Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shopping...a whole new world

When you start losing weight you get to the point when your clothes start to get loose and its such a wonderful feeling.  The day you put your pants on and you have to pull your belt a little tighter - nothing better!  Or is there something better?  Here is what I have found is better than having to tighten your belt: going shopping and buying clothes in a smaller size than you have worn since probably high school. 

I don't write this to toot my own horn, I write this to remind my friends/family/strangers (myself) that there is more to this journey than worrying about the number on the scale all of the time.  There comes a time when the pounds don't come off like you may want them to so we have to find the other things that keep us motivated so that we don't lose focus.  For me, one of the things that has been my source of continued motivation is seeing how my clothes fit and how new, smaller clothes fit better.  At first I was reluctant to try on smaller sizes because I have been big for so long and grabbing an XL or 2X was just second nature.  Fortunately I have pushy friends and a mom that were there to tell me when something was too big and grabbed me a smaller size. 

I enjoy shopping now.  I enjoy trying clothes on.  I enjoy grabbing sizes that I have literally not worn in probably 15-20 years.  I don't always enjoy the hit it takes to my bank account but at least I know I will be able to look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside!

If you know me in real life I have not been a person that was overly wrapped up in my outer performance.  Maybe it was because I didn't feel like I had much of a canvas to work with so I didn't put the time or energy in to it - who knows.  I am still not that interested in being a girl that takes two hours to get ready in the morning but I will settle for being a girl who cares what she looks like and dresses appropriately! And for being a girl who feels good about who she has become, the spirit that I have found and the new zest for life that I have!

So, if you see me at the mall - know that I am having a great time and loving the new freedom that I have and that my wallet is probably being emptied!

Be healthy and happy my friends! 

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