..and in related news: Tennessee woman buried in clothing avalanche, sizes 6 to 20.
We all know better. We know that it is physique awareness suicide to wear stretchy pants more than three days running. After that, you might as well wrap yourself in an elastic muumuu and call it a day. It is over. So, during my unemployment/knee recovery/eat-a-thon, I stayed away from the sweats and the yoga pants like I should. I kept on slipping into my blue jeans, thinking that they were an accurate gauge of size during the time which shall be known henceforth as The Great Regain. Pah! More the fool me, right?! (Say “yes.”) My trusty denims weren’t denims at all, but were STRETCH denim. (Gasp in horror.)
I’ve heard Oprah say that she has every size in her closet from eight to elastic. Mine was the same, making my room look more and more like an episode of Hoarders. That kind of clutter has a deleterious effect on my mood; so, this weekend, I tackled it. I had a box for clothes to give away, one for winter clothes to go into storage, and one for adorable summer clothes from last year that are a little bit too small. Actually, I had two of those and some of those clothes are a lot too small.
I tried most everything on until I started berating myself for gaining weight back. The head trash wasn’t doing me any good; so, I adjusted to keep from generating any more of it by not trying on any more, just guesstimating the rest. I divided the clothes that didn’t fit into two piles – the ten pound pile and the twenty pound pile. Some things should fit me nicely in ten pounds, others will have to wait twenty. Regardless, they are all going to have to wait and, in the meantime, I have to be able to breathe; so, they cannot be hanging in my closet looking at me accusingly day after day. Nobody needs that kind of attitude, not even from natural fibers.
The bad news is that I do have clothes that don’t fit. The good news is that I conquered head trash generation while sorting them and I’m working on getting back into them in a calculated and orderly way:
- I have committed to walk 25 miles each week from now until 8.31.13 for the 501st Support Battalion 300 mile challenge.
- I have only good, nutrient-rich food in my refrigerator and a menu planned out for the week.
- I have a support system in person, on Facebook and here to keep me honest and on track.
Exercise, diet and support – the three keys and they’re all right there. By the end of June, I’ll be into the clothes in the Ten Pound Box and by the end of July, I’ll be in the Twenty Pound Box. I just have to keep my eye on the prize, my head in the game, and my rear out of Satan’s fabrics.