The Next Big Step

I did something that I hadn’t intended to do only a few weeks ago.  As you know (or if you didn’t now you do), over the past year I’ve lost 58-ish pounds so consequently I had a boat load of clothes that were too big; nice clothes too.  Notice I said ‘had’.

Over the months I removed clothes from my closet as they got too big, or I should say, as I shrunk because the clothes didn’t change.😏  I put them in big 33-gallon size lawn bags and stored them in the attic … just in case. In case of what though? … famine, war, natural disasters, financial crisis?? No, in case I crept back up as I’d done before. You who have lost and gained a few times in life know what I mean, right?

Last week, I had sort of a revelation.  Although I DO NOT plan to gain weight ever again, I hung on to my big clothes simply because of fear. The only thing that is different now than all the other times is this time I had a mental change that involved losing weight so I can stay healthy and fit, not to look cute. In other words, my motivation was different. So, keeping the clothes was basically a crutch.  Would a person who broke a leg keep crutches around after the leg was better in case he/she broke their leg again?? Likely not.

I’m no fashionista by any stretch of the imagination.  I like clothes that are somewhat conservative, with a bit of color and flair, and somewhat traditional so I don’t have to buy new clothes each season just to keep up with the styles. I had some nice things in those Lawn and Leaf bags. 😞

Yesterday, I decided to part with them all.

I thought long and hard about what to do with them. I even had some ‘tender moments’ as I inventoried the clothes as I prepared to deliver them.  [COMING CLEAN RIGHT HERE: I had to phone a friend for counseling as I held up some favorite shirts and dresses that no longer fit 😒😊…I recovered quickly though. My friend reminded me that God is my Provider and He has moved me to a new healthy place. So true.]

I was encouraged to keep packing up the stuff and soon my car was loaded with bags of clothes (and a few other things) and off I went. Must. Load


After much thought, I decided to give everything to Must Ministries. I learned of this organization through a church I visited, where I met the President of the organization, who was also the Pastor of th church. I was very impressed with all the organization does in the area. They have a donation center where I delivered all my things. I prayed that whoever received the clothes, whether for free or small donation to the ministry, would be humbly blessed.

Driving away, I felt like I’d lost another 10 pounds! It really was a load off of me to get rid of them.  I’m not a pack rat at all (I will blog about my wanna-be minimalist lifestyle at a future time), so getting rid of these things made me happy in multiple ways.  I also had to renew my commitment to keeping this fat off because there were no BIG clothes in the attic… a new daily challenge. Who knows, maybe my current clothes will become my new BIG clothes one day. 😉

Don’t be afraid to take the next step! 🌺

Peace and Love.

Author: iamjanl

❤️ Artist, Writer, and other things

2 thoughts on “The Next Big Step”

  1. Your post is inspiring. You gave away the clothes that no longer fit you as a promise to yourself that you’re not going back. I think it’s really beautiful that you said a prayer that your donation would help ease someone else’s suffering. I began a blog today, as a kind of diary for my own weight loss journey, I’m looking to build a posistve network of bloggers who will encourage me along the way. Thank you for writing.


    1. Thank you for your response. My exact reason for starting this blog was to be an encouragement in many areas. So glad you are doing the same. Let’s keep going. 😊

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