A Torrid Affair

I had a really good, really busy, productive weekend. Don’t you love it when everything just falls together smoothly? Saturday morning’s workout was stellar. I feel so confident when I have a successful workout with no bumps in the road. I started out with a run on the treadmill and had to increase the speed because it felt too slow and my entire run I was completely disconnected my legs. It felt as though they were doing all the work for me and it was too easy for them! I never felt fatigued or slow, or like I needed a walk break. I ended up doing 2.80 miles in the blink of an eye.

My weight lifting was great too! No complaints here. I felt strong and also had to increase the amount of weights on several machines. I have to say that my new favorite machines are the ones that work the biceps. I think that’s because that is where I am seeing new muscles developing and it’s really encouraging to see progress!

I am sooo ready to take my running outside!

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:27
Calories Burned: 736
Mileage: 2.80

For lunch I made a quick sandwich out of a toasted bagel thin, cream cheese, Black Forest ham slices and half an avocado. I added a side of cottage cheese. Lunch was delicious and I devoured the messy sandwich; avocado tends to do that.

I spent the afternoon with my friend Sam at the mall, doing some shopping. Sam’s birthday is coming up and I offered to help her find the right outfit. I haven’t been to the store Torrid in probably 6 years. It was one of the places I liked to shop in as a plus-sized girl but back in the day the clothing style they sold was different than what I saw this weekend. Back then it was basically the plus-sized option of Hot Topic–leaning more towards the gothic type clothing that I often wore. Now it seems to be simply a plus-sized store.

While Sam was trying on the clothes, I wandered around the store. Something else had changed since the last time I had been there. They had different sizing than the standard clothing stores. Everything in Torrid was size 0-4. That means that size 0 was like 12-14, 1 was 16-18 all the way up to 4 which was I think 24 and up. At first I wondered if that vanity sizing worked; I mean, didn’t people see right through that advertising tactic? But as I was standing there, I overheard a girl with her friend comment “This is probably the only time I’ll ever be a size zero!” And I realized that Torrid was brilliant in their vanity sizing.

It was a truly strange experience being in Torrid after so long. There were several times where I grabbed something off the racks thinking “This is super cute, I should try this…” and then realized it wouldn’t fit me. It was almost as if I forgot what body I was in. Strange how I’ve swung onto the other side of the pendulum; gone are the times when I struggled for years to find clothes that were “big” enough for me.

Sam bought an adorable shirt for her birthday party and then we left the mall. I was feeling unsettled after Torrid, almost like I’d been somewhere I shouldn’t have. Part of me wondered if any of the shoppers looked at me and thought “why is SHE shopping here?” If only they knew the old me.

Saturday night Michael and I met up with another couple for dinner over on NE Alberta at a place called Branch Whiskey Bar. We had a Groupon for the place that was expiring soon.

The place was hip and cute. Their menu was fairly small, which I was surprised about, but the food ended up being a real treat. Our friends wanted to get the pate appetizer plate so we all shared that. I’d never had pate before, but was willing to try it. The tray came with pate, pickled beets and onions, sardines, an unidentifiable fruit, a spicy ground mustard, apple slices, bread, and a few other random things.

How was the pate? It was just ok. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t something that I was blown away over. It was almost like a meatloaf. I imagined pate to be a creamier texture, like a spread.

Michael ordered the Branch Burger with bacon and gruyere cheese with fries. The “bacon” turned out to be like canadian bacon, or just a big slab of ham. He didn’t like that, but he loved the burger! I also ended up ordering a burger. The Black Truffle Mac n’ Cheese sound fantastic and intriguing, but I had a ravenous craving for a burger.

I got the Alberta Burger, which was supposed to come with blue cheese but it ended up having gruyere (which is fine because I prefer it). My burger also had caramelized onions and a spicy remoulade–which is just a fancy word for special mayo I think! I got the salad instead of fries and it came with a sherry vinaigrette that was delicious and tart.

I LOVED my burger!  It was smoky and the remoulade was spicy and it all went really well with the sweetness of the caramelized onions. The burger wasn’t monstrous in size and I didn’t feel like I ate too much when I was done. It was definitely a burger done right. I do wish we’d had room for dessert, though, because their special that night was a whiskey chocolate mousse. Oh well, next time!


Michael went out of town for a few days, leaving Sunday morning. I lazed around with the cats, went swimming, then took care of chores around the house–cleaning, laundry, etc. I also got caught up on some of my shows on the DVR (Grey’s Anatomy, SVU, NCIS).

Sunday afternoon I went to the movies with my friend, Kat. We saw “The Five Year Engagement.” I pictured it to be a typical chick flick, but it was darker than I was expecting. It was really funny and I cracked up at many parts. It was good, but don’t go expecting a warm and fuzzy movie.

All in all, it was a good weekend. I felt like I had a healthy balance this weekend and it made me feel satisfied with my life. Isn’t it nice when you feel like all aspects are clicking?

QUESTION: Tell me the highlight of your weekend. And have you seen that movie yet?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

17 thoughts on “A Torrid Affair”

  1. Lazy Sundays & tasty burgers, that sounds right up my alley.

    I’ve also come across the “What is SHE doing here?!” thing since losing weight, especially in this most recent Healthiest You Challenge. Some of the other participants look almost annoyed that I’m there, but it’s a daily challenge to maintain or continue the efforts, despite having made some progress in the past.
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    1. It’s a weird, uncomfortable feeling, isn’t it? I’ve experienced it a few times and I didn’t know how to handle those situations. One time at work some coworkers wanted to do a Biggest Loser challenge and I decided it wouldn’t be beneficial for me to join….I thought it would just be weird.

  2. I used to shop at Torrid back in the day, but it was when I was super skinny. I know that sounds weird, but trust me. When I was a size 12, I was cursed with tiny boobs, so my waist fit their lowest size, my hips fit the next size up, but I could never really wear the tops because I couldn’t fill them out LOL.

    Anyway, since they’ve changed Torrid/HT so much over the years, you might look on Hot Topic’s website and see if what you thought was cute at Torrid is being sold in your size at Hot Topic. I used to do that when I wore those zipper pants and couldn’t find my size at HT, I’d find them at Torrid instead. Maybe it’s the same going the other way?

    Also, me + pate = 🙁
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    1. Shopping for clothing is never easy. I totally understand why you’d shop at Torrid if you have fuller hips, smart thinking! I think they also carry a size 10 and 12 there. While I may be at a consistent size (for the most part) now, I do still have to try things on and it’s different at every store. Some stores I fit in the junior section, sometimes I’m a larger size than normal. It’s never consistent…

      Great idea on looking for the same thing at Hot Topic. I will check that out.

  3. There is a store in this area that has their sizes that way – Chicco’s. The smallest size is a 0 and I think it is a 2-4, then 1, 2, and 3. 3 is a 14 and sometimes 16. It was fun fitting into a 3, since I don’t think I ever was a size 3.
    I prefer the creamy pate. Too bad you got chunky on your first try.

    1. Did it make you feel better seeing a size 3 instead of like a 16 or whatever? Thinking back to that time, I think I would have felt better having that special sizing, too. It really is smart on Torrid’s part.

      I am willing to try pate again. But only if it’s creamy!

  4. Its funny you mention Torrid’s sizing. I love them, well, sometimes, though I only shop clearance because they are so expensive! Some of my goals relate to their sizing- I made it to fit a Torrid size 2, and a size 1, now I’m shooting for a size 0. The last Torrid related one is to not fit Torrid at all! I can;t wait for that day!
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    1. Yes! I noticed it was pretty pricey there. The clearance prices were a little steep, too.

      I think your size goal is fantastic. That’s definitely a goal you can work towards.

      1. 50% off clearance sales. 😉 I’m cheap, poor, and since I like what I like and not always what’s actually in right now, it works out great for me! A few years ago I got some semi-formal dresses for between $5 and $12 each.
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  5. I haven’t lost all my weight (yet!) but I have lost 8kg, which is nearly 20 pounds, this year. I still pick up the wrong sized clothes too, or the styles that I needed to wear at my highest weight (with lots of flow, to cover wobbles).

    I actually have no idea how to dress my body now, because I have spent so long wearing long, flowing tops over jeans (because my thighs rubbed together in a skirt). I need Gok Wan and I need him right now!

    In other news, you eat the most amazing food and if I am ever in Portland I’ll need a Lisa to eat list (and a bigger pair of pants).

    1. Isn’t it funny how our perceptions are different? Sometimes looking in the mirror I think I’m a different size than what I really am.

      And like you, Jess, I have no idea how to dress myself either. I’m slowly learning. But I also wore a lot of big, baggy clothes to hide the weight. It’s strange wearing more fitted clothing but I’m getting used to it.

      If you ever come to Portland, let me know! I have lots of tips. 🙂

  6. I was JUST saying to my friend the other day how I missed shopping at Torrid. I pretty much need a whole new wardrobe right now and have been overwhelmed my shopping. When I was heavier, Torrid was pretty much the greatest place on earth. It was almost easier having one “go to” store for clothes…I have no idea where to shop now!

    1. It’s definitely harder! With each store I go to, I figure out pretty quickly how their “vanity sizing” works. I know which stores run small and which run big. And I admit that I am totally vain and will go to the store where I am a size 4 in jeans instead of a size 6.

  7. We have a store here that has sizing like that. Chico’s. I think it is 0-4. It is brilliant marketing as I loved being able to say I had a size 1 or 0 of something. It is amazing how we can be brainwashed!!!

    Your burger looks amazing! I am still drooling.
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