I have always dreamed of wearing a nice dress, but because I have always found my legs unflattering I've been wearing pants since I can remember. When I started this journey I couldn't even imagine that some of the dresses I could only admire in the store windows would actually fit me some day. It really looked like a dream.
After I started dropping the weight off I finally bought myself a really nice, several sizes smaller dress that I hung next to my mirror. Every time I needed motivation I would put it on and imagine the day I'm gonna wear it comfortably. I remember thinking, "I'm going to look gorgeous!" The dress was somewhat stretchy and I was able to fit in by all means, but I was very well aware that wearing it as it was would probably have me end up on someone's social media profile with a mocking caption.
Anyway, that little blue dress is still in my closet. I am at a point where I do actually wear a smaller size, something I never thought possible. My journey is only like half way, but this gave me the confidence (and patience) to look forward to the final result and work towards it. My strategy has not really changed over the course of these several years. Whenever I see a piece I fall in love it, I buy it - even if it doesn't fit me at the time. From time to time I try to see how far I've come in being able to fit in it. That gives me the motivation to keep going on or just stand up if I have fallen. It is not easy. I've been on this journey for 5 years now and I feel like it is not getting easier. However, I am getting wiser and more persistent because I've seen it work. If you haven't done it before - try it. Cause, truth be told - history does witness that people have done the impossible when they desired something strong enough!