I was bored yesterday. So I did something I’ve put off for a few
weeks months years. I tackled cleaning out my closet. After all, I had to make some room for new clothes that I need to purchase due to my recent 42lb weight loss. (Thank you, Break Up Diet!)
To really get the gist of my day, let me start off by saying Husband #2 and I had a small email exchange. It consisted of him telling me how he felt about himself, about me, and that he was not coming back. For my part, I related my part in contaminating the relationship. Both his email and my email were rather lengthy. And then his reply to my email was a single line:
I would still like to go on one more cruise in my lifetime and I would love for it to be with you.
~ Husband #2
Hello mixed messages!
So I took the rest of the afternoon to work on my Happiness Project and by the evening I was feeling rather bored, drained and restless.
I’d already scrubbed the bathtub by this time, so the closet was the next victim on my list of frantic cleaning tasks. You probably know how that goes. Like all women, I have clothes that I remember wearing with great fondness and I can’t bear to toss them out. The sentimentality of a dress that I used to sport back in the days of my thinner self…. The shirt I was wearing when I found out I was pregnant with my first child… The rocking shoes that my feet no longer fit into after years of going barefoot and allowing those toes to spread out unencumbered. Oh, but the shoes are sooooo, soooooo pretty. I must have them still. To quote Gollum, they are “my precious“.
I’m getting off track. Back to the closet and my weight loss…
I have this dress. Actually it’s two dresses. Once I find something that fits well, I have this habit of buying multiples of the same items in different colors. I do this with shoes, shorts, t-shirts, dresses, and slacks. Occasionally I’ll get into trouble when I get dressed in the dark and head out into the world with one black shoe and one brown shoe. But they are the same style so I kid myself into thinking no one notices.
This dress is over 15 years old. I bought it at Target so long ago that I don’t even remember the event I bought it for. It’s a sun dress, so maybe it was for everyday use, but I’m more a shorts and t-shirt type for around the house. Plus, after years of carrying a diaper bag, I’m anti-purse. This dress has no pockets. So it’s not a good run-around-town dress for me. Many times I’ve awkwardly fished my phone and money out of my bra because I am so anti-purse.
I’ve owned this dress so long that it is now back in style. Along with all my fluorescent shirts from the 80’s. Oh yeah, that was a look! Nothing says “look over here” like a bright fluorescent pink t-shirt and matching shoe laces. And I found my acid wash jeans as well.
Back to the dress!
I’ve kept this dress for years because a) it’s cute, b) it fits me well and that’s a rarity, and c) my sister the sewing guru told me she could make it into a pattern for new dresses that would be larger to fit my post baby body.
I figured “what the hell”, and unzipped it. One foot, two foot, OMG it fits. But I still have to zip it up. And the crazy thing is…I zipped it up without a hitch.
I now have concrete and motivating proof that I’m on the right track with my weight loss. Huzzah! Huzzah!