Week 7 – Personal Appearance
So Sarah BanBreathnach and Donna Partow are about running neck on neck on this bit of advice. The primary one being PURGE. So, that’s a no brainer for me. I’ve pretty much dumped everything in prior weeks/months. She also wants me to stick with my core color (black in my case) and purge the rest. Now that’s a problem. I NEED my khakis. They go with everything and are light enough to wear year round. Also, one of my favorite jackets Alan bought for me. A gorgeous brown paisely duster. Sooo not getting rid of it! So I’ll have to figure out a better way to wear it with my signature black.
The interesting bit is that Mrs. Partow wants me to go a step further and empty out my accessories, jewelry and old makeup as well. So… goodbye to lots of bits and pieces that I’ve hung onto for a myriad of reasons, mostly sentimental. Again Mrs. Partow is correct. I tend to only wear about 20% of my accessories and jewelry and the rest languishes… For the most part I don’t wear makeup at all.
She goes on to suggest that “Your ideal weight is the healthiest weight you can maintain while leading a sustainable lifestlye.” She is SOOOOO right!! There is no way I’m going to stick to eating egg whites and lemon water for any real length of time, so even if I managed to pull it off long enough to get down to 105 pounds (within the realm of possibility considering my height) it’s highly unlikely that I could stay there. 130 is much more likely at my age and current health and it’s such a relief to admit and accept that. Makes losing all the weight I need to lose seem actually attainable!
Finally she talks about being modest (not an issue for me). I had to share this one line that had me howling, “It’s offensive enough to see young Christian women baring cleavage, but to see a mature Christian woman revealing wrinkled, brown-spotted cleavage? Lord, have mercy on us all!” She recommends Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall’s book, “What Not To Wear.” Good book and they were the original British show, but I think I like Stacy and Clinton’s What Not To Wear book even better.