Today I took a very big step – I threw my crappy, old, super-comfy, faded, worn-through, misshapen, unflattering, black knit pants in the trash! It was a psychological victory. I had not been wearing them much, because they really were quite horrible, but I had held on to them for years and years of weight highs and lows, because they had always been a standby during my fattest days. But it was time. (Ok, I admit that I did wear them one last time before the big toss.)
Now don’t give me too much credit – I still have several pairs of stretchy knit pants in my closet. (See “What not to Wear”) But baby steps, baby steps. This particular pair was the oldest and had been there for me for so many years and stood by me when my jeans just rested on the hanger and laughed. But I knew it was time for an emotional milestone. I crossed a line that needed to be crossed.
It felt good to throw them away. A bit scary, but good. Now the questions is: when I am at my goal weight, will I be able to finally purge my closet of clothes that are too big? And by ‘purge’ I mean getting rid of them, not putting them in a box in the basement, just in case, as I have in the past. Maybe that “just in case” is what landed me at several of my regained highs. So out of the house and out of my life. That is really, really scary.
What about you? I know what experts say… but let’s talk reality. Keep your fat clothes or get rid of them?