What are you saving?Just In Case?

Recently I lost a few pounds and now some of my pants no longer fit. I have a pair of black capri pants that I love but when I pull them on they gape in the back and waist. As I packed a bag of clothes to take to Goodwill I found myself lingering over this pair of capris.  I really liked them, they looked good on me and I wondered if I should save them-just in case. As this thought popped into my head I found myself evaluating the just in case. The only reason I would ever need these pants again was if I gained weight. Why would I want to do that? Iíve made a few lifestyle changes and if I stay away from the bad habits I wonít gain the weight back. In fact I like the new lighter me, so why would I hang on to the old pants?

Isnít it funny how hard it is to let go and move on? Even for me with something great like weight loss I find myself reaching to the safe familiar old lifestyle.  The difficulty is that once you turn the corner, in my case lose the weight, there is this tendency to look back and wonder if you can stay there. Much of it has to do with our perception.  Itís choosing how you view the new change. I can mentally reinforce how good I feel, take note of my lower blood pressure and appreciate how much easier it is to run or I can think about what I am giving up and feel a loss. I can weigh out my options: eat potato chips and drink wine or be healthy and feel great.  Hmm, since I feel great why in the world would I want to keep those pants just in case?

ďAll changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.Ē ĖAnatole France