31 May 2017
If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!
Let’s talk about clothes. Specifically, holding onto clothes that don’t fit.
I recently had a woman in the Hormone Harmony Club complain that because of weight gain, the only clothes she could now wear were shapeless shifts. But she couldn’t bear to part with the beautiful wardrobe she once wore because the clothes were expensive and she could never find ones like them again. Now, on the surface, this sounds like a dressing problem. But it’s not. This is a mindset problem. One that could actually stop you from losing weight, believe it or not.
We justify keeping clothes we can’t fit into by convincing ourselves that our bodies might change, our weight might shift, and then these items will fit perfectly once more! And that might happen. And that would be awesome. But I’m going tell you why you should purge ALL of the ill-fitting clothes that are clogging up your closet real estate.
They keep you focused on the past
Weight gain in perimenopause is very common and it can be hard to accept that your body has changed. Hanging onto clothes that fit your former figure is part of a normal mourning process. But letting that process drag out into months or years is unhealthy and counterproductive. When you see those old clothes, it’s tempting to beat yourself up about weight gain.
They also you remind about the past. And THAT means you’re thinking less about today, the figure you have now, which should be accepted and cherished and celebrated. It’s much harder to love your body right now if you’re constantly seeing reminders of how it looked 10 or 15 years ago. This is also true if you have lost weight and are hanging onto clothes that are too big “just in case”. What kind of message is that sending the Universe??
They prevent you from considering new possibilities
Old clothes that fit your former shape are like an anchor: they weigh you down and keep you from moving forward. If you’re obsessing over a tiny skirt that fit you three sizes ago, you’re less likely to look for a new skirt style that will complement your body right now. Maybe you looked amazing in pencil skirts decades ago, so you’ve stuck to them when A-lines might work wonders on your current curves. When you’re stuck in the past, you have less energy to explore new options!
They take up space
We’ve already established that clothes that don’t fit are take up emotional space, but they’re taking up physical space, too. And that’s space that could be filled by new clothes that suit the new you. This is also true if you have lost weight and are hanging onto clothes that are too big “just in case”. What kind of message does this send the Universe??
Clearing out the old makes room for the new. And, by the way, this goes for stuff in your house and people in your life.
You deserve to look amazing every day…wearing clothes that fit and flatter you. No shapeless shifts allowed! Even if you are not at your natural weight right, you can still adorn yourself as the fabulous woman you are. Go KonMari and give yourself the gift of a closet purge. And remember. If you do lose weight, chances are you won’t want to be wearing your old stuff anyway.
Dr. Anna Garrett is a menopause expert and Doctor of Pharmacy. She helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim parts of themselves they thought were gone forever.
Find out more about working with her at http://www.drannagarrett.com/work-with-me/.