I spent the weekend working and swapping out my winter clothes for my summer wear.
I didn't realize how many pairs of shorts I had from last year. At least 12 pairs in 6 different colors.
I tried them on and only ONE PAIR fit. It was a pair of stretchy denim cutoffs. Everything else was too tight.
There was a time in my life when my reaction to this would be to panic, then restrict food and hit the gym hard so I can "lean out" in 3 weeks. I'll admit...there was a little part of me that started down that road.
But the work I've been doing in the last 3 years has allowed me to change the way I think about clothes and sizes. Now, I choose to NOT panic, NOT diet, and NOT squeeze myself into uncomfortable shorts because of a fear of buying a bigger size.
I'm done with that old story. I'm NOT a number on a tag.
Instead of spending the hot summer months walking around in tight shorts painfully digging into my crotch, I'll be buying NEW shorts that fit me comfortably because I DESERVE TO FEEL GOOD IN MY OWN SKIN AND MY OWN SHORTS.
If you find yourself in a similar situation with shorts, shirts, skirts, or dresses this summer, here are 3 things you can do ASAP:
- Sell them: sites like Craigslist, ebay, and Swap are great places to make a little cash from your too-small clothes
- Give them to family & friends: there may be someone in your immediate circle who would love that sundress that's been in your closet since last summer
- Donate them: give your "someday" jeans to a woman who can use them TODAY
There's a theme here: no matter which of the above 3 options you choose, JUST GET RID OF THEM. That's exactly what I'm doing.
Holding on to clothes with the hope of wearing them at some point in the future keeps you at war with your body.
It's time to think differently about torturing yourself with clothes that don't fit.
It's time to live AND dress in the present.
Here's to a comfortable crotch this summer!