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!