Last week I talked about being comfortable in one’s own skin and how that might look different for each of us. I was honest about the fact that…
…right now I’m not feeling my best due to a year or so of slovenly eating habits. I told you then that I wasn’t hating on myself for the extra pounds, but that I was not happy with them nor was I was willing to accept them as just the way it is. What I didn’t go into last week was the fact that I am disappointed in myself because I know better. It’s a funny thing, human behavior. Even when one knows logically that a specific action is not a wise thing to do, it is so easy to slip into old patterns of behavior. Especially when those patterns are hard-wired from childhood. That’s one of the beautiful things about getting older; like the saying goes, “with age comes wisdom”. And with that wisdom comes knowing how to correct our course.
When you make a mistake or err in your ways because you didn’t know, that’s one thing. But when you know, and do it anyway…well then, you’re just being silly. We all do things on occasion that we know we shouldn’t; hell, we’re human and that’s part of the experience. And that’s okay. What’s not okay is to continue to do it. Therefore I decided that enough was enough. I do know better. So I stopped. I tightened up the eating habits and eliminated blatant sugar and junk food consumption. I’m not insane. I’ll still indulge on occasion, but “on occasion” does not mean every single night around 7 p.m.
Actually I stopped a week or so prior to last week’s post. That means at this point in time, I have been back to my old healthy eating habits for about three weeks now. And I feel about a billion percent better; mentally and physically. You see, it wasn’t only about the weight for me. Of far more import is the health aspect. For a number of years now I have lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) which is kind of a sister illness to fibromyalgia. Like fibromyalgia, body pain (as in flu-like body pain magnified) is a recurring problem. In my case, ingesting too much sugar really exacerbates the pain and causes major flare ups. I can have sugary treats every once in a while, but sugar on the daily is a big no-no for me. See what I mean about being silly?
The thing I love about how my brain works is once I get to a point where I have quite simply had enough, whether it be of a person, a situation, a behavior…whatever, then I am done. There is no turning back. Lucky for me, that’s where I was with the deplorable eating habits. Now that I’m back on track I know that I’ll stay there because that’s just how I operate. With the occasional donut for sanity’s sake, of course…
A blazer can dress up just about anything. For example, skinny jeans and a plain white tee or a concert tee and Converse. I consider the kimono to be the blazer’s cooler hipper boho sister. A kimono will also dress up just about anything you pair it with. As evidenced here with my tie dye kimono paired with a basic blush cami, denim shorts and sneakers. It just adds a little extra somethin’ I think.
And the nice thing about kimonos, unlike blazers, is you can throw them over virtually anything. You can’t layer a blazer over something that’s going to bulk up in the arms, but a kimono on the other hand typically has wide drapey sleeves hence they will comfortably layer over even your bulkiest winter knits.
Turn a basic outfit into something not so basic by simply layering a kimono over top.
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