I’ve always been a firm believer in that we should do our best with what we have. Even when I weighed 400 pounds I wore dresses often, got manicures and pedicures regularly, took time to blow dry and style my hair and to apply makeup. I accessorized at my heaviest weight as well. I am a feminine lady, but lately I’ve been feeling frumpy and plain.
I still dress well some days, but far too often, I find myself wearing yoga pants and a hoodie all day. When did I decide that was a good idea to go to class, followed by trivia night, looking like I should be at home on my sofa?
I suppose it happened when I put on some weight after the hurricane. I’ve noticed a decline in the way I dress and feel because I’m a more bloated version of myself than I want to be. Yes, I was still overweight before that, but the twenty or so pounds I’ve added has made an incredible difference in the way I see myself.
Look, I’m trying to get it under control. My workouts have been solid, but my eating (actually, drinking) was horrible over the weekend. I’ve decided that even though I’m having a Mardi Gras party this weekend that I’m going to skip the drinks. I’ll do some shopping at the end of the week and load up on Pellegrino. I’d rather be happy when I look in the mirror than feel the buzz of a few drinks.
For me, part of feeling good is feeling well-groomed. Throwing on a dress, or jeans with a fitted jacket makes me happier all day. People react to me differently, perhaps because I stand a little straighter and smile a little bigger when I feel like I’ve made an effort with my appearance.
Another thing I’m doing to do to turn this around is spending time on my nails. They’re always well-manicured, but I haven’t painted them as regularly over the last few months. Mom gave me an early Valentine’s gift that included several bottles of OPI so I painted them last night. It’s amazing with a couple of coats of polish can do.
I’m also making an effort to workout before noon so I don’t fall into wearing sweats all day. I don’t go into an office, and class is casual. Making an effort anyway makes me feel good so I’m going to continue trying to pull myself out of the rut I’ve been in.
Most of my clothes don’t fit as well as they did, and I refuse to buy bigger sizes. I just have to work harder to move in the right direction. I’m happier that way. I am not going to allow myself to turn into someone frumpy. I just won’t do it. It’s time for this phase to be over because I want to feel my best everyday.
Do you feel better when you feel as thought you look “put together?” Do you have tips to share to improve your self-image while trying to change your appearance?