It’s Only a Number

I went shopping this week. Recently it’s been a struggle every morning as I stand in a closet full of clothes and feel like I have nothing to wear. Last year at this time I loved choosing clothes in the morning; I had lots of cute outfits and it was fun! This year, it’s not so much about styles changing or clothes wearing out. It’s the size. There I’ve said it.

So I made a decision this week that I was going to stop being so fixated on the number and just go out and buy a few things that feel good and fit better. I’m tired of feeling like I can’t relax or breathe properly because my clothes are tight. Actually wearing things that are just a titch too tight makes me feel fat. (Ugh. I can’t believe I just used the f-word on my blog)

Anyway, I am letting go of the size I’ve relied on for so many years. I’m surrendering to the idea of moving up one number for now. My reliable size nn clothes will be put away for now and I will begin to move into the land of size nn.

I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. If you watch What not to Wear (I do) you learn that it isn't about the size at all–it's about what looks great on you! Glad to hear you are throwing those numbers away:)

  2. Linda: I'm proud of you. And so is God. Comfort is best, and you'll feel better anyway.
    Thanks for setting your readers free, too. Some of us might want to go get some nn sizes!
    P.S. Thanks for joining my blog. I am honored to have you!

  3. I'm with Terri on this one. Besides, you look fabulous! It's kind of like age. I may be 51, but I'm only 19. There, I said it.

  4. I heard they are changes the clothes sizes again so if you are a 10 soon you'll be down to an 8. It is just a number. Buy what fits and looks the best on you. :O)

  5. I think our society and culture have done an incredible number on women. Once Twiggy happened, we were goners. Bravo for taking a step towards letting go of numbers and feeling good about you! It's who we are on the inside that matters. Sorry, this is a huge button for me, since I've struggled with weight my entire adult life.

  6. Remember size…like age is just a number…….be comfortable and happy!!


  7. Yes! Don't look at size! Besides, sizes vary so much it's hard to stay just in one size.

    Clothes that fit comfortably but well – not too loose not too tight – give you confidence!

    Happy shopping!

  8. Which should we focus on… size or sighs? This is the time in our lives to sigh in wonder as we watch our grandchildren play instead of wondering why we can't fit into our wedding dresses. Great post!

  9. Joyce, I think I am going to write that down on a card and post it next to my desk! "Size or Sighs?"

    Love that!

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