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Happiness in a Drawer!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sometimes motivation can be found in the oddest places!

Have you ever found yourself looking at old photographs and wishing you were that size again? Some of my favorite photos are of my anniversary trip to Martha's Vineyard with my husband taken about 11 years ago. Sure, I was overweight but not like super fat or anything (my thinking). In the past few years I have looked at those pictures and thought...only to be that size again.

Early this morning I began cleaning out some of my drawers and I came across an outfit that I actually wore on that trip. Wondering just how close I was to being able to wear it again, I tried it on. Imagine how surprised I was to learn that not only did it fit, but it was even loser than when I purchased it all those years ago. But how could that be, I mean, I am horribly fat right now. I couldn't possibly be able to fit in those clothes again.

I have spent the day thinking about my mind set (and wearing the outfit). How is it that I can look at the pictures and wish I were that size again and yet put those same clothes on and still feel so fat? Why is it that I can't celebrate the success of losing 95 pounds and know that I have made progress? Why do I want to hold on to the image of fat?

My husband suggested taking a few photos in the clothes and really looking at the progress I have made in the last 10 months, so I did! I will admit, I was so pumped that I could see real evidence of my hard work.

Losing weight is definitely a mind and body connection. Who knew that old clothes in the bottom of a drawer could provide the motivation needed to make the mind believe that I can and am doing it!

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    This definitely is a head game! Celebrate every step you're taking towards your goals. You're doing great! And I agree with Beverly that's one smart husband you have!
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    Give away the clothes from yesteryear! Even when you lose the weight, the body magically redistributes what is left. (I have firsthand experience!) Take a fresh approach, go for better health stats. Appreciate your body as it is, and revel in your improvements. Most of the way we "look" comes from our self-appraisal; greater self-confidence is an aphrodiasiac!
    1501 days ago
  • TAMIP62
    Second blog post this week I've read with this same phenomenon. A phenomenon that is very common, especially for people with weight issues. I'm one of them. We are so darned HARD on ourselves. Our brains can't seem to let go of the feeling of being at our heaviest, and feeling the guild/depression/disgust/anger (pick one or all) of it. We would never dream of having those same feelings for someone else, and are quick to notice and celebrate other people's losses and accomplishments no matter how small, but our own--no way. There is so much to learn from this post and others like it. We have to somehow overcome that mental image of ourselves as we progress, so we can celebrate ourselves and be proud of how far we've come.

    Dang, forgot the most important part: Way to go! You're doing fantastic, and look great.
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    Comment edited on: 9/19/2016 3:36:05 PM
    Wow I wish I could do that! Problem is, I am still wearing the clothes I wore last year and they aren't any looser either. My mindset is changed too Lisa! You are looking great!
    1501 days ago
    Right on, Lisa. Now you've got the positive mindset you need to continue your journey. Nice pic!
    1590 days ago
    You are doing a great job! I think it is the non-scale victories that help change our perspective more than the number on the scale (remember, we are more than a number on the scale). You've lost the weight, you're seeing the changes through your wardrobe, and now it is time to get the right mindset. I think a lot of us want to hold on subconsciously to our old selves out of comfort. But in reality, the new us is healthier and fitter. We're going places!
    1591 days ago
    What a very smart husband you have. That was great advice and it should make you feel so special. You look good so celebrate and lots of luck in your goals. emoticon emoticon
    1591 days ago
    You are so right about the mind and body connection. Time to check on my own mindset, as well as find the joy in who I am right now so that I can even better appreciate my journey to a healthier lifestyle. Hug, hug! - Evelyn
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  • JUSTME29
    I think we all have some degree of image distortion. I remember when I was younger (and much much thinner) I was horrified by the though of reaching 180 lbs. Not horrified to do anything to avoid it though. I cried the first time the scale went over that number.

    Now, years later, and hopefully wiser, I feel like 180 might be a good stopping point. A weight I could live with as a maintenance weight.

    One of my favorite things is shopping in my own closet or bags of clothing that I haven't donated yet. I really enjoy pulling out old favorites and finding that they fit again.
    1606 days ago
    You look great. We all feel "fat" some days. You are NOT alone!
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  • DTHOR6
    You look fabulous my dear. I try to take pictures every 10 pounds i loose its amazing what 10 pounds looks like.
    1696 days ago
    You look great. You have successfully lost 95 pounds. You are amazing! I hope you can replace the negative image in your brain with a new more accurate one.
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    1714 days ago
    YEAH for those thoughts of looking good in your clothes. You look great and have done an amazing job. You deserve to celebrate your beautiful body. I am doing a happy dance for you right now. You go girlfriend.
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  • SPEEDY143
    Beautiful blog... just like YOU emoticon
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    You have one "smart cookie" for a husband! I'd keep him, if I were you! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/19/2016 8:13:16 AM
  • MARYBETH4884
    Amazing feeling isn't it!!! Celebrate every pound, you worked hard for it!!! emoticon
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