Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
And I would add that eternal vigilance is the price of keeping weight off!
I lost 30 pounds in the first five months of this year. Since the end of May I've been gaining and losing the same two pounds. I really want to lose another five pounds to fit into two dresses and a coat I've bought for the fall.
Most experts counsel you never to buy something that you have to lose weight to fit into. Buy for your current size, they suggest. This is good advice, but I've found I've lost out when I've waited.
I'm very picky about my clothing since I began Project 333. If I'm going to only have 33 items in my closet, I'm going to make sure I love them. And once I narrow my choices down to the right color, style, and fabric, there usually isn't too much to pick from. Best to get them when the getting's good.
I found a beautiful dress by Eileen Fisher last winter in a really pretty charcoal. She usually does everything in black and I don't do black. But I thought I'd wait to buy it until I lost a little more weight. Yep, you guessed it. By the time I lost the weight, it was sold out.
So even though they're a little snug, I snatched up these items before it was too late. (Just so you know, I have scrolled through literally hundreds of dresses online to find just one perfect one. Hey, if I only get to have a couple in my wardrobe, I want to love them.)
These are the items I need to lose the extra 5 pounds for . . .
|I got this from Pendleton in the navy, 30% off. I'll wear with a cardy or jacket. This will be a wardrobe staple.|
|I got this in navy from Nordstrom. So hard to find a dress with coverage of arms, knees, and décolleté, and still stylish. I'll be able to wear this to lots of different functions.|
|From J. Crew. So excited to finally find a pink coat, I didn't want to wait for it to go on sale, because I know the pink or my size wouldn't be available. But, using eBates, I still was able to get it for 35% off, with cash back.|
So, these are my incentives for the final five pounds.
I just have to gear myself up for it. It is a mental game. It is a state of mind.
You know how everyone says it takes 30 days to form a new habit? Hmm . . . I don't know. I gave up sugar for more than thirty days, but I sure haven't lost my taste for it. And we're heading into the fall season, which always equals, to me, homemade apple crisps, pumpkin muffins, gingerbread, etc.
I'm determined not to gain this weight back. I worked too hard to get here.
With apologies to Thomas Jefferson (who may or may not have originally penned this famous saying), eternal vigilance is needed. It's so easy to slack off, get lazy, think that an extra helping won't make much difference . . .
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil (FAT) is for good men (ME) to do nothing (EAT COOKIES). -- Edmund Burke
(Sometimes I worry that my silly sense of humor might not come across very well on paper.)
Hope you're all having a good weekend. Here in Michigan, I'm enjoying the beginning of my favorite time of year. The windows are open, the humidity is low, temperatures are moderate -- just lovely!!