Ok people, listen up! It's Spring, AGAIN....a time of renewal. I'm not just talking your typical Spring cleaning, I'm talking about doing a MAJOR OVERHAUL on that closet!
How many of us have that little black dress or that cute pair of jeans tucked away in the back "for when I get back into them"? Huh? Yeah you heard me right! It's time to GET REAL.
If you're anything like me, those things have been in the closet for the past 10 years (at least....I'm being generous here). Ask yourself......are they still in style? Chances are.....NO, DEFINITELY NOT! So why keep them?
I think for me, having those clothes around is supposed to be a memory of happier times in my life, when I was thin. But the problem is, when I happen to see them hanging there on a day I am digging and can't seem to find something to wear, it actually makes me feel worse. That little voice inside my head says "just look at you and how unfit you are", and "you should be ashamed of yourself", or "you USED to care about yourself".
So why should we keep these around? Are they really helping us? I say NOT!
As I have said before, you cannot begin to heal until you accept yourself for who you are.....NOW! Look in the mirror and find something you like about yourself.....tell yourself this! "I'm pretty", "I love my eyes", "I love my smile", "I love the way my hair looks today". I used to have a positive affirmation stuck on my mirror. My mother gave it to me at our TOPS meeting. It said "Good morning, you're beautiful, you're going to have a wonderful day". It felt good to say that and it was a great way to start the day.
The power of positive thinking is amazing! Use those Post-it notes to your advantage. Put them in every nook and cranny around your house. Even if you find this a bit silly, it works. You may think twice about grabbing a snack from the fridge if you open the door to a note that says "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!". Now some with a warped sense of humor like me may just put the word "Moo" in there, ha ha.....part of this process is learning to laugh at yourself. Have some fun with it.
Something else that will help, especially if you finally take the plunge and PURGE THAT CLOSET is to go out and find an outfit that fits you now.....something flattering and figure friendly. I do very well choosing clothes that fit well and hide the pounds. When I tell people what I weigh they don't believe me........and that makes me feel good! It also makes me want to do more. Certainly a better feeling than looking at those old jeans!
So, come on people! Out with the old and in with the new. The old ME is history.....the new ME is a mystery, getting better and better by the day.
Let's all do this together!
Hugs to you all,