Tough Talk Tip: clean your closet
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Welcome to the start of Tough Talk Tips.
I know today's is a toughie, because with our yo-yo dieting, we've taught ourselves to hang onto clothes that become too big for us "just in case."
That stops now. No more just in case.
To aid you in this new thought pattern, go through your closets today. Pull out anything that's too big for you. Make a pile. I know that skirt is cute and it actually hurts to take it off its hanger. I know you only bought those jeans two months ago and they cost a fortune. I know your friends complimented you every time you wore that floral blouse.
Toss them into the pile. Make yourself do it. No more going backward. Your weight loss will be permanent, and you will not sabotage yourself by hanging onto large sizes.
Anything that's too big goes. And while you're at it, just to make yourself feel good, add clothing you haven't worn in more than a year, even if it fits, or that's so out of style, you'll never be seen in it again.
If you have family or friends you think would love a couple of your items, by all means. If your church has a clothing ministry, add to its collection.
Otherwise, haul it to the nearest Goodwill, Value Village, Salvation Army, etc.
It's a big step, but a necessary one. You'll feel refreshed when you're done, invigorated even. It's a cathartic process that will lead to a new mindset: You will never need clothes that large again.
You need room in your closet for the smaller sizes you'll be adding.