My March vacation pounds have been multiplying like bunnies. Just when I thought I had a handle on them, there was a party with chips and a birthday cake, dinner out with rounds of appetizers, several buffets, and a banquet dinner. The upshot is that my jeans are uncomfortable and my shoes are too tight.
We leave for a riverboat cruise to celebrate our 41st anniversary in less than two weeks and I have no intention of wearing:
- a sour expression because I don’t like how things look or feel on my current body
- uncomfortable shoes
- tight clothes
I know better than to expect I’ll forgo the culinary offerings aboard the ship. Or avoid the wonderful restaurants in cities along the way so I needed to do some damage control, fast. In addition to paying closer attention to what I eat and making an appointment to get my thyroid rechecked, I did what any smart woman would do…I went shopping.
Since jeans are a staple of my daily wardrobe, it should make sense for me to just buy larger jeans. The problem is, I carry my weight around my middle so larger jeans that fit my waist would be too baggy on my hips and the backside would look droopy. Not a great look.
A simple alternative is casual skirts and dresses. I don’t wear them often but they’re an easy way to hide a few pounds, are more forgiving than pants and are likely to be wearable when I do lose a few pounds. They did tell a “size story” this week which
shocked surprised me.
I used to wear a size 6 skirt. Yesterday, I had to skip right over the 8 and fit into the 10. I didn’t hesitate to buy it because I’m not going to let a clothing label determine what I wear. I just snip those suckers out the second I get home.
Shoes with virtually any heel height are uncomfortable after an hour. That means if I don’t want to wear sneakers during my whole trip, and I don’t, I need some new shoes and sandals. I bought a pair of flatform sandals, a sport sandal, and flat mules.
I’ll bring several pair of my Eileen Fisher stretch pants because they are my holy grail of travel pants. The fit of jewelry doesn’t change with your weight so I bought some new costume pieces and will bring plenty of scarves for color. I may only bring one pair of jeans because most are snug enough to cause terminal muffin top.
I’ve been able to stumble along at home with a wardrobe that’s a bit snug because I can choose from everything I own. On a holiday, my options will be limited to what I can pack into a small suitcase. I draw the line at ruining a vacation with clothes that aren’t comfortable and don’t make me feel good about myself.
Will comfy clothes remind me not to eat that extra goody the way my snug jeans would? No. But the gym, salads and broiled fish will be waiting when I get home.
What would you do?
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