A couple of weeks ago while scanning my closet for things to purge, I pulled out “Ole Yeller.” I had only worn her once this summer, so I decided to do a day-test, that is, wear her for the day to see if I still liked her enough to keep her.
Later that morning I met a few friends for coffee. As soon as I walked into the café, they complimented me on Yeller, and even suggested I wear her for a style video I was shooting later that day. Flattered by the compliments and not listening to my gut, I wore her.
Here’s what I learned: Listen to your gut, especially when you don’t want to bring attention to it. HAA! I liked the top whilst standing, but when it came to sitting, all bets were off. You see, in the seated position, Yeller became clingy, making me feel quite self-conscious of my torso area. I became a mini-diva, as I couldn’t find what I thought to be a flattering position to sit in. I had to change into pants from a skort, thinking that would camouflage my tummy more. It didn’t help. And as Richard Wilmore of The Richard Wilmore Show filmed a conversation between Kathy Wise of Streetwise and myself, I was sweating buckets, not only because it was a 1000 degrees outside, but because I was uncomfortable/self conscious in Yeller. I don’t even know what the hell I said in our conversation. I hope it made some sense because Kathy and I talked about 2 great topics: 1) what to wear when you’ve lost a lot of weight and 2) the importance of situational awareness if exercising outside alone (please see the attached videos).
Standing room only? I think not. Life’s too damn short to waste time feeling that self conscious. Therefore, Ole Yeller is in the “donate” pile, but in her honor, I’m going to find another lemon-yellow top or dress that I feel terrific wearing.