- Black, White and Turquoise Brush Stroke Dress: Gift from my mother-in-law, 2013
- Turquoise Shrug: Gift from my mom, 2011
- Black Belt
- Silver necklace and bracelet: Jamboree Necklace and Mantra Bracelet, both by lia sophia
- Silver and Turquoise Earrings
- White Sandals: Our wedding, 2004. OH YEAH.
When my mother-in-law bought this dress for me as a birthday gift in April, it fit but it pulled tight across my chest and waist. It squished a little more than my texture sensitive self prefers, so I hung it back up in the closet and promised myself I’d wear it later.
I didn’t try it on all summer, even though it’s a lovely, lightweight shift dress. Why? I haven’t lost any weight since April. I haven’t been trying to lose weight either, mind you. Losing weight isn’t a priority or a goal right now — or a necessity.
I stood in front of my closet this morning, aware that the days of summer are numbered. I looked at this dress, shrugged, pulled it out of the closet and went to take my shower. Imagine my surprise when it zipped up without issue when I went to get dressed.
Lesson learned yet again this morning: The number on the scale is not an adequate indicator of health, shape or how much your body has changed. I haven’t stopped running, eating well, drinking lots of water, or doing other healthy things for my body since April, so I don’t know why I was surprised that the dress fit without pulling and squishing — but I was. I need to remind myself that the scale, while one piece of the puzzle, is not the main thing I should turn to when I’m looking for feedback on how my body is responding to running and other healthy things.
Also, let’s not talk about how the fact that it no longer pulls across or squishes my chest means that my chest has been shrinking all summer. Instead, let us focus on the fact that I need to do my toenails. Wait, let’s not focus on either of those things.