Meet Christy. She is truly an amazing woman.  I watched her go through a very difficult time of life when she completely put all of her energies into seeing two children through the hardships…and thought nothing of herself. Now, on the other side of it, she has decided to say I MATTER!  In the last two years, Christy has lost 48 pounds through calorie counting and strength training.  When she wears a dress into a room, heads turn!

Working with weights is such an important part of her life, her desk decor includes them! Through her example, more women are beginning exercise programs.  It is pretty crazy what Christy’s arms can do!! She feels great, loves life, smiles more and knows how important it is to believe, I MATTER!

There have been comments and emails the last two posts about that
horrible green stuff which seems to control our lives….MONEY!
In fact, a couple of readers said they would love to upgrade their
closets but cannot because of money issues. 
If I had waited to begin my makeover because I was too large or
too poor, I do not know it would have happened at all.  Once you
realize that now is the time to take care of yourself, do not let any 
obstacles stand in your way.  It does not cost a lot to look great!

Here is what I did:
1.        I made a list of some basics needed to have a new wardrobe.  A great fitting skirt, dress, pair of jeans, black suit jacket, and white shirt with a collar.
2.       I searched everywhere for these basics.  From clearance racks, to thrift shops, department store sales with coupons ( I recommend KOHLS, MACYS, and STEIN MART). End of season clearance racks are my favorites…the deals can be amazing.  I learned when new merchandise hit the racks at MARSHALLS, TJ MAXX, and ROSS.  Of the three, Ross is the less expensive.  This was the time I began my love affair with our local GOODWILL stores.  After research, I learned the best locations featuring thrift garments from Chicos, Talbots, Coldwater Creek and other stores with  items which fit my curves.  I own a pair of shoes I purchased three years ago at Goodwill which are gorgeous leather flats.  I get compliments every time I wear them and they were $1.99!
3.       I tried clothes on and had a plan.  I did not leave the dressing room without knowing the garment was a hit and not a miss.  When there is little money, there is no room for mistakes. Some pieces I changed up a bit.  When a jacket is only $2, it might take it to a new level to change the buttons. I found those new buttons on other thrift items…new buttons can be very expensive!  I have also cut off long dresses to make them tunics.  Sometimes it is fun to play designer.  Just be careful and make sure the item is flattering to your body type.
4.       I studied magazines and tore out pages of styles I liked.  Then it became a game for me to see how I could copy the look at the lowest price.  It’s so much fun!
5.       Even if I could only afford one thrift item a week or a month, I still worked toward the new me. If I had sat stagnant or waited for more expensive shopping, I just know, it would not have happened.

I also kept a change jar in my laundry room.  Spare change found
 around the house became shopping money and as affordable as
 some thrift stores are, a change jar works!  It pays to learn what is 
available in your area.  Sometimes Ross is a better deal for a new 
garment, than an expensive thrift item.  There are thrift stores 
which inflate their prices…so be wise and learn to be a savvy 
shopper.
I hope this helps…start small…but make sure you start….  No
 barriers should exist for a strong woman who says #I MATTER!

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