No matter what I do, I always feel like one giant bruise by the end of this event. But, here are all the pics!
First up the kiddo:
Yeah, I never had the guts to wear a costume with that many parts… But the grand reveal of the dress I was losing weight for:
Hey, I tried. It was really hard to lose that much weight so quickly for a dress that has no give to it whatsoever. I ended up needing the cape to cover what my chest would NOT allow the zipper to pass. No really… The zipper could not be moved right where my bust started (no matter how much my kid kept telling me I looked fine, I still felt self-conscious).
I have to say, it was kinda cool to see people recognize me. There was on other nice lady who legit fangirl squealed and ran up to me for a selfie with her (she was also dressed as Eda) and that was so cool. Sometimes it’s just nice to geek out and be nerdy with other nerds.
That lady will probably never know how happy she made me.
Anyways, my feet hurt, my back hurts, I have aches in places I didn’t realize I could, I managed not to spend too much money (not a cheap day but not too much) and I got to introduce the child to boba tea.
I’m picking something more comfortable for next year. It’s also a fitness challenge for me but I have a year to go for it.
Holy shit, I made it… I worked from last Sunday to this Sunday and I finally get a day off tomorrow. Man, I wish I could sleep all day but, there are chores to be done; including meal prep for the rest of the week.
Part of my life goals in general is to use up food that’s in the house and I had some sweet Italian sausage but no veggies in the house. I literally Googled the meat and saw whatever the most popular recipes were and bought some green and yellow squash before I went to work. I just sliced up some garlic and onion and this was a good meal! Even the kid liked it (who claims to hate squash) and I have some left over to eat tomorrow.
I was able to break 4k steps today and I just needed a fucking break from cardio so, it was kettlebell time. Now, the reason why I focused on shoulders and back is since I have been making some progress, I tried on the cosplay dress this morning. I was able to get it on better but not zip it up. I rummaged through my closet and found some shapewear that I bought and never used and when I managed to squeeze my fat ass into it, the zipper went just a bit higher. The problem? *sigh* My boobs. They are just too powerful for the dress…
I kid (mostly) it’s more like my back area just under and around my boobs. But I’ll tell ya, I have a completely different opinion on shapewear now. I decided on a lark to try on a dress that I bought years ago (and it was the same size as two other dresses in the same order but somehow was too small) and not only did I get into it but… I was kinda hot? Like, dangerous levels of confidence here.
This inspired me to work on the back fat and look into some shapewear that will also minimize my chest area to maybe finally get that zipper closed. Eda’s dress is pretty conforming to the body and other than my back, it looks amazing. Even with my big ass.
Before and after pics? Yeah, no thanks. If I fail, I don’t need this immortalized on the internet to taunt me even after my death. I have 10 more days of veggies, protein, and a lot of workouts to see if I can reach my goal. It’s going to be an adventure since I have some extra long days coming up where I won’t be home at my normal time to workout after work… This is why I want to meal prep on my day off so I don’t need to cook for a few days. I’ll probably drift into the house like I’m haunting it and fall into bed rather than cook anything. But we’ll see what I get done tomorrow.
Because there’s no such thing as universal sizing, the costume I purchased for NYCC doesn’t fit right. It goes on but won’t zip up. And the most frustrating part is I held it up next to a dress I lost enough weight to fit into and wore today to work and they look almost identical. So, I’m increasing my steps and changing up my food to try and slim down enough to get into this thing.
Because that fucking costume was $80…
In addition to this for lunch, I had some simple broccoli and garlic for dinner. I used lemon juice for lunch and hoisin sauce with the broccoli to make it more interesting and avoid adding too much salt. Salt is my weakness. I’m severely cutting it down in order to help and honestly, it’s better off for me anyway.
I know it’s not likely I’ll lose a bunch of weight but it’s all about getting my money’s worth out of this cosplay. Fingers crossed, guys…
Since I keep letting my kid pick what cosplay we will do for NYCC (I seriously need to stop doing that I think…), I’ve been making Silent Hill Nurse outfits for us.
I used black tea to stain the bandages and nurse costumes. I steeped them for about an hour and I left the bandages rolled up so the color would be uneven to give them a more rusted/dirty look. I unrolled them to dry, though.
Once the bandages were dry, I made plaster gauze with flour and water and wrapped the strips around styrofoam heads. It took them FOREVER to dry. I had to bake them on the lowest temperature in the oven for about half an hour to get them hard enough to see if they fit around our faces.
Protip: Don’t leave them near your dog. They smell like bread and they may try to eat them.
As for the nurse part, I put the tea stained jackets in the dryer for 20 minutes after they line dried to make sure the stains set. Then I took them outside with a bottle of fake blood and just squirted it randomly on the fabric.
I’m sure my neighbors were thrilled to see my “bloodstained” driveway…
I’m giving the masks another day to dry until I get to painting them and punching a hole in them so string can be attached. When they’re done, I’ll post pictures of those. I made them without the back of the head (I saw a lot of tutorials online that were covering the whole head and all I could think of was getting overheated and having to take them off every five seconds).
I got the nurse coats and hats from Amazon with my Swagbucks points (that’s a referral link) and the bandages from the pharmacy. This is the first year I’ve gotten this crafty with a costume so I figured I’d post this in case anybody wanted to give it a try. I’ll be posting pictures of us in them of course.
Yes, I am aware this is late but honestly, I was so wiped from the con then going right back to work. Hell, I still feel sore. ;_;
That pic pretty much sums it up. Me and the kiddo went and we kicked major ass. XD I am sadly(?) the proud owner of My Little Pony Monopoly but hey, could anyone say no to that face?
Ok, I wanted it, too. XD
I went as New 52 Wonder Woman and unless I was WITH my child, no one had a clue who I was. I got more pictures taken of me last year when I was a steampunkish Poison Ivy that was more boobs than fabric. :p I’ll have to keep that in mind for next year.
All in all, I had a fabulous time. Kiddo was well behaved and I didn’t spent too much money. I declare this to be the best year yet and I look forward to next year already! 😀
If you follow my Instragram or twitter you’ve seen some of the randomness I encountered today and it wasn’t even the day I went to dress up! I skipped the pics of cosplayers and don’t expect much from Saturday because I will be cosplaying myself. XD
So, here’s the free swag I got:
And here’s the stuff I paid cash money’s for.
Now, I have a few minor details to add to my costume so I won’t be going tomorrow but look forward to at least ONE decent picture of me in the costume. 😉