Once upon a time (or, more specifically, just over a year ago) I made a deal with myself. I knew I needed to lose 25lbs, and I thought maybe an incentive system would push me to reach my goal. Hey, it works with the kids, right? Why not me? So I decided that for every 5 pounds I lost, I would make myself a fun new skirt.
In a fit of optimism, I bought three new fabrics:
- A fun Valentine’s Day print to add to my holiday skirt collection (I lost that first 5lbs just in the nick of time)
- A bold Alexander Henry floral so that I could make a skirt like this one.
- A print from Tina Givens’ Zazu collection that was just begging to be a skirt.
After the first success, I hate to say it, but I never lost another pound. In fact, over the course of the following 11 months, I gained the first five back and a few of its friends. Blarg.
I know. You’re probably saying, “but wait – I know you’ve made more skirts in that time! What gives?” Well, yes, I have. That’s because there were amendments to the rule, as time went on. There were the “it doesn’t count if it’s for a once-in-a-lifetime event” modification, the “thrifted vintage linens are exempt” addendum, and the ever popular, “but it’s Christmas!” amendment.
I never claimed to be perfect 😀
Through all of that, though, I never touched the two fabrics that I bought specifically for the weight-loss incentive skirts.
Until Sunday, that is. I got back on the wagon earlier this month, and last week I reached my first five pound goal. And even if it’s the same five pounds I lost a year ago, I still think it’s skirt-worthy, right?!
Now. Let’s hope it’s not another year before I cut into the Alexander Henry stuff 😀