30 January 2014

The Road to Ruin.

The other day I met up with Michelle from Mummy in the Heart in a famous clothing chain store for a cuppa and a chinwag and it was lovely.  Never has so much been said about anything and everything between two women in so short a time!

Sinking a latte, I showed her the Jeggings I'd picked up in their sale.

'It's the road to ruin'  I said to her. 'Lycra.'

Lycra in your jeans. Lycra in your leggings.  Combining jeans and leggings and lycra to make them even more comfortable.

Sliding them into long, flat boots and being happy.

We had a cake each too.  Which proves my point perfectly.

Cake and lycra. Lots of lattes and lycra.

When I was younger
we'd never heard of the stuff. When your jeans didn't fit, you knew you were carrying an extra pound or two and you had to lose the weight or buy bigger jeans.  No-one did really that though because they were more expensive then they are now.

But now I can't get into any of my old jeans - even from a year ago, so I've converted to jeggings, because they're more comfortable, because I can.  And they are the road to ruin.

The ladies at my local coffee shop told me about an article which said if you drink a latte a day you'll put a stone on over a year or you can read this one HERE that reckons it's a good ten lbs.  I am walking evidence of whichever you choose to believe.

This also scarily and actually accounts for quite a sizeable chunk of my overdraft worked out over an equal period - the rest of which is down to sanity saving solicitor's fees dealing with the enduring and, frankly, rather retarded correspondence from my ex-husband - partly what drives me to a peaceful half hour somewhere, savouring a latte with hazelnut syrup anyhow.

But take heed, because the lycra stretches as you do and what's worse, much, much worse, is the other pair that I picked up because of their colour has an elasticated waist - which no-one ever sees because we all wear long stuff over jeggings, yet we all know where this road will lead.

So, being mindful of the saying that if you keep doing the same things, then you keep getting the same results, this week, more than once, despite wincing at the weather, I chose the road less travelled instead by leaving the car at the youngest's school and taking the 45 minute walk home and back later to pick him up.  For the record, for different reasons, it also made me happy.


What do you think is the road to ruin?

42 comments:

  1. Drummers are my own personal road to ruin.... ;) x

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    1. Nice to know you're so rock'n'roll through and through! And now you mention it I do tend to fall for a saxophone player, no matter how ugly they are! x

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  2. Love the sound of the school walk! I have recently given up caffeine, so my beloved latte had to go... I do miss it, but I had weeks of headaches afterwards. Makes me feel even better now that I know I won't put on another stone! :)

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  3. "Never has so much been said about anything and everything between two women in so short a time! " true of all bloggers. You should see Mari and I when we meet up!

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  4. Elasticated waists are a godsend, they mean you can still buy the same size clothes that you did before (well I dont mean a long time before, maybe just last year!). But they are so comfortable. xx

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  5. Oh you know I'd never thought about elasticated waist bands, such a good idea. I think some things I need to just accept and there's no way I'm ever giving up cake.

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  6. I remember lying on my bed and pulling up the zip of my jeans with a coat hanger. You are so right, leggings are dangerous!

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    1. Ooh I remember doing that too! Thank god those days are over is all I can do - it caused terrible trapped wind! #tmi ;)

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  7. I used to be of the Latte a day habit - and it definitely does not help the waistline. They do taste delicious though :0). I discovered Lycra when I was pregnant with EB - maternity leggings all the way - and boy were they comfortable. I love Lycra - but funnily enough now I'm not pregnant, I feel leggings make me feel bigger than when I was. Odd.

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    1. I honestly cannot do legging. Jeggings is as far as I can go - and I think it's because of exactly that - they let it all hang out and I prefer to feel all held in!

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  8. ooh I remember my legging days...... never again!

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    1. I did them the first time round and, like many fashions I'm seeing for the second / third time, I agree!

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  9. Walking is great therapy for me. There is something meditative about the rhythmical pace, one foot in front of the other, then another. It gives me great time to think. Do the same things get the same results might become a little mantra for me. Sounds like a little change in routine worked for you this week xx

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    1. I completely agree - especially by the coast. I'm glad you like that saying - never a truer word said and good luck x

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  10. I still wear leggings. what's so wrong? they are comfy, and my jeans don't do up anymore.... cake, chocolate... walking you say?? Is that what I need to do? :/

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  11. Well done you! Sadly I seem to choose cake over exercise these days. Must do better.

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  12. I actually stopped buying jeans with lycra in them for that exact reason, they don't care if you add on a few pounds, but I care. So I am back to no stretchy jeans and feel much better for it.

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    1. You are older and wiser and we are leading the way! X

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  13. My road to ruin.... Chi lattes... love them! Guess I'll have to buy some jeggings now too :o). Glad you had such a lovely time with Michelle! X

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    1. Don't do it ..... Thank you. We talked about you obvs ;) x

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  14. Definitely, stretchy clothes. I'm thankful for them because comfy, but I also know very well they have allowed me to keep putting on weight that the clothes from the olden days didn't do. You know, in the 70s and early 80s you had to wear structured clothes with waistbands, and you had to go to work wearing shirts that were tucked into your skirt. I hated the restrictiveness of clothes back then but I know they did do better to keep us in check!

    My other road to ruin has been rice crackers, because I seem to snack more often when I have packets of them in the cupboard, which I always do.

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    1. They're dangerous. (And a friend of mine keeps chocolate rice cakes in the cupboard. They're dangerous too!) ;)

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  15. Completely agree. I have a few. Like them, but feel safer in real jeans.

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  16. Latte, a good natter and stretchy leggings, you're talking my language! I once had a sister in law (now ex s in law) who blamed stretch jeans for her increase from size 8 to 16!

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    1. Now we could have a nice natter about cricket Jay. And 8-16 - it could be done!

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  17. As long as you are happy, does Lycra really matter? ;)
    Walking is a great way to keep fit and feel good, though, keep it up. xx

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    1. I think when you're normal clothes don't fit and it becomes a habit to avoid them, it's a problem for me because it's a never ending downward spiral - yet I do have that conversation with myself as to how much it actually matters! And walking obviously suits you xx

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  18. Engaging post.
    Does the 'retarded' ex. get to see his sons? . . . want to see his sons?

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  19. I am a skinny jeans person now after many years of jeggings. Only now do I notice when my jeans start getting a bit tight. It was one big illusion (or delusion!) with the jeggings :)

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