PRO TIP: Want to save money? Clean out your closet!

I’m trying to prepare myself mentally for returning to work in the next few weeks no matter what that looks like – or where I wind up working. It will be good to get out of the house and be around people again.

As many of you readers know, I’ve been struggling for the last few years with weight loss. Earlier this year I was doing well then I regained some – now I’m back to getting in shape with intermittent fasting. My stomach is starting to growl as I type this. I’m killing time until noon when I can eat again.

I was going to order some new clothes for work from The Bay when I decided instead to try on clothes in my closet that I haven’t been able to wear in a couple of years.

Imagine my surprise when almost all the tops I tried on – actually fit. That means, even though the scale hasn’t budged much – apparently, I’m on the right track. I’m down at least 1-2 dress sizes – at least in the upper body area and core section.

I tried on a blue sweater – one I haven’t been able to fit into in THREE years. I’m currently wearing it because it’s chilly in my condo. And wouldn’t you know it.

The arms are fitting much looser – I’ve toned my arms a lot and built a lot more muscle than I thought. The arms are no longer tight. And there’s plenty of room in my mid-section. Which is baffling – even the tape measure tells me there’s been no physical changes.

How can this be when the scales and tape measure doesn’t show progress? It’s maddening. The only thing I can conclude is that YES. Even though I haven’t lost any weight, my body is changing and I am slimming down. I can see it most notably in my face, legs and mid-section.

I suppose the rest will come in time. I tried on all my jeans and pants and two of them now fit very “snuggy” – while I still have to work on the rest.

This is why I need to lose the weight. Not only for health reasons – but to fit into all my old clothes again! They’re just sitting, wasting away in my closet. Looking pretty and miserable at the same time from lack of wear.

But the most shocking thing might have been when I tried on one of my favorite work shirts. Not only did it fit well in the middle – but the arms – where a bulk of my weight is – were actually loose as well.

So, today’s lesson in life:

Be joyful for small miracles and small changes. While the scales may not show much progress – try on some old clothes. If they fit – you’re on the right track.

And I just saved myself a few hundred dollars from buying a new wardrobe for work. I still need new socks and undies – because we all need socks and undies.

I didn’t make that meatloaf last night but I’m going to get an early start on it today. And maybe some nice freshly home baked cheese scones.

How are you spending this lovely, fall and chilly day?

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