This month I’m proud to say that I’ve gotten back on track after my 3 month period where I screwed around and wasted time. As a result, I’m down over 8 pounds and I can actually visualize myself reaching my goal!
One thing that I did, as I gained weight, was that I kept the clothes that I loved along the way — clothes that were “timeless” (such as jeans, A-line skirts and solid coloured tops). Though I never expected it would take me this long to get back within spitting distance of fitting into these clothes again, I’m stubborn and I kept because I swore I’d be able to wear them again!
This past month, one of the greatest sources of encouragement have been to try on clothes, sharing ones that are now too large with friends who are on the same journey (and just a bit behind me) and getting excited when items that were too tight only 2 weeks ago now fit!
Today, I unpacked the last box of clothes that I’d be stored — items that I packed away and labeled them as goal weight clothes. I started sorting through these clothes to decide which ones I would wash or dryclean first and you know what I realized? There is at least two items that fits me already and some pants and skirts that I want to dryclean right away because if I keep working hard they will fit me soon (I can actually squeeze into them now but they aren’t wearable or comfortable yet!).
So why am I telling you all of this?
First of all, if you are frugal (like me!) and you know you have some clothes that will stand the test of time, don’t discard them. Simply put them away and tell yourself that you will fit into them again. Though it may take awhile (or, in my case, translate that into years), they provide a great incentive.
And, most importantly, don’t give up on your dreams! I fully realize that until I hit rock bottom 16 monthes ago, I had kept the clothes but given up on my dreams.
Now I am looking better, feeling better and, most importantly, I am proud of myself.
While it may sound cliche, if I can do it, you can too!
(PS – Remember to treat yourself sometimes too! Last week I went shopping with a friend and bought 2 tops that were both size small – I love how they look and how pretty I feel when I’m wearing them!)