Remember last week, when I said I was only going to buy one top and one pair of pants for working out? Well, if you’ve been reading this blog, you know how well I do with sanctioned shopping. It was planned, I had “permission” to spend, and I had justification. I just didn’t have the willpower to stick to only two pieces. I now have four tops and three bottoms, in addition to my somewhat loose and unflattering existing fitness wardrobe. I know how I justified it — I’m working out almost every day and sweat too much to reuse without washing. I just don’t know why I justified it. Have I really not gone very far in my unshopping? Have I just distracted myself enough that it’s not in the foreground, but when given the opportunity, I go back to my old ways? Even when it’s unexciting like a workout tank and yoga pants?
I’m still holding strong about buying regular clothing, accessories, and shoes, though! Nothing new this month for sure, and I think last month I only bought a necklace. That feels pretty good. Very good!
Wait a sec, that’s TWO MONTHS! I’ve been wearing the same jeans, same shirts, same sweaters, and the same shoes. I didn’t spontaneously combust! I don’t think I repeated any outfits, either. Every combo has felt fresh and new, especially since I can now button some things that I couldn’t two months ago.
To sum up today’s update: failure, and success! I was feeling pretty down about the failure part, but putting the success part into writing jazzed me right up. I can do this! Even when I reach my fitness goals and can shop again, I don’t want to continuously add to my wardrobe. It just seems so… boring. In a single shopping trip, I might buy more than I intended to (see workout clothes update above), but right now I can’t imagine shopping every week or even multiple times a week. I now have better and more interesting things to do!
I also don’t want to go back to an overstuffed closet where I don’t even get to wear everything in it. It’s been fun these past few weeks seeing my jeans/pants hangers all empty. That’s never happened before! I also have favorite tops and sweaters that just work every time I pair them with anything else. It’s much easier to get dressed in the morning when I have fewer choices.
This is serious progress!
I do have a confession, though. I finally bought that gel polish kit I’ve wanted since last summer. I got a paycheck last week, and, well, it’s been on my list forever. I resisted for nearly eight months! Not bad, right?