Hope y’all don’t mind that I’m on a total fashion kick lately ’round these parts.

These past few weeks I’ve been really frustrated with myself for not working out, gaining weight and biting my nails.

I know the nail thing is TOTALLY random, but for-reals it’s just another sign of me not taking care of myself.

The other day I posted about getting super chunky, not working out, being annoyed that I wear sweats everyday that I\’m not going somewhere “important” and feeling discouraged about not putting cute outfits together because honestly, I love putting cute outfits together and it makes me sad not to engage with fashion just because I feel like a fatty fatterson.

So.  Last Saturday I was going to throw on jeans & an over-sized shirt (AGAIN) to take my kiddo’s to a halloween party, but I said to myself: “NO.  This ends right now”.

So, here’s my look:

Jacket - I invested in this GAP jacket in 2001(!), POSITIVE it would be a wardrobe staple for years.  I was right.

Dress - I found this super stretchy blue/black striped dress at Target the other day for $5.28.

Black Skinny Belt - Also from Target.  It is too big, but it was $4.38, so I decided to make it work.

Black leggings - very thick, striped, wool leggings from Meijer. $10

Gymies - Payless. $8 Bought these in 2005.

Necklace - Meijer Clearance.

Purse - Aldo’s – Gift from the Hubs a few years ago. =)

Bracelet - A gift from my lovely friend Dana who bought for me in Italy.  It’s remarkably beautiful.

I was hesitant to post these at first because my belly flab is showing, but this is me.  I’m trying to love me, belly flab and all.  Although I was cold in this little get-up here, it felt nice to at least try.  Just that bit of effort made me feel better about myself.

It’s like saying, “I am amazeballs,” even though I don’t feel amazeballs, but just saying it makes me think I could be, and it reminds me that I actually am amazeballs to God, to my hubs, to my kiddo’s…so there belly flab.  You can kiss it.

I include the price, the location, etc. because people always ask me where I shop, etc.  The truth is, I shop clearance where-ever I am…and I keep key pieces.  Seriously.  I still have things from high school.  Not even playin’.

The reason I have so many accessories from WalMart & Meijer is because I grocery shop there!  Why not check the clearance?  I typically don’t buy anything on clearance unless its $5 & below or $10 below AND off the chain. (translate – beyond cute).

There you have it.  All this lead me to this…

Today, in a minute, I’m not even kidding you, I am going to work-out.  I just downloaded a 20 minute fat burner from itunes.  Not that you care, but I’m really going to try!

(And, it doesn’t hurt that I’m emcee’ing an InterVarsity conference for 700 College & University students in two weeks).  Nothing like being out in public to give you that extra oomph, eh? =)  And I am going to be amazeballs whether I lose weight or not.

How are y’all doing?  Anyone want to boast and brag about how consistently you work-out?  Seriously.  It could be good for us lazy types.  Anyone else trying a little harder with loving yourself?  Making an effort with fashion?  Let me know what’s going in your world regarding health, fitness or fashion.



  1. Elizabeth Sayers says:

    Hey Grace…
    I don’t even know if you are aware that I read your blog once in a while, but….I do :):) Anyways, ya know….I was really discouraged that I wasn’t able to “easily” get back to a weight that I thought was appropriate AND that I can no longer regularly get in my super, action packed, make me sweat and hurt like crazy work-outs that I did…ehhem…5 years ago when I actually HAD a gym membership. I figured….what’s the use in these lame 20 or 30 minute workout videos, online activities, etc. Well….then I got realistic and figured out that I won’t be able to have my gym membership OR the time to go all out 5-6 days a week. So, I resorted to some DVDs that I do regularly at home in the am before all the girls wake up. It’s early (like 6 or 6:30) but I feel so good and strong even if I’m not doing BodyPump, spinning or whatever else I really WISH I could do. I’ve been on a Jillian Michaels kick lately just because she motivates me. She’s crazy and I love that! Currently I’m doing the Ripped in 30 DVD which I think I got either on Amazon for really cheap or at Target. It’s really good and the workouts are right around 30 min total!! All you need are some hand weights, a TV, DVD player and be ready to work. I like the results!:) Try it out and let me know what you think.


    • Elizabeth, no I didn’t know that your an occasional reader ~ awesome! =) I definetly feel like you, in that it’s soooo hard to get around to working out, and there is no way to get to a gym. I have contemplated that I probably need to just start getting up early, but I’ve been so hesitant b/c…well… I love my sleep! hahaha But I do remember the times I used to get up early to work out that I did feel GREAT afterwards. I actually own a Jillian CD that I’ve just never opened… lol… so perhaps I will bust it out! You have encouraged & inspired me today! thank you!!!!! =)

  2. I think you look great, Grace. I am envious of your ability to put outfits together – it’s not one of my strong suits – and I want to hire you to come dress me sometime. (Except I have nothing that fits now, so maybe when I’m not preggo?) And I’m not one to care about belly flab – I have more than enough of my own and I think you have to embrace that it’s a part of your mama body – but I have liked the shapers that Target offers. I think it’s the Spanx-made line for Tarjay, something like Assets? Anyways, I hope your workout goes well. I really liked Jillian’s Shred DVD; it kicks your butt, yet is over before you know it.

    • Serina, thanks! I would love to come help you sometime but you would never have to hire me you crazy ~ I would be happy to help! I do have a few shapers, but they are sooooo tight they really really hurt. I think I should check out Target’s. I do have Jillian’s shred, so I’ll really have to try it out now that there’s two of you who’ve suggested it. I need my butt kicked! =)

    • Serina, on second thought, maybe we do a trade…. I’ll help you with the outfits and you help me with the gardening… of which I am CLUELESS. I’d really like to grow something. anything. Next Spring, it’s on! =)

  3. Ok so you know that I appreciate a little thickness on myself and a black woman in general. BUT I have gone from a juicy piece of center cut pork chop to a full blown HAM HOCK. LOL it is so true that dressing well is half the battle. The last few times I have been out I decided to wear bold colors and be a little sexy too. It makes me feel so much better. I also have been very EXPOSED since i cut my hair. I can’t hide behind my sleek wrap or a fabulous sew in when I am bald. I think the cut is forcing me to embrace this body that I am working with. On a final note (don’t by clearance) go get two really great bras from a lingerie store. Talk about a self esteem builder when the momma milk jugs look like hot hoots again (I am so glad I ponied up 130 bones for a few good foundation pieces) My clothes just fit better. Teena Marie or Harps ( in southfield and birmingham respectively.) is where I got them. I am SOOO glad I did.

  4. I have to say too that I would adore to come help you someday but you would by no means have to employ me you crazy ~ I would be happy to help! I do have a few shapers, but they are so restricted they really truly harm. I think I should verify out Target’s. I do have Jillian’s shred, so I’ll really have to try it out now that there is two of you who’ve recommended it.

  5. I totally agree with above comments. I was doing nothing after I had the kids because it all felt so overwhelming. Who has an hour to go work out anyways?! Finally I decided to just do any exercise for 20-30 minutes. For me it typically is Jillian Michaels. If I can manage it in the morning I do it, but most times I do it for the length of whatever show I am watching at night after I put the kids to bed. My favorite though is going mall walking with Lois and the kids. Talking and exercising at the same time- BEST EVER! Good luck!

    • Kelly, I think this is the reality I am going to have to embrace… 20-30 minutes in the early morning or at night…when I usually want to be on my behind looking at a screen…any screen will do! =)

  6. I am so lazy I find that when I plan to work out almost anything is an excuse, for example I am staying at my mums at the moment, I was just leaving to go to the gym and saw a book on the table, as I walked passed it I thought to myself I would really like to sit and read that book but I have to work out.

    The reality is that I would never read the book, I have never read a book in my life and I dont think I ever will, but when I had the option of doing that or working out it seemed appealing!

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