In the blog “The Day I Crossed My Legs Again”, I was reflecting on things I could do that I didn’t know were lost or missing because I had gained weight. I alluded to the fact that crossing my legs would be one of many things I would experience as I continued on this weight management journey. In times past, I would shop quite a bit always buying an item or two to build my closet. I have a decent amount of clothes. My closet is a good size but not big enough to hold them all, so I keep the current season in my closet and the opposite season with special occasion wear in a spare bedroom closet. Over the years, half or more of the items started to get left behind in the spare closet. I couldn’t wear them. Clothes are so fickle. The nerve of them getting smaller season after season! In the 12 week Fit Mind Fit Body program, it wasn’t until we really dug into what gaining weight may have cost us that I realized my buying habits had changed. I went from purchasing clothes to shoes, jewelry and perfume…because those will fit. As my clothing choices shrank, I held on to a few items I could stuff myself into with the seams and buttons holding on for dear life. The spare closet was riddled with multiple last season’s pieces with tags. The idea was to get them on sale at the end of the season, stay the same size or lose a few pounds to get in them when the season rolled around again. This system worked well for over 15 years. I would go up and down but basically stayed in a 22/24. I had gotten to the point where I gained past the clothes I owned. In part, that was one of the reasons to start a journey towards losing 160 pounds. When I couldn’t get in but a few stretch waist, tummy hiding garments and needed a larger size, that was the straw that broke my back. I refused to buy the next size up. At 301.4, I am now down 38.6 pounds. You know how you see someone that lost weight standing inside their old clothes? I am looking forward to that day. I have a 2 piece pant set and a pair of jeans I tried on when I first started the program. I couldn’t get the jeans past my thighs. I couldn’t fasten the pants or button the blouse in the pant set. I took a picture. Every few months, I go back, try them on and take another picture. Do document the journey. Comparing before and after will give you a great sense of accomplishment. I didn’t see it at first but the “then and now” are starting to show all the hard work paying off. I am not to the point that I can wear these outfits outside the house but I can now button up both pair of pants and the blouse. The zippers are screaming and the buttons threatened to put my eyes out, but they are fastened which is a far cry from eight months ago. Everything in my closet wasn’t that far away so I have been able to get back into things I haven’t for years. That’s when I said why hello wardrobe, how I have missed thee. If you have lost weight, what was your I-know-I-have-lost-weight-now outfit? If you are starting or in the journey, what is hanging in your closet you want to get back into? P.S. That is not my closet, I wish it was that big and that neat.
Written by PurplePearls