On Monday I started my first official day of 8k training. The programme assumed that I had run a long distance on Sunday (it was mid-length for me, I suppose - 2.5 miles), so I was to do strength and stretch. I don't really have a strength routine at the moment, so I just did my Jillian Michaels Kettlebell workout. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday will now be my normal run days and this week has been a gentle introduction - 2 miles each.
Today I woke up insanely early for a Saturday - my one and only day to sleep in! My body clock is cruel to me and woke me bright and early at 6:20am. After checking my emails and reading some blog posts on my phone, I decided "sod it, I'm awake already" so I got up. I knew I wanted to be uber-efficient this weekend because earlier in the week I had sorted through my wardrobe, weeding out all the larger sizes that I will never need again, and made a large pile to put up for sale on eBay. Ever the sales woman - I was up ironing said clothes (so they would look better in photographs!) at 7:30am!
After I ironed the clothes I'm putting on eBay, I thought I may as well iron Josh's school shirts and Rob's work shirts too. Three and a half hours later I finished! My 8k training called for 30 minutes of cross training today - so I opted for another Jillian Michaels' DVD (Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism). I hate this DVD for two reasons - it's 40 minutes long and it seriously makes me work my butt off. Yes - both of those are GOOD things, and I think that's why I hate it, because it works! I was pleased when it was finished because I was incredibly sweaty (my eyelids were sweating!!). It's super-hot here this weekend, so I did the workout around 11am this morning just before the heat got too much.
Now onto my main subject of this post - wardrobe cleansing! As mentioned above, I'm putting up for sale quite a lot of clothes that no longer fit me.
|A small selection|
I stumbled across charity shopping about five years ago when, again, I didn't have a great deal of money for clothes. I found fantastic brand names at ridiculous prices (£2 for a pair of trousers?!), soon I was hooked. I sort of stopped shopping in charity shops when I gained the weight I originally lost back, because there wasn't a great deal of selection of larger sizes. When I was bigger I hated shopping anyway because I always felt like people were staring at me. Now - I can go in and browse with ease knowing that there will be any number of things that will fit me!
So - in a therapeutic way, cleaning out my wardrobe is another step to a healthy lifestyle! Ensuring that there is no excuse for me to revert to my old ways! And just another note on charity shopping - obviously it's for a good cause which is great, but because the clothes are so cheap it means you can shop "interim" sizes relatively painlessly. Every time you drop a size, there's no need to go an buy a whole new wardrobe in that size. What I do, is just find some "key" pieces - a couple pairs of trousers, a pair of jeans, maybe a dress or skirt and lots of tops to mix and match. In fact the outfit I'm wearing now consists of navy linen trousers (£2.50) and aubergine cotton top (£2). So - you can look great (come on - don't I look great?!) and feel great because you've just donated money to a good cause :-)
|Me in a Charity Shop outfit costing less than £10!|