One of the first things that many of us do when we start gaining a significant amount of weight is stop with the girlie things like putting on make-up, wearing cute strappy sandals, donning pretty colorful outfits, and wearing sexy undies. We trade the thongs for granny briefs. We swap out the form fitting velor track suit for the baggy sweats and XL t-shirts. We stop "dolling up" leaving the make up, manicures, and highlights for that time when we reach our goal weight.
In essence, we put the girlie stuff on hold because we gained weight. It's as if gaining weight means that we can't glamorize any more. We can't indulge in the make-up, clothes, and salon dates because we've let our body go, and because the body went, everything else look-wise went with it.
So, why? Why did you stop or cut down doing the pretty girlie things just because you gained weight? For me, when I gain weight, I stop wearing any color other than Black, Grey, or Dark Blue because the dark colors minimize my widening girth.
It never occurred to me that my wardrobe goes dark when I gain weight until one day before I started my most recent weight loss effort. I was going to a wedding and I wanted to wear something festive and fun, but alas there was nothing in my closet that fit the bill. In fact, I noticed the closet was dark, everything was in the black and dark blue family, and most notably devoid of body cling. Yup. The last thing we want to do is emphasize the muffin top. But, just because I'm wearing some bigger sizes doesn't mean that the Oh-la-la has to go with it, but somehow it had.
If you've stopped doing the darling girlie things because you've gained weight, take a look as to why, and then go out and get yourself something with VA-voom. You don't need to wait until you've reached your goal weight.
[picture "Double Vision" by Katie Tegtmeyer]