Christmas time last year I bought a dress. THE dress. The one I had been drooling over for MONTHS. It was on sale for $30 (down from $100!), so I was like "Yes, please!" and immediately snatched it up! I went ahead and just bought it in my usual size--the largest size it came in--without trying it on or anything.
I'm sure you can tell where this is going. I tried it on when I got home--even had the boyfriend help me try to zip it--got the zipper halfway up, and it wouldn't budge. I was so embarrassed and disappointed, I started crying.
The customer reviews I read online confirmed that not only does the zipper stick, but the dress runs small as well, which is probably why it was on sale for so cheap. I just couldn't bring myself to return it though. I knew I might be kidding myself, but I could not accept that I'd never be able to wear it. So here I am almost a year later, and that dress has been in the front of my closet, and the back of my mind, this whole time. I tried it on a few more times in the following months, and was disappointed a few more times. So I made myself stop trying it on.
But now, after FINALLY getting my butt in gear and working hard for most of 2013, my body has definitely begun to show signs of improvement. With that and the prospect of a fancy Christmas party coming up, I decided I couldn't wait any longer to try on The Heartbreaker Dress again. So Saturday as I was getting ready to go out, I tried it on--casually telling myself "If it still doesn't fit, no big deal. It will fit eventually, because you're making such awesome progress. You're doing GREAT!"
And wouldn't you know, it fit like a glove!! In fact, if things keep going the way they are, it may even be a bit loose on me 6 weeks from now at that fancy party. I just couldn't believe it. So of course I took the obligatory selfie, to prove to myself it really happened!
This just helps reinforce to me that we CAN DO THIS! It's not easy, and it's not instant, but steadfast effort does have its many rewards. This time it was conquering a stubborn zipper, but with the progress I've made, I've seen too many improvements in my life this year to count. And oh, how sweet it is!