ERROR: One at a time

Long term readers of ‘Long Tall Ally’s Tales from the Scales’ may remember Marmaloid’s mantra when she was running in preparation for her beach wedding in paradise. ‘Ski fit, wedding slim’ kept her going on those cold rainy mornings when all she wanted to do was stay in bed with her gorgeous husband to be.

Well I’ve got my own mantra now which has been keeping me on the straight and narrow recently, ready?


I can hear the gasps and see the shocked faces, some of you thinking ‘how the frilly heck can a size fourteen be described as LEAN’, others thinking ‘Fourteen? She’ll look bloody anorexic’ and still more of you (hopefully) think ‘Good on you gal!’….

There have been some concerned friends saying that because I’m so tall I’d look like a walking skeleton and they may well be right. I might get to a size 16 or even an 18 all over and think it’s time to stop, but similarly, I might not. That’s the crux of the matter, I’ve never been a size 14, somehow I skipped straight past the ‘teens on the way to the twenties and subsequently thirties and so it’s definitely something to aim for.

I’ve never been slim or slender before and so have absolutely no clue what it might look like on me, I might look gaunt, drawn and haggard as a 14 or I might look fit and healthy. Who knows? I certainly don’t, but I’d like to be the one who makes the choice about what suits me.

In my ongoing quest for a smaller bottom I went out and purchased my first ever set of bathroom scales. There was never any point before because all it would have said was ‘ERROR: One at a time please’. I ended up treating myself to a swanky glass set which has so many functions it took me 45 minutes to programme the damned thing! It tells me current weight (obviously), weight lost since last weigh in, weight lost since I set the thing up, how many lbs left to get to goal (which it calculates as 10% of body weight), body fat %, body water %, BMI, BMR, horoscope, bank balance, birthday reminders, Christmas card list, errr, okay maybe not some of those. It does an awful lot though! The only problem is, I can’t stop hopping on to see what my body is up to. If I keep on like this I’ll find myself having to say ‘My name is Long Tall Ally and I’m a scale addict’…


6 thoughts on “ERROR: One at a time

  1. I've recently gone from an 18/20 to a size 14. I'm only 5ft 4" though so I still have some way to go to be where I want to be. Ideally I'd love to be a size 10 but people keep telling me I'll look like skin and bones! Like you though, I've never been a size 10 so I don't know what I'll look like!

  2. That's the crux of it isn't it, if we don't know what we're going to look like how can anyone else? I know they only care but sometimes it makes me want to bash my head against something…. hard! Huge well done on your weight loss, that's amazing! xxx

  3. As long as you feel, and are healthy then you do whatever you feel is right.. At least popping on and off the scales will be like a free step class.. More popping, more calories burnt.. Yay win win xoxo

  4. I think you're right that it's important to find a weight you are comfortable and happy with, not a weight that other people want for you. If you get down to a size 14 and think you look too thin then hey, it'll be a good excuse to have some really indulgent dinners! šŸ™‚ xxx

  5. 14 is the size I think I'd like to be too. Like you, I'm not relly sure what I'd look like at a 14 but it's certainly where I'd like to be. Can I borrow your mantra? Lo x

  6. I'm six feet tall, and wearing a 12/14, after spending most of my adult life (and I'm way older than you) as a size 28/30/32. I am, objectively, pretty damn thin. You can count my ribs thin. My hipbones poke out thin. Were it not for the loose skin and remaining flab, I would be probably a size 10 thin. Much thinner than a shorter woman who wears the same size. Not skeletal, but definitely thin.

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