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Mirror, mirror on the dressing room wall

The dressing rooms at Target are surprisingly well lit. This is a surprisingly good thing because Target dressing rooms also feature two mirrors on opposite walls angled perfectly for me to check out my back muscles. When I used to stand in the Lane Bryant dressing rooms, I was grateful that the room seemed to be lit by the glow of an iPhone. I looked at my morbidly obese reflection in the same way I would view a car accident on the side of the road, not really wanting to look but staring anyway. Now here I was years later, in Target, trying on a sports bra, flexing my whatever-the-back-muscles-are-called for at least two minutes, thinking “Damn, I look good.”

It was a good reminder, because someone snuck into my apartment and switched my dumbbells with heavier ones. I know that eight-pounder was not that hard to lift last month. I’m sure neglecting my upper body weight routine has nothing to do with it at all. I’ve been distracted with my new YMCA classes and my running schedule, but I do not want to lose my beautiful upper body muscles. I’m quite pleased with the way everything above my belly button looks (yes, even the underarm flab). I don’t want to lose the definition I’ve worked so hard to build.

There are times at home when I look in the mirror and think, “You really could stand to lose those last 10 or 20 pounds. If you wanted it more you could actually do it.” But thankfully there are also days when I go to Target claiming I will only buy a pair of socks and end up buying $80 worth of sportswear because I think I look cute in it. This may very well be the secret to exercising. Buy yourself cute activewear! Run outside so everyone can see how cute you look in it. It was rather ridiculous how long I stood there striking poses and admiring my biceps and punching towards the mirror. It was completely vain and self-centered and self-indulgent and telling this story will only make me sound like a Narcissus to be loathed by the entire Internet, but I’m glad there are days that I like what I see in the mirror. I hope every girl or boy has days like that, no matter how fat or thin they are.

Soooooo, in conjunction with Everlast, I’m offering you the opportunity to win a free tank top! I know, this has gotten rather ridiculous. It’s the 3rd giveaway in two weeks. You either think I’m a total corporate whore or that I’ve started stealing things off the backs of trucks. The latter is not true and hopefully neither is the former. When people ask me if I want to give away free chicken and water filters and tank tops, I can’t think of any good reason not to. I didn’t even write the first few paragraphs of this entry for the contest. I just started writing an entry and suddenly realized it would make a good segue.

Everlast tank tops

Everlast sent me three double ribbed tank tops in the above photo, a small mint rush (green), a medium berry blast (pink), and a large legend blue (purple). (They did not send me the models, which is good because I cannot afford to feed and clothe them.) The price tags say $20.00, but they are normally priced at $16.99 on the Everlast site (though it looks like they are on sale for $9.99 this week). To enter, leave a comment telling me about an outfit that made you feel pretty. Contest ends 11:59p.m. on Thursday, February 14th. One entry per person, no duplicate entries please. This is open to international folks as well. Please specify what size you would like. If you want more than one size, post them in order of priority. For example, if you say you only want the small and are drawn after a person who already grabbed the small, you won’t win anything and I’ll draw another name. If you’d said you want the small first and the medium second, you’d get the medium. This is the last giveaway I’m going to do for awhile, so get posting!

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Marla • February 11, 2008 at 8:35 am

The outfit I always felt most confident in was a sleeveless princess-seamed dress from Dress Barn. Now, a princess seam is flattering on anyone, and this dress was printed in a sort of reptile-skin looking pattern. Dark green and some goldish-browns. At the time I also had blonde hair down to my waist. I looked SMOKIN HOT in that outfit–I used to call it my “Flintstones” dress, it was sort of barbaric but dead sexy.

That dress is long gone – that was 50 pounds ago!

and if I win: size large please.

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Lorraine • February 11, 2008 at 8:50 am

I went from a size 14 to a 4 but my upper body is a medium so I would love the medium. I read your blog every day and its very inspiring to do this with someome..you dont realise how many people are using you to help themselves..thankyou.

When I fitted into a size 10 jeans I cried..it was at least 10 years since I was a size 10 before that. The size 8 6 and 4 dident make me feel as emotional.

I just cant run..never could but I do walk fast everyday with my dog for nealy a year.

Thankyou Jennette.

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jodi • February 11, 2008 at 9:18 am

i bought my very first pant-suit back in the fall in a size 10 – something i thought i would never be able to do… it’s black with pale blue stripes and i bought a pale blue ruffly shirt to go underneath… i not only feel pretty but i also feel like a mature adult who’s finally taken control of her health (and weight)… i also got the suit for an incredible price so that makes me feel even better! :o)

size medium would be good (or large if that’s taken)…

thanks! :o)

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lisa • February 11, 2008 at 9:49 am

Nice to know that someone else gets decent definition from 8-pound barbells. I thought I was just fooling myself. (I’ll pass on the tank, though.)

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Kristin • February 11, 2008 at 9:57 am

I have two outfits that I love… I bought a dress from White House Black Market. It is pretty fancy, and when I tried it on, I felt FANTASTIC. Now it is too large in the chest, but because I like it so much I am going have it taken in. How come I only lose weight in my chest?

My other outfit is a pant suit from Ann Taylor. I love it because I feel mature and professional in it. I don’t wear it too much though because I am afraid that it won’t be as special if I wear it all the time.

I’d like a small.

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barbara • February 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

I’ll pass on the contest, but I would like to know: why do all of the Everlast models have such big, um, muscles?

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Silky Lady • February 11, 2008 at 10:15 am

I would *love* the small.

An outfit that made me feel pretty would have to be this sleeveless long silk shirt with a pretty design (fair trade too!). It felt so soft and silky against my skin and showed off the upper body tone I’ve worked so hard for, including my upper back. Kinda flattens out my already slim chest, but I can wear this bra-less, so how can I complain? Plus the colors looked nice against my skin (tanned! because, sob, it was warm and sunny back then!). With a pair of cute jeans, perfect! It is nice to feel good about ourselves.

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Jen • February 11, 2008 at 10:16 am

I bought new black dress pants in a size 10 – I haven’t worn this since junior high school. They make me feel confident and pretty. I’ve paired them with many sweaters but my favorite is a yellow scoop neck that hugs in all the right places.

The medium would be great, and the large if it’s already taken! :)

Thanks for all your postings – your sense of humor keeps me going!

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Sarah • February 11, 2008 at 10:19 am

Seven years it took me to go from a size 30 to a 6. I was there for a nanosecond but damn did I look good in a suit I bought from Banana Republic. I was buff. It was awesome. Now I am back up to a 10, but I;ll get back there.

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Melissa • February 11, 2008 at 10:20 am

I’d like the medium – because I’m so dang happy to be able to fit in a medium.

I have a little black wrap dress (I know, cliche’) that makes me feel really great. And although it’s really too big, I keep wearing it anyway because it still makes me feel fabulous.

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Laura • February 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

I did a half-marathon yesterday, and I ran in some sweet new running clothes. Well, my old black sweatpants, but then a new purple wicking tank top and a new white wicking jacket. I felt so stylish!

I’d like small first, medium second please :)

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Eva Dalla • February 11, 2008 at 10:44 am

I would love the Medium…

An outfit that made me feel really pretty was my reception dress. I has lost over 30 pounds ( i gained it all back) and my outfit showed my tummy..not that i had any abs or anything but just to see my stomach go in versus bulging out made me feel so pretty and confidant that i love my reception dress more than my wedding dress..(Not to mention that me being an indian, an indian wedding gown makes you look 30 pounds heavier. did i tell you i love your writing style and cant wait to rad your book..

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Serena Casey • February 11, 2008 at 10:58 am

Funny that the outfit that comes to mind is not my dressiest or necessarily favorite outfit ever, but one that I really felt so good in that I still think about it.

It’s just a silky teal short-sleeve top and a black pencil skirt. The teal shirt always makes people comment on how it brings out my green eyes, so that’s cool. And oh, to wear a pencil skirt, and have it actually look sorta like a pencil!

I still have the outfit and plan to wear it again—as soon as I can—in fact, I’m going to exercise right now!

First choice medium, second choice small, please, if I should happen to win. Thanks!

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Kelli • February 11, 2008 at 11:03 am

I alwalys feel awesome in my brown sweater with a slightly plunging neckline, with a tank top underneath. Good for you for recognizing that you’re awesome! The large or the medium tank would be great. Thanks!

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KBR • February 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

When I was slim and I used to ride, I had several pairs of riding breeches in different shades of beige. Anyone who rides horses knows that beige polyester/cotton stretch pants, paired with black leather boots, only look good on those with slender figures. Even if I could find breeches to fit me now, I wouldn’t have the guts to wear them. And even if I had the guts to wear them, I wouldn’t subject my lard-ass onto the back of an innocent horse. I look at pictures of myself back then and think – I can’t believe I was ever that thin. I used to feel athletic and strong and confident. Where is that person?

I’m working on getting that back. In the mean time though, I’ll pass on the tank top.

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Emily • February 11, 2008 at 11:19 am

Large, please. :)

It’s cliche, but my wedding dress made me feel amazing. I wanted to cry the first time I saw myself because I thought I looked so pretty, and I spend a ridiculous amount of time looking at the pictures since then and admiring myself. I feel ridiculous admitting that, but you admitted it, so I can too. :)

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Claudia • February 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

When I was applying to jobs back in December, I got dressed one morning before my interview in a new pair of dark grey dress pants, a bright pink button-up shirt (with 3/4 sleeves), and a black v-neck sweater (also with 3/4 sleeves). Tall black high heels. I stood in front of the mirror in my hotel room and was so proud to hear my inner dialogue say “I look thin! And tall! YESSSS!!” Maybe the bright pink shirt was too much for an interview for an engineering job, but I had a great interview and had the job offered to me. I wore the same outfit to another interview and also had that job offered to me. BUT I ended up accepting a different job, so I think my “thin & tall” outfit will be what I wear on my first day!

I would love a medium (or a large, if the medium is taken)! Thanks! :o)

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bellabrunette • February 11, 2008 at 11:38 am

I have the most gorgeous white skirt with beautiful black embroidery. It was a bit out of my price range at the time I bought it, but it looked so good on my recently-slimmed down body that I had to buy it. My boyfriend at the time (who is no longer my boyfriend, but whom I still have very fond memories of) told me that he really enjoyed the 360 (meaning the front and back view…) the first time he saw me in it. Unfortunately, I’ve gained some weight the past few years, but I’d like to fit back into the skirt for the rehearsal dinner of my friend’s wedding this June. I’m sure a free (1st choice medium, 2nd choice small) exercise top would help me reach my goal!

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Kira • February 11, 2008 at 11:58 am

I wore my current “I feel pretty” outfit yesterday. It was a skirt and sweater I picked up on clearance – originally the outfit would have been over $200 and I snagged it for less than $50. NOT the point. I just nearly sprained something, preventing myself from telling everyone that yesterday, so I had to say it.

ANYWAY, the way the sweater and skirt drape, I felt long and strong and fit. I even admired my stomach. Anything that can make me, almost 5’2″, having had three kids, feel long and strong and stomach-admiration-worthy, would have been worth full price.

I would like the medium, please. Barring that, my husband would love for me to have the small.

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dietgirl • February 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm

you are the SegueQueen! *g*

I know it’s a cliche but my knee high boots make me feel great. technically they’re not an outfit coz i have to wear other clothes with them, oherwise people would scream in horror! ha ha! so my boots and a dress and i feel good to be me :)

(umm… size L followed by M! :)

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sara • February 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm

When I first starting losing weight the first part of my body I discovered one day were my legs. Ever since then a knee length skirt (or slightly shorter!) is my ticket to feeling cute.

L please! :)

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thejulia • February 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm

super cute! small please?

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Amy • February 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Lately, the outfit that’s been doing it for me is my running tights & long-sleeved running shirt. All of a sudden I catch my reflection & realize that I’m a total hottie, that I’ve lost a ton of weight, and that no one can look at me in all my spandex glory and think I’m overweight.

Also – my husband likes it :)

For me – size Medium is my first choice, & small is my 2nd choice.

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kxm24 • February 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I’ll keep with the workout theme and say my tight black workout capri pants. I have two pairs and sometimes they are what motivates me to go to the gym. I think my booty looks seriously amazing in them. The place where I go has the treadmills in a mirrorred room and I can’t stop staring at my own ass :). It reminds me to keep up the good work too.

These tanks would go great with my pants, small than medium.

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JANIE • February 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm

large or medium**

For my husbands christmas party i purchased an outfit from the dress barn and i felt fantastic, i even had people both at his chritmas party and at the bar we went to afterward, ask me where i had purchased such a beautiful skirt/outfit. I know where i/you will be purchasing my outfit next year my husband told me. It covered everything, it was very slimming and elegant.

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psychsarah • February 11, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I have a dress in a cool geometric print (black, white and gray) that makes me feel hot. It’s a summer dress, but I got to wear it last week on my beachy holiday-yippee! Large would be my first choice, but medium would be a good external motivator. Thanks a lot!

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EVA • February 11, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Really, my workout clothes make me feel the prettiest. When I first started working out I looked god awful. I wore anything that was old and had elastic. The first time I actually bought clothes just to work out in was when I went to old navy and to my dispair discovered that some one had ripped the plus size section right out of it. But then to my delight, I discovered that I could fit into the REGULAR people’s clothes!! I was trying on a bunch of those cute graphic tee’s and said to myself ”these are so soft and light, they would be nice to work out in”….so that’s what I did in them. A lot of times the only thing that got me on the treadmill was the fact that those cute shirts were in my gym bag! And I would love a large…

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Maureen • February 11, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Well, I was going to comment even before I saw the contest part, just so you know that you aren’t the only one that loves to look at themselves flexing in the mirror. I was doing lots of weights before Christmas, and I actually spent so much time admiring my muscles in the mirror that I was late for my morning meeting a couple of times. I think I need to start doing more weights again…

So, my favourite piece of clothing is my green pants. They were the first new pants I bought after losing weight while training for a marathon. And they are the first pants I have bought that totally eliminate the “muffin top”! I think they may be magic. I ran into the toilet in the bathroom at work because I was admiring how good they made my butt look in the mirror. Oh Jeez, I guess I may be more of a Narcissus than you! My BMI may say I’m overweight, but my self esteem certainly hasn’t suffered for it!

I’d love a large, and then a medium. If I win, I’ll give credit to the magic pants…

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Jen • February 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I tried on dresses at Anthropologie recently. The clothes there are ridiculously expensive but they fit great (and in a 10). I loved this bright blue one that I tried on, but it was $265 so I had to put it away sadly, even though the color brought out the green in my eyes and made me feel all glowy. I bought a pretty chocolate brown one on sale instead, still cute and much cheaper.

I’d love the size L purple tank top (another good color for me), M is my second choice but it seems more people are already arm-wrestling over that one. I’ll spar with the lovely Shauna for the L instead.

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Sarah • February 11, 2008 at 1:38 pm

The outfit that makes me feel the best is my newest set of gym clothes. It’s an UnderArmour t-shirt and sports bra and a pair of capri workout pants with a nice wide waistband. I put it on and feel like working out. I feel like I look strong and athletic.

Small or Medium please!

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Beep • February 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

I use a wheelchair and am fat, so I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me well. Most things are tailored for a standing person, which leaves my pants bunched up at the front and threatening to expose crack in the back… and my tops tend to get stuck in my wheels if they are longer than a couple of inches below my waist and aren’t tucked in (and tucking in does not look great–see bunched pants, above). Being a plus size makes buying clothes that much harder, especially since plus sized clothes tend towards the problematically flowy and tunic-y–see stuck in wheels, above. Until this year, I have never had a “grownup” professional warm coat. I have been wearing parka-type jackets to work for years because I can get them with elastic at the bottom to hike them away from my wheels. And ever since I was a kid, I have wanted a pea coat, like Paddington Bear, who was a hero of mine. Well, this year I found a cropped pea coat, on sale, at Old Navy! So I ordered one online and loved how professional I looked and how well it fit so much that I ordered 2 more, to get all the colors they had.

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Beep • February 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Oh, I forgot: large please.

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Lynn • February 11, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Definitely a large – I am not near a size 10 yet. I have to say the first time I had to shop in the big girl stores was a very sad day. However, I do have to say that the clothes at those stores do may you look thinner. I also have to say that I usually wear a smaller size at those stores for some reason. Anyway, I was very sad to have to go to THAT store but I bought a pair of pink jeans with a flirty pink flowery top that wrapped just under my boobs. I left that store with that outfit and didn’t feel as sad – maybe I’m fat but I still looked cute!

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Lynn • February 11, 2008 at 1:54 pm

PS – PQ you are just hilarious – I so enjoy your blog!!!!

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emily • February 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I look supercute in my black workout pants. They’re basic, but they make my butt look awesome. I was totally checking myself out at the gym this morning :)

first choice: medium

second choice: small

thanks!

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CdR • February 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm

i just finished making my first sweater, and i have to say that i feel very pretty in that. i cannot believe that i took a pile of string and turned it into a garment. today is my second day wearing it, and it makes me feel confident and capable.

if i were to wear an athletic tank top underneath it, it would be sized medium or a small.

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Stephanie Quilao • February 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Believe it or not, when I dropped 20 lbs I bought a velour sweatsuit outfit like what all the starlets wear, and I felt really hot. Don’t know exactly why velour made me feel like a sexy kitten, but it did. Perhaps, I’m just simple that way. I hear ya on wanting to flaunt the muscles you worked so hard to get. For me, it’s the legs. I get some really awesome definition in the legs, so wearing shorts is something I like to do to show off the gams.

Everlast makes some great workout stuff. I have a bunch of their sports bras. I like the purple in L. Cool!

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eurydice • February 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

the outfit that makes me feel pretty is actually any black top with this pair of shiny stretchy maroon leggings from american apparel. now that i am at my goal weight i can wear crazy stuff like this with confidence and i’m going to!

i like the S one and then the M. danke!

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JEM • February 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I always feel good in my little (well not that little) black dress and a pair of nice heels. It hides my flaws and makes me feel confident and pretty. Too bad I don’t get too wear more often being as my normal attire is jeans and a t-shirt.

1) Large

2) Medium

3) Small

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Wilma • February 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Hi! I would love to win a tank top. I’m a size medium, 2nd choice, large.

ps–I am a runner, too (though right now I’m recovering from shin splints). Congrats on your PB!

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Wilma • February 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

whoops, I forgot to tell you about an outfit that made me feel pretty: A formal light blue dress my mother made for me in university that I wore to my eldest brother’s wedding–it was made from Thai silk, which I bought while in Thailand (and the cool thing was that my two sisters also had dresses, different styles, made from different colours of Thai silk, and my mom wore an outfit she made from material I bought while there, as well). :)

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Jenn • February 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Hi!

An outfit that made me feel beautiful is my wedding dress. I am getting married in June of this year, and I found my wedding dress this weekend. There aren’t any words to describe how awesome and beautiful this dress makes me feel. Looking at the pictures from Saturday, it is the first time where I actually can see past my weight, and I see the bride that I’m meant to be. I love it!

As for my size picks if I win:

1. Medium

2. Small

Thanks!!!

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Rebecca • February 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

No, not my wedding dress – though I looked damn good – but the outfit I put on during the wedding reception after the damn dress started cutting into my ribs and hurting! The boning in the dress got bent after I sat down…and remained bent. So, it was either get jabbed all night or find something to wear for the rest of the reception. I was already packed for the honeymoon – I ran to my room, pulled out a pair of white linen pants and a sleeveless black top. I kept my wedding shoes on and I danced the night away. I felt great. And I love all the wedding pics of me in that random outfit.

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Rebecca • February 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Ooops. Large pretty please!

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Ash • February 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Love your blog, and had to comment. I feel sexiest in a pair of jeans I just bought from Biba. They’re hipster jeans and even tho I still have a fat ass they make my legs look so skinny… love em!

I’m vying for the medium or the large :)

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April • February 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Size preference: (1) medium, (2) large

I wouldn’t say it makes me feel “pretty” but I, too, feel confident in my running duds. I have a pair of capri-length tights and a fleece-lined half-zip top that always make me feel snazzy!

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Sarah • February 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I’ve got a relatively new off-white long-sleeve cardigan top that I love wearing unbuttoned with a bright blue camisole top. I get to show off my arms while still retaining some modesty!

First preference: small

Second preference: medium

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Sarah • February 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

My post would have made more sense if I had told you that the cardigan top was made of lace…

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Marshmallow • February 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm

The medium would rock my socks off! If not that, then the large :-D (And MAAAAAN, you’ve had way more success with all of your giveaways than mine, I R JEALOUS).

One outfit that made me feel pretty was the dress I bought at the last minute to go to my friend Sarah-I’s wedding. But truthfully? Most of the clothes I wear now make me feel pretty damn good :-D

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Missy • February 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I bought a dress this weekend that made me feel pretty. I have been going to the gym religiously for about 9 months now and this is the first outfit that actually showed off the hard work.

If you pick me I’d like a medium 1st and a small 2nd (goal!)

Thanks for all the inspiration!

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MaryK • February 11, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I am feeling very pretty in my karate uniform these days. I actually think I look kind of small! With a waist, and everything! And strong and powerful, to boot!

I’d like a medium tank top, please.

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Jenn • February 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I finally found some knee high boots that fit my (genetic) tree truck calves. I’ve been wearing them with skirts and dresses all fall and winter- they not only make me feel pretty, but make me feel like I can kick a** and take names. :)

Size Large if I win please and I’d even wear it to my 5k next month.

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Adrienne • February 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

An outfit that makes me feel pretty is my pinstriped skirt suit. My first choice would be large, second choice the medium.

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Kyle • February 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Woohoo, free stuff! That model in the pink tanktop looks like she has gigantic boobies. If I win I hope Everlast makes me look like that too :)

The outfit I last felt really good in was last week when I was shopping with two gazelle like friends. They are both tall and willowy, two words that would never be used to describe me. I was feeling like a short stumpy tree trunk next to both of them. We were trying things on and I was thinking that I was the most ginormous woman to ever walk planet earth next to these two females who were both at least 4 inches taller and twenty pounds thinner than me. Then I tried on a dress that showed off my great cleavage and muscular legs. And all of a sudden I thought, you know what, neither of those girls have what I have. I felt totally hot in that dress. So I bought it and I’m going to wear it to my birthday party in two weeks :)

And that’s my story.

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Donna • February 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm

The dress I most remember feeling pretty in is a short silver dress. It has a dark grey inner dress of satin (?) with silver gauzy material over it. The reason I remember it so well is that it’s the first party dress I wore (for a 1998 company Christmas party) after losing 40+ pounds on WW. I am happy to say that I also wore it on a cruise a year ago.

If I win, I would like a medium tank top for my daughter.

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Katie M • February 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I went shopping for a dress for my work holiday party (it’s a fancy shindig–guys wear suits and women wear everything from cocktail-like dresses to Prom-appropriate gowns) not really expecting to find anything cute. Well, on a whim I picked up a dress that was not really my style, and I tried it on. It was perfect! The hem hit that perfect spot just below my knees to make my legs look long and thin, the bodice was just right–not too tight and not too loose, and the halter straps kept the top perfectly positioned. In addition, the dress was on clearance, and another 50% discount was applied when I paid–in the end, the dress cost about $20. When I wore that dress, not only did I feel that I looked great in the dress, but I was glowing from the bargain hunting!

I’d like the small, then medium top. Thanks!

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deanna • February 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Size L – Purple is my favorite color!

The outfit I wore to my son’s christening, about 3 weeks ago. It wasn’t a normal outfit for me – I usually wear jackets w/nice tanks to cover everything, but I found this really nice silky top with black flowers- a touch of beading that had a shrug jacket – the shrug fell right below the boobs. The shirt underneath hit my stomach just below pant button. Now, I am a size 16/18, bra size 36DD,usually these type of things especially shrug jackets do not look good on a women of my size but I rocked it! I felt awesome, like I should always should, and am so thankful that I wore it. I actually bought another shirt from Lane – my “Mrs. Roper” shirt and was thinking of wearing it because I was feeling self-concious but i said what the hell! Ya know when you know you look good, that is how I felt! Great Feeling!! I have been eating healthy and working out from the moment the OB said I could and it paid off, so I am had to capture the momen! I love you site, read it constantly and it always inspires me. Thank you!

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Kerry • February 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm

It’s a green skirt.I last wore it when I was about 12 (bearing in mind I turned 25 just last week). It’s a really thin material and goes down to my knees… I realise I’m making it sound frumpy but it’s not! It’s a delicate ‘springtime’ skirt and has little flowers printed onto it.

I feel pretty in it; it’s feminine (I pretty much only wear trousers) and do you know how GREAT it feels to wear clothes you couldn’t get into for over a decade?

Oh and not sure about US sizes so I’ll say size large (I’m a uk size 14 so US size 12? now)

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Keri • February 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm

1) Size M

2) Size S

I just bought a cute wrap dress at Old Navy this weekend. It’s looks very close to the classically styled Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress that I will never be able to afford to buy myself! LOL! It covers my cellulitey arms, my knobby knees and accentuates my womanly curves! I bought one in a blue-green pattern and one in solid black.

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Kerry • February 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Oh and second choice obviously a medium – can’t not have target clothes in your wardrobe… helps with the motivation :)

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kazari • February 11, 2008 at 5:25 pm

The prettiest clothes i have are the workout stuff i wear to bellydancing.

People wear SKIN-TIGHT lycra and show their tummies!!!

i was not that brave, so i bought a pair of yoga pants and a shimmery skirt that goes over the top from here:

http://www.sylph.com.au/galleryfremantlemarket.htm

it makes me feel like a pixie, and it’s totally appropriate, and i still get comments on it. yay!

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Janice • February 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm

I always dressed like a slob going to the gym, because really who cares right? Well, one day I walked into this crazy sounding store called lulu lemon, and my slobby days are over! I have lost 125 pounds, I want to look good darn it!! Even while working out!

Thanks for the give away stuff, that is always fun!

1. Medium

2. Small

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Jessica • February 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm

I used to be a 210 pound dweeby little 12 year old. Now, I’m 20 and I felt prettiest when I slipped on a gorgeous size 6 dress (so what if it’s the only 6 I fit in?) in a dressing room last month.

Size small first, medium second.

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Danielle • February 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Wow…..your blog was right on target with me today!!!

I posted on my own blog today about a dress I had tried on last week that I was so smitten with, I started taking photos of myself in the dressing room!

When my 3 year old son asked me why I was taking pictures of myself in the mirror, I told him it was because I thought I looked pretty.

So my answer is The Little Black Dress that I didn’t end up buying, but will some day!

1. Large

2. Medium

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K • February 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

The first time I wear a dress in spring, I always feel pretty. I have a couple of jersey wrap dresses which flatter me, and after a winter in black trousers and warm skirts, they always make me feel good.

This is quite an achievement, too, because I spent so many years hiding my legs. They’re never going to be slender, but they’re toned and strong.

I need to work on making the arms (and my attitude to them) match. So perhaps acquiring a sleeveless top or two would be a good motivator…

On which note: Large – I think. I have no idea about US mediums and larges and so on, but I’m a UK size 14 on top, which I think is a US 10? Although I accidentally picked up a US size 6 shirt in Gap today which fitted, but I think that was a fluke. (And I didn’t buy it! I am proud of my strength of mind.)

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Charity • February 11, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Yay muscles!

Large please. I doubt the other sizes would fit.

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Sara L • February 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Right now, my favorite gym outfit is a pair of Under Armour capri loose fit pants and a tank top. I started strength training about 6 weeks ago and I love the definition I am starting to see in my shoulders and arms now. It is definitely good motivation!

Giveaway prefs – any color, medium.

Good luck with your half-marathon training!!

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Suzi • February 11, 2008 at 7:20 pm

I really hate to admit this but the outfit I felt the sexist in was maternity clothes. I felt that way because it gave me a good reason to be fat. Instead of a person with no self control. I have done pretty well and have lost 40 lbs and am down to a size ten pants and a XL shirt, but I don’t feel sexy because I am little on the bottom and on top (the girls). If I dress “sexy” I look like a porn star and if the top fits I look like a barrel with chicken legs.

After that story large top is obvious right? haha. love your blog.

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Rhonda • February 11, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I feel pretty…oh so pretty…oh so pretty and witty and just plain HOT in my size 10 Levi jeans. I would pair my jeans with a snug t-shirt and some kickin’ boots and I was on cloud nine. I’m working on getting back in those suckers and I cannot tell you how much motivation you’ve given me by just reading your blog!!

Size Large, please! :-)

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Milana • February 11, 2008 at 8:46 pm

The prom dress from my senior year that I bought the night before prom (lonnnnng story)… that dress looked like it was made for me!

I can’t wait till the end of this month to wear it to my sorority formal!

Size Medium, then large! yay for giveaways!

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ginger21 • February 11, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Today I was working out at the gym. I have got a personal trainer to help me get started in this very difficult healthy living lifestyle. She has me doing exercises that just make me very self conscious. I am doing squats but I have to do them in front of a mirror and frankly I look like a fat ass doind these. Another exercise is called an inch worm so I have my fat ass in the air and I am inching my fat ass across the gym. No one needs to have this ass in thier face. I was wondering if you had days when you were heavy that you just felt like everyone was staring at you and judgeing you? If so how did you work thru that feeling to keep going and not want to stop and hide in you home for the rest of your life away from people?

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Lora • February 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I went to the gym today after work and my new trainer taught me the most wonderful exercises for the underarm flab. He said it wasn’t the amount of weight but the form and I’ve been doing it all wrong! LOL I must have been doing something right all this time because losing 43lbs. isn’t easy especially someone who loves cheese! What makes me feel sexy is when my man tells me how proud he is of my accomplishments. Talk about an ego boost! Woo Hoo!

I can wear small now! Yeah, me! (Pretty, please, oh, Pasta Queen with a Panera Cinnamon Crunch Bagel on top?) :)

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Amanda • February 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I hit a wonderful sale at some big department store after losing the bulk of my weight, and I found this beautiful embroidered black skirt. It was normally $160, but it had been marked down to like 20. However, it was a size six. I don’t ever remember wearing anything below a 10, but I figured it was worth a try. It fit beautifully. That skirt makes me look model skinny. My butt looks great and I curve sooo nice! I did the strike a pose thing in the dressing room for a very long time!

If I win I would probably wear a medium or large.

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Nita • February 11, 2008 at 10:02 pm

It wasn’t the fanciest outfit, but the first time I put on a pair of size 6 jeans a small shirt, I felt beautiful! Who would have thought I would fit in those sizes!

I prefer a size small.

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Lisa • February 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm

I have a black sleeveless dress that fit me for a nanosecond and made me feel so thin and pretty. I still have the dress hanging in my closet and it doesn’t even bum me out that I can’t wear it right now because I felt so great when I did wear it that it just makes me smile.

I would love a large tank top! It would be even better if it came with the Chesty McBusterson part already filled in because weight loss is kind of hard on the girly parts!

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Char • February 11, 2008 at 10:24 pm

When I was eighteen, I splurged on a red wrap dress that cost, horror of horrors, fifty dollars. That was a lot of money, but I had never felt so grown up as when I looked in the mirror. I actually saw my small waist and long neck. I didn’t stare at my wide hips or flat chest. Now that I am twenty-seven, I still wear that dress. I wore it on my twentieth birthday with hot rollered blond hair and tall boots. Now I wear it with a brunette bob and black heels. I get a kick at seeing it pop up in old photos. I’ve gained and lost three dress sizes, but that wrap dress has always fit perfectly. I wish I could go whisper in my teenaged ear and tell myself I would become the woman I saw in the mirror that day.

I would prefer the large or medium shirt.

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Cindy • February 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Hi PQ,

Hmmm… clothes that make me feel pretty… I guess I’d have to say either my sweater dress with black tights or my khaki pants from talbots with a white shirt (and my clogs, which give me height and confidence that I don’t normally feel, even though I am 5′ 8 1/2 ” tall). Or my purple skirt… with a black top and a hoody. Or my first “cute” skirt, a rust pleated thing from j. jill. With black tights, my cool brown shoes and a white shirt, it makes the perfect “feel good” outfit. I sense a trend here. After years of living in size 32 jeans, I am just loving skirts, now that I am a size 16.This learning to be a girl thing is hard work, but I am having fun with it.

If I happen to get picked, a size large might just be okay… Thanks for thinking of us! And keep on inspiring us.

Cindy

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Neena • February 12, 2008 at 4:40 am

The outfit that always made me feel amazing included a pair dark denim jeans from the The Gap, black leather boots with heels, and a black v-neck shirt. I worked hard to fit into a form-fitting outfit and I loved to wear it. Now that I’m trying to shed my pregnancy weight, it’s something I aspire to wear again!

Thanks for your inspirational blog.

If I get chosen, I would prefer the L, followed by M, followed by S. Thanks.

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Sally Parrott Ashbrook • February 12, 2008 at 10:56 am

I feel hot in my workout clothes, too. I put them on, look in the mirror, and think, “I am becoming an athlete.” And, yes, I also stop to admire my muscles sometimes. I make my husband feel my stomach muscles and obliques a couple of times a week.

I was going to say I’d like the large, but it might be too big! I’d take the medium if I won. :)

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Angie • February 12, 2008 at 11:20 am

I bought a kick-ass red dress for my brother’s wedding. It really hugged my curves. Someone told me that the dress looked like it was made just for me! Having my hair done helped too. I definitely felt pretty that day.

First choice-medium

second choice-large

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Leigh Anne • February 12, 2008 at 11:41 am

it’s funny because although I would never jog outside or at the gym in just a sports bra, I always feel very fit, trim and sexy when I run in my actual running pants (as opposed to any old sweatpants) and sports bra. I doubt I’ll ever do that outside the comfort of your own home but it makes me feel like a ‘real’ runner.

Leigh anne, who can wear a medium or large

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Carrie • February 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win something …

I know it is cliche, but I felt beautiful in my wedding dress last August. When I was fitted for it in Dec. 2006, I was about 30 lbs. overweight. When I went back for alterations in June 2007, I had lost the weight and the store had to send my original dress back for one three sizes smaller! I was so happy not to worry about my weight on my wedding day.

I’d like the small first, medium second. Thanks, PQ!

Carrie

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AW • February 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

i have a little, black halter dress i wore to a gala back in my senior year of college. my boyfriend’s eyes just lit up when he saw me and it made me feel so good inside. he didn’t have to say a word – he made me feel so beautiful!

medium!

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coraspartan • February 12, 2008 at 12:44 pm

The last outfit I wore that made me feel pretty was what I wore on NYE this year: 3/4 sleeve button-down shirt with slimming seaming and my form-fitting jeans with buttons on the pockets (give me somewhat of a butt). One of my friends told me that the top was too plain for NYE, but I told her I didn’t care, I felt skinny in it. Then one of my friend’s dates asked me if I was a size 0, so I definitely was in heaven the rest of the night (BTW, I wear a size 8).

I would like the medium, and if that’s taken, the large please. Thanks!

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Allison • February 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I’ve been anywhere from a size 6 to a size 16, but the outfit that immediately jumped to mind when you asked the question was my prom dress. I was on my way to gaining weight at that point (I think I was a size 12 when I bought it) and had always been kind of an awkward/tomboyish kid.

Buying the dress was a somewhat rocky experience as I was with a smaller friend, and for some reason the dresses on the size 2 hourglass mannequins didn’t quite look right on my size 12 pear frame.

But when I finally found my dress I felt so great in it–I really felt girlish and pretty for the first in a long time. Especially on prom night with makeup on for the first time ever, and my hair done, and in my floor length royal blue dress. I felt fantastic.

I fully admit to wearing several times before the prom and dancing and twirling around in it. :)

I’ve had some great outfits since, but I think that one holds a special place for me.

And umm…I fit into a medium now, but I could rock out a large too. :)

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Kelly • February 12, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Last summer, after swimming away 20 pounds, I bought 3 size-12 skirts. I hadn’t been a 12 in probably 8 years. One of the skirts was a white eyelet skirt that fell just to my knees. I had always envied other girls who could wear white skirts in the Spring and Summer and look so pretty and bright. I was convinced that a white skirt would only amplify my very ample bum. Instead, this white skirt made me feel pretty and bright too. I wore it to work paired with a light aqua top and my strappy brown sandals and felt like a very cute embodiment of Summer.

That reminds me, I need to get it dry cleaned before the weather warms up again!

If I win, I would like the Large first, but if that’s taken, then the Medium. :)

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Elena • February 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Hmmm… outfit? Right now, my gym clothes. It’s f’ing freezing outside, and I get to prance around in short shorts and a tank top. I’m surprisingly vain these days.

1. small

2. medium

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Amanda • February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Pasta Queen, I only recently found your blog, but I love reading it. I have about 100 lbs to loose and you inspire me. I won’t post for the give away, those sizes won’t fit me for a while yet and someone else can get better use out of them at the moment, but I do have one outfit that is great: my workout clothes. It is a pair of black yoga pants w/vertical gray stripes on the side of each leg, and and a gray v-neck 3/4 tee with black stripes. the contrasting stripes seem to visually “slice” some of the side padding, and the v-neck makes “the girls” look great!

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marla • February 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

D’Oh! I have to write an addendum: I had the Flintstones dress when I weighed 50 pounds MORE than I do now, not 50 pounds less. Gorgeous clothes make a difference at all sizes–I looked better in that dress than some outfits I wear now that are 8 sizes smaller…

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Sarah • February 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm

My outfit that makes me feel the pretties is my “sluttly librarian outfit”. I look hot in it! I wear this cute denim skirt that hits about my knees with a little ruffle at the bottom, but it isn’t too over the top. Then, I wear a white cami with lace trim, and a grey cashmere wraparound sweather. Put my black hooker boots with it and I feel so hot!!!

large first, then medium.

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Em • February 12, 2008 at 6:55 pm

I have a pair of Levis jeans that I bought at TJ Maxx for $8 – apparently they were ‘damaged’ in some way, although I still can’t figure out how. I actually bought them after gaining some weight, and they were the first jeans I had worn in months that actually fit right. I have since worn them almost do death, but even now, I always put them on and think they were made for my body.

(And Large, please! Then medium)

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EmilyG • February 12, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Defnitely the black and white empire-waist dress I bought at Macy’s on a trip to Chicago. I love that it fits my bust even though I’ve lost weight there, and it is the first outfit I’ve worn since losing 50 lbs that I LOVE because it makes my legs look fabulous!

If I win, large please – or the medium if it is already taken.

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alison • February 12, 2008 at 7:41 pm

Ever since I’ve lost my 40 extra pounds (I know, not nearly as impressive as your weight loss but still makes me feel a heck of a lot better!) my favorite clothes have been my tight work out pants and tops–going to the gym makes me feel proud and strong, and wearing cute outfits just enhances the experience! I’d love the medium, small, or large, in that order. ;)

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Laura B • February 12, 2008 at 8:18 pm

It is so true that stylish and good quality workout clothes make a difference in your motivation level- they definitely did for me. I went from a 16 to a 6, and I’ll never forget the day I found a pair of cute yoga pants in a single-digit size that FIT. Before, anything like that just made me look like a sausage busting out of its casing. It seemed that overnight my body really changed a lot; I had long, lean legs and a flat tummy- those pants looked like what they were designed for! They were super expensive but I bought them, with a tight-fitting tank to match. I couldn’t resist that feeling. It was amazing to WANT to wear tight clothes! (Medium, then small for the drawing.) Thanks!

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Kelly • February 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm

I would say my latest outfit that made me feel pretty is a new shirt I recently bought. It’s a trendy long button down shirt/ dress with a ribbon tie at the waist. I never thought it would actually look good on me and fit properly and it does. Wow- did it feel good to wear it! I would like the large or medium tank! Thanks!

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Erin • February 12, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Hi PQ! Long time reader, first time commenter.

My current favorite outfit is a dress that my grandmother got for me on sale at Kohl’s (since she gets everything on sale). I always feel fabulous when I wear it, and I always get comments on it too! It’s black with big aqua circular designs on it, and kimono-style sleeves. I love it! Is your sportswear what you feel prettiest in or do you have another outfit in particular that makes you feel pretty?

I wear a medium, but my second choice would be a large (no smalls here). Thanks!

PQ – Hmmm, I feel good in my sportswear, but I also felt pretty in the dresses I’ve worn to three weddings in the past couple years.

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Lyn • February 12, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I have this outfit… it’s a size 22 (I know, I know, kinda big, but honestly I feel SO sexy and curvy in it). It’s a simple pair of dark denim blue jeans, and a short sleeved RED top. The fabric of the top is sort of ribbed vertically and clings a bit (I do have a defined waist even at this size) and a v neck and buttons. It looks SO good on me! I love how I feel in it.

I would love to have the large sized shirt. I am quite sure I would be fitting into it rather soon :)

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Lisa • February 12, 2008 at 10:38 pm

I have a black and white striped button up shirt that has an embroidered pattern on the bottom that I got like 2 years ago when I had lost some weight. I have now lost about 25 lbs and can finally wear it again! It makes me feel sooo cute and small. I love it. I would like the large but if that’s taken, I’ll take the medium and if that’s taken I’ll take the small (I’ll work towards fitting into it!!) Thanks for being such an inspiration Pasta Queen. I love reading your blog.

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HW • February 13, 2008 at 2:18 am

the small mint one puhleeeaase! :) i love activewear and its always great to go for a run in new clothes.

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lovelines • February 13, 2008 at 2:30 am

An outfit that made me feel pretty? Hmm, there are a lot of those, and not because I’m particularly vain (I hope not anyway), but because I think a lot of what makes you feel pretty is, well, you, not the clothes or the hair or the makeup.

I think I learned that in middle school, angsting over how “fat” I was, and how I didn’t have all the cool clothes like the cool kids. I’m grateful that my parents taught me that the most important quality in a person is, above all, confidence. If you’re confident in your look, you look great. That’s all there is to it.

So I feel pretty quite a lot of the time, even though I still am trying to lose 20-40 pounds. Sure, there are the requisite fat days, and bloaty PMS days, and terrible days when the two coincide. But overall, I think I can feel pretty in pretty much anything.

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Red • February 13, 2008 at 3:22 am

Hmmm, tank top is not my color. Maybe next time.

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Andrea • February 13, 2008 at 9:06 am

This is odd, but the best outfit I seem to remember (from back when I was slim) was a costume I made myself for a party, where I went disguised as a bottle of 7up. Sounds lame, and probably is, but I looked great in that green dress…

Andrea in Argentina (so you now know you have a reader in yet another country)

(Preference: L, then M, then S)

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Teri • February 13, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Love your blog! I would like a medium first and a large second.

I have a black dress that I feel really cute in, but haven’t worn it anywhere yet!!!

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Karen • February 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Here’s the thing about the outfit that makes me feel pretty: About a week after I started my weight-loss “journey” (yes, tired and cheesy, I know, I know) I realized that I FELT PRETTY IN EVERYTHING! It has something to do with the fact that I’m DOING something to lose the weight – that’s the only thing I can figure. And I’ve felt “pretty” in everything since.

Yeah, I’m fat, but suddenly I am okay with how I look at the moment because I am actively working on it each and every day.

Since I began losing weight “for real” (is there such a thing as “for fake” losing weight?!) I’ve been fine with pictures, going to parties, public speaking, and every piece of clothing I wear.

(No preference)

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Red • February 13, 2008 at 10:56 pm

I personally love my skinny jeans with this fabulous tied-neck black shirt I have that has a big, jeweled broach in the center. It shows off my shoulders and my arms, hides my tummy, and makes my legs look awesome. I usually wear this with black leather high-heeled boots, because I’m 5’9 and I’m not afraid to be 6’2 ;-D

I would take the large first, then the medium, since I’m working my way to fitting into both (small is a bit too tiny, since those are usually made for short people). ;-D

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rachel • February 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm

I need a large, I am still working on the smaller sizes. Speaking of Target I bought two of the exact same skirts in the exact same style and size, but different colors… One is w-a-a-a-y (notice the 3 a’s) to tight on a certain area of my body! What gives with the Merona sizing? So this is my humble contest entry. Thank You.

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Renee W • February 14, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I have an above-the-knee black pinstriped suit – the kind that has both the under dress and the outer coat the same length – that I think I look great in. Most guys will say that a suit like that always looks hot on a woman and I agree. It’s professional and sexy. I wore it to a plus-sized model runway audition. (It’s funny that now that I’ve lost enough weight to get me out of the plus size clothing department, I’m finally the right size to be considered a plus size model (12/14)).

If I win, I’d like a large. Thanks!

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arielfreak • February 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm

small 1st choice, medium 2nd choice

I feel my very best in my clasic black peacoat with some ankle length black boots, and bootcut dark denim DKNY soho jeans. LOVE the DKNY Soho jeans. I keep that coat on over my outfit as much as possible, which works pretty well in North Dakota because it’s so dang cold here it’s common to keep your coat on indoors.

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Ksenia Konkina • February 15, 2008 at 11:43 am

Hm, let’s see. White, plain, long t-shirt that I stole from my grandmother’s closet. A soviet relic, made in the 40s sweatshop-labor free. A blue, tightly knit cardigan. 3 buttons, just above the elbow length sleeves. Also from said grandma’s closet. Jeans from Ann Taylor Loft with the loveliest dark blue wash. Fit like a dream. To top it all off, red galoshes from Banana Republic with a beautiful and very groovy red, white, and orange plaid thing going on at the top. With a buckle! With a buckle! Does it get any better? My ex-Spanish lector ran into a pole while admiring said outfit/ (perhaps me?) Ah…love.

Medium

Large

Please?

Thank you kindly.

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sara • March 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

I usually only lurk but I wanted to come out and just say that you are an inspiration to me and I hope you’re not offended but I started my own weight loss blog a while back and use the same method you use to record weight loss….I am so excited for this journal and very excited for you and your accomplishments as well.

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