Tie Dye Kimono & Blush Cami: To Err Is Human

Tie dye kimono, blush cami & Adidas.

Last week I talked about being comfortable in one’s own skin and how that might look different for each of us. I was honest about the fact that…

THE STORY

…right now I’m not feeling my best due to a year or so of slovenly eating habits. I told you then that I wasn’t hating on myself for the extra pounds, but that I was not happy with them nor was I was willing to accept them as just the way it is. What I didn’t go into last week was the fact that I am disappointed in myself because I know better. It’s a funny thing, human behavior. Even when one knows logically that a specific action is not a wise thing to do, it is so easy to slip into old patterns of behavior. Especially when those patterns are hard-wired from childhood. That’s one of the beautiful things about getting older; like the saying goes, “with age comes wisdom”. And with that wisdom comes knowing how to correct our course.

When you make a mistake or err in your ways because you didn’t know, that’s one thing. But when you know, and do it anyway…well then, you’re just being silly. We all do things on occasion that we know we shouldn’t; hell, we’re human and that’s part of the experience. And that’s okay. What’s not okay is to continue to do it. Therefore I decided that enough was enough. I do know better. So I stopped. I tightened up the eating habits and eliminated blatant sugar and junk food consumption. I’m not insane. I’ll still indulge on occasion, but “on occasion” does not mean every single night around 7 p.m.

Actually I stopped a week or so prior to last week’s post. That means at this point in time, I have been back to my old healthy eating habits for about three weeks now. And I feel about a billion percent better; mentally and physically. You see, it wasn’t only about the weight for me. Of far more import is the health aspect. For a number of years now I have lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which is kind of a sister illness to fibromyalgia. Like fibromyalgia, body pain (as in flu-like body pain magnified) is a recurring problem. In my case, ingesting too much sugar really exacerbates the pain and causes major flare ups. I can have sugary treats every once in a while, but sugar on the daily is a big no-no for me. See what I mean about being silly?

The thing I love about how my brain works is once I get to a point where I have quite simply had enough, whether it be of a person, a situation, a behavior…whatever, then I am done. There is no turning back. Lucky for me, that’s where I was with the deplorable eating habits. Now that I’m back on track I know that I’ll stay there because that’s just how I operate. With the occasional donut for sanity’s sake, of course…

THE OUTFIT

A blazer can dress up just about anything. For example, skinny jeans and a plain white tee or a concert tee and Converse. I consider the kimono to be the blazer’s cooler hipper boho sister. A kimono will also dress up just about anything you pair it with. As evidenced here with my tie dye kimono paired with a basic blush cami, denim shorts and sneakers. It just adds a little extra somethin’ I think.

And the nice thing about kimonos, unlike blazers, is you can throw them over virtually anything. You can’t layer a blazer over something that’s going to bulk up in the arms, but a kimono on the other hand typically has wide drapey sleeves hence they will comfortably layer over even your bulkiest winter knits.

THE TIP

Turn a basic outfit into something not so basic by simply layering a kimono over top.

THE LINK UPS

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Kimono: JCPenney (Similar);  Cami: H&M (Similar);  Shorts: GAP (Similar);  Adidas: Nordstrom

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18 Comments

  1. 07.13.2017 / 10:33 pm

    I know this is totally off subject…but I thought of you today because I was taking photos for my dress extender post!! It’s because of you that I even tried this style, and the funny thing—both neighbors complimented me today (and they usually say nothing)!! I’m thinking I need to wear it more!!
    Thanks for your inspirations in everything!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
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    • debbies
      07.15.2017 / 10:51 am

      Jodie…this is so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words. Aren’t extenders the best?!

  2. 07.14.2017 / 2:19 am

    We changed oud eating habbits a few years ago. But in the weekends we were aloud to eat whatever we want. That turned out to eat to fat and way too much. Now we reduced that too. And we veel much better! The difference healthy food makes is huge! I wish you a great weekend!
    Nancy Baten recently posted…25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY OUTFIT & FANCY FRIDAY LINKUPMy Profile

    • debbies
      07.15.2017 / 10:50 am

      It really is Nancy. I have always made sure to allow myself to have things that I love that aren’t so good for me every once in awhile. Moderation is the key…I just have to remember that! 🙂

  3. 07.14.2017 / 8:25 am

    It’s amazing to me that once I reach that point that I’ve had enough I am able to jump back into the healthy eating habits and I feel 100% better, regardless of the weight loss (which eventually comes) but my brain is better. I feel better about myself, probably because I’m not mad at myself for doing something that is so blatantly wrong and bad for me. And I always ask myself why I can’t maintain balance always, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I think I need to stop now as I’m off on a tangent, sorry to vent, lol. Have a great weekend!
    xo,
    Kellyann
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    • debbies
      07.15.2017 / 10:48 am

      Exactly Kellyann! I know with absolute certainty how much better that I feel mentally and physically so I don’t understand how I let it get out of control in the first place. For me I suppose it’s all related to emotions and it’s surprising how much power they have on all aspects of what we do. xo

  4. 07.14.2017 / 11:25 am

    I go though phases where I’m eating to much sugar and feel horrible. It takes about a week of cold turkey to get it out of my system. Love the colors of your kimono! It definitely adds some boho chic to this look!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink
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    • debbies
      07.15.2017 / 10:46 am

      It is truly amazing what a difference what you eat makes in how your body functions…

  5. 07.14.2017 / 11:49 am

    I LOVE your top and your hair and your bracelets… everything! Your blog is so inspirational and I’m so so glad I came across it. It’s great to hear that you’re feeling better (I could definitely use some cleaning up diet-wise too).

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

    • debbies
      07.15.2017 / 10:45 am

      Thank you so much Pia! And thank you for stopping by! xo

    • debbies
      07.15.2017 / 10:44 am

      I agree…JCP has really upped their game in the last few years!

  6. 07.16.2017 / 3:51 pm

    Thanks for linking up to top of the world style.
    Great kimono. It looks great with the shorts. I am also trying to get back into some of my fav clothes so to speak.

    • debbies
      07.19.2017 / 9:26 am

      Thank you so much Shauna!

  7. 07.18.2017 / 9:54 pm

    I wonder if sugar is also bad for fibromyalgia which I’ve had for some 25 years now. I don’t eat lots of sugar but then I don’t avoid it entirely either. I already don’t eat dairy or meat and don’t drink or smoke. I feel like if I give up sugar too it might push me over the edge.

    This year I have had back and neck problems and that is why I had to stop running and working out. I still walk 5 km daily, but that isn’t the same as burning some serious calories and the weight has crept up. Especially around my stomach.

    I’ve noticed that it is taking much longer to heal. It took 8 months for my pinched nerve to heal and that was will seeing the chiropractor. I think that the fibromyalgia is detrimental to healing and also possibly getting a bit worse as I age.

    bisous
    Suzanne
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    • debbies
      07.19.2017 / 9:24 am

      I referred to fibromyalgia and CFS as sister illnesses because they are so similar that they are almost indistinguishable. I once had a specialist tell me that really the only defining characteristic was which was the predominant symptom for the patient; the pain or the fatigue. In my case, I originally saw a doctor due to the overwhelming fatigue although over time the body pain became at times, almost unbearable.
      Many years ago not too long after I had been diagnosed I noticed a pattern. If I indulged in too much sugar, say birthday cake and ice cream or a package of oreos (lol) or even wine, I would end up in serious pain along with allergy like symptoms like congestion and a runny nose. There were times I even developed a full blown yeast infection after indulging. A very alternative doctor whom I was seeing at the time pointed out that the problem was sugar.
      It made sense because even prior to having CFS I always functioned better on a higher fat/lower carb diet, which is sad because I love my sweet stuff.
      In any case, over the years I learned how much I could physically tolerate. And it’s not a lot…an occasional indulgence is fine, but it cannot be an every day thing for me. That includes not only blatantly sugary things, but also processed carbs like bread and crackers. Over the years I have also developed a sensitivity to dairy as well, so that also has to be ingested in small doses.
      It might not work for everyone, our bodies all respond differently to different things, but cutting back on sugar and starchy carbs might be worth experimenting with to see if it lessens your body pain. 🙂