Breaking Barriers #5 - I BOUGHT CLOTHES THAT FIT AND GEAR TO BREAK BARRIERS
Egads-oh-my, did I just say that out loud? I attached so much personal shame to purchasing a larger size of clothes that I simply didn't. I hate this topic and yet, I'm laughing at myself sitting here typing.
After LIFE sent my scale tipping in the wrong direction, I spent a full year unwilling to buy clothes that fit because what I had in my closet was good enough and I "knew" that in just a few weeks I'd fit back into all of my old favorites. I WRONGLY assumed that buying a size or two larger would be a waste of money, and a depressing admission of failure. As my yoga pants became my go-to getup I had a very dear friend, who herself has gained and lost 100+ pounds, encourage me to face reality and buy what fits right. She said trust me, you feel better. It's not vanity.
It's honoring yourself where you are - right now - TODAY.
She was right. In moderation, there is a case for retail therapy.
For the fitness challenge, I also needed to gear up to break my weather barriers. This is a fun topic for me. Since I LOVE the outdoors and currently don't have a gym membership, I need the gear to get outside in the elements.
Every. Single. Day.
My shopping list for walking in the Pacific NW.
- Trail Running Shoes - dedicated them to the mud.
- Running gloves
- Wool socks
- Heavier rain jacket for walking when it's miserable outside.
- Reflective anything for the dark. Stay visible. Stay alive.
- Fleece full zip sweater with zipper pockets.
- Head lamp
- Emergency headlamp (tiny at REI)
- Mace - yup, learn how to carry/use.
- Visor - rain or sun, this will quickly become a favorite.
- Optional: Ultralight backpack for going the distance.
Note for the ladies - Get a couple of sports bras you love. Also, running tights - with thigh-leg pockets are the best, but don't blame me when you can't find your phone because it's glued to your thigh. :)
I haven't given away my smaller sizes quite yet, because hey, I'll fit into them in a few weeks right?
March 20th Update: My ultralight backpack failed me after 2 hours in the wind and rain in the Oregon Coast. It's still a favorite for packability, but I need to find the best ultra-light WATERPROOF backpack for severe weather.