Monday, April 08, 2013
Wow! I had great success shopping last evening! It's good I did because I was getting desperate. My old clothes were hanging on me like bags and I was literally running out of things that I could wear without looking ridiculous. The shopping was great fun for several reasons. First, for once the clearance racks had my name written on them: a pair of pants for $5.75, new shorts for workouts at the gym $7.50, T-shirts for $4.00, nice sweaters for $6.00, dress pants for $15.00 and dress shirts for $8.00. All of this was then blessed with an additional 20% off coupon. I came home with a whole new wardrobe, two large bags of clothing for a total of $140. The bargain hunter in me was very pleased. It was also very satisfying to see what now fits me after losing 50+ pounds. Medium is now my shirt size. Medium! I had to go down to pants with a 34" waist to find a comfortable fit. Even some of the 34s were too baggy depending on the cut. It was interesting to stand in front of the full length mirror in 34 waist pants and see the new me. I'm thin. I don't think I've ever used that term to describe myself before but it's now a true description for me. It's both weird and wonderful and I'm still in the process of getting used to it. Buying the clothes and thinking about giving my old clothes away also feels like a bit of a serious commitment. I've invested now in clothing that won't fit if I regain weight and when I give my old clothes away there will be no going back without cost (not that I want to). I am committed to this for the long haul. Buying new clothes felt a bit like the signing a contract. I've taken another step of commitment to healthy living. This is another milestone in a series of steps I've been taking toward fitness. The commitment and the difference it has made feels good.