It had to be done.
I’ve been doing some retail therapy. I have purchased new items in bigger sizes so that I have clothes that fit my new body. I was happy with my new clothes, but there was still a problem:
I hadn’t gotten rid of the old stuff.
So last week I did a closet clean out. I went through and tried almost every single thing on. Most of the skirts wouldn’t even zip up. The jeans wouldn’t go over my butt. Chino shorts looked like spandex.
Most of my tops still fit, but I still ended up with piles of things that had to go. I removed 10 pairs of pants, 6 pairs of shorts, bunches of skirts, a few dresses, some workout clothes and even pajamas.
Into my navy storage trunk. I’m not going to get rid of them yet because I have no idea what my body will do over the next few months. I’ll likely never fit into those things again, but I’m going to wait a little bit before parting ways for good.
I wasn’t thrilled that so much of my stuff no longer worked for me, especially lots of my favorite outfits. Even so, my closet still seemed full? I have too much stuff! I was just desperately lacking in bottoms. I had already bought some new jeans and fun skirts, but needed some more business-y things to wear for shadowing and volunteering.
I made a trip to the local mall and got some things on sale at JCPenny and Gap. Then I hit up mecca:
About 90 minutes away is a J.Crew Clearance store! It’s near a distribution center so I think it’s all the stuff that gets sent back or is mismarked. It has fantastic prices! The selection is really heavy on the basics, but also includes a full section of formal wear and wedding as well as lots of skirts, pants, shoes, and more! Jackpot!
My friend Alan and I spent a few hours there, trying on way too much and narrowing it down to just the things we loved. I walked away with some GREAT steals like a classic pencil skirt that was marked down to $30 from $110. Right?!
Back at home I played dress up:)
I feel good about myself. I’m bigger and my body looks different, but when I put on clothes that fit I am happy. I’m at a place I never imagined I could be. If I had seen my current body a year ago, I would have been really upset. But somehow I have more self-confidence and peace with myself now than I did then. It does wonders to know I’m doing what’s right for my body.
Ladies, it IS possible. You can gain weight, be healthy and still like the way you look! I mean heck, I have CLEAVAGE now!
So adios to the old, and in with the new. Not every day will be a good day. I’m still a girl and I still deal with the same issues every female does. But I’m healthy. Life is good.