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Closet Purging & Pretty Days

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Despite the scale's attempts to conspire against me today, I'm having a very "I feel thin and pretty day" - so I thought I'd share:

I love that you can see my little witch behind me on my shoulder in this picture. She's belonged to my Grandmother for as long as I can remember and throughout the years of my grandparents moving to new houses and new towns, she was always a constant in the rec room. When my grandparents made their most recent move to a retirement home after my grandma's heart surgery, my mom asked me if there was anything from the house that I wanted, and I immediately asked for the witch. When she brought it to me she said "I have no idea why you'd want this thing - she's the ugliest little woman I've ever seen" - but to me she's not ugly. She reminds me of my inner child and playing in my grandparent's basement on visits, watching the CBC broadcast of "Pirates of Penzance" on repeat and singing at the top of my lungs.

You can also see one of my other little "secrets of success" - my Starbucks reusable cold cup with straw. It's a 16 ouncer, so I know it's 2 cups of water every time I fill it. It goes to work with me every morning and home with me every night and has seen gallons of water pass through it since I bought it. I was told yesterday by one of my favorite Starbucks baristas that I was lucky to have one seeing as they sold out of them early in the summer and you can't even get one online anymore in some places.

Last night at 11pm (otherwise known as bedtime in my house) I got the urge to purge. I had just finished a load of laundry and realized that many of the items I was folding didn't even fit any more, so I hauled out a couple of bags and started filling them. I'm pretty sure my "I feel pretty" day today is because I know now that I have emptied my closet of all items that are either Size 26 or 3x!!! I actually also set aside a bunch of winter items that were still lingering in my closet that are Size 22/24, but that I know won't fit by the time the weather turns again. I tossed some items that I have literally been hanging onto for YEARS and could never bring myself to get rid of and it feels so good to finally be free of those things that never did quite fit the way they should have - which actually had little to do with my body and more to do with the shape of the garment. For whatever reason I kept them around thinking that if I changed enough they might somehow fit. And now I just say - good riddance! By the time I actually get around to wondering where they went the next time I think about them, I'll be too small to fit into them properly anyway!

I feel lighter, my closet feels lighter (I can actually fit almost everything I own into it now), and by this time next week I'm sure that I will officially be down 10% of my starting weight (31lbs). On to the next 10% and my quest for Size 18!
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    Beautiful picture! :)
    2797 days ago
    I need to get rid of some of my clothes that I don't wear anymore too. Good job on finally getting that done! Clothes that are too big and must be tossed are very exciting! Don't let the scale get to you! Keep it up! emoticon
    2801 days ago
    I simply love this picture of you. You look absolutely beautiful - like beaming. It's gorgeous. I am glad you saved the witchy poo - I love those things that make me feel like a kid again.

    You are awesomesauce.

    2801 days ago
  • WYND10
    I love the story of the witch. I have a ceramic rooster. It's the ugliest thing ever, but it's mine gosh darnnit.

    Love love love this picture of you.

    You look pretty! Oh so pretty!

    And for the record, that isn't a backhanded compliment because you have and will always be pretty, but this picture really highlights it.
    2802 days ago
    Good job purging that closet! I too made the decision not to hang onto things that didn't fit and/or I didn't feel great in. I now keep a pile ready to go to the charity bin - every day when I get undressed, I ask myself if I felt good wearing that today. And when things are too baggy/frumpy/just not feeling good, they get washed and then put in that pile. The shirt I'm wearing today is going to be added. I bought it in January when I'd lost the first bit and now it's just too baggy - does nothing for me at all (make me look preggers). No more not feeling my best!

    2802 days ago
    Love those pretty days! you look awesome! Keep it up!
    2803 days ago
    You are doing a great job. It is always fun to get rid of clothes that are too big. Keep up the good work.
    2803 days ago
    Since today is kinda cloudy out that's what I decided to do. De-clutter, purge or lighten things up around here. It does feel good to get rid of stuff.
    2803 days ago
    You go Girl!!! Great job with ALL you are doing!
    2803 days ago
    You look Fabulous! and congrats on the closet purge!
    2803 days ago
    You are doing so good! Normandy
    2803 days ago
    Good memories are always nice to keep. The closet purge is great. Don't you feel lighter? I did when I gave all my 3X and 4X to the women shelter. I kept one pair of my biggest just for compare pictures when I get to my goal. Then I will have a bonfire celebration and burn it. It was old not something to give away. I can't destroy good clothes someone else could use.
    My frugal Scotch ancestry. Smile.
    Have a good day, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2803 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/21/2010 2:16:59 PM
  • KARVY09
    You are glowing and look amazing!!!!

    The witch is such a cool keepsake. I have a ton of these things that people just don't understand.

    Congrats on the closet purge. I always feel great after I do that!
    2803 days ago
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