Time for something a little different this update, though it is still inspired by current events…
Ever since we learned about the 5,000-step-per-day requirement for 20/20, I’ve been trying to make a serious effort to focus on ways to improve my step count prior to our start date. As it turns out, even a heavy-duty cleaning day around this small condo only nets me around 1,500; normal days are more like 1,000. Both John and I expected it to be far more! It looks like I’m going to have to push myself harder to get out more and do things during the day, which is going to be tough for someone who hates driving and doesn’t often find it easy to walk out her front door. Fortunately we live in a beautiful area; I’m sure I can find lots of lovely places to walk – and a treadmill at the gym is always available if it’s too rainy or cold.
All this has brought me to a realization: I’m going to be doing a LOT more physically than I used to. I’ve been living out of my exercise clothes and very basic wardrobe staples since this whole thing started, and I wear similar clothing to our every-other-night float sessions at Urban Float. (Don’t know what that is? I’ll post about it sometime.) The fact is, I haven’t worn normal clothing to much of anything since I agreed to join 20/20. I’m not likely to do so anytime soon. And by the time I do get around to it… it won’t fit anymore.
So… I decided today that it was time to take an intensive look at my closet. The less I have to struggle to find something appropriate to wear, the more likely I am to succeed in getting out the door to do something I need to be doing… and there’s no point in holding on to things I can’t wear. I held on to a few emergency pieces (one dressy dress, a couple of comfortable skirts, etc.) and all my basics, plus my exercise gear, but the vast majority of stuff I used to own is now piled on my bed, awaiting one heckuva donation to Goodwill.
It took me a long time to finally get excited or interested in fashion (post-20) and ever since then, I’ve always had far too many options for things to wear; this is more what I’d expect a normal person to have in their closet, and it’s surprisingly freeing. I’m sad to say goodbye to so many things that I loved to wear, and I’m cringing at the amount of money I know this would all be worth new, today – but not having the pressure of 500 options when you just need two or three is encouraging. Everything I kept fits well, is in good condition, and will last me until it’s time to buy smaller replacements, and that’s what matters most.
You can behold the transformation by scrolling down. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the extra pounds I’m shedding today in cloth will mirror the ones I’ll lose in flesh. 😉