A Gentle Nudge
May 6, 2014
It seems Spring has well and truly sprung in my neck of the woods.
I had a couple of days without a cardigan; and I even briefly considered wearing sandals for a couple of days. I was having a sort out of my shoes and boots and moving the sturdy winter footwear into the spare room (as I’m pretty certain that it’s not going to snow here for the next six months… I could be wrong… But I’ll risk it!) However in the course of “shoe-shifting” I was reminded exactly why I am a member of WLR - because I’ve just had another forage through the wardrobe in the spare bedroom which holds all the clothes for which I am currently “too fat to fit”.
The current much warmer weather has made me realise that carrying the extra weight is just plain ol’ hard work when the temperature rises.
This week I’ve noticed more and more people discarding their winter woollies and putting on their light spring clothes. And I envied them. I was jealous of the fact that they could wear beautiful clothes and carry them off on slender frames. I used to be able to do that... and never even gave it a second thought. Just grab something from my wardrobe; go into town and pick anything off the 8-10 rails and know that it would fit round my boobs, tum and bum... (usually requiring at least 4 inches off the hem, but I’m handy with a needle); wear white in hot weather without perspiration being a problem... the list goes on.. But each item on the list reminds me of why I’m here... why I’ve opted to give up alcohol; moderate my cheese and chocolate intake; learn to love exercise.
Because I want things to change.
I want the clothes in my wardrobe to change. I want the fitted shapes and the bright colours; I want to be able to be spoilt for choice when I open the doors.
I want to be able to wear absolutely anything I want, when I want, without having to worry about chaffing or strap marks or worse still split seams on my white linen trousers or the front panel of a gypsy skirt (which has happened on more than one occasion when I have tried to squeeze myself into something that “fits” but only just).
I know that in order to get back to the size and shape I used to be will require time, effort, patience and resolve. I’m heading in the right direction, I’ve managed to move a couple of items of clothing from the spare room back into my bedroom.
I had a moment of triumph the other day when some favourite cherry red cords, were finally able to make it over my thighs – fastening the button was the icing on the cake
(perhaps not the most apt turn of phrase but you know what I mean!)
I have to admit that there are times when I think “I can’t do this”... but then the cosmos gives me a little nudge (it could be someone slender passing me on the street looking great and I find myself thinking “I want to be that shape” or perhaps it’s a lovely dress in a shop that doesn’t come in “my size”). I get the “nudge” and it makes me remember what it is I’m aiming for and how unhappy I was at my heaviest, and reminds me that I’ve already made progress and that there’s no reason why I can’t get to goal.
I never know when the next “prod from the cosmos” will come or what it will be, but I do know that on the days when I’m feeling tired, lethargic and lacking in willpower, if I just remember one of the “prods” then it recharges my batteries just enough to make me put down the doughnut or do the last 15 minutes of my workout.
So on the days when the going gets tough (and it will) just try and focus in on one thing that made you decide to sign up here.
And hold that thought... it may be the one thing that gets you (or keeps you) back on track. Store up the “prods” so that you can call on them whenever you think that you are in danger of heading off the road; they may just be the thing to keep you on track.
Have a great WLR day
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