Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cleaning out the Closet

My closet has been a disaster for quite some time now. Since I'm on summer break I decided to clean it out. I came up with two big bags worth of clothes that are now too big for me. I have some 3xl shirts and size 44 pants that I can't wear anymore because they are ridiculous looking on me. While I'm excited to have lost so much weight, I need dress clothes. Luckily, the dress code at the school I teach at is fairly relaxed and I can get by wearing jeans to work. I'll be hitting up thrift stores like Goodwill until I reach goal weight then it's time for a shopping spree.

There's a bag of clothes in there (t shirts mostly) just waiting for me to be skinny enough to wear them. I'm getting close on a lot of them. I'm wearing a smaller pant size than I did when I graduated high school but my upper body is sure taking its sweet time following suit. Whenever I wear my skinny jeans I feel a mixture of pride and embarrassment. Pride that I can fit into a size 36 jeans and at how amazing my legs look in them and embarrassment that I have an enormous muffin top that is accentuated by squeezing my lower half into some tight-ish pants.

I think my favorite feature is my legs. They have been working really hard keeping me moving and upright all these years of being overweight. Now I'm working them hard and losing the fat that is covering them, they look petty good. Too often I look in the mirror and think about all the things I would change. It's too easy to criticize yourself, especially if you're trying to lose weight. It's nice, instead, to admire something once in a while. It could be your eyes or your shoulders or your sense of humor.

When you look in the mirror, what do you admire?

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  2. Andrew, I'm so with you. I lik emy legs. Tough I'm startign to like my shoulders and biceps...and my man boobs are slowly shrinking!

    Looking forward to when you can finally have your full shopping spree, huh?? Nice work, man.

  3. Dude, just noticed! You're almost to your 15% lost milestone. Sweet!!

  4. Nice Job Andrew! About a year ago, I went through my entire closet and pulled out a bunch of shirts and pants that I hadn't worn in years because I couldn't fit in them. I was going to just toss or donate them.

    For some reason, I chose to keep them around and I'm so damn happy I did, because now I'm putting those clothes back on, and looking at the clothes I still can't fit in with inspiration and drive. It feels so good fitting back into these clothes. Every morning it pumps me up for another day of good eating!

    Keep up the great work man!