After we came back from church yesterday morning, John said, “That skirt has a belt. You never would have worn a skirt with a belt when you were heavy.” I agreed with him, because of course, that was true. First of all, I’m not sure I could have found a belt over 60 inches long, and second of all, the thought of belting anything around my middle was a little bit scary back then. Here’s the outfit from yesterday.
Although many styles these days don’t call for belts, they seem to be coming back and I’m glad. The concept of being able to comfortably wear a belt for ladies and not have your belt slide down under your belly button for a man is important both medically and aesthetically. Remember the “I Love Lucy” shows and other television shows from the 50’s where the ladies almost always wore belted dresses? Those styles probably helped keep them accountable in some ways! (Not that I would ever wear fancy dresses around the house!)
From a medical perspective (and always consult your doctor for advice), there have been several studies that draw the correlation between waist size and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. According to many medical professionals, a woman should have waists under 35″ and men under 40″.
As I lost weight, wearing a belt was one of my fashion goals. The first belt I wore was an old one of John’s. I slid it through my brand new pair of size 18 pants and buckled it up. I was amazed how a small piece of leather made me feel more put together and smaller. I eventually got too small for John’s belts and had to buy some of my own. Each time I buckled it around my waist I felt a little bit happy.
Here I am at about 100 pounds down on my journey wearing a belt.
When I bought the skirt in the second photo of the post, I was reminded how proud I had been of myself when I could buckle a belt and wear a shirt tucked in. It’s a feeling that is still very present – even after almost 15 years of weight maintenance.
Belts, more flattering clothes, increased self-confidence and reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases are all great reasons to never give up on your quest to get healthier.
As the new year begins in earnest, think about using some of these tangible measurements to help you stay focused on your long-term goal. Really think whether those extra treats are worth the possibility of adding extra inches onto your waistline and all the other ramifications of gaining weight.
What tools will you use this week to keep you focused on your health? Ever had a new belt experience? Diane