This was me at my heaviest, a few months after Greyson was born. I quickly bounced back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I kept eating the same carefree way I did when I was carrying him, so my weight shot up. There was a lot of shame...mostly because I knew my weight was within my control, but I just didn't care at that time.
Now, here I am at my current weight. I have made some serious strides. Which leads me to my current post. It's really not about weight loss but about some of my attitudes and habits while losing the weight.
Recently I've started posting "Outfit of the Day" (#ootd) posts on Instagram. Fashion is something I've loved since childhood. I used to sit around and "design clothes" in a notebook all day long when I was five or six years old. I loved dressing my Barbie dolls, and I even had one of those little machines with interchangeable plates so I could dream up different outfits.
I'm a pretty creative person. I work in a creative industry. I write. I used to paint and draw and even went to art school for a time. Fashion has always been just another creative outlet for me, but it's one I get excited about and then veer away from. Some of that has depended on my weight, while at other times it was just a lack of interest, but I can say that since I've reached my current weight milestone, my creative juices are seriously flowing in the fashion department.
When I started posting my #ootd on Instagram, I was really afraid my book blogging friends might stage a mass exodus, but the comments have been extremely positive whenever I've expressed some concern about posting fashion-related items.
The bottom line is: Y'ALL, THIS IS SO FUN. Now that everything in my closet fits (minus the stuff that's way too big), I've started restocking with staple pieces and fun pieces. I'm a member of GwynnieBee, so I have "rented" clothing flowing through the house at the rate of about eight items per month. It's great to be able to try new-to-me brands and styles (more dresses!) I've also made it my mission to "remix" my closet and not wear the same outfits week in and week out.
While some people assume that a strong interest in fashion is self-indulgent and materialistic, I really love getting out of bed every day and being excited about how I'm going to present myself. It means my confidence is up and I'm invested in my own self worth and professionalism.
What about you? Do you have a secret fashion passion? Now that I'm out of the closet (see what I did there?), you may see more of these posts! :)
Cheers to feeling good!