What are your 2012 Fashion Resolutions? How do you plan to feel great by looking your best this year?
Here's a bit of what ran through my head when I saw this Life Well Lived question in my email:
Crap. How am I supposed to answer that question? What's fashion? When
was I supposed to make a resolution? Um, I'd like to wear clean clothes
as much as possible and make sure my shirts aren't inside out. Does
I'm not good as making resolutions and I'm definitely not an authority
on fashion. Fashion has never come naturally to me. When I became a mom
any hope I had of ever being even remotely fashionable was left for dead
in the back of my closet. How I look has been on the bottom of the
priority list for a long time.
So, I procrastinated for several days and put off answering the question.
Now I've been thinking about it for a few days and I've gotten past the
"fashion resolutions" part of the question. I'm going to skip ahead to
the part of the question I like best. How do I plan to feel great by looking my best this year?
I'm going to look my best by feeling great. In that order.
What's my plan? I'm going to run.
Yes, you heard me right and no, I'm not running to lose weight. I'm not
running so I can fit into a smaller size or "tone up". I'm not doing
anything fancy. I'm not even running fast. Actually, I'm kind of slow.
I'm going to run so I feel great. When I run, I'm happier, I'm more
relaxed, and I have more energy. Even if I don't feel like running, I'm
always glad I did. Whether I run for ten minutes or an hour, walk half
the distance or push my pace, getting outside is refreshing and a good
run always gives me a better perspective on my day. And on my body.
Running doesn't make me look any different but it changes the way I see myself.
I don't weigh any less when I've been running but I feel like I do.
My clothes don't fit me any differently but I feel like they do.
I'm less likely to dig through my closet feeling dissatisfied with everything. It's really not about the clothes.
It's about how I feel. When I feel great, I look my best, regardless of what I'm wearing.
Last December I ran a 5k. I almost dropped out of the race. We'd been
busy, had out of town guests, and I hadn't run in two weeks. I felt out
of shape. I'd just started my period and didn't feel well. At the last
minute I decided to run anyway. I figured even if I walked it would be
good to get the exercise. Since my MIL was watching my daughter, I
figured I shouldn't miss an opportunity to run without a big stroller.
I ran slowly and tried not to push myself too hard. I didn't feel as bad as I thought I would. I started enjoying myself.
Then I ran past my daughter and MIL. I couldn't help smiling as my daughter yelled, "Go mommy! Run mommy!"
The second time I passed their cheering spot I almost missed them.
They'd gone to the potty and were hurrying to make it down to the road
before I passed. My daughter was pulling my MIL along by her hand
yelling, "Come on Mimi, come on! I run with my mommy!"
She was grinning and bursting with joy, running in the grass alongside
the road, shouting at my MIL and pointing proudly at herself as she
repeated, "I run with my mommy! Go mom, go!" in her sweet two-year-old
I about burst with happiness at that moment. Those words will continue
to get me out of the house and into my running shoes all year. Running
makes me feel great and when I feel great, I look my best.
I'm not just running for myself anymore. It's important that I feel
great and look my best because I'm setting an example for my daughter. I
need to feel good about myself and be a healthy role model. I know that
how I feel about myself will influence how she feels about herself as
she gets older.
Finally, if I have to make a fashion resolution it is this: I'm going to
get rid of the clothes I have that really don't fit me. If they don't
fit me now, chances are they never will again. I'm going to donate them
to charity or refashion them into clothes I like.
Yes, watch out world! I'm going to try my hand at refashioning clothes.
Because when I've been running, I have the energy and motivation to try
things like that. I can only hope I remember to put my newly refashioned
shirts on right side out.
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