How many of you out there have ever looked into your closet and just thought I have NOTHING to wear that makes me feel sexy and pretty (yes it is a good thing to feel sexy and like a woman hope I didn’t scare any of you away with that word ha ha)?
I probably have mentioned before that I hate shopping. This hatred has many causes
- I don’t like spending money on clothes for myself
- I hate trying things on because those mirrors in dressing rooms are not nice
- My history with eating disorders makes facing sizes, too tight pants, unflattering clothes terrifying
- I hate taking the time to shop
- Sizes are different in each and every store and sometimes even in the same store
The list is probably much longer but those sum it up. Throughout our journey through infertility, my resting from exercise, my increased eating, and my overall journey with eating disorders over the past 7 years – I’ve been anything from a size 0 to a size 14. And you bet ya, I kept almost all the things from size 0 to size 14 because I didn’t want to spend the money again if I was ever at one of those sizes again. However, this led to crowded closets full of OLD not professional, not sexy clothes, that I hated. When we got married, Dan asked how long it had been since I’d truly gone shopping…I couldn’t remember the last time I bought anything of substance
So this past weekend I had project ‘ TRY IT ON, THROW IT OUT’ I took EVERY pair of pants out of my closet.
I then made myself try EVERY pair on, I did it fast to decrease the mental pain of not fitting into things (silly mental game I play with myself). If it didn’t fit – into the Goodwill tub it went. It felt great to start with a mess on the floor (much bigger than the picture above captured!) and end up with an organized tub to donate.
I allowed myself to keep one pair of jeans that I loved myself in just before starting my no/little exercise and more food habits. I truly think (they are size 6 in case you were curious) I looked good in those, was at a healthy weight and felt SEXY then…so they are my one keeps. BUT I stuck them in a hiding spot so I don’t beat myself up – if I’m healthy and never fit into those I will ACCEPT THAT!
I did a bit of shopping on Black Friday – all for me, all for things that fit me RIGHT NOW and make me feel HOT! and I bought a few things from my friend Anna’s shop (come back tomorrow for a giveaway!). A big part of being HEALTHY is feeling GOOD about yourself. I couldn’t feel good about myself when each day I started my morning staring at clothes that didn’t fit and were very old and tattered. I can honestly say that project TRY IT ON, THROW IT OUT left me feeling revitalized and much happier to get dressed each day.
Maybe you can’t afford to revamp your closet (but trust me, I didn’t spend a lot, I can’t spend a lot ) so start with one drawer, just throw out what you don’t wear/can’t fit in, more than likely you haven’t been wearing it and may not even need to replace it. Just try it – I’m betting it will help to REVITALIZE you too!