Yikes - my summer clothes seem to have shrunk!!
Saturday, April 23, 2016
You've got to love April - Spring is officially here along with the gorgeous sunshine and flowering trees. Even the rains are gentle and leave everything so lushly green and full of hope! Income tax is behind us for another whole year. Whoo Hoo!
Each April I take a week off of work for what I call my "staycation". I stay at home and work through a pre-determined set of projects such as cleaning out cabinets and closets. Every year this is the week that I switch the clothes in my closet from winter to summer, carefully packing away the sweaters and jackets and bringing out the capri pants and tee-shirts.
I'm not just folding away clothes and hanging up the replacements however, I use this time to "cull the herd", setting aside clothes that I didn't wear all last season to donate or throw out torn, worn, or hopelessly out of style items that I've stubbornly clung to. All of this involves a lot of time trying on clothes as you might imagine. Adding different shirts with different pants to reinvent new looks and helping me assess what I might need to purchase to round out the new season's wardrobe.
Much to my dismay, as I squirmed, jiggled, stretched, and sucked in what I could, I seemed to find that my last summer's clothes must have been washed and dried over the winter by the closet fairies - on HIGH -- to the point they have shrunk!!
Hmm... How did she not know this, many of you might be thinking?? To that I would refer you to my previously blog "As the Spark Turns - My Affair" I won't divulge further information so as to not create a spoiler. But, suffice it to say, the clothes dilemma came as quite a shock. I wear somewhat "loose" nursing scrubs daily at work and generally come home and change into loose knit yoga pants over the winter with baggy sweatshirts.
As I looked in the mirror and took note of the "bra bulges" and front seams (crudely referred to as the toes of a humped mammal indigenous to the Middle East) I about cried! No way could I debut these clothes in public - not even at Walmart.
Well, what to do? Spend the rest of the week at the malls buying new clothes that actually fit? No, never!! One of the commitments that I firmly made to myself when I reached my goal weight was to purge my closet of "multi sizes" once and for all. No room in there for 3 wardrobes again! There is to be no shopping for clothes that accommodate my increased girth. That is one commandment that I shall never again break.
First thing I did was come right back to Spark People. My motivation and discipline central. It's amazing when I get back on, I always ask myself why I ever stopped? It's a much healthier past time than other social media. It's far more productive than playing cards on line. I start tracking food and exercise. I read blogs. Reconnect with old friends that have stayed the course.
Next thing I did was register for a 5K race in June. Can I run a 5K? I did - once - back in the day. Can a 59 year old woman who is in otherwise reasonable health start to run a consistent distance again? The first time I ramped up the treadmill from my usual walk to a jog I thought "absolutely not"! What was I thinking as I struggled for breath?? I am using the podcast "Couch to 5K" and week one has you running for a full minute. I'm on week 3 now and living to tell about it. Yeah, two minutes into a three minute run segment, I start bargaining with God, but when I am done and get off the treadmill I spend a few moments strutting around the room - albeit on jelly legs - feeling on top of the world!
In the meantime, until I can wear those shrunken clothes once again, I'm running and running around in sweatpants and sweatshirts looking and feeling too hot and a little silly. In the words of my mother, God rest her soul, -- "It serves me right"!