Okay, I admit…I’ve gained a little weight over the past few months.  Since January of this year I had lost close to 50 lbs. by doing the right thing:  eating less and moving more. That weight loss accelerated a bit when my husband died in April.  It wasn’t until the summer when I started accepting people’s invitations to dinners, lunches, etc. that the pounds started slowly inching back on.  I’ve gained about 15 lbs. back but I’m not upset or worried about it.  Every pound was put back on with a smile and/or laughter involved and with people who love me and want to see me happy.  I’ll lose the weight again.  Until then, you’ll probably see me in fabrics that are more forgiving because it’s what currently works for me in order to keep a positive attitude.   As long as I can continue to feel good about myself everything else is a piece of cake (no pun intended!)

I wasn’t going to post these pictures because my initial reaction was, “You look pregnant.  You can actually enter your boobs into the biggest watermelon contest and win.  Your hips might knock someone over.”  Isn’t it amazing how we are our own worst enemies?   I then realized I have to own what my body looks like and make changes if I’m not happy.  Nobody else is to blame for what I look like or how I feel, and I choose to feel good.

I love wearing flowy tops or tunics with leggings when I’m not feeling my best. These are my go-to pieces for comfort and it works well for work too (links to brands below):

 

Stella Dot Chain:  http://bit.ly/2fGfIOB

Top & Bracelet:  Stitch Fix

Leggings:  http://bit.ly/2fGeQtq

Shoes:  http://bit.ly/2eGnt4R

hillary-24

hillary-25

hillary-28    hillary-29

 

Swing Tunic:  http://zuli.ly/2g8qgZo

Faux Leather Leggings: http://bit.ly/2g8ozvf

Shoes: http://bit.ly/2fwTXzY

hillary-32

hillary-34

hillary-39

hillary-35