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Banana Republic. J Crew. Ralph Lauren. American Eagle. Express Men. These are some of the stores I shop at today, but couldn’t shop at 100+ pounds ago.
I like to get jeans from American Eagle — boot cut. They fit well. Shirts, shorts, and khakis from Banana Republic and J Crew. Polos from Ralph Lauren. Dress shirts, on the rare occasion I need a new one, usually come from Express Men.
Some take the ability to walk into any store in the mall and shop for clothes for granted. That wasn’t an option for me when I weighed 344 pounds. When I wore 4XL and had a 48-inch waist, I was forced to go to the big and tall
There wasn’t much of a selection at the big and tall store — you simply had to buy whatever clothes they had in your size. I felt grateful that there was a store out there carrying anything in my size at all. It’s a sick feeling, one that I hope you don’t currently have to experience and one that I hope you never have to experience.
As far as the sizes I’m wearing today, I’m comfortably wearing medium shirts along with a 34-inch waist. As unbelievable as it is, I probably will have to go down to a 32-inch waist before this is all said and done — my current jeans are sagging.
Do you want to go down a pant size — or ten? Want to go from your current XXXL shirt to a large? Want to be able to walk into any store in the mall and shop at will?
Then earn the right.
Here’s the amazing thing. You woke up today with complete control of your life and the choices you make. You decide what you get to do with the next 24 hours. I consider myself pretty selfless and a servant (apparently not modest, though…) to those I love and encounter in life, so consider the context when I say this — it’s your life. You and your time doesn’t belong to your boss, husband, wife, mom, dad, or anybody else — it’s yours. You get to call of the shots today.
You’re in control of your life today. What are you going to do?