Let’s talk about weight gain, shall we?
I recently went through my drawers of jeans and attempted to try on the ones I never wear anymore…
And well, let’s say it was finally time to purge them all.
I’m 50 years old and my body has changed through the years. My hips continue to get wider and the rest of my body has followed their lead. As I age, I continue to face the ongoing and often unconditional and uninvited result of weight gain.
I’m surprisingly okay with this development. Sure, I miss my slimmer more fit self- but I have learned the fine art of acceptance.
And most importantly, I’ve discovered what really matters along the way.
And it certainly isn’t my jean size.
I wrote a letter to those size six jeans, and I’d love you to read along, join in, be inspired to write your own letter to those clothes YOU have outgrown. And if you are still a svelte slim size, I celebrate YOUR body too.
We are all beautiful in our own unique design.
It’s not about the size. We women can spend years thinking it is- but as we age, we know better.
Sure, we want to stay healthy- but healthy doesn’t always mean size 6 now does it?
And if we spend our time and energy focused on fitting into those smaller clothes, and if we obsess about our weight gain-
We have lost the true meaning of fulfillment, the great magic of moments spent living our lives, instead of wishing we looked different.
I don’t want to waste a minute, do you?
Head over to Her View From Home to read my letter to size six. (You can click HERE to read it.)
I’m betting it will inspire you, empower you, and even make you giggle a little bit too.
Share it so other women can be reminded that weight gain doesn’t have to be awful. 🙂
Brandi Lytle says
I needed to read this! I’ve been thinking for months that I’m going to lose weight and get back into all the skinny jeans hanging in my closet. I think it’s time for me to accept my curves and let go of the size 6!
lisa thomson says
Yes, I needed to read this letter, Chris. It made me feel better about my own jeans size. I used to be a size 6 but that’s not the case now. I exercise and regularly attend yoga, so I feel good about myself and that’s what matters! I loved your letter! It’s brilliant 🙂
Alison Hector says
I’m smiling as I read this, Chris. Same struggle going on here. Acceptance is key, as well as a reimagining of what really matters and what looking good and feeling good mean in our 50s.
Allison G smith says
Heading over now.
Kristi Campbell says
I remember your Facebook post! Heading over 🙂
I’m looking forward to it! I don’t even wear jeans anymore since I had kids because they’re useless and make me itchy!
Acceptance is best.
Marie Kléber says
I love this! It’s funny and so true Chris!
At some stage we ought to accept our new body and move on. It’s better than trying to fit in clothes that don’t match anymore.
We are beautiful the way we are.
Your words will work like a magic wand for many women here…
Candace Playforth says
Heading over to read this now! It is much needed for me, my friend. You know this is a constant area of struggle for me :). Thanks for the inspiration, Chris!!
Oh this made me smile! I realized in the last few years, it’s less about my size/weight and more about how I’m feeling about how I’m eating and exercising. And last night I looked at my very pregnant body in the mirror as I was putting on my pajamas, and I realized how happy overall I was with my body (well, minus the aches and pains that come with being weeks away from giving birth!).
Kenya G. Johnson says
I’ve worn a 6 in the past decade. It’s hard to believe. Now I’m thinking I have to kiss the 8’s goodbye. I have a load of perfect jeans under my bed that I can’t fit. When you change clothes immediately upon entering the house, I think those are the ones to let go.