Looking and feeling our best starts with making wise choices every day. Mindless snacking in front of the TV, impulse buying things that aren’t you or that you don’t need lead to frustration in getting dressed, weight gain, and clutter. It took me too many years to realize that my habits needed to change.
There was a time in my not too distant past that getting asked out to dinner would cause tremendous anxiety and panic. “What do I wear? What will fit? I don’t have the right shoes! Why did my face have to break out today?”
Changing my habits changed my life. I stopped buying cute prints because they were on sale. I stopped eating because everyone else was eating. I started thinking of moving my body to stretch and exercise as a reward, not a chore. Making better choices and how much I choose to eat means the same clothes now fit for ten years instead of only ten months. Forming a new habit of buying well-planned separates in solid colors and various types of fabrics means I now have something appropriate to wear for any occasion.
My leather-trimmed jacket is old by Helmut Lang. My flocked Juliet pants are from Chico’s. The bag is also several years old.
One piece of bread tastes the same as all the others. One glass of wine can last throughout the whole evening. Sharing an appetizer and ordering another as the main course is plenty of food. Sharing a dessert and an occasional glass of Port to celebrate a special event can make the evening even more special. (Don’t make it a habit!) I don’t have to clean my plate or empty the glass. (My mother is not going to scold me for wasting food.)
Mr. Mickey and I enjoyed a wonderful evening meal on Saturday at our favorite restaurant in Johnson City, Gourmet & Company. We enjoyed deviled eggs with smoked trout, freshly made bread, housemade pasta with steamed lobster, and sticky toffee pudding to celebrate a significant anniversary. We met at a neighborhood Christmas party thirteen years ago today. Thank you, Mr. Mickey, for coming into my life and bringing so much joy! (Photo below from January 2017.)