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My closet

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Today, I read the SP article about getting rid of skinny jeans in the closet. It said that hanging on to clothes that don't fit you could actually be detrimental to your weight loss efforts.

It got me to thinking about my own perception of my body image. I find myself clinging to my young 20 y/o image, when I weighed less than 120lbs, and at the time, was highly critical of my hips and thighs. I am tall...5'9, so at 120 lbs, I was super skinny then.

35 years and 4 children later, I no longer have the desire to be super skinny again. That memory of myself is just that...a memory. Yet I DO struggle with my body image. Where I am currently, vs where I'd like to be. It's hard to love the round belly and the flabby arms that I'm sporting right now.

Instead, I'm focusing on the positive gains I see and feel after losing 14lbs. My current jeans fit comfortably now, I can walk further without getting short of breath. I can see a waistline (from the front angle). I am not starving anymore and staying within calorie range. All good things that I am clinging to so that I can continue to be just as motivated now as I was at the New Year.

So after I read that article, I decided it's time to clean out my closet...again. Those skinny clothes don't really have much value for me now. Besides, it will be SO much fun buying new, skinny clothes! And getting rid of the "fat" clothes once and for all will be super exciting!

As a side note, I AM hanging on to one pair of slacks/shirt that will represent my "before". When I get down to One-der-land, I'll post it for all to see! Then when I get to goal, I'll post it again. Maybe THAT'S the image I should burn in my brain!

Hope you'll join me in cleaning out YOUR closet! Spark on!
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  • CANNIE50
    Yay! I am glad to hear about your closet project. Those clothes you let go of may be useful to someone else. They just don't suit you, or your needs. I, too, was very thin for many years of my life. At 52, the idea of being "skinny" is a bit horrifying to me - I would look ill, and deflated, if I were to get so thin again, at this stage of my life. I am motivated by words like "strong" "healthy" "comfortable". I saw myself in the mirror today, while strength training with a group that included women in their 20's who are in really good shape, and men in their 30's, 40's, 50's. It was a lovely moment because I felt fine about who I was seeing in the mirror. Just another person, working hard to get stronger, which is how the other people treat me. Anyway, I didn't mean to make this about me. I came to your page to thank you for your kindness on my "focus" blog and I am so glad I read your blog - it is enjoyable to read. You are doing well.
    3135 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9374878
    I read that article, too. I have some old stuff, skinny stuff, out of date stuff for some reason that represent what???? I don't know what!!!!! Out with the old and in with the new! The new and improved me! I'm doing things I haven't done in years! I may not be the same size but I'm a stronger person physically and mentally than I used to be. New clothes time. The closet is getting cleaned out this weekend! Thanks!
    3137 days ago
    worked on cleaning out the closet last weekend when i started sp i was up to 24 and now i am down to 20 some are still questionable as 20s. this is progress, has fun
    3137 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    There are two other reasons for cleaning out the closet of your older, smaller clothes -- first, and most obvious, they will all be out of style once you fit into them once again, and two, fabrics don't last indefinitely. What a waste to save them for years, to have them rip as soon as you pull them on. Someone needy could have used them when they were still in good shape and fashionable.

    I also agree it's old baggage. The New You's getting new clothes, alright!!
    3137 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11552252
    I have to admit, I have been hanging on to the 'skinny' jeans. However, you make a good point about just purchasing new 'skinny' jeans. I may have just been inspired to clean out the closet.
    3137 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11856972
    I actually cleaned out my closet before I even joined spark people. I didn't know at the time if that is good or bad, because I'll have absolutely NOTHING to wear when I lose weight lol. But I wanted to let go of that because I felt like it was holding me back emotionally.
    3137 days ago
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