I’ve lost 36 pounds. I wore pants yesterday that were objectively too big. I figured it was time to do a little closet-shopping.
While the days of 3-digit temperatures finally seem behind us, it is still too hot for me to go in the attic, where I believe I have a couple of big plastic tubs full of clothes. Plus, I’m not entirely sure the attic is animal-free at the moment, but that’s a whole ‘nother story and I’m just pretending it is someone else’s story for the time being.
I went into five plastic tubs of clothes in my closet, and dug way to the back of the hanging items. I found a great royal purple dress with a a matching long jacket that will be great for work meetings, but I already have grey and black flannel dresses with jackets for work meetings, and a dearth of work meetings that require that level of sartorial commitment.
I found all of my size 14 shirts that I love, but I’m not there yet. I found a couple of size 16s, and I’m much closer to those. Like, 5 pounds plus a good minimizer bra from those! 😉
Pants—different story. When I titled this post gut check, I meant, check, I still have a gut. As my smaller pants proved to me when I couldn’t zip them up. Ugh.
I think I’ve got some lightweight wool pants that will work for work situations. Other than that, I’ve got a bunch of pants that are between 10 and 15 pounds away, and a bunch of pants that I’ll have to wash in hot water so they will shrink a bit to fit.
I had to stop closet-shopping when, after pulling out sweaters to dry-clean for our trip to New England next month (yea! fall weather!), I started sneezing. I had stirred up too much dust, and had to retreat from the house. Leaving home saved me from becoming too focused on my lack of Goldilocks pants (you know—not too big, not too small, but just right).
I’m not a big shopper, so I guess I’ll be wearing the same 3 pairs of pants over and over, washing them constantly to keep them fitting well. There are FAR worse problems to have.