopping model is ideal for the modern shopper—buying clothing consignment allows customers to shop on a budget and support environmentally responsible values, while selling clothing consignment allows the sellers to make some extra cash.

Tips for Selling Clothing Consignment

Be honest with the condition of your clothes. If you’re trying to consign an item of clothing that looks “well-loved”—irreparable pilling, missing buttons, light coffee stains—don’t bring it to a consignment shop. Trying to sell clothing in bad condition will discredit your integrity and will send a signal to the consignment shop that you aren't a reliable consignor to work with.

Schedule an appointment with the consignment boutique. The most important part of consigning your clothes is reading and fully understanding the consignment policy. Each boutique has different policies, but here’s are the key points that should be noted in your consignment agreement:

  • Discount- You can’t be a real consignor without doing a little shopping! The discount may be small (10% is standard) but it can be enough of an incentive to buy using your credit.
  • Profit split- The best case scenario is that the profits are evenly split between the shop and the consignor, but that’s not always the case. Although the split may be weighted in favor of the boutique—especially if you are selling premium merchandise at a designer consignment boutique—the retail markup could result in a higher profit.
  • Item returns- If any of your items don’t sell within a certain time period, you should have the option to either be contacted to pick up your clothes or have them donated.
  • Payout scheme- The consignment shop should have the procedure outlined for check requests if you prefer to withdraw your balance for cash. Few stores, if any, will pay in cash/check upfront or automatically send checks.

Do your research on consignment shops in your area. Remember that even if your items are in excellent condition, not all of your clothes may be accepted at a consignment store because of their inventory is full for the season or your clothes may not suit the store’s aesthetic. Look at the consignment shops accepting inventory, then compare it with the clothing you want to sell—it may be a wise approach to sort your clothes based on which consignment shop it will go to.

Tips for Buying Clothing Consignment

Try on the clothes. Whether it’s at a full-price store or a consignment boutique, it can be easy to make an impulsive purchase if the price tag is reasonable enough. Even if you know the brand, you don’t know if the garment has had custom alterations like a shortened hem or tailored waist. Sometimes there can be some damages only visible—it’s highly likely that damage like this happened when another customer tried it on, not because it was consigned as damaged.

Know the return policy. Because of the nature of the consignment business, merchandise is usually final sale—no full-refunds, no store credit, no exchanges. Some stores may be generous and offer store credit within a limited time period.

Ask to be put on a call list. Let your consignment boutique if you’re looking for a specific brand or item of clothing know and ask them to notify you when they receive the merchandise. It creates a win-win situation—you have the opportunity to get the merchandise before anyone else and it gives the consignment shop an opportunity to possibly sell incoming merchandise before putting it on the sales floor.

Sign up for email newsletters and follow social media accounts to get exclusive offers. The last thing you probably want to do is have another email in your inbox. Totally understandable. But it’s worth being in-the-know about new arrivals and discounts! You can always unsubscribe, or even reduce the frequency of the emails, if you are flooded with alerts.

Final Word: Buying and Selling Clothing Consignment Online

Consignment shopping online does exist, along with plenty of apps like Poshmark or ThredUp. However, unless the items you’re consigning are either new with tags or designer labels—or both—the return on investment will be low. The time and effort it takes to shoot decent photos of your merchandise, upload those photos, watch for sales notifications, then finally ship merchandise to the customer who will (hopefully) not return it.

About the Author
Mia Lupo is a Francophile lifestyle blogger and freelance social media consultant. Originally from New England, Mia received her B.A. in English Communications at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. During her time in college, she started helping small businesses streamline their social media strategies, rekindled her interest in French culture and kept her passion for style alive while working in contemporary fashion retail. Today, Mia continues to her work in digital marketing and writes about her travels in New England, New York City, Paris and beyond. Follow Mia on her Wordpress blog, Instagram and Facebook!
Mia Lupo

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New blog + vlog series | Second-hand

As many probably have noticed I am losing tons of weight lately (at least over the past 5 months since my surgery.
And dropping as much weight as I have turned to second hand a lot cus purchasing new items are expensive from stores.
But all this gave me an idea and I think I would like to develop this further. 

All together I have now lost -37 kg (-81.57 lbs), and this has resulted in that I recently had to purchase new pants and underwear. 

Too big after 3 weeks!
My old underwear vs. my new ones!
At my local second-hand shop, I purchased a new pair of jeans which looked as if brand new. They were an EU size 50, and 3 weeks later they were huge on me (see image above!).
The jeans cost 40 kronor (about $4.80) so I wasn't exactly robbed blind, but it did help me for a little while. Now I've decided to hold off on jeans and focus on stretchier materials such as soft pants and leggings instead. 

Here are a few items I've purchased second-hand that I truly love and feel super-confident in, and developing my style to a more Boho-Chic look:

Shirt from Anarchist Closet, located in Tampa, FL
(Shipping + payment worldwide)
Price: $17,69 (incl. international shipping)

Dress from local charity shop (PMU Sverige)
Price: 50 SEK
Baby blue blouse from Swedish eBay (Tradera)
Price: 55 SEK (94 sek with shipping)

Which leads me to a whole other thing - I want to do more for the environment, for my poor wallet/economy and do charity in the process, by keep buying second-hand items. Especially buying second-hand fashion.
So I've gathered up some information and I will also plan some collaborations in a nearby future.

This will take place on my Instagram, here on my blog and as well as over at my YouTube channel.
Stay tuned for more!


**this blog post is not sponsored**

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Shopping in Tears

Good evening everyone
Hope your day have been alright, here in Sweden we've celebrated our National day so Happy Birthday Sweden!
I wanted to share a little story that happened last Saturday that ended with tears while shopping. 

If you're unfamiliar with my journey, I've recently lost -32 kg (-70 lbs) thanks to a Gastric Bypass surgery last February 13th, 2017. 
Naturally you will have to update your closet after some time, which I've gradually have had to do, but the majority of my clothes are extremely loose and big on my body now. 
But since clothes are expensive and rent and food is a priority - clothes will have to wait for absolute emergencies. 

I woke up Saturday and had myself some nice breakfast to celebrate my 25th birthday which was last Friday on June 2nd.
A cheese sandwich (with Swedish knäckebröd), and some nice watermelon.

Belated birthday breakfast

I took the bus and met up with my husband that worked in Umeå that weekend. He's gotten a second job at a fancier restaurant as a substitute and I couldn't be more proud of him!
We ate lunch at Espresso House and then decided to hit the shops in the mall because I needed some shorts and tanktops for my new body.
We went first to KappAhl, cus I've always liked their selection of styles: classic, traditional, lace, modern and "mature" looks.
I managed to find myself some clothes to try on - mind that in the near 4 months I've had no clue as to what my body carry for sizes!

I politely asked the cashier for help, and told her my situation of being new with this particular body shape I own, and she helped me pick out a few shorts to try on (KappAhl have a great plus size collection for the classic and mature look)

And I did found out that I can easily slip myself into an EU size 46 in dresses and pants/shorts, and certain shirts and tanktops are either Large or a 44/46 for me.
Which means I've gone from an EU size 54 to 46 now!

These shorts from KappAhl
came back home with me

Loved this summery shirt

Dress in EU size 46

But the real story begins when I decide to hit the shop Gina Tricot.
"Oh boy", I thought to myself as I entered my previous favorite shop from teenage years. 
I went around and looked for clothes, but found it hard to see their availability since there was a ton of other shoppers and their store is quite small in size.
So as I saw a stressed retailer I politely asked for help, and told her as well about my wardrobe problems and guesstimate of a body size.
The blonde retailer was completely SHOCKED about my weight journey, and immediately started asking questions about how I felt now almost 3,5 months after, and what kind of clothes I was looking for.
She quickly paced through different racks of clothes and handed me the items she hoped would help me out - shorts, breezy pants and leggings. 

Then it was time to try it all on! 
I had such despair knowing they were a size XL and 44's, how could it possibly fit me?!
After needing to buy clothes in 4XL or size 54 for years it's extremely hard to see anything so small fit my body. 

But to a huge relief the leggings in XL fit perfectly, and I was glancing at the shorts over and over but as I took a deep breath and pulled them up I started getting surprised how I managed to get them over my curvy hips. And all of a sudden - I managed to zip them up!!

Shorts in EU size 44!
I started crying and my husband consoled me as best he could.
Never have I worn shorts or pants in size 44 in about eleven years time! And it felt amazing and so overwhelming. 

When I came out and composed myself enough I walked over to the helpful retailer, who greeted me with a smile asking how everything went.
Once again I tried keeping my tears in control and explained to her that shopping always meant awkward stares from retailers as well as disgusted customers, and never finding clothes in my liking or size. 

Now I had been able to shop and fitted into everything I had taken with me, which is beyond amazing to me and I told her it's gonna be great when I can perhaps come back later this summer and hopefully the 44's aren't too tight on me.

She was very happy it turned out so well and I thanked her dearly for her amazing service as she rung my purchase up in the register, and I think this experience made both our Saturday's great

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If you're wondering where I've gone at if you've been following this blog - I have changed blogging portals to Nouw.com I am now...