Ship’s Log–February 16th, 2015

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I have been putting off buying a new suit for about a year now, telling myself that I shouldn’t spend the money because I want to lose weight. For a year. A whole year. Today, in the thick of the President’s Day sales, Thing 1 and I decided to head out and find me a suit that fits now, so that I can stop waiting on my weight. When I lose weight, I can have it take in, darn it. In the meantime, it want to look sharp when I work.

I had no idea how difficult it is to buy a woman’s suit these days. Most stores don’t stock them. It seems that there is basically only one style of woman’s suit made anymore. Depending on the label, there may be some variation in fabric quality, number of buttons, and fit (especially when it comes to the expectations for a woman’s thighs), but in essence, they’re all the same suit, which is not made for woman sporting anything resembling muscle. or curves, for that matter. If you step outside this basic suit type, anything else is cartoonish, garish, and made of really thick textured fabric (i.e. not appropriate unless you are an English Schoolmarm).

I tried on too many and eventually found a Calvin Klein navy pinstripe number that had a little more character than the basic grey or black model I found everywhere else. Paired with a pair of red shoes, it might even pass as interesting without being ridiculous.

But why is it so hard to find a woman’s suit? Why do stores devote 4-5 times the floor area to men’s suiting as they do to women’s? In a world that still judges competency based on wardrobe, it would helpful if access to a professional wardrobe could be a little more equal…unless you men want to start wearing the brightly patterned polyester tops and stretchy fabric trousers and flirty wrap dresses that my local department stores think should be the bulk of my professional wardrobe.

Distance to goal weight: 23.7 pounds

Fitness:

  • 45 minutes MMA
  • 45 minutes BJJ

Breakfast:

  • Banana bread oatmeal (steel cut oats with mashed banana, 1 tsp of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla soy milk, raisins, and walnuts)
  • Small glass of orange juice
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Lunch @ mall Starbucks:

  • Grande soy latte
  • Whole wheat spinach and feta egg white wrap
  • 1/2 fruit cup

Afternoon Snack:

  • Hummus with cucumbers and carrots
  • Pre classes: Snickers bar, because it works as fuel. I felt stronger in class, even the second class, than I had in a while.

Dinner:

  • Whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and vegan sausage
  • Mixed greens with balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Almond date balls
  • Chamomile tea

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