What I've found works for me is to give them up for a specified time as a sort of detox. Once I rid my
body of all that processed sugar I am less likely to overindulge once the detox time is up.
Needless to say I am just starting on a two week self imposed no sweets fast and my morning coffee just isn't the same without the cookie that goes with it. On the other hand those few extra pounds and overall heavy feeling that comes from overindulging isn't any fun either, so in the end, it will all be worth it.
I am not a doctor but I believe we all have a natural, healthy weight that our bodies function best at and we know when we are not eating enough or eating too much to maintain it. My body was not designed to be a size small and in order for me to achieve that I would need to eat less food than a bird for the rest of my life. That would be neither healthy nor fun and who wants that?
On the other hand my body was not intended to be an extra large either (trust me I have been there) and when I over eat my body feels sluggish, my heart feels tight and my knees and feet hurt. That's not healthy or fun either, and who wants that?
I think the key is to find the weight your body feels the best at, that place where you can eat three meals a day, enjoy dessert once in a while and not vary more than a pound or two. That weight where a good long walk (if your physically able) or some time in the garden or shopping isn't going to wind you. I know that as we age our bodies slow down, our joints hurt and illness inhibits what we can do and other than following doctors orders there isn't much we can do about that. That is not what I'm talking about.
I am really self talking here. I can overindulge, I can choose not to take my morning walk or skip my exercise program and admit that I do. I know when I let things go too long because my body and my mind and my attitude let me know loud and clear. Those are the times, (like I am doing right now) that I need to self check and eliminate any excessive unhealthy eating and force myself to move more.
You may be wondering what all that has to do with fashion? Well nothing and everything. I am a firm believer that life is short and clothes are fun and stylish, and cute fashion is not just for those who are under a size 10. I wasted a lot of years dreading getting ready to go out, even to the market, because the mirror wasn't showing me what I wanted to see. And since I don't want to go back there again I have spent the last few years finding what looks best on me.
I know this is a sensitive subject and I would be lying if I said that I wouldn't love to be taller and thinner but I refuse to let that stop me from finding affordable clothes and dressing cute. My size, is my size, is my size, whether I'm wearing my frumpies or fashion, so I choose fashion.
I'll be sharing what clothes help me to hide those areas that I don't like about myself and highlight those that I do in upcoming posts that I hope will inspire you to do the same. And for those of you who say you can't afford to dress cute, I get that too and I plan on covering that topic as well.
That's it for today. I hope you'll join me for Shout Out Saturday tomorrow where I'll be sharing my favorite conversational blogs that make you think about life.
If you liked this post you might like my post on layering jeans and a white t-shirt.
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