Give Your Wardrobe a Makeover
Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Alyn Wharmby is an Ohio native turned middle school teacher and graduate student, currently earning a degree in School Administration at UNC Charlotte. She is beginning her new life with fiance Erik and chihuahua Bella on July 13, 2013. Contact Alyn here.
This Saturday I treated myself to a little trip to a few of my favorite stores--- to buy a pair of jeans that fit. Thats right--- last Thursday I wore the first pair of size ten pants that Ive been in for more than four years. They were a pair of hand-me-downs from a friend who had recently lost weight, and I wore them Thursday as a little encouragement to myself to keep going.Ive been hesitant to buy new clothes because Ive still got the crazy idea that Im going to put back on all the weight that Ive lost, while simultaneously hoping Ill keep losing. Ive heard from multiple camps on the argument of what to do with all the ill-sized clothes I have. Some people say Get rid of the old clothes! You wont be able to have them as a fallback if theyre gone! While others say that it cant hurt to hang on to them just in case.I set off on this journey to weight loss in October 2011 after my SIZE 14 clothes were getting a little snug. At the time, I couldnt afford to buy any new clothes and I surely couldnt imagine myself shopping in a store with extended sizes. I knew that a size 14 was the end of the road for me. I couldnt make excuses anymore. I was far above an average weight and well over a healthy weight for me.My instinct when I feel fat is to cover-up to the extreme. Baggy clothes and layers cover up all that I want to hide. Every time I walk into a store I find myself still drifting to the safety of the bigger sizes. I always take bigger sizes into the dressing room with me, assuming that those are what fit. Im overly sensitive about how tight things are, and have returned more clothes in the last few months than ever. I bring things home and Erik tells me that that I shouldve gotten a smaller size.Size 12 is generally my comfortable spot. Its the size I land on when Ive been trying to maintain a weight that doesnt make me miserable. Getting under that size means Ive defeated the comfortable. Its one more roadblock on my road to health that is out of the way!My decision? Ive purged the closet of all extra-larges and size 14s and sided with the camp that votes for a clean break from the comfortable. I am confident that if I get to that size again, it will be in maternity!Join me in celebrating all your hard work by purging the closet and springing for something new!
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