Sunday, January 12, 2014
I'm reviewing blogs from my first year of SparkPeople, my time of achieving a weight I didn't think was possible for me, over 80 pounds below my 1999 high.
In mid-November I wrote two blogs about clothing:
1. My 2X clothes allowed me to gain or lose more than 15 pounds without changing sizes; my size 4's require I stay in about a 5 pound morning maintenance range. Still true.
2. One of my WW friends blames elastic waists for a significant part of America's weight problem. One SparkFriend responded that Dr. Phil said sweat pants are threatening to marriages as you can gain without realizing. I rarely wear elastic waists now and rarely have ever worn sweat pants.
Clothes were a big part of my maintenance effort. I got to know and accept my new body by shopping. Each Saturday after WW free weigh in I felt like I had at least as much as a WW meeting costs to spend on me. I spent a long time on most Saturdays trying on clothes and developing a new sense of style. I usually bought one item on very good sale. It took me months and months before I finally said I have a complete wardrobe at my new size.
I also enjoyed taking my bigger clothes to the thrift store that supports the non-profit literacy and basic needs agency I used to run. It was a very good feeling to be free of those clothes, but to let them go to someone who would benefit from a real bargain, and support an important effort.
I did post a picture of me in shorts and a bicycle helmet and a kind of dressy shirt some time back. One SparkFriend called me on the glamour shirt with the cycling outfit. Okay, that is funny. For a while I felt like I wanted to wear figure-revealing clothes all the time. Now I'm quite content to wear whatever is appropriate. Yesterday I wore really loose-fitting running clothes and noticed how comfortable they were!!