Monday, October 18, 2010

setting up boundaries

I wish I could remember where I heard this tip so I could give credit where it is due. I can't even remember exactly how it was worded but the idea was to get rid of the clothing that you have that just a bit too forgiving. What do I mean by that? Well, for me it is having too many skirts and pants that are made with elastic waists and lots of extra fabric all around the backside and hips. I have some exercise pants that I was wearing when I started this journey a year ago and they were "comfortable" 20 lbs ago. They are baggy right now but I still wear them to walk in since I haven't found new ones for cold weather yet. But last June, when all my jeans were too big on me, my husband took me shopping and we bought two pair of "skinny jeans". These were snug fitting but have some stretch to the fabric to make them comfortable to wear and easy to move in. But they do not have elastic in the waist. When I returned from our vacation and the temps started to drop I started eating comfort food and carbs and I put 4 or 5 lbs back on from the 25 I had lost. I IMMEDIATELY noticed the difference when I put those jeans on. Had I been only wearing my "forgiving" clothes, I could have put 10 or 15 lbs back on and never noticed it. I think, especially once we reach goal weights, it is good to get some clothes that really fit, and some things that we love that will help define some boundaries for our bodies. I love these jeans, but I don't love the way they pull around the front and the wedgie they give me now that I have these extra pounds. They are helping me to act quickly to turn things around. So my skinny jeans are helping me set boundaries and limits to how much I will let myself yo-yo on the scale before I get serious and act. Do you have anything in your wardrobe that sets boundaries for you and helps you maintain what you worked so hard to attain?
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