The Danger Of Keeping Clothes That Don’t Fit Anymore

The Danger Of Keeping Clothes That Don’t Fit Anymore

Stop trying to dress the body you had in the past and start dressing the body you have now.
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I feel like everyone’s done it before; keep clothes that don’t fit anymore in your closet because you convince yourself that one day you’ll lose enough weight to wear them again. You tell yourself that someday, when you have your life together like those fitspo people on Instagram who eat “clean” and exercise for hours every day, your body will fit into your old clothes. You don’t take no for an answer when it comes to clothes that are too small for you, because letting them go feels like giving up. You’d rather try to change your body to fit the clothes, rather than look for clothing to fit your body. By seeing your body as the thing that needs to be altered, rather than the size of clothing that you buy, you start thinking of your body as a problem.

Keeping clothes that are too small in your closet is also a constant reminder that you’re not the same as you used to be and that scares people, especially when they realize that they’re not the same as they used to be because they’ve gained weight. A lot of people in our society are legitimately afraid of gaining weight, as if the end of the world is going to dawn upon them if they have even the slightest bit of belly pudge or jiggle.

A clown running at you with a knife should be scary. Swimming in shark-infested waters should be scary. Gaining weight shouldn’t be.

Maybe you'll fit back into your old clothes again one day. Bodies change all the time. If you can gain weight, you can lose weight, right? Why not keep the clothes just in case you ever are able to fit into them again?

The problem with that sort of thinking is that, even though it’s certainly possible that one day you'll will lose the weight you gained and be able to wear your old clothes, they don’t fit you now, and when you wake up and get ready in the morning, you’re not getting dressed to go do things tomorrow or a year from now. You’re getting dressed to go do things today, so you need clothes that fit the shape and size that your body is today.

I think there are definitely exceptions to what I’ve been saying. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep your old baby clothes, your wedding dress, or anything sentimental like that. If an item of clothing has some sort of significant meaning to you, by all means, don’t get rid of it. But fold it up and put it in a box in your attic. Take it out every once in a while to reminisce if you want, but don’t keep it in the closet that you look through every day. As important as your past is, it’s your past. Your wardrobe should reflect who you are right now.










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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.

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I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

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I'm Not Beautiful, And That's Perfectly OK

Because my purpose is so much more than to meet a pointless standard.

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I am not beautiful.

I'm not writing this so that a friend will message me with compliments, leave a comment on one of my Instagram photos telling me that I am "so pretty," or further assure me that I am beautiful.

I don't need reassurance.

I don't want compliments.

Society has high standards for both men and women when it comes to outward beauty – standards that few live up to.

We're too skinny, or we're too fat.

Too tall, too small.

Our nose is too big, our teeth aren't straight enough, our body isn't curvy or built enough, and so forth and so forth.

Yes, we are all "beautiful" in the eyes of God and/or those who love us for who we are; however, as harsh as this may sound, some are just more visually attractive than others, and I will not deny that many people are much more "blessed" in, what you could say, the "looks department." Thus, why are we focusing on and losing sleep over irrelevant and unobtainable goals when we should instead be focusing on our unique, higher purpose?

I'm not beautiful, and I'm perfectly fine with it because my sole purpose of existence is not to look a certain way.

Nor is my purpose to be visually appealing to the liking of others.

My looks don't define who I am, and no one should ever be defined by their outward appearance because appearance is just that: an outward attribute.

Looks say nothing about the character, soul, intelligence, or purpose of a person.

I may not be stunning, but I am a multitude of other things that are far more important.

I am caring.

I am capable of great things.

I have a wonderful future ahead if I continue to pursue worthwhile goals.

And so is and does each and every one of us. We have purposes so much greater than looking a certain way to please the eyes of others.

So no, some of us are not beautiful, and that's fine by me because we are so much more.

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